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Healthy Product Selection Using Transparency Data

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Discussion #3: TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2019
Healthy Product Selection Using Transparency Data

5:30-6 p.m. refreshments and drinks served
6-7:30 p.m. speaking and then mingling
General Admission: $25

If you cannot be in Portland for this event, join this discussion via the live stream from 6 to 7:30 PDT on June 4.

Portland Materials Transparency Collaborative (PMTC) and Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC) invite you to the “Healthy Product Selection Using Transparency Data” discussion in our continuing Discussion Series: Transparency and Material Health In Practice. Architecture and design professionals, contractors and owners will get practical answers to questions that you are likely to encounter as you take the next steps to integrate healthy materials practices into product selection and specification in your projects.

Upcoming In Discussion #3: One of the biggest challenges our industry has faced is making product selection tangible for our colleagues. There is a knowledge gap that exists between the leading innovations around health and sustainability and the vast majority of our industry; including designers, contractors and manufacturers. There is no one answer to this challenge and this session will explore a variety of ways that firms are tackling product selection to raise the overall awareness of their clients and colleagues and translating product attributes into better selection practices.

PANELISTS:

Lona Rerick is a sustainable designer at ZGF Architects LLP focusing on materials selection and transparency. Lona guides clients, design teams and contractors through the intricacies of system materials selection, product research for locations and writing specifications to assure that project goals are met during construction. Lona Rerick leads ZGF Architects Project Performance Team’s efforts to select and specify low-impact, healthy materials. Lona educates clients, staff, and manufacturers on the important transformation to building materials selection using new transparency tools like Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs). Currently, Lona serves on the Health Product Declaration Collaborative’s Board; as 2018 chair and current member of AIA National’s Materials Knowledge Working Group; as a member of the LEED MR TAG; on the mindful MATERIALS Steering Group; and as a founding co-Chair of the Portland Materials Transparency Collaborative. In 2018, she worked with the Portland AIA Chapter to create a local version of the AIA Materials Matter educational series.

Alex Setmajer is a Project Manager and Materials Specialist at Brightworks Sustainability, where she helps clients navigate the escalating complexity of material choices in the built environment. Her experience with healthy and sustainable materials includes working directly with building project teams pursuing the Living Building Challenge Materials Petal and Red List Vetting, LEED Materials credits, custom corporate healthy materials programs, measuring embodied carbon and building life cycle assessments (LCAs), and more. Alex also works directly with product manufacturers to advise and support them to improve their transparency and sustainability initiatives, including pursuing Declare labels, Living Building Challenge compliance documentation, sustainability strategy, identifying opportunities for improvement, and communicating their sustainability achievements. Additionally, she is involved in the development of Brightworks’ materials scoring tool, a proprietary tool that helps designers select preferred materials by scoring products across a number of indicators, including health, carbon, composition, water use, waste, circular design, and worker and community social benefit. Her volunteer engagements in the sustainability industry include serving as the Research and Advocacy Co-Chair for the International Living Future Institute Portland Collaborative, and as a member of the mindful MATERIALS Content Working Group. With a background in sustainability for infrastructure projects, Alex also ranks in the top-tier of consultants with expertise in the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s (ISI) Envision rating system. She is currently guiding the Envision program for the Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) new Automated People Mover, a critical piece of new infrastructure for the region, which will host the 2028 Olympic Games.

Laura Squillace is a Project Architect at Green Hammer Design Build where she has served as the lead designer on several Zero Energy projects including the Oaks Neighborhood at Rose Villa and the Zero Energy retrofit and renovation at New Day School. With more than a decade of experience, Laura finds great joy in creating buildings that resonate deeply with both the people and places they touch. Beyond her project work, Laura is driving the development of Green Hammer's Materials Database to raise the bar for healthier material selection. Prior to Green Hammer, Laura designed a range of projects from multi-family co-housing communities and single-family residences, to complex healthcare facilities, urban master plans and innovative office headquarters. She is passionate about creating sustainable, beautiful buildings, and is inspired by her belief that it is imperative to create buildings that give back to the communities and ecosystems of which they are a part.

With twenty-six years of professional experience, Michael Thrailkill is an architect and specifier with experience in all aspects of design and planning practice, from documentation and designing in Miami for projects in Florida and the Caribbean, to staff organization, documentation and construction administration in New Haven for projects in New York, New England, Idaho and Wyoming, to Portland for designing, project management, specifying and estimating on projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and in countries around the world. He founded his practice in 2015, providing architectural resources and consulting to architecture and interior design firms in Portland, Salem, Seattle, Vancouver BC, Los Angeles, Miami, Richmond and New York. Prior to starting his own practice, Michael was an Associate at Yost Grube Hall Architecture, a Portland firm with a long tradition of excellence in higher education design in the Pacific Northwest as well as corporate and government projects in overseas markets. He travelled extensively during his tenure at YGH, in support of clients’ projects in Egypt, England, the Gambia, Honduras, Ireland, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Panama, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates. He has provided regional specifications and cost input for projects in additional locations, including Angola, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mozambique, Pakistan and Turkmenistan, as well as domestic projects in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawai’i, Idaho, Oregon, Michigan, Texas and Washington.

MODERATOR:

Mike Manzi is Specifications Director at Bora Architects. With a deep passion for sustainability, Mike strives to optimize the performance of Bora’s work with respect to energy, water, and resource conservation, sustainable material selection, and healthy indoor environments. He understands how to optimally integrate technical requirements into the early phases of design, and has coordinated the LEED documentation process on multiple projects. Mike was a founding member of the Board of Directors, and currently chairs the Technical Committee, of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, an organization that has developed the HPD Open Standard for reporting building product content and associated health effects. This effort promotes material transparency in the marketplace, allowing designers, specifiers, and building owners to make better informed product selections.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Amy Running IIDA, Bora Architects
503 226 1575
running@bora.co

MARK YOUR CALENDARS - FUTURE DISCUSSION SERIES IN PORTLAND:

Best Practices in Material Health: The Owner’s Perspective
Tues. October 15 - Owners

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