June 2018

Assessing Our Health Product Declarations and Material Transparency

Amy Hockett and Pat Grotlisch

Gaining and maintaining your trust is really at the heart of National Gypsum’s Health Product Declarations (HPDs). HPDs and other declarations reflect our overall, continued pledge to sustainability and material transparency, and we willingly share this information.

Health Product Declarations (HPDs)

You design your projects with occupancy health and indoor air quality issues in mind, and to assist you we have a list of products with HPDs. An HPD identifies a product’s ingredients and health information. The completed report complies with the Health Product Declaration® Open Standard and describes a product used in the built environment. In layman’s terms, an HPD means National Gypsum has taken the time to investigate and disclose the ingredients in our products down to as small as 1,000 parts per million. This transparency helps you make informed, apples-to-apples product comparisons and select the products that best meet each project’s sustainability goals. Other sustainable product information we offer includes third-party indoor environmental quality certifications for low chemical emissions, mold resistance claim validations, material credit compliance, life cycle assessments and hazard screenings of product ingredients.

These product declarations and ingredient inventories provide you (and ultimately your clients) with the confidence that National Gypsum products have been vetted and are safe to use in your projects.

Are You Specifying Healthy Products?

The products you specify can affect the long-term health of building occupants. Ask your Construction Design Manager to help you match the right products with your project’s sustainability goals.

Products with HPDs

We have HPDs for National Gypsum’s Gold Bond®, DEXcell®, ProForm® and PermaBase® BRAND products. These include:

For more information on National Gypsum's HPDs, visit the National Gypsum Design Center or the HPD Public Repository. To learn more about HPDs, visit the Health Product Declaration Collaborative.

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

We have added industry-wide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to our material transparency guide. For information about our EPDs, visit the Design Center.

Products with Declare Labels

A Declare label answers three questions:

  • Where does a product come from?
  • What is it made of?
  • Where does it go at the end of its life?

Architects and specifiers value transparency, and the Declare database provides a free resource to help make product selections based on healthy and safe material ingredients. The database is a transparent platform that publishes ingredient disclosure labels – Declare labels – that are easy to read.

To help meet your sustainability objectives, National Gypsum offers an array of products with Declare labels. These products include Gold Bond® BRAND XP® Fire-Shield®, Gold Bond® BRAND High Strength Fire-Shield® LITE®, Gold Bond® BRAND Fire-Shield® Shaftliner XP® and Gold Bond® BRAND Hi-Abuse® XP®. For details, visit the Design Center. Gold Bond BRAND XP® Fire-Shield®, Gold Bond BRAND Fire-Shield® Shaftliner XP® and Gold Bond® BRAND Hi-Abuse® XP® are also Red List Free.

Our Declare labels and HPDs are LEED approved documents for compliance with LEED v4 MR Credit: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Material Ingredients, Option 1. These documents are approved documents for use with Living Building Challenge Materials Petal Imperatives: I10 Red List, I12 Responsible Industry, I13 Living Economy Sourcing and I14 Net Positive Waste. In addition, Declare labels comply with the Health + Happiness Petal: Imperative 08 Healthy Interior Environment.

For Details, Talk with Your Construction Design Manager

Your Construction Design Manager is a valuable resource, so contact him or her for more information about National Gypsum products and our commitment to sustainability.

"When LEED v4 became effective in October 2016, no one knew if the emphasis on manufacturers’ transparency would be embraced by architects, end users and manufacturers. At that time, NGC had no HPDs or EPDs. Today, we have now published Health Product Declarations, an industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration and Declare labels for four products. National Gypsum is committed to transparency."
- Pat Grotlisch

"Customer Satisfaction is one of National Gypsum’s Core Values. To provide the best service for our customers, we identify their most critical needs. When USGBC changed the focus of LEED v4 to material ingredient disclosure and life cycle assessment and away from single-attribute credits (like regional materials and recycled content), National Gypsum listened to our architecture and design partners to provide solutions for these new requirements. By developing and publishing our HPDs and Declare labels, we responded to a need and provided valuable information for project teams pursuing LEED v4 and Living Building Challenge certifications."
- Amy Hockett

Product Overview

Peace of Mind = ProForm® BRAND XP® with Dust-Tech®

A great choice to specify in light of the new OSHA regulation, ProForm® BRAND XP® with Dust-Tech® helps improve indoor air quality. Your building team can use it for taping, finishing joints and cornerbead, spotting fasteners, skimming and textures, and repairing cracks in plaster walls. This joint compound:

  • Reduces airborne dust by up to 60 percent
  • Resists mold growth – per ASTM G21 score of 0 (best) and ASTM D3273 score of 10 (best)
  • Applies easily, doesn’t clog sanding tools and provides excellent bond
  • Offers quick and easy clean-up
  • Works great for first phases of finishing

For more information: ProForm® Ready Mix Joint Compounds.

Project Profile

R.W. Kern Center Achieves Most Advanced Green Building Standard





Drywall Contractor:

R.W. Kern Center, Hampshire College

Bruner/Cott & Associates, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Wright Builders, Northampton, Massachusetts

Certified as a Living Building by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI)

Pilgrim Interiors, Inc.

The R.W. Kern Center joins just 18 other buildings in the world (as of April 2018) certified as a Living Building and is the largest Living Certified higher-education project. This 17,000-square-foot building has classrooms, offices, a café and gallery space, and serves as the introduction to the Hampshire College campus for prospective students.

Generating its own electricity and collecting its own water, the R.W. Kern Center was built with materials primarily from local and regional sources and free from “red list” chemicals. This multi-functional facility also serves as a living laboratory, where students and the public study its systems and performance, tied to measures for sustainability.

It is the first installment in Hampshire’s broad sustainability mission to make campus operations carbon neutral, including a plan to go 100 percent solar for electricity. Its gray-water treatment system is also in a pilot program for the state and may pave the way for others. It was featured in National Geographic magazine as one of the “Top 10 Green Buildings of 2017.”

The use of National Gypsum products contributed to earning ILFI certification. The R.W. Kern Center was built using National Gypsum products, including Gold Bond® BRAND XP® Gypsum Board (1/2”), Gold Bond® BRAND XP® Fire-Shield® Gypsum Board, Gold Bond® BRAND Fire-Shield® Gypsum Board, ProForm® BRAND All Purpose Joint Compound, and ProForm® BRAND Paper Joint Tape.

Continuing Education

It’s easy to complete CEU hours this month by taking one of these courses:

High Performance Gypsum: Protect Against Mold, Moisture and Exposure
1 hour/AIA HSW CE Hour
Gypsum Board: Beyond Recycled Content
1 hour/AIA HSW CE Hour

Reduce Dust with ProForm® BRAND XP® with Dust-Tech®

Dramatically reduce airborne dust (by up to 60 percent) and improve indoor air quality when you specify ProForm® BRAND XP® with Dust-Tech®.

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Amy Hockett
National Marketing Manager, Architectural Services & Sustainability

Trang Schwartz
Architectural Specialist

Scott Hughes
Northeast/Atlantic, Southeast/Gulf

Thad Goodman

Pat Grotlisch

Frank Fuller