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AAH1901: Holding Ourselves to Higher Standards: Healthier Materials Every Time 

01-15-2019 03:48 PM

This webinar was sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on February 12, 2019 from 2–3pm ET. Earn 1.0 AIA LU/HSW.


Explore how architects can commit to going beyond minimally acceptable legal standards and use only truly safe materials on every project. While architects wouldn't knowingly approve building materials that have negative effects on human health, unhealthy materials are nevertheless available in the marketplace. Therefore, due to cost or convenience, these less-than-ideal materials may end up in use on your projects. In this informative session, you'll get an overview of tools to help you meet this higher standard, ensuring all the materials specified and selected on your projects are in fact healthier.

Learning objectives

After participating in this webinar attendees will:

  1. Learn how to evaluate the health impacts of building products, assess potential challenges, and provide examples of better choices that will apply to most building projects.
  2. Examine specific attributes that will help you quickly discern preferable and non-preferred substances, so you can quickly identify better material choices.
  3. Get a look at the tools currently available for differentiating products for health impacts.
  4. Find out how you can communicate with manufacturers and efficiently collect material health documentation.

PowerPoint and PDF versions of the presentation are available below for your viewing. 

A recording of this webinar is available to stream on the AAH vimeo channel:


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