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1 Session One: Introduction to Green Buildings and LEED Introduction to the LEED Rating System

2 Agenda  Welcome  Course Overview and Expectations  Wiki Review  Weekly Course Format  What are Green Buildings  What is the USGBC  What is LEED and the LEED Rating System  Next Steps

3 Course Overview and Expectations  Syllabus http://edtec650-

4 Course Overview and Expectations  Attendance during weekly meetings  Participate in weekly discussions  Active involvement and engagement within the discussion forums Posts Questions and Answers Share resources  Complete all assignments completely and on time

5 Course Overview and Expectations  Assignments Wiki Review and Introduction What is Green Building? Weekly Case Study Summary Class Participation and Attendance

6 Wiki Review  URL:  Key sections Discussion Announcements Assignments Modules and Case Studies  Additional help – Wiki Tutorial

7 Wiki Review

8 Weekly Course Format  Each Class Meeting will follow a similar agenda allowing students to prepare for each class session. Each class meeting will follow or closely follow the outlined agenda Brief introduction to the week's topics and any housekeeping items Case Study Discussion Module Power Point review and in class exercises Questions and Answers Recap and summary of items for the following week's session

9 Overview  Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions 40% of energy consumption 13% water consumption

10 What are Green Buildings? Video Courtesy of KQED Multimedia Series Exploring Northern California Science, Environment and Nature.

11 What are Green Buildings  Discussion What is a green building? What are the key concepts for green building? What are the benefits?

12 What are Green Buildings  Green Building, also known as green construction or sustainable building, is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from site selection, to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction. Resource: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (October 28, 2009). Green Building Basic Information. Retrieved December 10, 2009, from

13 What are Green Buildings  Benefits: 15% of Gross Domestic Product or GDP per year Green building is a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs Reduce CO2 emissions by 33 – 39% Reduce water usage by 40% Reduce Energy Usage by 24 - 50%

14 What is the USGBC?  The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.  Developed the (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ (LEED)

15 LEED Rating System  LEED is a voluntary, internationally recognized green building certification system  Offers third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built aimed at improving performance and reducing environmental impact  Provides building owners and operators a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building solutions  Can be applied to any building type and any building lifecycle phase

16 LEED Rating System  LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. Homes Neighborhoods Commercial Interiors Core and Shell New Construction Schools, Healthcare, Retail Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance

17 LEED Rating System  Promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in key areas: Sustainable Sites Water Efficiency Energy and Atmosphere Materials and Resources Indoor Environmental Quality Innovation and Design

18 LEED Rating System  Levels of LEED Ratings Points are awarded on a 100-point scale, and credits are weighted to reflect their potential environmental impacts

19 LEED Rating System  Buildings are certified based on the following number of points Certified 40-49 points Silver 50-59 points Gold 60-79 points Platinum 80-110 points  10 bonus credits are available, four of which address regionally specific environmental issues  A project must satisfy all prerequisites and earn a minimum number of points to be certified

20 LEED Rating System  The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) oversees and manages LEED certification for projects registered under any LEED Rating System Choose a Rating System Projection Registration Prepare Application Submit Application Application Review Certification

21 Next Steps  Discussion Board Wiki Review and Introduction What is Green Building?  Next week Sustainable Sites

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