Fri, Jun 10, 2022 - 2:00pm ET

With hundreds of studies and statistics proving the positive impact healthier materials and products have on building occupants, there is no question that healthier materials lead to healthier students and staff in schools. However, finding and incorporating healthier materials into schools is the part that most design professionals find difficult.

This free webinar will explore the process of working with healthier materials through three different perspectives: the manufacturer, the lab, and the specifier. Our panelists representing those perspectives are John Sumlin (Tarkett, CHPS Board Secretary), Gretchen Withers (Oregon Door), Patty Karapinar (Architectural Nexus) and Raja Tannous (Berkeley Analytical, CHPS Technical Committe).  CHPS Impact Coordinator Natalie Van Dreal will moderate the discussion.

Learning Objectives: 
  • What defines a healthy material and what standards are available for verification. 
  • A methodology for selecting healthy materials. 
  • The opportunities and challenges between manufacturers, testing labs, and specifiers. 
  • Inspire healthy materials manufacturing, testing, and incorporation into all school projects. 

CE Credt: Approved by AIA for 1 HSW LU.

The final webinar in our 10-part School Building Science Fridays series begins at 2pm EST and lasts 45-60 minutes, with time at the end for questions. It will be available through online Sustainability Education Provider GBRI. The registration button below will take you to the GBRI event/registration page.

And thank you as always to our series sponsors: TarkettPerkins EastmanIN2ArchitectureGroup14 Engineering and Healthy Schools Network

Recorded webinar

Panelist bios:

John Sumlin, as Vice President of Public Sector Sales for Tarkett North America (TNA), has 30 years of experience in cultivating strategic markets, trends in thought leadership and national trade association relationships (board seats, committee work and funding). A sought after national speaker, John's involvement in education includes K12 facility design for Indoor Environment Quality. He is a CHPS Executive Committee Board Member and regular presenter for EPA Tools for Schools Shields Network (Live and Webinar). John is also an active committee member with the Association for Learning Environments, SchoolsNEXT, University of Tulsa Indoor Air Program and APPA/ANSI committee on Total Cost of Ownership standards development. John graduated with a BS from the University of Georgia.

Patty Karapinar, AIA, LEED-AP BD+C, WELL-AP is Director of Sustainability and a Senior Architect with Architectural Nexus, a Sacramento and Salt Lake City based architectural firm with an integrated practice reaching throughout the western United States. 

Patty holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Design from the University of California at Davis and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon. She has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2001, and is a member of the AIA COTE/ILFI Sacramento Collaborative. 

Her 34 years of professional experience have focused on educational and civic projects. Patty serves as Project Administrator for Collaborative for High Performance Schools, LEED and Living Building Challenge projects. She provides regenerative design guidance and training to project teams, and manages Arch Nexus’s AIA 2030 Commitment. 

Patty has utilized her healthy materials expertise to help achieve Living Building Certification for the Arch Nexus SAC office adaptive reuse – the first certified Living Building in California, and Living Building Challenge-Ready status for Arch Nexus SLC Regen - Nexus’s Salt Lake City office. She has incorporated healthy materials into the firm’s master specifications and is Building Science/Sustainability committee lead for Nexus Builds, the firm’s philanthropy program providing LBC-ready tiny homes to homeless transition programs. 

Patty aspires to uplift the built environment to reconnect with and regenerate the ecosystem of architecture, nature, and people. 

Gretchen Withers, Sustainability and Compliance Manager at Oregon Door, has a long history in the door manufacturing industry. Prior to joining Oregon Door, Gretchen served many years in a variety of roles for Oshkosh Door Company in Oshkosh, Wisc. Her contributions to the company included supply-chain, sales, customer service, regulatory compliance, technical interpretation, detailing and research and development. 

Additionally, Gretchen has led many of Oregon Door and Oshkosh Door Company’s green building-related programs and initiatives, including FSC chain of custody and LEED credit assistance. 

Gretchen has been actively involved in WDMA for many years and serves on the National Architectural Door Council 

Raja Tannous is Co-Founder and Laboratory Director of Berkeley Analytical (BkA), an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited chemical testing lab. 

He is an active participant on numerous product materials and emissions working groups including CDPH Standard Methods v1.1/1.2 (CA Section 01350), LEED v4.0/v4.1, CHPS, and ANSI/BIFMA M7.1.  Raja chaired the USGBC Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group (EQ-TAG) in 2019-2020.  

Prior to founding BkA, Raja worked as an analytical and synthetic chemist in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) and in the organometallic chemistry group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). 

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