For the 2012 Green Apple Day of Service, volunteers with the USGBC Orange County Chapter provided a renovation of a 4th grade public school classroom by adding new green finishes, acoustic ceilings, and lighting systems, with a goal of optimizing energy efficiency, lighting quality, thermal comfort, acoustics and IAQ. This presentation will draw on data collection and interviews with teachers and students who occupy the green classroom and provide lessons learned from the project.
This course looks at how stacked function stormwater systems provide benefits including cost savings, reduced environmental impact, and open space creation. Creative policy structures and implementation strategies are required to overcome existing cultural, institutional, and logistical barriers.
Many green standards lack sufficient measures to ensure long-term durability of wall assemblies. Unfortunately, some energy efficient designs, while code compliant may adversely impact durability. The importance of increase moisture management capabilities, such as effective drainage, will be demonstrated using tools and simulations to assist in designing energy-efficient and durable walls.
Effective climate change preparedness and resilience is a challenge for coastal communities, and government agencies at all levels. This session provides and overview of climate change impacts to infrastructure supporting water resources and transportation and the steps U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) are implementing to enhance the climate preparedness and resilience of their water resources and transportation infrastructure.
This course looks closely at sustainability and resiliency, while referencing case studies that were implemented successfully.
This course will look at how electric vehicle charging stations have a world of value beyond LEED credits. It will explore economic, policy, and societal drivers and barriers for EV infrastructure. This course illustrates how EV technology can be dynamically applied in the built environment. Finally, it will explain how these sustainable solutions create models for future transit-offering initiatives.
This course will offer an introduction to the Resilience Manual research and writing process, and then discuss the operational strategies. It will continue by reviewing and discussing building-related strategies before concluding with a discussion on regional resilience implementation.
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.
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.
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.