Posts Tagged With: Sustainability

Required Reading: A Pattern Language

I can’t say enough about this book. When I first read A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander it completely changed my outlook about what the built environment should strive for. The introductory book The Timeless Way of Building highlights the fact that humans are emotional creatures and that architecture should recognize this and be built to enhance the lives of the people that inhabit the places created. “A Pattern Language” takes that fuzzy concept of happiness, comfort and wholeness and details how to achieve it in the built environment with a scope that no book before or since has replicated. This books should be required reading for every architect, urban planner, engineer, and social activist.

 

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The Twelve Steps of Sprawl Recovery

As we strive to build towns and neighborhoods that are vibrant, lively and great places to live, we inevitably find that people being there are what makes them this way. It is not architectural acrobatics or parking lots that make great places, but interesting street life. Hopefully the paradigm of building everything so far apart from each other, which in turn creates personal automobile dependence, is drawing to a close. The question then is how do we re-imagine areas that were built with this thinking into vibrant and essential places?

Steve Mouzon has a fantastic post outlining The Twelve Steps of Sprawl Recovery. It is a simple and incremental approach to making places vital again.

If you are thirsty for more people-focused town design, The Congress for New Urbanism is a collection of people that have made it their mission to answer these sorts of questions; inspiring towns, cities and their inhabitants to work towards making their places better every day.

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Green Building November 13th Luncheon: Designing for Sustainability in Division 8: Architectural Aluminum Framing

This course will give attendees an overview of how standard architectural aluminum framing products offered in Division 8: Glass & Glazing can be a key element of a design team’s LEED strategy. Standard components offered in architectural aluminum framing products can be major drivers for potential points in three categories: Enery and Atmosphere; Materials and Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality.

Total building construction costs and LEED strategies do not need to work against each other. A cost effective LEED strategy can be achieved in part by gaining an understanding of the proper application of many standard components and how they are best utilized. For example, improvements in thermal technology, along with higher performing insulated glass units, will increase the thermal performance of glazed elevations and enhance energy optimization. Additionally, proper use of shading devices allows for expanded glass areas, resulting in greater views and harvesting of natural light. Shading of the glazed area permits the use of glass with higher visible light transmission while reducing solar heat gain. And today, commercial windows are offered with triple glazed insulated glass units along with baffles in the aluminum profiles’ cavities to prevent heat transfer through convection. This allows for leveraging Thermal Comfort and Enhanced Indoor Air Quality without sacrificing energy performance.

Keep in mind that when putting together an aggressive LEED strategy there is no need to pay for custom products. A proper understanding of the efficient application of standard products can position your project for the LEED certification process.

Fee: $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

Lunch will be served, Register Here

Our meeting space is generously donated by the City of Charlottesville.

DATE AND TIME
Tue, Nov 13, 2018: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
LOCATION
City Space, 100 5th Street NE, Downtown Mall, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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Green Building October 9th Luncheon: Energiesprong in the US – Deep energy retrofit for multi-family housing

The Dutch EnergieSprong program retrofits existing multi-family housing stock to Net-Zero energy quickly and cost-effectively. The state of New York (through RetrofitNY), and the Department of Energy (through the REALIZE project) have funded several programs to transfer the EnergieSprong approach to the US. Staengl Engineering is working on a project in New York and with the REALIZE project to help implement a similar process for US multi-family buildings. This talk with describe EnergieSprong and report on efforts to implement the approach in the US.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the Dutch EnergieSprong approach and its Net Zero energy results.
  2. Identify the differences in the US climate and market that affect implementation of the EnergieSprong approach.
  3. Understand project implementation and net zero energy goals for a project in Troy, NY
  4. Understand the transformations that the market will need to go through to realize the net zero energy results provided through the EnergieSprong approach in the United States

Presenter:

Galen Staengl has 20 years of experience designing cutting-edge energy-efficient mechanical systems for green building projects and industrial facilities. Throughout his career, Galen has worked to bring energy-efficient and sustainable principles into his designs for award-winning schools, institutional buildings, multi-family residential projects, and office buildings. As President of Staengl Engineering, Galen has provided design and energy analysis for buildings certified as LEED Platinum and Gold, Passive House, Net Zero energy, Net Positive energy, and Living Building Challenge.

