Bridging the Gap: Transparency in Building Materials

Apr 06, 2015

In creating our Transparency list, we researched chemicals that are harmful to human and environmental health to find those that are used within our sphere of influence – the building materials we as designers specify. We identified 25 items that have the most information available on potential health effects, but that do not have readily-available alternatives that designers could specify. We intended to bridge the knowledge gap between the chemicals in building materials and the designers and architects specifying them.

Suzanne Drake (Perkins+Will)
Michel Dedeo (Perkins+Will)
Presented at: 
ARCC 2015 Conference – The FUTURE of Architectural Research (Chicago, IL)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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