In order for your completed HPD to qualify for certain certifications, such as LEED v4 material disclosure, and be used in other standards and libraries, it must be "published," which is equivalent to making it a public document. For most manufacturers, this is an important reason for completing an HPD, and publishing is a critical step. The HPD Public Repository is the authoritative source for published HPDs and HPDs must be published there to be considered complete and "public."
Unpublished HPDs are "draft" documents. You are able to use a draft HPD for some purposes, such as working within your own organization, with consultants, suppliers and other collaborators. This may be very valuable and useful while you are developing the data in your HPD, which may require considerable work with others to fully complete.
When you are ready to publish, 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 HPD, 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 third-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 HPD Builder. You will be able to use this function to change an HPD’s status and remove it from the HPD 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 Once an HPD has been uploaded to the Public Repository, if it is subsequently withdrawn it will be listed as a withdrawn HPD, but will no longer be available for normal searching or downloading. HPD Public Repository users will be directed to contact the manufacturer for further information about a withdrawn HPD.