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Innovations in chemistry make an important contribution in developing the products and materials that help create attractive, durable, modern buildings. High performance spray foam insulation helps keep heat and cooled air inside a building, lowering energy costs. Vinyl flooring in hospitals and operating rooms is easy to clean and disinfect and can last for many years. Plastic coatings added to metal roofs provide protection for years, making roofs more durable and storm-resistant.
At the same time, there is a growing focus on whether and how building materials may affect the environment and the health of building occupants. Increased interest from the public in healthy buildings, along with desire on the part of building owners to make progress toward attaining green building certification system requirements, means architects and specifiers seek more detailed information about which building materials and products help to meet sustainability goals. Manufacturers also are challenged to meet this demand for green and sustainable materials and work with architects, specifiers and builders to provide them with the products they need.
To address these important issues, the American Chemistry Council has worked with the U.S. Green Building Council to develop content for two sessions focused on materials health and safety in the built environment at the upcoming Greenbuild Conference and Expo, in Los Angeles next week:
Greenbuild attendees should come away with a greater understanding of these building trends and how LEED Version 4 is taking important steps to move beyond a single attribute approach to evaluation that takes into account the entire life cycle of materials used in buildings.
For more information on these discussions and other topics related to chemistry in the built environment, visit BuildingWithChemistry.org.
More information on Greenbuild 2016 educational sessions:
Materials Health and Safety: A Holistic Approach to Innovation
Wednesday, October 5, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Materials Think Tank at Greenbuild
Thursday, October 6, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Panel 1 Speakers:
Opening remarks by Mahesh Ramanujam, USGBC
Panel 2 Speakers:
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