Heather Benjamin
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Check out a few Greenbuild sessions that may be of interest to engineers.

Engineering professionals turn green building designs into realities. Setting and reaching goals for the performance of a space in energy and water efficiency, mechanical systems, durability, indoor air quality and occupant health defines their day-to-day achievements.

At Greenbuild Atlanta, to be held Nov. 19–22 at the LEED Gold Georgia World Congress Center, there are over 200 sessions, tours, summits and workshops—most of which also provide continuing education credit—where you can learn about the latest strategies, materials, codes and LEED updates relevant to your work.

In addition, the Expo Hall gives you access to more than 300 exhibitors sharing new materials and services for green building. Six themed pavilions on the show floor help you find the products you're looking for. Plus, the Expo Hall offers learning sessions and interactive discussions throughout the event.

New strategies in engineering at Greenbuild

Here are just a handful of the many Greenbuild sessions that may be of interest to engineers. View the full list of education sessions.

The Circadian Curtain Wall: Advocating Integrated Design

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. | HOK Architects and Engineers; WSP Built Ecology

The Circadian Curtain Wall is a theoretical enclosure element that could more specifically address site conditions and connect inhabitants to the world around them in supportive, sustainable ways. The wall is a window that also functions as part of the mechanical system, providing a dynamic facade that preserves daylight and views as well as protection from solar gains and visual discomfort. The presentation will outline the inspiration for design in the context of organic architecture as well as the technical features of how the design elements act to increase indoor environmental quality while simultaneously decreasing embodied and operational energy. It will also discuss how the integrated design concepts were modeled and tested.

Materialize: A Gateway Project to Provide Greater Access to EPDs and Carbon Data for the Entire Industry

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2–3 p.m. | IMN Architects; Skanska USA Building; Americas at Interface; University of Washington; Brightworks Sustainability

One of several Applied Learning Area Sessions on the Expo Hall floor, this discussion centers on embodied carbon (EC), which makes up most of the 2030 climate impact of a typical new office building. EC is the carbon emitted in producing the concrete, steel, timber and similar materials from which it is made. The EC3 platform can help construction professionals efficiently quantify, report and reduce embodied carbon. Learn about the EC3 and the Mindful Materials data partnership and join the embodied carbon dialogue.

New Paradigm: Architect/Engineer Collaborative Energy Models

Thursday, Nov. 21, 3–4 p.m | Payette; BuroHappold Engineering; BR+A Consulting Engineers

While traditional building and HVAC designs have permitted architecture and engineering teams to work independently of one another, implementing newer low-energy systems often demands that both teams actively collaborate. With this paradigm shift, the use of energy models is changing from a singular model built by one person with one piece of software to an interconnected network of studies where the outputs of one study inform the inputs of another. This session presents two case studies, a museum project and a hospital inpatient room design. The presenters will discuss the benefits they found in combining skills, including better modeling practices, more accurate depictions of designs and new graphic representations of results.

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