Today’s design professionals now have the ability to make intelligent specification choices based on full disclosure of material content and potential hazards.

As an example of this innovation, GreenCE, Inc. www.greence.com, Ridgefield, Wash., has launched the industry’s first comprehensive LEED v4 specification program for building product manufacturers.

Recently, the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), www.usgbc.org, Chicago, Ill., released its new LEED v4 rating systems, the most widely used green building programs in the world. The new LEED certification program employs LCA (Life Cycle Assessment), EPD (Environmental Product Declarations), and HPD (Health Product Declarations) to design healthier and more efficient buildings.

What is the advantage of HPD? It plays a significant role in the new LEED v4 green-building rating system. The HPD provides information about a product’s contents and related health issues and is having a critical effect on product specification. GreenCE is helping building product manufacturers meet these new specification requirements by using a multi-disciplinary team of biologists, architects, and LEED experts.

The HPD is the most significant game changer for project specifications in decades. Building product manufacturers that embrace HPD early on will benefit greatly in the years to come, according to Tara Blank, Ph.D., Founder of Elixir Environmental.

The launch of LEED v4 requires that building product manufacturers update their product documentation to reflect the significant changes in LEED v4. There are several new LEED credits that have been added to the new LEED certification rating system that will affect product specification. Design teams require the most up-to-date information and antiquated LEED documentation can definitely be detrimental to building product manufacturers.

This overhaul of the LEED programs calls for product manufacturers to review, and where necessary, update their product literature to make sure that references to LEED contributions are clear and align to the significant changes in LEED v4.

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