Trending Strategies for Universal Design

Universal Design has broadened to address aspects of inclusion, health, and social equity, while continuing to champion smart design for people with disabilities. The panelists will discuss innovative approaches to practicing Universal Design that are simple, smart, and intuitive design concepts to create better environments for all building occupants.

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Biophilic Urban Acupuncture

As our cities expand and densify simultaneously, there is a need to design places to connect people to nature. This session articulates the need for biophilic interventions in urban places, offers good examples found in NYC and Phoenix, and suggests solutions you can take now to help in your city.

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Linking the Science to Design for Our Children

Learn the enriching science behind cognitive function and how physiology informs design to create spaces with healthy indoor environments for our children. Understand the linkage from the science, through to design strategies, and how rating system implementation can positively impact cognitive performance.

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Reducing CO2 through ZNE - The Story of 4 Institutions

Zero net energy (ZNE) buildings and carbon (CO2) neutral campuses are becoming more prevalent. We will look at how a variety of institutions are achieving these goals, discuss data on national trends, offer first-hand experience in the pursuit of ZNE buildings and CO2 neutral campuses, and predict what's next.

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Renewable Heating and Cooling - The Missing Link

During this session we will discuss the ways different cities across the U.S. are supporting the integration RH&C technologies into local markets. Panelists will talk about the methods they've used to analyze market opportunities, develop strategic partnerships, and advance thermal decarbonization programs and policies.

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Transforming Markets: Healthier Building Materials

Harvard University and Google will share their experiences and lessons learned from being at the forefront of a national movement to make building materials healthier.

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Leveraging Partnerships to Drive Energy Savings on Campus

Continuous evolution of project types coupled with innovative partnerships between facility owners, utility companies, and IoT companies are transforming how we identify, achieve and sustain energy efficiency. Following this approach, MIT's Efficiency Forward Program has achieved savings of 55 Million kWh and 1.5 Million therms. Come learn how.

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From Today's Parking to Tomorrow's Sustainable Mobility

A revolution in technologies in both the parking and transportation industries offers parking asset owners the opportunity to steer and accelerate the adoption of sustainable and healthy mobility choices. See how Stanford University, Brookfield, and other owners are leading the transformation through the Parksmart All-In certification program.

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"Checking In" on Sustainability in Hotels

This session will feature case studies and lessons learned from renowned hotel owners and sustainability consultants that are driving utility cost reduction programs in the hospitality industry at the property-level and across national hotel brands, from budget hotels to five-star luxury resorts.

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High-Performing, Resilient Wood-Framed Roofs

During this course, we will discuss what resiliency means in our built environment. It will continue on to discuss why this topic has risen to its level of importance today. We will also talk about some of the design aspects related to resiliency. Finally, this course covers the performance characteristics we should look for in resilient design.

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