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Insulated Concrete Form Construction 1 HSW
Presenter: Leigh Overland, AIA
How ICF construction contributes to a durable, safe, energy efficient and sustainable building practice
The class will also cover other components of sustainable structure including structural insulated panel roofs, triple pane thermal break windows, radiant heat and air-conditioning, and metal stud interior wall construction fabricated in a factory.
Strategies for an Integrated Approach to Facility Reimagination 1 LU
Presenters: Thomas Haskell, AIA and Sandra Shea-Crabb, AIA
Faced with complex, difficult, phased reconstruction projects, Owners must develop methods to generate, digest, disseminate, and resolve huge quantities of information while maintaining project schedules and budgets. Using reconstruction of the Gant Science Complex at the University of Connecticut as a Case Study, this presentation focuses on Integrated Project Design from concept initiation to completion. The most complex project undertaken on campus, Gant is a 300,000 gsf, three phase, 10-year effort to transform an aging science facility into an engine for education and research. Innovative project management techniques were developed by the University to address physical conditions, logistics, programming, curriculum development and student engagement.
MgO Sheathing Panels for Exterior Wall Applications in Wood Frame Projects 1 HSW
Presenter: Scott Johnston
MgO Sheathing panels for exterior wall applications in wood frame projects for Type III and V Construction
This course investigates the use of MgO sheathing panels for exterior wall applications in wood frame projects of Type III and V Construction through review of MgO material properties and characteristics of MgO panels that make them uniquely suited for use as exterior sheathing. It includes a discussion of how MgO panels meet code requirements for exterior walls in these applications, and an overview of the structural performance.
Hotel Marcel: A NetZero, Ultra Comfortable Example for the Hospitality Industry 1 HSW
Presenter: Kate Doherty
Comfortable, Resilient AND Net Zero?! This first-of-its-kind hotel located in New Haven, CT paves the way for sustainable hospitality spaces. This innovative historic retrofit has been converted from an office building into a beautiful Net Zero hotel with meeting space and a fully operational all-electric commercial kitchen. Let Steven Winters Assocaties take you on the journey from the owner's original vision to the finished Hotel Marcel through the roadblocks, the decision-making process, the construction setbacks, and lessons learned. Hotel Marcel, set to open in Spring 2022, checks all the sustainable boxes. Come learn why highly efficient, ultra-comfortable buildings are the future.
Amale Andraos, FRAIC co-founded WORKac in 2003 with Dan Wood. She is a principal of the firm and a Professor and Dean Emerita at Columbia University where she currently serves as an Advisor to the President on the University’s Climate Initiatives and the Climate School. Andraos is recognized as an architecture thought leader and lectures widely.
Her publications include The Arab City: Architecture and Representation, a critical engagement of contemporary architecture and urbanism in the Middle East, We’ll Get There When We Cross That Bridge, an overview of the firm’s first fifteen years of practice, and 49 Cities, a re-reading of 49 visionary urban plans through an ecological lens. Andraos is currently Chair of the Aga Khan Award and President of the Phi Contemporain International Competition. She has served on the Walton on the selection committee for the Walton Family Foundation’s Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence program and is currently serving on the board of the Architectural League of New York, and the Advisory Council for the New Museum’s incubator space New Inc, in New York. She is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC). Andraos was born in Beirut, Lebanon.
Balanced Design Approach to Fire Safety: How Concrete Buildings can Reduce Risk 1 HSW
Presenters: Shamim Rashid-Sumar, PE, FSFPE
Structure fires and wildfires result in significant loss of life and property in the United States each year. In addition to the direct losses of fighting fires, relocating residents and rebuilding, large fire events can cause substantial indirect losses to communities. There has been an increase in single family and multifamily structure fire losses, partly due to increased use of combustible construction methods. This presentation will investigate the causes of these fires and provide balanced design recommendations using both active and passive fire protection strategies. It will suggest several noncombustible concrete building systems to help reduce risk of fire loss in buildings.
