Living Education: Living Building Challenge Schools as Education Tools

The Living Building Challenge is not only a design and operational goal, but as you will see in this presentation it is also an educational tool. Listen to presenters describe the curriculum benefits that resulted from building living school buildings at three different school campuses in the country. Traditional educational approaches may start to fall by the wayside as public schools learn of the benefits of such progressive curriculum. You will be inspired by the successes of each of these projects.

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Experiential Aesthetics: bridging research and practice

This program is based on the premise that sustainability should go beyond physical aesthetics of a façade and energy efficiency to include a user’s sensory experience. Often we design with a goal in mind of creating uniform open spaces that won’t generate complaints from occupants, rather than designing spaces that will delight and uplift occupants. The discussion will show that designing for occupant experience goes hand-in-hand with energy efficiency measures. Research that supports this notion will be reviewed and strategies to improve occupant experience will be discussed.

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The Missing Links to Sustainability

Demand for (green) certified space is increasing each year. Sustainability leaders are starting to test and adopt benchmarking legislation to help maintain efficient operation. Occupants and large portfolio holders are both seeking each other, but the missing link is brokers familiar with sustainability features, goals and drivers. This program identifies how brokers can improve their services by learning about sustainable trends and how to communicate amenities to occupants.

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NYC and NOLA: Enhancing the Resiliency of the Built Environment

Extreme weather is going to happen. Being prepared with a post-disaster plan can minimize delays in rebuilding. Two of the most devastating weather events in recent history include Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. Both storms leveled major metropolitan areas. This program reviews how NYC and New Orleans picked up the pieces to create and execute a rebuilding plan. Listen to strategies that improved storm readiness, strengthened infrastructure as well as communities.

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The Power of Building Performance Data

Focus has turned from “going green” to “staying green”. Building data will help us ensure that our buildings are designed, constructed and operated efficiently. This program describes what types of data are available, how to gather and organize building data in various tools, as well as what those tools will tell you about your building. Benchmarking is becoming city-wide and state-wide policy across major energy leaders such as California and New York City. The issue is not collecting data, it’s using it to make our buildings operate more efficiently. See what San Francisco has done to date with benchmarking data collection and analyses as a means to what is to come.

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Data-Driven Design: Architecture in the Age of Information

Everything we want to know is in data. We need to organize it and look for patterns so that we know what it means and how to apply it. Big data can drastically change our design, operation and knowledge base. This program provides real examples of data that have changed industries while providing practical insight into how current practitioners have used it to improve their own firms. Learn new techniques for managing information and develop new methods for evaluating the design impact at many levels, such as interior spaces, the whole building, and even city-wide.

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The investor perspective on sustainability in real estate portfolios

Buildings are physical assets as well as performance assets to be operated. Green is not a one-time achievement, but a state of operation over time. Two databases help green building experts and investors manage and understand their physical assets as well as their performance, or operational assets. This program discusses basics of how to use and benefit from the information available on the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG). Also learn about the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) portfolio database. Learn how to access and use data available in these sources.

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Designing for Resilience in the 21st Century

Natural disasters and major weather events can cripple cities. These things are unavoidable but with planning foresight individuals and communities can take measures to make recovery and regrowth easier. This program defines urban resiliency, discusses how cities can make plans to improve their resiliency and how designers, construction professionals and policy makers can take steps to ensuring their community can withstand a disaster or future climate change.

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Hot, Humid & Cool: Passive House in the Deep South

This course will discuss how the passive building philosophy can be applied to a hot and humid climate in the Deep South, and will include a comparison of passive building standards, enclosure principles and baseline metrics for hot and humid climates. The course will use a case study in LaFayette, LA to demonstrate envelope and mechanical design, as well as predicted vs monitored performance results.

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Integrating Nature and Biophilia - From Theory to Practice

Biophilia is our intrinsic connection to the natural world. This course will describe how to integrate nature and biophilia into design practice, including design solutions informed by nature and place, as well as high performance design based on biophilia and the ecology of the place. You will learn how to apply biomimetic thinking to site, building and infrastructure challenges, as well as analytical tools used in the process.

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