Get Active - Implementing Active Design in Our Neighborhoods

This session will explore the intersection of Active Design and sustainability. It will look at specific implementation concerns for creating more sustainable communities and neighborhoods using Active Design. This will be addressed while highlighting tools that help practitioners link design to observed neighborhood performance; a LEED Pilot Credit; and case studies detailing implementation strategies that support health in a range of planning, campus, building, and open space projects.

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An Insider's Guide to Optimizing the Value of NZE Buildings

NZE buildings present a compelling value premise but obtaining financing can be a challenge. Learn to analyze NZE from the viewpoint of a valuation expert, and see what creates value in commercial real estate and how to best communicate the value impacting features of your project to the financing team.

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Expanded Thermal Comfort: Breaking New Ground with RMI

Recent work in the field of thermal comfort in buildings has demonstrated the human body’s ability to adapt over a broader range of conditions than traditional heat balance models admitted. ASHRAE Standard 55 offers a definition of a comfort as the result of six variables: air temperature, mean radiant temperature, relative humidity, air velocity, activity level and clothing insulation level. These variables affect occupant comfort, wellbeing, and building energy use. In this synergistic linkage, the expanded thermal comfort range complements passive design approach and further integrates actions and behavioral choices into a building’s comfort strategy.

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Developer's Perspective: Getting to Zero in the Free Market

This session will present the pros, cons, costs, and "greenness" of various net zero approaches, illustrating with existing building examples. In this Level 200 session, participants will evaluate and discuss the most effective approached to net zero, how to leverage synergistic benefits, how to address market barriers, and how society’s current and future laws, incentive structures, and marketplace, can signal us to make the right choices.

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Deep Energy Retrofits Using Performance Contracting

This course will take a look at three key strategies: deep energy retrofits, energy savings performance contracting, and accounting for the full value of deep retrofits. It will also look at three different lenses: public, corporate, and investment commercial real estate. Finally, this course will highlight the best of the best while discussing key questions of relevancy and applicability.

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Infrastructure, Resilience, and Public Space

What role does public space play in the transformation of cities due to climate change? Similarly, what role does infrastructure play in realizing highly performative and beloved public space? The answer—a monumental role! This session looks to answer many of our prescient questions drawing from both real projects and complementary visions of the future.

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Moving Parts: Modular Architecture in a Flat World

This session will discuss a specific proposal for a new type of modular building system based on the re-design of the standard shipping container as a purpose-engineered chassis for mid- to high-rise buildings. The adoption of global intermodal transportation will unleash economies of scale, and global manufacturing, marketing and distribution, and will spawn a new industrial ecology. The ramifications of such a shift to a globally distributed modular building system are far-reaching, and will be felt by architects, planners, developers, builders, and not least of all, consumers of buildings.

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Everything Is Food: Nutrient Systems for Cities & Buildings

Living, productive roofs can signal the meaning of “native to place” for people, buildings, and communities. Growing food in cities contributes toward resilience and abundance. Buildings, sites and cities are opportunities for food production, job creation, and positive community relationships; this session will address aspects of nutrient recovery at the building and community scale. Through the reimagination of acres of underutilized urban rooftops and public spaces, cities can demonstrate and illustrate this potential in numerous and powerful ways.

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Workplace Megatrends: Envisioning the Future

This session will discuss how the workplace of the future will evolve from what we know and experience today through the perspective of: generational change; health and well-being; and sustainability.

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Impact of Green Building on Cognitive Function and Health

This course will be broken into three portions. The first part will look at the existing state of knowledge on buildings and health. Next, it will move on to discuss measuring cognitive function. Finally, the course will wrap up by looking at the COGfx study and discuss it in a greater detail.

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