Healthy Materials Workshop & Fair

This Live Event happened on September 24, 2019 (7:00PM - 7:00PM CST)

Whether you practice in a large firm or as a sole practitioner. You have the opportunity to choose! Will you choose healthy materials? Learn how to change the way you select and specify materials, how to put material health into practice for your office when working on a project, and what you can do now "off the shelf". The workshop will include the process, tools, practice and delivery, with material manufacturers available to offer you real world experience through a "speed dating" exercise.


7:45 - 8:00 Check-in, breakfast, and networking
8:00 - 9:20 PART ONE: PROCESS
9:20 - 9:35 15 min break with exhibitors
9:35 - 11:05 PART TWO: TOOLS (half in class room and interactive with vendors)
11:05 - 11:20 15 min break with exhibitors
12:05 - 12:15 Closing and meet again with exhibitors

*You must attend the entire session to receive the 4.0 HSW credits*


DENISE BATES, RID - Denise Bates was a founding member of USGBC North Texas Chapter, of the Living Futures Collaborative in Dallas, and of the Texas Materials Initiative. She started up sustainability task forces at two of her previous firms and continued her leadership in the field as Gensler Dallas' Resilient Design Leader for the last 12 years. She recently joined Perkins & Will in their Corporate Interiors studio, and is thrilled to be a part of this globally recognized sustainable design leading firm.

TORI WICKARD, AIA, RID, LEED AP - Tori is a Project Architect and Associate at Perkins and Will in the Corporate, Commercial, and Civic market sector. Most recently, Tori has been working with the American Cancer Society to design WELL-Certified free hotels for cancer patients, focusing specifically on toxic building material reduction and indoor air quality. In addition to her project work, Tori serves as Co-Director of the Perkins and Will Dallas office Material Performance Lab, founding member of the Texas Materials Initiative, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the American Cancer Society North Texas region.

ELLEN MITCHELL KOZACK, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP - As director of the DesignGreen department, Ellen leads a team of passionate individuals focused on reducing the environ-mental impact associated with the built environment. Personally, she has managed over 40 sustainability projects, totaling over $2.8 billion in construction. In addition, Ellen is the Founder and Director of Citizen HKS, a public interest design initiative that pledges 1% of HKS billable hours annually to providing design services to improve the lives of people in need.

ALLISON SMITH, LEED ID+C, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador - As a Sustainable Design Manager for HKS, Allison promotes responsible material selection and education firm wide. She has managed over 25 sustainability projects, totaling over $1.8 billion in construction – including 2 LEED v4 Platinum projects. Allison supports industry-wide materials transparency initiatives, including the mindful MATERIALS Collaborative and the Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC). She is a founding member of the Texas Materials Initiative (TMI).

MEGAN RECHER, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, RELi AP, LFA - Sustainable Building Advisor at Perkins + Will


Saint Gobain

Learning Objectives

  1. Achieve a basic understanding of what an EPD, HPD, and Red-List free declare labels are and how to read them.
  2. Learn how to change the way you practice materials selection and specification of materials with the health of occupants and environmental impact in mind.
  3. List the various materials health tools and resources that are available for your firm to incorporate into practice for your office while working on a project.
  4. Create ideas on how to get “buy-in” from you client, while also knowing what items (off the shelf) or best practices that one can write into specifications without added cost to the client.
  5. Identify what CSI divisions are lacking in healthy material labeled products and what questions one can ask to drive the market forward.




Event Sponsors:

AIA Dallas, the sixth largest chapter of The American Institute of Architects, empowers architects to excel and impact their practice, profession, and community. AIA Dallas has a membership base of more than 2,300 members and 300 architectural firms. Member efforts support professional development, education, advocacy, thought-provoking programming, and seven signature events. Learn more at