Unleashing the Capital for a More Sustainable World

This course looks at the infrastructure performance metrics critical to securing merit funding, impact capital, and stakeholder support. The course examines several business cases, offers tools to develop business cases, and provides ways to streamline project cost benefit analysis and risk assessment.

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Secrets of Multiplying Home Remodeling Profits

Simply adding kitchen and laundry room appliances to your project quotes keeps your project moving and your profits climbing.

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How Great Builders and Remodelers Can Leverage Client Feedback and Social Media to Enhance Their Online Reputation

People are talking about your company. What are they saying, and how can you engage in this conversation? For builders and remodelers who focus on delivering exceptional customer service, the opportunity for benefit far outweighs the risk of damage. To thrive in this new reputation economy, your challenge should be to double down on quality service -- it’s more important than ever. For the more ambitious, engage in the online dialog that’s already happening about your business. Read this whitepaper today.

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Using Your Reputation to Gain a Competitive Advantage

The average contractor in the residential building industry has a recommendation rate of around 65%. This means 1 in 3 client’s would not recommend them to a friend. Considering that an unhappy client will tell 10 people about their experience, having a lower recommendation rate makes it harder to grow your business. There are 1000's of builders, remodeler’s and contractors throughout North America who have average recommendation rates of 90%. These businesses represent the best of the best in the residential building industry. If you want to go beyond average, take a lesson from their playbook. This whitepaper focuses on what those companies are doing to stand out and grow their business.

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Frigidaire Builder Solutions

Electrolux and Frigidaire offer a wide range of appliances and kitchen packages to meet every type of consumer and budget, helping builders to sell more homes and increase project delivery.

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Balancing Sustainability and Historic Preservation on a University Campus

The historic preservation committee at the University of Virginia exists to blend Thomas Jefferson’s original vision and architectural style with today’s sustainable building practices. This program reviews why the UVA’s sustainability efforts have been so successful. Each project was treated as a campus improvement, while recognizing that each project is separate from others. Specific challenges of updating original Jefferson buildings gives insight into how historic preservation can trump sustainability goals, but still blend both efforts.

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Federal Programs Use of Certification and HPSB Guiding Principles

The US Government mandates for sustainability have been questioned by popular media. Budget cuts make achieving sustainable building requirements seem like they are not a priority. The truth is that federal agencies have painstakingly reviewed green building rating systems to make recommendations as to which systems are best suited to meet federal laws regarding sustainable construction. This program looks at politics influencing green building certification, how federal agencies are using LEED and specific goals for advancing green building at the federal level.

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Energy-Producing Landscape: Harvesting Power of Urban Locales

Presenters examine high performance landscapes and discuss how landscapes can help create energy, offset energy demand and integrate water, sky and earth elements that make cities and districts more livable and more sustainable. Highlights from three existing projects are discussed.

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Introducing Passive House Standard - A Valuable LEED Partner

It is no secret that buildings use lots of energy. It may surprise some that technology-heavy strategies that reduce energy consumption may actually cost more, and be less efficient than a passive building with little technology. Passive House is a science-driven, conservation focused standard that caps specific energy uses. It is a perfect partner for LEED projects and in many cases strategies to perform to Passive House standards provide points to a higher LEED certification. This program identifies Passive House history, buildings, strategies and LEED synergies.

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Building Asset Ratings: What's the Score?

Do operational statistics really present an accurate picture of building energy performance? Presenters define the difference between operational and asset ratings, and why operation metrics may not paint an accurate picture of potential performance. As we continually seek to improve performance we may have to step beyond what is happening and implement what is possible. Tools and ordinances seeking to do just that are discussed in this thought-provoking program.

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