Balancing Sustainability and Historic Preservation on a University Campus

The historic preservation committee at the University of Virginia exists to blend Thomas Jefferson’s original vision and architectural style with today’s sustainable building practices. This program reviews why the UVA’s sustainability efforts have been so successful. Each project was treated as a campus improvement, while recognizing that each project is separate from others. Specific challenges of updating original Jefferson buildings gives insight into how historic preservation can trump sustainability goals, but still blend both efforts.

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Federal Programs Use of Certification and HPSB Guiding Principles

The US Government mandates for sustainability have been questioned by popular media. Budget cuts make achieving sustainable building requirements seem like they are not a priority. The truth is that federal agencies have painstakingly reviewed green building rating systems to make recommendations as to which systems are best suited to meet federal laws regarding sustainable construction. This program looks at politics influencing green building certification, how federal agencies are using LEED and specific goals for advancing green building at the federal level.

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Introducing Passive House Standard - A Valuable LEED Partner

It is no secret that buildings use lots of energy. It may surprise some that technology-heavy strategies that reduce energy consumption may actually cost more, and be less efficient than a passive building with little technology. Passive House is a science-driven, conservation focused standard that caps specific energy uses. It is a perfect partner for LEED projects and in many cases strategies to perform to Passive House standards provide points to a higher LEED certification. This program identifies Passive House history, buildings, strategies and LEED synergies.

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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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