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Building with Purpose: Selecting Green Materials (Lunchtime Series)

March 7

Building with Purpose Selecting Green Materials

(6) 1-hour lunchtime sessions
March 7th to April 18th, Thursdays

About the Class

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This multi-session series highlights concepts and trends in green material selection and reviews tools available to find healthier, lower-carbon products that are better for the environment and better for building occupants. Attendees will learn how to find greener products among the numerous material options, databases, certifications and rating systems. The series covers healthy materials concepts, chemicals of concern, and industry commitments; materials databases and documentation; embodied carbon; using materials selection to fulfill ESG commitments; and practical product selection for common products. This course will be held virtually and is a combination of presentation and discussion.

The course is taught by Brent Ehrlich, LEED AP, Product & Materials Specialist at BuildingGreen. Jill Maltby-Abbott, AIA, WELL AP, LFA, Director of Consulting, Paula Melton, Editorial Director, and Candace Pearson, Director of Integration, from BuildingGreen will also be joining Brent on some sessions as co-instructors.


These lunchtime sessions are reduced versions of offerings in the BE+ Public Course Catalog. If you are interested in learning more, reach out to us to attend the full session of each topic.

Introduction to Healthy Materials
March 7th, 2024 | 12 – 1pm
This session will introduce leading concerns across the building materials market and materials selection concepts and trends in optimizing product selection.

Better Materials Part 1
March 14th, 2024 | 12 – 1pm
This session will introduce materials selection concepts and trends including how material transparency concerns align with the A&D Material Pledge (adopted by the AIA). Part 1 looks generally at concerns (e.g. chemical hazards, emissions, and carbon) and how vetting is applied across design phases, green building rating systems, and even reporting frameworks for ESG.

Better Materials Part 2
March 21st, 2024 | 12 – 1pm
This session will introduce materials selection concepts and trends including how material transparency concerns align with the A&D Material Pledge (adopted by the AIA). Part 2 addresses the landscape of how teams validate optimized material claims, including the landscape of certifications today, disclosure documents, other tools leveraged across industry pledges and commitments, and reporting frameworks supporting ESG.

Embodied Carbon in Concrete and Wood Introduction
April 4th, 2024 | 12 – 1pm (Rescheduled from March 28th)
This course looks at the carbon and environmental impacts of concrete and wood building materials, how they have improved over the years, and where they still fall short. The course will focus on concrete’s carbon emissions problem and solutions, cement and concrete alternatives, building code changes, and wood building materials (including mass timber and other engineered products). Forestry’s carbon accounting and environmental impacts are complicated and in flux – the training will also dig into some of those challenges, the state of forestry certifications, and life-cycle data/EPDs.

Practical Product Selection: Choosing Green Materials for Common Products
April 11th, 2024 | 12 – 1pm
How do you find healthier, lower-carbon products among the numerous material options, rating systems, databases, and certifications? This course provides an overview of material choices in a couple of key product areas—insulation and resilient flooring in particular. Participants will learn the material health concerns of the product areas and will learn the basics of how to find better options. Built roughly around AIA’s Architecture and Design Materials Pledge framework, the course is a first step towards learning about product selection. The methodologies learned can then be applied to other product areas.

Healthy Materials: Lab 1 Demonstration
April 18th, 2024 | 12 – 1pm
In this one-hour workshop, attendees learn how information gleaned from healthy materials, carbon, and ESG workshops can be used to select better products in real-world applications. Product choices often require tradeoffs. This course helps attendees wade through the challenges of first cost, value engineering, few “like products,” and more.

Education Credits

Earn 6 AIA LU/HSW units
Continuing education credits are available from BE+, reported for each 1-hour session attended.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to contextualize material health concerns and claims through understanding key areas of analysis like human health, environmental health and carbon, ecosystem health and sourcing, circularity, and social health and equity (which represent the vetting buckets of the Architecture & Design Materials Pledge with the AIA) and the certifications that verify achievement in each key area.

2. Participants will learn how to find optimized products among the numerous material options, databases, and rating systems leveraging certifications, ingredient disclosures, and reporting.

3. Participants will understand basic applicability of material vetting to ESG as project-specific materials vetting rolls up to portfolio level reporting.

4. Participants will learn about ways to integrate material achievement across design and construction phases.

Funding Grants Available: Submit by February 15th, 2024

Funding Grants Available: Submit by February 15th, 2024

Employers with 100 or fewer Massachusetts employees are eligible to receive Express Program grants. Please note that you must submit an Express Grant application minimum of 21 days out from the live training start date. Complete an Express Grant application here.

Express Grant Funding is only available for the full series.

Course ID#: C-7661
Course provider: Built Environment Plus
Course cost: $525.00
Cost type: Per trainee


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