Whether in politics or in building design, transparency is an increasingly necessary element of modern life. We want to know where products come from before proceeding with future-altering decisions. When it comes to the materials and resources that make up the built environment, it's more important than ever to communicate about what's inside.

This course will talk about material health and product transparency, and what's driving this change. The difference between LEED v3 and LEED v4 related to materials will be analyzed in the context of the U.S. Green Building Code. Finally, the course will help learners understand and recognize the different types of reporting tools and resources that project teams have available, and how these reporting tools and resources are driving innovative market transformation.

Learning Objectives

  • Define material health and product transparency and the role it serves in protecting the health and wellness of occupants in the built environment.
  • Compare and contrast building certifications, including LEED v4, Living Building Challenge, and the WELL Building Standard, as they continue to enhance the health and wellness of occupants through sustainable design practices.
  • Analyze the environmental impact of construction materials and the contribution these materials make to improving the health and wellness of occupants.
  • Explore resources available that enable project teams to research and document building products that are environmentally-friendly and occupant-centered.

Prerequisite: None.