Superior Essex announces that it is the first company in the telecommunications cable manufacturing industry to offer Health Product Declarations™ (HPDs), which can be used to obtain a point in the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification process for building projects. The newly published HPD’s, when combined with the previously announced Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), make it possible for Superior Essex cable products to contribute towards two (2) LEED points for a single project.
A Health Product Declaration (HPD) is a report of product contents and the impact of ingredients on human and ecological health. The HPDs were issued in accordance with the Health Product Declaration CollaborativeTM open standard, which provides a common framework for disclosing information about the ingredients and associated health risks in products that are permanently installed.
Eight (8) HPDs have been published to cover twenty-five (25) Superior Essex premises copper data cable products, including multiple designs of plenum rated and riser rated Category 5e, 6 and 6A cables. These products are now eligible to contribute to a Material and Resources credit under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) version 4. These same products may contribute towards a second Materials and Resource credit applicable for products with published EPDs. The LEED program is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and has become the national standard for rating and certifying the environmental impact of building projects, including new construction and existing structures.