Healthy Materials Sourcing and Selection
Learn key questions and considerations to specify healthy materials for your projects.
Gain the knowledge you need to recognize materials that could be harmful to human health, and know how to find alternatives when specifying. Dr. Andrew Dent of Material ConneXion will walk you through scenarios to illustrate areas of concern and provide examples of situations where healthful alternatives are necessary. You will learn key questions to ask and how to navigate ratings and points systems to evaluate materials’ impact on human health.
What You Will Learn
- Recognize materials that could be harmful to human health.
- Find alternatives to unhealthy materials.
- Explain the importance of ratings and points systems and how and when to use them.
- Know the key questions to ask when specifying healthy materials.
Continuing Education Approvals
- 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW | CC-108108 (Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf.)
- 1 AIA LU | HSW | HLTHMAT18 (AIA Members: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have your completion reported.)
Access period: One year from registration date.
Andrew Dent, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President of Research, Material ConneXion
Dr. Andrew Dent is Executive Vice President of Research at Material ConneXion, and Chief Material Scientist at SANDOW. He plays a key role in the expansion of Material ConneXion’s technical knowledge base. His research directs the implementation of consulting projects and the selection of innovative, sustainable and advanced materials to Material ConneXion’s library, which currently houses over 8,000 material samples. Since joining Material Connexion, Dr. Dent has helped hundreds of clients—from Whirlpool and Adidas to BMW and Procter & Gamble—develop or improve their products through the use of innovative materials. A leading expert on sustainable materials, his insight has played an important part in creating a new generation of more sustainable products. He is a frequent speaker on sustainable and innovative material strategies and is the co-author of the Material Innovation books series, which, to date, includes Material Innovation: Architecture, Material Innovation: Product Design and Material Innovation: Packaging Design. Dr. Dent has also contributed to many magazines including Business Week, Fast Company and the Financial Times.
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