Improving Your Project's Material Health

A project’s construction materials can have significant and enduring health effects—not only on the building's occupants, but also on the community where the products are produced and disposed of, and on the people manufacturing and installing them. Our collective experience with COVID-19 has highlighted urgent social justice issues within our supply chains. But where does one start when trying to incorporate healthier materials into a project? And what about the overlap between healthier materials and embodied carbon in products? This comprehensive session emphasizes that with basic understanding, early coordination, and clear communication, every project team can deliver a healthier building.
An educator, an architect, and a materials consultant will each offer their unique perspectives and experiences, and will provide attendees with tools for goal-setting, achieving project team buy-in, and addressing opportunities/obstacles on the path to better materials. Panelists will also share data analysis, lessons learned, and proven strategies. Smaller breakout groups will delve deeper into specific actions for implementing healthier materials. 

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Experience Level: 

1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)

CEU Information: 

BPI 1.0 hour
GBCI BD+C, ID+C, WELL 1.0 hour

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a framework for thinking about healthy material goals
  • Explain the role contract documents play in establishing healthy materials goals
  • Identify key strategies to achieve healthier materials (from three different stakeholder positions)
  • Select target metrics to help guide the process required to achieve healthier materials

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