Spec Shaman - HPDs

the Spec Shaman - HPDs

Health Product Declarations (HPDs) provide a standardized way of reporting the material contents of building products, and the health effects associated with these materials. HPDs can contribute points in LEED v4, WELL rating system, and provide information for mindful MATERIALS. Top AEC firms in the U.S. have already begun requesting HPDs from manufacturers. HPDs can help building product manufacturers get specified. The blog posts are intended to educate manufacturers, designers, students, and professionals about HPDs.

On: Oct 30, 2019 By: Brad Blank
LEED v4.1 Architect
LEED v4.1 is quickly gaining traction within the industry as more projects are certified under the LEED v4.1 beta version. LEED v4.1 integrates performance outcomes supported by new methodologies and data-driven paths to measure performance. The latest project to be certified under LEED v4.1 is the Alliance Center in Colorado.
On: Oct 16, 2019 By: Brad Blank
Product Specifications
Was your product the leader in your industry several years ago but now competitors have stolen your crown? Did you occupy more market share and specifications than other companies? We will explore why once dominant building product manufacturers fall in specification rankings and how they can regain that mojo. Perception Affects Product Specifications
On: Aug 23, 2019 By: Brad Blank
How To Get Specified By The Top 10 Architecture Firms
How To Get Specified By The Top 10 Architecture Firms Build Design + Construction released their list featuring the top AEC firms for 2018 based on revenue. The information for each firm is based on input from individual firms and verified for accuracy. We will review the top ten architecture firms and how building product manufacturers may implement strategies to get specified by them.
On: Aug 20, 2019 By: Brad Blank
How LEED v4.1 Credits Affect Product Manufacturers and Water Conservation
LEED v4.1 will be an effective tool to help reduce water waste around the world. According to the United Nations, more than 2 billion people are living with the risk of reduced access to freshwater. Every day almost 1,000 children die to preventable water and sanitation related diseases. How can LEED v4.1 help conserve water and what can building product manufacturers do to help the cause?
On: Aug 12, 2019 By: Brad Blank
3 Ways To Get Your Building Products Specified On LEED v4.1 Projects
Currently, LEED v4.1 is being tested as a beta ratings system in the AEC industry. Project teams have the ability to test the LEED v4.1 beta system and offer feedback to the USGBC. Although, there is no official release date for the final version of LEED v4.1, we can examine three factors that will impact building product specification upon its release.
On: Oct 18, 2018 By: Brad Blank
HPD Versus The Declare Label: Why Should Building Product Manufacturers Care?
Should a building product manufacturer develop a Health Product Declaration (HPD) or a Declare Label? Both product disclosures are excellent tools but differ in complexity, cost, and potential ROI. There are other excellent sustainability documentation tools available such as Cradle to Cradle, BIFMA, and ANSI resources to meet Materials Ingredients credits. However, our focus today is on HPDs and Declare Labels.
On: Sep 25, 2018 By: Stacie Townsend
Highlights of the New AIA Healthier Materials Protocol Guide
Designing and constructing buildings that are sustainable and healthy for the earth and people should be a goal of everyone in the AEC industry.
On: Sep 7, 2018 By: Stacie Townsend
5 Tips to Help You Get Specified on LEED Projects
The world of product manufacturing is a gamble and full of risks. So many variables outside of the manufacturers control can affect the outcome, and this has been the case since the beginning of product manufacturing. But with the speed that the AEC industry is changing, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or wonder if your product will become obsolete in the move toward sustainability, regenerative, and resilient architecture, design, and construction.
On: Jul 3, 2018 By: Brad Blank
Elixir Environmental’s Top 6 Tips for Product Manufacturers Developing HPDs
Developing HPDs can be a confusing and frustrating experience for building product manufacturers that are not prepared. “Be Prepared” is the Boy Scout and Girl Scout Motto and underlines the mindset one should have when developing HPDs. The benefits of HPDs to manufacturers and architects outweighs the burden of preparation and publishing them, as we shall see.
On: May 18, 2018 By: Stacie Townsend
3 Ways LEED Product Documentation Leads to Product Specification
The road to product specification can seem like you’re on the Star Trek Enterprise and that you just got transported to an unknown alien planet. There’s lot of steps to take to get specified. There are many strategies to implement. And it’s not all straight forward. It can be confusing!

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