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Laying the Foundation - HPD Basics

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The Health Product Declaration Collaborative is now offering a set of condensed e-learning opportunities based on the information included in our continuing education course titled, "The Empowered Design Professional: Using HPDs to Make Healthier Material Choices". These sessions are designed for members and non-members to broaden their understanding of the HPD report, how it relates to the LEED v4 accreditation, and best practices for working with manufacturers on HPDs within projects.

This course does not offer CEUs, however it does serve as a resource for professionals looking to learn the basics of HPDs, and it provides an introduction for those considering pursuing the Empowered Design Professional course.

These sessions are offered in a bundled package of four videos and should be viewed in sequence starting with Video 1. The corresponding scripts and supporting presentations are available for reference. This bundle can be purchased at $19.95 for non-members and is free for members.

Looking for the full course? Learn more information about the full course and its CEU offerings here.

Video 1 – HPD Background and Basics

This video provides a brief introduction to the course, and a condensed background lesson on the evolution of health product concerns in the building and design industries. This lesson demonstrates the importance of standardization of health product safety criteria, and why HPDs are vital to the creation of healthy spaces.

Video 2 – Deciphering the HPD Report

What is a Health Product Declaration? This lesson demystifies the HPD report and demonstrates how to properly interpret the HPD. A background on the HPDC is also provided.

Video 3 – The HPD Report and Manufacturers

Participants will gain more knowledge on additional components of the HPD report and learn where to find published HPDs. Designers will learn best practices on how to request a new HPD and how to  emphasize the importance of HPDs to manufacturers.

Video 4 – HPDs and the LEED v4 Credit

This lesson explains the overall requirements when using HPDs to qualify for LEED v4 credit. Participants learn how to determine if a building material qualifies for LEED credit by reviewing the HPD report. Also presented are tips for design teams on how best to work with owners and manufacturers to successfully achieve LEED v4 with HPDs.

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