Jeff Betts of Ecovative- the first company to develop bio-based resin and foam-like materials made out of mushrooms- explains the benefits of using innovative, living materials to replace traditional building components and how to specify these exciting materials in architectural and design projects.
Textile designer and artist Suzanne Tick will focus on recent art and design aesthetics related to “the self” through the lens of today’s economic and technological landscape. Her lecture will also explore ideas of the self related to existentialism, narcissism, and altruism in present day culture and how these themes are reflected in art and design.
Learn to spearhead projects that go beyond just environmental sustainability. Master the criteria for new LEED Social Equity pilot credits. You’ll review what makes a building benefit the communities around it, the people who build and maintain it, and the people who manufacture materials that make up its structure.
Natural fibers, including wool, cotton, linen, silk, sisal, jute, seagrass, paper, and coir, offer elegant and environmentally-friendly solutions to your carpeting needs. This lecture covers these natural fibers from harvest through maintenance: where they come from, how to distinguish among them, appropriate uses, installation methods and concerns, and proper care.
Gain an intimate knowledge about using currently available methods that today’s practitioner can utilize to incorporate renewable energy into their commercial projects. This course will discuss how current regulations and the global energy situation can be used as a tool to make these projects move forward sustainably.
Striving for energy neutrality from conceptual phases through construction and operation – a project presented by The Vermont Performance Lab Campus. It’s a great opportunity to have a discussion with Ted Sheridan who will demonstrate both the strengths and weaknesses of materials, methods, and engineering.
The floor covering industry offers a range of rapidly renewable and biodegradable options, including cork, linoleum, and bamboo. This seminar covers specifications, LEED, installation procedures, and maintenance recommendations for these environmentally-friendly materials
In this lecture, Al Fierstein – acoustic consultant and founder of Acoustilog, Inc. – will discuss the importance of involving acoustic planning early on, within an architectural design process. This interactive presentation will cover specific acoustic topics for building and design.
This seminar will compare raw ingredients, manufacturing processes, recommended installations, maintenance requirements, and lifecycle costs for resilient flooring materials including linoleum, vinyl, rubber, VCT, and cork.
Planning and selecting carpeting for large, complex building corridors presents a unique set of challenges. This lecture covers the full cycle of corridor carpeting considerations including manufacturing, performance, regulatory requirements, fibers, installation, and maintenance.
Carpeting staircases can be difficult to get right, and is an often overlooked but crucial component of interior projects. This seminar covers design options and installation techniques, considerations for selection of carpeting and padding, and information on how to assess quality and performance expectations.
In this lecture, certified energy practitioner Jean-Pierre Clejan will describe the economics that make solar electric systems feasible for commercial buildings. He will present recent case studies of LEED projects that incorporate solar electricity and geothermal HVAC, including a Zero Energy medical building, a Near-Zero Energy liquor superstore and…
In this lecture, Julie Torres Moskovitz – credited with retrofitting New York City’s first certified Passive House – will present an in-depth case study for her project Tighthouse, a retrofit of an 1899 brownstone that was completed in 2012.
In recent years, Passive House technology – a voluntary standard for energy efficiency, widely used in Europe, that results in ultra-low energy buildings – has become increasingly popular in the US. In this lecture, certified Passive…