Indoor Environments and Health

Our jobs and skillsets are changing with adoption of different technologies. We’re doing fewer routine tasks and more non-routine cognitive tasks. This is also associated with increased stress. Have we modified our interiors to reflect our changing job functions? Lighting, views, sounds and workspace orientation can all be calculated to improve productivity and reduce stress. This program discusses how interiors impact our performance, what stress is and why it can be good for productivity. We also look at the negative impacts of stress on health and productivity. Research is indicating just how important our work environment is to our health.

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Spatial Daylight Autonomy - How the Metric Informs Design Decisions

This course will look defining what daylighting is and discuss the metrics. It covers the sDA and ASE calculation process. This course also highlights daylighting design research by looking at orientation, location, depth of space, surface reflectance, and many other factors.

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5 Ways Health Data Analysis Can Add Value To Green Design

This course will look at the links between health and the built environment, along with 5 ways health data can add value to green design. It will discuss how the physical environment is fundamental to human health, and break down the myths about the limitations of site-specific health data and the design process. This course covers the idea that it is important to not only look at health as a larger statistic at national levels, but actually look at the contextual health status of the occupants in the built environment and look at it in terms of due diligence, like you would look at other building codes in your site.

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Tuning the Rock - A Road Map to Efficiency

This course talks about the success story of NYC’s Rockefeller Center. It talks about how this project required the team to spend a lot of time over 3 years to define energy efficiency measures. Discuss temperance of metering, testing of equipment. This course addresses the idea of integrated process, and how it is a huge part of the success of the project. It discusses the overall process to identify how energy is consumed in the building, and how to save energy.

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Carrot or Stick: Motivating Change in Building Occupants

This course provides an overview of Army installations and net zero, while looking at how to influence energy and recycling behavior. This course will also cover strategies for residential units and show how occupant behavior can affect energy conservation.

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Energy Modeling and M&V, A Love Story?

This course looks at the process load in buildings and using it as an opportunity, instead of a liability. It looks at the optimal energy use to get appropriate data and set realistic expectations on what the energy model will do for us in an application to the real world energy use. This course also helps us learn from what we have done before and apply it to the next model.

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Passivhaus Office: A Real World Case Study

This course offers an overview of Passivhaus and its application at NuOffice, while discussing the advanced technologies used. It covers the challenges experienced with adapting ASHRAE 90.1 at NuOffice, while also looking at a review of the post-occupancy consumption of NuOffice.

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Old School to New School - Material Data Process Innovation: Specs + BIM

This course will take a look at the design process, specific to the selection of environmentally preferable materials. It proposes a new team dynamic that will help project teams plan, research, track, and collate sustainable and healthy materials that will help achieve LEED v4 goals and other environmental goals. The course talks about using your team and tools to best advantage to innovate the design process, and also helps the learner understand how the material selection process can impact the design-bid-build process and data collection and metrics throughout. Finally, this course discusses how we can improve our specifications to save time and money and improve construction outcomes.

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Indoor Air Quality Management and Sampling - LEED 2009 and LEED v.4

This course will compare and contrast LEED 2009 and LEED v4, especially when looking at Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). It covers the best practices for analysis, and will look at possible sources of contaminants affecting IAQ. The course guides the learner through process of integrating indoor air quality testing into the building’s design and execution. It will look at where IAQ testing fits at various stages of a LEED project to enhance sustainability and certification work, and identify the IAQ consultant’s role at different stages of the project.

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Greening What's Already Here: LEED EB:O&M is the New Preservation Tool

This course looks at the question “Can a historic building improve its resource efficiency while protecting its historic features?” It provides an overview of projects, phases and steps, while providing a roadmap for greening the operation and procedures at the case study Lee H. Nelson Hall, which is the NCPTT Headquarters. The primary goal is all the work will be sympathetic to and respect the historic significance of this project by looking at and working with this model process of the sustainability management plan methodology.

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