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Speaking the Same Language: The Common Materials Framework

Architecture and Design Exchange
May 15, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Part of the Architecture Matters Professional Development Series

Presented by Existing Conditions, Organized by the Committee on the Environment

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How do we speak about and evaluate the sustainable attributes of building materials? The current model is a mix of ideas and goals regarding the definition of a sustainable material. Sustainable material certifications have become difficult to navigate. Confusion rules the market as architects and manufacturers attempt to answer all the questions and goals of the various approaches to sustainability.

When the AIA launched the A&D Materials Pledge, a common language was laid out with common goals regarding human health, social health & equity, ecosystem health, climate health, and circular economy. The Common Materials Framework, further outlined by mindfulMaterials, is the structure for this language, helping to define the impact of materials. This common framework will help the industry to measure progress and accomplishments; consistency is key.

Lunch will be served to all pre-registered attendees. Republic Center Valet Parking will be validated for this event. Arrive early for parking and lunch so the program can begin right at noon.

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