Building Innovation and Performance in Schools – High Performance Systems Improve the Learning Environment (Print Course)

There is a proven and strong correlation between students’ academic performance and a school’s physical condition. Distractions and health issues arise when indoor air quality, lighting, acoustics, or thermal comfort is poor. Improving these environmental factors enhances learning, results in higher test scores, and increases daily attendance. High performance HVAC systems as well as innovative renewable energy sources can play a large role in creating an environment conducive to learning, while also serving as a teaching tool for students.

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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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Neighborhood Renewal through Lasting Community Partnerships

Camden is regularly cited as one of the most impoverished cities in the U.S. It also features low high school graduation rates, high unemployment and residents dedicated to changing that. Hundreds of residents created a non-profit group to better their community, starting with a vision statement and mission, they have succeeded. This unit describes the steps taken to start revitalizing the Parkside neighborhood in Camden, Mass., through community engagement.

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Green Schools Investment Guide

This course looks at how to finance and implement green school building retrofits by incorporating insights in student performance and health, and building energy efficiency to address school decision-maker concerns about costs. The course proposes the use of tools like the Green School Investment Guide to help incorporate the learning and environmental impact of green improvements into the overall cost-benefit analysis and examines models that successfully finance school improvements.

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Green Ribbon School: Integrating Sustainability & Education

This course looks at the attributes of Green Ribbon Schools, such as their ability to reduce environmental impacts and costs, to improve the health and wellness of students and staff, and to provide effective environmental and sustainability education. The course discusses how to create synergies among curricula, architecture, and sustainability to enhance education and how to tap available resources to implement sustainable design curricula to create schools that are effective teaching tools.

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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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From Idea to Icon - Designing and Building with Tensile Architecture (PRINT VERSION)

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.

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Tired to Inspired - Achieving ZNE in Existing Buildings

Principals of three projects trying to achieve zero net energy discuss details of these existing buildings, their approaches to achieve ZNE, the integrated design process and performance results.

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Energy Efficiency Law & Order: Leaping Today's Hurdles

Energy efficiency is a hot topic but discussions often focus on technological or financials barriers preventing or slowing advancement. The discussion addresses advancements that have been made and how early barriers have been overcome.

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The Imperative of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture

Authors Robin Guenther and Gail Vittori discuss their book The Imperative of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture. Heath care building design is grounded in a mission and set s trajectory for future healthcare design and design in other sectors to merge mission and purpose with the ways the built environment is conceived, designed and operated. The program explores how different world locations optimize existing building systems or incorporate new technologies.

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