Principles of Grout

This course will introduce the basics of grouting, such as the needs and successful applications. It will cover why we do it, what we use, and how it is done. The content includes an industry overview as well as discussion on grout technologies, installation procedures and tools of the trade.

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Advanced Seamless Stone Surfacing

Floor and wall surfacing, both inside and outside, present a variety of challenges with regard to aesthetics, performance and longevity. Waterproofness, durability and safety are also important factors when considering the right surfacing material for your application. This course will explore conventional methods for surfacing a variety of building applications. It will then compare these systems with advanced seamless stone in the categories of bond strength, resurfacing, waterproofing, moisture management, crack remediation, ADA compliance, aesthetics, longevity and sustainability.

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Better Benchmarking: Comparing Sustainability Performance

As the quality of existing benchmarks has come into question, the search for improvement has increased demands on reporters. Does benchmarking actually drive better results, or is it a fundamentally flawed distraction? Join leaders in data-driven benchmarking to discuss challenges and new approaches to comparing sustainability performance of buildings.

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ASHRAE 90.1-2016: Changing How Buildings Are Built

This session covers modifications in ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016 that are significantly important to designers and policy-makers. Presenters will discuss changes in Building Envelope, Mechanical Systems, and Lighting Systems. They also will explain the new compliance path G, which can be used for both minimum code requirements and above-code programs.

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How Real-time Energy Visualization Can Inform City Design

In the age of big data, new tools, increasing access to information, and decentralized computing are allowing us to make smarter decisions faster. Session covers integration of multivariable optimization and real-time data visualization into the early stages of the planning and design process to create more sustainable and resilient communities.

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Fitwel: Driving Occupant Health & Wellness in the Built Environment

There is growing evidence that buildings impact the health, well-being and productivity of occupants. Fitwel is a cost-effective, high-impact building certification that positively impacts building occupant wellness through improvements to workplace design and policies. This session will provide an overview of Fitwel and company case study examples using the system.

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How to Recover Your Investments in Sustainability

This session will use real world examples and resources to discuss how to get your sustainability program paid for by selling the value proposition to stakeholders and leveraging appropriate third-party financing options.

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Green Chemistry: Inventing Biomimicry Technologies in a Circular Economy

While there have been some examples of the circular economy designed and deployed in many industrial settings, the vast majority of industrial products and processes continue to exist disconnected and unsustainable over the long run. The pathway to create most of these technological ecosystems will require the inventive application of green chemistry (the molecular level mechanistic underpinnings of sustainability). This presentation will describe examples of how organizations seeking a circular strategy benefit from integrating the principles of green chemistry with product design, manufacturing and supply chain management.

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Steps to a Healthy Lightstyle: Circadian Lighting Discussion

Healthy lighting is a lifestyle for our expert panelists, but we do not all agree on the benefits being publicly expressed. With questions remaining in circadian lighting research and development, the design community is left wondering what we should do. Our panelists debate next steps.

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Getting Smart About Sustainable Cities

What are “Smart Cities”? A look into the technologies being implemented and how they are a means to achieving sustainability and resiliency goals. How are city governments and their partners implementing such projects to meet community goals? First-hand examples of these efforts from the Cities of Boston and Orlando.

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