Connecticut's Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs, Marissa Westbrook United Illuminating Download/View Presentation
Clean Energy Incentive Programs – Connecticut Summary, Dave Ljungquist Download/View Presentation
Optimizing Rebates and ROI to Reduce Energy ConsumptionDownload/View Presentation
The conference covered the following topics:
Overview of 2007 Green Building legislation Download/View Presentation
The Process of Building a Green School Download/View Presentation
Construction of a Green School (case study) Download/View Presentation
Design of a Green School (case study) Download/View Presentation
Next steps and assistance available to schools Download/View Presentation
Q&A with speakers
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The February membership meeting of the Connecticut Green Building Council featured a wonderful opportunity to meet some of Connecticut's most forward-thinking engineers and architects working on green design. The meeting's talk discussed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for existing buildings.
A tour of the first clinical research facility in Connecticut that is expected to achieve LEED Silver was held on February 2, 2005. The Pfizer Clinical Research Unit building has many high-performance features including a white, reflective roof; use of recycled steel, cement and ceiling tiles; use of low VOC paint; FSR-certified wood doors; high-efficiency glass windows; use of daylight in work and living spaces; and the recycling of C&D on-site during the construction.
Seventeen people from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York City recently made the snowy trek from home to the Jones Auditorium at the Connecticut Agricultural Station to hear about green roofs. Green Roofs for Health Cities, a Toronto-based non- profit hosted its "Green Roofs Design 101 - Introductory Course". It was co-sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the ASLA and the Connecticut Green Building Council. Participants included landscape architects, architects, contactors, horticulturists, a public health professional and one student.
The day-long course, offering up to seven CEUs for landscape architects, focused on three types of green roofs: 1) extensive, which are lightweight in design and have low plant diversity, such as only sedums; 2) intensive rooftop gardens which are heavier weight with greater plant diversity, and 3) semi-intensive which are a combination of the first two. Participants heard about the multiple environmental benefits of green roofs like stormwater control, pollutant removal, increased open space, visual and aesthetic, noise reduction, increased habitat, and cooling and insulating qualities. No one argues the long-term benefits, but upfront costs can be almost double that of a conventional roof. Such costs are predicted to decrease over time as more green roofs are constructed and there is more competition among contractors. In Germany, this is exactly what has occurred. At first, green roofs were heavily subsidized from taxes or fees that are collected in most cities for stormwater management. However, over the last twenty years, as more and more roofs have been constructed because of subsidies and mandates, the costs have come down and are no longer subsidized.
Here in the U.S. cities such as Portland, Oregon and Chicago are making significant progress in encouraging more green roof construction. Green roofs won't be the norm overnight. More incentives and wide-spread acceptance based on education and experience is needed. However, we can build upon the experience and knowledge base of our European counterparts.
The course which seemed at times a bit too "introductory" left some people wanting more information on the technical aspects of designing a green roof. Green Roofs for Health Cities also offers a symposium type course which features technical information from case studies.