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John Knott Lunch Lecture - The Importance of Materials Disclosure and Transparency for the Future Health of the Built Environment: A Community Developers Perspective



John Knott, the Executive Director of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC), will share his perspective on the importance of material disclosure and transparency for the future human and ecological health of the built environment. A national leader with a long-term collaborative history as a sustainable community developer, Mr. Knott’s presentation will focus on the key elements and goals of the HPDC, and will speak to its role as an integrator and collaborator bringing together a global ingredient disclosure ecosystem that will finally create a healthy future for our children and grandchildren.


John Knott is recognized as a thought leader and keynote speaker on sustainable development, the green economy and restoration of cities. His experience is international in scope and includes the areas of urban redevelopment, infrastructure, energy and environmental systems. He is the creator of the CityCraft℠ process, which is a development and city planning process that restores the economic, environmental and social health of cities.

A third generation developer, Mr. Knott has over 40 years of experience in urban redevelopment. His award-winning projects include work at: the Baltimore Inner Harbor, urban areas in Baltimore and Washington DC; the University of Texas Health Science Center in the Houston Medical Center; Dewees Island in South Carolina; and the Noisette Community of North Charleston in South Carolina.

Mr. Knott is the first Executive Director for The Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC). HPDC is a customer-led standards-setting organization committed to the continuous improvement of the building industry’s environmental and health performance, through transparency and innovation in the building product supply chain. The Collaborative created and supports The Health Product Declaration Open Standard, a format that systematizes reporting language to enable transparent disclosure of building product content and associated health information. It defines the critical information needed by building designers, specifiers, owners and users.”

Authored By: John Knott Jr
Published On: 20 Jun 2014