Hard Questions After The Surfside Building Collapse

Architect mag conf 2020 with Margaret Hansbrough

“Any concrete new mixture, whether it’s embodied carbon or flyash, or any other innovation in making concrete more sustainable one way or the other in terms of the material itself, those are all tested through a rigorous standardized process.” Elizabeth Thompson, USGBC on Green Connections Radio podcast

As our hearts go out to the people in Surfside, Florida coping with the loss of their loved ones and friends in the catastrophic building collapse, this tragedy raises some hard questions that the “green” building community needs to answer. First among them is: Do sustainable building technologies and materials affect the structural integrity of their buildings? How are they tested to be sure?

Listen to architect Elizabeth Thompson, Vice President of the US Green Building Council – which developed the iconic LEED certification protocols that are the gold standard for sustainable buildings – in this enlightening and engaging interview on Green Connections Radio podcast with host Joan Michelson.  Elizabeth brings her 20+ years of experience as an architect, including in sustainable buildings, and provides helpful insights.

You’ll hear:

  • How new building technologies and materials are tested for durability and safety.
  • How the iconic LEED certifications are developed by teams of industry experts.
  • What role the local climate plays in determining the building code standards.
  • The importance of holistic preventative maintenance plans and how to develop and implement them effectively.
  • Plus great career advice!

“I have found it very helpful to keep following the trail of my curiosity. So, if I’m really interested in something, (I) find a way to make the space for following that in my life. Reading books, having conversations, all of that.” Elizabeth Thompson on Green Connections Radio

What questions do YOU have for Elizabeth Thompson? Tweet them to us @joanmichelson or post them on our Facebook Page — and ask to join our private Facebook group.

You’ll also want to listen to:

  • Rawlings Miller of WSP on developing a climate resilience plan for your community or business.
  • Wendy Vittori, Health Products Declaration Collaborative, on how their Open Standard provides transparency about what is in building materials, including for public health.
  • Kathy Baughman McLeod of the new Atlantic Council Resilience Center, on climate resilience preparation.
  • Beth Gibbons, Executive Director of American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP).
  • Robin Currey, Prescott College, on creating a sustainable food supply.

Listen to more great interviews with innovators at www.greenconnectionsradio.com  – or on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify or other podcast networks, and subscribe.

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