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.