Next Generation Environmental Impact & Cost Analysis

This course looks at lifecycle thinking as it addresses major environmental impacts throughout a product’s life, something LEED V4 recognizes. The course explains how the integration of Life Cycle Cost (LCC) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) into BIM takes this a step further and investigate how to incorporate disconnected operational and embodied impact consideration to provide holistic resource-efficient buildings.

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Building Product Bingo: Practical Tools for Material Health

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.

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Resiliency in the Eye of the Storm: Lessons from Sandy

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.

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Net Zero - A Program or Philosophy

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.

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Evaluating New York City's Energy Benchmarking Policy

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).

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20/20: Evidence-Based Deep Retrofit Strategies for Smart Schools

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.

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Dematerializing the Built Environment: In Theory & Practice

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?”

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Wrangling the White Elephant - Reuse Spurring Revitalization.

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.

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Transforming the Materials Market via Radical Transparency

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.

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The Power of Zero: Optimizing Value for Next Gen Green

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.

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