This course looks closely at the definition and background of Universal Design. It gets you thinking broadly about sustainability, while covering the seven principles of universal design. Finally, it discusses sustainability in practice with universal design.
There is an increasing demand for performance data in the green marketplace. But it’s been difficult to quantify, normalize and put a label on performance across building types, occupancy types, locations, and amenities. ENERGY STAR has partnered to create a performance scale for multifamily spaces. This program discusses the importance of benchmarking from performance and financial perspectives for developers, owners, property managers, designers, and tenants.
Paseo Verde is the first LEED Platinum ND project completed in North America. Stakeholders from the project talk in detail about the planning, design, construction, and initial performance of this one-of-a-kind project. The “moving pieces” of this project were unique and allowed opportunities for neighborhood and community improvement that may not be duplicated.
This course looks at the advancements and opportunities for providing energy-efficient lighting in a 24/7 environment such as a hospital. The course discusses concepts such as harvesting daylighting, which looks at the amount of lighting in a space to determine when electrical light doesn’t need to be on; tones of white light; color temperature; spectral power distribution; and color rendering of white light. The healing and emotional power of lighting is examined through various case studies such as the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Bethesda, Maryland, a rehab center for solders suffering traumatic brain injury who are easily disoriented triggered by light, the Loyola Bone Marrow Treatment Facility Renovation, Maywood, Illinois; and the Banner Page Hospital Emergency Department addition, Page, Arizona. Lighting solutions are proposed such as minimal interior contrast, no point lighting, creating wayfinding with sconces, and using passive light.
This course looks at the results of a recent report called Let There Be Daylight, the result of retrofitting daylight controls in New York City office buildings. Lighting is the largest electric end use of a building and New York City’s new lighting laws will drive massive retrofit activity in its commercial buildings. The course discusses the process and challenges of measuring and verifying lighting and shading controls, the energy and cost benefits of daylighting, deploying daylighting technologies and components, and the role of operations and building management in the success of such systems. Wrong ways to daylight a building such as over-glazing it, ignoring shading and glare control, and skipping automated controls are examined along with GSA’s Proving Ground data that looks at its own energy savings from lighting controls, along with case studies such as the New York Times Headquarters Building and the Time Warner Center retrofit, which reduced its lighting energy by 55 percent.
This course looks at how to create opportunities for material reuse on projects during construction of after natural disasters. The course discusses how to specify, re-certify and incorporate reclaimed materials into renovations or new construction (and how to plan for material storage and protection until needed) without negatively affecting the environmental, economic and social fabric of the existing community. The disasters in New Orleans and Greensburg, Kansas, are examined along with the types of materials that can be reused such as brick, masonry, access flooring, structural steel, reclaimed doors, carpet tile, gym flooring, light fixtures, and furniture.
This course looks at how to assess post-occupancy evaluation of buildings as it affects building performance. How can we verify green building claims? The course discusses the metrics and tools used in post-occupancy evaluations of thermal comfort, and air, acoustic, and visual quality. Use of the National Environmental Assessment Toolkit is proposed as an aid in helping to link building systems to environmental quality and in understanding what should be measured, how it should be measured, and how often it should be measured.
This course is organized as a three-act play that looks at hospitality, healthcare, and retail scenarios as a metaphor for collaboration and action. The course discusses the need for a whole new system of knowledge to enable us to make the best design and construction decisions. Product improvement, healthy buildings, and access to good data are explored in the quest to find the best solutions to meet sustainability targets and to make collaborative decisions faster and easier.
This course looks at the evolution of stormwater management and how it has shaped site development decision-making. The course discusses the emerging concept of veneer hydrology, a shallow horizontal waterflow management system that uses evapotranspiration instead of infiltration. Veneer hydrology entails placing thin layers of soil and vegetation in areas of the urban environment that don’t lend themselves to landscaping such as over utilities, buried structures, and subways. Key design parameters are outlined to bridge challenging landscapes with unstable soils and limited depth settings.
This course looks at how to finance and implement green school building retrofits by incorporating insights in student performance and health, and building energy efficiency to address school decision-maker concerns about costs. The course proposes the use of tools like the Green School Investment Guide to help incorporate the learning and environmental impact of green improvements into the overall cost-benefit analysis and examines models that successfully finance school improvements.