Learning in the Expo
In 2013, Greenbuild will offer attendees four exciting ways to learn in the Expo, including two ways to earn LEED continuing education credits.
To earn LEED CE credits
1. Exhibit Hall Discussions: participate in conversations on emerging green building topics and earn 1.5 credits on both Wednesday and Thursday — full conference attendees can fulfill all credential maintenance for the year
2. Education Lab: a unique classroom experience featuring one-hour educational sessions that will be submitted to GBCI for continuing education credit
Other non-credited learning opportunities
3. Greenbuild Expo Stages: two stages with industry-related presentations and important USGBC updates
4. Knowledge Bar: get face time with subject matter experts from across the green building industry
Earn 3 LEED CMP Credits in the Greenbuild Exhibit Hall by reading about and discussing two important green building industry topics.
Greenbuild will focus on one topic each day of the Exhibit Hall. White papers provide background information and a foundation for the Exhibit Hall Discussions. After reading the white papers, attendees and exhibitors will discuss the topic and how it relates to their green building activities and companies. Click the topics below to view the associated white paper.
To participate and earn 1.5 hours of LEED CMP Credit on Wednesday and Thursday, complete all four steps each day:
- Read the associated white paper
- Scan into the Expo Hall education scanners located near the entrance to the Exhibit Hall
- Discuss the topics with exhibitors
- Complete the online quiz related to the green building topic, which will be emailed to you after scanning in. Complete the quiz before Dec. 6, 2013 for 1.5 CE credits.
Expo Only Attendee CMP Total = 3 hours
To receive credit, you need to scan in for each activity on both days. Scanners are located at the entrance to the exhibit hall. You must complete both Exhibit Hall Discussion quizzes by Dec. 6, 2013, to receive credit.
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To prepare for the Exhibit Hall Discussions, see the topic descriptions and suggested discussion questions below.
Access the white paper »
The inventory of tools that support transparency in building products and services is growing. This growth has many benefits. But, how do professionals in the sustainable building industry compare the environmental profiles of different products when there are upwards of 400 labels claiming environmental credentials? Which labels and certifications are true indicators of improved environmental performance? What information should the labels include, and what sort of development process will ensure that these approaches are fair and balanced?
In order to determine which labels and certifications are credible, it is important to understand the current mechanisms for defining credibility. Various principles, standards, and organizations are emerging to define credibility across programs and help procurement professionals distill product information, including ISEAL’s Credibility Principles, ISO 90001 standards, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, etc. Other programs focus on using quality assurance processes to verify performance through testing. Continued dialogue about credibility is necessary to establish a common language and build new relationships among practitioners, service providers and manufacturers to foster better decision-making.
Applying the Knowledge
Questions to discuss on the expo floor
- Does your company participate in any 3rd party certifications such as GreenGuard™ or level™? How about disclosures such as Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)? If so, which ones?
- Which leadership standards are relevant to your industry? How are they developed? Does your company participate in standards development?
- How do your products or services support achievement of LEED credits? Any credits in v4?
Questions to ask at your desk
For each product you consider buying, installing, or comparing ask,
- Does this product make an environmental claim? If so, why type of claim is it? A label, certification, or disclosure?
- Is the claim being made credible? Do you trust it? Is there a verification of this claim? Is it 1st, 2nd, or 3rd party?
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Performance is the process of seeing something to completion. In buildings, performance comprises the completion of operational tasks, functioning mechanical systems and efficient delivery of occupant needs. In LEED buildings, performance is the successful integration of sustainability best practices in operational decisions. The most commonly accepted way to determine success in building performance is by measuring the outcomes of building operations in areas such as cost, occupant feedback, or energy and water consumption. However, there are remaining questions regarding building performance:
- Are we measuring the right data?
- What are the correct indicators of successful performance?
- Which representations of these measurements provide actionable feedback?
The industry has begun to tease out the answers to these questions through research and the use of technology solutions to display performance metrics, but the need for a global way of identifying what to measure and how to represent those measurements still exists. Consistent interpretation of performance metrics will allow owners to benchmark and compare their buildings’ performance to peers across the globe.
LEED provides this platform for a consistent and global approach to performance feedback, starting with a set of categories that represent critical performance areas: energy, water, waste, transportation, and occupant experience. The strategies described by LEED credits influenced development of each of these categories. High levels of building performance can be achieved by utilizing the strategies and technologies that provide the most effective solution for each building. The metrics set forth by LEED establish a common ground for the market to shift its focus from implementation of strategies to the outcomes and impact of those strategies.