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As noted below webinar descriptions, these videos are previously recorded content from Green Building United conferences and events. If you attended the session in-person and already received GBCI or AIA credit, you will not receive duplicate credit. 

*Keynote speaker recordings are not worth CEUs. 

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New Gravity Housing Conference Keynote Speaker: 

Katie Swenson, Enterprise Community Partners

Please note this recording is not worth GBCI or AIA CEUs.

Katie is a nationally recognized design leader, researcher, writer, and educator. She is the vice president of Design at Enterprise Community Partners, a national community development nonprofit organization. Her work investigates how critical design practice can and should promote economic and social equity, environmental sustainability, and healthy communities. A member of the second class of Enterprise Rose Fellowship, Katie was tapped to grow and lead the program in 2007, after completing her fellowship with the Piedmont Housing Alliance in Charlottesville, Virginia. Under her leadership, Swenson has recruited and mentored 85 fellows who are the next generation of leaders in architecture and community development. A 2019 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Katie is the co-author of Growing Urban Habitats: Seeking a New Housing Development Model and a memoir In Bohemia, to be published in Fall of 2020.

Recorded during the 2019 New Gravity Housing Conference


The High-Performance Affordable Housing Design MANUAL

One of the most significant challenges the design and construction industries face in the next 11 years is normalizing the design of net-zero energy (NZE) housing for everyday developers, architects, engineers, and builders. Simplified, demystified, and comprehensive straightforward strategies for approaching any-sized NZE multifamily building will be necessary in order to effectively and quickly train industry professionals. While there is an ever-increasing array of products and systems currently flooding the sustainable building market, how does one begin to ask the right questions?

Informed by 20 years of designing multi-family high-performance buildings and more recently, five years of working on multifamily Affordable Passive House projects, this lecture is designed to provide design, development, and building professionals with a step-by-step guide to cost-effective strategies for approaching multi-family, Affordable Passive House buildings. 

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2019 New Gravity Housing Conference

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW


The Tricky Business of Financing Solar on Affordable Housing

Climate action requires a steep reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and utilizing all tools in the clean energy toolbox. If aff ordable housing projects are to reach net zero energy usage and contribute to GHG emission reductions in meaningful ways, viable financing options to incorporate renewable energy systems into projects are critical. Multifamily buildings have great real estate for rooftop solar, yet solar installations are especially diffi cult to finance on aff ordable housing. Over the past five years, the National Housing Trust (NHT) and its partners have become experts in deploying diff erent fi nancing options to get solar installed on aff ordable housing. NHT’s portfolio financing model aligns solar incentives for property owners, investors, and lenders. This webinar elaborates on how to think through the diff erent financing options available for solar on aff ordable housing, how to evaluate the best option for a project, and shares an affordable housing solar installation success story.

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2019 New Gravity Housing Conference

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW


New Gravity Housing Conference Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Jonathan Foley, Project Drawdown 

Please note this is an audio recording only - listeners are encouraged to reference the Project Drawdown website for resources. Also note this is not worth GBCI or AIA CEUs.  

Dr. Foley is the Executive Director of Project Drawdown — the world’s leading source of climate solutions . He is a world-renowned environmental scientist, sustainability expert, author, and public speaker. His work is focused on understanding our changing planet, and finding new solutions to sustain the climate, ecosystems, and natural resources we all depend on. Dr. Foley’s groundbreaking research have led him to become a trusted advisor to governments, foundations, non-profits, and business leaders around the world. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific articles, including often-cited works in Science and Nature. He has been named a Highly Cited Researcher, placing him among the top 1 percent most cited scientists worldwide.

Recorded during the 2019 New Gravity Housing Conference


How Can We Leverage Public Policy to Promote Passive House and Net Zero Buildings?

Following Tim McDonald’s lead, in December 2017 Passive House Massachusetts (PHMA) began advocating for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to add QAP bonus points for affordable multifamily Passive House (PH) projects. That effort is ongoing, but it led to two realizations:

First, all QAPs that mention PH do not necessarily produce PH projects; Second, there several other State agenccies that can be asked to promote PH buildings. 

