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Beyond LEED: Expanding World of Green Building Certification

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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Time: 11:00 a.m. (ET) / 10:00 a.m. (CT) / 9:00 a.m. (MT) / 8:00 a.m. (PT)
Length: 60 minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Nash Emrich, Consultant, Paladino and Company
Category: Training and Education  
The world of green building certification is changing.  Many new certifications are emerging, some focused on specific components of the building industry and others focused on encouraging a certain impact or result.   This webinar will discuss many of these relatively new certification programs and take an in-depth look at several of the programs gaining traction in the market – LEEDv4, WELL Building Standard, and Living Building Challenge.

LEED has been the standard for green building certification but even this rating system has changed with a new version.  LEEDv4 contributes to this changing of the guard in the certification field.  The impact of the new version is already being felt by suppliers, manufacturers, contractors and designers.  One of the most dramatic changes to LEED is related to materials and their associated certification credit compliance paths.  This includes the consideration of Environmental and Health Product Declarations (EPDs & HPDs) as well as a re-structure of how low-emitting and sustainability characteristics, such as VOCs and recycled content, are tracked and reported.

The WELL Building Standard, pioneered by Delos and administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), is described as the “world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness.”  The standard draws from a large body of evidence-based medical research to create a platform and guide for designing buildings the support the wellbeing of its occupants.

The Living Building Challenge is administered by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and is one of the most rigorous building standard programs emerging.   While LBC is fundamentally a building certification program, it is emphasized as an “advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today.”  The program is literally a challenge for project teams but ultimately aims to demonstrate advanced solutions that are possible to some of the major issues facing our world.  

  • Give attendees more awareness about emerging certifications in the industry 
  • Educate attendees about LEEDv4, WELL Building Standard, and Living Building Challenge
  • Encourage attendees to ask more questions and push their project teams to advance sustainability on their projects.
PowerPoint Presentation(PDF)

 AIA, LFA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Consultant

A licensed architect with a background in planning and project management, Nash leads the firm’s multifamily practice and guides clients to integrate sustainability strategies on multifamily projects among a wide variety of building types. Nash is responsible for providing technical and analytical support to validate his clients’ sustainability strategies, conducting research and managing the LEED documentation and review process. He currently serves as the key account manager for Hertz. Additionally, he has project experience with the Living Building Challenge and is an advocate for sustainable development such as EcoDistricts.

Committed to developing and promoting healthy, livable environments and neighborhoods, Nash is actively involved in the sustainability and design community. As an advisory board member with the Artemis Institute, he helps guide the program director related to the Institute’s Remote Studio alumni programs. He served as a past board member of the Montana Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and past president of BikeNet, an organization supporting urban trails in Billings, MT.
In 2013, Nash was named one of Billings Business’ “40 Under 40” in a special section featuring some of the Billings area’s top young professionals.

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