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Common Ground for Healthy Buildings

An AIASF Presentation

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Location: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600San Francisco, CA 94588
FREE  for AIA & USGBC members/$10 non-members.
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The built environment impacts global and human health, comfort and well-being. There are a number of developments in the industry right now that are elevating the discussion about human health to a more immediate level. These development will shape the design, construction and operation of the built environment moving forward.

A number of organizations are moving this discussion forward and bringing tools and strategies to market with varying success but that promise to change the market, some quite radically. These organizations include the USGBC, Health Product Declaration Collaborative, Delos Well Building Institute, International Living Future Institute and more recently Autodesk with its return on investment tools.

This panel discussion will involve the emerging design strategies, methods and standards with regard to the goal of healthy buildings as the building industry changes in response to many market forces (including climate change and zero-net-energy buildings): how these approaches fit together to create the emerging “common ground” for the design of healthy buildings.


MODERATOR: Anthony Bernheim, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Bernheim + Dean Inc.
On the forefront of sustainability, reimagining physical environment and its impact on human and global wellbeing, Anthony Bernheim, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is a visionary and respected leader in smart, energy efficient, high performance building. He has devoted his career to pioneering the impact of buildings on indoor air quality and human health. With a record of designing and implementing a holistic approach and process to sustainability, Anthony, contributes to improving global and human health, comfort, and wellness in the built environment.

Barry Giles, LEED Fellow, BuildingWise
Barry Giles is Founder and CEO of BuildingWise, a company that transforms existing commercial structures into buildings that are more energy-efficient, environmentally sound and profitable. Barry is an outstanding communicator and a proven individual contributor with over 35 years of construction, facilities maintenance, and high-performance building consulting experience. A founding member of the LEED for Existing Buildings Core Committee, Barry has continued to assist the USGBC in the development of the LEED EB rating system over all of the subsequent versions.

Phil Williams, Executive Director, Project Delivery, Delos Building Wellness
Phil has spent 30 years in the commercial design, engineering and construction industry, for the past 12 years as a Vice President with Webcor Builders. Prior to Webcor, he held management positions with Southland Industries and Carrier/United Technologies Corp. He currently serves as the Industry Chair for the Center for the Built Environment (CBE) through the UC Berkeley, and on the Technical Advisory Group for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory FLEXLAB. Phil is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and a LEED AP.

Tom Lent, Policy Director, Health Product Declaration
Tom has thirty-seven years of experience in environmental analysis primarily focused on healthy and resource efficient building technologies and the health, environmental and social impact of buildings, materials, and energy. For the last decade and a half, he has focused on addressing the confluence of health and the built environment through his work as Policy Director of the Healthy Building Network, a national nonprofit committed to transformation of the market for building materials to advance the best environmental, health and social practices. In this work, he has studied the health and environmental impact of a wide range of products and coordinated the development of standards ranging from the Green Guide for Health Care and LEED for Healthcare to the Sustainable Bioplastic Guidelines and the Health Product Declaration. Tom has received awards from the EPA and the US Green Building Council for his research and advocacy. Tom is a co-developer of the Pharos Project – HBN’s tool for selecting healthier building products – and manages its chemical library which catalogs the health impacts of over 35,000 substances. Tom was lead author on the recent white paper “Toward Safer Products: Accelerating Change with a Chemical Hazard Data Commons” defining a vision for organizing global chemical hazard information. He is a collaborator with CPA, C2C, HPDC and BIFMA on the Harmonization Task Group working to align chemical hazard assessment systems in the service of transforming industrial design to inherently safer products.