As a leader in low-energy building system design, Galen regularly presents and moderates at national and regional green building conferences. He is also involved in advancing the technical and regulatory aspects of green building design in the U.S.; he is currently a member of the national Technical Committee of Passive House Institute U.S..

Fee: $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

Lunch will be served, Register Here

Our meeting space is generously donated by the City of Charlottesville.

DATE AND TIME
Tue, Oct 9, 2018: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
LOCATION
City Space, 100 5th Street NE, Downtown Mall, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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Green Building September 11th Luncheon: Redefining ‘Productivity’: Micro-Farming in Green Buildings

This course will educate attendees on the applications for micro-farming in living spaces, as part of a new generation of WELL-Standard and Fitwel-compliant buildings that promote occupant wellness, and offer sustenance as well as shelter.

Presenter: Will Graham with Babylon Micro-Farms

Fee: $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

Lunch will be served

Our meeting space is generously donated by the City of Charlottesville.

DATE AND TIME
Tue, Sep 11, 2018: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
LOCATION
City Space, 100 5th Street NE, Downtown Mall, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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Green Building August 14th Luncheon: Frederick County Middle School – A Model of Energy Efficiency

The goal for this new middle school was to create a progressive campus for an expected enrollment of 900 students in Frederick County’s under-served rural community. This student- and community-centric prototype was designed to be a model of energy and water efficiency and to incorporate the building’s sustainable infrastructure into the curriculum.

The school exceeded its energy-efficiency goals in its first year of operation: energy consumption was just 26.9 kBtu/sf—39% of comparable secondary schools and below its target of 30 kBtu/sf/year. This number is projected to drop over time with operational fine-tuning. Additionally, the school operates independently of fossil fuels and is a net zero water facility. Energy-saving highlights include an on-site water generation and treatment system, a hybrid geothermal HVAC system, and exclusive use of LED lighting.

Speaker:

Peter Mackey is an accomplished senior mechanical engineer and project manager who has led some of 2RW’s largest MEP/FP design projects. He is a dedicated client advocate who has exceptional attention to detail and an unwavering commitment to quality and ac

countability. Peter has 14 years of industry experience, 12 of which has been with 2RW where he designs and manages new construction and renovation projects for K-12 schools, higher education and research facilities, municipal facilities, mixed-use and multi-family developments, healthcare, and more. Peter has played a key role in numerous LEED-certified and Net Zero-ready projects and presents continuing education courses for USGBC and AIA accreditation.

Fee: $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

Lunch will be served

Our meeting space is generously donated by the City of Charlottesville.

DATE AND TIME
Tue, Aug 14, 2018: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
LOCATION
City Space, 100 5th Street NE, Downtown Mall, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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Green Building July 10th Luncheon: Rotunda at University of Virginia Tour

The Rotunda designed by Thomas Jefferson as the architectural and academic heart of the University’s community of scholars was completed in 1826. The extensive Rotunda renovation, which took from 2012 to 2016, included replacing the domed roof and the exterior column capitals, installing all new interior systems and refurbishing the Dome Room. Three new classrooms and additional study space were developed to encourage students to spend more time in the iconic core of the University. The challenge for this renovation came from meeting modern environmental standards while maintaining the historical integrity of the structure

The University received LEED-NC v2009 Silver certification for the Rotunda renovation project.

“The demolition was carefully managed to minimize the amount of material that was removed, and all of the waste was directed to a recycling service so that more than 95 percent of the materials that were removed from the building were recycled,” Brian Hogg, senior historic preservation planner, said. “The heating, cooling and plumbing systems were designed to be very efficient, and the HVAC has much greater ability to control the rooms for comfort. All of the lights in the building are LED, so in the Dome Room, for instance, the wattage needed to light the dome well is now about 25 percent of what was needed before the renovation. The paints, adhesives and sealants all included low volatile organic compounds.” Source: UVA Today, January 22, 2018, UVA’S VENERABLE ROTUNDA TAKES THE LEED by Matt Kelly

Led by Brian Hogg, Senior Historic Preservation Planner for the Office of the Architect for the University. Brian, the tour will guide visitors through details of the renovation and restoration of the Rotunda.

