Beyond VOCs: Finding Truly Healthy Building Materials

A FOTE/COTE program, in collaboration with USGBC-Diablo Valley

Thursday,  February 21st, 2013
6:00 – 8:00 PM
1.5 CES LUs

Location: Dahlin Group Architecture Headquarters, 5865 Owens Drive, Pleasanton CA 94588

$15 AIA East Bay/USGBC-NCC Members; $30Non-Members.  Registration includes networking, presentations, food & refreshments (all proceeds go to USGBC). Click here to register.

LEED is continuing to evolve to encourage the development of inherently safer building materials. Learn about emerging science on the toxicants in building materials and their impact on human health. This session focuses on how to keep ahead of the hazards with tools that help your project teams efficiently identify and avoid a wide range of toxicants in building materials.

About the presenter: Tom Lent, Policy Director, Healthy Building Network
Tom has spent over 35 years working on the environmental impact of buildings, materials, and energy in both the private sector and with public interest groups. Tom oversees the development of the Pharos rating criteria and the Chemical and Material Library, and provides support in product category developme nt and product scoring
review. He recently headed the HPD Collaborative Pilot Committee that developed the Health Product Declaration Standard. Tom previously helped coordinate development of the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC), the US Green Building Council’s LEED for Healthcare and the Sustainable Bioplastic Guidelines and has coauthored a wide range of studies of the comparative health and environmental impact of floorings, plastics and other building materials and sits on a variety of standards setting committees for indoor air quality and safer materials. Tom has been honored
with the Leadership in Advocacy Award by the USGBC and the Environmental Award for Outstanding Achievement by the US EPA Region IX for his work transforming the building materials market.

Learning Objectives:

  • What have we done to improve VOC emissions in building products? Attendees will understand how the IAQ certification programs used by LEED work, what hazards they address and how they have led to product improvement.
  • Why aren’t VOC emissions programs enough to insure safe products? Attendees will be able to describe at least one other type of toxic material found in building products and one health hazard that is not addressed by VOC IAQ programs.
  • What tools are available to address all hazards in building products? Attendees will be able to describe the function of the Health Product Declaration to identify hazardous content, understand the relationship to an Environmental Product Declaration and identify tools like Pharos & Declare that help assess those hazards and support efficient project decision making.
  • How does LEED address non VOC hazards? Attendees will know that LEED 2009 (and Living Building Challenge) credits and programs address hazards beyond VOCs, how the new planned LEED V4 credits work and what tools they can use to help attain those credits.

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