In addition, it became clear that PH advocacy could become more effective when combined with a host of regional groups advocating for Net Zero standards in communities across the State. The results have been impressive and should provide replicable models for other states. 

Learning Level 200: Understanding/Comprehension

Recorded during the 2019 New Gravity Housing Conference

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Creating and Maintaining Resource Efficient Healthy Homes: An overview of federal programs

In this webinar, EPA provides an update on the built environment aspect of its Sustainable Material Management (SMM) program. The application of SMM in the built environment includes best practices for reducing, re- using, and recycling construction site generated waste in a cost-effective manner. The EPA Indoor Air Quality Plus Energy Efficiency program seeks to provide optimal health and energy efficiency in its projects. MaGrann Associates will describe the challenges and successes of a Passive House senior housing project which used the Air Quality Plus Energy Efficiency program as its goal.

The HUD Healthy Homes Program takes a comprehensive approach to addressing resident health and injury prevention at home by focusing on housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion. Working through local governments and nonprofits, Healthy Homes reaches home owners and renters regarding prevention of environ- mental health and safety concerns including mold, lead, allergens, asthma, carbon monoxide, home safety, pesticides, and radon. 

Learning Level 100: Awareness

Recorded during the 2019 New Gravity Housing Conference

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Energy Modeling Training for Project Managers and Code Officials - Part 1: Energy Code Compliance

Green Building United, in partnership with Steven Winter Associates Inc., devliered two 3-hour energy modeling trainings for project managers and code officials. 

Part 1 focuses on compliance with ASHRAE Standard 90.1 2016 code using Appendix G Performance Rating Method to minimize documentation for above code programs, such as LEED (using Alternative Compliance Path Pilot Credit 111 and likely to be the standard reference for LEED v4.1).

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded on June 5, 2019 as part of Green Building United's energy code implementation series

Worth 3 GBCI CE Hours and 3 AIA LU-HSWs


Energy Modeling Training for Project Managers and Code Officials - Part 2: Beyond Code Workshop

Green Building United, in partnership with Steven Winter Associates Inc., devliered two 3-hour energy modeling trainings for project managers and code officials.

Part 2 focuses on developing a practical understanding of current energy modeling programs and metrics, and will present ideal work-flow integration of energy analysis in a typical project schedule based on ASHRAE Standard 209, which defines an integrated energy modeling standard within the design process. Participants will be able to understand and apply early design workflows that provide energy performance feedback for projects that seek to meet or exceed the energy code.

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded on June 12, 2019 as part of Green Building United's energy code implementation series

Worth 3 GBCI CE Hours and 3 AIA LU-HSWs


Lessons from a Certified EnerPHit Industrial Building in Sri Lanka

Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture and Steven Winter Associates have been working remotely with a project team across the world to retrofit an outdated factory in Katunayake, Sri Lanka and turn it into an EnerPHit certified garment manufacturing facility. Construction began on the facility in Fall 2016, preliminary testing and verification took place in fall 2017, and final testing was conducted in the spring of 2018. The project was certified to as EnerPHit Pilot project in summer of 2018 and over a year’s worth of utility data is showing up to 60 percent in energy savings when compared to the pre-retrofit factory. This webinar focuses on the challenges of: 1) Certifying projects in hot humid regions of the world, and 2) Remotely performing QA/QC to ensure the Passive House standard is being met, and 3) Performing air leakage testing in remote areas.

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2019 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Regenerative Agriculture and Climate Change: Saving the planet with food

Global climate change is accelerating. Extremely aggressive emissions reductions are required to limit the damage from these changes - over and above those negotiated in the 2016 Paris Agreement. Learn the state of the world from a climate scientist and explore solutions through agriculture. Carbon Farming is farming in a way that reduces greenhouse gas emissions or captures and holds carbon in vegetation and soils. It is managing land, water, plants and animals to restore ecosystems, ameliorate climate change, and provide nutrient dense food and educational opportunities. Also described as Regenerative Agriculture, these goals are achieved through a focus on lower-sequestration strategies like no-till organic annual cropping, perennial crops, and managed grazing.

