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30 June, 2017
07:30 AM
30 June, 2017
04:00 PM
UT Austin J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Commons Learning Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg. 137 Austin, TX 78758








Building materials are a big deal. Building booms create competition not only for labor and equipment, but also for construction materials—affecting supply lines, timelines and bottom lines.

Designers, builders, remodelers and recycling service teams can address these concerns and support the Circular Economy by promoting greater resources productivity, reducing waste and avoiding pollution.

The conference will feature an innovative product showcase, resource-efficient case studies, and town hall discussions on construction material hot topics and a tour of indoor air quality labs. See tentative program below.

Register to attend here.

Exhibitor opportunities available here.


  • Welcome and Overview
  • Opening panel
    • Austin Energy Green Building: Materials Successes and Future Focus
    • Circular Economy & the Built Environment – Natalie Betts, Recycling Economic Development Liaison, Austin Resource Recovery


  • 1.A. Collaborations to Select Building Materials: The Balance Between First Cost and Occupancy Costs – Town hall discussion kicked-off speakers representing critical stakeholders
  • 1.B. Trends in Remade Building Products – Attributes, performance, construction issues
  • 1.C. Deconstructing Building Materials – Inside and Out; residential and commercial
  • 1.D. Tour: UT Indoor Air Quality Lab (tentative)


  • 2.A. Repurposing and Adaptive Reuse – Commercial, educational and residential buildings
  • 2.B. Building Product Selection Criteria – Environmental, health and constructibility factors
  • 2.C. Expanding Building Material Reuse – How do you know who has what?
  • 2.D. Tour: UT Indoor Air Quality Lab (tentative)


  • Seven Building Materials that Could Change the World and Why – Pliny Fisk, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Building Potential Systems