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Built Environment Plus News |  September 17th, 2020

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Deep Dive into Net Zero Water at the R.W. Kern Center is happening on October 15th from 8 - 10am | Featuring Sara Draper, director, R.W. Kern Center; Chris Chamberland, prin. civil engr., Berkshire Design Group; Christopher Nielson, architect, Bruner/Cott; Bruce Douglas, vice president, Natural Systems Utilities | SPECIAL PROMOTION: Register for all three courses, get one FREE!

With Massachusetts in a Drought, Net Zero Water is Needed Now More Than Ever

In a time of increasingly prevalent droughts in the New England area, sites that prioritize net zero water systems are becoming critically needed. The R.W. Kern Center is an important example of net zero water done right and will serve as the focus of our first Deep Dive into Net Zero Water session on October 15th.

As the 17th certified living building on the planet, the R.W. Kern Center features a net-positive water system, meaning that 100% of the building's water is sourced, processed, and managed on site. Site director, Sara Draper, and project members and water system experts such as Chris Chamberland, Christopher Nielson, and Bruce Douglas, will all virtually zoom in to discuss the Center and how net-positive water systems can reverse the effects of climate change.

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Deep Dive into Net Zero Water at the R.W. Kern Center will take place Thursday, October 15th, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT) through Zoom Web Conferencing
Building Tech Forum materialsCAN: Getting to Zero with Embodied Carbon is happening on October 28th. Visit to learn more.

5 Reasons to Attend Building Tech Forum materialsCAN

Building Tech Forum materialsCAN is happening in over a month - are you ready for a fast-paced evening filled with networking and critical discussions about embodied carbon? Check out other reasons why you should attend Building Tech Forum materialsCAN:
5 reasons to attend Building Tech Forum materialsCAN: 1) MEET the professionals and organizations at the forefront of embodied carbon research. 2) LEARN about embodied carbon technology through fast-paced lightning talks. 3) CELEBRATE revolutionary innovations and their success stories. 4) Virtually NETWORK with professionals during breakout room sessions. 5) Become EDUCATED on one of the most hidden forms of carbon emissions.
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Virtual Building Tech Forum will take place Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT) through Zoom Web Conferencing
WELL AP Prep: Keeping People WELL During the COVID-19 Era: A WELL AP Exam Prep Course part of the Green Building Training Program.

Keeping People WELL During the COVID-19 Era: A WELL AP Prep Course

This WELL AP Prep course covers the financial, societal, and environmental benefits of WELL certification, the seven concepts of the WELL Building standard, and even touch upon the overlap between the WELL Standard and COVID-19 mitigation strategies for buildings. This course will not only help building designers and operators build healthier buildings, but environments that help protect against COVID-19.

Meet the Instructor
Steven Burke
Sustainability Manager | Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

Steven is a Sustainability Manager at Consigli Construction Co., Inc., a regional construction firm based in Massachusetts. Steven has guided the sustainability process on over twenty million square feet of projects across many different building types and sizes, including but not limited to: k-12 schools, higher education facilities, mid-rise and high-rise residential, commercial interiors, retail interiors, and commercial office buildings.

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Keeping People WELL During the COVID-19 Era: A WELL AP Prep Course will take place Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT) through Zoom Web Conferencing
*This course is now funded through the Commonwealth Workforce Training Fund’s Small Business Direct Access Program (SBDAP). If you are a small, Massachusetts-based business that employs 100 people or less, you and your employees may be eligible to take this training session for free! Learn more about this opportunity at our Green Building Training Program website.
Green Building Training Program: free training for qualified companies. Upcoming courses include LEED BD+C Exam Prep, which is happening on Oct. 8th from 9:00am - 5:00pm. New courses are being added weekly.

FREE* Training Available! 

*Free for companies with fewer than 100 Massachusetts-based employees.
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BE+ Member and Sponsor Leads Talk with USGBC Mid Atlantic

Date: Oct. 6 | Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
Hear from industry expert and BE+ member Ben Myers, Vice President, Sustainability, at Boston Properties (BXP), who has taken this message of caring and strategic thinking to enabling offices to re-open successfully in the past 3 months, as he shares his experiences from the front lines of addressing concerns around office-reopening as we adjust to our new normal.