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2019 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Grid-Scale Solar: Elevating Southwestern PA’s impact on the state’s solar future

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) established a goal for increasing solar electricity generation across Pennsylvania to 10 percent by 2030. Although Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard requires only 0.5 percent, the current capacity is less than 0.25 percent. For the state to reach this ambitious new goal, 10 to 12 gigawatts of new production are needed across the Commonwealth. 

In partnership with DEP, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) studied the feasibility of deployment in a pilot nine-county region. A working collaboration of stakeholders, including solar developers, policymakers, residents and commercial owners, and universities, this webinar outlines CMU's environmental, economic, technical, and policy-related impacts and feasibility results and findings.

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2019 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Regenerative Community Redevelopment: From disinvestment to regeneration

For too long, sustainablility has been understood as incremental Improvements to business as usual. True sustainability of life on the planet would imply that every human intervention and every design decision, would serve to meet our current needs while not impairing future generations from doing the same. Our industrial economy is inherently destructive and the planet is decidedly finite. As runaway climate change, appalling plastics, and chemical pollution illustrate, we need a total reversal from “less-badism” to “regeneration”. Drawing on a half-century history of regenerative design and systems thinking practice, our team endeavors to achieve regenerative design and practice while working within the constraints of the affordable housing and construction industry. We will share an introduction to regenerative design principles and process, and case studies from three projects in Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Special focus will be placed on community engagement and equity.

Learning Level 200: Understanding/Comprehension

Recorded during the 2019 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW


C-PACE in Pennsylvania 

Pennsylvania became the 35th state to enable Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) in the summer of 2018. C-PACE is a financing tool for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation systems on commercial properties. Over $700 million has been invested through C-PACE in the last several years. This webinar will cover baseline measurements and verifications, energy efficiency standards, and other guidelines for C-PACE in Pennsylvania. Attendees will hear about projects from across the nation that have utilized C-PACE, and will learn about local opportunities in Pennsylvania. 

Note there were updates to C-PACE legislation in June 2019. 

Learning Level 200: Understanding/Comprehension

Recorded during the 2019 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW


Lessons from the Navy Yard: Sustainable commercial development

The Navy Yard is a dynamic, sustainable urban campus that arose from the transformation of the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. One of the nation’s oldest shipyards, the Navy Yard was closed in 1996. Since 2003, Liberty Property Trust (LPT) has worked to develop the Navy Yard, where more than $1 billion has been invested into the campus. Today, the Navy Yard is a mixed-use community filled with energy, ideas, and rich history, united together on more than seven miles of waterfront, occupying 7.5 million square feet of real estate in a variety of historic buildings and new high-performance and LEED v4 BD+C certified construction. The panel discusses specific lessons learned at the Navy Yard and describes how they have led LPT to develop the industry’s first procedure-based LEED Volume Program.  

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2019 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour (LEED AP BD+C, LEED Green Associate) and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Health & Well-Being in High-Performance Offices: Pursuing WELL with the Wharton School

As seen in WELL v1 and LEED v4, organizations are prioritizing wellness to improve employee engagement and satisfaction. This presentation features a detailed case study of a high-performance office environment for the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. This 20,000 square foot fit-out was completed in August 2018 and is pursuing Silver Certification under the WELL v1 Building Standard. Typically, Wharton requires LEED Gold Certification, but this shall be the first WELL project across the University’s portfolio. Wharton chose WELL to demonstrate their commitment to health and well-being and to test innovative strategies for future projects. With only 300+ WELL projects in the United States, this presentation is designed to inspire more project teams to incorporate wellness in project objectives and innovative strategies for positive health outcomes.

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2019 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour (WELL AP) and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Can Your Spec Reverse Global Warming?

The building sector is the world’s single largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs), accounting for 30 - 40 percent of total global GHG emissions. Although operational emissions account for more of a building's carbon footprint over its entire life, between now and 2030 almost 75 percent of the carbon footprint of that 900 billion square feet will be embodied carbon, not operational emissions. Building products can reduce their carbon footprints and even become carbon sinks that help remove excess greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. This webinar will equip manufacturers, architects, designers, and other building industry professionals with specific and practical strategies for selecting products and materials that reduce embodied carbon emissions and move the industry toward making buildings part of the solution instead of less of the problem.

