Health Product Declarations (also known as HPDs) are fast becoming important aspects of new building constructions. An HPD is a report of product contents and the impact of the ingredients on human and ecological health. HPDs are issued in accordance with the Health Product Declaration Collaborative open standard, which is a framework for disclosing ingredients and associated health risks for installations.
As of July 21st, Superior Essex announced that it is the first company in the telecommunications cable manufacturing industry to offer HPDs, which can be used as a point towards LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification for new buildings. Previously, another framework, the Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), allowed for a point to be put towards LEED certification of new buildings. Now using Superior Essex cabling, contractors can add up to 2 LEED points towards a single project!
So far, 8 HPDs have been published to cover 25 cabling products from Superior Essex, including designs across riser, plenum, Cat5e, Cat 6 and Cat 6A cables. Specifically, these products contribute to a Material & Resource Credit, under LEED version 4. The LEED program is administered by the US Green Building Council (USGBCI), which is a national standard for rating and certifying the environmental impact of new construction projects.
Here is an excerpt from the full press release, which can be found at the end of this post:
“Superior Essex is committed to being the industry leader in environmental sustainability and with that role comes the responsibility to provide full disclosure of any health risks from our products. Additionally, we are pleased that these HPDs can be used by architects and designers in making fully informed decisions regarding the communications products they select for their projects,” says Eric Perry, Vice President Applications Engineering and Quality at Superior Essex. “As architects, designers, and project teams continue to focus on occupant health and safety, HPDs are becoming a necessary tool in manufacturers’ transparency strategies,” says Tad Radzinski, President of Sustainable Solutions Corporation. “By releasing these industry-first HPDs, Superior Essex demonstrates its commitment to offering sustainable products and cements its role as a market leader.”
For more information on LEED certification with Superior Essex, how Superior Essex can help in your telecommunications projects, or for pricing and availability, contact your local Accu-Tech representative today, here.