The Next Frontier in Green Buildings: Creating and Finding Products in the Age of Transparency, May 22, 1pm, Pittsburgh, PA

  • 22 May 2018
  • Start time : 01:00 PM
  • End time : 05:00 PM
  • Event Location : 6425 Penn Ave. #700, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Event Description

The new age of transparency and optimization in building products calls on us all to ensure the products we create, specify, and use contribute to a sustainable and regenerative society. High performance rating systems like LEED, WELL, and the Living Building Challenge incentivize owners and project teams to specify products that share details about material ingredients, manufacturing practices, and life-cycle impacts. In turn, manufacturers are challenged not only to be transparent with their ingredients and practices, but also to demonstrate that they are free of certain chemicals and better than the alternatives. A variety of product labels and certifications have emerged as a way to help manufacturers share this information and measure their progress, including Cradle to Cradle, Declare, EPDs, HPDs, and the Living Product Challenge.

Green Building Alliance and ILFI’s Living Product Hub are excited to gather leading experts, including representatives from Highmark, Superior Essex, and Vitro Architectural Glass, to provide:

Context behind these trends in the green building industry and how they show up in various rating systems
Clarity around product labels and certifications
Insights from owner and project team experiences in specifying products
Insights from manufacturers who have pursued transparency labels
Join us as we gather at Google Pittsburgh for this discussion. Snacks will be available throughout the afternoon, and we’ll conclude the event with a networking happy hour to celebrate the Living Product Hub’s first year in Pittsburgh.

1:00-1:15 – Opening Address
Aurora Sharrard, Green Building Alliance
Jon Barker, Google

1:15-1:55 – Keynote: “Why Materials Matter in the Built Environment”
Vivian Loftness, Carnegie Mellon University

2:00-3:00 – Panel: “Demanding Healthier Materials – Perspectives from Project Teams and Owners”
Moderator: Annie Bevan, U.S. Green Building Council
Panelists: Phyllis Barber, Highmark, Jeff Davis, FortyEighty Architecture, Laleh Gharanjik, Jendoco, Maureen Olinzock, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

3:05-4:05 – Panel: “Supplying Healthier Materials – Perspectives from Manufacturers”
Moderator: James Connelly, International Living Future Institute
Panelists: Timothy Bellovary, Vitro Architectural Glass, Annie Bevan, Superior Essex, Sandy Mulkern, US Gypsum, Ivan Zuniga, Kawneer

4:05-4:15 – Closing Remarks
Benson Gabler and Alex Co, International Living Future Institute, Living Product Hub
Leslie Montgomery, Green Building Alliance

4:15-5:00 – Happy Hour

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