Submitted by: HPD Collaborative
Posted: Sep 09, 2019 – 09:18 AM EST
WAKEFIELD, Mass., Sep. 09 /CSRwire/ - Health Product Declaration® (HPD) Collaborative, International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and Toxnot are taking a next step in program-to-program harmonization, introducing an automated data exchange capability for HPDs and Declare labels. This new feature, which is implemented using the Application Programming Interface (API) already in use between Toxnot and the HPD Builder, will enable manufacturers to easily share product information used to create HPD reports and Declare labels.
“Harmonization of information among the various programs that work in the field of transparency and material health has been a major goal of the Health Product Declaration initiative since its start in 2011,” said John Geyer, HPDC Manufacturing and Information Technology Program Director. “By providing a common reporting method, the HPD Open Standard creates a peer-to-peer network where data is directly reusable and shareable among participating programs. This strategy eliminates costly data reentry and reprogramming, by using secure API connections to share consistent data among participating systems. Each program can concentrate on what it does best and build collective value through collaboration with other programs. It’s the ‘last mile’ of bringing harmonization to life.”
“Industrial Louvers has long been a supporter of harmonization among the programs that are all working to advance transparency and material health in the building industry," said Lisa Britton, Director of Sales and Marketing/Sustainability Champion for Industrial Louvers, Inc. “The HPD Open Standard provides an important mechanism to accomplish this goal, as a single, widely-adopted specification for reporting information in a standardized manner. Automating the sharing of data used in HPDs and Declare programs will save time and help ensure the integrity of our data remains consistent across both programs. We applaud this leadership initiative, and hope it will encourage more data sharing among other key rating and certification programs.”
Using this new capability is simple. To share data between HPDs and Declare, manufacturers create accounts in both Toxnot and HPD Builder. Product data can then be entered using either system. To share information, manufacturers authorize the transfer and securely authenticate their account credentials, and then simply select the product information to be shared. This makes it much easier for a manufacturer who has created an HPD to submit product information to the Declare program. Conversely, if a manufacturer has obtained a Declare label and wants to publish an HPD, information can be electronically transferred for publishing, using the HPD Builder.
Alexandra Muller, Manager, Living Product Challenge, International Living Future Institute said, “Harmonization between HPDC and ILFI has been a major goal of both organizations, and this API represents one of the really concrete outcomes of that collaboration. We have to make it easy, intuitive and valuable for companies to invest in transparency and material optimization. Using ToxNot as a common platform and aligning our programs allows people to stop redoing good work, and instead start leveraging that work across multiple disclosure tools. The potential for scaling this crossover for impact is really exciting.”
“Toxnot streamlines and automates product transparency on many levels. Challenges like data security, duplicate entry, reporting fatigue are solved with software platforms like Toxnot,” said Toxnot CEO, Pete Girard. “Manufacturers can feel confident with a best-in-class solution that supports reporting so easily. We are proud to overcome some of the biggest hurdles in material health transparency by connecting data to certification in a single platform.”
HPDC, ILFI and Toxnot will be presenting a webinar, Transparency Made Easy – Automate Data Sharing for Declare and HPDs Using the HPD Builder and Toxnot, on September 10 to provide more information on this new capability and demonstrate the automated data exchange features.
Living Product Expo – October 8-10, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee is an ideal opportunity to learn about all the latest developments in transparency and material health, and also to learn more about automated data exchange with HPD and Declare. Experts from ILFI, Toxnot and HPDC will be available to answer questions, and live demonstrations will be provided in the HPD Collaborative booth. Register for Living Product Expo.
HPDC is a not-for-profit, member association with over 250 organizational members, representing the full spectrum of the building industry: architects, designers, building owners, manufacturers, consultants, tool developers, and others who all share a common purpose to improve the transparency of information and the material health of the built environment. The organization continuously improves the building industry’s performance through transparency, openness and innovation in the practices of reporting, disclosure, specification and selection of building products. For more information, visit hpd-collaborative.org.
The International Living Future Institute is an environmental NGO committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. ILFI is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world. ILFI operates the Living Building Challenge, the built environment’s most ambitious performance standard. It is a hub for many other visionary programs that support the transformation toward a living future. For more information please visit https://living-future.org/.
Toxnot is an industry-leading technology company with a mission to improve health and sustainability across the global supply chain by streamlining the chemical transparency process. Toxnot provides an intuitive and efficient software platform for manufacturers to gather supply chain data, gain insight into their hazard profiles, report on the results and create safer products. Organizations can automate transparency reporting and collect hazard information across their global supply chain, reducing risks and ensuring regulatory compliance. Toxnot is a recognized leader in the movement to disrupt the notoriously complex supply chain chemical hazard landscape- and build creative solutions for businesses of all kinds. In 2017, Toxnot won the Environmental Leader Product of the Year Award. For more info, visit www.toxnot.com
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