Presenters discuss key concepts of research that challenge people to think beyond energy use for measuring efficiency of a building. They argue that building type, size, use, occupancy and economic contribution should also be part of the efficiency discussion. They sought to define the economic contribution of a tenant type and correlate that economic contribution to a building’s energy use.
This course challenges learners to think of products in a new way. To see that much of the mass of product we buy is waste, and the actual benefits of the products are reduced by the energy required to create the product, packaging, distribution, and so forth. When applied to the built environment, what are the simplest requirements of a home? The concept of resource performance is discussed in detail and challenges participants to answer the question: “Can we do more with less?”
Energy efficiency is a hot topic but discussions often focus on technological or financials barriers preventing or slowing advancement. The discussion addresses advancements that have been made and how early barriers have been overcome.
Authors Robin Guenther and Gail Vittori discuss their book The Imperative of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture. Heath care building design is grounded in a mission and set s trajectory for future healthcare design and design in other sectors to merge mission and purpose with the ways the built environment is conceived, designed and operated. The program explores how different world locations optimize existing building systems or incorporate new technologies.
Three developers share their best practices and experiences of how successful green developers operate in today’s complicated and turbulent world. They address their first experiences with green multifamily projects, present best practices, lessons learned, and hurdles overcome.
Hearing the viewpoint from an architect, engineer and a building scientist, you’ll have a full appreciation for the simplicity – and complexity – of natural ventilation strategies and practices. Natural ventilation strategies need to take into account climate, building loads and building design to ensure maximum occupant comfort year round. This program identifies techniques to help you visualize air flow in a building and how building design can impact (for better or worse) effectiveness of natural ventilation.
This course is an overview of the Net Zero Energy Building Certification program administered by the International Living Future Institute. The course will look at case study projects that have demonstrated net zero and zero energy performance, strategies for reducing energy demands in different climate zones, and important considerations for net zero buildings during the design, construction and operational phases of a project.
This course discusses a case study in Cleveland, OH, Saint Luke’s Manor, including LEED Neighborhood Development certification of the site and LEED New Construction aspects of the building, as well as the financial challenges and operational issues overcome to convert this building into an affordable housing solution.
This course looks at using Life Cycle Analysis and Environmental Product Declarations as optimization tools for designers and contractors. The course will discuss how Life Cycle Analysis has been incorporated into LEED v4 and how it can be used to analyze an entire building, as well as inform design decisions.
This course looks at the critical problems of toxicity of the built environment. This course will help learners understand the economic benefits of greening their business, and also the importance to push manufacturers to make non-toxic ingredient decisions.