Superior Essex says 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 certification process for building projects.
The HPDs, when combined with the previously announced Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), make it possible for Superior Essex cable products to contribute towards two LEED points for a single project.
An 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 Collaborative open standard, which provides a common framework for disclosing information about the ingredients and associated health risks in products that are permanently installed.
Eight HPDs have been published to cover 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 LEED version 4. These same products may contribute towards a second Materials and Resource credit applicable for products with published EPDs.
Superior Essex EPDs are available in the UL Sustainable Product Guide.