LD01 - A Field Guide to Safe and Circular Building Materials

Tuesday, November 19 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM | B206 « Back

Abstract Text:

Green and healthy buildings require selecting products that are safe for humans and the environment. This session provides practical guidance and tools from industry experts for making responsible purchasing decisions based on core principles of material health, transparency and circularity to ensure project goals—including achieving the latest LEED v4.1 BD+C, ID+C, and O+M and WELL requirements—are met.

Join leading industry experts and practitioners to explore proven approaches and strategies for prioritizing material health, transparency and circularity in building products selection and purchasing. This workshop is designed to equip architects, designers, specifiers, project managers, contractors and manufacturers to embrace opportunities and overcome barriers to making responsible material choices. Through first-hand experiences and real-world examples shared by experts from the field, attendees will learn tools and frameworks that will enable smart decision making to realize material health and circularity goals at the building level. Among these resources, attendees will get a preview of the new Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard v4 to see how material health and circularity criteria have evolved to drive greater adoption and impact. They will also hear how HPDC and C2CPII are working together to ensure verified data can fulfill needs for both product transparency and optimization.

In this session, attendees will examine the implications of materials choices, brainstorm the potential for optimizations, and explore how best practices can be scaled from the project to portfolio-level. They will be challenged to identify potential interventions to advance material health and circularity in their own work including opportunities to source and integrate safe, healthy, circular materials into building projects. The session will help clarify roles and equip attendees to initiate necessary collaboration with other stakeholders throughout the supply chain to achieve positive outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

Learn key principles of product transparency, material health, circularity and responsible purchasing necessary for evaluating and selecting products

Understand LEED v4.1 BD+C, ID+C, O+M, and WELL v2 requirements for materials safety, transparency and optimization.

Learn strategies for collaborating effectively across disciplines to maximize positive impact and meet project goals

Learn about the new C2C Certified Product Standard (v4) and about collaborative efforts between HPDC and C2CPII to facilitate material transparency and optimization for building products

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GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, LEED Specific: ID+C, LEED Specific: O+M, WELL Specific
Well/LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, LEED Specific: ID+C, LEED Specific: O+M, WELL Specific
IDCEC hours:

Event Type: Workshop > Session