This course takes a closer look at green materials and the life cycle assessment. It introduces LCA and helps to explain how the credit works, and provide examples of how to earn this LEED credit. This course stresses the importance of the LCA credit, and offers insight into the LCA credit for learners to be able to apply it to future projects.
The inclusion of Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx) in the Enhanced Commissioning credit of LEED v4 has provoked serious discussion regarding delivery of high performance enclosures. With pressure for proven energy efficiency measure after occupancy rather than based on predictions, the design and construction of the enclosure faces increasingly stringent demands. Design teams are employing BECx activities from early design phase performance modeling to construction phase enclosure testing. BECx has been introduced in LEEDv4 to ensure that actual energy usage matches predicted usage, to optimize the performance of the enclosure, to ensure that the envelope is coordinated with other systems, and to increase the overall energy efficiency of the building. This presentation will clarify the intent of ASHRAE 0-2005 and NIBS Guideline 3, inform participants of the activities described in the guidelines and most importantly, illustrate how BECx helps to deliver a better building.
This course looks at how sustainability must connect with an organization’s success, and an individual’s success. It covers the importance of making the case for how business can support sustainability, but also how sustainability supports the business. When looking at connecting with the individual’s success, this course looks at the importance in engaging the team once leadership has been brought into place.
This course takes a closer look at LEED v4, especially at the Materials and Resources category now and the vision for the market transformation. It covers Environmental Product Declarations, and the perspectives from the market. Finally, this course looks at Life Cycle Assessment and the tools for implementation in the building industry.
Propane gas is considered to be a clean alternative fuel by the EPA; it is a versatile and environmentally safe fuel source for healthy and sustainable living. Many people use propane to fuel their outdoor grills or barbeques, but it’s much more versatile than a cooking fuel in residential outdoor applications. This learning unit will explore alternative uses for propane, specifically for outdoor use in and around a home.
This educational unit has been designed to educate architects, designers, contractors and installers about Specifying Luxury Kitchens for Aging in Place. The need for kitchens with Universal Design, which are accessible for the greatest number of users no matter what their ability or disability, is spelled out. The percentage of the population over 65 is fast growing, and the vast majority of people want to stay in their homes as they age, but most homes are woefully inadequate to be safe and accessible for this population. This course describes general design considerations to make a luxury kitchen suitable for all users, and indicates which features in cooking and refrigeration appliances are safe and accessible.
Long Beach Island along the coast of New Jersey experienced some of the state's greatest damage and most extensive cleanup headaches as a result of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In addition to knocking out utilities and creating widespread wind damage, the hurricane's nine-foot storm surge filled storm drains and sewer lines with sand and mud. When the storm subsided it left entire ground levels of luxurious beach homes filled with four feet or more of sand and debris. Watch Vacall's high-performance AllJetVac and AllVac help with the massive cleanup.
Long Beach Island, a barrier island along the coast of New Jersey, experienced some of that state’s greatest damage and most extensive cleanup as a result of the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In addition to knocking out utilities and creating widespread wind damage, the hurricane's nine-foot storm surge filled storm drains and sewer lines with sand and mud. In the hardest-hit area the first floors of many beach homes had been designed to break away in a major storm surge, and did just that, leaving behind four or more feet of sand and debris. Read how Vacall's high-performance AllJetVac and AllVac helped with the massive cleanup.
The AllJetVac 1215, the latest in the line of Vacall combination sewer cleaners and hydro-excavators, is being used to locate leaks and make repairs in a fraction of the time required by the old methods.
The City of New Philadelphia, Ohio, like many municipalities, is constantly moderating and repairing aged water lines. However, a recent audit by the state found one leak was losing 10 gallons of water per minute. The audit also discovered that the city was losing over 300 million gallons of treated water per year. Read this case study on how they repaired this situation.