Indoor Environments and Health

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.

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LEED Certification Update

This course will provide a behind the scenes look at what the USGBC technical staff does to support the LEED certification process, and will introduce new offerings from GBCI such as the LEED Coach program and the Proven Provider program.

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Frontiers in Research: Health, Material Transparency, Social Equity, Business Strategy

This course will identify peer-reviewed scientific literature that pertains to health and building materials across the life cycle, and will analyze this body of literature to determine trends in research.

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Challenges & Opportunities: Demand Response & Peak Load Reduction

This course will discuss LEED v4 Credit EA: Demand Response, including the credit’s intent, requirements, and efforts to drive the adoption of demand response and permanent peak load reduction in commercial buildings.

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Future-Proofing Buildings - Resilience in the Age of Climate Change

This course will help you to understand the hazards of climate change and the associated risks for the built environment. You will learn how to assess the risk and vulnerability of specific climate change hazards, and identify best practices to increase resilience and build adaptive capacity.

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A Tale of Two Centers: Applying Lessons Learned to New Design

This course will use two case studies to identify lessons learned in sustainable design, including the energy potential and cost impacts of renewable energy systems, how the economics of net-zero energy drive design decisions, and how energy modeling, airflow modeling and daylighting simulation incorporated into an integrated design process can optimize performance.

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Daylight Simulation at Four Architecture Firms

This course will discuss how four architecture firms approach daylighting design.

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LEED v4 Lessons Learned

This course will help you to understand the LEED v4 program from the perspective of project team members, improvements to the program, and how it raises the bar for green buildings.

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LEED v4 Update

This course will provide a general overview of LEED v4, including the overarching changes between LEED 2009 and LEED v4, the LEED v4 development approach, and resources available to LEED v4 projects.

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Spatial Daylight Autonomy - How the Metric Informs Design Decisions

This course will look defining what daylighting is and discuss the metrics. It covers the sDA and ASE calculation process. This course also highlights daylighting design research by looking at orientation, location, depth of space, surface reflectance, and many other factors.

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