Whether you practice in a large firm or as a sole practitioner.  You have the opportunity to choose!  Will you choose healthy materials?  Learn how to change the way you select and specify materials, how to put material health into practice for your office when working on a project, and what you can do now "off the shelf".  The workshop will include the process, tools, practice and delivery, with material manufacturers available to offer you real world experience through a "speed dating" exercise.


  • Achieve a basic understanding of what an EPD, HPD, and Red-List free declare labels are and how to read them.
  • Learn how to change the way you practice materials selection and specification of materials with the health of occupants and environmental impact in mind.
  • List the various materials health tools and resources that are available for your firm to incorporate into practice for your office while working on a project
  • Create ideas on how to get “buy-in” from you client, while also knowing what items (off the shelf) or best practices that one can write into specifications without added cost to the client.
  • Identify what CSI divisions are lacking in healthy material labeled products and what questions one can ask to drive the market forward.


7:45 - 8:00         Check-in, breakfast, and networking

8:00 - 9:20         PART ONE: PROCESS

9:20 - 9:35         15 min break with exhibitors

9:35 - 11:05       PART TWO: TOOLS (half in class room and interactive with vendors)

11:05 - 11:20      15 min break with exhibitors

11:20 - 12:05      PART THREE: PRACTICE + DELIVERY

12:05 - 12:30      Closing, lunch and meet again with exhibitors

*You must attend the entire session to receive the 4.0 HSW credits*


DENISE BATES, RID - Denise Bates was a founding member of USGBC North Texas Chapter, of the Living Futures Collaborative in Dallas, and of the Texas Materials Initiative.  She started up sustainability task forces at two of her previous firms and continued her leadership in the field as Gensler Dallas' Resilient Design Leader for the last 12 years.  She recently joined Perkins & Will in their Corporate Interiors studio, and is thrilled to be a part of this globally recognized sustainable design leading firm.

TORI WICKARD, AIA, RID, LEED AP - Tori is a Project Architect and Associate at Perkins and Will in the Corporate, Commercial, and Civic market sector.  Most recently, Tori has been working with the American Cancer Society to design WELL-Certified free hotels for cancer patients, focusing specifically on toxic building material reduction and indoor air quality.  In addition to her project work, Tori serves as Co-Director of the Perkins and Will Dallas office Material Performance Lab, founding member of the Texas Materials Initiative, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the American Cancer Society North Texas region.

ELLEN MITCHELL KOZACK, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP - As director of the DesignGreen department, Ellen leads a team of passionate individuals focused on reducing the environ-mental impact associated with the built environment. Personally, she has managed over 40 sustainability projects, totaling over $2.8 billion in construction. In addition, Ellen is the Founder and Director of Citizen HKS, a public interest design initiative that pledges 1% of HKS billable hours annually to providing design services to improve the lives of people in need.

ALLISON SMITH, LEED ID+C, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador - As a Sustainable Design Manager for HKS, Allison promotes responsible material selection and education firm wide. She has managed over 25 sustainability projects, totaling over $1.8 billion in construction – including 2 LEED v4 Platinum projects. Allison supports industry-wide materials transparency initiatives, including the mindful MATERIALS Collaborative and the Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC). She is a founding member of the Texas Materials Initiative (TMI).

KAREN KENTILE, AIA, RID, LEED AP BD+C - Karen is an Architect in the Interior Design Studio at Perkins and Will specializing in Education, with experience extending to Healthcare and the Corporate sector.  As a key member of Perkins and Will’s sustainability taskforce for over 6 years, she tracks projects to help teams meet the AIA’s 2030 Commitment and firmwide sustainable goals.   In addition to her project work, Karen serves as Co-Chair of the Dallas Material Performance Task Force for the firm’s Material Performance Lab.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, AIA, LEED Green Associate - Andrea is a Project Coordinator and sustainable design ambassador at DSGN Associates. Andrea graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from The University of Texas at Austin (2012) and a Master of Architecture from Cornell University (2015). Throughout her time at DSGN, Andrea has played an instrumental role on many environmentally sustainable and socially equitable projects including the Dallas Fire Station No. 6 (LEED Platinum) and Topeka Multi-Family and Community Center in the West Dallas neighborhood of La Bajada. Currently, she is working on Vickery Meadow Community Court, a project that aims to be the first Living Building Challenge Petal Certified building in the Dallas area. Andrea also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Dallas Architecture Forum’s multidisciplinary outreach initiative, Design Society.


Saint Gobain

Armstrong Ceilings
Curecrete/Ashford Formula/RetroPlate System


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