Senior Materials Research Fellows share their Insights
As part of the LEED, Materials and Health Initiative, six Senior Materials Research Fellows have joined the team to help deepen the understanding around the effect of materials ingredients on the health of those who interact with the built environment. Through a series of entries posted on the Green Building Information Gateway’s (GBIG’s) Insight blog, the Fellows have been sharing their perspectives and highlighting the science and policy behind the current state of material ingredient transparency and assessment.
Around the topic of ingredient inventory, fellows Charlene Bayer, Marty Mulvihill, and Megan Schwarzman discussed our current level of access to materials ingredients, whether it’s even possible to create a “complete” ingredient list, and what kind of consumer choice would be enabled by great ingredient transparency.
USGBC-based fellow Ashley White and USGBC’s Vice President of Research, Chris Pyke, described their visions for the ideal future of materials supply chains and information flow.
Fellows Joel Tickner and Ken Geiser published their viewpoints on the changing landscape of material ingredient transparency, particularly as enabled by inventory and assessment tools, as well as policies that currently govern materials information and frameworks that are being developed to guide the adoption of safer chemical alternatives.
These blog entries are among the first in a continuing series on materials and health that will be published throughout this year and beyond. GBIG Insight also hosts blog entries on a number of other green building topics. Check back periodically for the most recent Insights!