2019 Conference Schedule

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Energy track

Materials track

Human Experience track

Certifications track

Check-in. Continental breakfast.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast, check out the Vendors & network with colleagues in preparation for a day of inspiration.

Opening Keynote (1 AIA LU approved/GBCI CEU self reported)

Mark Biedron

Hear from the founder of the Willow School and former President of the NJ Board of Education about the vision and journey of creating one of the most sustainable school campuses on the East Coast.

Session 1

Progressive Passive House Design and Construction (1.5 AIA HSW pending/GBCI CEU self-reported)

Shawn Torbert, LEED AP, CPHC/D

Passive House design is recognized worldwide as a design methodology for increasing building energy efficiency and resiliency while decreasing ecological footprint. While the concept has been practiced for decades, recently, Passive House design is being incorporated into a wider variety of building types, including commercial, high-rise, and multi-family, many in the northeast region. Learn about the newest Passive House techniques and projects, and how they can be incorporated into future projects.

Tour of the Willow School: Focus on Materials (1.5 AIA LU approved/GBCI CEU self reported)

Michael Farewell FAIA, LEED AP

The Willow School stands out as a shining example of a healthy and green learning center for bright young minds. With each new building, this pioneering educational facility has pushed the envelope to achieve higher certifications are greater sustainability. Tour the school with its Architect, Michael Farewell, FAIA, LEEDap. This tour will have a special focus on use of healthy and environmentally responsible materials.

Biophilia: Bringing Nature into Design (1.5 AIA HSW approved/GBCI CEU self reported)

Catie Ryan Balagtas

The term "biophilia" means "love of life or living systems” and hypothesizes that humans possess an innate desire to seek connections with nature. Biophilia in the built environment strives to reincorporate nature into structures that inherently separate people from it. Studies have shown connection to nature and natural elements has a significant effect on the physical and mental health of building occupants. By leveraging high-performance design, whole systems thinking, and bio-inspired innovation, Biophilic-design can reconnect people to the environment, leading to a healthy, prosperous and regenerative future for all.

Alphabet Soup: Navigating the Plethora of Green Building Ratings (1.5 AIA LU approved/LEED Specific CEU self reported)

Jason Kliwinski, Faith Taylor

The Green Business Certification Institute has assembled a comprehensive suite of certifications such as WELL, TRUE, SITE, PEER, & GRSBE, spearheaded by LEED and its latest version 4.1. Learn how it all fits together and the new unifying platform for certifications and ongoing performance tracking ARC.

Lunch

Session 2

Past, Present & Future of Renewable Energy in Design (1.5 AIA LU approved/GBCI CEU self reported)

Lyle Rawlings

Renewable energy is not new, but new technologies and innovations are being developed every day along with incentives and policies to support their deployment. Hear from noted solar guru, and patent-holding designer, Lyle Rawlings, about the latest trends in renewable technology and what the future may hold. From changing energy storage technologies to building integrated solar to bladeless wind “turbines”, renewable energy generation options are vast. There is a solution for every situation. Integration of renewable energy at the building, community, regional and national scale is a key component of moving from a fossil fuel based economy to a renewable energy based society.

What's the Best Choice? The Future of Green Materials (1.5 AIA LU/GBCI CEU approved)

Lia Nielsen LEED GA, WELL AP

Designers often gravitate to the tried-and-true, but as we seek to create buildings for a changing climate and healthier future, materials are evolving to meet new needs in sustainability, efficiency, and health. Building rating systems, including LEED V4, WELL V2 and Living Building Challenge have instituted stringent requirements for transparency, and many manufacturers are rising to the challenge. This session will discuss the newest innovations in material design and technology to create buildings and spaces that meet the unique needs of a changing environment and increasingly aware populace seeking to be in the healthiest spaces possible. The standard of care of architects and interior designers is arguably changing as a result.

Tour of the Willow School: Focus on Human Experience (1.5 AIA LU approved/GBCI CEU self reported)

Michael Farewell FAIA, LEED AP

The Willow School stands out as a shining example of a healthy and green learning center for bright young minds. With each new building, this pioneering educational facility has pushed the envelope to achieve higher certifications are greater sustainability. Tour the school with its Architect, Michael Farewell, FAIA, LEEDap. This tour will have a special focus on how it was designed to shape the growth and educational experience of its young occupants.

