Why Transparency Matters
Uniting our voices for change
Why Transparency Matters
Pathways to Action
There are multiple pathways to meaningfully action.
- Encourage project teams to review HomeFree and sign up for free online education content on the HomeFree Campus to learn about why transparency is important.
- Advocate for public disclosure by educating your project teams on what transparency means, why it is important, and how to use the information.
- Include a requirement to review the HomeFree product categories and disclosure preferences in the RFQ/RFP process.
- Include in your specifications a preference for products with public disclosure of product content (e.g. Health Product Declaration, Declare Label). Further, prefer products with public HPDs that have all contents characterized, screened, and identified to 100 ppm (parts per million). Further, prefer products that have full public disclosure and have had their contents verified through the HPD or Declare Label third-party verification program.
- Prioritize updating specifications for the nine product categories on HomeFree. Start with the HomeFree Paint and Flooring Specifications found here.
- Expand the request to other product categories.
- Send individual and joint letters to manufacturers voicing your demand for materials transparency.
- Pursue optional credits for materials transparency in green building certifications such as Enterprise Green Communities (EGC) 2020 and LEED v4.
- EGC 2020 Criterion 6.1 Ingredient Transparency for Material Health
- LEED v4 Building product disclosure and optimization - material ingredients credit
Definitions and Resources
|Manufacturer Product Disclosure Request Template||An email and letter template formatted with the information needed to make a disclosure request from a manufacturer.||Tool|
|Quick Guide to Transparency||This document was created to assist architects and developers pursuing Enterprise Green Communities Criterion 6.1: Ingredient Transparency for Material Health. It reviews the relevant transparency documents, where to find them, and how to interpret them.||Guide|
|Health Product Declaration Collaborative||The Health Product Declaration® (HPD) Collaborative is a customer-led, member organization committed to the continuous improvement of the building industry’s performance through transparency, openness, and innovation in the product supply chain.||Assessment Tool|
|Health Product Declarations (HPDs)||HPDs use a standard reporting format for disclosing a product’s contents and associated health hazards. They are an inventory tool and do not provide explicit judgement on safer products.||Assessment Tool|
|Health Product Declaration Public Repository||The Health Product Declaration (HPD) Public Repository is the authoritative source for published HPDs. HPDs are searchable and available to be downloaded by users – architects, designers, project teams, property owners, or any interested party.||Assessment Tool|
|Declare||Declare™ is a material certification program from ILFI. It is a transparency platform and product database that addresses where a product comes from, what it is made of, and where it goes at the end of its useful life.||Certification Program|
|Declare Labels||Declare Labels are building material “nutrition labels” which identify whether products contain any of a subset of hazardous chemicals that are included on the Living Building Challenge Red List.||Certification Program|
|Prescription for Healthier Building Materials: A Design and Implementation Protocol||A Prescription for Healthier Building Materials from the AIA and ARUP is described by the AIA as a stepwise method for: setting healthier material goals and defining criteria, selecting products, tracking, and specification.||Guide|
|The Empowered Design Professional: Using HPDs to Make Healthier Material Choices||Online course sponsored by HPDC that describes why HPDs are needed, what they are and what they aren’t, and the type of information included in an HPD. It also discusses how HPDs can contribute to LEED certification.||Webinar|