2013 Vision 2020 Webinars

ECOHOME’s Vision 2020 initiative engages green building visionaries and thought leaders in an exclusive dialogue throughout the year, which includes a select offering of webinars in the key Vision 2020 focus areas. Exclusive webinars will be rolled out here from July through November 2013. In addition, throughout the year, we hold conference calls with our program’s esteemed chairs and sponsors. For a behind-the-scenes look at these discussions, recordings of each conference call (which average 90 minutes) are posted below as available.
Check back frequently for an expanded lineup and available recordings. Registration is required to access all webinars and conference calls. Please note that CEU credits (GBCI and AIA) are not available for these webinars.


NOW AVAILABLE: Sustainable Communities | Walkable Communities: Why We Need Them and What Obstacles Are In Our Way

John Norquist of the Congress for New Urbanism explores why walkable communities disappeared, why they are important, and what's standing in the way of large-scale development.


NOW AVAILABLE: Codes, Standards, and Green Building Rating Systems | Rapidly Changing Codes

What You Need to Know About Green Building, presented by Jay Hall, Ph.D., Jay Hall & Associates. Energy codes have been changing dramatically over the last several years, and green programs have been scrambling to keep up. Anything built to code today will become obsolete more quickly than a building built to a beyond-code spec. Green building is now the incubator for coming code changes.


NOW AVAILABLE: Economics + Financing | Building the Foundation of an Energy-Efficient Housing Market

Robert Sahadi of the Institute for Market Transformation, Laura Reedy Stukel of Not YET Green Consulting, and Sandra K. Adomatis of Adomatis Appraisal Service will describe some of the new measures being taken to include energy efficiency in mortgages and appraisals.


NOW AVAILABLE: Building Design + Performance | Open Building: A Critical Component in Sustainable, High-Performance Housing

Tedd Benson of Bensonwood Homes and Stephen Kendall, Ph.D., of Infill Systems US, explore the concept of open building and how its wide-spread adoption could change how we design homes going forward, creating more flexibility and durability.


NOW AVAILABLE: Materials + Products | Evaluating Toxicants in Product Selection

Tom Lent of the Healthy Building Network and Paula McEvoy of Perkins+Will walk through the hazards and challenges of evaluating building products for toxicants and how it may influence design and manufacturing processes and material disclosure going forward.


NOW AVAILABLE: Energy Efficiency+ Building Science | Indoor Environmental Quality | Cost-Effective, High-Performance Homes

Building science expert Mark LaLiberte dives into how a focus on health, performance, affordability, and efficiency should change the way you build a home.


NOW AVAILABLE: Water Efficiency | Exploring Alternative Water Supplies

The world’s population continues to increase, urban centers continue to grow, and our water supply continues to dwindle. How can we continue to meet our water needs? The city of San Francisco has been rethinking its water use and examining alternative water supplies. Join Paula Kehoe of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to learn about the city’s efforts and techniques and how they may apply to other cities in the future.


NOW AVAILABLE: Energy Efficiency | Improving the Energy Performance of Existing Homes

While the building industry is making progress in improving the energy efficiency of new homes, a vast majority of our existing housing stock remains untouched when it comes to improving performance. This is a tremendous business opportunity. Join experts from Southface, a leading energy efficiency nonprofit in Atlanta, to learn about the top improvements that can be made to an existing home to improve its energy efficiency.