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Understanding the Benefits of Cellular PVC Rails, Pergolas and Gutters

This course will offer a basic understanding of the benefits of specifying cellular PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride) railing systems, pergolas and gutters for residential construction projects. Railing systems in residential construction and remodeling have long been considered both decorative and functional however options have been historically limited to architects. Traditional railing materials like natural lumber, vinyl, and composite materials have been the standard choices available for years, but these materials pose several challenges in aesthetics, durability, affordability, and limited design options. Today railing systems can be created using cellular PVC which offers many advantages over traditional railing.

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Innovative Governance for One-Water: Research & Action Plan

Water is scarce in many parts of the world, and as the population grows, water use is increasing. The One-Water movement seeks to reduce potable water waste by reusing and capturing water that is not treated to drinking standards. This two hour session identifies opportunities to accomplishing a one-water approach, as well as identifies barrier sand constraints that are facing leaders in this effort. Barriers exist at micro and macro levels, and incentives to adopt a new water use approach may help the cause. Speakers identify priority steps to achieve a more resourceful water management strategy.

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A Civic Engagement Model for Sustainable Initiatives

Stakeholders from Syracuse, NY address being a post-industrial “legacy city” that is rebuilding for the future. The Connective Corridor project is the largest civic infrastructure project in more than three decades. It will connect Syracuse University to downtown business creating a cultural district that benefits students and permanent residents alike. This program discusses the partnerships, collaboration and strategies that have brought this project to life.

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Not For Certification - Using LEED-ND as a Planning Tool

Climate change continues to drive a discussion on how, and if we can better use our built environment. Whether you believe in climate change or not, local governments and municipalities can take steps to ensure that their communities are better connected through reasonably simple planning. Leveraging LEED-ND as a planning guide will help neighborhoods become more sustainable, whether certification is the goal. This program identifies how communities can use LEED-ND as a planning tool to make developments more sustainable.

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Lichen and the Rock: An Integrated Response to Daylight

Daylighting professionals explain daylighting design principles, criteria and metrics you can use to optimize daylight use for your projects. Specific examples from projects on the University of Washington campus demonstrate tools and techniques used to analyze, manipulate and maximize daylight performance in different types of spaces. They found their inspiration from an unlikely source: lichen growing on a rock.

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Midcentury (Un)Modern: The 1958-73 Office Building

Preservation and retrofit of existing buildings saves energy; but so does new construction. Which is actually less impactful on the environment in a very specific market segment? Preservation and retrofit should go hand-in-hand with the environmental movement, as both are trying to conserve resources. But research shows that retrofits and new construction both have advantages. Presenters discuss the potential benefits and hurdles facing mid-century office buildings in need of energy improvements to meet PlaNYC goals by 2030.

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Certifying Neighborhood Sustainability Around the Globe

Presenters discuss overviews and principles of common sustainable neighborhood rating systems and guides. They introduce why rating systems and guides are important, how they improve communities and the difference between planning and executing a scalable sustainable community. Examples of existing connected, sustainable communities are reviewed in depth to showcase where development is at currently.

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Sustainable Design: Can Performance and Beauty Co-Exist?

Presenters challenge learners to define beauty in architecture by looking beyond the finished aesthetics. Instead, beauty is a combination of the structural scale, connection to nature, how the building makes people feel, materials and performance. Three 2013 AIA Committee on the Environment award winning projects are discussed as they are related to beauty and performance inclusively.

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Cracking the Cost Barrier: Do, or Do Not. There is No Try

This program challenges project team members to step outside of the design-bid-build comfort zone and throw out prescriptive rating systems and processes. The presenters discuss the benefits of integrated project teams, performance metrics, PassivHaus strategies and reveal that energy savings can be delivered at market rate. Through smart design, precise construction, commissioning and testing during occupancy, heating and cooling loads can be significantly reduced and cost savings realized.

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