Learning Level 100: Awareness

Recorded during the 2019 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Beyond-Code Standards in Affordable Housing: How Does Philadelphia's New Energy Code Compare?

In this 2-hour session, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. reviews a side-by-side comparison of 2018 IECC versus and beyond-code standards commonly used in affordable multifamily housing. The course  begins with a review of the 2018 IECC and features of high performance buildings followed by a comparison with LEED v4.1, ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise, National Green Building Standard, Enterprise Green Communities and Passive House.

Learning Level 200: Understanding/Comprehension

Recorded on May 21, 2019 as part of Green Building United's energy code implementation series

Worth 2 AIA LU-HSWs


Beyond-Code Standards in Market-Rate Commercial Construction: How Does Philadelphia's New Energy Code Compare?

In this 2-hour session, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. reviews a side-by-side comparison of 2018 IECC versus and beyond-code standards commonly used in market-rate commercial construction. The course  begins with a review of the 2018 IECC and features of high performance buildings followed by a comparison with LEED v4.1, ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise, National Green Building Standard, Green Globes Certification, and Passive House.

Learning Level 200: Understanding/Comprehension

Recorded on May 21, 2019 as part of Green Building United's energy code implementation series

Worth 2 AIA LU-HSWs


Breaking Down the New Code: 2018 IECC Commercial Training for Design Professionals

This review of the 2018 IECC emphasizes architectural elements of the code in Section C402 along with building science principles and low energy design concepts. Highlights of chapters C403 through C408 are covered. The session highlights changes between the 2009 IECC and 2018 IECC and also indicates where ASHRAE 90.1-2016 differs from 2018 IECC. The training is most relevant to architects but also provides valuable information for engineers, developers, and code officials. Steven Winter Associates, Inc. led the session on behalf of Green Building United. This training is part of a larger Philadelphia energy code implementation grant funded by Sustainable Development Fund. Learning

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded on March 14, 2019 as part of Green Building United's energy code implementation series

Worth 7 GBCI CE hours and 7 AIA LU-HSWs


Philadelphia Energy Code Changes for Additions and Alterations

Interested in how the new energy codes in Philadelphia affect commercial additions and alterations?

Join Green Building United for a 2-hour interactive session for specific energy code changes for additions and alterations with an emphasis on tenant fit outs in large commercial office buildings. The training  includes information on other code sections including 2018 IBC that have a significant impact on code compliance in commercial alterations and additions.

This training is targeted at commercial building owners and managers including members of the Philadelphia 2030 District. Architects and engineers that work with owners and managers on tenant improvement projects will also find value in the program.

Performance Systems Development led the session on behalf of Green Building United. This training is part of a larger Philadelphia energy code implementation grant funded by Sustainable Development Fund.

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation 

Recorded on December 12, 2018 as part of Green Building United's energy code implementation series 

Worth 2 GBCI CE hours and 2 AIA LU-HSWs


Resilience in Multifamily Housing: From assessment to implementation

Extreme weather events in recent years have disproportionately affected low-income communities and multifamily housing. Given limited resources for assessment and implementation of resilience strategies in such sectors, decision-making requires streamlined tools that enable evaluation and prioritization of building-specific climate
change hazards.

In this webinar, speakers discuss a resilience assessment protocol that assesses multifamily buildings’ vulnerability to weather hazards and develops solutions that support resilience. The assessment tool provides concrete, actionable recommendations, which often complement energy and healthy housing initiatives, so building owners and operators can make targeted improvements to resist damage from severe weather and to bounce back more quickly when damage occurs. Speakers discuss property- and community-scale engagement in projects in New York City, New Orleans, and Washington, DC. 

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2018 New Gravity Housing Conference

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


How Do We Get from Passive House to Truly Low-Carbon Net-Zero Buildings? 

