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POSTPONED Transparency Tools and How to Use Them to Achieve Healthier Buildings (1.5 HSWs)
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POSTPONED Transparency Tools and How to Use Them to Achieve Healthier Buildings (1.5 HSWs)

When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Where: AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco 94104
United States

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Through the use of transparency documents (Declare label, C2C label, GreenScreen, HPD, and EPD), a materials health expert will lead the participants through the materials health screening process. The presenter will quickly highlight the differences (report, assessment, label), and identify the four steps required to get to safer products – and which of those steps the designer / specifier is responsible for.

Through an interactive exercise, participants will use the documents to answer questions about two products, including: identifying compliance with LEED v4, comparing relative toxicity, and identifying levels of disclosure.

The presentation is suited for designers looking to gain the confidence to take on their first project that requires a materials health screening. As a prerequisite, a basic familiarity with Pharos, Green Screen, and the transparency documents noted above is suggested.


Learning Objectives
  1. Understand the correct steps for undertaking a materials health screening process
  2. Explore currently available tools used for determining healthier materials
  3. Demonstrate online research options and identify their strengths and weaknesses
  4. Learn how to identify LEED v4-compliant documents


About the Speaker

Suzanne Drake
Research Director, Perkins+Will

Suzanne is a Research Director in Perkins+Will’s San Francisco office, co-directing the Firm’s Materials Performance Lab. The Lab is the conduit for healthy materials knowledge and research to be disseminated throughout the firm, and to be implemented into projects. Her career has focused on commercial interiors, specializing in creating healthy environments and green interiors. She draws on two decades of on-going green research to support client initiatives and environmental goals. Her book EcoSoul: Save the Planet and Yourself by ReThinking your Everyday Habits was published in2011. She has co-authored three installments of the Healthy Environments whitepaper series, including Strategies for Avoiding Flame Retardants in the Built Environment (2014), What’s New (and What’s Not) With PVC (2015), and Understanding Antimicrobial Ingredients in Building Materials (anticipated 2017).


Pricing and Registration

  • AIA Member: $5
  • General Admission: $10

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The Summit Foundation photo courtesy Perkinw+Will; photo credit Eric Laignel