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USGBC Wyoming Innovate Conference
The Power of Exponential Thinking: Creating the XPRIZE for Healthy Buildings

GBCI: 0920010943

Designing the XPRIZE to spark innovation in the building industry
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE



The way buildings are built today has remained relatively unchanged for nearly 200 years. The $9 Trillion a year global construction industry is responsible for nearly 60% of climate change emmissions, a third of landfill waste and a shocking array of negative effects. Eve the most advanced construction projects in the world continue to use ancient techniques of modular assembly, relying on painstaking human effort to construct dead and acncient materials of wood, steel, and concrete. Construction is driven by standards and codes to ensure economy and safety, but in the process fail to protect people from larger risks. In 2016 the XPRIZE Foundation set out to establish a "Moonshot" for construction by creating the XPRIZE for Healthy Buildings. In this talk you'll learn how the Team approached theis unique opportunity to develop a way to literally "Grow" buildings by fusing synthetic biology, genomics, parametric modeling, and 3D printing to create a disruption and paradigm shift that could switch us from a petro-chemical world to a bio-chemical one.


  1. Participants will learn the value of exponential thinking in approaching your design problems
  2. Participants will discover the methodology to the XPRIZE for Healthy Buildings and how such innovations were formulated
  3. Participants will uncover new ways to approach healthy materials that avoids trying to be less bad, and into something regenerative
  4. Participants will develop a roadmap for your own projects and the future of Living Buildings


This course is a part of the following series:
USGBC Wyoming Innovate Conference


Created by



Eric Corey Freed

Other sessions included in that series: