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Webinar: Common Materials Framework

  • Thursday, March 28, 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual


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WEBINAR: Designing with Healthy Impacts in Mind
Applying the Common Materials Framework for intentional product choices

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Virtual Session
12:00 - 1:00 PM 

About the Presentation:  

With hundreds of green product certifications on the market and persistent greenwashing, it can be difficult for designers to know what kind of impacts the materials they select for a project are having on the health of our climate, ecosystems, communities, and on individuals.

With the introduction of an industry-aligned framework for evaluating sustainable materials, more informed decision making is finally within reach.

This webinar session will present the current challenges to measuring holistic product impacts and present the Common Materials Framework: a groundbreaking common language for product sustainability - and how to apply it in your practice today.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Analyze diverse criteria in product certifications and data flows for building materials, advocate for alignment and holistic impact, and integrate strategies to address fragmentation and reporting.  
  2. Evaluate the multi-attribute impacts of building materials listed in the AIA Materials Pledge and the Common Materials Framework, considering factors like reporting threshold and LEED and other third-party verification, to make informed decisions beyond certifications. 
  3. Consider the importance of a connected data ecosystem to scale adoption, by identifying and digitizing 50 key data points, and advocating for a consistent market signal to drive holistic material sustainability.  
  4. Employ simple and sophisticated tools and anticipate future integrated workflow tools based on the Common Materials Framework to optimize collective impact. 

About the Speaker:

Laurel Chądzyński, AIA, WELL AP serves as Mindful MATERIALS VP of Engagement, where she focuses on building industry partnerships with stakeholders across the built environment.

These relationships help expand industry education and build alignment around the Common Materials Framework, an emerging common language for evaluating materials’ sustainability.

Her dual role as both mM VP of Engagement and as a practicing Architect and Sustainable Design Leader at Dyer Brown Associates, and past experience as a manufacturer’s rep, make her uniquely positioned to understand and communicate the value that the Common Materials Framework brings to the industry.

Presentation Partner:

USGBC Texas Chapter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 1801 Royal Lane, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75229

Contact us at chapter@usgbctexas.org or at 214-571-9244

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