H07 - Transforming Markets: Healthier Building Materials

Friday, November 10 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM | 257AB « Back

Abstract Text:

A strong and growing body of research from Harvard University faculty and other scientists has shown that some of the most effective interventions for enhancing the health, productivity and well-being of people in the built environment is through healthier building materials and products. In Part 1, we describe the pervasiveness of bioaccumalative and environmentally persistent chemicals throughout traditional buildings, and the interconnection that buildings have with health. Part 2, we explore how Harvard is translating faculty research into practice through the Office for Sustainability’s Healthier Building Materials Academy which partners with the university’s Schools, departments, and vendors to procure healthier materials for capital projects. In Part 3, Google and Harvard will show how they are transforming the marketplace on a national scale through Google’s Portico software program. Portico is a novel tool for crowdsourcing material ingredient and health information for products, and is one of many results that have arisen from Google’s almost seven years of healthier materials efforts at its own facilities. Google will also share the initial results from a partnership that was launched in 2016 with 4 organizations including Harvard.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participant will be able to understand the latest scientific research about exposure risks and health impacts from chemicals of concern in buildings.

Upon completion, participant will be better equipped to navigate complex organizations and implement healthier building materials at their own institutions.

Upon completion, participant will be able to understand key roles and responsibilities, insertion points in the decision process, and necessary documentation to integrate healthier alternatives.

Upon completion, participant will be able to understand the methodology behind Google’s Portico tool for selecting and tracking healthier materials.

Learning Level:

Level 300 – Application/Implementation


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Event Type: Education Sessions > Session