Greenbuild Workshop: A Field Guide to Safe & Circular Building Materials

Register here for this Greenbuild workshop that will explore green and healthy buildings require selecting products that are safe for humans and the environment. This session provides practical guidance and tools from industry experts for making responsible purchasing decisions based on core principles of material health, transparency and circularity to ensure project goals—including achieving the latest LEED v4.1 BD+C, ID+C, and O+M and WELL requirements—are met.

Join leading industry experts and practitioners on Tuesday, 19 November from 8:30am - 12:30pm to explore proven approaches and strategies for prioritizing material health, transparency and circularity in building products selection and purchasing. This workshop is designed to equip architects, designers, specifiers, project managers, contractors and manufacturers to embrace opportunities and overcome barriers to making responsible material choices. Through first-hand experiences and real-world examples shared by experts from the field, attendees will learn tools and frameworks that will enable smart decision making to realize material health and circularity goals at the building level.


  • Tim Conway, VP Sustainability, Shaw Industries, Inc.
  • Jean Hansen, Sustainable Principal, HDR Inc.
  • Bergen Hubert, Manager, Built Environment, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
  • Alison Mears, Director, Healthy Materials Lab, Parsons School of Design
  • Wes Sullens, Director of Building Codes & LEED Materials & Resources, USGBC
  • Tristan Roberts, Technical Director, Health Product Declaration Collaborative

Attendees will get a preview of the new Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard v4 to see how material health and circularity criteria have evolved to drive greater adoption and impact. They will also hear how HPDC and C2CPII are working together to ensure verified data can fulfill needs for both product transparency and optimization.In this session, attendees will examine the implications of materials choices, brainstorm the potential for optimizations, and explore how best practices can be scaled from the project to portfolio-level. They will be challenged to identify potential interventions to advance material health and circularity in their own work including opportunities to source and integrate safe, healthy, circular materials into building projects. The session will help clarify roles and equip attendees to initiate necessary collaboration with other stakeholders throughout the supply chain to achieve positive outcomes.

For more information about the learning objectives and CEU credits, please click here.