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How to Specify Climate Positive Materials

*Image courtesy of Kenn Busch at Material Intelligence.

Approved for 1 LU credit for continuing education with AIA.

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When it comes to specifying environmentally friendly decorative and surface materials, it can be a daunting task with so many options available. This CEU will help designers and specifiers identify naturally “climate positive” materials that go beyond achieving net zero carbon emissions, creating a measurable environmental benefit by removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than is released in their production.

This webinar will focus on a category of widely available engineered decorative surfaces that feature universal climate-positive benefits, some common design and material properties, and important differences in performance to match every application.   

Learning Objectives

  • Define the term “climate positive” and how decorative surface materials can help achieve sustainability objectives.
  • Explain the differences between common surfacing products, including HPL, TFL, 3DL, printed overlays and compact laminates.
  • Identify five universal benefits of specifying engineered surfaces.
  • Review the types of applications most commonly used for decorative surface materials.





Kenn BuschKenn Busch
Material Intelligence

Kenn Busch is a journalist and architectural photographer, covering interior design and furniture since 1990. For the last 20 years Kenn has been creating certified educational content for A&D specifiers, organizing and speaking at industry events about materials and sustainability, and creating design and materials exhibits like the Materials Pavilion at NeoCon. He also regularly explores and reports on the Cologne Furniture Fair, Milan Design Week, Heimtextil and other international design events.