Living Building Challenge Petal Workshop: Materials - Chicago, Illinois
The Living Building Challenge Materials Petal is intended to induce a successful materials economy that is non-toxic, transparent and socially equitable. In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of how to meet the material-related Imperatives of the Living Building Challenge: I-10 Red List, I-11 Embodied Carbon Footprint, I-12 Responsible Industry, I-13 Living Economy Sourcing, and I-14 Net Positive Waste as well as introduce and explain the Declare Program.
This workshop is appropriate for anyone working in the building industry, participants should already have an understanding of the Living Building Challenge. They should be familiar with the Standard and the Imperatives and Petal structure of the Challenge. The workshop will highlight successful examples of innovative projects from around the globe, identifying innovative products and stories how projects have been successful in changing the materials marketplace.
1pm-2:30 The Philosophy of the Living Building Challenge / Petal rationale + strategies: Materials
2:45-5:00 Breaking down Barriers / Community + Tools / Full Group Discussion
1 – Identify the Imperatives within the Materials Petal and understand how these Imperative support a fundamental transformation of the materials economy
2 – Understand how product selection can impact human and environmental health
3 – Explain the Declare label and how can be used as a resource for healthy materials selection and Living Building project teams.
James Connelly conducts technical consulting for high profile Living Building Challenge projects both in the US and Internationally. In addition, he leads strategic sustainable business initiatives for the International Living Future Institute including Declare, an innovative ingredients transparency label and database of non-toxic sustainably sourced products, and Just, a Social Justice and Corporate responsibility label for leading progressive organizations. James conducts outreach and lectures on the Living Building Challenge both domestically and internationally; with a particular focus Healthy Materials, Sustainable Business. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, James recently completed a Fulbright Research fellowship in Beijing on green building evaluation systems in China. James is an avid writer and blogger, and his research and work has been featured in news outlets such as Architecture Record, China Dialogue and Engineering News Record.
A generous thank you to Teknion for helping sponsor this workshop!