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President, PWG Realty Advisors
4

Great to see some finance-based presentations in the course material. This is a helpful analysis for someone on the development/commercial end of things.

Senior Associate Structural Engineer, Burns & McDonnell Engineering
2

Very high level, not enough specifics to help real world practical applications

Deputy Associate Director, Cultural Resources Partnerships & Science, National Park Service
3

Interesting project.

Operations Support, Urban Organics
4

Great to learn about REALIZE and the efforts on a national coalition to help create affordable retrofits for residential areas.

Sustainability Program Manager, U.S. Army
Pro Reviewer
2

REALIZE, an Extreme Makeover: Multifamily Home Edition concept, is really an interesting topic and one that many of us would like to see gain more traction in the U.S. This course describes the concept, details the results of a feasibility study, and provides some discussion on the financing of deep retrofits. Despite being such an interesting and timely topic, this course falls short of delivering a recommendable presentation on the subject. There are major mistakes made (with some corrections made) during the first half of the presentation which will likely confuse even the most focused student. Many of the quiz questions were poorly worded and finding the desired answer was a challenge even after watching the presentation and rereading the slides. With some editing this could really be a great course but not in its current state which is why I gave it two stars.

3

Good detail, need to connect the dots better.

sustainable specialst , Baugher Ranch Organics
1

Please remove this course. This was such a missed opportunity for everyone interested in this subject matter.

Project Manager, Mead & Hunt, Inc.
1

Information is not well organized, is filled with contradictions, and is poorly presented.

Architect, Dar Al-Handasah Consultants (Shair & Partners) India Private Ltd.
5

very good insight into a new market of retrofits

3

This course is considered Basis but really illustrated how difficult the approach for industrialized Net Zero multifamily Retrofits are to undertake in North America in terms of financing and systems. Some explanations were detailed but generally well informed.

4

Retrofits make it less expensive for construction

Senior Associate, Project Delivery Manager, Gould Evans
Pro Reviewer
2

An interesting concept, however, I found the presentation difficult to follow. Much of the presentation was deep in the weeds and at times the speaker had to walk thru lengthy explanations of confusing graphs to get the point across. In my opinion, the presentation is too heavy with dense slides (some taking more than 5 minutes to get through) and data to appeal to a broad audience and yet likely doesn't get into enough detail to convince many developers that aren't already heavily embedded in sustainable practices. This course may be of some interest to developers looking to be exposed to emerging ideas in the marketplace.

Project engineer, University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors
3

good

Architectural Designer, AECOM
5

Great!

Senior Vice President / Education Practice Leader, CannonDesign
2

Speaker wasn't prepared for questions. Interesting topic, but still in the early stages.

5

Great!

environmental activist / ECO-designer, anderson ECO-logic / gardens for good
3

a difficult subject, but one worth exploing

Executive Director , GreenHome Institute

Thanks Peter! I hope you did not give us a bad rating because it was hard! We strive to give good information. Perhaps the level is too low?

Environmental Scientist III, AECOM
1

confusing slides and poorly written quiz questions. questions and answers didn't make sense.

Executive Director , GreenHome Institute

Lisa - Can you please elaborate?

5

Great!

Field Engineer, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
5

Cool stuff

Project Manager, Brightworks Sustainability
Pro Reviewer
4

This was an interesting course on a topic I'm not too familiar, and I love learning about innovative sustainability concepts being used in Europe! The NY case study was helpful to see how this approach can be applied in the US, especially in a multifamily context. There was helpful discussion/questions asked throughout the presentation and the speaker was well-informed. Great to see an idea for net-zero energy homes that don't seem too costly or burdensome.

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