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    • September 26, 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven

    Biomimicry and the LBC: More Than a Deeper Shade of Green

    September 26, 2016 5:30 - 7:30pm

    Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven

    The field of green design is not sitting still, but can be seen to be in a moment of significant growing pains. Biomimicry as an emerging discipline has much to contribute to the development and maturation of not just a design practice but also the larger culture of sustainability. The Living Building Challenge was conceived more than ten years ago by Jason McLennan, drawing heavily from the work of author Janine Benyus and others. Since then, networks of biomimicry early adopters have been developing nationally and internationally. Deeply intertwined, these movements are both growing and co-evolving.

    In this 90 minute presentation we will discuss biomimicry as a foundation for sustainability and the Living Building and Living Product Challenges as opportunities for widespread and principled application of a nature-centered way of thinking and doing. We will discuss some of the important and ongoing relationships between them as well as some of the ways they are evolving and influencing progress toward a more sustainable world.


    Randall Anway, AIA is a Registered Architect in New York and Connecticut. He specializes in design research inspired by natural systems, processes, and forms. Currently active with the Connecticut AIA Committee on the Environment and International Council on Systems Engineering Natural Systems Working Group, he helps develop educational programming for practitioners. His over 20 years of experience includes residential, institutional, and corporate design and system implementation. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. A Certified Biomimicry Specialist since 2011, he offers design consulting, research and education through his Connecticut firm, New Tapestry, LLC.

     Michael Dupee is an entrepreneur, educator, and consultant specializing at the intersection of sustainability, innovation, and branding. He is Principal at AWEN Ventures and a Teaching Fellow at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. From 2004 to 2012, he was Vice-President of Sustainable Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility at Keurig Green Mountain, where he lead efforts to design and implement sustainable design initiatives and was responsible for over $49MM in strategic corporate philanthropy. Prior to that, he was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York, NY, specializing in making and managing principal investments in portfolios of distressed financial assets. Michael holds a BA in History from Boston College, an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, and an MS in Biomimicry from Arizona State University. He is an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow and a Donella Meadows Sustainability Leadership Fellow.

    This event is FREE but please register.

    1.5 AIA and LFA credits available.

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    • September 29, 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Central CT State University
    • 4


    Net Zero Energy Buildings: 17 Project Teams Tell All

    Linda Reeder, FAIA, LEED AP, will present the shared lessons learned by 80 project team members on 17 buildings that are performing as net zero energy. Project types include educational, office, retail, and residential, and range in size from 1,000 to 320,000 square feet. Lessons for design teams, owners, and operators will be presented.

    This seminar will flatten the learning curve for designers, owners, and constructors undertaking—or hoping to undertake—a net zero energy project. Attendees will gain knowledge about processes to engage in and pitfalls to avoid while learning how to approach the challenges peculiar to designing a net zero energy building.

    Linda Reeder is the author of the book Net Zero Energy Buildings: Case Studies and Lessons Learned, published in April, and an associate professor in the Construction Management program at Central Connecticut State University. Her consulting practice is based in New Haven.

    1 AIA HSW LU available for $20 administrative fee

    CTGBC Presentation, Sept. 29, 2016

    Registration, Refreshments  & Networking   5:15

    Program from 6:00 – 7:00  

    1849 Room in Student Center (2nd floor), 

    Central Connecticut State University, New Britain


    Members 10.00

    Non-members 20.00

    AIA Continuing Education credit will be given to AIA Connecticut members who attend this program. There is a $20.00 administrative fee for reportage of credit. Checks should be made out to AIA Connecticut at time of check-in.

    Parking in Student Center garage or Student Center lot, both accessed from Ella Grasso Blvd. (Entering 200 Ella Grasso Blvd., New Britain into your GPS will get you near the turnoff).

    See campus map and  Directions. Campus is also served by CT Fastrac buses  

    • October 12, 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • EnergizeCT Center 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven

    Introducing the WELL Building Standard

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016

    5:30 PM Check-in, Networking & Refreshments

    6:00 - 7:30 PM Presentation

    EnergizeCT Center 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven

    Presenter: Blake Jackson, AIA, LEED/WELL Faculty

    Faculty Associate/Sustainability Practice Leader 

    Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

    This presentation is eiigible for 1.5 GBCI self-reporting hours (WELL AP of LEEP AP CMP). For WELL AP's, this will count as "WELL-specific" hours. 


    This presentation serves as a primer for the new WELL Building Stan dard. WELL is the first third party building certification which places people at the core focus, correlating the design of built environment to evidence-based outcomes regarding human health impacts. This standard is built on the tenets of both LEED and the Living Building Challenge, offering a hybrid system that emphasizes the nexus of 1) design and construction, 2) operations and maintenance, and 3) policies and procedures. Come learn about this exciting new evolution in "green" buildings, including an overview of the various sections, its similarities and differences with mainstream 3rd party certifications like LEED, how to prepare for the WELL AP credential, and how to potentially implement WELL on your projects.


    1. Participants will become familiar with the WELL Building Standard as a design guideline for promoting human health.

    2. Participants will learn the steps and timeline for implementing the WELL Building Standard on various different project “typologies”.

    3. Participants will gain insight into WELL’s similarity/overlap with LEEDv4 and the ILFI’s Living Building Challenge v3.0.

    4. Participants will gain insight into how to register, prepare for, and pass the WELL Accredited Professional (AP) examination. 

     Register for WELL Introductory Course

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