Green Building Post-Mortem: What Went Wrong?

This course looks at common building failures observed by commissioning agents and envelope specialists, and discusses the importance of building commissioning.

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What We Can Learn from LEED's Critics

This course will look at meta-critiques of LEED and the USGBC including specific complaints, how USGBC responded to these complaints, and what can be learned from them.

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Energy Chickens and Dashboard Players: Giving Occupants the Power to Save Energy

This course will look at energy use as it relates to plug load management and how occupants can actively engage in their own energy savings with gaming and dashboards. Energy Chickens is a virtual game that monitors the plug load of devices, helping to engage occupants in energy savings, while dashboards provide real-time energy monitoring and feedback regarding energy use at the plug.

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Biophilia: Moving from Theory to Reality

The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. This course looks at ways to successfully incorporate biophilia into the built environment, and touches on some projects that have accomplished this. It also looks at the current researchon how biophilia affects human behavior, and how we can transfer that into building design.

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Experiential Learning Lab: LEED-EB: O+M

This course looks at the short-term goal of piloting a LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EB: O+M) project on campus. The course covers issues such as how to select the ideal building; a building’s sustainability criteria; how to find the right students, on-campus partners, and potential consultants; and how this goal can be replicated at a college or university.

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A LEED School: Renovation, Addition, Community, & Curriculum.

This course looks at the process of creating and getting support for cost-effective green schools. The course covers issues such as the synergies between LEED credits and categories to maximize sustainability, how to develop a green school curriculum using the building as a teaching tool, and how to get-buy in support and identify key stakeholders.

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Getting the Water Right: Stroud Water Research Center

This course looks at a variety of ecologically sensitive water strategies for buildings and sites. The course covers how to track and diagram water flow through a site, how to develop a water balance for a building and site design, putting together the components of an integrated team to design ecologically sensitive water systems, and how to monitor water performance.

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Highrise Residential Trends and Strategies for Success

This course looks at key strategies to achieve energy efficiency in high-rise residential buildings. The course covers building integration issues; ventilation system approaches; how tools like Pharos can help make material selections to reduce environmental impacts and improve indoor air quality; and trends in high-performance, high-rise residential building design.

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LEED for Healthcare: Lessons Learned from the First 3 Years

This course looks at key lessons learned from the application of LEED for Healthcare 2009 on active projects around the U.S. and the world, and describes changes made to LEED HC 2009 as well as new approaches incorporated into LEED HC v4. The course covers challenges to meeting the rating system and credit requirements and how projects have overcome them, and identifies the most appropriate project types for LEED HC as well as how to apply these credits to other building types such as healthcare renovation projects.

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Next Generation LEED Measurement & Verification

This course looks at how one can leverage next generation developments in multi-dimensional modeling for whole building M&V assessment. Currently, the IPMVP calibrated simulation route to M&V is probably the least utilized. This session is concerned with this route and how to take it to the next level by using detailed BMS data across sub-hourly time-steps. The aim being to create a digital model-based operational building management platform that intelligently interprets data to identify and investigate solutions to building performance issues.

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