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Assessing Our Health Product Declarations and Material Transparency

Jun 1, 2018 by Pat Grotlisch

OnBoard Newsletter | June 2018

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Gaining and maintaining your trust is really at the heart of National Gypsum’s Health Product Declarations (HPDs). HPDs and other declarations reflect our overall, continued pledge to sustainability and material transparency, and we willingly share this information.

Health Product Declarations (HPDs)

You design your projects with occupancy health and indoor air quality issues in mind, and to assist you we have a list of products with HPDs. An HPD identifies a product’s ingredients and health information. The completed report complies with the Health Product Declaration® Open Standard and describes a product used in the built environment. In layman’s terms, an HPD means National Gypsum has taken the time to investigate and disclose the ingredients in our products down to as small as 1,000 parts per million. This transparency helps you make informed, apples-to-apples product comparisons and select the products that best meet each project’s sustainability goals. Other sustainable product information we offer includes third-party indoor environmental quality certifications for low chemical emissions, mold resistance claim validations, material credit compliance, life cycle assessments and hazard screenings of product ingredients.

These product declarations and ingredient inventories provide you (and ultimately your clients) with the confidence that National Gypsum products have been vetted and are safe to use in your projects.

Are You Specifying “Healthy” Products?

The products you specify can affect the long-term health of building occupants. Ask your Construction Design Manager to help you match the right products with your project’s sustainability goals.

Products with HPDs

We have HPDs for National Gypsum’s Gold Bond®, DEXcell®, ProForm® and PermaBase® BRAND products. These include:

OnBoard June 2018 | HPD Declare Product List

For more information on National Gypsum's HPDs, visit the National Gypsum Design Center or the HPD Public Repository. To learn more about HPDs, visit the Health Product Declaration Collaborative.

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

We have added industry-wide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to our material transparency guide. For information about our EPDs, visit the Design Center.

Products with Declare Labels

A Declare label answers three questions:

Architects and specifiers value transparency, and the Declare database provides a free resource to help make product selections based on healthy and safe material ingredients. The database is a transparent platform that publishes ingredient disclosure labels – Declare labels – that are easy to read.

Architects and specifiers value transparency, and the Declare database provides a free resource to help make product selections based on healthy and safe material ingredients. The database is a transparent platform that publishes ingredient disclosure labels – Declare labels – that are easy to read.

To help meet your sustainability objectives, National Gypsum offers an array of products with Declare labels. These products include Gold Bond® BRAND XP® Fire-Shield®, Gold Bond® BRAND High Strength Fire-Shield® LITE®, Gold Bond® BRAND Fire-Shield® Shaftliner XP® and Gold Bond® BRAND Hi-Abuse® XP®. For details, visit the Design Center. Gold Bond BRAND XP® Fire-Shield®, Gold Bond BRAND Fire-Shield® Shaftliner XP® and Gold Bond® BRAND Hi-Abuse® XP® are also Red List Free.

Our Declare labels and HPDs are LEED approved documents for compliance with LEED v4 MR Credit: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Material Ingredients, Option 1. These documents are approved documents for use with Living Building Challenge Materials Petal Imperatives: I10 Red List, I12 Responsible Industry, I13 Living Economy Sourcing and I14 Net Positive Waste. In addition, Declare labels comply with the Health + Happiness Petal: Imperative 08 Healthy Interior Environment.

For Details, Talk with Your Construction Design Manager

Your Construction Design Manager is a valuable resource, so contact him or her for more information about National Gypsum products and our commitment to sustainability.

When LEED v4 became effective in October 2016, no one knew if the emphasis on manufacturers’ transparency would be embraced by architects, end users and manufacturers. At that time, NGC had no HPDs or EPDs. Today, we have now published Health Product Declarations, an industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration and Declare labels for four products. National Gypsum is committed to transparency."

Pat Grotlisch

Pat Grotlisch

Construction Design CenterNational Gypsum

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