Materials Matter:
Living Building Challenge, LEED and Industry Trends

Presented by: Melissa Kops, AIA, Larry Jones, LEED Fellow and Adam Yarnell
1 HSW CE Credit Available
Join us for an in-depth look at specifying building materials. We will talk about the Living Building Challenge Materials Petal, including the red list, embodied carbon footprint, responsible industry, living economy sourcing, and net positive waste. Adam will take a deep dive into the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization (BPDO) and Low-Emitting Materials credits in LEED v4 BD+C. Learn why transparency matters, how VOC emissions affect indoor air quality, and what to expect in LEED v4.1. Larry will share a few insights of how designers, owners, and institutions are starting to make headway in changing how they prioritize what is important with respect to eliminating toxic ingredients of products and how they ultimately choose materials for their spaces.

AIA Member:   FREE         Non Member:   $15



Melissa Kops (AIA, LEEP AP BD+C, LFA) is an Associate with Pirie Associates Architects who specializes in health and wellbeing in the built environment and sustainability. At her previous firm, Centerbrook Architects, she led sustainable projects including a project pursuing the Living Building Challenge for the South Kent School, and a co-housing community planned for Bethany. Recent projects include a microbrewery in Denver, CO, and the Yale Law School’s Baker Hall. She is a CTGBC board member, Living Building Challenge Ambassador, Collaborative co-facilitator, and Living Future Accredited Professional. She founded and co-organizes the Northeast Summit for a Sustainable Built Environment, with the theme Health of Place in 2017, and Equity of Place in 2019.

Adam Yarnell (LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP) is a sustainability consultant with Steven Winter Associates who specializes in LEED design and administration for commercial construction. Adam is also a Board Member of the Connecticut Green Building Council, an ILFI Ambassador, and a Steering Committee member with the Living Building Challenge. Previously, Adam worked in sustainable tourism certification, and, from 2013-2016, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama, where he created a recycling program and trained teachers, but, mostly, drank too much coffee. Adam would spend all his time outdoors if possible, and, in his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, ice climbing, and, apparently, suffering in the cold.

Larry Jones (LEED Fellow) has consulted on over 100 LEED certified and LEED targeted projects providing services ranging from environmental design, daylight consulting, benchmarking, carbon and master planning. Recent high-performance projects include the LEED Platinum and Living Certified Frick Park Environmental Center, the LEED Gold Tufts Science and Engineering Complex, and the LEED Gold Sandy Hook School. Larry serves on the steering committee of the Living Building Challenge CT Collaborative, and has been serving as a technical resource the International Living Future Institute on select projects. Larry teaches at Yale School of Architecture and Georgia Institute of Technology on the integration of architecture with sustainability.

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