What is a Common Product Profile?

Common Product Profiles, or CPs, are non-manufacturer specific profiles that describe the content that is commonly found within a particular product type. They do not represent a single manufacturer composition or an aggregation of all possible content across manufacturers but describe an industry-wide baseline product.

The common product composition is determined by taking the most common substance of each given function or role within product – for example – the most commonly used flame retardant within SPF insulation was included within the common product profile. Like HPDs and Declare Labels, CPs describe the composition of the product as it would be delivered to the job site. For example, for a paint that is applied on-site, this would be represented in the wet state.

CPs are based on in-depth product research with information compiled from a range of publicly available resources including HPDs, Declare Labels, SDSs, patents, industry association literature, and scientific publications. They were first created through a partnership between HBN, Google, Flux, and thinkstep.

Through this effort, CPs were created for 102 common building products, and they are available in an open database known as the Quartz Project.  Following the launch of the Quartz Project database, HBN has continued to create common product profiles for additional building products. These CPs are available in Portico through the Common Products tab on the Dashboard. For product types lacking content transparency, CPs can provide guidance on the substances that can typically be expected. Keep in mind that since these profiles outline the most common content, less common and potentially more hazardous formulations exist in some cases.

For more details on the methodology used to create CPs, see:

http://quartzproject.org/methodology