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Greenbuild 2016 Closing Plenary

A sustainable built environment extends far beyond the four walls of a building. Mahesh Ramanujan, incoming USGBC CEO, will highlight what's next for USGBC and how we are working to make all aspects of the building process - from site selection to occupant health -essential components. As the indust ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Master Series: A15 - Stories of the Green Building Movement

Every story about a building is a story about the people who give life to the built environment they inhabit. These narratives inspire and drive the green building movement, so it was only fitting to bring back this popular session for a third year, this time under the Master Series banner. In this ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Master Series: B15 - Palaces from Grass : Designing and Building for Bamboo

Anyone who thinks they wouldn’t, or couldn’t, live in a bamboo house isn’t thinking like IBUKU Founder and Creative Director Elora Hardy. The Bali-raised, one-time fashion designer left a career in New York fashion to carry on the phenomenal work of the design-build team behind Bali’s world-renowned ...

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Greenbuild Master Series: C15 - From Pole to Pole: A Global Fever

From rising ocean levels to methane release from the permafrost, this talk centers on the symbiotic relationship between cause and effect as it relates to melting ice and the planet's geopolitical balance. A general historical overview outlines the impact of human demographics on the earth's ecosyst ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Master Series: D15 - Building Transformation = Human Transformation

If 90% of our lives is spent indoors, shouldn’t where we spend that time enhance our health and wellbeing, not compromise it? Indoor environmental quality is important but issues like where we build, how we build, and what we build with have broader consequences that also matter. Join three of the c ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Master Series: E15 - Expanding upon LEED

LEED has always been about more than just buildings. The purpose of LEED is to connect natural and artificial systems so that they work for each other. In order to realize our vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation, we must continue to improve and build upon our best work so w ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Master Series - F15: We need to talk about Racial Wellness and Sustainability

Antwi Akom, PhD is a thought leader on urban acupuncture, which focuses on people powered place-making, designing for the public good, community engagement for vulnerable populations, and making cities smarter through participatory planning practices that produce small and socially catalytic neighbo ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Master Series: H15 - Sustainability through Disaster Resilience

The most energy efficient building in the world is not green when it is in a landfill. Our struggle for a sustainable future must include planning for the predictable future extreme events. Even though the exact time of future disasters is uncertain, the impacts are predictable and many of them can ...

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Greenbuild 2016: CA01- Communities & Affordable Homes - Opening Session

The Domino Effect: Dr. Fullilove will describe how a long history of urban policies have led to the current moment of division and inequality. To get to a sustainable future, we need to repair the fractured physical and social space of our urban ecosystem.

Greenbuild 2016: CA05 - CA05 - Communities & Affordable Homes Summit Luncheon

This is a recording of the luncheon presentation that took place on October 4, 2016 at the Communities & Affordable Homes Summit.

Greenbuild 2016 Special Set: A02 - Green Codes & LEED: Do We Need Both?

Since 2011, California has required a set of minimum green practices as part of its building code. Washington DC requires all buildings to be ‘green’. And it’s not just a coastal thing…. Dallas, Texas and a suite of other cities across North America are requiring buildings within their authority to ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Special Set: A06 - Sustainability Roadmap: Leading Organizational Change

Being a truly green firm is about more than just being “able” to deliver LEED projects. It's about aligning overall company vision, management, operations and project delivery with the demands of integrative design and collaborative relationships – and measuring company performance improvements as a ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Special Set: B04 - Financing and Operating Building Water Recycling Systems

The Hassalo on Eighth eco-district located in Portland, Oregon, boasts one of the nation’s largest building-scale wastewater recycling systems in operation and is targeting a double-Platinum certification under LEED Homes Mid-rise and Neighborhood Development. Sited on four city blocks, the former p ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Special Set: B05 - A Public/Private Partnership for a Sustainable Future in LA

A strong collaboration between government officials, tourism and convention agents, sustainability experts, and property managers can result in a greener urban district. This dynamic is illustrated by the success of the Los Angeles Green Lodging Program, a long-term partnership between the City of L ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Special Set: C01 - The Urban Skyscraper as a Resilient Refuge (Outdoor)

It is now undeniable that climate change adaptation is a global problem that must be addressed. Large urban centers are experiencing the consequences, and are facing colossal social and economic impacts. As buildings that house thousands of employees and residents, urban skyscrapers possess a distin ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Special Set: C03 - Mindful Design: Beginner's Mind in Practice

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." So begins the most beloved of all American Zen books by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. In this class led by a Zen Monk and a curious Architect, students will learn how traditional Buddhist practice and mindfulness can i ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Special Set: D04 - Brock Year One: Candid Lessons from Living at Net-Zero

