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Built Environment Plus News |  August 21st, 2020

We need your help - like all of you, this pandemic has threatened our revenue stream and while we are doing okay, we are YOUR organization and provide you with valuable programs. Now, more than ever, we need our members' support.
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It's Here: Our White Paper Series on COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies and Environmental Impact!

Over the summer of 2020, industry experts presented an overview of a specific COVID-19 mitigation topic, through a sustainability lens. The conversations with attendees that followed addressed issues like what building owners are asking for, which solutions are proving most effective, and how these strategies measure up against various sustainability imperatives.

To close the conversation series, we launched a hub that summarizes the information shared and serves as a resource for members of the green building industry who wish to become more informed about the current strategies, while also balancing sustainability priorities. Visit the website to read white papers for each conversation series session below:

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Thank you to DLR Group for sponsoring the Conversation Series finale, "How Sustainable are COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for Buildings?"

Want More Information About COVID-19 and Building Health? Check Out Our WELL AP® Exam Prep Course!*

Most people spend up to 90 percent of their time in buildings – while the health of the building is highly critical, it is a component that was often overlooked. Now with the advent of COVID-19, our perspective on this component has changed: building designers and operators must re-examine how we navigate offices, restaurants, stores, schools, and residential common areas. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out new guidelines for the health and safety of the indoor space. Fortunately, the WELL Building Standard® provides the knowledge necessary to make the health and well-being of building residents an even greater priority.

This course covers the financial, societal, and environmental benefits of WELL certification. This course will explain the seven concepts of the WELL Building standard, strategies to achieve them, the health impacts they address, and summarize the certification process of the WELL Building Standard. The overlap between the WELL Standard and COVID-19 mitigation strategies for buildings will also be discussed.

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*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.

Check the Hand-Dryer Facts: Five Fundamental Facts Build a Strong Case for Hand-Dryers

 
Over the past few years, conflicting stories regarding hand-drying with paper towels versus hand dryers have proliferated. But industry professionals involved with building green, environmentally friendly buildings and facilities should understand the facts, especially now during the COVID-19 era.

Excel Dryer brings you fast facts about hand-dryers in the hopes of setting the story straight about the health and environmental impacts of hand-dryers.
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<100 Employees in MA = Free Training

No really: national, international, it doesn't matter. We only count your Massachusetts employees! Visit our website to learn more. All courses are virtual and will be completed remotely.

Are you a business that has an office in Massachusetts? Do you employ less than 100 people in Massachusetts? Do you pay into unemployment? Then you might be interested in our FREE training program! Even if your company is nationally or internationally-based, as long as you employ less than 100 people in Massachusetts, your organization may be eligible to participate! All courses available through the Green Building Training Program are completely free for qualifying businesses. Our current course list is:
The LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams are now available virtually! Learn more here. 
 
Employers must submit to qualify for this program and then register employees. Approval can take over 2 weeks so apply now. New courses are being added over time at our website - if you're interested in participating in a course not scheduled, please reach out to communications@builtenvironmentplus.org.
See if Your Business Qualifies

EVENTS CALENDAR

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.
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.


Be a part of our community!
Built Environment Plus is a member-based organization. Members are the force behind our initiatives. Membership dues help support our staff who are actively working to educate, advocate, perform research, and strengthen the community that drives the sustainability of the built environment. All members get FREE/discounted admission to most of our upcoming events too!
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Participation in our programs, membership, and sponsorship helps support the efforts of our staff members, Meredith, Vernette, and Casey, especially now as we navigate these difficult times. Please consider sponsoring our organizationmaking a donation, and becoming a member if you are not already. If you have any questions, please reach out to Meredith@builtenvironmentplus.org.

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Want to Learn More About Embodied Carbon? Check Out the BSA's Embodied Carbon 101 Series!

The Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) Embodied Carbon 101 series is in full swing, taking place Mondays this summer, June through August. National leaders on embodied carbon will help you define the issue, understand the key concepts and players, and empower you to take action. The next session is on mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems, which are critical to operational energy but often overlooked in the embodied carbon conversation. Don’t miss this multi-part program series designed to give AEC professionals the knowledge they need to incorporate embodied carbon considerations immediately into their work. Sit in on one that piques your interest, choose a handful that are most relevant to your worklife, or attend as many as you can! 

Built Environment Plus members: use discount code
BEPEC1012020
to receive a member's discount when registering!
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