Propane as a Solution to Meeting Code and Above-Code Programs – Using High Efficiency Propane Systems as a Compliance Strategy

Nothing is driving greater change in the home building industry than energy efficiency, but prior to 2015 the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) didn’t address mechanical equipment such as furnaces and water heaters. The 2015 IECC now includes a new compliance path called the Energy Rating Index allowing builders more choices in how to meet the energy code. This course will take a closer look at how high efficiency propane equipment such as furnaces and water heaters provide flexibility in meeting 2015 IECC standards and help reduce a home’s HERS Index, in addition to helping projects gain points in above-code programs such as LEED and the National Green Building Standard.

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The Future of Urbanization (Print Course)

Today, more than half of us live in cities, and by 2050, this proportion is expected to increase to 67%. As urbanization becomes a global trend, the struggle to efficiently and sustainably grow our cities will only intensify. More people need more buildings, more energy, and more infrastructure, and this puts increased pressure on resources and the environment.

The challenges we face can seem daunting, but the good news is that raw material suppliers, building material manufacturers, architects, and engineers are creating innovative solutions that can help the building industry rise to meet these challenges in order to build the sustainable and resilient cities of the future.

This course will explore what the future of urbanization could look like through the lens of energy reduction, power supply, and efficient construction. We will examine innovative materials and technologies that will help cities, and their citizens, thrive as we make our way through the 21st century.

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Settling In: Sustainable Strategies for Designing Affordable Multifamily Housing Programs (Print Course)

”Affordability restrictions are set to expire on more than 250,000 multifamily units across the country” and “unsubsidized affordable rental housing continues to decline,” notes the U.S. Department of Energy. These facts, in addition to stagnant salaries and rising rental prices, has made affordable multifamily housing an area of concern for developers, architects, designers, communities, and potential residents alike.

This course seeks to provide specifiers with strategies to design sustainable, affordable multifamily housing by understanding code basics, leveraging zoning laws, and considering material durability. A case study examining the potential of affordable multifamily housing projects to become Living Building Challenge certified will also be examined.

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Case Studies in Chemical Innovations that Support the UN Sustainable Development Goals

This course will introduce the six United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are specifically related to architecture and design, and will examine technologies and practices that the chemical industry is implementing to support these initiatives. We will explore the SDGs through the lens of several case studies that seek to improve energy efficiency, long term durability, and air quality through design.

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The Sustainable Design and Responsible Supply Chain Management of Terrazzo Light Solutions (Print Course)

This course will help readers understand the importance and relationship of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the supply chain, how innovations in the supply chain can improve overall sustainability, and how these developments paved the way for an existing product, terrazzo, to enhance a commercial design project’s LEED status when it’s infused with new patented light technology.

Several case studies examining the use of fiber optics in terrazzo slabs will be referenced to demonstrate the various ways in which CSR, a transparent supply chain, and an innovative product can work together to achieve more sustainable design.

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5 Critical Take-Aways from the 2020 BUILDER Concept Home

Hear Sekisui House, Ltd., Marketing General Manager Norio Adachi on what bringing ChĹŤwa to the United States market means to Sekisui House, its leaders, its partners, and its worldwide team of associates.

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Energy Options for Off Grid Homes - The Role of Propane in Off Grid Designs

Off Grid Homes, or homes that are completely independent of traditional utilities like the electric grid, are an increasingly popular design option. There are several motivations for an Off Grid Home design, such as a remote location or very expensive costs for a grid connection.

The energy systems for an Off Grid Home differ significantly from those used in most grid-connected homes, and typically incorporate renewables, battery storage, and a back-up power generator. The selection of appliances and other energy-consuming devices in an Off Grid Home is a detailed process that relies on energy efficiency, non-electric alternatives for thermal loads, and careful design of the home’s envelope. This course discusses all of these issues.

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Uncovering a Building’s Heartbeat Sensormatically

While energy use is a key component in building management, it is important that resource use not overshadow a building's purpose: to provide an adequate (or even enhanced) space for humans or machines to operate. Managing this interdependency between comfort and energy is not easy, but it's essential for high performance spaces as changing occupant comfort demands can consume significant amounts of energy. While optimizing each in isolation is simpler, the results could lead to less than ideal outcomes.

As managers seek to optimize both energy use and comfort, well-placed sensors and data collection systems can provide objective, useful, and actionable information. Building energy meters separated by panel, circuit, or receptacle are useful in determining, where, when, and how energy is being used. Comfort can be divided into visual, thermal, acoustic, and air quality categories. Sensors are able to measure each category in order to determine which aspects of comfort might be insufficient. Ultimately, the sensor data can be analyzed to establish linkages and tradeoffs and can lead to solutions that optimize both factors. Four different projects are presented to demonstrate how energy and comfort can be balanced at a building, campus, and program level.

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Strategic Electrification, Decarbonization, and the Role of Advanced Heat Pump Technology (Print Course)

Some areas of the country, such as New England, New York, the Mid-Atlantic states, and California, are moving progressively towards adopting clean energy with the ultimate goal of reducing their carbon footprint. Strategic electrification, which includes building decarbonization and the adoption of heat pump technologies, is one of the ways in which states and organizations are striving towards a cleaner, sustainable, and economically beneficial future.

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Collaborating for Sustainability in Leased Space

Energy efficiency and sustainability have multiple benefits for commercial building occupants. Now, many forward-thinking corporations are employing sustainability tactics and focusing real estate strategy to attract and retain top talent, minimize operating expenses, and drive occupant comfort, health, and productivity. New technologies, a rapidly developing business case, and increasing research are making it easier for more organizations, across sectors, to leverage sustainability to capitalize on the same trends that are rapidly becoming the norm in top-of-the-market, class-A real estate. However, as tenants progress from site selection to occupancy, it becomes increasingly difficult to invest in sustainability. Tenants and landlords should collaborate early to maximize sustainability throughout the life of the tenant-landlord relationship.

In 2015, Congress passed the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, which directed several federal agencies, including EPA and DOE to identify and employ appropriate strategies to incentivize and engage commercial landlords and tenants to collaborate towards energy efficiency. This panel will discuss the opportunities that legislation will create for tenants and corporate occupiers to leverage energy efficiency and sustainability to meet corporate social responsibility goals and earn public recognition for their success. Panelists will also introduce a variety of tools and resources that are currently available to the market.

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