American Chemistry Council (ACC) members are working to advance sustainability, efficiency, affordability and resiliency in the materials and products used in the building and construction sector.

Today, the industry faces new challenges and opportunities to accelerate progress toward more sustainable materials and technologies. ACC is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of Greenbuild 2017, where designers, builders, manufacturers, materials experts, advocates and other professionals will gather with the common goal of advancing sustainability in the built environment.

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Education at Greenbuild 2017: Chemistry and Sustainable Buildings

Communities and Affordable Homes Summit
Tuesday, November 7, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

ACC is the exclusive sponsor of Greenbuild's Communities and Affordable Homes Summit, which convenes community and sustainability leaders for a day of knowledge sharing and problem solving, with the goal of expediting the economic, social and ecological health and vitality of all communities.

A lunchtime plenary session will focus on chemical manufacturing industry initiatives to develop affordable housing and resilient, sustainable communities, in the United States and internationally.

Session Speakers

Doug Brown Doug Brown
Jim Lambach Jim Lambach
Covestro, LLC
Jim Lambach Kimberly Lewis
U.S. Green
Building Council
Jai Venkatesan Jai Venkatesan
The Dow
Chemical Company

International Summit
Tuesday, November 7, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Greenbuild’s International Summit will draw attention to critical issues around growing sustainability practices, as well as the role businesses, NGOs, governments and community leaders are playing on a local and regional level to effect market transformation.

ACC is organizing a summit session, “Evaluating Sustainable Buildings and Innovative Materials in Pursuit of Sustainable Design,” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., to address issues including collaborative R&D processes, new methods for evaluating building product impacts, and emerging analytics within LEED materials pilot credits and the materials science industry.

Session Speakers

Amy Costello Amy Costello
Melissa Baker Melissa Baker
U.S. Green
Building Council
Cheryl Kreindler Cheryl Kreindler
Thomas Attenweiler Thomas Attenweiler
Advanced Materials

New LEED Pilot Credits Promote Lifecycle and Risk-based Metrics in Materials Selection

The U.S. Green Building Council is offering two innovative LEED version 4 pilot credits to encourage building project teams to incorporate lifecycle and risk-based metrics into their materials selection processes and enhance understanding of the effect materials ingredients have on human health and the environment.

  • The Integrative Analysis of Building Materials pilot credit encourages building project teams to evaluate products and materials using life cycle information, to identify those that have positive environmental, health and safety impacts.

    Building project teams must use at least three different permanently installed products with documented health, safety and environmental impact data in five lifecycle stages: assembly/manufacturing, installation, use, maintenance and end of life.
  • The Building Material Human Hazard & Exposure Assessment pilot credit awards credit to building project teams that incorporate products that have assessed human health-related hazard and exposure considerations in their installation and use phases.

    Project teams must use at least five different permanently installed products, from at least two different manufacturers, that have completed human hazard and exposure assessments and received acceptable risk scores.

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Continuing Education: Chemistry in Building & Construction

Looking for continuing education credits? The American Chemistry Council has developed a set of educational courses addressing role of chemistry in building and construction – including how chemical ingredients enhance product performance and the regulations, standards and industry processes that promote a safe and sustainable building environment.