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

Held on November 17, 2020: 12-5 pm EST.

On November 17, HPDC hosted the first Material Health Open Innovation Symposium. During this free Virtual Zoom event, more than 200 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.

“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.”

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.”

Nadav Malin, President of BuildingGreen, moderated the Material Health Open Innovation Symposium. Mr. Malin is the building industry’s go-to resource for thoughtful perspective on the materials and design solutions that define sustainable building practice. As president of BuildingGreen, he oversees the company’s industry-leading information and community-building websites and LEEDuser.

Watch each of the four sessions below. A digital flip book of all submitted presentations will be available soon!

Session 1 – User-led, Collaborative, Open Innovation Breakthroughs in Material Health Practice – 12:00 to 1:00 pm

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 – 1:00 pm to 2 pm

Speakers: Melea Wade, Shaw Industries Group and Evelyn Ritter, Toxnot PBC present “Using an Internal Materials Library supports Transparency, Proprietary Protections and Innovation;” Luke Zhou, Humanscale Corporation presents “Product Innovation for Green Chemistry – Phenolic Board Alternative Case Study;” William Paddock, Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and WAP Sustainability presents “TCNA & the Largest Crowdfunded GreenScreen Assessment Project To-Date.”

Session 3 – Leading Edge of Practice Case Studies: Project Design Team Innovation – 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Speakers: Susan Kaplan, HLW presents “Systematic Approach for Healthier Material Selection;” Lona Rerick, ZGF Architects, Melissa Wackerle, AIA and Annie Bevan, Superior Essex present “Closing the Transparency Loop (CTL);” Jeffery Frost, Brightworks Sustainability present “Keeping Score: Scoring Healthy Materials.”

Session 4 – Making Material Health Practice the Norm by 2025: The View From Material Health Programs – 3:00 to 4:30 pm followed by Roundtable Discussion 4:30 to 5:00 pm

Speakers: Peter Templeton, CEO, Cradle-to-Cradle Product Innovation Institute (C2CPII); Shari Franjevic, GreenScreen® Program Manager, Clean Production Action (CPA); Teresa McGrath, Chief Research Officer, Healthy Building Network (HBN); Tristan Roberts, Technical and Education Director HPD Collaborative (HPDC); Shawn Hesse, Director of Business Development, International Living Future Institute (ILFI); Wes Sullens, Director, LEED U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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.