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Our design and education team works closely with our course sponsors to create quality continuing education courses which are delivered at no cost to our users. These courses provide a unique opportunity for sponsors’ to share their in-depth knowledge, experience and expertise as subject matter experts who can assist design professionals in their work.

mindful MATERIALS (mM) is a free platform with aggregated information on human health and environmental impacts for products from leading manufacturers, vetted by experts passionate about making it easier to make informed product choices.

LG Hausys America was founded in 1988 as a sales and marketing subsidiary for LG Chem, LTD. LG Hausys America describes itself as a leading building & industrial material supplier company that employs more than 190 people in North America and has a diverse array of product offering

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Fibo started out quite modestly as a small factory for wall panels from Norwegian wood. It became our mission to develop the walls which made wet room challenges easy. Now Fibo is a leading supplier of high-quality, waterproof wall systems. Our wall panels are much easier to install, more affordable and more eco-friendly than ceramic tiles!

Verduren is a fluid-applied, seamless resilient floor covering made with liquid cork particles. It is known for its durability, antimicrobial properties, and 100% all natural, Red List Free, non-toxic ingredients. With no seams, no plasticizers, and no PVC's, Verduren floors will last for decades, look great, feel great underfoot, all while supporting a sterile, hygienic environment that reduces HAI's. There truly is nothing else like it on the market!

Woodfold Mfg., Inc. was established in 1957 in Forest Grove, Oregon. Since then, we've grown into one of the nation's leading suppliers of custom-crafted Accordion Doors, Roll-Up Doors, and Hardwood Shutters for both residential and commercial installations.

Berridge Manufacturing Company specializes in the research and development of architectural sheet metal products. Since 1970, it has provided customers with the industry’s highest quality metal roofing and siding products. In response to market demand, Berridge developed reconstructive building products for the restoration of historical buildings. A complete line of residential roofing and siding products round out the extensive product line, giving Berridge the industry’s most comprehensive line of architectural metal products.

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American Made. American Owned. Eagle Roofing Products is a division* of Burlingame Industries, a California based privately held, family-owned organization. From these family roots, our business philosophy and vision have blossomed. Founded three decades ago by Robert Burlingame, Eagle began operations in the fall of 1989 with just one high-pressure concrete tile extrusion machine located in Rialto, California. In a ten-year period, the Rialto plant serviced all of California, Arizona and Nevada with a capacity to produce concrete roof tile for over 83,000 homes per year. Fast forward to present day and Eagle’s Rialto facility continues to be the largest in North America. In addition to Rialto, we have manufacturing plants in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Stockton, California and Sumterville, Florida meeting the demand for concrete roof tile across the United States and Canada. Furthermore, Eagle has grown to a workforce of over 800 employees that are knowledgeable in not only concrete roof tile but in regional trends and needs. Our expertise in the building and roofing industries, coupled by our extensive array of profiles and colors, enables us to provide our customers with high quality concrete roofing products that are aesthetically beautiful, long-lasting and environmentally friendly.

We invented the big industrial ceiling fan – also known as the High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) fan – and have continued to be a leader in the market by developing the most innovative large fans in the world. We continually strive to push boundaries and set the bar when it comes to engineering and product development. The technology of our fans is based on the principle that moving air slowly is far more efficient than moving air quickly. MacroAir fans move air down and out in all directions. This keeps air fresh and helps people and animals feel more comfortable. Our product’s are unparalleled in energy efficiency and airflow. They are assembled in the USA and installed worldwide. Customers benefit from local service and highly customized solutions from MacroAir’s global distribution network.

The TRUEGRID® paving system is a 100% permeable, natural paving alternative to concrete and asphalt. TRUEGRID is as simple to use as interlocking building blocks for the real world. By offering an easily actionable green technology that costs less than concrete, TRUEGRID® works to make an impact now. Less flooding. A more natural landscape. Cleaner air and water. Less heat. Less thermal pollution. Less waste in the landfill. Fewer toxins from runoff pollutants, coal tar & asphalt sealants. Millions of square feet of TRUEGRID® pavers have been installed across the USA. Commercial and industrial parking lots that are ADA accessible, fire lanes, access roads that will last maintenance free for 40 years or more. Aesthetically pleasing and strong enough to support heavy loads and traffic, TRUEGRID® works in all soils and climates.

