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LEED: Material Training

April 18, 2019, 8:00 am12:00 pm


Come and join us at VRCA in a half-day seminar that will develop your understanding of the new LEED v4 Material selection and reporting requirements.

Please bring your laptop to this interactive session.

Format: 4 hours of in-class instruction


  • Understand the new metrics used in LEEDv4 with respect to credit achievement
  • Be able to determine what a “product” is according to LEED
  • Explain what an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is, and
    • Understand the types of EPDs, and how they are weighted in LEED
    • Be able to describe the alternative(s) to EPDs
    • Know where to source these documents
  • Awareness of the “raw material” reporting requirements
  • Understand the reporting requirements for material ingredients and their certifications such as Health Product Declarations (HPD), Cradle to Cradle, Declare, and other ‘certifications’
  • Understand new reporting requirements for Low VOC materials (MSDS’s are not enough!)
  • Know what will be required of trades for all material reporting



Trades, suppliers and GC supervisors.

NOTE: The Combo price below includes attendance for BOTH this course, as well as the LEED: IAQ Management/Erosion and Sediment Control half day session scheduled for April 18, 2018. You will receive a 10% discount on each class by registering for both. If you choose to register for both classes, please just register in one class, and VRCA will enroll you in the other course.


Joanne Sawatzky (BTech, MSc., CPHC, LEED AP BD+C)

Light House, Director, Green Building Services

Joanne has over a decade of experience working in design, construction and operation on commercial, residential, and healthcare building projects across Canada. She is the first female BuiltGreen Canada High Density Verifier and has taught contractor training through the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA). She has also taught and mentored building science students in the Architectural Science Department at Ryerson University.  Joanne has led many of Light House’s most challenging and innovative projects, including The Whistler Athletes Village, The Foundry, and Telus Gardens Office and Residential. She works closely with a wide range of clients — from developers to architects — on implementing green building projects, technical policy development, contractor training, and post occupancy evaluations.


Brenda Martens (O.B.C., B.Sc., CSBA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Fellow)

Light House, Director, Research and Collaboration

Brenda has worked in the building industry for over 25 years as a practitioner, educator and advocate in the field of green building and sustainability. She is past faculty with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the University of British Columbia Continuing Studies and currently teaches green building and sustainability for BCIT. Brenda has worked on commercial, residential, industrial and institutional projects throughout the province and was involved in the design and construction of many signature green projects, including the Vancouver Olympic Village (LEED Gold and Platinum certified), the Whistler Athletes’ Village, Okanagan College Centre of Excellence (Living Building Petal Candidate, LEED Platinum certified), and over 20 non-market housing projects in various communities across BC.


VRCA Member $150.00
Non-Members $175.00
VRCA Member COMBO $270.00
Non-Member COMBO $315.00


April 18, 2019
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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VRCA Vancouver
3636 E 4th Ave
Vancouver, BC Canada
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