Upcoming WPL Webinar Series to Examine Green Building Best Practices

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The four-part series of weekly webinars, which will begin Oct. 12, is suited for various professionals in the green construction community, including owners, contractors, architects, engineers, construction managers, and others.

Later this month, WPL Publishing will begin hosting a series of four interactive webinars that will focus on best practices in green construction and include a discussion of the top 10 trends in green building.

Green building best practice is changing at warp speed. Contractors and owners are having to navigate new certification requirements for new and existing buildings, find new green suppliers, and improve green building design and construction through technologies such as building information modeling (BIM). Each webinar session is designed to help attendees deal with these types of issues and learn how they can apply proven practices to optimize their construction projects. To register for the series, visit http://tinyurl.com/28cfhrg.

Here is a breakdown of each 90-minute webinar session, which will begin at 1:00 p.m. EDT:

Session 1, Top 10 Trends in Green Building, Oct. 12 – The economy, technology, and many other factors have changed the landscape of the built environment, and construction professionals need to be agile to remain successful and profitable within it. This is especially true when it comes to advances in approaches to green building. What do these professionals need to know to focus their business and stay ahead of the curve as these changes occur? How can they better position themselves to succeed in the new green economy? In this webinar, Green Building Services (GBS) Principal Ralph Dinola will address these questions and more, exploring the trends and innovations that are reshaping the way people think about sustainable building, both locally and globally.

Session 2, Retro-Commissioning for Existing Buildings, Oct. 19 -- Existing buildings typically are filled with opportunities to save energy and improve occupant comfort. Existing building commissioning, sometimes referred to as retro-commissioning, is the most direct way to find those opportunities and capitalize on them. Retro-commissioning is a systematic, documented process that identifies low-cost operational and maintenance improvements and brings the buildings up to the design intentions of its current usage. This workshop is designed to familiarize attendees with the scope and potential of retro-commissioning and help them get the most out of the process. The session also will touch on the differences between energy auditing and commissioning and when to use each for the most benefit. In this session, Roy Steege and Ted Spear of GBS will use their hands-on experience to illuminate the opportunities for enhancing the performance of existing buildings. They will focus on the commissioning of energy-using equipment such as mechanical systems, lighting and related controls, and how this can result in improved indoor air quality, comfort, and energy efficiency.

Session 3, Commissioning Best Practices: From Design to Build, Oct. 26 – Building commissioning is the systematic process of ensuring that a building’s complex array of systems is designed, installed, and tested to perform according to the design intent and the building owner’s operational needs. The commissioning of new buildings will be most effective when considered throughout the planning stages and as early as schematic design. Long before green building hit the radar, savvy owners insisted on formal commissioning programs to ensure that design goals are met. Now, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction requires it. Commissioning planning should start during the design process. Attendees will learn how to implement commissioning best practices, how it's done, who should perform it, and why it often improves the opportunity to achieve on-time and on-schedule project delivery. Tom Poeling of EMC Engineers Inc. will share some of the insight he has gained on dozens of projects of all sizes and types. He will address the following topics: the commissioning agent; commissioning requirements in design specifications; design review; field review; energy management systems; sensor locations; performance tests; training; commissioning costs; practical advice relating to BIM best practices; and more.

Session 4, Today’s and Tomorrow’s Green Buildings, Nov. 2 -- In this session, Sandra Leibowitz Earley of Sustainable Design Consulting Llc. will examine various completed public- and private-sector green building projects, including first-hand accounts of results and lessons learned. Attendees will learn about several completed commercial-scale green building projects; understand how lessons learned on earlier green building projects have helped subsequent projects succeed; understand how post-occupancy evaluations can reveal unexpected project performance realities; and identify important trends and considerations for new green building projects set by their real-world predecessors.

Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/28cfhrg.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces four construction newsletters: Construction Project Controls & BIM Report (http://www.projectcontrols.com), Construction Claims Advisor (http://www.constructionclaims.com), Green Building Insider (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com), and Construction Advisor Today (http://www.constructionadvisortoday.com). The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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