Designing for All through Public Interest Design

This program will challenge our conventional triple-bottom-line definition of sustainability. Is sustainable design really sustainable if construction of such features leads to death or permanent injury? Is sustainable design really sustainable if the community is not involved? LEED Pilot Credits for Social Equity are reviewed and a detailed introduction to SEED demonstrates how the two missions can be paired for the greater good. An inspiring case study of community revitalization in Kansas City’s “killing zip code” demonstrates the power of collaboration in social equity design.

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Season 1, Episode 12: The Green Police - Enforcing NYC's Green Laws

NYC has taken steps to reduce their emissions since 2007. Learn about the laws they put in place to improve building performance and how they are currently enforcing these codes. With any new laws there is a learning curve – hear how NYC Department of Buildings is dealing with education and enforcement to increase compliance. See what is in the pipeline for future code compliance in this progressive city and bring these discussions to your practice or location. Code enforcement will likely be driving by cities, not a national code. Be part of the change.

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The Making of a Moonshot: Revolutionizing High-Performance Design

From the Google[x] lab comes FLUX, an algorithm-based app for designing a building. The driving force behind the development of the app is to help designers to resolve the building crisis that we may experience in the next 35 years. The goal was to reduce the full design and construction time of a large-scale building to a 12 month cycle. It has been called a BIM-busting app. The FLUX team describes their inspiration and logic that drove this moonshot. The presentation, as well as the app challenges designers to think not about designing a building, but designing a product, a user experience and letting computers do time-consuming calculations. Will you be skeptical or inspired by this new development?

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Getting Credit for Doing Good - Social Equity Pilot Library Credit

The USGBC is starting to expand their mission “beyond individual buildings to embrace…broader aspects of sustainability, including a more focused approach to social equity…”. This program starts the discussion on the newest pilot credits and challenges designers, owners, contractors and manufacturers to be more socially responsible in every stage of their projects.

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Master Planning: A Holistic Look at Building for the Past and the Future

The Pearl district in San Antonio was once an industrial site that has been transitioned over several planning phases into a vibrant, community-focused district where locals gather for food, festivals, events and atmosphere. This program highlights the planning and redevelopment of this district. Learn how the design team and contractors worked together to plan and problem solve. Be inspired by the transformation and development of a new community space with gatherings at its core.

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How does Big Data drive Energy Savings? Putting DC Benchmarking to Work

DC is one of the benchmarking policy leaders. This program will reveal why the city chose to mandate benchmarking, what kind of data they have collected, what the data has revealed about performance of DC buildings, and what has been done to improve performance. Learning from early adopters is a great way to gauge how benchmarking may impact your state, city, or projects in the future.

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Living Education: Living Building Challenge Schools as Education Tools

The Living Building Challenge is not only a design and operational goal, but as you will see in this presentation it is also an educational tool. Listen to presenters describe the curriculum benefits that resulted from building living school buildings at three different school campuses in the country. Traditional educational approaches may start to fall by the wayside as public schools learn of the benefits of such progressive curriculum. You will be inspired by the successes of each of these projects.

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Experiential Aesthetics: bridging research and practice

This program is based on the premise that sustainability should go beyond physical aesthetics of a façade and energy efficiency to include a user’s sensory experience. Often we design with a goal in mind of creating uniform open spaces that won’t generate complaints from occupants, rather than designing spaces that will delight and uplift occupants. The discussion will show that designing for occupant experience goes hand-in-hand with energy efficiency measures. Research that supports this notion will be reviewed and strategies to improve occupant experience will be discussed.

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The Missing Links to Sustainability

Demand for (green) certified space is increasing each year. Sustainability leaders are starting to test and adopt benchmarking legislation to help maintain efficient operation. Occupants and large portfolio holders are both seeking each other, but the missing link is brokers familiar with sustainability features, goals and drivers. This program identifies how brokers can improve their services by learning about sustainable trends and how to communicate amenities to occupants.

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NYC and NOLA: Enhancing the Resiliency of the Built Environment

Extreme weather is going to happen. Being prepared with a post-disaster plan can minimize delays in rebuilding. Two of the most devastating weather events in recent history include Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. Both storms leveled major metropolitan areas. This program reviews how NYC and New Orleans picked up the pieces to create and execute a rebuilding plan. Listen to strategies that improved storm readiness, strengthened infrastructure as well as communities.

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