This course looks at the evolution of materials in the built environment and how they relate to the new Material ingredients credit in LEED v4. The course discusses how to develop and evaluate healthy sustainable products and the relationships between different inventory and evaluation tools such as the Health Product Declaration, GreenScreen, LCA/EPD, Pharos, and Cradle-to-Cradle Certified. The course concludes by explaining how to use the evaluation tool metrics to create healthy and sustainable materials.
This course looks at resilient design considerations and principles, and problems such as risk management in light of the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. The course discusses resilience in terms of such disasters as earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, drought, wildfire, and human causes such as terrorism and political strife, the concept of passive survivability, and how we can build in a more environmentally responsible way.
This course looks at the U.S. Army’s Net Zero efforts in the areas of building energy, water, and waste, and examines the largest LEED gold hospital in the army’s inventory. The course also discusses how using roadmaps can help achieve Net Zero goals, and how to leverage, collaborate, and work with private sector investors to implement Net Zero strategies.
This course looks at New York City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, one of the most comprehensive energy efficiency programs in any city in the world. The course discusses the data that is emerging from this program, how the market is reacting to this data, and other city energy policies. Case studies showcasing benchmarking data are examined in addition to the activities of such organizations as the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP).
This program is a review of multifaceted research that has been conducted in the past four years. It introduces a tool that architects, engineers and school principals can use to determine the best design strategies to retrofit schools and aid in early design decisions for new schools. Thousands of simulations were conducted and condensed to five controversial strategies that go against the grain of common tactics.
This course challenges learners to think of products in a new way. To see that much of the mass of product we buy is waste, and the actual benefits of the products are reduced by the energy required to create the product, packaging, distribution, and so forth. When applied to the built environment, what are the simplest requirements of a home? The concept of resource performance is discussed in detail and challenges participants to answer the question: “Can we do more with less?”
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 how manufacturers and consumers can promote transparency and the elimination of toxic chemicals through better communication. The course covers the challenges of eliminating Red List ingredients from a project, manufacturer barriers to transparency, and how Declare’s reporting protocol aligns with that of other programs.
This course discusses the cost/benefit implications of building to Zero Net Energy and Living Building Challenge standards. It looks closely at the construction costs of next generation green buildings, and compares it to both LEED and non-LEED buildings. It also compares high-performance buildings to their energy goals and strategies.
This course looks at the value of LEED-ND to support the creation of healthier, more sustainable communities that improve public health. The course covers the theory, principles, and measures of improving public health through the built environment in accordance with LEED-ND; how health indicators can support the design of healthy, sustainable communities; and presents case studies where LEED-ND principles have resulted in more sustainable communities that improve public health.