Materials Summit in Toronto


Date: December 1, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Registration at 7:30am
Location: Sears Atrium, 3rd Floor, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, Ryerson University, 245 Church St, Toronto (map)




Materials Summit is a one day workshop that delves into the issues surrounding materials and their impacts on health and the environment. Delegates will hear first-hand from industry leaders and experts about the new tools, programs and ideas surrounding building materials and their impact on human health and the environment. With the introduction of LEED v4, there is greater demand and commitment to phase out materials which have negative human and environmental impact, with particular focus on the life-cycle and repurposing of materials. Product specifiers will learn how they can use the information and assessment tools that are becoming available in order to choose healthier, more sustainable products. 


SESSION 1: Little Things Matter: The Impact of Toxins on Health

This session will kick-off the day by exploring the science behind building materials and their health implications.

SESSION 2: The Owner and Tenant Perspective

The goal of Session 2 is to convey that owners and tenants see value in a healthier indoor environment. Discussion will include how they make that case and what action they take (LEED, WELL etc) to carry through on that.

SESSION 3: Material Requirements in LEED v4

This session will touch on the evolution of the Materials credits in LEED, break down the details of the LEED v4 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits, and discuss future direction and refinement of the credits.

SESSION 4: Manufacturing Greener Materials

The speakers in Session 4 will identify some of the key measures that helped their companies adapt, innovate, and retool in order to develop more sustainable manufacturing frameworks.

SESSION 5: Sourcing Materials

This session will tell the story of many lessons learned, the easy and hard way, while designing and constructing the 1st Living Building Challenge project in Ontario. Discussion will touch on how to evolve new approaches and make informed and green materials decisions using the suite of emerging resources and tools, such as Quartz, Pharos and Declare. This will focus on some of the challenges that can arise around transparency disclosure and product reformulation when trying to deliver the highest value to clients.

SESSION 6: The Tools and Programs to Help You

This session will close the day with an introduction to the key features of the tools and programs that will help manufacturers optimize and market their products, and help designers make better informed decisions that maximize the health potential and environmental performance of buildings.

Discussion will include subject matter experts and representatives from the organizations responsible for GreenScreen, Environmental Product Declarations, Health Product Declarations, and Cradle to Cradle.

 INTERACTIVE SESSION PART 1: Evaluate and Understand Health and Life-Cycle Impacts of Products

In this session, attendees will sit at tables assigned a particular product category (example: carpet, paint, insulation, etc.). Each table will have product information on 3 different products. These will be in the form of EPDs , HPDs, C2C and GreenScreen Reports. Each of the sheets with product information will have one critical piece of information deliberately left out. The product reps from the different programs will move around the room in a speed dating format to answer questions about the product information. Attendees at the table will need to review and discuss the documentation and gather information from the program reps.

INTERACTIVE SESSION PART 2: Evaluate and Understand Health and Life-Cycle Impacts of Products

In this session, attendees remain at the same tables. Each table is assigned a set of environmental criteria from the ‘owner’. Examples of the criteria are lowest embodied GHG emissions, no flame retardants, lowest VOC emissions. They have to evaluate the three products options and discuss which product best meets the owner’s requirements. The groups will report back to the larger group on their findings and also how they used the information from the different programs.


Eligible for both 8 GBCI and OAA hours, course code will be sent to attendees after the Materials Summit. 
Member: $200.00 + HST (less than two weeks before the event
Not-Yet Member: $250.00 + HST (less than two weeks before the event)
** National CaGBC Members please contact Diana McHugh at 416-598-5397 or by email here, to receive member pricing**
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