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The goal of 'Whole Building' Design is to create a successful high-performance building by applying an integrated design and team approach to the project during the planning and programming phases.

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Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Environmental Education Center

Case Study – 08-04-2019

The Cafritz Environmental Center, a 3,000 sf day-use education and events building, is designed to work together with other new campus structures to achieve net zero energy and water targets.

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Green Building Standards And Certification Systems

by Stephanie Vierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Vierra Design & Education Services, LLC
Resource Page – Updated 08-05-2019

During their construction, occupancy, renovation, repurposing, and demolition, buildings use energy, water, and raw materials, generate waste, and emit potentially harmful atmospheric emissions. These facts have prompted the creation of green building standards, certifications, and rating systems aimed at mitigating the impact of buildings on the natural environment through sustainable design.

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Continuing Education

Corrosion Fundamentals

sponsored by U.S. Department of Defense
On-Demand Course

The Corrosion Fundamentals course explains corrosion impacts to facilities & infrastructure and why they are important to the Department of Defense. It includes the "expanded" definition of corrosion, and the current laws, policies, and guidance that govern prevention and control.

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