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.

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Polymer Trims and Mouldings Deliver on Style, Beauty, and Durability

Exterior building products should be easy to work with and offer design flexibility, durability, and low maintenance. Cellular polymer trim and moulding provides a finished look, playing a key role in tying together building elements such as eaves, windows, doors, corners, and columns.

These architectural elements increase curb appeal, add visual interest, and protect edges and openings from the elements. Cellular polymer trim and mouldings provide these attributes because they are impervious to moisture and do not need paint for protection.

This course will cover the safety, durability, and performance benefits of cellular polymer trim and moulding, as well as best practices for meeting code and safety standards.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Strategy and technology for monitoring performance and IEQ

Health and well-being has emerged as a critical performance dimension for green buildings. Today, practitioners are working to protect occupants from outdoor pollution, enhance cognitive performance, and provide comfort for occupants. Moving forward, we need match these intentions with measured outcomes using a new generation of tools.

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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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