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Building Materials Summit: Closing the Transparency Loop

July 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

$20 – $30
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Building Materials Summit: Closing the Transparency Loop

How do we ensure that the legacy of our designs are positive for both people and the environment? It starts with leadership and commitment. How can we as product manufacturers, designers, and builders transition from commitments into action? That starts with communication and collaboration.

Every architect, designer and contractor looking for healthy, sustainable materials knows how challenging it can be. Similarly, industry is evolving to meet demands for both better materials and increased transparency expectations for the disclosure of material and ingredient information in products.

The Closing the Transparency Loop (CTL) movement was created to shine a light on the lack of communication and collaboration throughout the building industry and value chain. These gaps are preventing needed progress to transform the materials economy and adequately address the multifaceted issue of health in our building stock.

The movement began organically in an effort to support a group of leading manufacturers, the Living Product 50, in making the business case for their transparency and sustainability investments. It quickly became clear that the struggle is shared by all members of the building industry, including architecture & design contractors, labor, MEP, and owners. Closing the Transparency Loop seeks to catalyze meaningful communication and collaborative action between all stakeholders to ensure we stabilize the business case for sustainability for everyone.

This virtual session will introduce attendees to the Closing the Transparency Loop movement and how various tools like the mindful MATERIALS database are driving industry transformation and supporting the improvements made to the Building Product Disclosure & Optimization credits in LEED v4.1. Participants will have the chance to learn how they can incorporate healthy materials practices into action in their daily lives and become members of this movement. Join us!


This event is pending approval for 3.0 GBCI CEUs


Who Should Attend this Event:

  • Design and Construction Professionals: If you specify building products, this event will help you understand efforts within the manufacturing industry to meet your need for healthy and transparent products. You’ll gain insight into challenges the industry faces and investments they are making in products to meet your design and construction goals. You can also communicate with manufacturers about your own needs and challenges related to health and transparency.
  • Building Product Manufacturers: If you are trying to determine how best to increase health and transparency of your products – or how to communicate these improvements – this event can help you communicate these issues or successes with product specifiers. You can also learn how to become involved in the Closing the Transparency Loop movement and continue your leadership towards healthier and more transparent products.
  • Sustainability Consultants: By becoming more familiar with the Closing the Transparency Loop movement, you can help your clients identify leadership and innovations in health and transparent building products and even help facilitate conversations among project stakeholders.
  • Students and Academics: If you are curious about innovations in healthy and transparent building products or have your own ideas to offer, please consider joining the conversation and the movement!


Event Logistics:
This event will be hosted on a Zoom meetup. Specific event details and Zoom link will be sent out the day before the event.


Agenda: The main event is from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and will be followed by an optional Zoom happy hour.

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • History of healthy materials movement
  • A look at holistic sustainability for building product manufacturers and how the LP50 is measuring progress and success through collective action
  • Insight from product specifiers in the construction industry: challenges, needs and successes
  • Overview of next steps and how breaking out of silos has helped to shape the built environment to ensure healthy materials inspire healthier more sustainable buildings and design
  • Interactive Sessions
    • What actions can you take in your profession to inspire your own “closing the transparency loop?”
    • What does success look like?
  • Audience Q&A


About our Speakers:

Annie Bevan, Superior Essex: Annie Bevan is a sustainability professional with over 10 years of experience working with organizations to develop processes, procedures, and standards to analyze and certify various sustainability claims in products, supply chains, buildings, and within manufacturing operations. She is widely regarded in the industry as an expert in sustainability program development, corporate social responsibility and third-party verification. In her role as the Global Head of Sustainability, she oversees the Superior Essex market leading sustainability program, working to collaborate and accelerate their sustainability platform through engagement with both customers and suppliers. She is driven by a passion to create positive change through collaboration and is inspired by the interconnectivity of all things in both nature and business.


Tim Conway, Shaw Industries: As a flooring industry expert, Tim is focused on the positive affects that sustainable flooring products have on our buildings, and more importantly, the people that occupy and live in the spaces we design. Tim is passionate about collaborating with clients to develop flooring specifications that are safe throughout a product’s entire supply chain, from raw material chemical building blocks to end of life reclamation. He has a unique ability to translate complex environmental assessments into simple stories that empower change and deliver buildings that have positive intent for the future of our people and our planet.



Benson GablerBenson Gabler, International Living Future Institute: Benson manages the Pittsburgh Living Product Hub, which ILFI launched in April 2017 to support the region’s growth of green manufacturing and regenerative product design. A Pittsburgh native, Benson is excited to build ILFI’s presence in the region and work with local manufacturers to pursue the Declare and Living Product Challenge programs. Benson has spent the past twelve years studying and implementing different approaches to environmental management, including the past eight years directing the corporate sustainability program for The PNC Financial Services Group.


Laleh Gharanjik, Jendoco Construction: Laleh is a project manager and estimator at Jendoco Construction Corporation. She holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture-Engineering-Construction Management from Carnegie Mellon University and has worked on several green building projects perusing various green building rating systems such as LEED, LBC, WELL, etc. She is passionate about sustainable and regenerative design and construction and has been responsible for technology management and Building Information Modeling (BIM) for several high tech projects. She holds her LFA and LEED AP BD+C credentials and is Education Co-Chair of Green Building Alliance’s Emerging Professionals Committee.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the history of the healthy materials movement.
  • Become familiar with the Closing the Transparency Loop Movement that is happening between building product manufacturers and the A&D community.
  • Understand the value of various documents and green building movements like EPD, HPD, Declare, LPC, Embodied Carbon initiatives, etc. and how these impact buildings and its occupants.
  • Engage in real life action items to allow the specification of healthy materials, in turn truly reducing impacts (both human health and environmental) in the built environment.


Thank you to Superior Essex and Shaw Industries for sponsoring this event!




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July 30
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$20 – $30
Event Category:


Zoom Meetup
PA United States


Leslie Montgomery