Occupant Aware Buildings, or Building Aware Occupants?

As technology and intuitive interfaces enable occupants to become more aware about buildings, buildings are becoming more aware of them. Smart buildings leveraging big data collected from thousands of inexpensive sensors and the IoT, promises to improve convenience and comfort, all in a more sustainable manner. Is this a win-win?

High performance buildings with passive design strategies require engaged occupants. Training these occupants for hoped behavioral changes, is both an imperative and a challenge. Even if trained people forget or don't care, or the specific people occupying a building changes.

Does this mean ultimately your building may know more about you than you are comfortable with, even though you are more comfortable in your building? Is the next generation of high performance only possible at the expense of personal privacy? Can we count on this additional layer of systems complexity to be reliable, affordable, maintainable and secure?

Register

Green Building Data: The Map to Avoiding Legal Issues

As an expert on green buildings, you are probably handling large volumes of sensitive data on green buildings & sustainable infrastructure. Some of this data may include sensitive information such as company financials, employee health statistics and building design details to aggregated and non-sensitive information such as, internal energy usage patterns and performance metrics.

What is the route that this data takes? Are there any laws which prevent its sharing? Does this data need to be destroyed at some point? Can this data be published in academic writings or industry reports of the recipient? Is the “processed data” liable to be treated differently?

This course discusses data security needs & challenges across sectors and international boundaries.

Register

Redefining Sustainable Design: The New AIA COTE Measures

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) is the oldest U.S. program dedicated to sustainable design. In 1997, COTE introduced its annual Top Ten Awards, “the profession's best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence” (AIA), to celebrate exemplary projects and give the industry guidance on how to integrate green building principles. In 2015, to mark its 25th anniversary, COTE embarked on a landmark research initiative to study the first two decades of Top Ten, published in 2016 as Lessons from the Leading Edge. Part of the research was to revisit the program’s criteria of evaluation, known as the COTE Measures of Sustainable Design. The result of this effort was to overhaul the program with a completely new set of principles and metrics. The 2017 Top Ten Awards are the first year to use new criteria such as economic impact and more robust metrics for health and resilience. In this presentation, three members of the COTE Advisory Group will present the new criteria and engage the audience in a lively discussion about what defines sustainable design.

Register

A Model Zoning Code for Resilient Communities

This course will provide learners with an understanding of how land use codes impact resiliency through barriers and incentives. It will help you gain an understanding of the positive impact on health and productivity from codes promoting resiliency, review case studies detailing principals of natural ventilation, daylighting and onsite energy production.

Register

Clarifying Product Transparencies - Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental and Health Product Declarations (Print Course)

The best route to a sustainable building is knowing what’s in the materials used to build it, but questions remain among manufacturers and buyers about how to evaluate and compare the environmental profiles of similar building products and materials.

Product transparency reports like Environmental Product Declarations, Health Product Declarations and Declare labels help meet this challenge.

This course will discuss how these tools collectively provide information about the environmental performance and impact of products and offer an objective means of comparing similar products.

Register

The Built Environment Transformed: Circular Models in Action

Successful partnerships, such as that of Staples, Davies Office and RIT, are mobilizing market transformation for more healthy, sustainable built environments through circular business models. Leaders from RIT, Staples, and Davies Office discuss strategy and implementation tactics for bringing remanufactured office furniture into the mainstream B2B commercial interiors market.

Register

Biophilic Design Interactive: Research Tools & Tech

It takes an average of 17 years for research evidence to become practice. How can we change this paradigm to more rapidly understand and share effective examples of biophilic design? Interactive activities will ensure participants learn from, contribute to, and engage with Biophilic Design to help achieve broader adoption.

Register

Get More Green: Research Links Energy Efficiency & Profits

This session will explore research aiming to analyze potential links between green buildings and financial performance in commercial real estate. Experts from UNC Chapel Hill, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Principal Real Estate Investors will discuss research challenges, data matching and aggregation efforts, and insights from recent studies.

Register

Material Transparency – Positive Revelations

How do you prioritize your healthy and environmental building goals and make better building material decisions?” Let’s get positive - with 10 positive actions that you can take to optimize products right now.

Register

Black(water) is the New H20 – Water Re-use Emerging Trends

Blackwater re-use pioneers share lessons learned on accelerating projects. Perspectives from architecture, planner, & design engineer efforts, Stanford's new demo center, & low-energy emerging tech.

Register