Living Future 2015 has ended
The time for “Do less harm” has passed. It’s time for the beginning of being; the beginning of a Living Future. Join us next April for Living Future 2015. We’ll explore a genuine sense of place and community as the bellwether of truly restorative design.

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Friday, April 3 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Biobased Materials: Natural Benefits

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In this session we will explore the layers of benefits that are being accrued as we shift to more biobased building materials. Two perspectives will be presented. First, substituting high energy, often fossil fuel-based, materials for the products of photosynthesis can shift the construction related greenhouse gas paradigm. Second, we are healthier in the presence of nature and natural materials. As we spend 88% of our time indoors the addition of biobased materials to our built indoor environment can make us healthier. The session will begin with a review of materials used in US building construction annually. Biobased material options will then be presented along with a quantification of their potential to avoid greenhouse gas emissions. An interactive session will be held where live scenarios can be posed and modeled in real time. The second half of the session will focus on the pro-health benefits of biobased materials used in the built environment. These mental and physical health benefits are only now beginning to be quantified into social and financial terms.

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Sally Augustin

Environmental Psychologist, Research Design Connections
Sally Augustin, MBA, PhD, is a practicing environmental psychologist and author. She works with individuals and organizations to design spaces where people are happy, healthy and wise. Sally’s work has been discussed in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal... Read More →
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David Fell

Business Analyst Researcher, FPInnovations
David Fell, PhD, is a researcher of business analysis at FPInnovations, a forest based research and development institute in Canada. He has a dual background in building systems and environmental psychology.
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Blane Grann

Sustainability Researcher, FPInnovations
Blane is a Scientist in the Durability and Sustainability group at FPInnovations where uses life cycle assessment to explore environmental indicators for buildings and forest products. He completed his master’s degree in Industrial Ecology at the Norwegian University of Science... Read More →

Friday April 3, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Issaquah Room Sheraton Hotel

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