These interactive discussion areas or “Applied Learning Areas” located in the Expo Hall will help facilitate greater exhibitor-attendee engagement and help provide applied solutions to the challenges our attendees face in their professional lives, by allowing them to engage with industry leaders and experts. 

We will present two formats within the Applied Learning Areas - Classroom Continuation and Lunch & Learns

Classroom Continuation:  The small seating format facilitates targeted group discussions featurng additional 20-30 minute conversations with topic experts and market moderators (inviting exhibitors). Select sessions will be a continuation from the classroom to the expo hall and will help enhance the attendee learning experience.

Lunch & Learn:  Greenbuild will provide box lunches in this “town hall” format for over 120 attendees. These facilitated small-group targeted discussions will include 60-minute conversations with topic experts that will address specific challenges with the intent to provide peer solutions. Lunch & Learns will take place during the following times:



Our Applied Learning Areas offer five very distinct areas that are aligned with the Greenbuild Core Program and Expo Hall pavilions:

Session #1: Nov. 8th 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

The Great Indoors: Green Building and Health Outcomes

The green building movement has made significant gains in the past ten years in identifying and quantifying the positive environmental impacts of efficiency and conservation measures. As this movement matures, a stronger focus is evolving on short-term and long-term occupant heath impacts. The partial redevelopment of the Old Colony Public Housing site in South Boston offered a unique opportunity to evaluate both the efficiency and health impact of the green strategies applied to a portion of the site. Through a HUD-funded BRIGHT Study, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health partnered with the Boston Housing Authority to evaluate the health outcomes associated with living in the new, green housing on the site. The research revealed significant improvements in health among residents who moved from the existing, conventional housing into the green units.

Session #2 Nov. 9th 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Value Creation through Health Promotion

Health and well-being are rapidly emerging as important issues for the real estate industry, which increases opportunities for value creation at various scales of built environment practice. The emergence of new health-focused tools and guidelines for the design and construction of buildings and neighborhoods allows design firms and real estate companies to increase their competitive edge by adding health to their existing offerings. Likewise, at the scale of the real estate portfolio, new forms of investment aim to demonstrate the ability to improve health equity while providing attractive risk-adjusted returns for investors. In this session, market leaders from various scales of built environment decision-making will share their experience creating added value by increasing the focus on health and well-being.

Session #3 Nov. 9th 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Joined forces, improved results-LBC, LEED, WELL & Green Star

The rating system market is expanding, increasing opportunities and complexity for owners, designers and other project team members. It can be difficult to navigate multiple rating systems to determine where there are overlaps and to know when documentation that is “very similar” will pass muster as equivalent. At the same time, multiple certifications are beneficial and can broaden the reach of the project to different markets. This session is a review and discussion of new “crosswalks” that have been developed to smooth the path between the Living Building Challenge, WELL, Green Star and LEED, and to clarify synergies between their certification options

Human Health and Wellness Applied Learning
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Session #1: Nov. 8th 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Streamline EPD development with industry collaboration

LCA and EPDs are still unfamiliar concepts for many companies, and the cost can be prohibitive, particularly to fairly small organizations. Collaborative efforts led by groups such as industry associations offer an opportunity to make the development of EPDs possible for a wider audience. In particular, product-specific EPD calculators can be developed and offered to member organizations. A tool like this can have numerous added benefits, as well, including harmonization of EPDs across the industry and establishment of a common database of LCA information, among others.

Session #2 Nov. 9th 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

BuildingGreen's Top-10 Products for LEED v4 and Beyond

The top 10 products are solutions to significant environmental problems in the building industry. The session clearly outlines specific health and environmental concerns across a variety of building product sectors and then explains how the products significantly improve on the status quo. The presenters bring more than 30 years of deep product knowledge—including material ingredients, transparency, certifications, LEED v4 implications, etc—to bear in selecting these product areas. Virtually all of the products have LEED implications.Session

#3 Nov. 9th 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Harmonized Market Transformation

Criteria for world-class sustainable buildings include healthy materials among the building performance benefits. Healthy materials and products are immediately beneficial and unobtrusive. Building owners, architects and green building schemes have acceptance requirements for healthy building products and materials. Building product manufacturers have an array of healthy product standards to choose from as they seek to comply with buyer’s requirements. Healthy product standards vary based on their originator’s founding principles and objectives. Comparing and selecting from among the many standards is sometimes challenging, time consuming and may even delay market transformation. This understanding, a sense of urgency, and willingness to collaborate for the purpose, led to the development of a catalog placing healthy material disclosure and optimization in a functional, searchable library format. This session, Harmonized Market Transformation, reviews the common purpose behind 4 distinct perspectives on the matter of material health and the imperative for market transformation.

Materials Applied Learning Sponsored by

Session #1: Nov. 8th 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Getting Smart about Sustainable Cities

The cities that are leading the way on sustainability and resiliency are the cities that are most aggressive on innovating to become Smart Cities. This is because they recognize these pathways to be inextricably linked—innovation, sustainability, and resiliency are a necessity for cities to manage growing populations, remain economically competitive, and to advance solutions to global climate change challenges. This session will provide attendees with an overview of what we mean when we say “Smart Cities”, the types of technologies that are being implemented, and how they are a means to achieving sustainability and resiliency goals. How are city governments, institutions, and private sector partners implementing IoT projects to meet community goals? First-hand examples of these efforts will be shared by representatives from the City of Boston and the City of Orlando.

