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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Zero Net Energy as an Agent of Change

This session will take participants on a journey through time, to consider the future of the built environment as ZNE becomes the norm.The presentations will focus on larger-scale corporate, energy and policy discussions that will drive what building owners, community organizations and decision makers will need to grapple with as they attempt to meet this ZNE future. Throughout this discussion, the presenters will focus on the real-life challenges that are likely to be encountered by stakeholders as a ZNE world develops.

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Getting to Zero:User Engagement in Achieving Net Zero Energy

As the architecture and engineering industry continues to focus on improving the energy performance of buildings, it's clear that some energy saving measures are outside the designer's control. This session will discuss how user engagement was incorporated in the design process on case study projects including the net-zero energy capable school for the NYC School district and the proposed net-zero energy King Open and Cambridge Street Upper schools in Cambridge, MA.

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Better than Expected: Outperforming Energy Models

This session will provide a high level discussion of five large, energy-intensive laboratory and hospital buildings by comparing before/after energy data; outline key energy efficiency approaches employed by the projects; and identify how/why the projects are performing better than anticipated. This includes a discussion of the impact that green building programs like LEED and energy reporting requirements have on building energy performance and the relationships between modeled and measured energy data.

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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 developmentā€™s one-year anniversary, offering a timely opportunity to share its story.

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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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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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