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Health in the Built Environment Series: Healthy and Transparent Building Materials

October 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

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About this Event

How do we ensure 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 and 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.   This event is offered free of charge, but advanced registration is required. This event is hosted on Zoom, and all registered participants will receive the Zoom link the day before the event.  


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.    


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.  


Jane Hallinan, Perkins Eastman: Jane is an interior designer interested in environmentalism, material health, and honey bees. She is an Associate at Perkins Eastman in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and practices within the workplace and higher education areas of the firm. This compliments her previous design experience in the renovation of existing and historic buildings for commercial, educational, and religious clientele. In 2017, Hallinan launched Not A Decorator, a brand that focuses on interior design advocacy and is dedicated to further strengthening a respected title for professionals across the industry. Hallinan was named the 2015 IIDA Member of the Year, was President of the IIDA PA/NJ/DE Chapter from 2015-2018, and was a member of the Contract Magazine Editorial Advisory Board. Jane is known for her active voice within the industry and recently co-authored a submission to the 2020 CoreNet Global Hackathon with a team of IIDA members titled “A View Towards the Workplace of 2024.”  


This Event is Part of GBA’s Health in the Built Environment Series

GBA’s Health in the Built Environment Series seeks to draw connections between human health, buildings, and community design. This topic is more important now than ever and our series will explore a variety of research, implications, trends and tools for stakeholders and practitioners in the built environment.  Learn more about the series here.  


Event Fee

This event is free and we are grateful to our sponsors for making it possible. You provide critical support for the continuation of GBA’s education programs and help us grow our ability to provide scholarships for events and in-depth trainings for those who need them. Additional donations are made possible during the registration process if you wish to contribute. There is an option to add a suggested contribution of $20 to your registration. If you wish to contribute any other amount, you are welcome to do so on our Donations page. Any contribution helps advance our community’s work to create healthy and sustainable places where everyone can thrive. Thank you!  


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Thank you to UPMC for sponsoring the Health in the Built Environment series!  



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





October 29, 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Leslie Montgomery