Connect with Perkins+Will at Greenbuild 2017

As the world's sustainable design leaders converge in Boston, we are out in force for Greenbuild 2017.

Tuesday, November 7
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
WB03 - Collaborative Research, Tool-Making, and the Water Challenge
Justin Brechtel, Andy Bennett, and Roya Rezaee will present a methodology for drylands and will discuss progress on a modeling tool, HAZEL, for aiding architects, planners and policy makers. HAZEL is a tool for shaping neighborhood and building-scale hydrologic functions that are networked for optimal watershed performance.

Wednesday, November 8
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
F06 - Climate Ready Dc: Creating a City-wide Resilience Plan
Jon Penndorf and Amy Thompson will present a session that will explore the multi-step process a major urban city completed to create a community-wide climate adaptation plan. Cites are the front line of climate change. Planning for the varied impacts of climate change at a city scale can be a monumental task.

6:00 p.m.
Perkins+Will Launches New Transparency Site
Follow us on social media to be among the first to see how new tools and technologies are moving the design industry closer to full material transparency, and toward a market of safe building products. Perkins+Will’s transparency site was originally launched in 2008 as the built environment's first free, universally accessible database aimed at creating greater transparency into building materials containing substances that are publicly known or suspected to be associated with an adverse finding in relation to human and environmental health. The database can be accessed at (with the newest version launching on November 8th).

Thursday, November 9
8:00am – 10:00am, part of ABX 2017
WD01 - Envisioning the Future: Women in Design Keynote
Brooke Trivas joins the Women in Design keynote discussion. As designers, we shape our built environment to benefit its inhabitants but as community demographics shift, so do the needs of the community. Careful consideration must be placed on projecting that vision to the future. What is the process and application of planning projects? How can we best give voice to all stakeholders? It is critical that we work creatively and collaboratively toward a common goal of providing spaces for people to not only live and work but to thrive in. Envisioning initiatives serve to guide the process and convey to decision makers the interests of the community. These can vary in scale from resident advocates working with businesses to lobby for street improvements to government-initiated citywide revitalization. What can we learn from these processes to best guide our own pursuits/designs? What does that future look like? How do you go from policy to a better built environment?

Friday, November 10
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
G07 - Antimicrobials in Building Materials and Furnishings
Suzanne Drake will be part of a panel discussing two new papers shed light on the use of antimicrobials in furnishings and building products and include recommendations for further action. The use of antimicrobials in building products and furnishings has grown dramatically in the last decade, largely on the basis of untested and unsubstantiated marketing claims. Their use in a myriad of consumer products is also increasing. These uses collectively add to the potential for general population and environmental exposures without adequate data on safety and efficacy.

Saturday, November 11
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
TS10 - Therapeutic Green: Helping People Heal
Jeff Keilman will lead a tour of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. This tour addresses ways the healthcare industry unites the benefits of green roofs, therapeutic landscapes, and resilient strategies. The new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, conceptualized as a therapeutic tool for patients, is located on a former Charlestown Navy Yard waterfront parcel. The hospital includes multiple exterior spaces that allow patients, families, and staff access as a critical aspect to the hospital's care.