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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course will review the latest advances in fluid applied air barrier materials. We will discuss air leakage and air leakage control, the key properties of fluid applied air barrier materials and how to specify these systems for the building envelope. Finally, we will address some specific details for installation of fluid applied air and water barrier systems and will incorporate learnings from certified installers.
For moisture-conscious commercial and residential owners, architects, general contractors, building engineers, masonry contractors and others, there is now a nearly foolproof way to effectively manage moisture infiltration regardless of the facade. Read 10 reasons why Mortairvent® from the Geotextiles Division of Advanced Building Products has rewritten the playbook on commercial and residential cavity wall moisture control.
Commercial and residential architects know all about unintended consequences. In the drive to build ever-tighter, energy-conserving buildings, the result often includes an unwelcome outcome: wall failure from moisture. Learn more about our engineered rain screen drainage mat.
Tensile structures date back to the early nomadic period when people required shelter that was lightweight and portable, yet structurally sound enough to withstand harsh weather. Today, the applications and capabilities of tensile structures have evolved into permanent structures such as retail centers and institutional facilities, including museums and grandiose stadiums. This course will look at the unique visual character of tensile membrane and give designers, architects and engineers the ability to experiment with form and create exciting new solutions to conventional design problems.
This course looks at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, a 49,000-square-foot net zero energy office building completed in 2012 in Los Altos, California, that obtained a LEED platinum rating. The course explains the key design goals and strategies needed to achieve a net zero energy building, how to assess actual performance and improve building performance. Lessons learned for future projects designs are also covered.