Sustainability Roadmap: Leading Organizational Change

This session shares practical frameworks, roadmaps and proven methodologies to help you assess your current situation and identify strategic areas for improvement; develop change management strategies to ensure widespread adoption of new processes and project delivery methodologies and institutionalize systems and feedback loops for continuous improvement.

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LEED-ND Platinum Plan, Kashiwa-no-ha, Innovation Campus

This session will explore the adaptation of a highly sustainable district with LEED-ND and Ecodistrict principles. The Panel will run a mock community engagement process consistent with NPD Credit Community Outreach and Involvement to help identify community and business interests to support an active civic realm. During this exercise, the attendees will explore ways to activate streets and connect diverse building activities consistent with NPD Credits Walkable Streets and Mixed Use Neighborhoods.

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Living Buildings: Affordable Housing on the Cutting Edge

Panelists from three California pilots will share specific examples of designs and systems that are emerging as best practices, discuss obstacles to achieving the LBC goals, and identify the cost/benefit of various options. They will also offer their experience dealing with California regulatory agencies.

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Green Codes & LEED: Do We Need Both?

How do we connect what has happened in LEED with green codes such as CALGreen, International Green Construction Code (IgCC) or ASHRAE Standard 189.1? In 2014, a harmonization of the sustainable building movement was announced - IgCC, ASHRAE 189.1, and LEED Rating System have aGreen to present a unified framework for voluntary and code level green building programs by 2018. So how do we marry codes with leadership standards? Can they coexist, and is there room for both in the private sector and in public policy?

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Finding Thermal Nirvana: Creativity in Thermal Design

The session will provide a brief introduction to the biology and physics of thermal comfort, then outline the critical steps in the thermal design process. We'll discuss creating a 'thermal program' and 'thermal pathway' early in each project. Next we'll discuss innovative ways of analyzing and predicting thermal comfort. We'll share tools and analysis methods and discuss how we use this information to push the boundary of conventional design.

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Acoustics Demystified: Green Building Acoustics in LEED v4

This session will provide an overview of design features and strategies for earning Acoustic Performance credits in LEED v4. We will review techniques on how to reduce environmental noise intrusion and distraction from outside noise. We will also cover methods to improve interior speech intelligibility and verbal communication. Finally, we seek to enable designers and planners to be proactive in addressing potential acoustical issues during the early design phases.

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Future Proofing Climate Smart Multifamily Housing

Multifamily housing has a very specific set of needs often been overlooked by traditional mitigation guidance. With support from HUD, Enterprise Community Partners developed the Strategies for Multifamily housing resilience to help building owners make climate smart building investments in their facilities. The presentation team will be drawing on best practices in the field, which will include recent case studies of constructed resilient multifamily housing in a variety of cities around the country.

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Farming the Fifth Facade: Designing Urban Food Production (Outdoor)

Led by an architect, urban farmer, and landscape architect who have devoted their careers to building green space and sustainability into New York City's landscape, this presentation will explore the realities, opportunities and challenges of rooftop agriculture in New York and beyond.

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Delivering Standardized LCAs from Existing Design Data

Participants are provided with an understanding of how to use familiar design tools to enable delivering LEED- and standards-compliant LCAs. The presentation shows how LCA can be used to identify improvement opportunities within projects, as well as how to achieve LEED v4's MR credits. The last part of the presentation is reserved for discussion on taking LCA automation into practice with questions and answers.

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Integrating Sustainability into Acquisitions Due Diligence

In this session, the real estate company 'Clarion Partners' will discuss their experience of including sustainability criteria in due diligence processes, for new acquisitions including presenting some case studies and lessons learned from the early implementation process. Verdani will share the entire procedure from data collection to analysis. DOE will provide insight on why the Asset Score was developed and how its used to understand building efficiency.

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