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Thermal Bridging Solutions to Improve Building Envelope Performance

Thermal bridging is a big concern in the building industry, it has been recognized as a significant factor in building envelope heat loss. By reducing heat flow through a building’s thermal envelope we can reduce energy consumption as well as prevent potential condensation issues. Building codes have increased requirements of building enclosures requiring ‘continuous insulation’ without thermal bridging. Thermal break materials can be used to reduce heat loss in wall assemblies, transitions and structural connections throughout the building envelope. They can minimize building energy loss and improve building envelope performance.

This course will provide an overview to thermal bridging, discussing the reasons why it occurs as well as how it can be prevented. This course will also compare building details with and without thermal break solutions to highlight the importance of determining accurate values of thermal transmittance.

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The Unique Benefits of PVC Windows in Multifamily Housing (Print Course)

Numerous case studies and full lifecycle assessments based on real sustainability criteria demonstrate that PVC windows provide measurable benefits and solve many of the problems architects and owners face with alternative window systems.

This course will explore the use of PVC windows in multifamily housing and will discuss market forces driving demand as well as the environmental, economic, and functional impacts of integrating PVC windows. This learning unit will also provide guidelines for helping architects select PVC window profiles that best meet a project’s performance, aesthetic, and budgetary criteria.

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Understanding Regulatory Compliance for Water Efficiency in Commercial Plumbing

This course seeks to inform architects and LEED professionals, as well as plumbing engineers and designers, about the various aspects of regulatory compliance for plumbing fixtures. The course will review the history and adoption of plumbing codes, standards, and certifications. The course will also provide detailed analysis of how these can help reduce water consumption while maintaining maximum performance.

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Conserving Water with Reclaimed Water Flushometers

Commercial facilities using reclaimed water for flushing toilets and urinals should be mindful of the negative impact this harsher water can have on the plumbing systems, including flushometers. New flushometers are available that have been specifically engineered for reclaimed water applications.

This course will cover the importance of water conservation, how reclaimed water contributes to water conservation, the risks that reclaimed water poses for traditional flushometers, and how new reclaimed water flushometers address these risks, as well as reclaimed water flushometer options available on the market today.

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The Environmental and Economic Benefits of Synthetic Grass

Not your grandmother’s artificial grass…Heightened environmental awareness and the soaring costs and inconvenience of natural grass landscaping have given rise to a new generation of synthetic turf systems that are beneficial for increasingly diverse applications. A common thread is the connection between reduced environmental impact and increased economic benefits.

This course will provide the background and history of synthetic turf systems stems and their common uses and will address the numerous benefits of synthetic versus artificial turf. In addition, this learning unit will explain how to select a high-quality synthetic turf system as a sustainable way to conserve resources while saving time and money.

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Making a Home Greener with Replacement Windows and Patio Doors

The definition of a green or sustainable home has broadened and deepened over the decades. Experience, knowledge, and innovations developed by architects, contractors, and manufacturers have produced a set of criteria which signals that a house is thoughtfully designed and built. During a renovation, features and assets that were not considered when the home was first built can now be included. Those sustainable criteria to consider specifying in a renovation include durability, energy efficiency, comfort, and health. We’ll start out discussing each of them as they apply to windows and patio doors, and clarify the details that make a window efficient.

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Improving Multifamily Engagement Through Human Dimension

This course looks at how to optimize multifamily energy efficiency savings using psychosocial research results. It will help you understand the value of uncovering program participant’s intrinsic motivations. Finally, this course will help you to see how NYSERDA’s multifamily program reflected deep human insights in messaging and engagement strategies designed to support the complex set of actions associated with deep retrofit programs.

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Retrofitting a Single Family Home Targeting Net Zero Water

Whirlpool Corporation and the Kohler Company retrofitted a home for net zero water performance. The goal was for the home to use only the water that was available onsite. Whirlpool and Kohler will discuss the project, the equipment used in the home, the challenges and results of the water retrofit.

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Green Neighborhoods as Catalysts for Workforce Development

How can green building investments and initiative serve as platforms for on-going, long-term economic development? This panel looks at how two green neighborhood initiatives (the construction of a LEED-ND in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a renewable energy retrofit in San Francisco, CA) resulted in the creation of two ongoing sustainable workforces for at-risk youth and hard to employ workers.

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