This article was submitted by Jim Daniels, ATAS International Inc.
So it is not too surprising to learn about recent efforts to create a Chemical Footprint program. Over the past few years, the impact of chemicals of concern in building materials became the latest topic in the transparency and reporting aspect of green buildings. That spurred the formation of the Health Product Declaration (HOD) Collaborative. And it triggered an attempt to create an ASTM Standard on a similar program call the Product Transparency Declaration. Both of those programs generate a list of chemical ingredients in a building product and flag any chemicals at certain levels that my be of concerns. Specifiers, architects and building owners are interested in this aspect of chemicals in the products that make up the building.