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Tours at Greenbuild

Greenbuild tours are one of Greenbuild's most popular and exciting features, providing the opportunity to explore green buildings ranging from government facilities to zoo exhibits. This year in Washington DC, Greenbuild tours will help attendees learn outside the convention center walls and present the best of the area’s sustainable buildings and neighborhoods.


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The Greenbuild Tours Program was developed by the Greenbuild 2015 Host Committee, USGBC NCR.



Did you know? Anyone can attend a Greenbuild tour. You can even attend a tour at Greenbuild without attending the full Greenbuild conference. Just register for Greenbuild and select additional offerings on the registration package page.



TM01 - Innovation and Discovery: LEED in Research and Development
Monday, November 16, 8:00am-4:00pm

Take a day trip exploring several of the National Capital Region’s leaders in innovation and discovery. First, attendees will visit the DC Consolidated Forensic Lab ...

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TM02 - Elephants, Seals, and Bees, Oh My! Protecting the Future of our Natural Environment
Monday, November 16, 8:00am-4:00pm

Attendees will begin by going behind the scenes at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park to meet the animals and the operations staff.  Highlights include the 12 ...

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TM03 - Harboring a New Beginning: A Vison of Neighborhood Development
Monday, November 16, 8:00am-4:00pm

For more than a decade, city officials and community leaders have worked to reimagine the future of the once desolate neighborhoods of the District’s Southeast and ...

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TM04 - Live, Work, & Play in the New Suburbia: Community Connectivity Outside the Beltway
Monday, November 16, 8:00am-4:00pm

Sustainability isn’t just for city dwellers! This tour takes attendees north of the District to three communities on the Metro’s Red Line that recognize the power a ...

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TM05 - Residential Revolution: At the Forefront of Affordable, High-Performing Homes
Monday, November 16, 8:00am-12:00pm

This tour will highlight innovations that are taking place in residential construction to meet the needs of renters and buyers in ways that are affordable, energy-e ...

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TM06 – Get Inspired: The Evolution of Whole Building Integration
Monday, November 16, 1:00pm-5:00pm

This tour will explore a range of premier office buildings that exemplify the benefits of whole building integration. In 2003, the National Geographic Society’s Hea ...

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TM07 - Green Buildings and the Fabric of a Sustainable Community: Welcome to Arlington, VA
Monday, November 16, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Arlington has embraced sustainability from all angles – land use planning, transit, green buildings, retail, walkability, open space, and unique residential neighbo ...

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TM08 - Monitoring & Maintaining the LEED
Monday, November 16, 1:00pm-5:00pm

This tour will demonstrate how the physical assets of three organizations reflect their core values of monitoring and preserving sustainability. GHT Limited is an M ...

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TM09 - Behind the Curtain: Uncovering Hidden Systems of Sustainable Spaces
Monday, November 16, 1:00pm-5:00pm

This half a day tour explores three sites that take attendees “behind the curtain” by showcasing systems and technologies that help create sustainably built environ ...

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TM10 - University Green: Living and Learning
Monday, November 16, 1:00pm-5:00pm

This tour features a series of projects on the campuses of The Catholic University of America, and the Gallaudet University Living Learning Residence Hall 6 in Nort ...

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TM11 - River Ride along the Watershed
Monday, November 16, 8:00am-4:00pm

This full day bus tour visits four local highlights along the DC area watershed. The first stop is the Anacostia Watershed Society Headquarters, which utilized the ...

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TF01 - A Legacy of Sustainability at the US Capitol
Friday, November 20, 2:00pm-6:00pm

Guided by the Architect of the Capitol staff, those entrusted with the maintenance, operation, development and preservation of buildings throughout Capitol Hill, th ...

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TF02 - Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Discover Sustainability in the Habitats of the Nation’s Elephants, Seals, and Sea Lions
Friday, November 20, 2:00pm-6:00pm

This tour offers a half-day behind the scenes look at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Attendees will meet the animals and the operations staff to see how ...

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TF03 - Building Wellness: Your Health in the Built Environment
Friday, November 20, 2:00pm-6:00pm

Many in the healthcare industry are recognizing the wellness impacts of the built environment and striving to create more healthful and restorative spaces for not o ...

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TF04 - Government Green: Sustainability in the Nation’s Capital
Friday, November 20, 2:00pm-6:00pm

During this half-day tour, attendees will see the latest technologies, strategies, techniques, and systems being used by the federal government to make their own bu ...

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TF05 - Living Building: Alice Ferguson Foundation/Potomac Watershed Study Center
Friday, November 20, 2:00pm-6:00pm

Revel in the natural beauty of the Potomac Watershed Sustainability Center at Hard Bargain Farm on this half day bus tour.   Visitors to this renowned environmental ...

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TF06 - Preserving History: Reimagining a Building’s Potential
Friday, November 20, 2:00pm-6:00pm

Showcasing the modernization of historically relevant sites throughout Washington, DC, this tour explores how the integrated design process is applied to the renova ...

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TF07 - There’s No Place Like Home: Residential Innovation and Enhanced Performance
Friday, November 20, 2:00pm-6:00pm

A home is more than just a place – it’s a building that holds those things most precious to us. But how do we know if the products and materials used to build our h ...

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TF08 - Walking the Walk: Working in and Designing the Sustainable Workplace
Friday, November 20, 2:00pm-6:00pm

The design community can talk a big game, but can they live up to the hype? For these four design firms the answer is yes. Designing their spaces as “living labs” t ...

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TF09 - Comfort, Culture, and Country
Friday, November 20, 2:00pm-6:00pm

For a chance to experience a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the 1842 U.S. Post Office now hotel, a Smithsonian national museum during construction, and the Embassy of ...

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TF10 - Dr. Green Is In: Wellness and Health, Design for your Body and Mind
Friday, November 20, 2:00pm-6:00pm

This tour will begin with an energetic presentation on Material Health and Healthy Interior Environments before heading to the new LEED Gold certified Whitman Walke ...

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TS02 - New School, New Rules: Sustainable Class is in Session
Saturday, November 21, 8:00am-12:00pm

DC public and private schools alike have embraced green building and all it has to offer. The Stoddert Elementary School is an urban, public, neighborhood school th ...

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TS03 - Platinum Pride: Sustainable Excellence
Saturday, November 21, 1:00pm-5:00pm

This half day walking tour will feature three inspirational and innovative LEED Platinum projects near downtown DC.  The tour starts with a visit to Dunbar High Sch ...

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TS04 - Mini Solar Decathlon
Saturday, November 21, 1:00pm-5:00pm

The Solar Decathlon is a biennial competition between collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient a ...

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TS05 – Strategies for Interior Innovation
Saturday, November 21, 1:00pm-5:00pm

This tour will explore products and spaces that are at the leading edge of workplace design.  First, at the Lutron Commercial Experience Center, tour attendees will ...

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TS06 - Bike DC: Transit, Health, and Gardens
Saturday, November 21, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Want to get outdoors and cruise the Nation’s Capital?  This half-day bike tour led by the DC chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the District Depa ...

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TS07 - Pushing Toward Net Zero
Saturday, November 21, 1:00pm-5:00pm

This bus tour will visit two different project sites that push boundaries to achieve Net Zero Energy. The first stop will be at the National Institute of Standards ...

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