Session 503

October 31, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

New Hampshire Room (Lobby Level)

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Cost-Effectively Deliver Healthier Homes

Karla Butterfield

Sustainability Director

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. - Norwalk, CT

Session Description 

Appeal to today’s health-conscious home buyer and add to your profits by creating healthy living environments. While thoughtfully designed construction can result in a high performing, comfortable building, it doesn’t guarantee a healthier home. Understanding the use of proper construction envelope techniques, efficiently designed and functioning ventilation systems and avoiding products with harmful chemicals are critical. Explore these best practices and more, get consumer insights into the importance of health and wellness in their next home and learn tips for reducing liability and enhancing occupant health—all while increasing your bottom line.
1) Explore how to build healthier homes that achieve higher profits and market visibility.
2) Assess how to make natural, sustainable, and responsible choices before, during, and after the building process that make healthier homes cost-effective and achievable.
3) Mitigate indoor air quality challenges during design.
4) Examine how to build a home that is both energy-efficient and healthy.

Presentation Categories:  Building Design & Construction; Energy-Efficiency; High Performance Buildings

Presentation Level: Advanced

About Karla Butterfield:

Ms. Butterfield is a Sustainability Director at SWA, working with residential buildings. Her expertise is in sustainable consulting services, program certification support and implementation of high-performance building technologies. With architects, developers, builders, and homeowners, she develops specific sustainability strategies for both new construction and renovations. Karla is an integral part of the initial strategic planning sessions and stakeholder workshops based on program criteria; she verifies in the LEED® for Homes, Passive House, Energy Star, Zero Energy Ready Homes, Indoor airPLUS, WaterSense and National Green Building Standard programs

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