June 6, 2016
Allstream Centre, 105 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto

Join us on June 6 for the 2016 Materials and Health Summit. This one-day event is being held prior to the start of Building Lasting Change in Toronto.

At the Summit you will hear first-hand from industry leaders and experts about the new tools, programs and ideas surrounding building materials and their impact on human health and the environment. The program incorporates a number of hands-on activities throughout the day, providing a fun, interactive learning experience. Attendees will get a chance to walk through the LEED v4 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits, experiencing first-hand the product documentation used to support credit requirements.


Member rate: $225 + HST
Non-member rate: $300 + HST

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Continuing Education (CE) Hours: This Summit will be approved for GBCI hours, as well as LEED Specific BD+C, ID+C. GBCI hours will be reported automatically only if your badge is scanned upon entry to each session. Delegates must self report and provide proof of participation in order to collect CE hours from any other association. Please email jeaton@cagbc.org AFTER June 9 and she will provide you with the necessary documentation.

CaGBC Materials and Health Summit 


CE hours and Speakers will be posted upon confirmation.

Materials and Health Summit – June 6, 2016
Allstream Centre, 105 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario

 8:30 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

8:35 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.

Session 1 - The Impact of Toxins
This session will kick-off the day by exploring the science behind building materials and their health implications.

Learning Objectives:
•    Describe the science of toxicity;
•    Identify the concentrations of toxins able to affect health and wellness.

9:20 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

Session 2 - Materials and Resources Requirements in LEED v4

This session will explore the materials and resource requirements in LEED v4 including the future direction of these credits.

Learning Objectives:
•    Explain the evolution of the Materials credits in LEED
•    Break-down the details of the LEED v4 Building Product Disclosure Optimization credits
•    Describe the future direction and refinement of the credits

9:50 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.


10:05 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Session 3 - Environmental Product Declarations

This session will describe and define Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) . An interactive component will provide the opportunity to review EPD documents and critically evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.

Learning Objectives:
•    Differentiate between EPDs and LCAs
•    Describe what types of EPDs and LCAs are accepted in LEED v4
•    Identify specific information from within an EPD
•    Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of EPDs and LCAs

10:50 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.

Session 4 - Sourcing of Raw Materials
This session will focus on what is involved in sourcing raw materials. It will include an interactive element that will involve working in groups to review a Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) for compliance with LEED v4 requirements.

Learning Objectives:
•    Define what is meant by a self-declared report
•    Explain what a CSR is and what particular features they must have to qualify under LEED v4
•    Describe how FSC, recycled content and other features contribute to optimization under Option 2 of the credit

11:35 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.


11:50 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.

Session 5 - Material Ingredient Reporting Option 1
This session focuses on the reporting of material ingredients. An interactive component will provide the opportunity to review actual Health Product Declarations (HPDs), evaluate strengths and weaknesses, and identify requirements for LEED v4 compliance.

Learning Objectives:
•    Elaborate on what is meant by a manufacturer’s inventory
•    Describe the contents of an HPD
•    Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of HPDs
•    Review HPDs and manufacturer inventories for LEED v4 compliance

12:35 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:20 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.

Session 6 - Material Ingredient Reporting Option 2
This session focuses on the optimization of material ingredients. Attendees will have the opportunity to critically review Cradle to Cradle (C2C) and GreenScreen assessments and their compliance for LEED v4 through an interactive group activity.

Learning Objectives:
•    Define the scope and requirement of C2C
•    Explain the scope and differences between GreenScreen List Translator and full GreenScreen Assessments
•    Describe the specific C2C and GreenScreen requirements and weightings under LEED v4

2:05 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.


2:20 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Session 7 - Specifying, Sourcing and Tracking Compliant Materials—Lessons from the Field

This session will provide lessons learned from firms with experience specifying, sourcing and tracking LEED v4 compliant materials.

Learning Objectives:
•    Describe strategies that can be used to specify, source and track compliant materials
•    Elaborate on areas of difficulty and how they can be dealt with
•    Identify inter-relationships between requirements, challenges that can result, and strategies to manage them

3:05 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Session 8 - Choosing Products

This interactive session will involve working in groups to choose a product based on a set of environmental objectives and client priorities.

Learning Objectives:
•    Evaluate products to meet environmental objectives and client priorities
•    Recognize the limitations and complexities of using numerous forms of documentation to evaluate products holistically

4:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

*Please note that the times and content of this schedule are subject to change