Materials Journey Map

The Materials Journey Map is an attendee experience designed to guide your journey through Greenbuild on topics that are of specific interest to you. It includes education sessions, innovative products, solutions and technologies, and experiential learning opportunities to enhance your knowledge on materials selection. 

Today’s buildings are designed and built to meet an ever-increasing list of demands, ranging from the traditional aesthetic considerations to sustainability and energy efficiency, resilience, and health and wellness. Product innovations and informed materials selection can help architects, builders and designers meet these demands.

Thoughtful product selection requires careful consideration of the potential impacts that building products have on the world and the people in it. The materials of today and tomorrow are helping to solve the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges, while also helping design and sustainability professionals meet the requirements of green building certification programs, from LEED and beyond.

Greenbuild will bring together stakeholders throughout the building and construction supply and value chains to discuss important issues facing the industry in its pursuit of a continually improved built environment. The Materials Journey Map will guide your Greenbuild experience as you enhance your materials knowledge through networking, education, and inspiration.


Seven (7) sessions in the Materials Education Track

C12: EPDs: The Good, the Bad, the Useful Speakers: Amy Costello (Armstrong Flooring, Inc.), Angela Fisher (Aspire Sustainability), Anna Lasso (UL Environment), Anthony Bernheim (San Francisco International Airport) 

D12: Leveraging EPDs to Build Lower Embodied Carbon Buildings Materials Speakers: Keith Killpack (SCS Global Services), Gale Tedhams (Owens Corning), Patrick Boyle (Sloan Valve Company) 

E12: Beyond Measure: Using LCA to Transform Projects and Products Speakers: David Walsh (Sellen), Brad Benke (LMN Architects), Meghan Lewis (Mithun) 

G12: Achieving the Promise of Mass Timber Speakers: Corey Brinkema (Forest Stewardship Council - United States), Kathrina Simonen (University of Washington), Brent Davies (Ecotrust) 

F12: What the Health? A Supplier, Manufacturer and Third Party Verifier discuss Material Health Challenges and Successes Speakers: William Paddock (WAP Sustainability Consulting), Philip Ivey (Milliken), Ranae Anderson (Universal Fibers Systems) 

H12: Can Your Spec Reverse Global Warming? Speakers: Mikhail Davis (Interface), Erin McDade (Architecture 2030)

A12: LEED, Wellness, and Arc in Retail: A Starbucks Perspective Speakers: Raefer Wallis (GIGA), John Harrison (Starbucks Coffee Company), Alessandro Bisgani (BEE - Bisagni Environmental Enterprise)

C15: Safer Materials: In Green Chemistry We Trust. Speakers: Shawn Hunter (Global Sustainability Leader at DowDuPont Safety & Construction), Gina McCarthy (Former EPA Administrator, Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment & Professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), John Warner (President / Chief Technology Officer at The Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC)

Expo Hall

Education Labs

  • EL24 - Product Sustainability through Design for Environment & Transparency - Learn how transparency documents are created and contribute to green building certification, and why investing in sustainability can bolster a business’s bottom line. Learn more.
  • E11 & EL31: Benjamin Moore & Co. Presents: LEED v4: Paint & Coatings - You will learn how a color's light reflectance value can reduce your reliance on artificial light. You'll also get an overview of the heat island credit and learn about the types of certifications required for building product disclosure and optimization credits. Learn more.
  • EL21 & EL41: Benjamin Moore & Co. Presents: Paint Technology: Chemistry & Performance - Understanding the chemistry behind the performance features of various paints will help you specify more confidently. Join us for an in-depth course that will go over the four components of paint and finishes  Learn more.

  • EL13: Shaw Industries Presents: Hands On with mindful MATERIALS - Learn about the tools available to make decisions about products, and understand how these tools work in support of LEED, WELL and other building certifications. Learn more.

  • EL66: GAF Presents: Meeting Transparency Requirements for LEED v4 and v4. 1- Understanding Multi-Atrribute Labels, Environmental Product Declarations and Material Ingredient Reporting Documents to Meet Current and Future Requirements - Learn more.

Two (2) Education Sessions in Materials Applied Learning Area

ALA06: Innovative Approaches to Materials & Resources Credits in LEEDThis session will guide Greenbuild attendees through the Materials & Resources Pilot Credits on Hazard & Exposure and Integrative Analysis in LEED v4. It will provide an overview of the underlying principles, demonstrate use in real-world LEED projects, and explore pilot credit inclusion in future versions of LEED.  

ALA08: Driving Sustainability: The Importance of Collaboration and TransparencyRecently, the American Chemistry Council and its members adopted a bold set of sustainability commitments, including the safe use of chemicals, informed material selection, accelerated innovation, and the development of collaborative relationships to help fulfill those commitments. This session will explore ways that collaboration, communication and transparency can unlock progress on sustainability.


GBCI Certification Work Zone

Support the place where project teams interact with LEED project reviewers at Greenbuild. This popular forum includes a series of lively, interactive technical discussion sessions in addition to one-on-one project conversations.

Additional Education

Workshop: Selecting Safe, Healthy Materials for a Circular Built Environment (LD05)

Creating a circular economy in which buildings function as material banks begins with choosing – and integrating – safe, healthy products and materials into every project. Through first-hand experiences and real-world examples shared by product manufacturers and designers, this session will lead you through the process of identifying, assessing and selecting safe, healthy, circular materials for the built environment using the Cradle to Cradle Certified product standard and material health methodology as a guideline. Learn more about this workshop.