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The goal of the Building Performance Knowledge Community (BPKC) is to promote architects as leaders in the application of technical design for building performance; in the use of high-performance design criteria, codes, and standards; and in programming, designing and managing building performance. To advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the architecture profession, AIA members, building owners, the construction industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that create buildings that are healthy, energy efficient, and durable.

WEBINAR: Embracing Existing Buildings: market and sustainability opportunities

  • 1.  WEBINAR: Embracing Existing Buildings: market and sustainability opportunities

    Posted 04-14-2020 15:26
    Apr 23, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)
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    Whether confronting the current COVID pandemic or the climate crisis, the way architects adapt and embrace existing buildings is critical to how we solve some of our most pressing global issues. During this live course, we will discuss how to make old buildings perform like new. Not only are there major market opportunities for retrofitting existing buildings, there are also environmental and health benefits worth exploring.


    This live course will demonstrate a "no-regrets", step-by-step approach to making old buildings perform like new.  As a glimpse into the book The Power of Existing Buildings, we will talk about the importance of setting clear, performance-based goals, building the right team, and incorporating important technology like modeling and rapid-fire simulations to ensure design goals are achieved during operations.  We will explain how "major system replacement" is the ideal time to determine what your building's theoretical, optimum performance is before spending one dollar on retrofits.  As an added bonus, you will learn how to invest in existing buildings to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce fuel poverty and reduce the inequities of indoor air quality.

    • Understand the current market opportunities from existing building.
    • Discuss the Natural Order of Sustainability and its importance in delivering high performance in existing buildings without spending a premium in construction costs.
    • Learn how to repurpose modeling and simulation to inform owners of the theoretical, optimum performance of any existing building.
    • Develop the proper language to ensure owners have control and access to their building's performance data. 

    Apr 23, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)
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    Paola Capo
    Manager, Sustainability & Communities by Design
    The American Institute of Architects
    Washington DC
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