Embodied Carbon 101: Open Forum

Join the Virginia COTE community and fellow attendees of the Embodied Carbon 101 series for an open forum discussion about what we’ve learned.

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Resiliency Week: Master Planning for Resiliency

Meet the challenges of a rapidly changing climate. Learn how we can protect our structures, systems, and natural spaces by working in collaboration with designers, citizens, and policy-makers to build climate-resilient communities.

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Featured Speaker

Paula Loomis, Ph.D, FAIA | Director of Research, Senior Architect, Senior Planner, Urban Collaborative

Earn 1.0 AIA LU|HSW

Resiliency Week: Elizabeth River Project & Coastal Resiliency

Living Shorelines and shoreline buffers help protect against erosion, restore wildlife habitat, and help mitigate tidal flooding. Using the Ryan River Lab as a case study, learn how buildings can be a model for protecting both the ecosystem and humans as sea levels rise.

Featured Speakers:
Sam Bowling, AIA | Architect & Project Manager, Work Program Architects
Joe Rieger | Deputy Director of Restoration, The Elizabeth River Project

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Earn 1.0 AIA LU|HSW

Embodied Carbon and Adaptive Use

In a continuation of COTE’s Embodied Carbon 101 series, Virginia’s Historic Resources Committee presents “Embodied Carbon and Adaptive Use.”

Existing buildings represent significant investments in energy and resources, so it stands to reason that one of the best ways of reducing embodied carbon is to adapt and reuse them. Discover strategies for maximizing the potential of the already embodied carbon in existing building stock.

Earn 1.0 AIA LU|HSW

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Interior Non- Load Bearing Partitions

Join us for a lunch and learn program about the evolving steel framing industry!

Learning Objectives:
• Understand interior partition framing
• Describe various types of metal studs
• Understand installation
• Explain code compliance of common materials in the marketplace today.
• Answer Questions

Lesson Agenda:
1. LEED
2. Specification
3. Basic Design Guidelines (Catalog Tables) Methods (Installation)
4. Uses and Resources
5. Code Compliance
6. Answer Questions

Earn 1.0 AIA LU|HSW

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Presented in partnership with MarinoWARE

Fluid Applied Roof Systems

Fluid-applied roofing and waterproofing systems are an emerging trend in the industry due to their versatility and the advancements in liquid polymer technology that enables these systems to provide sustainable long-term performance.

This presentation will focus on the cost-saving, environmental and performance benefits fluid-applied roof systems provide building owners and facility managers and key qualification and installation techniques to ensure their success.

Earn 1.0 AIA LU|HSW

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Presented in collaboration with The Garland Co.

Fundamentals of Historic Brick & Mortar

Hear an overview of key characteristics of historic brick and mortar and the importance of using compatible materials in restoration. A panel discussion with a series of experts in the field will follow.

Earn 1.5 AIA LU|HSW

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This program is made possible by generous support from:

Lime Works

Embodied Carbon 101: Process + Firm Culture

Learn how to integrate sustainability work into your firm’s standard practices and procedures.

In order to make true progress toward carbon reduction, carbon-thoughtful design must be part of the AEC industry’s standards and culture, instead of approached on a project-by-project basis. Hear from sustainability leaders representing a range of practices, including architecture, engineering and consulting, construction, and design/build firms who share the vision and infrastructure of their own firms’ sustainability and embodied carbon practice, and elaborate on how they arrived at a place where sustainable design and construction is built into their firms’ cultures. These leaders identify barriers to adopting carbon-thoughtful design and strategies for breaking down those barriers, including leveraging existing cultural and industry structures (for example: the AIA 2030 Commitment) and strengthening the connections between the existing values of firm leadership (for example: operational energy reduction; for example: materials and occupant health) and carbon reduction.

Presented by Virginia COTE with support from AIA Virginia’s Knowledge Community Grant program and the following sponsors:

GOLD
Kingspan Insulated Panels

SILVER
Mafi

BRONZE
Bamforth Engineers + Surveyors

Earn 1.5 AIA LU|HSW

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Embodied Carbon 101: Making the Case

Learn how to speak with clients and collaborators about embodied carbon to demonstrate the value of and pathways to reducing its impacts.

Addressing embodied carbon in one’s practice requires strategy, communication, and collaboration. This course addresses how AEC practitioners can speak with clients and collaborators about embodied carbon to demonstrate the value of reducing embodied carbon and to provide pathways to reduce its impacts in projects and the environment. Learners will hear from sustainability professionals whose practices represent traditional architectural firms, large engineering and consulting firms, and small design/build practices who share approaches to reducing embodied carbon in cooperation with clients, including: managing client choices by selecting and presenting low embodied carbon materials and designs; marketing and external communications; making the economic case for use of low embodied carbon materials and designs; drawing parallels between embodied carbon and materials and occupant health; and developing mutual goals and values with clients and project teams from the early stages of a project.

Presented by Virginia COTE with support from AIA Virginia’s Knowledge Community Grant program and the following sponsors:

SILVER
Mafi

BRONZE
Bamforth Engineers + Surveyors

Earn 1.5 AIA LU|HSW

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Embodied Carbon 101: Certifications + Commitments—A Deeper Dive

Learn to evaluate and leverage certifications and commitments for the greatest impact.

Take a closer look at how embodied carbon is incorporated—or will be incorporated—into sustainability programs for the industry and how carbon-thoughtful design is streamlined or incentivized through these programs. The course begins with a look at the established AIA 2030 Commitment, its success in addressing operational energy, and its next iteration, which will include embodied carbon. The AIA 2030 Commitment discussion is followed by an introduction to the SE 2050 Commitment, which is an embodied carbon-focused commitment born out of the Structural Engineering Institute, to be launched in November 2020.

After looking at example commitments, the course introduces the International Living Future Institute’s Zero Carbon Certification, a relatively new certification that looks holistically at operational energy and embodied carbon. And, following Zero Carbon, the Passive House certification is introduced, suggesting ways that practitioners can account for embodied carbon while pursuing this performance-focused certification. Through discussing four major industry sustainability programs, this course will help practitioners to distinguish where embodied carbon is built into certifications and commitments, and where embodied carbon considerations might need to be engineered into design and certification processes for holistic carbon reduction. AEC practitioners will receive the knowledge to evaluate and leverage certifications and commitments for the greatest impact.

Presented by Virginia COTE with support from AIA Virginia’s Knowledge Community Grant program and the following sponsors:

SILVER
Mafi

BRONZE
Bamforth Engineers + Surveyors

Earn 1.5 AIA LU|HSW

Register online.