Materials: The Big Idea. Course 1.

Know the health and environmental impacts of building products and key drivers for materials transparency in the marketplace.


You wouldn’t buy a car without checking its gas mileage, so why wouldn’t you want to know what goes into your building? In this course, you’ll learn about the potential health and environmental impacts of the products that go into our buildings. You’ll also look at key drivers pushing transparency in the marketplace including client demand and green rating systems.

Learning objectives

  • Understand potential impacts of materials on human health and the environment.
  • Identify two tools available to architects to translate health and environmental information for practical implementation.
  • Understand some policy and market drivers influencing materials improvements.
  • Identify three actions you could undertake today to improve material performance.

This course is part of a series

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 $45  non-member
 $30  member
1.00 LU
  • HSW
  • RIBA