Green Building Best Practices Webinar Series Provides In-Depth Discussion on Sustainable Construction and LEED Certification Updates

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With an injection of stimulus funds jumpstarting the construction industry, green building issues have never been so important. WPL Publishing's four-part webinar series on green building best practices will stimulate sustainable construction processes, help businesses pursue green building projects and explain the changes in the USGBC's recently updated LEED certification program.

Nearly 17 cents of every dollar in the $787 billion 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus package will be spent on construction. And, with the ever-increasing awareness of sustainability, as well as the General Services Administration's recent requirement that all new government buildings (and renovations) meet LEED certification standards, much of that $131 billion in stimulus construction will include green building projects.

WPL Publishing and Green Building Insider are pleased to present Green Building Best Practices 2009, a four-part webinar series that provides an up-to-date view on today's important green building issues. The series, which begins June 17, will include lively discussions on the new LEED 2009 certification changes and processes, LEED drivers from stimulus projects and existing building opportunities, the role of Building Information Modeling in green design and construction, and new risk factors arising from increased regulations.

Green Building Best Practices 2009 is specifically tailored to the needs and interests of owners, contractors, architects, engineers, construction managers and attorneys in the construction industry. Session panelists will identify and formulate strategies to help organizations, large and small, reap the benefits of green building.

The panelists are all established leaders in the green building industry and have been hand selected based on their work with the U.S. Green Building Council and the LEED rating system.

Uncovering LEED 2009 - Managing the Transition
Wed., June 17, 2009 at 1 p.m. (EDT)
What impacts will LEED 2009 have on green building? Plenty, say session presenters Elaine Aye and Glen Phillips. These speakers, from Green Building Services Inc. (GBS), were contributing authors to the LEED 2009 Reference Guides and LEED Accredited Professional Study Guides. They will discuss relevant features of LEED Version 3, the 2009 rating system (focusing on new construction, schools and existing buildings), the applied future of green building, and more.

Existing Buildings and Stimulus - Cultivating Opportunities
Wed., June 24 at 1 p.m. (EDT)
New construction comprises just five percent of the building industry yet garners the bulk of the media's construction coverage. Sean Ivery and Nigel Hughes of Navigant Consulting know that it's relatively easy to construct a green building from the ground up. But what about the other 95 percent? Existing building retrofits come with unique complications and limitations. Ivery and Hughes will walk you through the activities, issues, motivations and constraints that go into greening an existing building. They will focus on certification standards, incentives and motivations for owners and tenants, case studies, tools and methods to overcome barriers, and more.

Improved Green Building Design and Construction through BIM
Wed., July 8, 2009 at 1 p.m. (EDT)
Building Information Modeling is not just for design and clash detection. BIM is an invaluable tool to the green building process, particularly in modeling various scenarios to find the greenest solutions. Vaibhav Potnis and Dennis Shelden have extensive experience using BIM with green building processes. They will discuss how BIM can be implemented for siting, energy analysis, value engineering, estimating, performance measurements, and more.

Dealing with New Green Building Laws and Implementing Federal, State and Local Regulations
Wed., July 22, 2009 at 1 p.m. (EDT)
Bryan Jackson and Mike Cathcart are no strangers to construction law. Between them, they have 50 years of experience litigating issues in the built industry. But, the rapid increase in sustainable building construction has introduced a plethora of new legal questions, particularly with risk, liabilities and compliance. How do you identify and deal with risk? What about regulations at the federal, state and local levels? Jackson and Cathcart will address these issues and more, leaving time at the end for questions from webinar participants.

Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants. So, each participating office can have multiple participants gather around and listen in for one low price. Time will be allotted at the end of each 90-minute session for questions and answers. To learn more about each session and how you can receive special pricing on the entire series, visit http://www.greenbuild2009.com/GreenBuild2009Brochure.pdf.

Green Building Insider is a publication of WPL Publishing Co. Inc. and focuses on sustainability issues in the construction industry. In addition, WPL Publishing produces three other construction-related newsletters: Construction Claims Advisor, Construction Project Controls & BIM Report and Construction Advisor Today. Owner and publisher Paul Levin has published, written and contributed to numerous magazines and newsletters including ENR, ABC Today and Constructor.

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