After its first year of operation, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s LEED-Platinum, Living Building Challenge-certified, Brock Environmental Center achieved net-zero energy, water, and waste. Stakeholders collaborated to tune building systems, gathering countless lessons learned. We’ll share those, in ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Special Set: D06 - Resilient Design Charrette: Applying the LEED Pilot Credits

Scientists acknowledge that climate change is already underway and will continue to create dynamic conditions across our planet. We need to better plan and design for a world with increasing climate-change-induced natural disasters, rising temperatures, unpredictable precipitation patterns, rising s ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Special Set: E03 - Tools and Incentives for Health-focused Design

Health and well-being are rapidly emerging as important issues for the real estate industry and health-focused tools for project teams are increasing in number. How do these tools align with each other and how can seemingly disparate tools be used side-by-side?  In this session, the U.S. Green Build ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Special Set: E05 - The Building Internet of Things (BIoT) and Sustainability

We will discuss the importance of the Building Internet of Things (BIoT) to the coming transformation to a green economy. Greater access to data, better communication networks, and new software are having a profound impact on the efficiency of the built environment. The Internet of Things is based o ...

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GB16 Special Set: F01 - From California Dreamin' to ZNE Reality in the Golden State

In 2008, with its Big Bold Goals, the State of California set clear and audacious goals to get all residential buildings to zero net energy by 2020, all commercial buildings and half of the existing buildings to ZNE by 2030.  This declaration set in motion numerous strategic planning, research and ...

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Greenbuild 2016 Special Set: F03 - Green Buildings and Health: From the Lab to the Real World

The health and productivity benefits of Green buildings are becoming increasingly well understood, particularly in light of The CogFx Study, which demonstrated the impact of Green buildings and enhanced ventilation on cognitive function at last year’s Greenbuild conference. This 3-part presentation ...

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Greenbuild 2015 Special Set A03: Watts ReImagined

Instilling a positive, forward-looking perspective is a major challenge when working in disadvantage communities. New tools are needed to overcome a long-standing narrative of neglect and victimhood. The growing number of tools and strategies related to urban sustainability provide a way to see a co ...

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GB15 Special Set A05: The Science of Circadian Lighting

Advanced techniques in indoor lighting are being developed to optimize lighting performance and promote alignment with the body’s natural circadian rhythm, thereby improving occupant energy, mood, and productivity. Light influences and regulates our bodily rhythms, providing the cues to keep our sle ...

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GB15 Special Set B03: Women in Green: Expanding Diversity for Design in the Climate Change Era

Ten years ago, Lance Hosey and I started researching the reasons behind and meaning of the fact of more women in “green design” circles than in “design” circles. Where are we now?What’s happening in the sustainable design movement? And the sustainability movement beyond, in business, politics, and e ...

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GB15 Special Set B04: Creating Living, Regenerative Environments

Leaders in green building and sustainable development are looking for ways to push beyond current practice into the realm of regenerative design and living built environments. There is a shift away from a “less bad” approach and toward a wholly positive, benefit creation approach, or regeneration. U ...

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GB15 Special Set C03: The Power of Storytelling - 'From Mini to Monumental'

Last year at Greenbuild, Green Building Alliance kicked off a new presentation style at our sold out Special Set: 5-minute personal stories. These true accounts of our relationships with the built environment are told in a raw, captivating presentation style without PowerPoint slides or notes.We thi ...

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GB15 Special Set C05: Making Healthy Property Investable: Opportunities & Barriers

It is increasingly well recognized that the design and operation of the communities in which people live, work, learn, and play significantly influence their health. However, within the real estate industry, the health impacts of transportation, community development, and other construction projects ...

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GB15 Special Set D04: Big to Boutique: How Diverse Practices Approach Resiliency

Recently we’ve seen that our cities are vulnerable to catastrophic failure caused by climatic events – Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy; bitter winters in the US costing up to $1 Billion in economic activity per storm and record droughts in the West. We simply can’t keep identifying these events as outl ...

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GB15 Special Set D05: Biophilic Design in Context: Applications for Culture & Climate

Everyone needs a connection with nature, but the circumstances available to each of us are rarely the same. Just as our building systems or programming solutions for an office building or a hotel will differ between humid subtropical Shanghai and cold dry Idaho, so too will our biophilic design stra ...

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GB15 Special Set E01: Evolution of Green Building Goal Setting for Corporations

Why do multinational corporations have green building goals that traverse their global building portfolios? Increasingly, companies aspire to support green building programs but are unsure how to begin. The session discusses initial goal-setting drivers, methodologies and continual evolution for gre ...

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GB15 Special Set E02: Workplace Megatrends: Envisioning the Future

Three megatrends are demanding rapid change in the workplace:The 71 million members of Generation Y have vastly different workplace attitudes, values, working styles and expectations than previous generations, and are poised to enter the workforce in huge numbers as Baby Boomers retire.The rise in h ...

