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Tuesday, October 8 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Products with a Purpose: Manufacturers, Affordable Housing Developers, and Non-Profits Working Together to Create Healthy Housing for All

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Cost: $100

Manufacturers participating in Declare and the Living Product Challenge have set new standards industry-wide for products that first do no harm and then produce an actual benefit to the world through life-cycle analysis and handprinting. The final frontier in developing ‘products with a purpose’ is equity. Living products and a true Living Future mean that all in society benefit from the advent of transparency and Red List Free products and also that products used in buildings do not impair the affordability of those buildings.

Avoiding Red List chemicals in affordable housing is an important step towards a more equitable and just society. This session will demonstrate how the manufacturing and affordable housing sectors can work together to solve the problem. Emily Niehaus, Founder of Community Rebuilds, will discuss her organization’s on-the-ground experience as an Affordable Housing Developer taking on the challenge of finding and specifying products that are both healthy and available at an accessible price point. A product manufacturing representative will explain why they are committed to developing products for affordable housing, as well as the barriers that can arise. Richard Kingston from HPN Select will explain how affordable housing developers can join together to purchase in bulk, thereby aiding manufacturers in offering a lower price point. Kathleen Smith, Vice President of Living Buildings, will discuss the ways that ILFI is working with these and other partners to facilitate the movement overall and create tools, resources and solutions to cost effectively create Living Affordable Housing for All!

After hearing these differing perspectives, attendees will be asked to reflect on the challenges and the opportunities presented and offer their own experiences and ideas in a problem-solving activity aimed to bring the best ideas forward for further exploration and implementation after the conference.

This summit is for manufacturers, affordable housing developers and practitioners, government officials, utility representatives and citizens. We need everyone working together to address the issues and create solutions that work.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 4 LFA General credits
  • 4 AIA LU | HSW credits 

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Emily Niehaus

Mayor, City of Moab
Emily S. Niehaus is the Mayor of the City of Moab and the Founder of Community Rebuilds, a Moab-based nonprofit building straw bale affordable homes with low income families utilizing a workforce training program. Emily holds a Master's Degree in Applied Sociology from Clemson University... Read More →

Ana Meyer

Executive Director of Sustainability, GAF
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Richard Kingston

VP Sustainability, Housing Partnership Network
Richard Kingston has been involved in the property management industry for over 20 years working primarily in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. During that time Richard has worked with a wide variety of projects including new construction lease-ups, property rehabilitation... Read More →
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Kathleen Smith

Vice President, Living Buildings, ILFI
As Vice President of Living Buildings, Kathleen oversees all aspects of the program including its continued evolution as the most innovative green building standard in the world. In addition, she provides strategic and technical consulting services with projects, institutions, and... Read More →

Tuesday October 8, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Room 108 - Music City Center 201 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Attendees (9)