AIA SF COTE Presents: Material Transparency and Product Declar...
Aug 13 2013
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
SF Design Center Gallery
101 Henry Adams Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Want to know more about material product declarations? Confused by the 'alphabet soup' of terms related to product assessments?
This COTE/SEAONC co-sponsored session will help clarify these questions and more. The presentation will begin with an overview of the most prevalent product declarations - environmental product declarations (EPDs) and health product declarations (HPDs) in their various formats. Definitions will be reviewed, as well as how EPDs and HPDs are related and how environmental and health assessments are gaining steam in the industry. The overview will be followed by two additional speakers providing more detail about EPDs and HPDs, including project case studies to illustrate and discuss the impact of these considerations on the both design and construction processes. The session will conclude with Q+A and further discussion.
Frances Yang, Structures and Sustainability Specialist, Arup; Overview segment
Kate Simenon, Assist. Prof., Univ. of Wash., College of Built Environment; EPD segment
Eden Bruckman, Director of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative; HPD segment
· Understand the definition and use of EPDs and HPDs.
· Learn why EPDs and HPDs will be the way of the future for environmental accounting within the building material industry.
· How EPDs and HPDs will influence projects, including LEED points and meeting client demands for information.
· Learn what architects and engineers can do to promote EPD and HPD development for all building materials.
This presentation is jointly sponsored by AIA SF Committee on the Environment (COTE) and the Structural Engineers Assoc. of No. Calif. (SEAONC).
Frances Yang : Structures and materials sustainability specialist, Energy + Resources group of Arup, San Francisco
Frances pursued interests in life cycle assessment and architecture for the environment while earning her Masters of Engineering at UC Berkeley. Now in UCB’s Green Chemistry program, she is delving into the health aspects of construction materials. With this unique collection of knowledge in Arup, Frances aids project teams to interpret and apply the array of rapidly emerging environmental and health concerns to SMEP and facade material specifications.
Frances holds a LEED AP and California SE. She is currently chair of the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute sustainability committee LCA working group and was recently appointed to the Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group of USGBC. She has presented at Greenbuild 2012 and has been interviewed for articles in Environmental Building News, GreenSource and EcoStructure.
Kathrina Simonen: Assistant Professor, Univ. of Washington, College of Built Environments, Dept. of Architecture; Architect and Structural Engineer
Kathrina joined the faculty at the University of Washington with over 15 years of professional practice experience (in the SF Bay Area) bringing expertise in high performance building systems, seismic design and retrofitting, net-zero energy residential construction and collaborative practice.
Her research is focused on life cycle assessment (LCA), digital design and manufacturing, and prefabricated housing systems. She is founding director of the Carbon Leadership Forum an industry-academic collaborative research effort focused on linking LCA to design and construction practice. Recent projects include: Concrete PCR-Developing the U.S. standard product category rules (PCR) to track and report the environmental impact of ready mixed concrete (PI); LCA for WA-Life Cycle Assessment and Buildings Research for Washington State (co-PI); and FEMA funded ATC86-Environmental Benefits of Retrofitting (research team).
Eden Brukman: Technical Director of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative
A highly regarded instigator of actions for ecological accord, she focuses on responsible solutions for human habitat – particularly as it relates to building materials. Eden is coauthor of Living Building Challenge and was its director 2007-2012. On behalf of the program, Eden was a recipient of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge award. She has been designated one of Portland’s Forty Under 40 and a Living Building Hero by ILFI. Also a contributor to the early development of the Health Product Declaration and the Pharos Project, her advocacy efforts have led to policy reform, decentralized building and community developments, and the creation of a network of local action groups called “Collaboratives” in cities all over the world. Eden is a licensed architect, and has provided technical counsel about a broad range of sustainability topics nationally and internationally.