Unpacking Product Ingredients: What's in a Label?

Continuing Education Credits

Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
Approved for 1.5 Hours
Event Prices: 
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Real estate is facing a rising tide of consumer expectations and interest in how goods are made. Interest in transparency and disclosure is sparking new conversations for owners and designers around where building products and materials come from, what's in them, and what their ingredients mean for occupants.

At Unpacking Product Ingredients, participants will learn the intricacies of product labeling, including how to interpret transparency documents, how emissions testing and certification systems affect indoor air quality, and how to extract useful information from Health Product Declarations, Cradle to Cradle Material Health Certificates, Declare labels, Pharos profiles, and Safety Data Sheets. We'll even test drive the material selection process for a few products, and discuss how to use these to make informed decisions.

Thank you to our event partner New York Passive House.



John Amatruda
Principal, Vidaris, Inc.

John Amatruda leads Vidaris’ Green Services department, where he specializes in environmentally conscious design and evaluation of “green” materials and systems. He has worked as a consultant on over 75 LEED projects nationwide and internationally, using all variations of the LEED commercial program. He has authored notable green building studies and publications, including the GSA LEED Cost Study, the NYC Department of Buildings’ Energy Code Compliance Study, and the Green Material Selection Guidelines for the web-based Whole Building Design Guide.

Catherine Bobenhausen
Industrial Hygienist, Vidaris, Inc.

Catherine is a Certified Industrial Hygienist at Vidaris. The USGBC has recognized her as a subject matter expert for indoor air quality testing and material emissions. A Technical Committee member of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative and an Authorized GreenScreen Practitioner, she holds a Master of Science, specialty in Toxicology, from New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Institute of Hazardous and Toxic Waste Management, Rutgers Medical School and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.



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