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The Material Health Open Innovation Symposium: The Art & Science of Material Health Innovation.

On November 17, HPDC hosted the first Material Health Open Innovation Symposium. During this free Virtual Zoom event, more than 250 attendees learned about the latest innovations taking place in the field of Material Health from researchers, educators, manufacturers, architects, designers and ecosystem partners. U.S. Green Building Council joined the Symposium as a co-sponsor and presented on LEED v4.1 during the Roundtable Discussion, unveiling the future of LEED and LEED Positive, a long-term regenerative and restorative design vision for LEED. Nadav Malin, President of BuildingGreen, moderated the Material Health Open Innovation Symposium.

“We’ve come a long way since the initial idea for the HPD report was born and several other important initiatives launched in 2010,” said Wendy Vittori, Executive Director of HPDC. “The Material Health Open Innovation Symposium brings together leaders in Material Health and Transparency in the built environment, and will clearly demonstrate how much has already been accomplished in this rapidly emerging field of practice. Transparent material health reports have now been produced by over 1,000 manufacturers representing over 20,000 building products.”

Watch each of the four sessions below. 

Session 1 – User-led, Collaborative, Open Innovation Breakthroughs in Material Health Practice 

Speakers: Prof. John Friar, Northeastern University; Prof. Rolf Halden, Arizona State University; Rand Ekman, HKS.

Session 2 – Leading Edge of Practice Case Studies: Manufacturer Product Innovation 

Speakers: Melea Wade, Shaw Industries Group and Evelyn Ritter, Toxnot PBC; Luke Zhou, Humanscale Corporation; William Paddock, Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and WAP Sustainability.

Session 3 – Leading Edge of Practice Case Studies: Project Design Team Innovation

Speakers: Susan Kaplan, HLW; Lona Rerick, ZGF Architects, Melissa Wackerle, AIA and Annie Bevan, Superior Essex; Jeffery Frost, Brightworks Sustainability.

Session 4 – Making Material Health Practice the Norm by 2025: The View From Material Health Programs & Roundtable Discussion 

Speakers: Peter Templeton, Cradle-to-Cradle Product Innovation Institute; Shari Franjevic, Clean Production Action; Teresa McGrath, Healthy Building Network; Tristan Roberts, HPD Collaborative; Shawn Hesse, International Living Future Institute; Wes Sullens, U.S. Green Building Council.

View presentations submitted and presented during the Material Health Open Innovation Symposium I:

Participants Received Up To 5 GBCI Continuing Education Credit Hours For LEED & WELL At The Symposium.

The Material Health Open Innovation Symposium offered up to 5 GBCI Continuing Education (CE) credit hours for LEED and WELL, based on Sessions attended. Certificates of Completion were provided to registered attendees to self-report hours for each session attended. Participants can obtain CE credit by registering for the webinar and being present online no later than 10 minutes into each session. Find more information on the Symposium CE hours here.

Wes Sullens, LEED Fellow, and Director in the LEED department of USGBC, said, “The Material Health Open Innovation Symposium marks a major milestone for human health. We’ve come so far since the early days of LEED, the leading program for green buildings and communities worldwide, to earn the Material Ingredients credit. Thanks to the collaborative work of ecosystem partners like HPDC, safe, healthy, and innovative building products and materials are quickly becoming commonplace. The LEED Material Ingredients credit has become one of the most substituted credits in LEED v4.1, representing nearly a quarter billion square feet of project space. Truly, the USGBC community of stakeholders desire materials transparency and embrace innovative solutions for healthier materials.”