Implementing District Scale Recreational Stormwater Systems

This course looks at how stacked function stormwater systems provide benefits including cost savings, reduced environmental impact, and open space creation. Creative policy structures and implementation strategies are required to overcome existing cultural, institutional, and logistical barriers.

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Moisture Durability Opportunities in Green Standards / Codes

Many green standards lack sufficient measures to ensure long-term durability of wall assemblies. Unfortunately, some energy efficient designs, while code compliant may adversely impact durability. The importance of increase moisture management capabilities, such as effective drainage, will be demonstrated using tools and simulations to assist in designing energy-efficient and durable walls.

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Climate Preparedness & Resilience of Coastal Infrastructure

Effective climate change preparedness and resilience is a challenge for coastal communities, and government agencies at all levels. This session provides and overview of climate change impacts to infrastructure supporting water resources and transportation and the steps U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) are implementing to enhance the climate preparedness and resilience of their water resources and transportation infrastructure.

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Big to Boutique: How Diverse Practices Approach Resiliency

This course looks closely at sustainability and resiliency, while referencing case studies that were implemented successfully.

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Driving the Future of Green: The Value of EVs Beyond LEED

This course will look at how electric vehicle charging stations have a world of value beyond LEED credits. It will explore economic, policy, and societal drivers and barriers for EV infrastructure. This course illustrates how EV technology can be dynamically applied in the built environment. Finally, it will explain how these sustainable solutions create models for future transit-offering initiatives.

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Climate Ready Multifamily Buildings - Resilient Communities

This course will offer an introduction to the Resilience Manual research and writing process, and then discuss the operational strategies. It will continue by reviewing and discussing building-related strategies before concluding with a discussion on regional resilience implementation.

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Get Active - Implementing Active Design in Our Neighborhoods

This session will explore the intersection of Active Design and sustainability. It will look at specific implementation concerns for creating more sustainable communities and neighborhoods using Active Design. This will be addressed while highlighting tools that help practitioners link design to observed neighborhood performance; a LEED Pilot Credit; and case studies detailing implementation strategies that support health in a range of planning, campus, building, and open space projects.

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An Insider's Guide to Optimizing the Value of NZE Buildings

NZE buildings present a compelling value premise but obtaining financing can be a challenge. Learn to analyze NZE from the viewpoint of a valuation expert, and see what creates value in commercial real estate and how to best communicate the value impacting features of your project to the financing team.

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Expanded Thermal Comfort: Breaking New Ground with RMI

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.

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Developer's Perspective: Getting to Zero in the Free Market

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.

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