This course will talk about storytelling and share some stories of sustainable communities. The ability to tell a story and make a difference is very important, and this course looks at why and how stories can be effective. A group of speakers will tell their stories about sustainability.
The Lloyd District in Portland, Oregon saw its peak in the 60’s, but is surrounded by very affluent communities. This presentation discusses the strategies being implemented to revitalize this area into a 24-hour community and EcoDistrict. The main focus is the sophisticated water treatment infrastructure that is on-site and integrated into the streetscape. See site plans, schematics and strategies for incorporating this on-site system sized for housing, retail and office tenants. Learn how the system saved the city over $1.3 million because of reduced capacity needs, and what the anticipated payback is for such a sophisticated system.
Schools represent a great potential market for retrofit projects. There is an estimated $127 million backlog of maintenance in U.S. schools. Many school buildings are over 40 years old. Research shows that building shape, depth, and indoor environmental quality variables all impact student learning, attendance and health. Post Occupancy Evaluations do not have to be performed by consultants. Carnegie Mellon University created an online assessment tool that educates and empowers teachers and administrators to do their own post-occupancy evaluations on indoor environmental factors such as air quality, lighting quality, thermal comfort, acoustics and spatial quality. Teachers are advocates for learning and these metrics also impact the quality of their work, attendance and health. Learn more about the IEQ assessment tool to determine how to start the conversation in your districts, and what the information can do to improve environmental quality for your local schools.
Ventilation is important to maintaining indoor environment as well as air quality. This program discusses why mechanical ventilation is important and why it is so challenging in hot and humid climates. ASHRAE standards 62.1 and 62.2 are often misunderstood, making it difficult to compare mechanical ventilation approaches and specify the correct system for the space requirements. This program reviews advantages and disadvantages of specific mechanical ventilation approaches so that you can make a more informed decision. The program goes over eight steps that can be taken to improve ventilation design and operation from perspectives of architects, MEP engineers, contractors and owners perspectives.
Certification by design was a good first step. Performance certification is where LEED is heading. The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a new way to continually monitor performance and shows just how your building is performing, compared to its awarded LEED Certification level and to other buildings. This program introduces the concept and principles of the LEED Dynamic Plaque and discusses basic strategy, implementation, benefits, and outcomes that can result by adopting the LEED Dynamic Plaque into your LEED Certified space.
Energy modeling is a powerful tool to estimate performance and energy usage, but it is important to verify that the building performs as intended. The Recovery School District converts low-performing school buildings into high performance charter school buildings. This program describes measures taken at one New Orleans parish school from a design and post-occupancy energy modeling perspective. This presentation shows how important post-occupancy verification is because energy usage and operating costs were both significantly higher than modeled data suggested it should be for the first three years of operation. Find out what measures were taken to identify and correct the operational problems.
Energy modeling is a good predictor of average building performance; however, some buildings do much better than anticipated, and nearly an equal number perform worse than anticipated – sometimes much worse. Why? Sometimes it is that the building is not being used to its designed capacity because of uninformed occupants or facility managers. This programs look at strategies to incorporate operations and maintenance into the design and construction phase. It also looks at how to keep the design and construction teams involved during the operations and maintenance period of occupancy.
Material disclosure. Transparency. Legal responsibilities and duties. Are architects contractually obligated to explain all hazards and potential risks associated with a specified material to their client and potential end user? The law is unclear at this time. Listen to the discussion about the evolving Standard of Care, the difference between hazards and risks, how knowledge affects our duty to warn, how the Precautionary Principle guides architects to disclosure and things you may consider in future HPDs. This discussion is in its infancy but keep an eye on it because transparency may change your Standard of Care.
Hood River Middle School has taken a radical approach to its curriculum. This unit discusses how it’s the middle school campus drives the curriculum that features a net zero energy facility, transparent education and permaculture. Students were involved in the design of structures that drove their education in math, science, food and conservation. But their education often went home as well where they became more involve d in the community. Something that started very small became something very powerful and exciting for the students and the community. Listening to this program will inspire you to use some of these concepts in your next school project.
Our jobs and skillsets are changing with adoption of different technologies. We’re doing fewer routine tasks and more non-routine cognitive tasks. This is also associated with increased stress. Have we modified our interiors to reflect our changing job functions? Lighting, views, sounds and workspace orientation can all be calculated to improve productivity and reduce stress. This program discusses how interiors impact our performance, what stress is and why it can be good for productivity. We also look at the negative impacts of stress on health and productivity. Research is indicating just how important our work environment is to our health.