Three Lenses of Health & Materials

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Interface
Presented by Joey Shea

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the public health impacts of the life cycle of building products, including in the supply chain and at end of life.
  2. Use a holistic framework of Green Chemistry, Circular Economy and Embodied Carbon (Climate) to evaluate building materials.
  3. Learn questions and criteria that shift the marketplace toward materials that are healthier for everyone, including building occupants.
  4. Discuss balancing the pursuit of multiple sustainability criteria in product selection, relying on a cohesive Three Lenses framework.


1 GBCI CE Hour
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

What makes a product or material “healthy” or “sustainable?” This presentation offers a more holistic approach to material evaluation – the Three Lenses of Health & Materials. Each lens examines a key impact of building products on our health and the environment: embodied carbon, green chemistry, and circular economy. In addition to identifying these impacts, this course offers questions we can ask to move the market toward better products for ourselves, our clients, and the world.

Three Lenses


Joey Shea joined Interface in 2018 as part of the Customer Experience team to bring the commitments and values of Interface to life through unique, immersive experiences for Interface customers. Now, as Manager of Mission Activation, he relies on his background in the environmental nonprofit and advocacy sector to share how Interface connects successful business practices to deep environmental responsibility. Joey values staying involved with the environmental and civic advocacy community in Atlanta and serves on the advisory board for the Lifecycle Building Center, Atlanta’s leading building material reuse nonprofit and as a board member for ChattahoocheeNOW, an organization dedicated to revitalizing and unlocking the potential of the Chattahoochee River that flows through north Georgia. Joey graduated suma cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University and is a proud graduate of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute in 2016.


Interface Interface is a world-leading modular flooring company with a fully integrated collection of carpet tiles and resilient flooring. Our modular system helps customers create interior spaces while positively impacting the people who use them and our planet. nora is Interface’s commercial rubber flooring systems and solutions brand. Produced in Germany for more than 65 years, nora premium rubber works to improve operations, efficiencies, health, safety, and wellness with sustainable flooring that eases maintenance, absorbs noise, and provides added comfort underfoot.


Originally published in June 2021