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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Top Daylighting: A Circadian Health and Wellness Perspective

This course illustrates how top daylighting (daylight penetration through the roof) design strategies produce positive biological responses affecting employee health and well-being. Learners will examine how exposure to “skydome dynamic daylight” throughout the workday provides all biologically relevant criteria for positive circadian system impact. This course will help identify new ways of informing stakeholders of the payback analysis for top daylighting strategies when examined through the filter of employee health.

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Designing with Continuous Insulation for Thermal and Moisture Management

This course discusses some basic building science fundamentals, while looking at specific code requirements in the IRC, IBC and the international energy conservation code. It addresses why some of the trade-offs and differences exist between those two sets of code requirements. Lastly, we'll work through an example and the decision making process to determine the continuous insulation and vapor retarder requirements for a project in a specific climate zone.

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Simpler, Faster Product Selection for LEED v4

This high-touch, deeply interactive session begins includes an audience 'mindful shopping' challenge along with dramatic storytelling and other narrative tools, exploring how the product selection process breaks down-then offers clear, actionable solutions. Panel members explore challenges that owners, designers, general contractors, and manufacturers face in trying to meet new demands without losing sight of functional performance, beauty, or cost.

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Green Cleaning at the Googleplex

This course looks at how Google aims to create the healthiest workplaces possible to improve the overall health and well-being of Googlers. Green Cleaning is a key component of ensuring that Google meets that goal. Ensuring that Google's spaces are cleaned in the healthiest way possible is no small feat; Google employs special coordination and approaches to ensure the company meets its Green Cleaning goals with its offices in over 150 cities spanning 60 countries with over 50,000 employees globally.

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Social Equity Gets Real

This course will identify key social equity issues and lay out steps that build community support to enhance outcomes for everyone - workers, residents and users, and the community. It will bring the perspective of designers, policy makers, and developers sharing a spectrum of projects, from affordable housing, where social equity planning is a fundamental goal and ideal starting point, to market rate projects where a proactive, integrative approach has been successful in addressing social justice issues. Finally, this session will introduce three pilot LEED credits for Social Equity available for projects pursuing LEED certification.

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Designing for Circadian Rhythms

Armed with a new workflow and a deeper understanding of the influence of light on circadian rhythms, designers can now incorporate a deeper understanding of the luminous environment into their design process. Today ZGF has developed with the University of Washington a proprietary tool that applies research conducted at Renssealaer Polytechnic Institute to the built environment. The benefits are wide-ranging, including the reduction of seasonal affective disorder, greater productivity, more thorough absorption of medicine by the body, and increased overall health.

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Biophilic Design: Achieving Broad Adoption (Outdoor)

This session will bring together national experts who are working together to create a Biophilic Design Network that has the goal of achieving broad adoption of Biophilic Design among designers, owners and municipalities. They will share how they are bringing together the wealth of resources and research already developed into a central hub and the new initiatives underway to move Biophilic design into the implementation phase.

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Green Qualities of Spray Foam Insulation (Print Course)

Spray foam is an alternative to traditional fiberglass insulation. Its unique qualities make it extremely effective, environmentally friendly, and cost-efficient. This course will provide an overview of how spray foam insulation compares to traditional insulation materials. The course will define spray foams for interior and exterior use, explain how spray foam insulation functions in residential and commercial buildings, and provide detailed information about the advantages of spray foam as a tool for reducing energy consumption and carbon footprints. The course will also discuss the use of recycled, renewable, and green materials in the production and application of spray foam.

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Understanding Hazard, Exposure, and Risk in the Built Environment (Print Course)

This article will review basic concepts that could change how you look at materials and your materials specification processes. It begins with understanding the differences between hazard, exposure and risk or danger – the importance of considering product use and exposure and the limitations of using a hazard-only decision making process when selecting building materials. This article also will describe some tools, guidance and resources available for evaluating products and materials to help achieve both a high quality construction project, and one that is safe for building occupants. Finally, this article will provide information to help you use building materials safely.

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