Chapter Meeting: The 411 on: Reducing Your Material Footprint While Improving Occupant Health

When:  Jan 23, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CT)
Associated with  Chicago

The 411 on: Reducing Your Material Footprint While Improving Occupant Health

The building materials landscape is changing quickly and designers are taking a closer look at the Life Cycle Assessment of building products. as buildings become more efficient, the embodied carbon and environmental impact of building products is taking on a greater proportion of the total impact of design, construction and operations of buildings. Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) is a smart way to evaluate products across multiple environmental impacts and compare options to design and construct more efficient buildings.

Presented by:

John Mlade, LFA, WELL Faculty, LEED Fellow| Senior Associate | WSP USA
Arathi Gowda, AIA, AICP, LEED AP BD+C | Associate Director | Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill LLP

Time: 5:00-8:00pm
CSI Chicago Members Complimentary, Nonmembers $45 (includes dinner)
Due by January 16, 2018
Continuing Education:

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand basic concepts and definitions related to Environmental Product Declarations, LCCA, and trends in material ingredient and impact disclosure.
  2. Understand the difference between LCAA and materials ingredient and health disclosures.
  3. Know which tools and websites can be used to evaluate LCCA and materials disclosure comparisons.
  4. Explain and anticipate new trends in material specifications.

About the Presenters:

John Mlade, LFA, WELL Faculty, LEED Fellow

Mlade__John.jpgSince 2001, John has supported clients in shaping sustainability strategies that succeed for the environment, people and the bottom line. His professional focus has been on health in the built environment, from air quality through materials health and transparency, active design and biophilia. To that end, he is one of the first RESET ASPs, serves on the HPDC Technical Committee, is a trained Living Building Challenge auditor on behalf of ILFI, and promotes health through his roles as a Fitwel Ambassador and WELL Faculty. With John's support, both design team and manufacturer clients are able to navigate the healthy materials and transparency landscape including HPDs, the LBC Red List and leading product libraries and tools.

Arathi Gowda, AIA, AICP, LEED AP BD+C

Gowda__Arathi.jpgArathi Gowda leads SOM’s Performative Design Group, charged with recommending integrated environmental solutions for SOM project teams worldwide. She has led sustainable design on projects in 35+ cities spanning global rating systems and climate zones. As an educator, Arathi has taught coursework on urban development and environmental impact at several universities. Trained as an architect, with Architecture and Planning registrations, she champions the environment at multiple scales, from master planning to architecture and interior design.


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