Zero Net Energy as an Agent of Change

This session will take participants on a journey through time, to consider the future of the built environment as ZNE becomes the norm.The presentations will focus on larger-scale corporate, energy and policy discussions that will drive what building owners, community organizations and decision makers will need to grapple with as they attempt to meet this ZNE future. Throughout this discussion, the presenters will focus on the real-life challenges that are likely to be encountered by stakeholders as a ZNE world develops.

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Getting to Zero:User Engagement in Achieving Net Zero Energy

As the architecture and engineering industry continues to focus on improving the energy performance of buildings, it's clear that some energy saving measures are outside the designer's control. This session will discuss how user engagement was incorporated in the design process on case study projects including the net-zero energy capable school for the NYC School district and the proposed net-zero energy King Open and Cambridge Street Upper schools in Cambridge, MA.

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Better than Expected: Outperforming Energy Models

This session will provide a high level discussion of five large, energy-intensive laboratory and hospital buildings by comparing before/after energy data; outline key energy efficiency approaches employed by the projects; and identify how/why the projects are performing better than anticipated. This includes a discussion of the impact that green building programs like LEED and energy reporting requirements have on building energy performance and the relationships between modeled and measured energy data.

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Addressing the Drought: Commercial, Industrial, and Homes

The panel will discuss domestic and global water conservation from various viewpoints including: industrial/manufacturing facilities, offices, data centers, and homes. They will share experiences on how to measure/benchmark water usage in different building types, understand a site's water balance, determine goals for water impact reduction and discover methods to implement water conservation measures (WCMs) including LEED tactics in commercial, industrial and residential applications.

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Celebrating 'Parkitecture' and Beyond: Building for Resilience and Stewardship

National parks are in the middle of the largest building boom in history, a wave of resilient and sustainable construction, while building for a carbon constrained and uncertain climate-changing world. This course looks at the demand is to build resilience and address climate change while providing ever-growing numbers of guests who want and value the park experiences.

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Rethinking Water: A District Solution -- Financing and Operating Building Water Recycling Systems

In this session, we will present a case study on the visionary Hassalo on Eighth project located in Portland, Oregon. The project boasts one of the largest building greywater and blackwater recycling systems in the United States. Greenbuild 2016 will mark the developmentā€™s one-year anniversary, offering a timely opportunity to share its story.

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Past the Green Wall: Google Pittsburgh's Biophilic Workplace

This session will detail how and why ethnography, workplace strategy, and workshops were leveraged to understand the organization's culture and workspace needs. The presenters will illustrate some of the findings and how analytics were performed to support the design strategies. The presenters will demonstrate examples of the elements of biophilia that were incorporated into the design that went far beyond 'the green wall.' In closing, a discussion of 'what's next' will describe how feedback and post-occupancy evaluations will affect the use and fine tuning of the space.

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Designing for Circadian Rhythms

Armed with a new workflow and a deeper understanding of the influence of light on circadian rhythms, designers can now incorporate a deeper understanding of the luminous environment into their design process. Today ZGF has developed with the University of Washington a proprietary tool that applies research conducted at Renssealaer Polytechnic Institute to the built environment. The benefits are wide-ranging, including the reduction of seasonal affective disorder, greater productivity, more thorough absorption of medicine by the body, and increased overall health.

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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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