HHI Series: Health Product Declaration - A Consistent Language for Product Ingredient Reporting

Recorded On: 07/15/2014

Session Description 

The Health Product Declaration (HPD) is an objective tool for the accurate reporting of product contents and how each ingredient relates to the bigger picture for human and ecological health. It increases the transparency and accuracy of product content and associated health information by ensuring that they are reported in a consistent manner. The HPD framework can assist designers, specifiers, building owners and occupants to refine the material selection process during design and material, finish and furniture selections to move toward healthier buildings and communities. This session is an opportunity for attendees to learn about the HPD’s simplified method to inventory ingredients and their health impacts. We will also discuss how the HPD creates a common language that is integrated into building certification systems, product labels, and product assessments. By the end of the session, attendees will have a straightforward format to guide conversations between manufacturers and consumers as well as self-directed research, and a deeper understanding of the critical importance of transparency as a contributing factor for the ultimate success of the building industry.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the Health Product Declaration: how it was developed, why it is needed in the marketplace, and who are championing its use.
  • Understand the context of the building materials ecosystem and the correlation between building products and human health.
  • Interpret the significance of product ingredient reporting to improve the specification process and refine the next generation of available products.
  • Identify building rating systems, product certifications, and product labels that are harmonizing with the Health Product Declaration.


Jean Hansen, FIIDA, LEED Fellow, CID, EDAC, AAHID, Senior Professional Associate, Sustainable Interiors Manager, HDR Architecture, Inc.

Jean Hansen has 30+ years of experience in sustainable design, planning and interior design, and is responsible for advancing HDR's sustainability initiatives globally in project and research work for healthcare and institutional environments. She has worked on the development of many nationally recognized sustainable resources, including the USGBC’s LEED Healthcare rating system, BIFMA’s e3 and level sustainable furniture standard, the Health Product Declaration (HPD) pilot and now serves as a Founding Board Member for the HPD Collaborative and is a LEED Fellow. She has been responsible for numerous sustainable and LEED projects, developed sustainable guidelines and training for clients, and integrated sustainability into multi-million dollar projects. Her clients have included Federal agencies such as the U.S. Army and the Department of Veteran Affairs, the University of California, Stanford and multiple healthcare organizations.

Eden Brukman, RA, Technical Director, Health Product Declaration Collaborative

A highly regarded instigator of actions for ecological accord, Eden Brukman has focused on establishing socially and environmentally responsible solutions for human habitat since 1996 – particularly as it relates to the systemic reform of traditional resource flows and supply chain impacts of building materials. Eden is coauthor of Living Building Challenge and directed its evolution and global deployment from 2007-2012. She also contributed to the development of the Health Product Declaration, Pharos Project, and other building industry standards. Her advocacy efforts have led to policy reform, decentralized building and community developments, and the creation of a network of local action groups called ‘Collaboratives’ in cities all over the world. Eden is a licensed architect, seasoned public speaker, and founder of Concenter Solutions. She looks forward to connecting with all enthusiasts of the Health Product Declaration.

Tim Cole, LEED AP, BD+C, Head of Sustainability, Forbo Flooring Systems

Obtaining his BFA degree and then working toward his Masters in Marketing and Communicative Arts and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA. Tim has been with Forbo for the past 23 years and involved in the flooring industry since 1970. Since employed by Forbo he has been fortunate enough to undertake many challenging responsibilities in many different departments both in North America and in Europe. Tim’s responsibilities have ranged from Technical Rep to Sales Manager to Director overseeing the Technical, Marketing and Customer Service in North America, then spending time in Europe as Product Innovation Manager for the linoleum division. Prior to his current position Tim was responsible for environmental initiatives and product development, as well as the development of eLearning programs for Forbo North America. He served on the USGBC Board of Directors for 8 years, and on the Executive Committee for 4 years as Treasure, Chair-elect, 2010 Board Chairman, and Immediate Past Chair in 2011, the current Chair of the USGBC Board Governance Committee. He also has served as the President for the Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments, a current Board Member for the CAN DO Economic Development Organization for North Eastern PA, the current Chairman of the ASTM Resilient Flooring Committee, a member of the ISO Flooring Committee, a member of the ASTM and ISO Sustainability Committees, and on the advisory committee for The Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability (MTS), and with his extra time presents at various conferences on sustainability issues.


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HHI Healthier Interior Series: Health Product Declaration - A Consistent Language for Product Ingredient Reporting
60 Minutes Live event: 07/16/2014 at 2:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.