Universal Design 101

Richard Duncan offers a primer on designing, marketing, and selling homes that make life easier on every member of the family.
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Luxury Kitchen Specification For Aging in Place, Forward-Thinking Options for the Mature Client

This educational unit has been designed to educate architects, designers, contractors and installers about Specifying Luxury Kitchens for Aging in Place. The need for kitchens with Universal Design, which are accessible for the greatest number of users no matter what their ability or disability, is spelled out. The percentage of the population over 65 is fast growing, and the vast majority of people want to stay in their homes as they age, but most homes are woefully inadequate to be safe and accessible for this population. This course describes general design considerations to make a luxury kitchen suitable for all users, and indicates which features in cooking and refrigeration appliances are safe and accessible.


Not For Certification - Using LEED-ND as a Planning Tool

Climate change continues to drive a discussion on how, and if we can better use our built environment. Whether you believe in climate change or not, local governments and municipalities can take steps to ensure that their communities are better connected through reasonably simple planning. Leveraging LEED-ND as a planning guide will help neighborhoods become more sustainable, whether certification is the goal. This program identifies how communities can use LEED-ND as a planning tool to make developments more sustainable.


The New Sustain-Ability: Design for All Abilities

This course looks closely at the definition and background of Universal Design. It gets you thinking broadly about sustainability, while covering the seven principles of universal design. Finally, it discusses sustainability in practice with universal design.


Year One: The True Story of a Net Zero Energy Building

This course looks at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, a 49,000-square-foot net zero energy office building completed in 2012 in Los Altos, California, that obtained a LEED platinum rating. The course explains the key design goals and strategies needed to achieve a net zero energy building, how to assess actual performance and improve building performance. Lessons learned for future projects designs are also covered.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.