Power & Responsibility: Visual Stories as Agents of Change

This course looks at the value and power of visual storytelling in green buildings and at the medium of video to not only communicate information emotionally, but as a trans-formative instrument in the marketplace. By using real people, videos can provide insight into stories about projects through language, structure, and character engagement.

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Resiliency in the Eye of the Storm: Lessons from Sandy

This course looks at resilient design considerations and principles, and problems such as risk management in light of the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. The course discusses resilience in terms of such disasters as earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, drought, wildfire, and human causes such as terrorism and political strife, the concept of passive survivability, and how we can build in a more environmentally responsible way.

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Evaluating New York City's Energy Benchmarking Policy

This course looks at New York City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, one of the most comprehensive energy efficiency programs in any city in the world. The course discusses the data that is emerging from this program, how the market is reacting to this data, and other city energy policies. Case studies showcasing benchmarking data are examined in addition to the activities of such organizations as the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP).

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Resilient Envelope Construction: It's All In the Details

This course looks at how resilient buildings are actually constructed, what impacts their performance, where building envelope details go wrong, and how to design the right details and processes to deliver superior building performance. It also discusses material interfaces and other building envelope performance criteria, and how building envelope commissioning can be incorporated into a project for a more resilient building.

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Motivating Green Building Around the World

Trends and data will be shared about the scope of green building activity internationally and will be followed by a panel discussion about the future of green building around the world.

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Linking NYC Energy Database to Tenant Contribution to Economy

Presenters discuss key concepts of research that challenge people to think beyond energy use for measuring efficiency of a building. They argue that building type, size, use, occupancy and economic contribution should also be part of the efficiency discussion. They sought to define the economic contribution of a tenant type and correlate that economic contribution to a building’s energy use.

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The Imperative of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture

Authors Robin Guenther and Gail Vittori discuss their book The Imperative of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture. Heath care building design is grounded in a mission and set s trajectory for future healthcare design and design in other sectors to merge mission and purpose with the ways the built environment is conceived, designed and operated. The program explores how different world locations optimize existing building systems or incorporate new technologies.

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Developers Speak: Effective and Successful Green Multifamily

Three developers share their best practices and experiences of how successful green developers operate in today’s complicated and turbulent world. They address their first experiences with green multifamily projects, present best practices, lessons learned, and hurdles overcome.

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Net Zero Energy Buildings-from Design to Occupancy to Certification

This course is an overview of the Net Zero Energy Building Certification program administered by the International Living Future Institute. The course will look at case study projects that have demonstrated net zero and zero energy performance, strategies for reducing energy demands in different climate zones, and important considerations for net zero buildings during the design, construction and operational phases of a project.

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Wrangling the White Elephant - Reuse Spurring Revitalization.

This course discusses a case study in Cleveland, OH, Saint Luke’s Manor, including LEED Neighborhood Development certification of the site and LEED New Construction aspects of the building, as well as the financial challenges and operational issues overcome to convert this building into an affordable housing solution.

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