In this course, you will learn how and why a major US Health Care System achieved benchmark performance in energy and environmental stewardship. Through examining the journey of Gundersen Health System, understand how to approach and balance a goal of energy independence that relies on both energy efficiency and renewable energy generation. Understand some of the tools available to get the job done, while being environmentally and fiscally responsible.
Whirlpool Corporation and the Kohler Company retrofitted a home for net zero water performance. The goal was for the home to use only the water that was available onsite. Whirlpool and Kohler will discuss the project, the equipment used in the home, the challenges and results of the water retrofit.
How can green building investments and initiative serve as platforms for on-going, long-term economic development? This panel looks at how two green neighborhood initiatives (the construction of a LEED-ND in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a renewable energy retrofit in San Francisco, CA) resulted in the creation of two ongoing sustainable workforces for at-risk youth and hard to employ workers.
Explore a new model for net zero in affordable housing using integrated design and ongoing community engagement. Recognized as the 2014 Green Builder Affordable Home of the Year, the Eco-Village community in River Falls, Wisconsin, is living proof that sustainable homes can provide tangible economic and social benefits to homeowners.
Unless you’ve lost your passport or been a victim of a crime overseas, you probably haven’t given much thought to U.S. diplomatic buildings abroad. We’ll give a brief introduction to U.S. diplomatic buildings and the energy challenges associated with their operation. This course will discuss the mandates under which we operate and share the finances, lessons learned, and impact of the PV program.
In response to Superstorm Sandy, Stevens Institute of Technology students have designed and built the SURE HOUSE, a Sustainable + Resilient prototype for flood-proof coastal housing. This course looks at the first place home in the 2015 Solar Decathlon as a study into the integration of building science, solar power, flood-proof construction.
Historic Preservation and LEED: The Beaux Arts 17-story structure was constructed in 1897, and sat in disrepair with untapped potential. This session explores the new vision for the building to completely rehab the structure and convert it into high-end luxury apartments for the Millennial generation, including making it the second LEED residential high-end apartment building in Philadelphia, and the city’s only application of adaptive reuse into LEED.
For the 2012 Green Apple Day of Service, volunteers with the USGBC Orange County Chapter provided a renovation of a 4th grade public school classroom by adding new green finishes, acoustic ceilings, and lighting systems, with a goal of optimizing energy efficiency, lighting quality, thermal comfort, acoustics and IAQ. This presentation will draw on data collection and interviews with teachers and students who occupy the green classroom and provide lessons learned from the project.
This course looks at how stacked function stormwater systems provide benefits including cost savings, reduced environmental impact, and open space creation. Creative policy structures and implementation strategies are required to overcome existing cultural, institutional, and logistical barriers.
Many green standards lack sufficient measures to ensure long-term durability of wall assemblies. Unfortunately, some energy efficient designs, while code compliant may adversely impact durability. The importance of increase moisture management capabilities, such as effective drainage, will be demonstrated using tools and simulations to assist in designing energy-efficient and durable walls.