Materials Sustainability Standards: A Comparative Analysis

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In recent years, the number of certifications, “eco-labels,” and standards relating to the sustainability and ecological impact of building materials -materials sustainability standards (MSS)—have grown at a rapid pace. The Materials Resource Center (MRC), an initiative at Washington University’s Sam Fox School, seeks to provide impartial and rigorous analysis of MSS. Presenters Hannah Roth, Charles McManis, and Meghan Lewis will discuss this pilot project and it’s goal to create a model for analysis of eco-labels and certifications which identifies what is being monitored and measured and to what depth those measurements go. The results of their analysis will be encoded in a searchable, user-friendly data set that provides a clear basis for comparison among different MSS.

Hannah Roth is a Lecturer at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and serves as Director of the Materials Resource Center. She teaches courses in materials and environmental standards.

Charles McManis is the Thomas & Karole Green Professor of Law and former Director of the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Program at Washington University. He has been a frequent visiting lecturer and paper presenter at universities and academic conferences throughout the world.

Meghan Lewis achieved a Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis, Spring 2011. She is currently a research assistant at the Material Research Center at the Sam Fox School.

Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours & 2 AIA/CES CEH

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Color Art Integrated Interiors
1325 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132

$30 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members
$50 for Non-Members

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Questions? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff via email or phone 314-577-0225.

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