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.
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.
Wood and Indoor Environment - Creating Beneficial Spaces for Living, Working, Well-Being (Print Course)
The objectives of sustainable design are broader than just environmental effects, having come to embrace issues of human health and performance. Many factors influence whether a building has a positive or negative impact on its occupants. This course highlights remarkable buildings where the use of wood as a structural or finish material has made a unique contribution, with a focus on indoor air quality, acoustics, physical health, and a natural, positive human response to wood that has always been intuitive, but is increasingly being proven by research and experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore a new model for net zero in affordable housing using integrated design and ongoing community engagement. Recognized as the 2014 Green Builder Affordable Home of the Year, the Eco-Village community in River Falls, Wisconsin, is living proof that sustainable homes can provide tangible economic and social benefits to homeowners.
Unless you’ve lost your passport or been a victim of a crime overseas, you probably haven’t given much thought to U.S. diplomatic buildings abroad. We’ll give a brief introduction to U.S. diplomatic buildings and the energy challenges associated with their operation. This course will discuss the mandates under which we operate and share the finances, lessons learned, and impact of the PV program.
Historic Preservation and LEED: The Beaux Arts 17-story structure was constructed in 1897, and sat in disrepair with untapped potential. This session explores the new vision for the building to completely rehab the structure and convert it into high-end luxury apartments for the Millennial generation, including making it the second LEED residential high-end apartment building in Philadelphia, and the city’s only application of adaptive reuse into LEED.