Environmental Services Specialist

Green Building: Material and Product Selection

Online Environmental Training Program

Duration: 1.0 Hour(s)


In this module we will reivew the process of selecting materials and products for high performance buildings involves consideration of environmental and health issues in addition to more traditional criteria such as cost, durability, performance, and aesthetics. While methods for evaluating products based on these criteria are still evolving, the number of available building products with improved environmental and health characteristics has been steadily increasing. Markets are responding to meet the demands of government, businesses, and consumers who are increasingly aware of health and environmental concerns.

Because of the complexities surrounding evaluation of appropriate materials, consultants should have a working familiarity with the key health and environmental issues associated with specific material types. This dynamic and growing field includes new concepts in materials assessment such as embodied energy and product life cycle assessment.


Andrew O. Manzini
Florida Certified General Contractor; NAHB Certified Green Professional; Accredited Green Building Verifier

Andrew Manzini is Vice President and Principal Consultant, National Green Building, Inc.
An executive, consultant, teacher, instructional designer and published author, Andy has over 30 years experience in all aspects of Training, Strategic Planning, Human Resource Management, HRIS, Compensation and Benefits, Administration and MIS. He received international recognition for significant and pioneering contributions to Executive Development, Organizational Diagnosis, Human Resource Systems and Planning. He is skilled in improving productivity, achieving significant operational improvement through effective teamwork, planning and management. He has a BA from Widener University, and MA from Boston University, and has done postgraduate work at Columbia and the Wharton School of Business.

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