Superior Essex announces it is the first company in the telecommunications cable manufacturing industry to offer Health Product Declarations™ (HPDs) for optical fiber cables. Seventeen HPDs have been published to cover 25 Superior Essex optical fiber cable families, including multiple designs of Premises plenum and riser rated cable designs, with fiber counts ranging from 2-fiber to 144-fiber. These newly published HPDs allow Superior Essex fiber cables to contribute towards points in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building projects.

A Health Product Declaration 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. Products offering HPDs can be used to obtain points in the LEED certification process under the Material and Resources credit in LEED version 4. The LEED program, administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a leading standard for rating and certifying the environmental impact of building projects, including new construction and existing structures.

“Superior Essex is committed to being the industry leader in environmental sustainability, and with that role comes the responsibility to provide full disclosure of any health risks from our products,” says Eric Perry, vice president applications engineering and quality at Superior Essex. “Whether you design green building projects or simply prefer to work with an environmentally responsible organization, the selection of products with HPDs provides valuable knowledge and assurance about the materials being installed within the network.”