Material Transparency

Implementing Material Transparency into Firm Culture

Learn how developing an interactive specification can help team members improve understanding of building products available and make better product choices.


Through the development of an interactive specification, team members can improve understanding of building products available while making better product choices. Having a standardized methodology in place assures everyone uses specifications for a common goal and as a key instrument in the decision-making process. The benefits derived from a clear, concise, and consistent specification will help small and large firms develop strategies for implementing change effectively.

Specifications are collaborative documents, dependent on project teams. Using current methods, creativity is missed and specifications are created after decisions have been made. Find out how to make base specifications a tool to integrate into current practices and drive the process, rather than being merely derivative.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the basic format for specifications and how these inform the material decision making process.
  • Explain how a base specification tool can lead to better understanding of sustainable material choices across all disciplines.
  • Articulate how this tool can assist with Material Transparency efforts.
  • Gain an understanding of how this can work in a real project setting.
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  • Anne H. Harney, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

    Anne H. Harney


    Sustainability Director, Ayers Saint Gross

    Anne Hicks Harney has over 25 years of experience, with an emphasis on providing high quality...
  • Robert S. Phinney, AIA, LEED Fellow, PMP, ENV SP

    Robert S. Phinney

    AIA, LEED Fellow, PMP, ENV SP


    Robert is a recognized subject matter expert in sustainable solutions and climate adaptation. His...
  • Kirk S. Teske, AIA LEED Fellow

    Kirk Teske

    FAIA, LEED Fellow

    Chief Operations Officer / Chief Sustainability Officer, HKS Inc.

    Kirk is a principal with HKS, Inc. and serves as both their Chief Operations Officer and Chief...

Course details

Contents: Video, quiz, evaluation

Expiration: One year after purchase

Duration: 1:00

Passing Score: 80% on quiz