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.

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Building Materials Matter - Life Cycle View Supports Informed Choices, Contributes to Sustainable Design (Print Course)

A focus on energy efficiency has led to widespread improvements in structural building materials. With an abundance of information and competing environmental claims, determining a material’s true impacts is a challenge. This course examines materials throughout their life cycles and focuses on international research supporting the use of wood while considering some advantages of concrete and steel; it also touches on efforts of all three industries to lessen environmental impacts.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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California Challenges School Design: ZNE+W

For every new sustainable school building constructed in California, there are thousands of existing buildings with potential to be far more energy and water efficient. This course is about fundamentally changing the conversation about the multi-dimensional value of school campuses and the role of leadership in evaluating investment decisions. This session will give you need-to-know information to formulate your own case-study.

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On Good Behavior: Human Factors + Building Performance

Find out how lessons from scientific research can impact building performance. Hear from behavior experts about how to effectively engage the passive majority of building occupants to facilitate substantive, positive impacts on performance, health, and wellbeing in the built environment. A cognitive scientist and sociologist will share insights into how social norms and human behavior can be leveraged for this purpose. Learn how to identify target audiences, frame messages, and implement positive measures effectively. Concrete examples of success and lessons learned - both outside and within the building industry - will be shared by each speaker.

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The Evolution of Continuous Insulation (Print Course)

During the past 20 years, the building sector has seen a significant shift around the use of continuous insulation (CI). Evolving from what was once perceived as an advanced greenbuilding, high-efficiency option, CI is now a standard method and materials practice across most climatic regions. This course will discuss what continuous insulation is, the driver behind its rise, performance benefits, codes and standards, and current material solutions.

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Building Resilience: Expanding the Concept of Sustainability with Wood Building Systems (Print Course)

This course will consider traditional wood framing and mass timber systems in the context of resilience, including performance during and after earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters, as well as the relevance of wood’s light carbon footprint and low embodied energy. It will describe how building codes and standards such as the National Design Specification® for Wood Construction support resilience, and consider how wood structures can meet evolving resilience objectives.

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Sustainable Design for Windows

It has become very important for architects to understand how to choose a sustainable window and window frame system that will promote comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and longevity through quality construction. Learn more about Sustainable Design for Windows and how choosing an ENERGY STAR® rated window can contribute towards LEED for Homes credit.

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