The Power of Building Performance Data

Focus has turned from “going green” to “staying green”. Building data will help us ensure that our buildings are designed, constructed and operated efficiently. This program describes what types of data are available, how to gather and organize building data in various tools, as well as what those tools will tell you about your building. Benchmarking is becoming city-wide and state-wide policy across major energy leaders such as California and New York City. The issue is not collecting data, it’s using it to make our buildings operate more efficiently. See what San Francisco has done to date with benchmarking data collection and analyses as a means to what is to come.

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Data-Driven Design: Architecture in the Age of Information

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.

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The investor perspective on sustainability in real estate portfolios

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.

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Designing for Resilience in the 21st Century

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.

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Hot, Humid & Cool: Passive House in the Deep South

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.

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Integrating Nature and Biophilia - From Theory to Practice

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.

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Quantifying Performance Metrics for Occupant Experience

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.

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Designing Biophilic Cities for Public Health

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.

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Real Estate Sea Change : A Business Case for Zero Energy Cost Buildings

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.

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Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan

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.

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