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Tools for Specifying Healthier Regional Building Materials

September 19, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

$35.00 – $45.00
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GBA Health Series

About this Event 

When specifying building materials for healthy and high-performing building projects, team members often face dizzying trade-offs. How can you find materials with a low environmental footprint, no negative health impacts, and which also contribute to ongoing building performance? Material selection can prevent projects from meeting standards like LEED v4, Living Building Challenge and WELL. At this event, you’ll gain insight into better sourcing strategies, in addition to learning about some of the most exciting product innovations in the building sector.  

During this event, GBA’s Angelica Ciranni will highlight some specific materials that were sourced for GBA’s office renovation last year, with both location and health in mind. Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens’ Michelle Allworth will share insights into material selection at Phipps over the course of several years and projects, and explain how the organization’s process has shifted over time with more robust building standards, a changing market, and new solutions. International Living Future Institute’s Alex Co will share a tool that has been developed to assist project teams in regional, healthy product selection and describe efforts to assist local craft manufacturers in achieving their Declare labels.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will discuss decision-making obstacles when determining between healthy and regional products. 
  2. Participants will discuss common challenges in healthy and regional building product selection. 
  3. Participants will explore labels and tools that can help make specifying products easier. 
  4. Participants will hear from project team members and product representatives to gain insight into different strategies for product selection. 


Health in the Built Environment Series 

GBA’s series on Health in the Built Environment will prepare owners and practitioners to build spaces that prioritize occupant health and productivity. The series connects research in neuroscience and cognitive behavior with building design and maintenance, proposing practical solutions to improve tenant well-being. 

You can choose to attend one event in the series, or dive deeper into the topic by attending all four events. Members of GBA have the opportunity to purchase the whole series at a deep discount.  

We’d like to thank Sage Glass for sponsoring this series.


This event is pending approval for 2.0 GBCI CEUs and 2.0 AIA HSW hours.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits. Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events). Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.


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September 19, 2019
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$35.00 – $45.00
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Leslie Montgomery


Green Building Alliance
333 E Carson St, Suite 331
Pittsburgh, 15219 United States
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