The U.S. Green Building Council, the Minnesota Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council invite you to a discussion-based workshop on Advancing Safer Materials in the Building Products Sector: Challenges and Opportunities. The goals of the workshop are:
- to understand current drivers and examples of advancing safer materials in the building products sector;
- to engage in dialogue about barriers, enablers, and needs for safer chemicals and materials in the building products sector;
- and to discuss the opportunities for bio-based materials to replace materials of concern in the building products sector and challenges/concerns in adoption of such materials.
Short talks and panel presentations will frame the discussions. This workshop will be of interest to architects, building product and materials manufacturers, and building owners.
This event is being held just prior to the 9th Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable. For more information about attending the Roundtable, please visit: http://greenchemistryandcommerce.org/events/9th-annual-gc3-innovators-roundtable/.
Registration includes access to sessions, light breakfast, and a networking lunch.
8:00-8:30AM - Registration and breakfast
8:30-9:15AM - Opening Talks: Framing the Need and Opportunities for Safer Materials in the Building Products Sector
- Drivers of Safer Materials in the Building Products Sector - Ken Geiser, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Lowell
- The Role of the LEED v4 Rating System in Promoting Safer Materials Through Transparency and Optimization – Ashley White, Senior Research Fellow, U.S. Green Building Council
9:15-10:00AM - Case Examples: Safer Materials in Practice
- Amanda Kaminsky, Sustainable Construction Manager, Durst Organization
- Dan Sawyer, Global Lead, New Business Segment, NatureWorks LLC
- Valerie Andersen, Business Development Manager, Electronics & Energy Business Group, 3M
- Joel Tickner, Associate Professor and Program Director, Department of Community Health and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Lowell
10:00-10:15AM - Break
10:15-11:00AM - Breakout Discussions
- What barriers are common in transitioning to safer chemicals?
- What are the most promising opportunities to advance safer alternatives?
- What support and education are required to transition to safer materials?
- What is necessary to get safer products into the pipeline?
- What role can bio-based materials play in providing safer alternatives?
11:00-11:30AM - Group Report-Outs
11:30-11:45AM - Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks
- Lisa Britton, President, Alpar Architectural Products, LLC; Minnesota Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council
12:00-1:00PM - Lunch
- Understand current drivers and examples of advancing safer materials in the building products sector
- Engage in dialog about barriers, enablers, and needs for safer chemicals and materials in the building products sector
- Discuss the opportunities for bio-based materials to replace materials of concern in the building products sector and challenges/concerns in adoption of such materials