This session will take place in an outdoor classroom. Legacy Issues from Manufacturing and Industrial production have been the poster child for what is wrong with our current economic system. Building product manufacturing entails significant energy, water and carbon footprints that can have significant impact to the world’s climate and ecosystems. Thus far, the sustainability industry has been focused on the incremental steps of reducing negative impacts through recycling, reducing consumption, and efficiency measures. While significant progress has been made, particularly in regards to material health and life cycle impact transparency, durability and energy performance building products continue to have an outsized negative impact on human and environmental health. But what if we could make products the way nature does? Products created through low energy processes powered entirely by the sun. Products made from naturally derived local inputs and manufactured within the water balance of nearby ecosystems. Products made in factories that enhance an ecosystem rather than degrade it. What if manufacturing and industrial production could have a positive impact on the environment and society? That is the vision of the Living Product Challenge, a new program that reimagines the design and manufacturing of all products to be as beautiful and functional as anything found in the natural world. Join the International Living Future Institute, Biomimicry 3.8 and one of the world’s leading sustainable manufacturing companies to explore how building product manufactures are redefining sustainability to create regenerative and net positive products and facilities today.
Evaluate case studies of products and companies that are challenging the current industrial paradigm to create products with truly net positive impact.
Outline how Biomimicry can be used as a framework for industrial production and manufacturing facility design.
Understand the Living Product Challenge and how the program helps meets the requirement of the Living Building Challenge and LEED
Explore how to implement the concept of Biomimicry and regenerative design in product design, manufacturing and material selection.
- Level 300 – Application/Implementation
- GBCI Credit Hours:
- AIA Credit Hours:
- 2 LU|HSW
Education Tracks: Special Set: The Amphitheater
Event Type: Core Program - Special Set > Session
Vice President Sustainability at Interface
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Erin has been involved in sustainability at the corporate level for close to 15 years. For 13 of those years, she has been working for sustainability leader, Interface, Inc. Working closely with Ray Anderson and others, she's focused on helping the compa …
Director, Living Product Challenge at International Living Future Institute
Seattle, Washington, United States
James Connelly is the director of the Living Product Challenge, a program that re-imagines the design and manufacturing of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world. The Challenge offers a framework to realig …
Managing Director at Biomimicry 3.8
Missoula, Montana, United States
As Managing Director Nicole is responsible for strategic direction of Biomimicry 3.8, a company internationally recognized as leader in biomimicry innovation consulting, professional training and thought leadership. She also works closely with clients and …