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IDL Selected to Produce Materials Matter Educational Series

The University of Washington Integrated Design Lab, in partnership with the Carbon Leadership Forum, and Health Product Declaration Collaborative have been selected to develop “Materials Matter,” a professional education series for sustainable building materials sponsored by AIA Seattle and AIA National. This interdisciplinary team brings deep technical and education expertise in delivering professional education to the building industry in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The Materials Matter series will provide members with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the health and environmental impacts of materials and knowledgably approach the material selection process. The initiative is part of AIA Seattle’s ongoing commitment to provide the architectural community with the tools necessary for designing healthy, sustainable buildings.

The Integrated Design Lab (IDL) is operated by the Department of Architecture in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. The IDL is a self-sustaining service that includes interdisciplinary faculty, staff, students, professional collaborators and partner organizations.


University of Washington IDL

The Integrated Design Lab brings together faculty and students of the UW College of Built Environments to conduct research towards the advancement of knowledge and policies that support healthy and efficient buildings. The knowledge and expertise developed at the IDL are used to provide guidance and technical assistance to partners throughout the building industry.

The Carbon Leadership Forum

The Carbon Leadership Forum is and industry-academic collaborative focused on providing research and education to understand and reduce the carbon (and other environmental impacts) ‘embodied’ in buildings, building materials and products through the use of environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) data and methods.


The Health Product Declaration Collaborative

The Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC) is a non-profit, member organization whose mission is the support the HPD Open Standard, which is an industry-standard for the technical reporting of the material contents and health information associated with building products

AIA Seattle

AIA Seattle provides the architecture community with resources and relationships to make a difference through design. AIA opens doors, provides connections, keeps members and the public informed, and demonstrates a commitment to great design as the key ingredient for livable, sustainable places.  AIA Seattle’s work on sustainable design has included creation of the educational series “AIA+2030” and “Getting to Zero.”  AIA Seattle is a chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


Design meets health: UW College of Built Environments, School of Public Health chosen for AIA Design and Health Research Consortium

Congratulations to Heather Burpee, who will represent the College of Built Environments as part of a new national initiative seeking to translate research on how design impacts public health into architectural practice.  Together with Andrew Dannenberg, Affiliate Professor in the School of Public Health and Urban Design & Planning, she has been selected to join the American Institute of Architects’ multi-school Design & Health Research Consortium.  Over a three-year period, the AIA and the Architects Foundation will provide support for the new members, promoting local and national partnerships and the sharing of knowledge.  
Their work focuses on health in the built environment, including using Seattle’s Bullitt Center — the greenest commercial building in the world — as a test laboratory and serving on the steering committee of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, a sustainability initiative in a densely populated Seattle neighborhood.