Air Distribution: Commercial Design and Architecture

The purpose of this course is to educate building owners, architects and developers on modern, innovative commercial building air-conditioning systems that use water as the primary medium to transfer heat energy to and from the building interior efficiently. It will also focus on the consideration for occupant comfort and health.


Lighting Design: Zurich's North American HQ

System Integration between lighting control and solar adaptive shades creates a comfortable and flexible work environment that fosters communication and collaboration while saving time and energy.

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Evolution of Glass and Performance Coatings

This course will address glass basics and the part it can play in building performance. It covers the ways glass can enhance building performance and focuses on energy savings. It looks at the human experiences within the spaces that you create. Finally, we will discuss a set of considerations you’ll want to have in mind as you embark on your next building project involving glass, while highlighting some upcoming trends.


Life Cycle Assessment of Concrete Buildings (Print Course)

When looking at the environmental impact of a building, it is important to assess every stage of the environmental life cycle: from material extraction to product manufacturing, to building operations and maintenance, through end-of-life. Concrete offers environmental attributes that help reduce overall environmental life cycle impacts of a building. This course explores how life cycle assessment can be used to measure and lower the environmental impacts of buildings.


Cutting Carbon by Matching Owners + Pro Bono Professionals

EPA is connecting building owners with licensed professionals who are willing to provide verification services on a cost-free, pro bono basis. By performing this valuable public service, licensed professionals will significantly increase the number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings, inspire others to raise the performance level of their facilities, and help an organization of their choice that otherwise would not be recognized for their outstanding achievement.


Sewage Waste Heat Recovery...the Energy Beneath our Cities!

Municipal sewage systems across the United States contain millions of Btu's of energy flowing every day. This energy source is not only a constant flowing resource but also a constant temperature, which allows operation of conventional heat pumps to extract heat during winter operation and dump heat to this source during summer operation, creating the most operationally efficient infrastructure for building HVAC and plumbing systems. The presentation will review case studies to better understand the options available for heat exchanger applications and the various building systems approaches taken utilizing them.


The Convergence of Distributed Power Generation & Storage and the Internet of Things

'Distributed clean renewable energy' and the 'Internet of Things' are in the process of crashing on the shore of civilization's built environment. This presentation will explain how the underlying construct of these technologies will impact our built environment. The course will focus on new participatory energy model of individually net zero powered buildings in a network of smart electric powered microgrids - the ENERNET.


Zero Net Energy as an Agent of Change

This session will take participants on a journey through time, to consider the future of the built environment as ZNE becomes the norm.The presentations will focus on larger-scale corporate, energy and policy discussions that will drive what building owners, community organizations and decision makers will need to grapple with as they attempt to meet this ZNE future. Throughout this discussion, the presenters will focus on the real-life challenges that are likely to be encountered by stakeholders as a ZNE world develops.


Better than Expected: Outperforming Energy Models

This session will provide a high level discussion of five large, energy-intensive laboratory and hospital buildings by comparing before/after energy data; outline key energy efficiency approaches employed by the projects; and identify how/why the projects are performing better than anticipated. This includes a discussion of the impact that green building programs like LEED and energy reporting requirements have on building energy performance and the relationships between modeled and measured energy data.


How COP21 & LEED Can Energize A Low-Carbon Built Environment

The panelists will discuss strategies and case studies that unlock increased energy productivity with energy-efficient & smart technologies in buildings, cities and electricity grid to reduce demand side GHG emissions. The Paris Agreement, together with LEED's increased focus on energy efficiency and resilience, will incentivize and energize the necessary changes to deliver a full suite of climate, energy and economic benefits in the built and urban environments.