GVis: Building Healthy

Green Vision 2013: Building Healthy:

We will be taking the Healthy Building and Sustainable Materials debate global, building on the success of our earlier seminars by drilling down into the detail of natural product standards and health benefits of natural materials. We will be learning from the outdoor and textiles industries as well as hearing lessons learnt from a recent US 'Living Building Challenge Live' project.

The toxicity of building materials can impact on everyone coming into contact with them, from the builders on the construction site, employees in an office, residents in homes, children in schools, to patients in hospitals. Natural materials like stone, wood, straw and earth, on the other hand, are not only non-toxic, some view them as life-enhancing. Natural building materials, have been promoted for their ability to absorb toxins and restore health.

We will be taking this opportunity to move the discussion from 'environmental well-being' to 'human well-being' and the well being of occupants and users of buildings.

Andrew Carpenter, CEO of Structural Timber Association will open the conference as our UK Keynote, sharing his vision: 'Should, Could, Wood' - the importance of a collaborative culture and a truly integrated supply chain to deliver the benefits of timber frame construction.
 
Participate in two  hands-on expert roundtables:
  Kate Livesy, BRE Sustainability 'Where did all the people go?';
  Charles Ross, 'Learning from the Outdoor and Textile industry';
  Andrew Carpenter, 'Collaboration and Integration for Timber';
  Gary Newman, 'Natureplus and Product Standards'.
 
Hear lessons learnt form an international 'Living Building Challenge Project' in the USA.
Below is the Storify curated by Martin Brown @fairsnape that contains all all the presentations and key links:
 

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