LEEDing Where? TRUE & WELL V2, the Next Big Things (1.5 AIA LU approved/LEED Specific CEU self reported)

Michael Buono, Jennifer Taranto LEED® AP ID+C, BD+C, USGBC Faculty, WELL® AP and WELL Faculty

LEED was first released 20 years ago and has grown into the world's foremost and best recognized benchmark for green buildings. As it continues to evolve, new specialized rating systems have grown to complement it. The Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI) now oversees seven certifications, in addition to LEED. TRUE Zero Waste and the WELL Building Standard V2 are expected to grow rapidly as the building industry recognizes the paramount importance of addressing both Health and Wellness, and Waste in a changing climate.

Session 3

Real Time Tracking: ARC, Building Envelope and Monitoring-based Commissioning (1 AIA LU approved/GBCI CEU self reported)

Gerry Timothy PE, CCP, CBCP, QCxP, Kevin Day, PE, CEM, CCP, LEED AP

This presentation will provide a high-level overview of the updates and revisions in the overall LEED Version 4 program and provide specific focus on the changes for Energy & Atmosphere Prerequisite #1 Fundamental and Credit #3 Enhanced Commissioning. Detailed discussion will include the new LEED commissioning requirements including commissioning authority criteria, required systems to be commissioned, current facilities requirements (CFR) document, preventative maintenance plan, monitoring based commissioning, building envelope commissioning and use of ARC. Overall, the presentation will assist the user to understand and incorporate the new commissioning requirements into future scopes of work to satisfy the requirements of LEED v4.

Green Materials: How Local Manufacturers are Meeting Sustainability and Transparency Demands (1 AIA LU approved/GBCI CEU self reported)

Sean Ragiel, Rochelle Samuels

In just the last few years, there has been a significant push toward greater transparency in the manufacturing world. Consumers want to know where products are coming from, how they are made, what they're made from, and what producers are doing to make the planet a better place. Local manufacturers, on the micro and macro scale, will discuss how material production is evolving to address consumer desires for more transparency, sustainable materials and what local manufacturers are doing to lead the charge.

The Human Experience: Designing for Human Health and Growth (1 AIA HSW approved/GBCI CEU self reported)

Michael Farewell FAIA, LEED AP

Americans tend to spend more than 90% of their time indoors, meaning the design of buildings can greatly affect our mental and physical health. Studies have increasingly found this to be true. Architects are in the unique position to affect the lives and well-being of the occupants of the buildings they design. Hear from architect Michael Farewell, who has designed some of the most sustainable buildings in the region, including the LEED Platinum & Living Building Challenge certified Health, Wellness and Nutrition Center, and the LEED Platinum Environmental Center at the Watershed Institute.

Tour of the Willow School: Focus on LEED and Living Building Challenge Certifications (1 AIA LU approved/LEED Specific CEU self reported)

Mark Biedron

The Willow School stands out as a shining example of a healthy and green learning center for bright young minds. With each new building, this pioneering educational facility has pushed the envelope to achieve higher certifications are greater sustainability. Tour the school with it's Founder, Mark Biedron. This tour will have a special focus on the lessons learned and the Owner’s perspective in pushing for and achieving the highest certifications in the industry today, including LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge.

Closing Panel Discussion - Designing for a Sustainable Future, Today in a Climate of Change (1 AIA LU approved/GBCI CEU self reported)

William Amann, Frank Cunha III, Michael Farewell FAIA, LEED AP, Jason Kliwinski, Lyle Rawlings, Jennifer Taranto LEED® AP ID+C, BD+C, USGBC Faculty, WELL® AP and WELL Faculty

Hear from the perspectives of an Owner, Architect, Engineer, Renewable Energy Specialist & Contractor on the present and future of design & construction trends to both mitigate and deal with the affects of Climate Change.

Reception

Enjoy the music of Sunlab Studio, powered by renewable energy, an open bar of beer, wine and other refreshments, food, a chance to relax & recap the day and meet up with old & new colleagues.