Supporting Sustainable Projects with Healthy Materials

Sponsored by Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine ways in which architects can guide projects to be more sustainable by using reclaimed materials and certification guidelines, such as Living Building Challenge (LBC), to meet those goals.
  2. Describe exterior and interior sustainable strategies to increase and maintain building efficiencies over time.
  3. Discuss key challenges architects may face in trying to obtain LBC certification and meet other green building standards, and describe potential solutions to meet sustainable building objectives.
  4. Explain how low-tech, low-energy, and low-impact materials and building systems can benefit sustainability goals of some structures.


1 AIA LU/Elective
1 GBCI CE Hour
This test is no longer available for credit
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NASA Sustainability Base
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Devon Energy Center
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Twenty-First Century Vernacular House
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