NEWH - Fall 2016 - 24

Sustainability Point of View

Transparency is the New Green
An NEWH Green Voice discussion recap

Transparency is hot right now-and for good reason. Exciting
new developments like SERA's mindful MATERIALS
Collaborative, which provides access to transparency information
across a variety of manufacturers and products, help foster
discussions between manufacturers and the design community.
During HD Expo 2016, Alison Bane, SERA's director of interiors,
and Becca Dobosh, project designer and member of SERA's in-house
sustainability group, presented on transparency in NEWH's Green
Voice series. Here are some of the discussion's highlights:
Why should designers be concerned about transparency?
* Pervasiveness of chemicals: Flame retardants, vinyl-it is very
difficult to construct a building without anything hazardous,
and consumers are beginning to understand how pervasive
these chemicals are-from the built environment to clothing
and food
* Body burden: Many chemicals we want to avoid can already
be found in our bodies, and some can cause negative longterm effects
* Consumer awareness: Consumers are demanding to know
more about what's in their environment. The health and
technology sector's ability to analyze the effects of that
environment on the human body is becoming increasingly
sophisticated.
* Professional organizations and institutions: States and other
agencies are now requiring more information. The AIA recently
released guides incorporating transparency into construction
documents, contracts, and legal documents.
What tools exist today?
The decades-long evolution of disclosure regarding material
components has ultimately resulted in a robust set of tools,
including:
* Healthy Building Network: Th is nonprofit and think tank
founded in 2000 aims to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals
in building products to improve human health and the
environment
* Building Green: A Green specification and product search engine
* Pharos: The Healthy Building Network's product evaluation
tool, including a chemical library
* Declare: A nutrition-style label from the International Living
Future Institute
* Cradle to Cradle and the new Material Health Certificate:
A product certification by William McDonough + Partners
* Environmental Product Declaration: Environmental impact
and life-cycle assessments
* Healthy Product Declaration 2.0: Transparency related
specifically to health hazards and toxicity

24 www.newh.org

* Living Building Challenge: A tiered building rating system
with very high standards, a Materials Red List, and a
systemic approach toward buildings
* LEED v4: Encouraging material ingredient disclosure
* mindful MATERIALS: Launched nationally in summer 2016
and looking across multiple certifications, it is industrydriven, not manufacturer-driven, and seeks to simplify
selection of products that embrace transparency
If you support transparency in building materials, how can
you help?
* Use your voice: Tell manufacturers that transparency
matters. Use the power of your firm's commitment to the
transparency dialogue to make an impact.
* Walk the walk: Begin to integrate transparency into your
specifications and even your contracts. As manufacturers
and designers become more conversant about what is in the
built environment, we must codify and protect ourselves by
being clear about the need for transparency.
* Pick your one thing: Transparency can be an overwhelming
topic. Narrow your focus, pick a chemical or product type
you'd like to concentrate on and work toward progress in
that area.
* Go local: Get involved in your local area professional
organizations (like NEWH, IIDA, AIA, ASID) and join forces
with other groups working on transparency initiatives. Or
start your own local group, such as the Portland Material
Transparency Collaborative. ❙❘❚

Healthy Building Network: healthybuilding.net
Building Green: buildinggreen.com
Pharos: pharosproject.net
Declare: living-future.org/declare
Cradle to Cradle & the new Material Health Certificate: c2ccertified.org
Environmental Product Declaration: environdec.com
Healthy Product Declaration 2.0: hpd-collaborative.org
Living Building Challenge: living-future.org/lbc
LEED v4: usgbc.org/leed-v4
mindful MATERIALS: mindfulmaterials.com


http://www.healthybuilding.net http://www.buildinggreen.com http://www.pharosproject.net http://www.living-future.org/declare http://www.ed.org http://www.environdec.com http://www.hpd-collaborative.org http://www.living-future.org/lbc http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4 http://www.mindfulmaterials.com http://www.newh.org

NEWH - Fall 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NEWH - Fall 2016

NEWH - Fall 2016
Table of Contents
News
Who’s Who
Have You Seen?
Have You Seen?
Scholarships
Sustainability
Q&A: Stacy Costa
Q&A: Sandy Banks
Q&A: Ron McDaniel
On the Scene
Project: Los Chingones
Project: Embassy Row
Project: Springhill Suites & Residence Inn San Diego Bayfront
Partner Profiles
Chapter Highlights
Save the Date
New Members
Ad Index
NEWH - Fall 2016 - NEWH - Fall 2016
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Cover2
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Table of Contents
NEWH - Fall 2016 - News
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 5
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 6
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 7
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Who’s Who
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 9
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 10
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 11
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 12
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 13
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Have You Seen?
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 15
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 16
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 17
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 18
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 19
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 20
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 21
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Scholarships
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 23
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Sustainability
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 25
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Q&A: Stacy Costa
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 27
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Q&A: Sandy Banks
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 29
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Q&A: Ron McDaniel
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 31
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 32
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 33
NEWH - Fall 2016 - On the Scene
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 35
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 36
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 37
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 38
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 39
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 40
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 41
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 42
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 43
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Project: Los Chingones
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 45
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 46
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 47
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 48
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 49
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Project: Embassy Row
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 51
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 52
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 53
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 54
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 55
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Project: Springhill Suites & Residence Inn San Diego Bayfront
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 57
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 58
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 59
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Partner Profiles
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 61
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 62
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 63
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Chapter Highlights
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 65
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 66
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 67
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 68
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 69
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Save the Date
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 71
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 72
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 73
NEWH - Fall 2016 - New Members
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 75
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 76
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 77
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 78
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 79
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 80
NEWH - Fall 2016 - 81
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Ad Index
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Cover3
NEWH - Fall 2016 - Cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/newh/2021winter
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/newh/2021fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/emerald/newh/2021summer
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2021spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2020winter
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2020fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2020july_v2
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2020july
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2020summer
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2020spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2019winter
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2019fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2019summer
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2019spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2018winter
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2018fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2018summer
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2018spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2017winter
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2017fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2017summer
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2017spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2016winter
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2016fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2016summer
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2016spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2015winter
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2015fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2015summer
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2015spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2014winter
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2014fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2014summer
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newh/2014spring
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com