Decarbonizing the Sustainable Way: Exposing all Electrical Buildings from the Outside In 1 HSW
Presenters: Eric Gebrian; Jeannette Penniman, AIA; and Paolo Campos, AIA
There is growing momentum to adopt more responsible and sustainable building practices to meet net zero energy and zero carbon climate action plans in place by many municipalities and private owners. As we embark on a zero-carbon future, it will be essential to balance electrification with sustainability. This presentation will demystify the process from the outside in – beginning with building envelope and structural detailing to HVAC, plumbing, and electrical components and will discuss best practices to sustainably meet a fossil-fuel free future!
Leveraging Green Globes to Achieve Sustainable Design Goals 1 HSW
Presenter: Blake Jackson, AIA
This presentation looks at the Green Globes rating system and how it can be leveraged to support and recognize sustainable design outcomes for projects across North America. This session will outline how the system is unique to other similar systems, like LEED and BREEAM, as well as how it was and is being utilized on two different projects in the Boston metropolitan area: 1) a completed and occupied tenant t-out project for an institutional client and 2) an ni-progress developer-led core-and-shell new construction project. Green Globes is a reputable third-party holistic sustainability rating system, which is also the only such system to be American National Standards Institute (ANSI) rated, and it is commonly utilized on government facilities in the US and Canada. Seen as an equivalent alternative to LEED, this presentation will illustrate some of the key attributes of the system, the workflow, users of the rating system, costs, and key impacts, as evidenced by the two case study projects above. Additionally, special consideration will be given to explain how to best leverage an integrative design process to support success on Green Globes projects, which differs from traditional interdisciplinary charettes.
Moving Beyond Function: Designing with Others in Mind 1 LU
Presenters: Yvonne Alston and Debra Seay
In today’s built environment, there are so many facets to consider when it comes to design. A few commonly overlooked aspects are the mental and social health of the end users; like accessibility and overall experience. To accomplish this, we must think about ways to increase the wellbeing of end users through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens. Also, who is in the room during the design process plays a significant role in the design outcomes; like people’s ability to fully experience the space, and to have their needs met within it.
Raising the bar- Collaborating to Achieve High Performance Design 1 HSW
Presenters: Misha Semenov, AIA; Mark Herter, AIA; Leah McGovern, LEED AP; and Madhav Munshi, LEED AP
Architects, Engineers, Energy Providers, and Owners Collaborating to Achieve High Performance Design
What does it take to achieve high-performance public buildings? The secret ingredient is a continuous, open conversation between project architects, energy analysts, and utility energy efficiency experts. This presentation will bring the story of this iterative design process to the CACX stage, illustrating, through two exciting case studies, how project team players can effectively collaborate to identify, benchmark, and exceed clients' sustainability goals. This session tells the story of two projects scheduled for completion in 2022 for nonprofit institutions in Connecticut: the new home for the New Canaan Library in New Canaan, CT and the Mill River Whittingham Discovery Center in Stamford, CT. The New Canaan Library is a net zero-ready building set to achieve an EUI reduction of 80 percent from the AIA 2030 Commitment baseline. It is one of the first projects to participate in the Design for Freedom initiative, which seeks to eliminate slave labor from the building supply chain; it also benefited from the utility’s energy modeling incentive program. The Mill River Discovery Center, a visitor center with exhibit spaces and science classrooms for an urban park built over a brownfield site, is aiming for LEED Gold certification and will generate half of its energy needs through a rooftop solar array, which is supported by the utility’s Non-Residential Renewable Energy program. The design also addresses innovative LEED v4.1 credits centered around Equity & Community Benefits and Biophilic Design, both important goals for the project client. In this presentation, our team of diverse professionals will narrate the sustainability roadmap for each of these projects.
Thin Film Intumescent Coating Fire Protection 1 HSW
Presenter: George Guanci
In this course, you will learn how intumescent coatings work, the three types of intumescent coatings, as well as where to specify a thin-lm intumescent coating.
340 + Dixwell: A Mass Timber and Passive House Integrated Design 1 HSW
Presenters: Paul Selnau, AIA and Andrew Ruff, Assoc. AIA
Located on a prominent intersection of Dixwell and Orchard Streets in New Haven, this development consists of two structures on a single lot containing a total of 69 affordable housing units. The development was funded by CHFA’s 9% LIHTC in November 2020 and is expected to begin construction in late spring 2022. By integrating Mass Timber structural systems and Passive House design principles, the project achieves an environmentally progressive design with high sustainability measures. It will incorporate natural materials throughout the building interior, reduce its embodied and operational carbon footprint, and offer a unique opportunity to broaden the social, health, and economic potential of affordable housing construction. This development is Zero Energy Building (ZEB) ready and significantly reduces its primary energy usage.
