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{Past Event} - Green Building Series – Building Materials & Human Health

November 3, 2006 - 2:00 pm - November 3, 2006 - 2:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Building Materials and Human Health in Hospitals will establish the business case for improving building materials in hospitals, the health risks associated with conventional building materials as well as current trends in new materials. Some case studies will outline their successes and present lessons learned and key information resources will be reviewed.

Takehome Value

  • Understand the links between health issues and healthcare business issues.
  • Understand the health impact of key toxins found in building materials used in healthcare interiors.
  • Be able to identify the key criteria associated with material selection that supports the healing environment and a safe and comfortable workplace.
  • Learn about the steps taken by leading health systems to design healthy interiors.
  • Learn some steps toward implementation and making it happen in your facility.
  • Review a tool box of information resources and implementation tools


Tom Lent, Healthy Building Network
Tom Lent is Technical Policy Director for the Healthy Building Network (HBN), a national network of design professionals, environmental health specialists and activists working together to advance the use of building materials that are safer for human health and the environment throughout their life cycle. Tom helped develop the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC) as one of the coordinators on the GGHC Steering Committee and serves on the LEED for Healthcare Committee. He has consulted on the development of a variety of other model green building projects and corporate and governmental construction guidelines with the City of San Francisco, Kaiser Permanente, and others around the country with an emphasis on materials and health issues. Tom was honored in 2004 with Environmental Award for Outstanding Achievement by Region 9 of the US Environmental Protection Agency for his work to bring health concerns into green buildings.

Jan Stensland, Inside Matters
Jan Stensland, M.S., IIDA, LEED AP & Faculty, has worked for several years in green building and design, specializing in healthy building materials. Through her company, Inside Matters, she provides indoor environmental quality and sustainable design consulting, education, policy development, and research to a wide variety of clients such as The Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence, Alameda County Waste Management Authority, and Kaiser Permanente where she was the in-house healthy and green building expert. She is a member of the USGBC’s Professional Development Committee, an advisor to the USGBC's (U.S. Green Building Council) Technical Advisory Group on Indoor Environmental Quality, and also a LEED Faculty Member. She has taught and presented at a variety of universities and conferences both State side and abroad, including GreenBuild, EnvironDesign, and ISIAQ's (International Society of Indoor Air Quality) Healthy Building conference, a science based, peer reviewed event. Her Bachelor of Interior Architecture is from the University of Oregon and her Master’s of Science in Human Environment Relations/Applied Research is from Cornell University. Her work has been described as “Mother Earth Meets Ms. Science” in that she brings a practical, common sense approach based on sound scientific research to her passion for healthy buildings.

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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