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Materials Matter

In 2016-2017, the University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab partnered with the Carbon Leadership Forum and the Health Product Declaration Collaborative to develop and deliver Materials Matter, a professional education series on sustainable building materials selection. Sponsored by AIA Seattle and AIA National, Materials Matter comprises online and in-person courses intended to enable participants to understand, make informed decisions about, and implement materials transparency and optimization, considering embodied carbon, life cycle analysis, and health. The Materials Matter in-person pilot series was rolled out as five distinct sessions in Winter 2016-2017, and is set to launch again in Summer 2017. The online curriculum is currently under development with AIA National.