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Boston Architectural College: Healthy Buildings for Everyone

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Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor and Consultant, will be presenting Healthy Buildings for Everyone: Tapping into Biology to Grow the Next Generation of Buildings at Boston Architectural College on Wednesday, January 17th at 5 PM. The session is free and open to the public, registration is not required

 

Presentation Overview:

The way buildings are built today has remained relatively unchanged for nearly two hundred years. The $9 trillion a year global construction industry is responsible for nearly 60% of climate change emissions, a third of landfill waste and a shocking array of negative health effects.

Even the most advanced construction projects in the world continue to use ancient techniques of modular assembly, relying on painstaking human effort to construct dead & ancient materials of wood, steel and concrete. Construction is driven by standards and codes to ensure economy and safety, but in the process fail to protect people from larger risks.

In 2016, the XPRIZE Foundation set out to establish a “moonshot” for construction by creating the XPRIZE for Healthy Buildings. In this session, learn how one team approached this unique opportunity to develop a way to (literally) grow buildings by fusing synthetic biology, genomics, parametric modeling, and 3D printing to create a paradigm shift that could switch us from a PETROchemical world, to a BIOchemical one.

AIA Seattle Sustainable Design Series: Passive House and Commercial Construction

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AIA Seattle’s Corporate Allied Partners (CAPs) enliven the AIA Seattle community and value involvement with AIA Members.

This year, Medgar Marceau, Building Science Engineer, will present Passive House and Commercial Construction at AIA Seattle’s Sustainable Design Series. The series is a full-day workshop with 7 sustainable-design presentations.

Medgar’s presentation will begin at 10:40 a.m. and is eligible for one AIA LU|HSW credit.

Presentation Overview:

The accelerating growth of Passive House across the US and Canada is leading a change in the building envelope industry across the Pacific Northwest. With Vancouver’s new mandate to meet the Passive House standard for all city-owned commercial buildings, and Seattle’s progressively stricter energy codes, it’s only natural that our industry will have new challenges to meet on the pathway of sustainability. There is a large knowledge base of how to build durable residential buildings that meet the Passive House standard. However there are few examples of commercial buildings meeting Passive House. This presentation will help bridge the knowledge gap between residential and commercial construction. Basic principles of Passive House are high levels of insulation, no thermal bridging, an airtight building, very high-performance windows and doors, heat and moisture recovery ventilation, and optimizing solar heat gains. All of this while ensuring occupant comfort and durability are paramount. Achieving these objectives in Passive Commercial will require the same.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the challenges in translating Passive House to Passive Commercial
  • Examine solutions for: A) minimizing thermal bridging in commercial construction; B) providing an air-tight interior vapor retarder
  • Discuss thermally efficient at-grade and below-grade transitions
  • Utilize 2-D and 3-D simulation tools to evaluate hygrothermal performance

Greenbuild 2017: Energy in LEED today and tomorrow

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Christian Cianfrone, Building Energy Specialist, will present Energy in LEED Today and Tomorrow on Thursday, November 9 at 9 a.m.

Presentation Overview:

Discussions about the water-energy nexus have reignited conversations about energy impacts and consumption. Presenters will use real-world examples to show how unique building and space types have successfully implemented and documented their energy impacts and performance. During this session, we will delve into how LEED addresses energy today through LEED v4 and through pilot credits and also take a look towards how today’s trending topics, like the water-energy nexus impact LEED’s future goals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of how LEED v4 addresses energy in all rating systems – LEED BD+C, ID+C, O+M, ND and Homes – and related credits.
  • Review different strategies for achieving the LEED v4 energy-related credit across all LEED rating systems.
  • Review real world examples of how LEED energy-related credits and strategies have been applied.
  • Discuss the future of energy issues, solutions and strategies and the impact they have on the development of future LEED credits and pilot credits.

Net Positive Symposium: Thermal Bridges in Passive House Design

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Christian Cianfrone, Building Energy Specialist, will present Thermal Bridges in Passive House Design on day 2 of the symposium, October 31 at 1 p.m.

Session Overview:

As Passive House becomes increasingly popular in commercial, institutional, and high rise multi-unit residential construction, our understanding of thermal bridging needs to consider an expanding range of materials, assemblies and construction methods. Luckily, quantifying the impact of and mitigating thermal bridges has been the subject of research for the last several years, yielding a large amount of data that industry can benefit from. This presentation will introduce participants to an exciting project that is currently in development – an online Thermal Bridging Performance Database. Participants will get a sneak peek into the resource, including how the data can be leveraged to make better decisions on projects and ultimately reduce energy use on buildings.

2017 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference: Energy Modeling Tools and Methods for Developing Zero Carbon Buildings Policy

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Christian Cianfrone, Building Energy Specialist, will be presenting the session Energy Modeling Tools and Methods for Developing Zero Carbon Buildings Policy at this year’s 2017 AHSRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference, which takes place August 7-9, 2017 in Atlanta.

Christian’s presentation will take place on Day One of the conference, September 27, at 11:15 a.m.

Session Overview:

Net-zero building policies have been developed in Canada, ranging from provincial legislation to municipal policy to voluntary programs. These policies have been primarily influenced using data-driven guidance, generated from a multitude of simulation exercises. The speaker will focus on methodology through case studies and resulting policy outcomes.

Building Simulation 2017: Energy Modeling Tools and Methods for Developing Zero Carbon Buildings Policy

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Christian Cianfrone, Building Energy Specialist, will be presenting the session Energy Modeling Tools and Methods for Developing Zero Carbon Buildings Policy at this year’s Building Simulation 2017 Conference, which takes place August 7-9, 2017 in San Francisco.

Christian’s presentation will take place on Day 2 of the conference, August 8, at 10:20 a.m.

Session Overview:

Net-zero building policies have been developed in Canada, ranging from provincial legislation to municipal policy to voluntary programs. These policies have been primarily influenced using data-driven guidance, generated from a multitude of simulation exercises. The speaker will focus on methodology through case studies and resulting policy outcomes.

Building Lasting Change 2017: Building Envelope Strategies to Achieve Net Zero

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Mark Lucuik, Senior Sustainability Specialist, and Alex Blue, Building Energy Consultant, will present Building Envleope Strategies to Achieve Net Zero at this year’s Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) annual conference.

Course Overview:

Net Zero Buildings are often achieved by maximizing the benefits of passive technologies, such as the building envelope, but it is difficult to know how much to invest in these technologies relative to HVAC systems or power generation.  We will explore the impact and trade-offs between both common and innovative envelope variables under the assumption that a highly efficient HVAC system is employed.  We will use our innovative energy mapping tool to compare thousands of energy simulation runs for a high rise residential building in both Vancouver and Edmonton, enabling attendees to better understand how to best invest in their envelope to cost effectively achieve a net zero building.

Conflux Canada: Raising the Bar – Getting Class A Performance out of Class B Properties

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Fin MacDonald, Sustainability Analyst, will be co-presenting Raising the Bar – Getting Class A Performance out of Class B Properties with Jeanne Medland and Trevor Gilbert of KingSett Capital.

Presentation Overview:

Learn how to unlock the potential of Class B properties through sustainability.  Maximize the property’s economic, environmental, and long term potential by knowing where you stand within the market, what you can do, and what you can do better.  The presentation will investigate how to add value and improve leasing and market perception through energy, carbon, water efficiency and green certification.  The presentation will also explore “future proofing” a property through continuous process refinement, collecting and analyzing feedback, and preparation for increasingly stringent government environmental policies.