The first part of this course introduces the goals of acoustic design, methods of noise control and how various interior design elements can help achieve good acoustic performance in an office setting. The second part explains, in acoustical terms, several of the principles behind the use of these techniques and materials. Through examples of how sound masking works in conjunction with absorptive elements, it also demonstrates that a combination of acoustic treatments is key to achieving the desired results.
The term Measurement and Verification (M&V) means using pre-determined data to quantifiably measure performance and then comparing this to a predicted outcome. This course will discuss why it is important to evaluate outcomes for every energy efficiency project, and the importance of picking the appropriate type of M&V process and tools to meet a project’s needs. Learners will be able to use the M&V concepts immediately to bring transparency and expectation setting to their projects.
This course covers a situation analysis of green valuation in relation to property, along with the misconceptions of “green” in the marketplace. It discusses what’s new in green valuation, and takes a closer look at the Appraisal Institute’s efforts in the green space.
This course will review various fenestration substrates and surface finishes, with an in-depth look at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) standards and test procedures for fenestration products.
More than 1,100 business owners, fleet operators, and general managers participated in a recent survey regarding their biggest fleet management challenges – and how they use technology to solve them. Responses indicate the many benefits that GPS telematics provides.
This program will challenge our conventional triple-bottom-line definition of sustainability. Is sustainable design really sustainable if construction of such features leads to death or permanent injury? Is sustainable design really sustainable if the community is not involved? LEED Pilot Credits for Social Equity are reviewed and a detailed introduction to SEED demonstrates how the two missions can be paired for the greater good. An inspiring case study of community revitalization in Kansas City’s “killing zip code” demonstrates the power of collaboration in social equity design.
NYC has taken steps to reduce their emissions since 2007. Learn about the laws they put in place to improve building performance and how they are currently enforcing these codes. With any new laws there is a learning curve – hear how NYC Department of Buildings is dealing with education and enforcement to increase compliance. See what is in the pipeline for future code compliance in this progressive city and bring these discussions to your practice or location. Code enforcement will likely be driving by cities, not a national code. Be part of the change.
From the Google[x] lab comes FLUX, an algorithm-based app for designing a building. The driving force behind the development of the app is to help designers to resolve the building crisis that we may experience in the next 35 years. The goal was to reduce the full design and construction time of a large-scale building to a 12 month cycle. It has been called a BIM-busting app. The FLUX team describes their inspiration and logic that drove this moonshot. The presentation, as well as the app challenges designers to think not about designing a building, but designing a product, a user experience and letting computers do time-consuming calculations. Will you be skeptical or inspired by this new development?
The USGBC is starting to expand their mission “beyond individual buildings to embrace…broader aspects of sustainability, including a more focused approach to social equity…”. This program starts the discussion on the newest pilot credits and challenges designers, owners, contractors and manufacturers to be more socially responsible in every stage of their projects.
The Pearl district in San Antonio was once an industrial site that has been transitioned over several planning phases into a vibrant, community-focused district where locals gather for food, festivals, events and atmosphere. This program highlights the planning and redevelopment of this district. Learn how the design team and contractors worked together to plan and problem solve. Be inspired by the transformation and development of a new community space with gatherings at its core.