Endorsing products that are safe for all species through time
“The intent of the Materials Petal is to help create a materials economy that is non-toxic, ecologically restorative, transparent, and socially equitable.” International Living Future Institute
Imperatives include: Red List; Embodied Carbon Footprint; Responsible Industry; Living Economy Sourcing; and Net Positive Waste.
Design approach includes:
- Sourcing materials that are Red List free. Tracking embodied carbon from construction and doing a one-time carbon offset.
- The Red List is a list of 22 worst-in-class materials or chemicals with the greatest impact to human and ecosystem health. Some commonly known items on the Red List include asbestos, formaldehyde, lead, mercury, and PVC.
- Using salvaged materials throughout the project as listed below. One salvaged material is required for every 500 square meters of gross building area.
- Recycled slate used for interior wall finishes sourced from the Alumni Association roof renovation.
- 25,000 feet of 2x4 from film set demolition in NLT
- Granite from Georgia Archives Building to be used in landscape (all stone on project is recycled)
- Felled trees from Georgia Tech campus to be used for conference tables, countertops, and furniture.
- 1880’s heart pine joists from the recently renovated Tech Tower will be used as stair treads.
- Sections of 2x6 members that were trimmed for the NLT will be used for internal stairs.
- Recycled wood for shoring/framing during construction.
- Signage will incorporate some salvaged wood.
- Striving to eliminate waste during construction. Ninety-nine percent of materials will be reused or recycled.
- Sourcing materials from more local industries.
- All recycled content brick, carpet tile, and FSC wood have been sourced from the Southeast (GA, SC, AL, AR, LA)
Georgia Tech will extend the principles of the Materials Petal through its operational practices, monitoring what products are purchased for the building, and attempting to purchase only Red List – free materials for the life of the building.
The Net Positive Waste imperative includes a requirement for a recycling program to be in place for the building. The building will have recycling and composting stations in the building as well as a composting plan for the coffee cart. Georgia Tech is responsible for the recycling and composting operations plan, which is still being reviewed and finalized.