The PHIUS Passive House Primary Energy (PE) criteria is currently set at 6200 kWh/occupant/year, but is slated to change to 3840 KWhr/occupant/year under the proposed PHIUS+ 2018 standard. In the presenters’ experience with recent affordable multifamily passive house projects, passive measures alone have often not been
suffi cient to meet the PHIUS+2015 PE criteria, resulting in on-site renewable energy generation being added. With the more rigorous PHIUS+ 2018 target, is active renewable energy effectively a requirement of Passive House under PHIUS? Using Weinberg Commons, the 2017 PHIUS Aff ordable Project of the year, and Gilford Village Knolls III, the first affordable multifamily Passive House project in New Hampshire as examples, the presenters evaluate Primary Energy reduction strategies through both passive and active measures and discuss the benefi ts of energy storage for resiliency and operational carbon emission reductions. 

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2018 New Gravity Housing Conference

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Multifamily Construction Verification: Planning for success 

Passive House projects are a highly coordinated effort. A comprehensive project team including the Passive House Consultant (PH Consultant), Passive House Verifier (PH Verifier), Architect, MEP Engineer, General Contractor, owner/developer, window installer, insulation installer, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing subcontractors all must be on the same page and understand their individual impact on the project. With all hands on deck required for a suc- cessful project, a team-oriented approach, excellent communication, careful installation, and incremental testing and verification throughout the construction process are critical elements for successful Passive House certification.

The webinar will review and discuss the process utilized during construction with a focus on whole building air tightness accompanied by case studies.

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2018 New Gravity Housing Conference

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Hard Lessons Learned: Architects, engineers, and achieving high performance buildings

Through an analysis of code, above code standards, and case studies, this webinar shares key insights gleaned from the presenters’ work on high performance building projects. Architects can inadvertently drive the mechanical design process by not optimizing the building envelope and relying too heavily on architectural energy conservation measures (ECMs) to achieve sustainability goals. Conversely, engineers could help steer projects towards cost effect sustainability solutions by beginning mechanical design earlier and establishing envelope benchmarks for the architect. This webinar takes a critical look at several case studies and poses provocative questions about re-engineering the architectural design process.

Learning Level 200: Understanding/Comprehension

Recorded during the 2018 New Gravity Housing Conference

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Transitioning to LEED v4 and v4.1: The playbook 

With the transition to LEED BD+C v4, many owners, developers, and design teams are following the traditional path to LEED certification. This is resulting in the misalignment of process with goals. This webinar will explore key changes that impact the way a team should approach certification, from timeline to budgeting, and manage expectations by discussing what has changed in “tried and true” credits. This is compounded with the pending release of LEED v4.1. Attendees will learn about what changes to expect with v4.1 and why these changes are being made. Finally, presenters demonstrate how manufacturers and project teams can both prepare and work together to meet the requirements of the v4 and v4.1 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2018 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour (LEED AP BD+C, Green Associate) and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


bMORE Resilient: A Baltimore regenerative community design

In response to devastating disinvestment in minority-majority neighborhoods in Baltimore, and the simultaneous phenomena of high vacancy rates and an affordable housing crisis, the bMORE Resilient Co-op design team proposed a neighborhood design that would be resilient to potentially catastrophic climate events and infrastructure failures. Using a permaculture inspired approach, the design included integrated design solutions for sustainability and resiliency as well as education and workforce development models in all aspects of redevelopment. Alternative financing and ownership models including Community Land Trusts and Cooperative and employee owned enterprises would build the local economy and provide for the dramatic improvement of quality of life without the threat of displacement of current residents. 

Learning Level 200: Understanding/Comprehension

Recorded during the 2018 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Is Pennsylvania on the Brink of Creating an Energy Policy?

As green building enthusiasts in Pennsylvania, we do not always recognize good news coming from the state capital. Yet there are exciting developments emerging statewide and locally on clean energy policy. Attendees will hear about: Philadelphia’s new roadmap for a clean energy future highlighting state level opportunities to reduce Philadelphia’s energy systems carbon footprint; A proposed energy market transformation model enabling advances beyond resilience based on Navy Yard distributed energy deployment experience; House Bill 1412 which provides a framework for PUC regulation of microgrids and energy storage; The role that universities can play in providing interdisciplinary independent research and convening constructive dialogues; and Penn State’s new Center for Energy Law and Policy’s current and planned work with leaders in government, industry, and environmental organizations. 