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GB15 Special Set F03: Who Matters: Audiences in Sustainable Storytelling

We're talking about carbon mitigation and social equity, but who's listening? A passionate and interdisciplinary panel spanning climate change, local government, digital design, and national media will engage in a substantive dialogue and debate about why our messaging often falls on deaf ears and w ...

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Greenbuild 2015 Special Set F02: Renewable Energy Implementation at U.S. Diplomatic Missions

Advanced techniques in indoor lighting are being developed to optimize lighting performance and promote alignment with the body’s natural circadian rhythm, thereby improving occupant energy, mood, and productivity. Light influences and regulates our bodily rhythms, providing the cues to keep our sle ...

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Greenbuild 2015 Opening Plenary - Opening Remarks

Includes opening remarks from USGBC CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi and a special introductory video from actress and Chief Creative Officer of the Honest Company, Jessica Alba - all from the Opening Plenary.

Greenbuild 2015 Closing Plenary

There was work to be done so we did it. Join Anna Denell, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Vasakronan AB; Davor Grgic, CIO and Vice President of Sustainability, Kohler Co.; Jim Hanna, Director of Environmental Impact, Starbucks Coffee Company and John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer ...

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Greenbuild 2015 Master Series: A15 - Donald Schwarz

Donald Schwarz is a director leading the Foundation’s efforts to catalyze public demand for healthier people and the places in which they live, learn, work, and play. He oversees the RWJF effort to identify, support, and spread the word about individual and community actions that promote lifelong he ...

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Greenbuild 2015 Master Series: B15 - Jake Wood

Jake Wood is the Cofounder and President of Team Rubicon, a disaster relief nonprofit known for its extraordinary effort during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Jake uses his military experience to speak about leadership in high-stakes situations. Jake is also the founder of POS REP, the first mobile, ...

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Greenbuild 2015 Master Series: C15 - Humans, Technology & Aristotle

Where is USGBC/GBCI heading? What is the future? How do our systems become part of nature? Or, to quote Bill McDonough, How do we make “buildings like trees, cities like forests?” What tools do we need? Chief Product Officer Scot Horst and Chief Operating Officer Mahesh Ramanujam will present a visi ...

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Greenbuild 2015 Master Series: E15 - Barry Svigals

Barry Svigals is the founder of Svigals + Partners an architecture + art firm based in New Haven, CT. He has written and spoken widely on the healing potential of architecture that includes biophilic design. Barry launched the firm aiming to be of service in the world, cultivating an environment whe ...

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Greenbuild 2015 Master Series: F15 - Sarah Susanka

A thought leader, inspirational keynote speaker and acclaimed architect, Sarah Susanka is the author of nine books that collectively weave together home and life design, revealing that a “Not So Big” attitude serves not only architectural aims, but life goals as well. Her books have sold well over a ...

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Greenbuild 2015 Master Series: H15 - Climate Adaptation and an Economy That Grows

From energy to water and biobased materials to climate adaptation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture plays a major, if unsung, role in the buildings industry. Join Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden and Assistant Secretary of the Army Katherine Hammack in a lively discussion to hear how ...

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2015 International Summit IS01 - Summit Opening Plenary

Join Dr. M. Ramachandran, USGBC Senior Advisor and Former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India; Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Mehmet Kaplan, Minister fo ...

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2015 International Summit IS05 - The Road to Paris

Dan Reifsnyder co-chairs the negotiating process working to produce a new climate agreement in 2015. Thus far the ADP – the official negotiating body -- has met four times this year. Its fifth and final session will begin on November 30 in Paris. He began working on the climate issue in October 1989 ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Recap Video

The official recap video of Greenbuild 2014 Leadership Jazz in New Orleans.

Greenbuild 2014 Opening Plenary - The Dollars and Sense of Climate Change

Climate change is the defining issue of our time, already affecting the triple bottom line of people, profit and planet like none other. Green buildings, green communities and strong leaders on climate are the first, best offense.At this moment, in this city, Greenbuild used our world stage to conve ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Master Series: B15 - Master Speaker Katharine Hayhoe

Learning Objectives:- Establish a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment.- Identify the challenges of tackling many long-held misconceptions about global warming.- Provide relevant, state-of-the-art informatio ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Master Series: C15 - Transforming Markets Through Data Collaboration

The selection and use of materials is fundamental to the design, construction, and operation of built environments. For millennia, architects, engineers, and allied professionals have selected materials for their physical characteristics, such as durability, strength, or color. Recently, we have beg ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Master Series: D15 - The LEED Dynamic Plaque: Scoring Building Performance

The LEED rating system thrives because it encourages competition: LEED scores enable comparisons of buildings based on the credits they achieve. The LEED Dynamic Plaque, a platform for continuing certification of LEED buildings, harnesses this approach in a new way. It compares buildings by using me ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Master Series: E15 - Master Speaker Charles Best

Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization which provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can pick the projects they want to support. Charles launched the organization twelve yea ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Master Series: F15 - Master Series Speaker Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP

Join Deepak as he creates a roadmap for "higher health," based on the latest findings in both mainstream and alternative medicine, • Are we in the midst of a major paradigm shift in science? • Is there an ultimate reality? • Does consciousness conceive, govern, construct and become the physical univ ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Master Series: G15 - Master Speaker Ajaita Shah

Ajaita is the Founder/CEO of Frontier Markets and the President of Frontier Innovations Foundation. Frontier Markets is a rural marketing, sales, and service distribution company providing access to affordable and quality solar solutions to low-income households in India. She has been working in Ind ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Master Series: H15 - Master Speaker Bryan Anderson

Bryan enlisted in the Army in April 2001 and had a ‘ship out’ date of September 11, 2001. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and was stationed in the Baghdad area. He attained the rank of Sergeant in the Military Police (MP), conducted police training courses in Iraq and gained additional law enfor ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Special Set: A09 - Daylighting Simulation at Four Architecture Firms

How do firms start a daylight simulation program in-house, how do they run it, integrate with project schedules, and use it to make better design decisions? Leading practitioners within four architecture firms will answer each of these in a rapid fire session that shows how great spaces get designed ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Special Set: A10 - Measuring Sustainability's Impact on Workplace Productivity

Building occupiers often hesitate to invest in sustainability in the absence of measurable ROI. There is also growing awareness that maximizing productivity can have a greater financial impact than green strategies. This session shows how to measure the benefits of a sustainability program by also t ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Special Set: B09 - NYC and NOLA Enhancing the Resiliency of the Built Environment

Katrina and Sandy were two of the costliest and deadliest storms in US history, with intense rainfall, high wind speeds, and storm surges causing flooding, infrastructure failures, and significant damage to businesses and homes. Intense storms of these sorts are increasingly typical, as climate chan ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Special Set: B11 - Quantifying the Impacts of Regenerative Product Design

This session will report on research conducted in 2013 to identify and quantify the environmental, social and business impacts – and added value – of pursuing a multi-attribute optimization strategy for products. It will provide summary data and narratives of the journey of ten companies as they wor ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Special Set: C12 - The New Orleans Principles Review and Workshop

The New Orleans Principles are guidelines developed in 2005 by participants of a charrette on post-disaster Gulf Coast Reconstruction that was held during Greenbuild in Atlanta, Georgia. Speakers will provide a diverse view on the development, adoption, and implementation of these core values from t ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Special Set: C13 - Health Matters Designing Communities that Learn

What if healthy communities were seen as a human right? How would our world be different? How we design our buildings and communities is a demonstration of how we value people and place. Perhaps all designers and planners are actually public health officials, too. This session will look at the consi ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Special Set: D10 - Getting the LCA credit in LEEDv4

A big change in LEED rewards designers who use life cycle assessment (LCA) to verifiably reduce the environmental impact of buildings. Three points are available and they’re easier to achieve than they look. The new credit is Option 4 of the “Building life-cycle impact reduction” credit, part of the ...

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Greenbuild Special Set 2014: D11 - How to score Platinum in LEED Energy efficient projects in Swe

In Sweden, almost a quarter of LEED projects achieve Platinum-level certification- the highest percentage of any country in the world. How do we do it? Sweden’s long tradition of energy-efficient building methodology and regulations, as well as progressive practice in the field of indoor environment ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Special Set: E11 - Understanding the Legal Landscape of Transparency for Designers

Our industry is in the early stages of a transformational discussion of materials and human health. Consistent with the now-established calls for communication of ingredients in food labeling, designers are asking that building product ingredients be disclosed. Prompted by questions from practitione ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Special Set E13 - High performance through Post Occupancy Engagement: 4 firms go deep

The gap between predicted and measured performance is a mystery with many plausible suspects. But designers want more than someone to blame--they want to know how to design differently so they can close the gap. This session features speakers from 4 firms seeking to close the feedback loop. They sho ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Special Set: F09 - Net Zero Nutrients - Crowdsourcing the Next Metric

Our session is inspired by the understanding that in any sustainable system, waste must equal food. Engaging with nutrient flows, including human waste, is key to understanding our place in our environment and to solving our systemic problems of waste. This workshop, combining education and applicat ...

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Greenbuild 2014 Special Set: F12 - Building a Bridge Between Design and Operations - A Workshop

While design characteristics have a significant impact on long-term building energy use, building maintenance, operation and occupancy strategies are absolutely critical to long-term performance. Occupancy factors, particularly the growth in plug load energy use, can result in a range of impacts tha ...

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