In order for your completed HPD to qualify for certain certifications, such as LEED v4 material disclosure, and use in other standards and libraries, it must be "published,"  which is equivalent to making it a public document.  In almost all cases, this is something you will want to do when you complete work on your HPD.

Until you publish your HPD, it is a "draft" document.  You are able to use the HPD as a draft for many purposes, such as working within your own organization, with consultants, suppliers and other collaborators.  This may be very valuable and useful for you while you are developing the data in your HPD, which may require considerable work with others to fully complete.  

The HPD Public Repository is the authoritative source for published HPDs. Publishing your HPDs to the Public Repository provides the easiest path for the users of your products to find the associated HPDs. It also signals your company’s commitment to disclosure and transparency. To be considered officially published and publicly available, HPDs must be available in the HPD Public Repository.

If you are using the HPD Builder to create your HPDs, you will be able to publish to the Repository directly from the HPD Builder.  After the HPD is published, you will be able to download the PDF directly from your HPD Builder account - for printing, internal or external use, or to place it on your own website.

If you manually create your HPD, or use a 3rd Party automated tool, you can publish to the HPD Public Repository by uploading your HPD manually.  This function is available on the Repository website.

If you wish to remove an HPD from the Public Repository after it is published, a Withdraw button is also available in the Builder. You will be able to use this function to change an HPD’s status and remove it from the Public Repository. Once an HPD has been uploaded to the Public Repository, if it is subsequently withdrawn it will be listed as a withdrawn HPD, but will no longer be available for normal searching or downloading. Public Repository users will be directed to contact the manufacturer for further information about a withdrawn HPD.