Harnessing the Power of Building Products in Your Practice for Your Project and Public Benefit

A talk by Lisa Carey Moore, Anne Hulick, Amy Musanti and Lona Rerick
Integrated Eco Strategy, Clean Water Action, ASSA ABLOY and ZGF Architects

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About this talk

Building products matter. Our choices represent opportunities to impact issues of social and racial justice, climate change and health. The increased emphasis of certification programs like WELL, LEED and LBC on preferential products for people and the planet has resulted in thousands of labels. The AIA’s Material’s Pledge serves as one opportunity to commit to action: challenging signatories to demonstrate the use of materials which support human health, climate health, ecosystem health, and social health + equity in a circular economy. On the policy side, countless organizations are working to effect legislation on all levels of government that will help curtail harmful chemical use, and more recently, embodied carbon. During our session, we will explore the incredible opportunity that materials transparency and optimization represent on the project level, and how commitments like the Materials Pledge create a larger platform to impact change on the policy level. Panelists will focus on ways to organize around, and implement, a healthier materials strategy. We’ll hear how to work with manufacturers to achieve healthier materials goals, and how to collaborate with policy organizations to achieve an equitable distribution of benefits through attainment of policies that address chemicals of concern and embodied carbon.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how preferential materials goals can be established in your organization utilizing existing commitments and certification credit strategies.

  2. Learn about internal strategies for tracking achievements within your organization.

  3. Have a working knowledge of how policy takes shape, particularly at the state and local levels, in order to identify opportunities for engagement to influence policy outcome.

  4. Appreciate potential for leveraging manufacturer relationships and commitments to help achieve healthier material goals.

1 GBCI CEU (self-reported) 1 LFA CEU (pending)