Session #2 Nov. 9th 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Zero Waste Planning for Universities and Business

Learn how universities and business have planned for and achieved Zero Waste. Hear success stories of universities and business that have developed Zero Waste Plans. Review different approaches for Zero Waste Planning and how architects and designers plan and design for multi-material collection systems. Understand how the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council Zero Waste Facility Scorecard was used to evaluate operations and is used to certify facilities as Zero Waste. Find policies, programs and facilities needed to achieve Zero Waste and resources to plan for Zero Waste, including a typical Scope of Work and Outline for Zero Waste Plans.This is the first year that the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) will be a new service of GBCI. There will be lots of interest in finding out more about what Zero Waste is, how it’s being practiced, and why GBCI decided to incorporate Zero Waste into its services.

Session #3 Nov. 9th 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Creating a Statewide Benchmarking Program from A to Z

The recent passage of California AB 802 is a national game changer with regard to benchmarking, collection, and use of building performance data to improve energy efficiency. Assembly Bill 802 (Williams), signed into law in October 2015, requires the Energy Commission to create a benchmarking program through which building owners of commercial and multifamily buildings above 50,000 square feet will publicly report annualized benchmarking metrics, “which enables understanding of a building’s energy usage for improved building management and investment decisions.” This session will break down what it takes to launch a large-scale benchmarking program from data access through to transparency, examine the policy and infrastructure barriers that need to be addressed, discuss proven strategies for outreach and training, and share lessons learned from California’s first year in developing a statewide policy and program. Finally, we will look into the future and discuss how California hopes to use benchmarking to accelerate Zero Net Energy and meet its goals to double energy efficiency in buildings by 2030.

Net Zero Applied Learning Sponsored by

Session #1: Nov. 8th 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Occupant Aware Buildings, or Building Aware Occupants?

As occupants have the opportunity to be more aware about buildings, buildings are poised to be more aware of us. The idea of smart buildings within smart cities, of making sense of big data collected from new information conduits exploding on the scene through the internet of things, of thousands of cheaper and better sensors, creates a powerful new paradigm that is promising to improve our lives through increased convenience and comfort, and improved productivity. This ideally would happen in an environmentally more sustainable manner and be fully adaptable to people’s ever-changing requirements. Knowing when and where we are -- how we work and inhabit spaces -- can also lead to better utilized, more efficient space designs. Does this mean ultimately your building may know more about you than you are comfortable with, even though you are more comfortable in your building? Is the next generation of high performance only possible at the expense of personal privacy? Can we count on this additional layer of systems complexity to be reliable, affordable, maintainable and secure over time? Join us, and let's decide!

Session #2 Nov. 9th 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Black(water) is the New H20 – Water Re-use Emerging Trends

Decentralized wastewater reuse has seen unprecedented momentum recently in the US, driven by partnerships between industry, policy, and academic advocates from around the globe.This cross-sector panel will speak to new progress in decentralized wastewater treatment and on-site re-use in the US today in the context of the energy-water nexus and sustainability factors, as well as zero-in on concrete solutions in the pipeline that can be replicated and scaled.

Session #3 Nov. 9th 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Checking In on Sustainability In Hotels

This session will feature case studies and lessons learned from renowned hotel owners and sustainability consultants that are driving utility cost reduction programs at the property-level and across national hotel brands, from budget hotels to five-star luxury resorts. While challenges exist, the true testament to the value of sustainability in the hospitality industry will occur once the appraisal community more fully integrates sustainability into property valuation.

Session #1: Nov. 8th 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Strategy and technology for monitoring performance and IEQ

Building for health, comfort, and human performance has entered the mainstream of the green building movement. Today, the industry is awash in health-related goals and strategies intended to measure, monitor, and benchmark all aspects of indoor environmental quality. Moving forward, there is a need to connect these good intentions with measured outcomes. However, monitoring and analysing how indoor environment quality impacts human performance is unfamiliar territory for many architects, engineers, facility managers, and human resources departments. Monitoring for health and wellbeing raises critical questions related to landlord-tenants relationships, liability, technological capabilities, sampling strategies, data coverage, data quality, and more. In addition, building and wellbeing professionals are faced with a dizzying (and fast-growing) array of potential options, often with little definitive guidance and little hands-on experience. This panel of experts will tackle these issues head-on with a discussion of business strategy, emerging technology, and practical applications for both owners and occupiers

Session #2 Nov. 9th 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Uncovering a building’s heartbeat sensormatically

While energy use is a key component in building management, it is important that resource use not overshadow a building’s purpose: to provide an adequate (or even enhanced) space for humans or machines to operate. Managing this interdependency between comfort and energy is not easy, but it is essential for high performance spaces as changing occupant comfort demands can consume significant amounts of energy. While optimizing each in isolation is simpler, the results could lead to less than ideal outcomes. As energy managers seek to optimize both energy use and comfort, well-placed sensors and data collection systems can provide objective, useful, and actionable information. Building energy meters separated by panel, circuit, or receptacle are useful in determining, where, when, and how energy is being used. Comfort can be divided intovisual, thermal, acoustic, and air quality categories. Sensors are able to measure each category in order to determine which aspects of comfort might be insufficient. Ultimately, the sensor data can be analyzed to establish linkages and tradeoffs between comfort and energy and can lead to solutions that optimize both factors.

Session #3 Nov. 9th 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Thermal Eye in the Sky: Drone Building Envelope Inspections

As the market drives toward a net zero energy economy and increased emphasis on occupant health and well-being, the importance of the building envelope is paramount in both new and existing buildings. Traditional thermal imaging is a common, non-destructive way to uncover thermal bridging, insulation failures, air leakage, moisture intrusion and degradation of infrastructure but can be limiting, labor intensive and pose safety issues. By utilizing the cutting- edge application of drones, we can now investigate building performance issues in an efficient, safe, and non-destructive manner. This session will reveal how this emerging drone technology is revolutionizing the industry, and present a case study demonstrating its application and results at The University of Texas at Dallas.