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.
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.
The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) promotes sustainable rainwater harvesting practices to help solve potable, non-potable, stormwater and energy challenges throughout the world. This course will discuss the many benefits of harvesting rain and stormwater, and will demonstrate the expertise ARCSA can provide when installing rain or stormwater harvesting systems.
This course will describe a study to identify obstacles, benchmark productivity, and establish metrics for the optimization of pre-demolition salvage of building materials from vacant structures in the Springwells neighborhood of Detroit, while understanding the implications for ambient lead dispersal associated with these activities.
The Internet is Picking Your Residents: How to Manage Your Property's Online Reputation With the Phone
Online reviews are influencing your property’s prospect base. Research shows that consumers read fewer than 6 reviews before forming an opinion. That’s not a lot of information for prospects to make a decision. And even more so, prospects are basing purchasing decisions on the opinions of your residents and past renters. Use these 4 tricks to create an online reputation strategy that works for your team.
This course will explore tools and tips for marketers to use to tell their company’s sustainability story. The course will discuss the danger of greenwashing to sustainability marketing, how to leverage social media to market sustainability, and how marketers can create meaningful, compelling sustainability stories.
The EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager is a management tool and metrics calculator that provides key performance metrics to integrate into a strategic management plan such as energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This course will describe how the Portfolio Manager can improve data quality and will also describe the key benefits and strategies of a Benchmarking Proficiency Certificate Program.
This course will take a closer look at a case study from the NRDC looking at the claims of 10-20% energy savings in commercial buildings. It discusses the people, process and technology behind these energy savings in buildings. It looks closely at the methodology and implementation behind energy savings management and the owner/operator perspective.
This course takes a look at the indoor environmental quality at Google and the current strategies in place there. It continues by discussing the development of biophilia performance metrics and the process of implementing the rapid testing approach.
This course discussed the Iowa Utilities Board: Office of Consumer Advocate project that has been in operation for about three years. It is a process and building that could be used as an example for many other projects. It looks at achieving market rate net-zero ready buildings through the process of integrated design, collaboration and post-occupancy plans.