Consideration of Specifying Sustainable Building Products

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CPD Module Overview

It has been noted that almost 70% of architects and designers report that finding green products represents at least a medium challenge when they work on sustainable building projects, with close to 20% saying the importance is high. This module reviews the means and methods available to research architectural products with a focus on optimising human health, environmental performance and promoting environmentally sustainable development. It details how advanced building information and technology continues to change the green building market.


  1. Understand where to find sustainability and performance information for comparison between a wide selection of building product types and materials.
  2. Discuss green building standards, labeling programs, and details to include in specifications.
  3. Be able to describe the variables of building product selection that impact sustainability and occupant/ tenant health, including effects on productivity and comfort.
  4. Achieve a greater awareness of the future of green building trends and practices.

Who May Benefit from this Module: The module maybe of interest to all architects and interior designers looking to improve their understanding around issues of sustainability including labelling, product selections and future trends and practices.

An 80% pass rate must be attained in order to be credited with 1 formal CPD point. You will be given 3 opportunities to achieve this score in order to be issued with your certificate of module completion

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Points information

Points Type


CPD Points


AACA Competency


Find out about the CPD Module creator

Karen Hamilton was hired in 2012 to support the NSW market for IN2AP and has extensive experience as an architectural representative across a range of product categories. Before that Karen lived in the USA and was elected President of the St. Louis chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute and participated and organized programs locally and nationally. As a LEED AP for several years before moving to Sydney she worked for ASSA ABLOY as a specifications consultant and worked with her local USGBC chapter programs committee and volunteered her time and efforts on a number of local activities, including Habitat for Humanity. Previous to that Karen served on the Southern California Producers Council board as a liaison to the Pasadena AIA. In addition to that, she was an active professional member of the IIDA and chapters of the AIA of the many cities and states in which she lived.