This course will review the limitations of employing a hazard-only materials selection decision-making process and describe how to evaluate materials and ingredients based on multiple attributes. The course includes an overview of the various tools, guidance and considerations available to help builders, architects and designers weigh options and understand the impacts and trade-offs associated with materials selection decisions.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the differences between hazard, exposure and risk in terms of chemical ingredients and materials selection.
  • Recognize the limitations of hazard-only thinking when selecting building materials.
  • Understand how to make comparisons of products based on ingredients, performance, cost and life cycle impacts.
  • Identify the tools available to evaluate the safety of building products and materials.