We're Still Green at Being Green! Lessons Learned on the Path

In today's climate crisis, it's imperative to change the way we design and build in order to reduce or eliminate carbon emissions. However, some of these changes to building design can introduce unanticipated side effects. We can minimize these side effects on future projects by learning from each other - we all have insights that we've gleaned from our own projects. This presentation is a collection of lessons learned on the path to better performing buildings. Let’s share! Topics include wood vs. steel studs, incorporation of thermal breaks, reduction of Portland cement and concrete volume, and air barrier pitfalls.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:00am

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Marina I

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2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)

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BPI 1.5 hours
GBCI BD+C, ID+C, WELL 1.5 hours
MA CSL 1.5 hour, Energy


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify installation problems with different types of air barrier systems
  • Identify thermal problems with conventional cold-formed stick-type construction
  • Contrast installation issues of conventional foundations and frost-protected shallow foundations
  • Explain how lack of proper maintenance of porous pavement systems can lead to premature demise

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