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.
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.
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.
The Payback calculator will quickly scope out just what you can save based on wattage, hours of operation, number of fixtures and other parameters.
This course will look at how electric vehicle charging stations have a world of value beyond LEED credits. It will explore economic, policy, and societal drivers and barriers for EV infrastructure. This course illustrates how EV technology can be dynamically applied in the built environment. Finally, it will explain how these sustainable solutions create models for future transit-offering initiatives.
This session will explore the intersection of Active Design and sustainability. It will look at specific implementation concerns for creating more sustainable communities and neighborhoods using Active Design. This will be addressed while highlighting tools that help practitioners link design to observed neighborhood performance; a LEED Pilot Credit; and case studies detailing implementation strategies that support health in a range of planning, campus, building, and open space projects.
This session will engage a diverse audience in a live LEED Lab charrette simulation experience. University faculty, facilities staff, and external consultants will demonstrate how fostering meaningful partnerships using an educational platform are transforming the environmental sustainability of the built environment.
GreenPro is a pest management service standard recognized by USGBC. In 2015, GreenPro changed to allow pest management firms to submit their green pest management programs for certification. Attendees of this session will evaluate various pest management services for compliance with GreenPro (and thus eligibility for LEED credits). Attendees will leave this session with a greater understanding of the tasks performed and tools used by pest management professionals so that we can work with pest management professionals to make schools, offices, and homes great for people, but bad for pests.
This course looks at what we mean by makers and micro-manufacturers and why this group is so important. Social, economic, environmental all impact the makers of sustainable best practices for the makers. This course looks at what we can learn from the Etsy Brooklyn HQ for designers and makers on projects of scale and how you can get involved.
Affordable housing policies and funding mechanisms incentivize LEED for Homes and other green building certification programs to promote energy efficiency, comfort, durability and water efficiency. This course looks at what we are really paying to achieve these credits, and if it is worth the benefits.