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USGBC Arizona State Conference

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Starts On - November 16, 2017 - 8:00am
Ends On - November 16, 2017 - 4:00pm
700 West Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe , AZ 85281

Join USGBC Arizona at its sixth annual State Conference.

Industry leaders, experts and vanguard professionals dedicated to sustainable building across Arizona will come together Nov. 16 in Tempe to discuss the future of the sector and how to make a difference.

Continuing education hours — Attendees can earn GBCI and AIA continuing education at this event. Program details will be announced soon.

Tickets will go on sale June 19. Tickets are discounted for USGBC Airzona members. Not a member? Learn how you can join our USGBC Arizona community today.

Registration packages

Ticket prices
June 19-Sept. 22
  • Regular: $100
  • USGBC Arizona members: $75
Sept. 22-Nov. 13
  • Regular: $125
  • USGBC Arizona members: $100
  • Regular: $150
  • USGBC Arizona members: $125

Time Room Presenters Course
8-8:30 a.m. Lobby Registration
8:30-9:30 a.m. Lakeside Patti Mason Leveraging performance data and transparency to create healthier, more sustainable buildings and communities
9:30-10:30 a.m. Lakeside Jeremy Attema The Financial Story of High Performance Buildings
10:30-11:30 a.m. Lakeside Premnath Sundharam, Lloyd Ramsey Designing for Thermal Nirvana
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Lobby Vendor trade show
12:30-1 p.m. Lakeside Lloyd Ramsey USGBC Arizona community announcements and awards
1-2 p.m. Lakeside Brett McQuillan Human Comfort & the Building Envelope
2-3 p.m. Lakeside Patricia Olson, Joshua D. Spear, Michael Herman LEED for University Buildings
3-4 p.m. Lakeside Cynthia Fishman Keynote - Biomimicry: Nature as Model, Mentor and Inspiration
4-4:30 p.m. Lobby Reception - hors d'oeuvres and drinks
4:30-7 p.m. Studio Human Foosball

Designing for Thermal Nirvana
GBCI number: 920012097 | AIA number: RMG17A
Speaker(s): Premnath Sundharam, Lloyd Ramsey, Tom Huffman

Designing for thermal comfort in a conditioned environment is as much a challenge as it is subjective. Achieving thermal comfort in an outdoor space is even more challenging. During this session, our design team will discuss how to model and design comfortable outdoor environments using the concept of alliesthesia. The design team and owner will do a deep dive into balancing comfort, perception, design, and reality through a case study in Arizona.

The Financial Story of High Performance Buildings
GBCI number: 920012117 | AIA number: RMG17T
Speaker(s): Jeremy Attema

stok argues with academic, industry research, and our own case studies that the "premium" for designing and constructing High Performance Buildings (HPBs) does not matter. If HPB buildings are designed correctly and account for the positive externalities associated with them, any first cost premium to these buildings will be offset by the benefits of those that occupy or own them. Our analysis looks at three different financial perspectives of HPB's; corporate occupiers, short-term investors, and long-term investors as each of these have different priorities for value creation. These next-generation buildings do far more than merely save on operating expenditure through reduced utility and maintenance costs. Learn how to recognize, communicate, apply, and manage these value enhancing methodologies on your next project.

Key - Biomimicry: Nature as Model, Mentor, and Inspiration
GBCI number: 90087 | AIA number: 38028660
Speaker(s): Cynthia Fishman

Biomimicry is the conscious emulation of nature's genius that can be applied to the fields of design, energy, medicine, transportation, and social innovation. Drawing on 3.8 billion years of research and development, biomimicry can teach us how to design more efficient buildings that don’t compete with the rest of the planet, but instead complement it. This session will give an overview of what biomimicry is, provide a “checklist” that encompasses the deep patterns that all of nature follows, and provide real-life examples of designs that use nature as an inspiration that will spark your imagination to what the future could be like.

LEED for University Buildings
Speaker(s):Patti Olson, Joshua D. Spear, Michael Herman

Arizona’s three state universities are all pursuing LEED certification on major capital projects, and continually seeking to achieve higher levels of green building performance. This presentation will overview lessons learned from recent, ambitious green building projects at each University.

Human Comfort & the Building Envelope
Speaker(s): Brett McQuillan

This session will explore the dynamic impact building envelopes have on human thermal and visual comfort with respect to occupants, facility operations and building designers. Complex comfort problems such as how the building envelope can cause thermal discomfort regardless of the type and capacity of air conditioning systems and how visual discomfort can cause energy-saving controls to malfunction will be broken down into easy to understand concepts. The audience will learn common quantifiable metrics to help diagnose and assess thermal and visual comfort. Strategies for occupants, operations and designers to maximize comfort in areas adjacent to exterior walls and windows will be explored Finally, this session will cover the connection between comfort and energy consumption. These lessons can be applied directly to LEED v4 credits for Energy and Atmosphere and Indoor Environmental Quality.

Leveraging performance data and transparency to create healthier, more sustainable buildings and communities
Speaker(s): Patti Mason

You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and for the vast majority of buildings, it can be hard to get a handle on actual building performance. With its decades of experience in green building and operations rating systems, the U.S. Green Building Council has recently helped to launch a new performance tracking tool called Arc. The Arc platform allows all buildings to track and benchmark energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience indicators so that incremental improvements can be made over time. And if the building’s score reaches a high enough level, Arc provides a direct pathway to LEED Operations + Maintenance certification, cutting out hours of record-keeping and paperwork collection. This session will share what the Arc platform is, how it is being used by buildings and cities, and how it is helping to revolutionize engagement in building operations and sustainability benchmarking.

Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available. Download our sponsorship prospectus. Contact Kris Wilson for more information.


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