Everything we want to know is in data. We need to organize it and look for patterns so that we know what it means and how to apply it. Big data can drastically change our design, operation and knowledge base. This program provides real examples of data that have changed industries while providing practical insight into how current practitioners have used it to improve their own firms. Learn new techniques for managing information and develop new methods for evaluating the design impact at many levels, such as interior spaces, the whole building, and even city-wide.
Buildings are physical assets as well as performance assets to be operated. Green is not a one-time achievement, but a state of operation over time. Two databases help green building experts and investors manage and understand their physical assets as well as their performance, or operational assets. This program discusses basics of how to use and benefit from the information available on the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG). Also learn about the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) portfolio database. Learn how to access and use data available in these sources.
Natural disasters and major weather events can cripple cities. These things are unavoidable but with planning foresight individuals and communities can take measures to make recovery and regrowth easier. This program defines urban resiliency, discusses how cities can make plans to improve their resiliency and how designers, construction professionals and policy makers can take steps to ensuring their community can withstand a disaster or future climate change.
This course will discuss how the passive building philosophy can be applied to a hot and humid climate in the Deep South, and will include a comparison of passive building standards, enclosure principles and baseline metrics for hot and humid climates. The course will use a case study in LaFayette, LA to demonstrate envelope and mechanical design, as well as predicted vs monitored performance results.
Biophilia is our intrinsic connection to the natural world. This course will describe how to integrate nature and biophilia into design practice, including design solutions informed by nature and place, as well as high performance design based on biophilia and the ecology of the place. You will learn how to apply biomimetic thinking to site, building and infrastructure challenges, as well as analytical tools used in the process.
Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and usable and the Real Estate & Workplace Services (REWS) division of Google aims to create healthy spaces that enable and inspire people to think big and perform at their best every day. This course will explain how Google thinks about performance targets for occupant experience, as well as the links between health based research and building standards. The course will also explain a strategy for translating leading edge research into performance metrics, as well as Google’s process for leveraging performance targets for occupant experience.
Biophilic cities are cities that place nature at the heart of their design and planning. This course will examine the importance of designing biophilic cities for public health, as well as the health impacts of nature, including stress physiology, research strategies and managed care uses. The course will also cover the implementation of biophilic design in cities and the integration of biophilic design into urban design and healthcare.
This course will seek to establish the business case for zero energy cost buildings. The course will discuss the cost and benefit implications of zero energy cost buildings compared to traditional commercial office lease space and net zero energy buildings. The course will also describe the factors that impact both first and operational costs of zero energy cost buildings, zero energy design strategies, and the process necessary to streamline zero energy cost design and construction to meet business case objectives.
GNO, Inc. is the economic development organization serving the ten parishes of Southeast Louisiana that created and administers the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan. This course will help learners gain an understanding of the development process of the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan and how to address governance and policy issues for implementation. You will also learn the water management concepts and tools within the Urban Water Plan and how those tools can be adapted and applied to other geographical regions.
The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) promotes sustainable rainwater harvesting practices to help solve potable, non-potable, stormwater and energy challenges throughout the world. This course will discuss the many benefits of harvesting rain and stormwater, and will demonstrate the expertise ARCSA can provide when installing rain or stormwater harvesting systems.