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Pre-Conference Workshops

USGBC LEED for Homes Technical Review

USGBC Presented by: Jay Hall
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 8:30-5 pm
In Partnership with: US Green Building Council
Location: Bill Graham Civic Center
Fee: $225 for USGBC National Members and $275 for non-members

This workshop provides a step by step description of how to participate in the US Green Building Council's LEED for Homes program. The course enables participants in the LEED for Homes program to understand: (1) the status of the LEED for Homes pilot, (2) the lessons learned in the pilot to date, (3) the specific measures in the rating system, and (4) the certification process. This course is designed for anyone that is interested in actively designing, building, rating, or promoting LEED Homes.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
1. Describe the benefits and costs of a LEED Home;
2. Perform a full LEED for Homes rating on a project of their choosing during the class.
3. Describe how to get started with a new LEED for Homes project.

How to Pass the LEED-NC Exam

Green Ideas Presented by: Charlie Popeck
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 9-5 pm
In Partnership with: Charlie Popeck and Green Ideas
Location: Bill Graham Civic Center
Fee: $350 per person, $450 per person for registration starting 2 weeks before event
Continuing Education: 6.5 AIA Units

This seminar includes an introduction to green building; overview of the industry; review of sustainable design principles and concepts; and application of the LEED-NC Green Building Rating System. Attendees are guided through the use of the LEED project checklist and the LEED registration and certification process, as well as the application of the different LEED programs. The instructor provides a detailed analysis of the LEED Rating System, including a review of all categories, prerequisites, credits, points and submittals required for each credit. Case studies of different project types are also reviewed. The seminar commences with a detailed exam review that includes an open discussion and practice exam. This program will help prepare attendees for the successful completion of the LEED-NC Professional Accreditation Exam.

Designed for Architects, Building Owners, Contractors, Engineers, Facility and Property Managers, Real Estate Professionals, Subcontractors, and others involved in the building industry.

Grid-Tied PV for Professionals

Solar Living Presented by: Ryan LeBlanc
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 9-5 pm
In Partnership with: Solar Living Institute
Location: Bill Graham Civic Center
Fee: $160

If you are a contractor, electrician or architect, or plan to become one, this one-day workshop is for you. This class is geared to those with previous construction and/or electrical experience who are interested in grid-tied PV applications.

In addition to exploring basic PV concepts, you will also learn about:

  • Site analysis
  • Component selection
  • Performance calculations
  • Special wiring considerations
  • Compliance with federal, state, and local codes
  • Utility interconnection
  • Rebates and tax incentives

Note: This is an intensive, information-packed lecture workshop, NOT A HANDS-ON CLASS

Find Your Dream Job in Green Building

Solar Living Date: Wednesday, September 19, 9-5 pm
In Partnership with: Solar Living Institute
Location: Bill Graham Civic Center
Fee: $160

As the demand for residential, commercial and institutional green buildings increases at an exponential rate, opportunities for career seekers and entrepreneurs are also rapidly expanding. This workshop will explore a range of challenging and rewarding opportunities in a range of fields, including:

  • Green construction and remodels
  • Eco-architecture
  • Green materials development and sales
  • Interior design
  • Natural building

We will equip you with an array of informational resources to help you find the career or business that’s right for you in this rapidly growing industry.

Healthy, Natural Building Seminar

The International Institute for Bau-Biologie Presented by: Paula Baker-Laporte and Vicki Warren
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 8-2 pm
In Partnership with: The International Institute for Bau-Biologie
Location: Bill Graham Civic Center
Fee: $175
Continuing Education: 6 AIA Units

This seminar introduces the Principles of Bau-Biologie. Eight myths regarding current construction practices will be debunked to demonstrate the need for a new approach. Students will learn what kinds of health hazards a house may contain and how during the design and construction phases not to cause them. This seminar benefits home dwellers, architects, interior designers and other building professionals. This course and companion workshop meet the seminar requirements to be certified as a Building Biology Practitioner. Topics include:

  • Bau-Biologie principles and building culture
  • Biologically-sound building materials
  • Construction and building methods
  • Heating and thermal insulation
  • Indoor climate issues –air, water and electromagnetics

Healthy, Natural Building Workshop

The International Institute for Bau-Biologie Presented by: Vicki Warren
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 3-5 pm
In Partnership with: The International Institute for Bau-Biologie
Location: Bill Graham Civic Center
Fee: $75
Continuing Education: 2 AIA Units

This session will include demonstrations and labs using Bau-Biologie evaluation protocols and scientific instrumentation to assess indoor environmental conditions. Pollutant sources, detection and basic mitigation for the Indoor Climate: Water, Air and Electromagnetic radiation will be discussed.

Attendance at the companion seminar is a prerequisite for this workshop.

Selling High Performance Homes

EEBA Presented by: Gord Cooke
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 1-5 pm
In Partnership with: EEBA
Location: Bill Graham Civic Center
Fee: $175

This session is an additional offering of the popular EEBA Houses That Work™ educational series. The presentation will apply proven sales techniques to the task of selling the technical features of High Performance Homes to help sales agents meet the expectations of ever more knowledgeable and discriminating new home buyers. This workshop will include examples, case studies and role plays relevant to both custom and large volume builders, and draws on the successes of many builders who have already realized the benefits of selling High Performance Homes.

  • Gain a wider and deeper knowledge of the technical features of High Performance Homes.
  • Translate the technical features of High Performance Homes into dozens of valuable benefits your customers can understand
  • Practice using the language of building technology specifically to enhance sales confidence and build trust
  • Practice diagnosing the specific needs of customers that can be met by the technical features of High Performance Homes

Designed for new home sales agents, real estate agents, marketing and product managers, building supply sales reps, housing program or utility personnel, and many others in the building industry.

Register now for the Pre-Conference Workshops