30 Building Product Manufacturers Pilot New Health Product Declaration

Thirty leading building product manufacturers have begun a two month Pilot Program to test and improve the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Open Standard, a voluntary format for disclosing product content and related health concerns that are typically not reported even when a product, or a building, is certified “green.”

The Health Product Declaration Working Group, a volunteer organization comprised of experts from the community of designers, specifiers and building owner/operators, is administering the program. The working group developed the HPD Open Standard format, which made its debut at Greenbuild 2011.

The companies participating in the Pilot Program manufacture a diverse array of building products, including structural components, finishes, and office systems. Each has agreed to complete an HPD for as many as three products, and to provide the HPD Working Group with feedback. The Working Group will evaluate and synthesize the feedback, and revise the draft HPD into a final version that will be officially ratified and made available to the public later this year.

During the Pilot Program, HPD Working Group members are providing the manufacturers with a reference guide, webinars and technical collaboration with the goal of refining the HPD Open Standard to provide information to customers that is reliable and actionable, through a process that is reasonable and fair to all manufacturers. The companies will also receive support from the Pharos Project, a project of the Healthy Building Network, which will provide automated access to its extensive chemical and materials library through its web-based Pharos System.

For more information on the HPD, the HPD Working Group and the Pilot Program, visit http://www.hpdworkinggroup.org.

Green building market supports 661,000 jobs in the U.S.

McGraw-Hill ConstructionGreen jobs are now firmly established in the design and construction workforce, according to a new study released by McGraw-Hill Construction. According to the study, 35% of architects, engineers and contractors (AEC) report having green jobs today, representing 661,000 jobs and one-third of the industry workforce. That share is expected to increase over the next three years, with 45% of all design and construction jobs being green by 2014.

The research also shows:

  • AEC workers report green jobs on the rise at levels that match the McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge green building market sizing:
    • 35% of AEC firms focus on green jobs today, in line with the green building market share of 35% in 2010.
    • 45% of AEC firms expect to have green jobs by 2014, in line with the green building market share of 48%-50% by 2015.
  • Trades jobs (carpenters, HVAC/boilermakers, electricians, concrete/cement masons, and plumbers) are expected to see the greatest growth in green jobs; 15% of trades today are green jobs, and this is expected to increase to 25% in three years.
  • Green jobs yield advantages such as more opportunity (42%) and better career advancement (41%), according to respondents.
  • Training is essential for getting and maintaining green jobs; 30% of green job workers say they needed major training when they started, and most report that formal education and training programs will continue to be needed. Hiring firms agree; 71% of hiring decision makers maintain that being green-certified increases competitiveness.

This study is the first to focus exclusively on design and construction professionals and trades workers. “Green jobs” are defined as those involving more than 50% of work on green projects or designing and installing uniquely green systems, while excluding support or administrative professionals and manufacturing, production or transportation-related services. The premier partners include the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects. Other partners include the Society for Marketing Professional Services, National Association of the Remodelers Industry, and the Building & Construction Trades Department of the AFL/CIO.