Just Do It

Session 4, Just Do It: Strategies for Projects presents frameworks for integrating knowledge of environmental and human health impacts from material substances into projects. It explores strategies at play when materials decisions are driven by clients, rating-systems, firms, and even individual initiative. Case studies share lessons learned from on the ground experiences, and speakers candidly discuss the different perspectives and motivators of project team members.

  • Participants will be able to summarize project case studies which used healthy, sustainable materials and describe the challenges and opportunities of client-driven and architect-driven approaches.
  • Participants will be able to explain the different perspectives, pressures, and responsibilities of project team members related to materials transparency.
  • Participants will be able to construct strategies for applying a materials matter approach to projects by understanding motivators for different project team members.
  • Participants will be able to identify strategies at the individual level to constructively promote awareness of healthy materials selection among product representatives and colleagues.

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Lona Rerick, ZGF Architects | The Current State of Project Tools, Design Process, and Industry Collaborations
Janna Wandzilak, Delos Solutions | Lessons Learned at Delows Headquarters and the Future of Healthy Materials
Jean Hansen, HDR | Case Study of a Project in Progress
Mike Johnson, 3form | Manufacturers Perspective: Why it Matters, What it Means to Manufacturers, and How Best to Work with Manufacturers

About the Presenters

Lona Rerick, an architect and specifier at ZGF, is a passionate advocate for connecting today’s design and construction decisions to our shared legacy. With more than 20 years of experience, she guides clients, design teams and contractors in sustainable design strategies with a focus on the impact of material selection on ecosystems and health. Currently, Lona serves on the Health Product Declaration Collaborative’s Technical Committee; as chair of AIA National’s Materials Knowledge Working Group; and as a founding co-Chair of the Portland Materials Transparency Collaborative.

Tristan Roberts is Director of Technical and Education programs at the Health Product Declaration Collaborative. With HPDC’s Technical Committee, Tristan leads the evolution of the HPD Open Standard, as well as supporting architects and designers in navigating material health demands. Prior to joining HPDC in 2018, Tristan was part of BuildingGreen, Inc., where he led strategy and content development for the trusted green building publisher. Tristan developed the LEED user website and moderated the LEED user forum community, which supports thousands of discussions on LEED certification. He is the author of hundreds of articles and in-depth reports on building industry trends and technologies, and is a frequent speaker and educator in the areas of green building and sustainable design. His objective stance and focus on practical tools has earned him the trust of a wide spectrum of stakeholders in the industry, including architects, sustainability professionals, manufacturers, and nonprofit groups. Mr. Roberts has taught sustainability and building science at the Boston Architectural College. He works from Vermont, where with The Laurentia Project he co-hosts eat-think-do retreats for sustainable thinkers.

Janna Wandzilak, WELL Faculty LEED AP BD+C
As a Director on the Delos Solutions Team, Janna consults with clients who are transforming indoor environments to focus on the people that spend time within them. Her role involves working with many members of project teams to help them learn about healthy design, operations and policies. She also plays a role in educating the industry through leading webinars and workshops and speaking at related conferences. Additionally, as the Delos Materials Specialist, Janna draws upon her knowledge of healthy and sustainable materials/products to offer clients the best solutions for healthy products when designing and constructing their buildings. She also recently co-project managed the Delos HQ, which is WELL Certified Platinum, LBC Petal Certified and pursuing LEED v4. Prior to joining Delos, Janna was a Senior Sustainability Consultant at Closed Loop Advisors, a sustainability consulting firm where she advised clients on sustainability strategy, monitoring and analytics and green building & certifications. She is WELL Faculty, a LEED AP and also a Living Building Challenge Ambassador.

Jean Hansen is a Sustainable Principle with HDR’s Office of Sustainability. As a highly versatile interior designer, planner and sustainable consultant with 35+ years of experience, Jean provides expertise in the design of facilities and interiors. An early adopter of sustainable design, Jean possesses a depth of expertise and knowledge that has allowed her to make lasting contributions to the building industry. She served on Kaiser Permanente’s Green Building Committee for 10 years, developed national sustainable design standards and led research in the textile industry followed by co-authoring “Future of Fabric”. She was a core committee member of the USGBC’s LEED Health Care rating system development and remains involved in the ongoing updates for BIFMA’s Sustainable Furniture Standards and the Health Product Declaration (HPD). She is a Board Member of the HPD Collaborative, serves on the AIA Materials Knowledge Working Group and C2C and WELL’s Advisory Committees. Jean has worked on 40+ LEED projects and led sustainable research for a number of clients.

As Director of Sustainability at 3form, Michael Johnson provides direction and oversight to corporate environmental and social responsibility policies and initiatives. These include initiatives designed to achieve goals of zero waste in manufacturing, carbon neutrality, product transparency and optimization, and integration of sustainability ethics into the workforce.

Michael spends a large amount of time currently focused on materials transparency and optimization, offering educational presentations from coast to coast on this subject to help the A&D community better prepare to embrace LEED V4 or other healthy building standards, or to simply understand the underlying importance of transparency from a practical standpoint.

Utilizing more than 20 years of experience, as well as formal education in the environmental and sustainability business arenas, he brings real world context and practical solutions to complicated problems. These efforts have been recognized with sustainability awards and speaking engagements to business groups, universities and colleges, sustainability conferences, and other professional organizations.

Michael joined 3form after 12 years at the helm of a multimedia company he created, in Portland, which pioneered sustainability-specific marketing to help green businesses gain consumer preference. Additional experience in environmental remediation and management provides a solid understanding of health and environmental impacts caused by exposure to chemicals and materials.