January 26, 2017


Designing with Living Materials

Presenter: Jeff Betts, Design and Development, Ecovative

Overview: In this lecture, Jeff Betts, Design and Development specialist of Ecovative- the first company to develop bio-based resin, biocomposites, and foam-like materials made out of mushrooms- will explain the benefits of using sustainable and living materials to replace traditional materials like wood, metal, plastics and Styrofoam, and how to specify innovative, eco-friendly materials in architectural and design specific projects. He will also present current issues and environmental standards, as well as questions about the future of these products.

Jeff Betts came to Ecovative five years ago in a design role, working with clients to realize ideas with mushroom materials from building insulation projects, small scale low density product applications, and large scale artistic and event exhibits. Over the last two years Jeff helped to patent the high density mushroom material replacement for MDF and Particleboard, known as MycoBoard. Currently leading product development and design of MycoBoard both as a molded product and panel, as well as leading the GIY (Grow It Yourself) program Ecovative offers to anyone interested in growing mushroom material from a dehydrated kit. Jeff has dealt with all levels of manufacturing, post processing, and productizing mushroom material at Ecovative.

This lecture is accredited for: two AIA Continuing Education LU/HSW credits.

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Designing with Living Materials

January 26, 2017, 12-2pm

NOTE: Registration subject to availability

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