Confronting New Futures: Healthy Building Materials in the Age of Climate Change
Parsons Healthy Materials Lab is committed to raising awareness about toxics in building products and reducing toxic chemical content. We create tools and resources to support the specification of healthier materials choices for building projects. In this presentation, I will describe material health and discuss some of our new plant and mineral-based construction prototyping the renovation of wood-framed houses in western Pennsylvania.
About the Speaker
Alison Mears, AIA, LEED AP is an architect, Associate Professor of Architecture, and Director and Co-Founder of Healthy Materials Lab. She is co-Principal Investigator of the Healthy Affordable Materials Project (HAMP). HAMP is a three-year funded by The JPB Foundation recently refunded for an additional three years (to 2021). The Project is a coalition of four organizations who work together to detoxify the interior environments of Affordable Housing.
Mears focuses her research on design strategies that disrupt the building supply chain to incorporate human health as criteria for evaluating building products. Previously, Mears served as the Parsons Dean of the School of Design Strategies and Director of the BFA Architectural Design and Interior Design programs. Mears teaches architectural design studios at Parsons focused on building, urban and community issues. She is currently a partner in the architectural practice, Paci + Mears Architects PC.
Presented by Monash Design.