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National Launch: mindful MATERIALS Library

Inside the rapidly evolving world of designing the built environment to address occupant health, it has become vital for designers and clients to know the hazards of building products and their contents. Specifying healthy and sustainable materials that comply with industry standards and meet emerging certification methods can be a daunting task for all members of the team. With the official launch of mindful MATERIALS Library, information on what we put into our homes, schools and workplaces will be more accessible and transparent than ever before.

The mindful MATERIALS Library (mM) will mirror the simple visual guide that was developed by a consortium of design industry volunteers to provide a common way for manufacturers to clearly communicate product information, with a focus on their impact on human health. A breakthrough for the industry, the cloud-based Material Library is built for complete industry collaboration that differentiates itself by connecting with various software and certification providers to offer a single point of product reference. Building professionals will have access to a growing database of building material products and sustainability certifications at the click of a mouse, anytime, anywhere.

Presenters include:
Jeff Frost, Project Manager, Brightworks Sustainability
Nancy Hulsey, Sustainable Materials Specialist, HKS
Tim Conway, Vice President, Global Accounts, Shaw
Jennifer Atlee, Sustainability Materials Consultant, PROSOCO
Ryan Dick, Vice President, IT, GIGA
Rebecca Best, Vice President, Marketing, GIGA

Organized by: AIA|DC Design + Wellbeing Committee


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

1. Explore the development of sustainable materials research platforms; history, goals and future outlook;
2. Define mindful Materials (data) and GIGA (platform);
3. Discover how open-source, cloud-based materials libraries will facilitate the selection of specific healthy materials and identify design strategies and opportunities that improve wellness design; and
4. Incorporate the prescribed measures relevant to occupant health into various design phases and the impact on projects as a whole.