Axalta Coating Systems is a leading global coatings company dedicated solely to the development, manufacture and sale of liquid and powder coatings. Axalta products increase durability, enhance productivity and add beauty. Innovative products and services include paint and powder, color matching tools, application technologies and customer training, support and business management systems.

Founded in 1946, Noble Company manufactures premium-quality, innovative products for the Tile, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, and Fire Sprinkler Industries. Noble Company product applications include waterproofing, crack prevention, and sound reduction under tile flooring. Noble Company is an American-based company, manufacturing products in Michigan and Louisiana.

Since 1982, Bradford Products has been the leader in the design and fabrication of high quality and custom stainless steel pools, hot tubs, SwimSpas, water features, thermal rooms, therapy and other custom specialty products. As the premier manufacturer and trusted experts in stainless steel fabrication, Bradford's world class products are featured in commercial facilities and homes throughout the United States and internationally. Bradford offers expertise in conceptual design, engineering, manufacturing and installation.

Since 1952, American Dryer has been a leading manufacturer of hand dryers. Our guiding philosophy has led to the development of many industry innovations, capped by the new eXtremeAir hand dryer with patented Cold Plasma Clean technology. We are committed to American manufacturing, so our complete line of quality hand dryers are assembled in the USA and backed by the industry's premier same-day factory service.

Carlisle HVAC Products encompasses Hardcast Duct Sealants and Adhesives, DynAir Airflow Hardware, and the Nexus 4 Bolt Flange Closure System. As an industry leader, Carlisle HVAC Products supplies superior products and engineered solutions to ensure the sustainability of your HVAC system. Our formulations exceed industry standards and are engineered to ensure consistent, quick and accurate installation. Our products and solutions deliver maximum efficiency, unparalleled quality, and unmatched savings, and to ensure these goals are met, we provide thorough training and unmatched field support.

Ann Griffin is a sustainable development planner with a passion for neighborhoods. She founded the firm Griffin Planning & Development in Dec. 2010, and provides project management, certification, and energy efficiency services to business and trade associations, eco-districts and local governments. UrbanLens Planning, LLC provides strategic and creative solutions for land use planning and permitting and sustainability metrics. The firm’s principal, Robin Scholetzky, has been a practicing urban planner in Portland, Oregon for over 15 years, working in the public and private sector for design, environmental and planning firms.

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Laurel McEwen, BS, MBA. Ms McEwen is a dynamic sustainability strategist with over 7 years of experience training and consulting on LCA with Fortune 500 companies. During her tenure at EarthShift, Laurel developed the world’s largest LCA on-line training program and launched the world's first LCA training certificate program partnering with ACLCA for professional certification testing. A successful educator and communicator of complex environmental information she can unravel for any audience complex LCA information into simple actionable components. Currently she consults with corporations on LCA studies and develops e-learning content to translate LCA studies into creative, credible communications to support sustainability projects.

Founded in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is North America’s largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer products. Columbia’s decorative interior veneers and panels are used in high-end cabinetry, fine furniture, architectural millwork and commercial fixtures. Columbia’s products are sold through a network of wholesale distributors, mass merchandisers and original equipment manufacturers from three distinct business units: plywood, veneer and global services.

Green Code Knowledge provides exceptional, comprehensive and practical training, field inspection and consulting services based on the prescriptive and performance-based provisions within the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), International Residential Code (IRC), ICC-700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS), International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and LEED For Homes (USGBC).

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Mark Jackson, Accessibility Consultant is an International Code Council (ICC) Certified Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner with specialized expertise in the accessible design and construction requirements of federal, state and local laws and codes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Jackson routinely provides accessibility services and training to key players in the building industry. He is an adjunct instructor at New York University and the Pratt Institute, New York, NY.