This course will be approved for 1 GBCI and AIA CEs

Due to space limitations this tour is for USGBC community members only. Register Here

The tour will begin on the south side of the Rotunda on the Lawn. Parking will be available at the Central Grounds Garage off Emmet Street.

DATE AND TIME
Tue, July 10, 2018: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
LOCATION
University of Virginia Rotunda, 1826 University Ave. Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
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Green Building May 8th Luncheon: Better Business Challenge Kickoff

How to Spur Energy Savings and Sustainable Practices in Your Business

What do Plow and Hearth, Alloy Workshop, State Farm, and Wild Wing Café have in common? They were all players and winners of the Charlottesville Area Better Business Challenge: a friendly competition that helps organizations cut energy costs, engage employees in the workplace, and gain community-wide recognition. At this Challenge KickOff Luncheon, find out how these businesses adopted energy savvy and other sustainable practices in their daily operations and how to play in the 2018 Challenge!

The Challenge is run by the Charlottesville Climate Collaborative and includes the following community partners: The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), Better World Betty, the City of Charlottesville, the County of Albemarle, the Chamber of Commerce, UVA’s Office of Sustainability, and 2RW Consulting.

Fee: Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Lunch will be served, Register Here

Our meeting space is generously donated by the City of Charlottesville.

DATE AND TIME
Tue, May 8, 2018: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
LOCATION
City Space, 100 5th Street NE, Downtown Mall, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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Green Building April 10th Luncheon: Biophilic Building Design = Symbiotic Climate Response Solutions

Earth’s climate and our man-made environment is at a tipping point. Designers and builders must embrace a more urgent and far reaching purpose and responsibility, in ways that regenerate and nourish the health and beauty of our built environmental and planet. This presentation will cover state-of-the-art practices and conceptual future systems and methods needed to create organic buildings that embrace accountability with respect to climate change and quality of life. Inspiring current opportunities and evolving case studies will be explored.
Fred Øesch is the principal of Øesch Environmental Design of Charlottesville, VA. He has designed and built alternative “green” architecture, custom interiors, furniture, and produced fine art for over 35 years. His specialties include: solar, timber frame, straw bale, vegetated roofs, earth shelters, and passive environmental control systems. You can follow his work at fredoesch.com
Lunch will be provided.
Meeting space generously sponsored by City of Charlottesville
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Green Building March 13th Luncheon: PHIUS+ Passive Multifamily Buildings

Large multifamily buildings in mixed humid climates present unique challenges and opportunities for energy efficient design. Dominance of internal gains from plug loads, lighting, appliance density, and base building loads create energy balance profiles where heat gains are a serious issue and solar gains must be carefully controlled. Come learn about the PHIUS+ Passive Building standard and how this approach optimizes design of this building type to minimize cooling demand and energy use, delivering buildings with superior comfort, air quality and durability. Case studies of several multifamily projects transplanted to C’ville and optimized for this climate will be included.

This month’s presenter is Prudence Ferreira; a founding partner and Managing Director of Passiv Science LLC. Ms. Ferreira is a licensed instructor for the Passive House Institute US and regularly teaches the Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) training, WUFI Passive modeling, and Advanced Hygrothermal Analysis around the US. Prudence has served on the PHIUS Board of Directors since 2011 and is a founding member of the PHIUS Technical Committee. She has consulted on passive building projects across 7 different climate zones including sub-arctic, tropical and high altitude locations.

Free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Lunch will be served.

When:
March 13th, noon to 1:00pm (lunch provided)

Register for Lunch Here!

Where: 
City Space
100 5th Street, NE, Downtown Mall, Charlottesville, VA

 

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