Year One: The True Story of a Net Zero Energy Building

This course looks at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, a 49,000-square-foot net zero energy office building completed in 2012 in Los Altos, California, that obtained a LEED platinum rating. The course explains the key design goals and strategies needed to achieve a net zero energy building, how to assess actual performance and improve building performance. Lessons learned for future projects designs are also covered.

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Next Generation Environmental Impact & Cost Analysis

This course looks at lifecycle thinking as it addresses major environmental impacts throughout a product’s life, something LEED V4 recognizes. The course explains how the integration of Life Cycle Cost (LCC) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) into BIM takes this a step further and investigate how to incorporate disconnected operational and embodied impact consideration to provide holistic resource-efficient buildings.

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Building Product Bingo: Practical Tools for Material Health

This course looks at the evolution of materials in the built environment and how they relate to the new Material ingredients credit in LEED v4. The course discusses how to develop and evaluate healthy sustainable products and the relationships between different inventory and evaluation tools such as the Health Product Declaration, GreenScreen, LCA/EPD, Pharos, and Cradle-to-Cradle Certified. The course concludes by explaining how to use the evaluation tool metrics to create healthy and sustainable materials.

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Power & Responsibility: Visual Stories as Agents of Change

This course looks at the value and power of visual storytelling in green buildings and at the medium of video to not only communicate information emotionally, but as a trans-formative instrument in the marketplace. By using real people, videos can provide insight into stories about projects through language, structure, and character engagement.

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The Water - Energy Nexus: Dual Benefit Sustainability

This course looks at site and building water strategies and explains the effective dual strategy of an energy/water combination and water reuse and commissioning approach to water sustainability. The course discusses how to establish a water footprinting process for a net zero water balance by base lining and using key metrics for benchmarking for various facility types.

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Passive House - the All-Climate Optimum

This course looks at how the components of a Passive House can produce optimum comfort and energy efficiency in different climates. Building services can be kept simple with the use of cascade ventilation; recuperative heat and humidity recovery, which reduces ventilation and humidity losses and loads with high energy efficient recovery; counterflow heat exchanges; and supply air to bring heat into the building.

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Resiliency in the Eye of the Storm: Lessons from Sandy

This course looks at resilient design considerations and principles, and problems such as risk management in light of the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. The course discusses resilience in terms of such disasters as earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, drought, wildfire, and human causes such as terrorism and political strife, the concept of passive survivability, and how we can build in a more environmentally responsible way.

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Net Zero - A Program or Philosophy

This course looks at the U.S. Army’s Net Zero efforts in the areas of building energy, water, and waste, and examines the largest LEED gold hospital in the army’s inventory. The course also discusses how using roadmaps can help achieve Net Zero goals, and how to leverage, collaborate, and work with private sector investors to implement Net Zero strategies.

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Evaluating New York City's Energy Benchmarking Policy

This course looks at New York City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, one of the most comprehensive energy efficiency programs in any city in the world. The course discusses the data that is emerging from this program, how the market is reacting to this data, and other city energy policies. Case studies showcasing benchmarking data are examined in addition to the activities of such organizations as the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP).

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Resilient Envelope Construction: It's All In the Details

This course looks at how the components of a Passive House can produce optimum comfort and energy efficiency in different climates. Building services can be kept simple with the use of cascade ventilation; recuperative heat and humidity recovery, which reduces ventilation and humidity losses and loads with high energy efficient recovery; counterflow heat exchanges; and supply air to bring heat into the building.

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