The McIntosh Group LLC provides accessibility consulting services and audits for building and business owners nationally. We are licensed architects in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. We have experience with a variety of building types including Retail, Convenience, Banks, Hospitality, Restaurants, Movie Theaters, Residential and Office. We have extensive experience dealing with the ADA Title III, ANSI and state-specific accessibility overlays including California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Georgia and Arizona.

T. Stern Sustainability LLC is a Seattle-based firm that delivers tailored green building solutions, suited to an organization’s brand, mission and pro-forma needs. Teresa’s collaborative approach helps client teams to integrate sustainable design and operations measures that boost performance and reduce the total cost of ownership, manage the LEED process, create, coach and expand internal green teams. T. Stern Sustainability also helps clients share success via case studies, signage & web content.

Abadi Accessibility serves the building community as an accessibility specialist and offers plan reviews, building inspections, site assessments, training and education to their clients.

TIGER Drylac Architectural Service is the first contact for architects, planners and designers regarding consultation and specific information about powder coatings and digital inks for architectural projects and design applications.

John Fett
Manager, Architectural Products
TIGER Drylac North America

Steel Door Institute (SDI) was established in 1954 as a non-profit business association that develops standards for steel doors and frames. These standards are available free of charge so architects can ensure quality and consistency of steel doors and frames. SDI members are the only manufacturers that have been audited to ensure they meet our standards.

Scranton Products well-known brands feature the most durable, low maintenance and best looking partitions, lockers and industrial sheet products in the industry. They won’t dent, rust or need painting, and because they are colored throughout, delamination is not a factor.

The leader in extruded aluminum canopy, aluminum frame, store, hanger rod and custom canopy systems. Providing innovative environmental control through creative design, MASA Architectural Canopies represents an exciting approach to the pre-engineered building components market and is always pro-active to expand industry trends and designs. MASA’s broad knowledge separates them from the cookie-cutter fabricators to an elite level of custom design and build manufacturers. From start to finish, design through installations, MASA provides superior execution required during each phase of your project to produce top-quality canopy systems. When quality counts, you can count on MASA.

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Invisible Structures, Inc., has been in the stormwater management business since 1982 with our porous paving systems Grasspave2 and Gravelpave2, ring and grid structures for grass and gravel drivable surfaces. Large rolls sizes cover areas quickly while either protecting grass roots from compaction or containing small gravel to eliminate gravel migration. These products have extensive design brochures that cover all aspects from project photographs to latest technology and specifications.

CPI Daylighting, a Kingspan Light + Air company, is an award-winning innovator of translucent daylighting technology for high-performance building envelopes – walls, skylights and canopies. Since the 1980s, we have remained committed to raising the standards for daylighting design. We team up with architects and designers to develop solutions that will enhance and optimize the role that natural light plays in the design of their buildings and inspire them to push the envelope. As expert problem-solvers, we leverage our knowledge and expertise to serve as the leading daylighting consultants for the architectural community and building industry.

CALMAC is transforming how energy is used at buildings to the time when energy is used. Widely recognized for promoting peak energy conservation and energy cost savings CALMAC is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). CALMAC is the manufacturer of IceBank® Energy Storage equipment, with over 4,000 Ice Storage installations in over 35 countries. IceBank systems are a valuable component of the smart grid, enabling energy, including renewable wind energy that mainly blows at night, to be efficiently stored for use during periods of high demand.

ACT, Inc. Systems is a Costa Mesa, California company formed in 1992. Our company is the technology and product leader of water and energy saving hot water demand distribution pumping systems in North America.

Through innovative thinking and tireless research, ACT Inc. has developed a patented process to provide consumers an exclusive solution to their wait for hot water. Precision controls perform the task while not wasting precious energy due to outdated technology that constantly recirculates hot water and prematurely wears out our expensive plumbing systems.

AcornVac, Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets environmentally friendly plumbing and waste collection, conveyance and disposal systems. AcornVac has the expertise and knowledge to deliver a state-of-the-art, reliable, cost effective and versatile plumbing system that is engineered to fit most any building type for renovation and new construction projects.

