Biophilic Design: Achieving Broad Adoption (Outdoor)

This session will bring together national experts who are working together to create a Biophilic Design Network that has the goal of achieving broad adoption of Biophilic Design among designers, owners and municipalities. They will share how they are bringing together the wealth of resources and research already developed into a central hub and the new initiatives underway to move Biophilic design into the implementation phase.

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Let's Talk About PVC

In this session, a panel of leading industry experts will discuss how PVC has evolved, open a debate on the material's future in built environment applications, and consider the improvements being made to address long standing environmental and human concerns. The panel represents a wide variety of opinions on the subject of PVC use.

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In a v4 Materials Quandary? Solutions through Collaboration

A panel of three diverse experts representing the working group will discuss their experiences managing the LEED v4 materials credits. Participants will hear about identifying materials that meet the LEED v4 requirements, writing clear specifications, and compiling the appropriate documentation. The presenters will share the tools and processes they developed to incorporate the new materials requirements into the specifications and examine case studies, with an emphasis on how team collaboration is key in successfully completing LEED v4 projects.

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How COP21 & LEED Can Energize A Low-Carbon Built Environment

The panelists will discuss strategies and case studies that unlock increased energy productivity with energy-efficient & smart technologies in buildings, cities and electricity grid to reduce demand side GHG emissions. The Paris Agreement, together with LEED's increased focus on energy efficiency and resilience, will incentivize and energize the necessary changes to deliver a full suite of climate, energy and economic benefits in the built and urban environments.

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California Challenges School Design: ZNE+W

For every new sustainable school building constructed in California, there are thousands of existing buildings with potential to be far more energy and water efficient. This course is about fundamentally changing the conversation about the multi-dimensional value of school campuses and the role of leadership in evaluating investment decisions. This session will give you need-to-know information to formulate your own case-study.

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Sustainability Roadmap: Leading Organizational Change

This session shares practical frameworks, roadmaps and proven methodologies to help you assess your current situation and identify strategic areas for improvement; develop change management strategies to ensure widespread adoption of new processes and project delivery methodologies and institutionalize systems and feedback loops for continuous improvement.

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LEED-ND Platinum Plan, Kashiwa-no-ha, Innovation Campus

This session will explore the adaptation of a highly sustainable district with LEED-ND and Ecodistrict principles. The Panel will run a mock community engagement process consistent with NPD Credit Community Outreach and Involvement to help identify community and business interests to support an active civic realm. During this exercise, the attendees will explore ways to activate streets and connect diverse building activities consistent with NPD Credits Walkable Streets and Mixed Use Neighborhoods.

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Living Buildings: Affordable Housing on the Cutting Edge

Panelists from three California pilots will share specific examples of designs and systems that are emerging as best practices, discuss obstacles to achieving the LBC goals, and identify the cost/benefit of various options. They will also offer their experience dealing with California regulatory agencies.

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Green Codes & LEED: Do We Need Both?

How do we connect what has happened in LEED with green codes such as CALGreen, International Green Construction Code (IgCC) or ASHRAE Standard 189.1? In 2014, a harmonization of the sustainable building movement was announced - IgCC, ASHRAE 189.1, and LEED Rating System have aGreen to present a unified framework for voluntary and code level green building programs by 2018. So how do we marry codes with leadership standards? Can they coexist, and is there room for both in the private sector and in public policy?

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Finding Thermal Nirvana: Creativity in Thermal Design

The session will provide a brief introduction to the biology and physics of thermal comfort, then outline the critical steps in the thermal design process. We'll discuss creating a 'thermal program' and 'thermal pathway' early in each project. Next we'll discuss innovative ways of analyzing and predicting thermal comfort. We'll share tools and analysis methods and discuss how we use this information to push the boundary of conventional design.

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