Building Resilience: Expanding the Concept of Sustainability (Online Version)

This course considers 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 how wood structure can be utilized to meet evolving resilience objectives.

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Multifamily, Mid-Rise Buildings Using Wood Construction - A Cost-Effective and Sustainable Choice for Achieving High Performance Goals (Print Course)

Multifamily housing is an active part of design and construction activity across the U.S. Steel, concrete and masonry typically come to mind as structural materials; in recent years wood construction has become popular due to its cost-effective, code-compliant, and sustainable attributes. This article will review reasons for the rising popularity of wood in multifamily buildings, review code compliance and fire safety considerations, and discuss techniques for successful wood building designs.

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Roofing Options: Alternative Roofing Systems

Roofing Options is a review of the many different roof system options available to the designer. It provides a basic examination of the most common types of low-slope commercial roofing systems including each system’s strengths and weaknesses, life cycle expectations, installation and cost considerations, energy conservation impacts and other sustainable considerations.

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The Clause and Effect of Green Leasing

The session will discuss quantifying green lease benefits and return on investment, increasing asset value, and improving tenant satisfaction. This session goes beyond the basics of green leases and dives into specific'culprit clauses' that are frequently struck or altered in leases. Discussion will include energy efficiency, net-zero energy in leases, the challenges of solar installations and power purchase agreements, and impacts on tenant space use and wellness, including efforts to meet LEED ID+C and WELL Building Standard requirements.

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Addressing the Drought: Commercial, Industrial, and Homes

The panel will discuss domestic and global water conservation from various viewpoints including: industrial/manufacturing facilities, offices, data centers, and homes. They will share experiences on how to measure/benchmark water usage in different building types, understand a site's water balance, determine goals for water impact reduction and discover methods to implement water conservation measures (WCMs) including LEED tactics in commercial, industrial and residential applications.

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Celebrating 'Parkitecture' and Beyond: Building for Resilience and Stewardship

National parks are in the middle of the largest building boom in history, a wave of resilient and sustainable construction, while building for a carbon constrained and uncertain climate-changing world. This course looks at the demand is to build resilience and address climate change while providing ever-growing numbers of guests who want and value the park experiences.

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Rethinking Water: A District Solution -- Financing and Operating Building Water Recycling Systems

In this session, we will present a case study on the visionary Hassalo on Eighth project located in Portland, Oregon. The project boasts one of the largest building greywater and blackwater recycling systems in the United States. Greenbuild 2016 will mark the development’s one-year anniversary, offering a timely opportunity to share its story.

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Let's Talk About PVC

In this session, a panel of leading industry experts will discuss how PVC has evolved, open a debate on the material's future in built environment applications, and consider the improvements being made to address long standing environmental and human concerns. The panel represents a wide variety of opinions on the subject of PVC use.

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The Urban Skyscraper as a Resilient Refuge (Outdoor)

This session will explore how current design methodologies for urban skyscrapers can be modified to better respond to the outcomes of extreme weather events such as sea level rise, intense storms, high winds, abnormal precipitation, and extended periods of heat and cold. Panelists will share how to reframe programmatic, architectural, structural and mechanical approaches to skyscraper design, such as incorporating new standards. The panel will address how resilient urban skyscrapers might go beyond protecting themselves and their occupants to serve as refuges and resources to the surrounding community.

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A Comparative Analysis of Residential Siding Products

This course will provide a survey of the most common residential siding options, including an in-depth exploration of treated engineered wood siding. This learning unit will identify the pros and cons of each residential siding option, and will also explore the environmental impacts of each throughout its life cycle. Finally, this course will explore ways in which treated engineered wood siding can contribute to earning points or meeting standards of leading green building certification programs.

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