By Judith Repp, AIA and Jeff Mullikin, PE
Judith: At last! ‘Materials Matter‘ comes to Denver! The design and construction communities in Portland, Philadelphia, Seattle and Dallas have already benefited from the series hosted in those cities. As an architect fairly new to the Denver area, I had been dismayed to leave Philadelphia just as the series was about to begin there. Fortuitously, I arrived here just as AIA Colorado was beginning to formulate our own version of this informative series. I am thrilled to have served on the committee to help bring ‘Materials Matter’ to our local audience. Through the committee, I learned about the vast motherlode of materials and sustainability resources available to us here in Colorado and beyond. Many of these will be presented at AIA Colorado’s series, starting in November. We hope to see many of you there!
Jeff: Contributing as part of the committee for AIA Colorado’s Materials Matter was a great way to advocate for a greater understanding of healthier, sustainable building design and material selection with better transparency. As designers, we often get caught up in completing the checklists but don’t really understand how the materials that we select have an impact on our health and environment.
I am excited about this series with a host of knowledgeable speakers such as Blaine Brownell from University of Minnesota and Wil Srubar from the University of Colorado. They and other presenters will speak about emergent technologies. Tim Render from the Denver EPA office will present on the topic of Brownfields, as well as how to better understand the LCA process and our responsibilities and risks in specifying these products.
Sign up for individual sessions or the full series here. The first session is on November 7 at the AIA Colorado office in Denver. Each session offers 4 HSW| LU.