NanaWall® Systems is the exclusive North American partner of Solarlux of Germany, the world leader in operable glass wall technology. For nearly twenty years, the NanaWall® vanishing glass wall system has re-defined interior and exterior space, and the boundary between them,in thousands of commercial and residential buildings. At first glance, the NanaWall® looks like a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, but that's where the similarity ends. Each panel is articulated on a hidden overhead track, and the panels themselves can quickly and easily open and stow away out of sight, creating breathtaking open-air vistas.

James Hardie has operations in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. No matter where they operate, their goal is to remain at the forefront of the fiber-cement industry, capitalizing on our global leadership in building products and manufacturing and technology for both new home construction and remodeling.

ALPOLIC manufactures high-quality ACM and MCM panels both in Japan and the United States. Our state-of-the-art facility in Chesapeake, Virginia, which began production in 1991, is the most sophisticated facility of its kind in America. Our commitment to innovation, quality and value have made ALPOLIC a truly global presence, with manufacturing and distribution capabilities worldwide and enables us to offer the widest selection of colors, textures and finishes – and the most extensive inventory of finished products – in the industry.

Culpeper Wood Preservers is one of the largest producers of pressure treated lumber in the United States. A leading manufacturer of pressure treated products for the residential, commercial, industrial and marine markets that employs more than 350 people. Culpeper Wood Preservers’ brand name products are sold exclusively through independent lumber dealers throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Mid-West and South. They operate 10 plants strategically located in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Indiana.

The Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) is a non-profit trade association representing manufacturers, suppliers, fabricators/distributors, design professionals, and builders committed to providing quality structural insulated panels for all segments of the construction industry.

TOTO is the world’s largest plumbing products manufacturer. We offer a complete line of commercial and decorative plumbing fixtures and fittings, faucets, accessories, shower and flush valves, as well as lavatories, toilets, Air Baths and urinals. More than 1,500 TOTO engineers and their colleagues are committed to achieving the seamless integration of performance, conservation, technology, and innovation. For over 90 years, we have been producing superbly designed, high performance lifestyle enhancing plumbing products. We understand our customers want products that have great design, and we concentrate on creating a more enjoyable bathroom experience through products that infuse sophisticated style, optimize water conservation and provide exceptional performance.

GreenCE’s mission is to support the necessary transition to a sustainable built environment by empowering design professionals to address the environmental, economic, and social impacts of buildings. GreenCE’s course catalog includes LEED exam preparation, continuing education to maintain your AIA or LEED credential, as well as specialty education focused on topics such as ADA/Barrier-Free requirements. We are committed to designing the highest quality continuing education programs in the construction industry.

Take An Online Course Now! 10 Things You Need to Know About LEED v4 - Update
A Life Cycle Assessment: A Revolution in Green Building Design - Update
Accessible Routes
Better Building Materials
Better Building Materials: Part 2
Breaking Barriers: Social Equity Within the Community and Supply Chain
Breathe Easy: Strategies to Support Healthy Indoor Air - Update
Bright Ideas – Integrative Design and the LEED v4 Rating System
Buildings Are for People: Design Strategies for Occupant Engagement - Update
Cannabis Facility Design
Combatting COVID-19: How LEED Safety First Pilot Credits Can Help Manage Buildings
Cultivating Young Minds: A Net-Zero School for Tomorrow's Leaders - Update
Don't Build Here: Site Selection Strategies to Protect our Wild Spaces
Don't Build Here: Site Selection Strategies to Protect our Wild Spaces - Update
Don't Get Soaked: Smart Strategies to Manage Rainwater - Update
Dusk to Dawn: Reducing Light Pollution - Update
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs): Specifying Sustainable Materials to Save the Planet - Update
Every Drop Counts: Water Efficiency in LEED v4
Every Drop Counts: Water Efficiency in LEED v4 - Update
Fair Play: Social Equity Within the Project Team
Get Savvy: LEED v4 for Product Manufacturers
Green Anarchy: Renegades Who Changed Design - Update
Green Building and the LEED v4 AP BD+C Exam
Green Lights: A Lighting Product Manufacturer's Roadmap to LEED v4
LEED for Suppliers
LEED v4 Project Teams - Update
LEED v4 Quality Views: A Comprehensive Analysis - Update
LEED v4: Quality Views: A Comprehensive analysis
Off the Grid Part 1 - A Case Study
Off the Grid Part 2 - A Case Study
Owners Project Requirements: Where Integration Begins
Pandemic: How Infectious Diseases Affect Cities and Urban Planning
Sustainable Synergy: How Manufacturers and Scientists Can Collaborate
The COVID-19 Guide: Preparing For the Workplace
The Health Product Declaration (HPD) : An Ingredient List for the Built Environment - Update
Your Responsibilities When Designing for The Hospitality Industry

