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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Certifying Naturally Ventilated Buildings for LEED

This session will educate project teams on decision making, tracking and documenting to adequately account for the LEEDv2009-NC-related documentation pertaining to Energy (EAp2, EAc1), Ventilation (EQp1, EQc1, EQc2) and Thermal Comfort (EQc7.1) that can be challenging when natural ventilation is included. This session will also provide insight into how these documentation requirements are evolving from the LEEDv2009-NC system to the LEEDv4 BD+C system.

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Greening Iconic Spaces Where People Gather (Outdoor)

This session will illustrate the benefits of following an integrated planning and design process with community participation by providing two examples of wildly popular places that have 'knocked it out of the park' by successfully updating and enhancing their building stock and managing their operations in a sustainable manner. Presenters will highlight tools and constructs within LEED to inspire session participants to incorporate these approaches into future projects.

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Making Your Company Walk the Sustainability Talk

Many Greenbuild attendees are emerging professionals whose organizations give sustainability and wellness lip service only. Unfortunately, even with one or two people passionate about sustainability, no company will change unless every employee buys in to health and environmental progress. This talk will explain how just a few individuals can change an organization.

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