Power & Responsibility: Visual Stories as Agents of Change

This course looks at the value and power of visual storytelling in green buildings and at the medium of video to not only communicate information emotionally, but as a trans-formative instrument in the marketplace. By using real people, videos can provide insight into stories about projects through language, structure, and character engagement.

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The Water - Energy Nexus: Dual Benefit Sustainability

This course looks at site and building water strategies and explains the effective dual strategy of an energy/water combination and water reuse and commissioning approach to water sustainability. The course discusses how to establish a water footprinting process for a net zero water balance by base lining and using key metrics for benchmarking for various facility types.

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Passive House - the All-Climate Optimum

This course looks at how the components of a Passive House can produce optimum comfort and energy efficiency in different climates. Building services can be kept simple with the use of cascade ventilation; recuperative heat and humidity recovery, which reduces ventilation and humidity losses and loads with high energy efficient recovery; counterflow heat exchanges; and supply air to bring heat into the building.

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Resiliency in the Eye of the Storm: Lessons from Sandy

This course looks at resilient design considerations and principles, and problems such as risk management in light of the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. The course discusses resilience in terms of such disasters as earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, drought, wildfire, and human causes such as terrorism and political strife, the concept of passive survivability, and how we can build in a more environmentally responsible way.

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Net Zero - A Program or Philosophy

This course looks at the U.S. Army’s Net Zero efforts in the areas of building energy, water, and waste, and examines the largest LEED gold hospital in the army’s inventory. The course also discusses how using roadmaps can help achieve Net Zero goals, and how to leverage, collaborate, and work with private sector investors to implement Net Zero strategies.

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Evaluating New York City's Energy Benchmarking Policy

This course looks at New York City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, one of the most comprehensive energy efficiency programs in any city in the world. The course discusses the data that is emerging from this program, how the market is reacting to this data, and other city energy policies. Case studies showcasing benchmarking data are examined in addition to the activities of such organizations as the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP).

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Resilient Envelope Construction: It's All In the Details

This course looks at how resilient buildings are actually constructed, what impacts their performance, where building envelope details go wrong, and how to design the right details and processes to deliver superior building performance. It also discusses material interfaces and other building envelope performance criteria, and how building envelope commissioning can be incorporated into a project for a more resilient building.

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20/20: Evidence-Based Deep Retrofit Strategies for Smart Schools

This program is a review of multifaceted research that has been conducted in the past four years. It introduces a tool that architects, engineers and school principals can use to determine the best design strategies to retrofit schools and aid in early design decisions for new schools. Thousands of simulations were conducted and condensed to five controversial strategies that go against the grain of common tactics.

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Tired to Inspired - Achieving ZNE in Existing Buildings

Principals of three projects trying to achieve zero net energy discuss details of these existing buildings, their approaches to achieve ZNE, the integrated design process and performance results.

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Motivating Green Building Around the World

Trends and data will be shared about the scope of green building activity internationally and will be followed by a panel discussion about the future of green building around the world.

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