Follow-up to the Healthy Air Guidelines Petition Submitted to WHO

A month has passed since the petition about the importance of indoor air was shared with the World Health Organization. Since then, increasing attention has been paid to the aerosol transmission of COVID-19. For example, New York State is asking for air filtration for retail establishments and enhanced ventilation in restaurants. The petition organizers have created a Google Sheet to compile similar articles and media about the relationship between building design and COVID-19 mitigation.

With World Green Building Week approaching (Sep 21-25), please share the communication piece that started it all with your networks.

Green Professionals Needed at Boston Zero Net Carbon Zoning Initiative Meeting

Please join members of the Zero Net Carbon Building Zoning team virtually for an introduction to Boston's strategies for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, including the development of zero net carbon building zoning for new construction, and related updates to Boston Zoning Article 37 Green Buildings. We would love representation from the green building community at this meeting!

Please visit the Boston Planning & Development Agency website for more information.

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Zero Net Carbon Building Zoning Initiative Public Meeting will take place Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 at 6:00 PM (EDT) through Zoom Web Conferencing


Events in blue are part of the Green Building Training Program
Free for members

Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts Meeting
Sept 21st | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | FREE
The Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts (EPMA) Committee is a community of ascending professionals cross the green building industry and allied fields helping drive sustainable and regenerative design, construction, and operation of the built environment.

LEED® BD+C Exam Preparation
Oct 8th| 9:00am - 5:00pm | $699
The LEED Exam Prep Course is a comprehensive course which will prepare attendees for the LEED AP professional exam. This LEED AP Building Design and Construction training will walk through the requirements and calculations required for the following LEED credits: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.
WELL AP® Prep: Keeping People WELL During the COVID-19 Era
Oct 13th| 9:00am - 5:00pm | $699
With the advent of COVID-19, our perspective on building health has changed: building designers and operators must re-examine how we navigate offices, restaurants, stores, schools, and residential common areas. Fortunately, the WELL Building Standard provides the knowledge necessary to make the health and well-being of building residents an even greater priority.
Deep Dive into Net Zero Water at the R.W. Kern Center
Oct 15th | 8:00am - 10:00am | $35
This session will focus on the R.W. Kern Center, at Hampshire College in Hampshire MA as a case study. The R.W. Kern Center received Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification, with a very robust means of addressing the LBC’s water petal needs, without connection to the municipal sewer.

Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts Meeting
Oct 19th | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | FREE
The Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts (EPMA) Committee is a community of ascending professionals cross the green building industry and allied fields helping drive sustainable and regenerative design, construction, and operation of the built environment.

Deep Dive into Net Zero Water in the City
Dec 9th | 8:00am - 10:00am | $35
This session will focus on urban water reuse, which has recently become practical in Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) sewer service communities, due to a 2019 housekeeping rule revision. To introduce how urban water reuse works, case studies from Battery Park City and other projects in New York City will be highlighted.
Deep Dive into Net Zero Water and the Water/Energy Nexus
Feb 25th, 2020 | 8:00am - 10:00am | $35
This session will explore how energy is involved with water by looking at the energy embodied in water infrastructure, and the energy available from water and how these can be utilized to contribute to an overall energy budget. The implications of embodied and operational carbon in the built environment water cycle will be addressed. Case studies to be included in this third workshop will include thermal extraction of water from reuse water in Manhattan.
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Built Environment Plus is Seeking Spring 2021 Interns

Do you want to help make every building in the world (at least in Mass.) a green building? Would you like to participate on the inside of the movement with us at Built Environment Plus? We're now seeking interns for spring 2021!
Learn More and Apply Here

BuildingEnergy NYC 2020 is Next Week!

Sept. 23rd & 24th

Join NESEA on Wednesday & Thursday, September 23 & 24 for BuildingEnergy NYC 2020. Through one virtual platform you can connect with colleagues, view live demos and interactive breakouts from our sponsors and partners, livestream 19 accredited sessions, engage in discussion with speakers, and access recorded content for a full year after the event. You can earn AIA, BPI, LEED GBCI, PE, RESNET, and PHIUS CPHC CEUs.

Visit NESEA's Website to Learn More

Trivia Night with Our Friends at USGBC

Sept 17th | 5:30pm - 6:30pm | FREE
Join the USGBC Middle Atlantic New England Regions for a fun, informative Green Building themed trivia event! Connect online with friends and colleagues in a casual atmosphere.
Visit USGBC Mid Atlantic's Eventbrite to Register
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