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After the Disaster—An Overview of the State CEDAR Program and Rebuilding Using NYS Code

The Department of State Division of Code Enforcement and Administration’s Code Enforcement Disaster Assistance Response (CEDAR) Program provides requesting communities with timely, appropriate post-disaster assistance as part of the statewide coordinated effort under the leadership of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Emergency Management.  The program’s initial disaster response focuses on performing rapid Post-disaster Building Assessments (PBDAs) of damaged structures in affected communities for use as part of the application process to request assistance through FEMA.

Attendees will learn how to apply, train and become involved in CEDAR, while also learning the principles of the Applied Technology Council (ATC) 45 Field Manual: Safety Evaluation of Buildings After Wind Storms and Floods.  Attendees will also be introduced to emerging building codes, which are tailored to enhance the resiliency of buildings.

Eric C. Bradshaw
NYS Department of State Division of Building Standards and Codes
Albany, NY

Ronald Piester AIA
NYS Department of State Division of Building Standards and Codes
Albany, NY

Illya Azaroff AIA 
+LAB architects
Brooklyn, NY

How We Use Evidence to Better Our Performance

This session will help participants demonstrate evidence of their designs’ positive impacts on past clients to future clients.  Through an overview of Evidence Based Design (EBD), the interactive discussion will describe how EBD has evolved from a technique used mainly for healthcare to a tool that can be used on all project types.

Topics include: how to turn key design issues into researchable questions; how to answer those questions; and what measures to use to evaluate outcomes and interpret findings.  Examples will be presented to allow attendees to define their own post occupancy approach. After our initial presentation of the process and techniques, we will break up into groups to discuss two main topics and report on how they could use EBD techniques in their current work.

Katherine Roden, AIA, LEED BD+C
Centerbrook Architects and Planners, LLC
Centerbrook, CT

Green on All Sides. Expectations and Reality of Green Building

Green on All Sides presents a method of building design and construction intended to help attendees design to meet net zero energy building design. The presenter will discuss the Journey of Green Building, as experienced from all sides of the new 5,400 square foot, near net zero energy, office building in New Paltz, NY owned, designed, developed, financed, constructed, managed and occupied by the architect. Specific topics of interest will include: the Design and Build process and benefits; Architect as owner/developer/builder, and the principles of Net Zero Design and Construction.

Additional topics explored in the discussion will include cost-benefit and “payback” analyses, decision to pursue a high level LEED certification (Platinum pending as of 6.17.2015), community planning, land acquisition and location, ultra-low water use, and specific details involved in creating a healthy indoor environment, workplace and site.

Through the case study, participants will focus on unexpected positives and negatives of the overall process, a comparison of initial goals to actual results, and ultimately what is the experience of inhabiting a high performance green building. The goal of a healthy indoor environment and workspace developed in a real case study will provide attendees with the framework for exploring similar processes in their own firms and projects.

Reducing Carbon Emissions From Our Buildings

The construction and operation of buildings is responsible for approximately 40% of anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) gases annually, a considerably substantial amount which few practitioners take into account in their design decisions. The building design and construction community has increased its awareness of the need to reduce buildings’ energy usage, but that does not completely equate to a reduction of CO2e gases.

This workshop presents a simple methodology to quantify CO2e from the construction of the structure and envelope of a building (“bloomage”), including a look at the effect of design decisions on this carbon footprint. The session will provide a simple method to calculate the CO2e emissions from one year of heating the building (“leakage), making reasonable assumptions about envelope performance.

Participants will learn the effect design changes can make to the total carbon footprint, including air barrier effectiveness and the amount of thermal bridging present through the insulated envelope, providing attendees with a quantitative sense of their buildings’ carbon footprint, and learn practical ways to reduce carbon emissions from both the construction and the operation of buildings.

Design Opportunities with New Lighting Technologies and Daylighting Techniques

New lighting technologies, such as inorganic and organic light emitting diodes (LEDs and OLEDs), advanced control systems, and new techniques and research on daylighting design open up unprecedented opportunities for architects to rethink the lighting and daylighting of buildings. These new technologies not only represent a paradigm shift in the way lighting can be meshed with other architectural elements in both interior and exterior environments, but also can make buildings more sustainable, energy efficient, and responsive to the needs, health, and wellbeing of building occupants.

This presentation will provide an overview of the latest developments in lighting technologies as well as research into effective daylighting techniques for buildings.  The presenter will also review case studies and field demonstrations of the technologies and design techniques presented.

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world’s leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC has been pioneering research in energy and the environment, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, and solid-state lighting for more than 25 years.

Conquering the Energy Code; Energy Code Training for Architects and Engineers

Designers struggle to comply with energy code requirements due to confusion about documentation, misunderstood code language, and the challenge of keeping up to date on a code that changes every three years.

Compliance brings many benefits such as faster approvals, more efficient and resilient buildings, the ability to stay competitive in a changing industry, and happy clients. Not only are designers required to meet new energy code obligations, but learning how to comply with today’s code will prepare design firms for coming changes.

Using the upcoming IECC 2015 as the source, Conquering the Code teaches architects to understand the structure and rationale behind the energy code. Participants will learn how to differentiate the various compliance pathways and understand the requirements for compliance.
Often, it is not a lack of knowledge that leads to failure to comply but a lack of coordination and communication among the design team, their client, the code officials and the construction team. The course focuses on communication practices that will improve these barriers to compliance.

A fundamental theme of the course is to explain specific code provision by describing the interdependence of the building envelope, mechanical and lighting systems and their impacts on energy consumption.

Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED-AP
Peter J. Arsenault Architect
Greensboro, NC

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