October 22, 2018

Video: Transparency and Material Health “In Practice” - Accessing and Using Transparency and Material Health information

Parsons Healthy Materials Lab and Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC) hosted the second discussion in our Four-Part Fall Discussion Series: Transparency and Material Health In Practice. This live audience Discussion Series provides Architecture and Design Professionals with practical answers to questions that you are likely to encounter as you take the next steps to integrate healthy materials practices into product selection and specification in your projects.

The second Discussion in our series, entitled “Transparency and Material Health “In Practice” - Accessing and Using Transparency and Material Health Information” provided an overview of transparency reports and material health databases and libraries available for use by architecture and design practices. Our panelists shared their practical approaches to integrating these tools and information with their existing firm libraries. We also addressed the techniques they have used to prepare design professionals, through education and practice, to use these tools in project documentation, specifications, and to obtain LEED/WELL and other building certification credits.


  • Mary Dickinson, Perkins+Will
  • Susan Kaplan, HLW International
  • Jack Dinning, Donghia healthier Materials Library at Parsons
  • Alison Mears, Parsons Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons
  • Wendy Vittori, HPD Collaborative

Watch the Discussion here:

Other Discussions in this Series:

September 18th “Managing Transparency and Material Health in Practice - Introduction to Firm-Level Issues”

In this session, our experienced panelists shared how they have addressed the firm-level administrative and management issues which may arise with the decision to include transparency and material health information in projects. Topics included: design philosophy, education and training, and the firm/client value proposition and ROI.

Speakers included:

o John Amatruda, Principal – Vidaris, Inc.

o Robin Guenther, Principal - Perkins+Will

o Amanda Kaminsky, Founder and Principal - Building Product Ecosystems

o Alison Mears, Director- Parsons Healthy Materials Lab

o Wendy Vittori, Executive Director - Health Product Declaration Collaborative

Watch the Discussion here.

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