What We Can Learn from LEED's Critics

This course will look at meta-critiques of LEED and the USGBC including specific complaints, how USGBC responded to these complaints, and what can be learned from them.

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A LEED School: Renovation, Addition, Community, & Curriculum.

This course looks at the process of creating and getting support for cost-effective green schools. The course covers issues such as the synergies between LEED credits and categories to maximize sustainability, how to develop a green school curriculum using the building as a teaching tool, and how to get-buy in support and identify key stakeholders.

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LEED for Healthcare: Lessons Learned from the First 3 Years

This course looks at key lessons learned from the application of LEED for Healthcare 2009 on active projects around the U.S. and the world, and describes changes made to LEED HC 2009 as well as new approaches incorporated into LEED HC v4. The course covers challenges to meeting the rating system and credit requirements and how projects have overcome them, and identifies the most appropriate project types for LEED HC as well as how to apply these credits to other building types such as healthcare renovation projects.

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LEED, Materials and Health

This course looks at the goals and progress to date of a grant the USGBC received from Google, and includes discussion of the thinking behind the LEED v4 Materials Ingredients credit background as it relates to this grant.

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Curiosities, Proposals and Innovations from LEED Projects Abroad

This course looks at LEED as a global rating system and discusses the challenges and opportunities in implementing LEED outside the United States.

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Code Dread: Keeping up with ASHRAE and LEED.

This course looks at the major changes to ASHRAE 90.1-2010 through the lens of a case study project where energy modeling was used to determine the new standard’s effects on energy savings and LEED certification.

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Understanding the Benefits of VRF Zoning in Renovations and Retrofits

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning technology is a fast growing type of cooling and heating technology currently used in commercial building renovations and retrofits, among other applications. This learning unit will build a better understanding of the features and benefits as well as the advantages of a ductless Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning that a (HVAC) system can provide.

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The Energy Efficiency Challenge: Understanding New Codes and Standards (UPDATED)

The current U.S. energy consumption is not sustainable and the impact of our energy consumption is driving unprecedented changes in housing design and construction methods to reduce home energy use, create greater efficiencies, improve comfort and reduce monthly expenses for the homeowner. This course will take a closer look at residential energy use and how the changes in building codes and standards are driving improved energy performance in homes. We will take a look at new design and construction methods, materials, and systems that can be used to help reduce the energy requirements of homes and make them more efficient.

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An Introduction to ETFE Architecture (PRINT VERSION)

Tensile structures have been used for thousands of years. Their simplicity and efficiency have brought about a recent increased awareness of, and demand for, tensile architecture. Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, or ETFE, is a relatively new product within the tensile membrane industry in the United States, and it is growing in popularity. It is a fluorine based plastic that was developed to be strong across a wide range of temperatures and be highly resistive to corrosion. This course provides a brief background on the following: ETFE architecture; the benefits of ETFE structures over traditional building techniques; identifying the complete design through construction process for creating an ETFE structure; as well as learning how to select the correct ETFE system and the key properties and performance measures of each.

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Industry Bulletin: Affordable Housing Preparedness for TRACS 202D Modification

Lack of readiness for TRACS 202D compliance at the time of its release carries no fine or penalty, however major consequences arise for those not compliant by the end of the transition period.

If your organization has not made the necessary adjustments to remain compliant you will be unable to submit HAP vouchers after the final cutover date and as a result will not get paid by HUD.

Read this paper to find out what's new, the impact you and how you can get prepared.

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