Webinar: The Pragmatics of Integrating Building Material Health into Projects
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John Amatruda, RA, LEED Fellow, BREEAM International Assessor
Principal, Vidaris, Inc., Norwalk, Connecticut
Bill Walsh, J.D., LL.M.
Executive Director, Healthy Building Network, Washington, District of Columbia
Amanda Kaminsky, LEED AP
Senior Sustainability Manager, The Durst Organization, New York, New York
Weaving more in-depth health considerations into our building material selections requires an evolution of thinking from our traditional project teams, as well as new resources, tools and processes. In this session, three key collaborators – a Developer, Architect/sustainable materials consultant, and healthy products expert describe their experiences working together on recent high-rise residential/mixed use projects where materials were extensively reviewed for health considerations. Issues to be discussed include: 1) early education of project teams on the importance of materials and health; 2) process for design team research and reporting on materials; 3) use of expert consulting to vet products and develop appropriate specifications; 4) manufacturer outreach; 5) construction team procurement issues; and 6) marketing accomplishments to prospective residents and tenants. Material health expertise integrated in the right way at the right phases enables health to be prioritized alongside other environmental considerations, as well as cost, performance, aesthetics, and schedule. The result can be a significant elimination of avoidable hazards, leading to more holistically healthy, sustainable buildings. In addition, a more focused emphasis on material health can progressively alter the working methods of design teams and, ultimately, the formulations of materials we all use to create our built environments.
Owners will be better aware of realistic material health goals in the current marketplace, and how to structure project teams for successful analysis and purchasing of healthier products.
Design and Construction Teams will gain increased understanding of how their roles will evolve to include this new set of considerations for project documents and schedule.
Manufacturers will better understand project teams’ increasing priority of health-based considerations for their products, and will learn more about the forms of data sought from them to demonstrate health.
Project Teams will better understand how to use available tools to evaluate and communicate the healthfulness of the building materials used in their projects.