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CROSSWALK platform to Help Manufacturers Bring Product Transparency to Building Industry

By CIOReview | Tuesday, February 16, 2021

HPD Collaborative and Construction Information Network announce a product alliance that brings cutting-edge technology to the built environment.

FREMONT, CA: HPD Collaborative (HPDC) and Construction Information Network (CIN) announce a product alliance that brings cutting-edge technology to the built environment. CIN has generated the CROSSWALK platform, the first agile API to connect pioneering construction sector standards and classifications, including CSIs MasterFormat, Uniformat, OmniClass, and ASTMs E1557-09(2020)e1 with the world’s building professionals, construction technology platforms, and data flows. HPDC is a nonprofit that enhances the transparency of information and material health in the built environment.

Until now, manufacturers generating a Health Product Declaration (HPD) must offer their products classification codes into the HPD Builder, a software for entering data, running hazard screening, and formatting reports to be accurate with the HPD Open Standard. With this latest alliance, manufacturers now access the CROSSWALK platform directly from the HPD Builder. This makes sure that their product classification data is entered in a structured format, providing consistency and avoiding inaccuracies while significantly mitigating time spent researching the material ingredients of building products. 

There are many manufacturers, and they historically have classified their products in many ways. With CROSSWALK, the firm can offer a more accurate, reliable, and consistent method of reporting product contents and related to health data. The HPD Repository links product records with CSI classifications, making it seamless for the Product Library API partners to utilize these CSI classifications for product search and applications.

This consistent reporting, available for free through the HPD Public Repository, allows architects and designers to compare products between manufacturer A and manufacturer B with the apt classification.  The building sector is incredibly complex. A single build could reach years, and those standards and types may have also transformed. That is where CROSSWALK comes in. It can translate and update the standards in the blink of an eye. What was once a manual operation that could release errors and cause additional time and money to be spent is now automatic, creating efficiency, saving money, and even making the build safer.

HPDC has integrated the CROSSWALK platform into HPD Builder, a free tool for manufacturers to generate and manage Health Product Declarations (HPDs). HPDC and CSI plan to develop on this initial deployment to continually advance product classifications harmonization in the building sector.