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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, session 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

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