Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 IACET CEU
May qualify for learning hours through most Canadian architectural associations.
This webinar is part of the Sustainability Academy.
This webinar will explore sustainable building design with a specific focus on healthy materials, and will profile three unique projects that embody the aesthetic, environmental, and structural goals of designers who seek to incorporate harmless materials, products, and systems into the building and design process—from start to finish.
Stephanie Lan AIA, LEED AP, Technical Director, is an architect at Gensler with an extensive knowledge of sustainability standards and regulations. Stephanie will present on the Etsy Headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, a new nine-floor, 200,000-square-foot space where reclaimed and repurposed materials as well as a fierce attention to Living Building Challenge criteria were pursued as a central part of the process.
Robin Guenther, a principal of Perkins+Will and senior advisor to Health Care Without Harm, is an expert in sustainable health-care design. Robin will present on the major expansion of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, scheduled for completion in late 2017 and targeting LEED Gold certification. The ambitious project aims to support health and healing by reinforcing patients' connections to community and the natural environment by prioritizing local, natural, and healthy materials.
Patricia Culley, associate, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, will present on the Frick Environmental Center project in Pittsburgh, which opened last September. The Center was designed and built to meet both LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge standards. The two-story building, a joint venture between the City and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, features classroom, gallery, and office spaces, and is most notable as the latest in Pittsburgh's lineage of cutting-edge green buildings.
The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion focused on how ambitious sustainable design projects using healthy materials address several key issues, including:
- Cost: What tradeoffs, if any, are required to achieve design excellence using healthy, sustainable materials, products, and practices. In the featured projects, did using sustainable, healthy materials add costs that needed to be recouped in other areas of the project, or did it actually reduce overall costs?
- Regulatory barriers: Were there any regulatory or other legal barriers that the project needed to overcome? If so, what strategies did the design team use to overcome them?
- Drivers: Did the owner request a sustainable building, or did you, as the architects, propose it? If the latter, what led you to suggest using specific healthy materials toward the end goal?
- Design constraints and opportunities
Learning Objectives - After viewing this webinar, you should be able to:
- Define the aesthetic and environmental impacts of incorporating healthy, sustainable building materials into modern design projects.
- Describe sustainable building strategies employed in three innovative, high-profile projects.
- Discuss the latest standards, certifications, regulations and initiatives in place for meeting a variety of sustainable building goals.
- Explain the basic focus of the overall design and construction process behind the highlighted projects.