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.
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.
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.
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.
This course looks at using Life Cycle Analysis and Environmental Product Declarations as optimization tools for designers and contractors. The course will discuss how Life Cycle Analysis has been incorporated into LEED v4 and how it can be used to analyze an entire building, as well as inform design decisions.
This course looks at the critical problems of toxicity of the built environment. This course will help learners understand the economic benefits of greening their business, and also the importance to push manufacturers to make non-toxic ingredient decisions.
This course looks at the relationship between the built environment and the health of U.S. citizens. The course covers issues such as health challenges of the 21 century; includes numerous health statistics related to health care expenditures, life expectancy, obesity, lack of exercise, and poor food choices; and proposes principles for building healthy places.
This course looks at how the study of nature as a designer (biomimicry) can help to transform the built environment. It discusses how to achieve bio-inspired designs to solve some of the building industry’s most difficult challenges, and shows actual design solutions that have been modeled on designs found in nature.
This course looks at common building failures observed by commissioning agents and envelope specialists, and discusses the importance of building commissioning.