Materials Matter

Considering the outcomes of every decision can be a daunting task, but there is a path to navigating this complex landscape: transparency.

Knowing where our materials come from, what’s in them, how they were made, and how long they’ll persist in the environment beyond the life of a building gives us greater control over our projects and product decisions.

This knowledge allows architects to set priorities and identify opportunities for innovation.

Not sure why materials matter? Here is an article to get you started.

The materials we use for our buildings affect our health, planet, and everyday lives. Even when we know the results we are searching for, it isn’t as clear how we integrate that into our practice. Learning how to navigate different certifications, risks, and processes when choosing materials is still onerous.

Impact on practice

How materials transparency affects your practice

Materials transparency done right offers great opportunity for advancing your practice.

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What all architects need to know about materials transparency

Five things that every architect should know about incorporating health and environmental attributes into product selection.

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Materials transparency and risk for architects

Learn about the risks and opportunities associated with the evolving landscape of product content transparency.

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Living Product Challenge logs first certifications

Early certifications highlight challenges and opportunities of creating net-positive impacts from building materials through the Living Product Challenge.

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The mindful MATERIALS Cloud Library: Navigating the maze of transparency information

With the abundancy of transparency information available, the mindful MATERIALS Cloud Library simplifies product selection.

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