HPDC and Green Seal announced that Green Seal is now an approved Health Product Declarations® (HPD) preparer and third-party verifier, and it will prepare and verify HPDs free of charge for any manufacturer that pursues Green Seal’s paint certification. Green Seal is a nonprofit that develops environmental standards and certification programs for products and services based on performance, health, and sustainability criteria. HPDC is a nonprofit that manages the building industry’s leading open standard specification – HPD – for manufacturers to accurately, reliably, and consistently report product contents and associated health information. With this new partnership, manufacturers of Green Seal-certified paints receive additional exposure for their products through publication in the HPD Public Repository, broadcasting the products’ safer formulations and compliance with LEED and WELL certification criteria.

Green Seal-certified paints automatically qualify for points toward the LEED v4.1 low-emitting materials credit. With this new partnership, products now also qualify for points toward the LEED v4.1 material ingredient reporting credit, making Green Seal-certified paints the only products in the marketplace to earn both. Green Seal-certified paints and coatings also are compliant with WELL and Fitwell standards.

“Green Seal is delighted to partner with the HPD Collaborative, a true leader in advancing material health in green-building projects,” said Doug Gatlin, CEO of Green Seal. “Now, specifying Green Seal-certified paints and coatings is like pressing the easy button to find products that fully align with LEED v4.1 and meet the leading industry standards for transparency, material health and functional performance.”

“Green Seal and HPDC have teamed to streamline and simplify the entire data, certification, and transparency process for manufacturers, beginning with the paint product category,” said Wendy Vittori, executive director of HPDC. “The synergies of our data exchange platform make it convenient and efficient for Green Seal to include preparation and verification of an HPD report in their certification services. As a result, manufacturers can match a fully compliant HPD report with their Green Seal paint certification. Green Seal’s integrated offering shows the future path to more cost-efficient and effective assessment and optimization for building products.”

Green Seal certification indicates a paint or coating product is safer for people and the planet than similar products, while providing uncompromising performance. Specifying a paint that is Green Seal certified ensures the product has met low-VOC criteria for both chemical content and measured emissions, providing comprehensive protection from these prevalent indoor air pollutants. Beyond VOCs, Green Seal certification also prohibits other types of hazardous ingredients that are still found in paints, including the common preservative formaldehyde, and other chemicals linked to cancer and reproductive harm. Combined, these criteria ensure that Green Seal-certified paints provide the strongest health and indoor air quality protections, while also passing rigorous testing to ensure uncompromising functional performance. 

For more information, visit: www.hpd-collaborative.org.