Material Health


High performance design starts with healthy materials
The average American has a Body Burden; an accumulation of toxic compounds found in our body at any time. Hundreds of these compounds come from chemicals found in common building products and finishes. Today many alternatives exist for materials that reduce or eliminate the use of these chemicals.  those involved with the selection of materials have an opportunity to make better choices.

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How We Help

  • Support design teams on building projects to establish criteria, assess and recommend options for materials

  • Create standalone material health standards and guidelines for consistent use across design and building portfolios

  • Update existing design standards and master specification documents to incorporate material health criteria

  • Conduct material health training and education to empower others in the selection of healthy materials

  • Assist in developing screening processes for design firms + organizations to guide material selection

  • Provide tools and resources to track material health performance on both individual projects and across building portfolios

Knowledge Leadership

Select Interviews + Features

parsons, Healthier Materials & Sustainable Buildings Online Certificate Program, 2019

Design for Health

Architectural products magazine, 2015

Product Transparency

Select Speaking Engagements

Designers + Builders Alliance, 2019

Design for Health

bizngo chemical footprint conference, 2015


new york school of interior design, 2018

Sally Green Lecture Series: We Are What We Build

bond healthcare, 2016

A Precautionary Tale