Building Product Ecosystems is a collaboration initiated by The Durst Organization, in partnership with The New School and The City University of New York, to optimize the health and transparency of construction product ecosystems through material research and innovation, process improvements, policy/code evolution, and accessible education.
A community of living organisms interacting as a system with the nonliving components of their environment, through balanced nutrient cycles and energy flows that sustain social and economic needs, without creation of negative externalities.
The Building Product Ecosystem is made up of all stakeholders engaged with the built environment. The collaborative provides a platform for open discussion and problem-solving between entities who normally work in a siloed capacity.
As an initial undertaking, the Building Product Ecosystem participants are engaging in transparent discourse around the following topics. The partnership between academia and industry allows for impartial research, academic scholarship, and proactive assessment of building product health for real-world implementation.
Evaluating appropriate NYC Building Code requirements for building products and assemblies to best balance fire safety with minimized health impacts from flame retardant use.
Optimizing wallboard cycles, from health evaluation of flue gas desulfurization and natural gypsum feedstock to creating closed-loop wallboard trim scrap post-consumer recycling.
Exploring the sensibility and viability of mainstreaming concrete mix Portland cement replacement with city post-consumer recycled glass.
Building Product Ecosystems participants will work through parallel methodologies (as outlined above) to achieve project-based change.
Project-Based Change: Utilization of active building projects as testing ground for both