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  • A Continuing Education

    A Continuing Education

    I may have passed the exam, but a trip to Greenbuild reveals a lot left to learn.

  • A Continuing Education

    I may have passed the exam, but a trip to Greenbuild reveals a lot left to learn.

  • Underfloor Service Distribution
    Continuing Education| 11-14-2013

    Underfloor Service Distribution course

    This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of ARCHITECT magazine. The ability of a building to change for an occupant’s shifting needs must meet the same three main criteria as green buildings themselves: high performance, sustainability and cost effectiveness. This article examines the growing popularity of underfloor service distribution (UFSD) as a key strategy for green buildings. This is achieved by creating buildings that can be retrofitted when companies or institutions come and go, when they expand and contract, when they rethink, refocus and renovate.

  • Smith College's Bechtel Environmental Classroom Certified as World's Fifth Living Building

    Smith College's Bechtel Environmental Classroom Certified as World's Fifth Living Building

    Designed by Coldham & Hartman Architects, the educational facility passed all criteria for the world's most comprehensive design- and performance-based building standard.

  • Understanding Bio-Based Sustainable Commercial Carpets
    Continuing Education| 05-23-2013

    Understanding Bio-Based Sustainable Commercial Carpets

    Synthetic carpet fibers like Nylon, PET (polyester), and polypropylene are almost exclusively petroleum based. Today, new technology has enabled a bio-based PTT (triexta) commercial carpet fiber that helps reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Understanding the performance benefits, drawbacks, and sustainable attributes of bio-based PTT versus other synthetic carpet fiber types available today is important for architects, commercial builders, and facility managers.

  • Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems for Commercial Buildings
    Continuing Education| 06-04-2013

    Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems for Commercial Buildings

    Geothermal heating and cooling systems are a sustainable, affordable, efficient and proven technology. Because the ground absorbs nearly half of the solar energy our planet receives, the earth remains at a constant, moderate temperature just below its surface all year round.

  • Design Considerations for Vegetated Permeable Pavement
    Continuing Education| 10-07-2013

    Design Considerations for Vegetated Permeable Pavement course

    Permeable paving systems, in general, continue to grow in scope and practicality as we search for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, improve water quality, diminish flooding and erosion, reduce the “urban heat island” from reradiated (building and pavement) heat in our cities and environment, and add attractive open space to building sites and neighborhoods. This course will take a closer look at what vegetated permeable pavement is and its benefits. It will look closely at the different types available, and their green properties and overall benefits.

  • Energy Efficiency + Building Science
    Opinion| 11-01-2013

    Vision 2020: Where We Go From Here

    Our future depends on education, training, and wide-spread commitment.

  • U.S. Department of Education Names Inaugural Green Ribbon Schools

    U.S. Department of Education Names Inaugural Green Ribbon Schools

    Seventy-eight schools are recognized for environmental and health-focused curricula, as well as their efforts to reduce their environmental impact and costs.

  • Design for Decades: Educational Facilities
    Project| 12-14-2010

    Design for Decades: Educational Facilities

    The American Institute of Architects’ Design for Decades initiative showcases the design work of its members, practicing architects nationwide. This slide show features some of the AIA’s members’ designs for educational facilities.