Making Materials Transparency Clear

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Now that green building rating systems require detailed information about the ingredients used in building products, there is demand for companies to disclose the chemical content of their materials. Unfortunately, because the data is imperfect, selecting healthy, cost-effective products can be a complex and time-consuming process.

New, practical disclosure databases are gaining traction, but knowledge gaps still exist. It's difficult for designers and contractors to:

1. For designers to identify safe and available materials,
2. Discuss them easily with colleagues and clients, and
3. Provide clear criteria for contractors to procure them

Join us for a panel addressing increasingly common questions regarding materials data disclosure and transparency,  including:

  •  How can we make the evaluation process simple enough to gain broad adoption while maintaining proper rigor?
  • Once we've made the effort to select better materials, how do we best communicate the benefits? 

John Amatruda, RA, LEED Fellow
Principal of Green Building Services, Vidaris, Inc.

John Amatruda is the leader of Vidaris' Green Services department, where he specializes in environmentally-conscious building consulting and the evaluation of green materials and systems. He has consulted on a series of projects that used product transparency data to perform detailed material evaluations and develop advanced specification criteria. Amatruda has presented at Greenbuild and AIA on product transparency issues, and he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Health Product Declaration Collaborative.

Sydney Mainster
Director of Sustainability, The Durst Organization

Sydney Mainster serves as the Director of Sustainability for The Durst Organization. She brings over 10 years of professional and academic architecture and design experience to her role. Mainster's current passion is defining strategies to transform the building product industry and resultant material waste streams.

Geoff Brock
Superintendent, Structure Tone

Geoff Brock has been working in commercial-scale Construction Management for 12 years. From field supervision and project management to corporate sustainability, he's tackled material transparency from various angles. Brock started at Lendlease in New York City where—as a Director of Sustainability for their New York City portfolio—he supported initiatives relating to the material and waste supply chain. Brock and his wife Jessika live in Philadelphia with their three children, Maxwell and twins Madeleine and Miles. Together they generate about .5 cubic yards of waste per month.

Steve Frankel
Associate Principal, Dattner Architects

Steve Frankel joined Dattner Architects in 2003 and has worked as a designer in Basel, Switzerland and Barcelona, Spain. He views architecture as a fully collaborative, creative effort, with the architect guiding the design process, facilitating teamwork and leading communication, while maintaining design integrity. A licensed architect in New York, Steve is an active member of the American Institute of Architects. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University.



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