September 10, 2013
By Kirk Teske, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Chief Sustainability Officer, Principal and Senior Vice President, HKS, Inc.

Architects have a greater ability to improve public health than medical professionals. This provocative statement was made by a physician, Dr. Claudia Miller, an assistant dean at the University of Texas School of Medicine, during our Healthy Building Materials panel discussion at HKS’s second annual GreenWeek.

More than 800 of us heard nationally recognized leaders discuss everything from the impacts of LEED v4 to the latest in energy modeling software. In addition to Dr. Miller, the panel included Jason McLennan, founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge and CEO of the International Living Future Institute; Bill Walsh, executive director of the Healthy Building Network; and Howard Williams, vice president at Construction Specialties, a global building materials supplier.

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