Learning Level 200: Understanding/Comprehension

Recorded during the 2018 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Beyond the BTUs: The non-energy benefits of building performance

Do you realize that the energy and money savings from increasing your building’s performance is just the tip of the iceberg? This webinar explores the non-energy benefits of building performance, and highlights the financial incentives to help you achieve your goals. Many upgrades fail to reflect improvements in the soft costs that often dwarf the energy savings and associated operating cost reductions. Enhanced building performance improves tenant attraction and retention, occupant satisfaction, enhances worker productivity, builds net operating income, and raises facility value. Buildings with enhanced performance are also safer to operate and occupy, and carry less risk.

If lowering your capital and operating costs will enable you to invest in your business, and reap more from your investment, then this webinar is a must!

Learning Level 200: Understanding/Comprehension

Recorded during the 2018 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Aiming Beyond Zero Energy: A look at the Millersville University net positive energy building

The Lombardo Welcome Center at Millersville University is aiming to be Positive Energy. Located at the heart of campus, the building makes a statement about Millersville’s commitment to sustainability. The owner and project team wanted a building that went beyond just positive energy and also included a focus on feng shui, responsible stormwater management, and an educational experience for occupants on how the building saves energy and how it generates energy from three different PV strategies.

Learn how the project team, owner, and occupants worked together to design, construct, and monitor the building as it completes its performance period. In this webinar,
attendees will gain an understanding of the factors that need to be considered when designing for positive energy from the perspectives of the architect, engineer, owner, and occupants. 

Learning Level 200: Understanding/Comprehension

Recorded during the 2018 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Bringing Community Solar to Pennsylvania

As many as 70 percent of Pennsylvanians cannot benefit from solar energy due to the shading of their roofs; they may be renters, or may not qualify for conventional financing. Advocates statewide are currently working to develop the right framework for community solar in order to bring the benefits of solar energy to all busi- nesses and residential  customers.

This webinar will help participants understand the issues involved, diving into
the details of how community solar can be implemented statewide. This has significant benefits for multi-family building owners, small businesses, and residential customers, offering the promise of switching to clean, renew- able energy, while also reducing cost.

Learning Level 200: Understanding/Comprehension

Recorded during the 2018 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Zero Energy Modular Homes as an Affordable Housing Solution

Over the course of just two days in 2011, hundreds of Vermont homes were destroyed during Hurricane Irene. The disproportionate effect of the storm on low-income Vermonters and mobile home residents inspired a call to action. As a result of a collaborate effort, the ZEM Program now provides low- and moderate-income homeowners with a comfortable, healthy, affordable, and above all, resilient housing option.

During this webinar program partners from Vermont and Delaware will discuss program design, ZEM technical specs, construction techniques, and case studies of both individual ZEM buyers and community redevelopment projects.

Learning Level 200: Understanding/Comprehension

Recorded during the 2018 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


From Existing Building to High-Performance Workplace

In 2016, CR Magazine published a list of the most sustainable corporate headquarters. On the list were leading companies including Saint-Gobain CertainTeed. This webinar will take a deep dive into how Saint-Gobain Corporation transformed a 275,000 SF existing office building into a state-of-art headquarters incorporating innovative solutions for energy use and a premier environment for employees.

This innovative and vibrant building is a living laboratory, showcasing many of Saint-Gobain CertainTeed's own energy conserving products. The project notable received LEED v2009 for Core & Shell Development Platinum certification and LEED v2009 for Commercial Interiors Platinum certification.

Learning Level 200: Understanding/Comprehension

Recorded during the 2017 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour (LEED AP BD+C, Green Associate) and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Introduction to LEED for Neighborhood Development and the Living Community Challenge

As the U.S. population continues to expand rapidly, the consumption of land grows exponentially. The way we grow, especially how and where we grow, will have a profound effect on our planet and its inhabitants. Imagine a city block or a college campus sharing resources from building to building, growing food, and functioning without a dependency on fossil fuel-based transportation. Imagine true sustainability in our homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities: Socially Just, Culturally Rich, and Ecologically Restorative. These are the goals of the Living Community Challenge. Hear about the overall intent of the Challenge, and some codified ways to make these abstract goals a reality for your planning project.

