A new white paper from the AIA’s Materials Knowledge Working Group helps architects navigate the growing trove of product-ingredient information.
By Hallie Busta
Until recently, it was possible for architects to know very little about the contents of the products they specified, but a recent push across the building-products supply chain for greater material transparency—motivated as much by incentive programs as client goodwill—is upping their accountability factor by affording access to a trove of information detailing product ingredients and their potential environmental and health impacts. As more manufacturers get on board and release disclosure documents like Health Product Declarations, the volume of information will only grow.
With all that new knowledge comes a new kind of responsibility, especially when common products and categories are found to contain substances that could be harmful to the health of building occupants. How architects can manage that risk and understand the liabilities is the subject of a white paper released today by the AIA’s Materials Knowledge Working Group (MKWG).
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