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Selling Into LEED Jobs? Watch for New HPDs

The ranking shows what chemicals pose health risks that range from “moderate” to “very high” for such indicators as cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, immune system effects, skin irritation and endocrine disruption. The list goes beyond human health to environmental health; chemicals end up listed if they relate to global warming and ozone depletion.

As you can imagine, some manufacturers complain that the HPDs are onerous to write, and that they can be misleading, because people may spot trace amounts of a dangerous chemical and think purchasing that product is the equivalent of sprinkling toxic waste on their morning bagel. Nonetheless, we just have to adjust. As we see LEED get more and more specific in requiring transparency to the chemical level for building products, HPDs are here to stay.

As a dealer, this presents an opportunity for your company. Take the time to learn how to read them, and teach your team how to read them—then promote your yard as a resource for up-to-date environmental and product information.

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