Green Ribbon School: Integrating Sustainability & Education

This course looks at the attributes of Green Ribbon Schools, such as their ability to reduce environmental impacts and costs, to improve the health and wellness of students and staff, and to provide effective environmental and sustainability education. The course discusses how to create synergies among curricula, architecture, and sustainability to enhance education and how to tap available resources to implement sustainable design curricula to create schools that are effective teaching tools.

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Unleashing the Capital for a More Sustainable World

This course looks at the infrastructure performance metrics critical to securing merit funding, impact capital, and stakeholder support. The course examines several business cases, offers tools to develop business cases, and provides ways to streamline project cost benefit analysis and risk assessment.

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Balancing Sustainability and Historic Preservation on a University Campus

The historic preservation committee at the University of Virginia exists to blend Thomas Jefferson’s original vision and architectural style with today’s sustainable building practices. This program reviews why the UVA’s sustainability efforts have been so successful. Each project was treated as a campus improvement, while recognizing that each project is separate from others. Specific challenges of updating original Jefferson buildings gives insight into how historic preservation can trump sustainability goals, but still blend both efforts.

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Federal Programs Use of Certification and HPSB Guiding Principles

The US Government mandates for sustainability have been questioned by popular media. Budget cuts make achieving sustainable building requirements seem like they are not a priority. The truth is that federal agencies have painstakingly reviewed green building rating systems to make recommendations as to which systems are best suited to meet federal laws regarding sustainable construction. This program looks at politics influencing green building certification, how federal agencies are using LEED and specific goals for advancing green building at the federal level.

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Energy-Producing Landscape: Harvesting Power of Urban Locales

Presenters examine high performance landscapes and discuss how landscapes can help create energy, offset energy demand and integrate water, sky and earth elements that make cities and districts more livable and more sustainable. Highlights from three existing projects are discussed.

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Introducing Passive House Standard - A Valuable LEED Partner

It is no secret that buildings use lots of energy. It may surprise some that technology-heavy strategies that reduce energy consumption may actually cost more, and be less efficient than a passive building with little technology. Passive House is a science-driven, conservation focused standard that caps specific energy uses. It is a perfect partner for LEED projects and in many cases strategies to perform to Passive House standards provide points to a higher LEED certification. This program identifies Passive House history, buildings, strategies and LEED synergies.

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Building Asset Ratings: What's the Score?

Do operational statistics really present an accurate picture of building energy performance? Presenters define the difference between operational and asset ratings, and why operation metrics may not paint an accurate picture of potential performance. As we continually seek to improve performance we may have to step beyond what is happening and implement what is possible. Tools and ordinances seeking to do just that are discussed in this thought-provoking program.

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Year One: The True Story of a Net Zero Energy Building

This course looks at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, a 49,000-square-foot net zero energy office building completed in 2012 in Los Altos, California, that obtained a LEED platinum rating. The course explains the key design goals and strategies needed to achieve a net zero energy building, how to assess actual performance and improve building performance. Lessons learned for future projects designs are also covered.

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Next Generation Environmental Impact & Cost Analysis

This course looks at lifecycle thinking as it addresses major environmental impacts throughout a product’s life, something LEED V4 recognizes. The course explains how the integration of Life Cycle Cost (LCC) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) into BIM takes this a step further and investigate how to incorporate disconnected operational and embodied impact consideration to provide holistic resource-efficient buildings.

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Building Product Bingo: Practical Tools for Material Health

This course looks at the evolution of materials in the built environment and how they relate to the new Material ingredients credit in LEED v4. The course discusses how to develop and evaluate healthy sustainable products and the relationships between different inventory and evaluation tools such as the Health Product Declaration, GreenScreen, LCA/EPD, Pharos, and Cradle-to-Cradle Certified. The course concludes by explaining how to use the evaluation tool metrics to create healthy and sustainable materials.

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