Recent work in the field of thermal comfort in buildings has demonstrated the human body’s ability to adapt over a broader range of conditions than traditional heat balance models admitted. ASHRAE Standard 55 offers a definition of a comfort as the result of six variables: air temperature, mean radiant temperature, relative humidity, air velocity, activity level and clothing insulation level. These variables affect occupant comfort, wellbeing, and building energy use. In this synergistic linkage, the expanded thermal comfort range complements passive design approach and further integrates actions and behavioral choices into a building’s comfort strategy.
This session will present the pros, cons, costs, and "greenness" of various net zero approaches, illustrating with existing building examples. In this Level 200 session, participants will evaluate and discuss the most effective approached to net zero, how to leverage synergistic benefits, how to address market barriers, and how society’s current and future laws, incentive structures, and marketplace, can signal us to make the right choices.
This course will take a look at three key strategies: deep energy retrofits, energy savings performance contracting, and accounting for the full value of deep retrofits. It will also look at three different lenses: public, corporate, and investment commercial real estate. Finally, this course will highlight the best of the best while discussing key questions of relevancy and applicability.
What role does public space play in the transformation of cities due to climate change? Similarly, what role does infrastructure play in realizing highly performative and beloved public space? The answer—a monumental role! This session looks to answer many of our prescient questions drawing from both real projects and complementary visions of the future.
This session will discuss a specific proposal for a new type of modular building system based on the re-design of the standard shipping container as a purpose-engineered chassis for mid- to high-rise buildings. The adoption of global intermodal transportation will unleash economies of scale, and global manufacturing, marketing and distribution, and will spawn a new industrial ecology. The ramifications of such a shift to a globally distributed modular building system are far-reaching, and will be felt by architects, planners, developers, builders, and not least of all, consumers of buildings.
Living, productive roofs can signal the meaning of “native to place” for people, buildings, and communities. Growing food in cities contributes toward resilience and abundance. Buildings, sites and cities are opportunities for food production, job creation, and positive community relationships; this session will address aspects of nutrient recovery at the building and community scale. Through the reimagination of acres of underutilized urban rooftops and public spaces, cities can demonstrate and illustrate this potential in numerous and powerful ways.
This session will discuss how the workplace of the future will evolve from what we know and experience today through the perspective of: generational change; health and well-being; and sustainability.
This course will be broken into three portions. The first part will look at the existing state of knowledge on buildings and health. Next, it will move on to discuss measuring cognitive function. Finally, the course will wrap up by looking at the COGfx study and discuss it in a greater detail.
Lighting design for office buildings has focused largely on providing sufficient illumination for visual performance, minimal glare, good color rendering and energy efficiency. Little attention has been given to understanding how light affects the non-visual systems, including circadian regulation that affects sleep and mood. This course will discuss basic information about the importance of light and dark for entertaining circadian rhythms will be discussed. Findings from the field evaluation will also be presented with some “lessons learned” on how to maximize daylight and electric lighting in a space to increase circadian stimulation.
Expert panelists define circadian lighting and provide insight as to how it impacts the human body. Referencing the WELL Building Standard®, an evidence-based performance standard for measuring and certifying building features that impact occupant health and wellness, learn how to design for circadian lighting in different environments. What does a circadian smart space look like? Are there tradeoffs? Panelists will present examples of technologies that help accomplish these metrics, and show images of completed projects that have implemented circadian-smart designs.