Affordable Green Neighborhoods Support Public Health

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.

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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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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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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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Rapidly Changing Codes

What You Need to Know About Green Building, presented by Jay Hall, Ph.D., Jay Hall & Associates. Energy codes have been changing dramatically over the last several years, and green programs have been scrambling to keep up. Anything built to code today will become obsolete more quickly than a building built to a beyond-code spec. Green building is now the incubator for coming code changes.

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