Copper Development Association Inc. (CDA) is a U.S-based, not-for-profit association of the global copper industry, influencing the use of copper and copper alloys through research, development and education, as well as technical and end-user support. CDA is committed to promoting the proper use of copper materials in sustainable, efficient applications for business, industry and the home. Copper Development Association Inc. promotes the goals of our members while serving the needs of the users, purchasers, designers and specifiers of copper and copper alloy products.

Excel Dryer, Inc. is a family-owned and operated small business that has been manufacturing the finest American-made hand dryers for over 50 years and the only ones that are Made In USA Certified®, featuring the original, patented, high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR® Hand Dryers. XLERATOR hand dryers patented technology completely dries hand three times faster (in 10-15 seconds) while using 80 percent less energy than conventional hand dryers. XLERATOR models represent a 95 percent (or more) cost savings when compared to paper towels and eliminate their maintenance and waste, while creating a more hygienic restroom environment. Excel’s hand dryers were among the first to have Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs) helping facilities qualify for the most LEED® Credits.

Big Ass Fan Company designs, engineers and manufactures the world’s most efficient ceiling fans for industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential settings. Big Ass Fans range in size from 5- to 24-feet in diameter and pair energy efficient motors with advanced airfoil technology to circulate large volumes of air, providing occupant comfort and energy savings year round. There are more than 100,000 Big Ass Fans installed worldwide in applications such as manufacturing plants, distribution centers, horse arenas, dairy barns, stadiums, restaurants, schools, health clubs, hotels and homes.

GreenCE offers AIA HSW online continuing education, LEED online courses, ADA online courses, and LEED Exam Prep. GreenCE helps design professionals obtain their AIA HSW hours, LEED-specific hours, barrier-free hours, and IDCEC CE hours. The website delivers LEED Exam Prep for the LEED Green Associate exam, LEED BD+C exam, and LEED O+M exam. The online LEED certification courses educate architects, engineers, interior designers, contractors, and students.

GreenCE is a USGBC Education Partner that offers the only free LEED exam prep in the country. The LEED certification course includes a free LEED exam study guide, free LEED practice questions, and LEED certification tips and strategies. In addition, GreenCE offers free courses for LEED APs to obtain their LEED BD+C hours, LEED ID+C hours, and LEED O+M hours. Most GBCI courses are free and in video format.

GreenCE is an AIA Education Provider and offers free AIA online courses. The free AIA courses are sponsored by building product manufacturers. In addition, the platform offers barrier-free ADA courses for Texas and California architects. Texas barrier-free online courses and California Accessibility courses meet state requirements. TX ADA courses and CA ADA courses are created by the top ADA experts in the country.

Building product manufacturers can get specified by using GreenCE services. GreenCE develops AIA and LEED courses for product manufacturers to educate architects. The online architect courses help build brand awareness about building products. In addition, GreenCE hosts manufacturer webinars for 200-300 architects at a time. The AIA webinars and LEED webinars are free for architects who can learn about various products.

Finally, GreenCE helps manufacturers develop Health Product Declarations (HPDs), LEED v4 product documentation, mindful MATERIALS documentation, Google Portico documentation, and Declare Labels. We value our relationships with design professionals and building product manufacturers. They are crucial to our success.