9:30 am Sessions

Take a Deep Dive! A deep dive look into LEED, SITES and WELL

An in-depth look into the most recent toolkits that enable design teams to measure, monitor and guide design decisions for resilient buildings and performative landscapes as achieved through LEED, SITES and WELL Building Standards.

The built environment consists of three components – the land, the building, and the interior environment that buildings create. How they all work together to influence human health and well-being is the ultimate goal for every design team. Three tools have been developed by professional peer design organizations for the purpose of enabling project design teams to measure and monitor environmental performance. This presentation will take a deep dive into those three design tools, highlighting their distinctions and synergies, and how they support an integrated design process. Simply put, how LEED, SITES and WELL toolkits help “lead” the way.The presentation will provide brief descriptions / overviews of three GBCI toolkits, describe how they are utilized to enhance sustainability in projects and what are the benefits, opportunities, limiting factors and synergies these programs provide to the client and design team. The presentation team will use project examples to illustrate how the integration of sustainable design toolkits have helped to create performance-based design solutions and intrinsic value for projects.

Allen Schaffer, AIA, LEED BD+C, WELL AP, LBC Ambassador, FitWel Ambassador, Moody Nolan

Seth Trance, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, DLR Group
Westlake Reed Leskosky

Jerry Smith, FASLA, LEED AP, SITES AP, EDAC, Smith
GreenHealth Consulting

Above the Flood: New Boston School Lets in the Light, Keeps Away the Water

A new daylit school design built in a floodplain that was kept safe during a major rain event.

District Administration approached Legat Architects to provide a new building that would be different than anything around the area of New Boston. Because of the size of the community, available sites for a new PK-12 school are very limited. The only available site was that of a former public pool that is in the floodplain, and right along side the floodway. Using a very thorough design and engineering process, the Legat design team was able to provide a solid and safe school that has an abundance of natural light while incorporating a future-leading academic layout for all students.

Dennis Paben, Project Manager
Legat Architects

Mike Staggs, Former Superintendent
New Boston Local Schools

203 Gaming for a Resilient Future: Designing Net Zero Energy Campuses

State and system mandates continue to push net-zero energy goals. Learn campus-level strategies through gaming and scenario testing to achieve desired energy savings.

Verified net-zero energy (ZNE) buildings are growing. However, the vast majority of them are buildings smaller than 25,000 square feet. What is the right scale for this trend? A common approach to a ZNE building is by providing adequate renewable energy through solar panels on the roof or on open parking lots. Such an approach has a number of limitations that can be overcome by planning ZNE at a campus level. We’ll elevate the conversation of achieving ZNE and energy cost savings at a campus level.As institutions are required to holistically plan for overall resiliency, ZNE, payback and best-management practices, rethinking buildings as part of larger campus systems provides innovative, integrated utility solutions and strategies. This session will begin by introducing the ZNE universe and related challenging nomenclature. Then the panel will discuss the journey of a unique public high school district catering to collegiate students, focusing on their campuses’ energy visions as well as a pioneering carbon neutrality planning effort for a community college district to meet California State Agency greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction goals. Through these case studies, the panel will address the need for a higher level of holistic thinking to best manage campus resources.The second half of the session will focus on ACTION. To engage the audience and help visualize campus level planning challenges and opportunities, this half of the session will have hands-on exercises through which attendees will apply energy concepts through multiple perspectives of ZNE, campus sustainability, and programmatic goals. A tool kit for practical, economical and innovative solutions will be explored. The hands-on exercise will be a game with lego blocks representing energy units and get-out-of-jail cards representing energy strategies. A hypothetical higher-education campus with many building types will be used. An established baseline energy budget that meets LEED minimum Energy Performance credit requirements will be given. Through a set of steps, audience will be asked to think about strategies to bring this campus to 50% better than baseline and finally to ZNE via four lenses: Use, Produce, Store, Share. At every step of the exercise, audience will be asked to play the game, before the simulated results are revealed. Goal of the exercise is to use the least number of “get-out-of-jail” cards to achieve the ZNE goal. Finally, the session will conclude with facilitated audience discussion on discovering the application of such planning to their own circumstances.

Premnath Sundharam
DLR Group

Roger Chang
DLR Group

Coral Pais
DLR Group

Discover New Technologies and Benefits of Decorative Glass for Interior and Exterior Applications

Examine the emerging technologies expanding the use of decorative glass.

As glass technologies continue to evolve, they are transforming the decorative glass industry, giving architects and designers more options regarding image span, application, high-tech solutions, and creative expression. These techniques transform the movement of light to create a dynamic space. They further support sustainable practices that optimize energy use, reduce waste, and minimize negative impacts on the environment. As a result, decorative glass has emerged as one of the most versatile and high performance materials of modern architecture.

Camille Zanona
Skyline Design