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.
Propane as a Solution to Meeting Code and Above-Code Programs â€“ Using High Efficiency Propane Systems as a Compliance Strategy
Nothing is driving greater change in the home building industry than energy efficiency, but prior to 2015 the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) didn't address mechanical equipment such as furnaces and water heaters. The 2015 IECC now includes a new compliance path called the Energy Rating Index allowing builders more choices in how to meet the energy code.
In addition, builders can determine how to use propane to their maximum advantage under the ERI pathway by determining their homesâ€™ Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index. The HERS Index predicts the energy performance of a home versus a "typical new home" benchmarked at a score of 100.
This course will take a closer look at how high efficiency propane equipment such as furnaces and water heaters provide flexibility in meeting 2015 IECC standards and help reduce a homeâ€™s HERS Index, in addition to helping projects gain points in above-code programs such as LEED and the National Green Building Standard.
This course will teach the learners about stormwater in Seattle. It will discuss the Seattle 2030 District and 2030 Water Goal and calculator.
This course looks at how stacked function stormwater systems provide benefits including cost savings, reduced environmental impact, and open space creation. Creative policy structures and implementation strategies are required to overcome existing cultural, institutional, and logistical barriers.
The City of Los Angeles upgrades streetlights to Cree LEDway luminaries to achieve an estimated energy and maintenance cost savings of 10million annually.
Solar power is increasingly becoming a viable option in new construction projects as energy prices rise and the installation cost of solar arrays come down. But despite the desire to save energy and conserve natural resources, many building projects avoid onsite power generation options because solar arrays can detract from the aesthetic of the building. Besides the often utility look of traditional rack-mounted solar modules, designing a roof structure to support the additional weight of solar modules can be both a financial and practical limitation.
Today, however, new solar module technology allows for elegant simplicity that can provide for abundant energy generation without disrupting the architectural lines of a roof. Flat, flexible, peel and stick style solar modules offer a wide range of installation options that are fast, affordable, lightweight, and attractive. As an additional benefit, new flexible solar modules are also much more durable and resilient, especially in high wind zones.
This white paper seeks to provide an overview of the regulatory landscape as it applies to apartment operators recouping utility costs from residents, while highlighting industry best practices to ensure both maximum compliance and cost recovery, as well as promoting conservation among residents.
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