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Materials Matter – Tools of the Trade: Assessment + Implementation

Materials Matter is a five-session series delivering comprehensive, high-level knowledge and strategies for assessing and selecting healthy, sustainable materials. Sessions will delve into the impact of materials on the environment and human health, the tools and data available for assessing and prioritizing materials, and strategies for integrating informed decision-making into projects and practice. Speakers will reveal the perspectives of project team members and other partners connected with materials and share the learnings and approaches of successful projects. This series offers guidance on navigating the complex landscape of disclosures and transparency in order to assess and reduce the environmental and health impacts of products. Sessions will include presentations, panels, case studies, and activities. Participants will walk away from each session with action items for integrating the curriculum into their work.

Session 3 Tools of the Trade: Assessment + Implementation builds on the knowledge gained during the first two sessions by diving into tools used to communicate environmental and human health impacts of materials. It includes demonstrations of key tools and context for determining the right tool to use in practice. The first half focuses on applying life-cycle assessment to evaluate environmental impacts, and the second half demonstrates common tools used to report material and product ingredients that could impact human health, and provides a forum for participants to compare tools and ask questions.

Materials Matter is co-presented by Puget Sound Chapter CSI.

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Note: Registration for Materials Matter is for the complete 5-session series.
Early Bird Deadline: October 7, 2016, after this time the price will rise by 15%
Registration Close Date: October 11, 2016 at 5:00 PM


  • Participants will be able to explain Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) guidelines and how LCA can be used to shape building design to reduce environmental impact.
  • Participants will be able to draw upon resources and tools used to implement LCA in order to make evidence-based decisions on building materials.
  • Participants will be able to explain the differences among tools, including databases, labels, certifications and others, used for screening products, assessing their impact, and disclosing their ingredients.
  • Participants will be able to identify the appropriate health tool to use on a project and the key information needed to select healthy sustainable materials.


All sessions: Friday’s, 8:00 am – 12:45 pm at Seattle City Hall

October 14, 2016 – Healthy Planet: Materials + the Environment
November 4, 2016 – Healthy People: Materials Science + Human Health
December 2, 2016 – Tools of the Trade: Assessment + Implementation
January 13, 2017 – Just Do It: Strategies for Projects
February 3, 2017 – Beyond Transparency: Materials Disclosure + Practice

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$560 – AIA Members + Government Employees + Partners (ASID, AGC, CSI, IIDA)
$330 – Assoc. Members
$1040 – Non-Members
$100 – Students + Scholarships

Pricing includes 20 CEHs/HSWs, light breakfast, beverages for all sessions.

Scholarships available, ask Katie Kemezis, program manager, for details.


Kathrina Simonen University of Washington & Carbon Leadership Forum | Joel Ann Todd Health Product Declaration Collaborative


Catherine Bobenhausen Vidaris, Inc | Heather Burpee University of Washington | Edward Clark ZGF Architects | Nicole DeNamur Pacifica Law Group & University of Washington | Bradley Guy The Catholic University of America | Dr. Lauren Heine Northwest Green Chemistry | Chris Hellstern Miller Hull Partnership | Dr. David Kalman University of Washington | Nadav Malin BuildingGreen | Christopher Meek University of Washington |Dr. Jan Newton University of Washington | Tien Peng NRMCA | Alexandra Ramsden Rushing | Max Richter Perkins+Will | Kathrina Simonen University of Washington & Carbon Leadership Forum | Beth Stroshane Applied Building Information | Joel Ann Todd Health Product Declaration Collaborative | Alicia Daniels Uhlig International Living Future Institute | David Walsh Sellen

Check back as more speakers are confirmed!

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All speakers subject to change.


Special thanks to the sponsors of the Materials Matter Series:


Special thanks to the Materials Matter Advisory Group

Melissa Balestri ZGF Architects | Edward Clark ZGF Architects | Joe David Point32 | Nicole DeNamur Pacifica Law Group | Michael Fiegenschuh Mithun | Bradley Guy The Catholic University of America | Chris Hellstern The Miller Hull Partnership | Margaret Montgomery NBBJ | Melissa Wackerle The American Institute of Architects | David Walsh Sellen Construction

Program Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Program Manager Katie Kemezis.

Registration and Credit Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Membership Manager Sybil Turner.

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Managing Director Kimber Leblicq.


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December 2, 2016
8:00 am - 12:45 pm
Event Price
$100 - $1040
Class Credit
4 LU , HSW


Seattle City Hall – Bertha Knight Landes Room
600 Fourth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104 United States
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