Healthy Hospitals: Kaiser Permanente's Sustainable Benchmark

This session explores the integrated design and construction process for the new Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, focusing on passive design, energy and comfort systems, and construction innovation, including a virtual reality tour of the central plant, that culminated in the hospital's LEED 2009 BD+C Platinum certification.

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Kicking Carbon for Credits: LEED v4 Whole-Building LCA

Come hear experts in whole-building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) provide the guidance the panelists wished they had received before launching into LCA, giving participants the means to implement LCA effectively and achieve points for the LEED v4 BD+C Whole Building LCA option in the Life Cycle Impact Reduction Credit.

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How You Can be an Effective Advocate

Many of our nation’s environmental accomplishments are endangered. Given the significant implications for health and climate change, it is crucial to know how to influence public policy. This non-partisan, how-to session will help you answer the question: “How can I have an impact on issues that matter to me?”.

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Optimizing Acoustic Performance of Wood Buildings (Print Course)

Design teams must integrate building systems to create a high performance building that also enhances the health and wellbeing of occupants. This course will explore how to achieve optimal acoustic performance in wood building systems with proper design of walls and floors/ceilings.

The course will examine acoustical codes, integrating acoustics into sustainable design, construction detailing and case studies where acoustics were prioritized to optimize indoor environmental quality.

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Discover New Technologies and Benefits of Decorative Glass for Interior and Exterior Applications (Print Course)

Emerging technologies are revolutionizing the architectural glass industry and are providing architects and designers with an unprecedented level of design flexibility and customization.

This CEU will explore new frontiers in glass technology. It will also discuss how architects and designers can incorporate decorative glass to create more sustainable, productive, and health-promoting interior and exterior environments.

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Achieving Disaster Resilience with ICF Construction (Print Course)

In this course, we will examine what “disaster resilience” means and how effective planning and application of progressive structural design, practices and building materials—particularly Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)—can fulfill a two-pronged sustainability objective: reducing a building’s carbon footprint while fortifying it against nature’s inevitable hazards. In addition, this course will look at best-practice construction guidelines for ICF projects, as well as the short-term ROI of ICF construction.

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Pre-Finished Steel Roofing for Residential and Light Commercial Buildings

The rapidly rising rate of extreme weather events, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, and drought, is plaguing municipalities and building owners throughout the United States. The construction industry, from product manufacturers to architects and engineers, is quickly realizing its obligation to design and build resilient structures that can withstand forces of nature such as high wind, flooding, and wildfire.

Fiber cement architectural wall panels are one such building product that can be installed as a rainscreen and have been proven to withstand these elements. This course will explore the societal, economic, and environmental costs of extreme weather events; the importance of building resiliency; and how high-performance architectural wall panels can help meet this end.

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Roofing Options: Alternative Roofing Systems

Roofing Options is a review of the many different roof system options available to the designer. It provides a basic examination of the most common types of low-slope commercial roofing systems including each system’s strengths and weaknesses, life cycle expectations, installation and cost considerations, energy conservation impacts and other sustainable considerations.

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Galvanized Steel: Strong and Sustainable

This course will discuss the benefits of utilizing hot-dip galvanized steel on projects throughout North America. Steel is a durable and efficient building material that has been used since the Industrial Revolution.

It's cost effective, aesthetically pleasing, sustainable, and strong. If it has one weakness, it is the fact it corrodes when exposed to the atmosphere; therefore, it is important to consider corrosion protection methods when constructing projects with exposed steel.

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Performance Fabrics in Sustainable Design

Windows, views, and openings in buildings present the classic battle between form and function. The designer naturally wants the building’s occupants to enjoy views and light, but the solar heat gain from these openings can wreak havoc on sustainable goals; however, sophisticated and high-performing solar control fabrics can help reconcile the form and function of light, views, and sustainability.

There are many solar control fabrics on the market; wading through them can be overwhelming. This course aims to help educate the designer about what performance fabrics are, the content of various fabrics, how they work, and the benefits to a sustainable design in meeting and maximizing your goals of occupant health, safety, wellbeing, and sustainability.

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