The 2016 Living Product Expo: A Not-to-Miss Experience

Products found in our built environment have a significant impact on human health and well-being, along with the environment. Understanding more about these products – such as what they are made of, where their material components come from, and their manufacturing processes – is critical to reducing negative impacts on people and the planet.  If we want to re-imagine products that do no harm to the natural or human world AND bring joy, uplift the human spirit, and increase our quality of life, we’ll discover the new and emerging world of LIVING PRODUCTS.


The second annual Living Product Expo, hosted by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), is returning to Pittsburgh from September 13-15, 2016. GBA is excited to partner once again as the local host for this innovative event that attracts the world’s leading design firms, prominent manufacturers, and sustainability consultants who are inspiring a revolution in the way materials are designed, manufactured, and delivered.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about living products and why they are a critical component to building healthy, thriving individuals and communities. Whether you are an architect, designer, manufacturer, sustainability consultant, educator, building owner, or professional interested in corporate social responsibility for your organization, this event will provide inspiration and ideas for implementation. Some areas of focus and highlights of the Expo include:

  • The new Living Product Challenge re-imagines the design and construction of products so they can function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world, and demonstrates how this is changing the materials landscape.
  • The Living Building Challenge (LBC), the built environment’s most rigorous performance standard, inspires the creation of building projects that operate as cleanly, beautifully, and efficiently as nature’s architecture. You will have opportunities to learn more about LBC during various conference education sessions, including what it takes to achieve the Materials Petal Challenge (pre-conference event), and can explore local LBC projects such as Phipps Conservatory’s Center for Sustainable Landscapes (certified) and the almost completed Frick Environmental Center (registered).

    Frick Environmental Center rendering / Image:

    Frick Environmental Center rendering / Image:

  • Excellent learning opportunities are available through education sessions (tracks include Net Positive Products + Enterprise, Green Chemistry + Health, Social Equity + Supply Chains, Biomimicry + Biophilic Design), tours (including Frick Environmental Center – check out our recent post about the project), and pre-conference workshops.  View the full speaker lineup.
  • GBA and ILFI share the goal of creating a healthy built environment for all – and ensuring healthy products for everyone is an integral part of achieving this vision. The Expo will provide a deeper dive into healthy products and social equity, including an education session on Creating a Healthy Materials Economy for All.
  • Inspirational keynote speakers include Carol Sanford, executive producer at The Regenerative Business Summit; Robin Guenther, principal at Perkins+Will and senior advisor at Health Care Without Harm; and Chris Ategeka, founder of Ride for Lives. As part of GBA’s Inspire Speakers Series, we will partner on the Expo’s soon-to-be announced opening keynote speaker Tuesday evening.
  • The Exhibit Hall will provide attendees with a chance to see, touch, and feel innovative products and learn more from leading companies.
  • Great networking! From interactions on the Exhibit Hall floor, to networking dinners, an After Party at Phipps Conservatory, and informal activities such as a bike ride along Pittsburgh’s river trails in the morning, this event is a great opportunity to make new connections with people from around the world. And to top it off, you can end your Living Product Expo experience by attending GBA’s annual Emerald Evening gala on September 15 at Carnegie Museum’s Music Hall.

We hope you can join us for this innovative, thought-provoking, and game-changing event!


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