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Green Gone Bad

04/28/2015 5:00 PM | Anonymous

Date:  28 Apr 2015
Time:  5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location:  DIRTT Environmental - 836 E University Drive Phoenix, AZ 85034


“Green Buildings”, for all their merits and good intentions, can be flawed, when it comes to occupant comfort and occupant health.  Green buildings are often carefully designed and constructed to use recycled, recyclable, locally produced, renewable and energy efficient materials, but indoor environmental quality or IEQ is habitually not high on the priority list of even the most vigilant of green designers and builders.

Aside from sometimes overlooking IEQ, green buildings are often plagued by the “Devil that we don’t know.”  New, unproven building materials or installation techniques applied to save money or save the environment can wreak unexpected consequences on IEQ.  Like our bodies, a building is a collection of individual materials (think tissues).  These materials make up building components (think organs).  Groups of components make up building systems (think body systems like respiratory, circulatory, nervous, etc.).  These systems all work independently and collectively in a complicated puzzle make up the whole building or the body.  Insult, remove or damage one piece of this complicated puzzle in a building or a body and the entire structure can become ill.

Come and learn about a variety of “green building” techniques that negatively impacted actual buildings.  We will discuss the who, what, when, where and why of various failures.  We will cover some local examples that affected an area high school.  We will discuss lessons learned in order to help in the mitigation or prevention of these green-gone-bad examples.


Derrick A. Denis, CIEC, CIAQP, CAC | Vice President of IEQ for Clark Seif Clark, Inc. (CSC)

Mr. Denis has provided professional environmental consulting services for over 19 years. He has worked on over 13,000 IEQ projects with values ranging from $25 up to $250,000. He is an active participant in the indoor environmental quality industry. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and the Arizona Chapter of the Environmental Information Association (EIA).

As an IEQ expert, Mr. Denis has appeared on television, been quoted for newspapers, and has published articles in industry periodicals. He has provided professional environmental services as both a designated expert and consulting expert in a variety of litigation, arbitration, and insurance appraisal hearings.


Members and Students:  $10

Non-Members:  $20

This includes light appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine.


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