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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.