**Note if you attended the webinar on April 21, 2022, you are not eligible for CE credit for this course**
Understanding Universal Design 1 HSW
Presenter: Emily Ky, AIA
This course will give participants the knowledge to design spaces for universal access while considering the physical, emotional, and social well-being of its occupants. We will begin with an overview of universal design concepts, followed by an in-depth case study of a pharmacy school that prioritized universal design from project conception to completion.
Technology and the Labor Shortage 1 LU
Presenter: David Quisenberry, AIA
The architectural profession has consistently adopted technology to enhance the quality of our work product. Most industries focus on automation to address labor shortages through increases in productivity. This must change for the profession to thrive (and survive). This program includes a presentation on the current state of affairs (and how we got here) followed by an open discussion about how we can use technology specifically to increase production efficiency in designing the built environment.
Meeting the Current Code and Preparing for IECC 2024 1 HSW
Presenters: Karla Butterfield and Gayathri Vijayakumar
Every three years a new version of the building code is available. Sometimes the changes are minimal but other times they are very impactful. This session will address changes from the current IECC to the proposed 2024 IECC. Among the new changes will be duct and air infiltration testing changes and the focus on Net Zero Energy. By sharing code development experience, case studies, and programmatic paths to compliance, we’ll cover design and construction details to help meet an ever-evolving code.
Core Mission, Expanded Enrichment- New Tech- Forward Environments for Universities 1 HSW
Presenter: Jay Brotman, AIA
Technology-forward campus destinations for advanced learning, extracurricular enrichment and student engagement have become essential in today’s higher education experience. Led by Jay Brotman of Svigals + Partners and a facilities leader from the University of New Haven and/or Quinnipiac University, this session explores the growing need for esports centers and makerspaces among other tech-rich environments building on the core mission as well as expanded educational scope of today’s universities and colleges. Examples advanced include new, purpose-built esports venues at Quinnipiac University and the University of New Haven, as well as magnetic, amenity-like makerspaces at the University of New Haven and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The presenters share how these hands-on, tech-integrated places serve in-demand curricular offerings as they offer students enriching, adaptable environments for creating, collaborating, and even competing across academic disciplines. Beginning with strategies for planning and designing lasting, cost-effective solutions, the session shows how the environments can attract new students and support post-college careers in STEAM fields. The technical solutions and architectural gestures seek to inspire transformative thinking and incorporate state-of-the-art technology. Design considerations are shared for high-performance equipment such as professional broadcasting equipment, computer numeric controlled (CNC) machinery, and esports workstations. The culture of interaction, competitive gaming, and the booming tech industries behind these fields color their architectural direction.
Water, Wellness, and Sustainability 1 HSW
Presenter: Celeine Marcotte
This course will provide an overview of three key elements that can enhance our daily lives: water, wellness, and sustainability. Starting with water as a precious and essential natural resource to its role in bringing us wellness. We will focus on the origins of wellness through today’s WELL concepts and to how to integrate wellness in design projects. Lastly, we will discuss how wellness through water can be delivered in sustainable ways.
Acoustic Simulation for Architects 1 HSW
Presenter: Arthur van der Harten
For more than a decade, the acoustics software Pachyderm Acoustic Simulation has been teaching about sound to professionals in the design fields. This session will demonstrate some forms of acoustics simulation that can be used by architects to perform some rudimentary acoustics building performance analysis, to address a variety of common problems, such as human noise in hard spaces like atria or lobbies, speech privacy in open spaces like offices, or even cultivation of unique acoustical phenomena in expressive spaces.
Geothermal and Air-Source Heat Pump Systems: Residential Sustainable Strategies 1 HSW
Presenter: George Fellner, AIA
This program explores the basics for geothermal and air-source heat pump systems regarding concepts, system types, integration, pros and cons, criteria for optimal selection, economics/cost factors, along with environmental benefits.