Learning Level 200: Understanding/Comprehension

Recorded during the 2017 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour (LEED AP ND, Green Associate) and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Transforming Cities through Open-ended Nature Play, Community Placemaking, and Rainwater Management

Within walking-distance of every citizen, imagine infill nature-playspaces layering programs, including biophilia and stormwater management, into a citywide collection of veneer installations. The agile nature of these play designs, layered over concrete lots, leverages salvaged materials, optimizes stormwater management, and simplifies ongoing code compliance. Transforming public school playgrounds into nature-based play yards can mitigate non-academic barriers to learning, like violence and trauma. 

Learn how a multidisciplinary team of health professionals, researchers, information technology specialists, designers, and play specialists are collaborating to learn how play elements influence behavior and physical activity.

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2017 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Disrupting for Sustainability: Defining the value of green in an online, sharing-economy culture

Disruptions to industries today, like AirBnB and Uber’s leveraging of the sharing economy, or Warby Parker’s online-based disruption of the eyewear market, are happening in a business environment that is also finding value in being socially conscious culturally and environmentally.

During this webinar, presenters have a focused conversation around the question: Is there a tenable relationship between disruption and sustainability?

Learning Level 100: Awareness

Recorded during the 2017 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


The Myth of the RFP: In search for more integrated processes for assembling design and construction teams

Sustainability professionals understand the big box myth of “low cost.” However, the industry standard for two of the most important decisions in the life of a project, design team, and builder selection, are predicated on outdated and deeply ingrained myths about how to get value for projects. Competitive RFPs provide an illusion of cover for boards and shareholders, but they rarely yield the best fit or the best cost. This webinar will expose hidden flaws in the RFP model and explore integrated design and relationship based models for how to find the right team for advancing the goals that are most important to an owner, including sustainability.

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2017 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW 


Net Positive Impacts and Sustainable Materials

The Living Product Challenge, a complement to the Living Building Challenge, aims to reimagine the design and construction of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world. The challenge addresses regenerative design, material transparency, and biomimicry. One of its early adopters was Humanscale, the first manufacturer to achieve full certification for their Float Table and Smart Chair, and their robust Corporate Social Responsibility program uses the Living Product Challenge to measure success. In this webinar you will learn how these advancements in sustainable materials can be applied to documenting the Living Building Challenge and LEED BD+C v4.

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2017 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1.5 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU-HSW


Resilient Communities: Climate Ready Philadelphia

This webinar covers what changes climate scientists are projecting for Philadelphia, the basics of climate adaptation planning, and how government, developers, and transit agencies can prepare for a hotter, wetter future. 

Speakers will describe the process for developing a preparedness strategy for climate impacts and discuss specific strategies for dealing with vulnerable assets in the face of climate change. Additionally, local transportation officials will present how they manage extreme weather events

Learning Level 100: Awareness

Recorded during the 2016 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU 


Health Promotion for Building Projects and Real Estate

Health and well-being are rapidly emerging as important issues for the real estate industry. While there are shining examples of health promotion from market leaders, health considerations have yet to permeate the real estate market. To support the real estate industry in its pursuit of health promotion, organizations at the project and portfolio scales are working to create processes to promote health at the project level and invest in health at the portfolio level. This panel brings together three important perspectives to give green building practitioners practical processes and tools to promote health and well-being through the design of green building projects and the business of property companies and funds.

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2016 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU 


From First Cost to Net Zero 

This webinar explores how a shift in design philosophy allows project teams to look beyond first-cost in order to achieve ambitious goals on healthy, high performance built environments. Presenters will share examples of how to get the best results and lessons learned when building to the highest standards. Presenters will explain the design paradigm shift used to reach increasingly ambitious performance goals as well as the unique combination of building materials, construction methods, energy management strategies and renewable energy sources employed to approach net-zero. 

Learning Level 300: Application/Implementation

Recorded during the 2016 Sustainability Symposium

Worth 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU

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