- Use no red-list materials. This is a list of 22 worst-in-class toxic chemicals pervasive in the built environment (e.g. chlorofluorocarbons, formaldehyde, phalates, chromium 6, PVC).
- Reduce the embodied energy of construction materials and in the construction process—to sequester more CO2 than our carbon footprint.
- Advocate for responsible industry.
The materials performance area is a massive undertaking for a project of this size, over 2300m². It means looking at every single material that is used, verifying its chemical makeup, and ensuring there are no red-listed components. This is a lot of vetting of materials to do, and a lot of manufacturers to call and advocate to for change.