A Toxic Investment? Your Building’s Health Begins with Healthy Materials

Let’s make the multifamily affordable housing synonymous with healthy building construction. Many of us already seek out healthy materials for our projects, and all of us can with the right information. This session will build skills and confidence in healthy material selection, improve our ability to talk about the potential health benefits of high performance construction, and distinguish the myth from the realities of healthy material cost, performance and availability. A nationally recognized expert in healthy building materials will review chemical hazards in building materials, with attention to advancing social equity and healthy re-entry after COVID-19 quarantines are relaxed. One of the nation’s leading experts in sustainable design integration, indoor air quality and energy performance testing will explain how healthy materials enhances your IAQ strategy to enhance human health and wellbeing outcomes, and avoid unintended pitfalls. A leading NYC affordable housing developer will describe how they are integrating rigorous materials screening into their affordable housing projects, creating healthy, high performance homes for all.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Experience Level: 

1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)

CEU Information: 

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

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline reasons for broadening the definition of high performance to include human health
  • Understand the role public health data and social equity play in providing healthy buildings
  • Identify health hazards associated with poor IAQ and toxic building materials commonly used in high performance construction
  • Recognize tools and resources available to promote the design of healthy AND high performance buildings

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