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Designing and Maintianing the High Performance Green Building Series

Design Charrette-Practice Design of a High Performance Green Building

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Course Description

This course is an opportunity to apply knowledge gained from the first three courses of the five course series “Designing and Maintaining the High Performance Green Building Series” and learn from the experience of other professionals.  Students will be placed into small groups to discuss ideas and describe construction and equipment details for a high performance green school building. Each group will discuss their design ideas with the class at the end of the day.

Course Learning Objectives

Primary objective is for student to be able to design or identify building envelopes in hot and humid climate that will minimize moisture and heat gains into building using durable materials.
Objectives; Each student will be able to:

    • Draw a simple building footprint illustrating an orientation that optimizes daylighting and solar heat gain.
    • Specify wall and roof construction details that will minimize moisture and heat movement into building using durable materials.
    • Specify type of cooling system that is energy efficient and will remove moisture well.
    • Specify a ventilation design that will deliver adequate outside air and conserves energy.
    • Specify a lighting system and control that provides adequate illumination and conserves energy.
    • Determine if building will be mechanically pressurized or depressurized when given a list of exhaust, make-up, and outside air flows.
    • Specify at least three design specifications or O&M practices that will result in improved indoor air quality. 

    Course Outline

    • Organization and Intent of a Charrette
    • Design Principles to Consider for High Performance Buildings 
      • Overview of Important Considerations for High-Performance Building
      • Form Small Groups and Take Short Break (10 min)
        Small groups will be given a design objective such as, ”Design a high-performance school”. Other information such as square footage, types of spaces, number of classrooms, and occupancy data will also be provided to expedite the design process.
    • Design and Specify Site Layout
      • Draw Building Footprint 
      • Indicate Building Orientation
    • Design and Specify Envelope Details (walls, roof, floors an windows)
      • Design and Write Specifications of Exterior Wall Construction
      • Design and Write Specifications of Roof Construction
      • Design and Write Specifications of Ground Floor Construction
      • Design and Write Specifications of Window Construction
    • Specify Type of Cool/Heat System, Ducts, Controls and Schedules
      • Select Cooling System Type
      • Indicate Space Conditioning Zones
      • Describe Type of Duct and Location
      • Describe How Static and Air Losses Will Be Minimized
      • Describe How Cool/Heat Will be Controlled
      • Describe Schedule
    • Break (60 minutes)
    • Design and Specify Ventilation System and Controls
      • Select Ventilation Methodology
      • Select Control Method
      • Methods will describe how ventilation system will provide adequate ventilation and conserve energy
    • Perform Building Airflow Balance Evaluation
    • Design and Specify Electric Lighting System and Controls
    • Determine Indoor Air Environmental Quality Measures
    • Presentation and Evaluation of Designs (Group Participation)
      • Group 1 Presentation and Discussion
      • Group 2 Presentation and Discussion 
      • Group 3 Presentation and Discussion
      • Group 4 Presentation and Discussion
    • Overview and Discussion of Best Designs

    Qualifications of Instructors

    James B. Cummings is a Program Director at FSEC where he has been principal investigator for 32 research projects over 18 years. He has conducted field research in more than 250 homes and 100 commercial buildings, identifying air flow, pressure differential, HVAC, and moisture control failures. He has done extensive training in building science, combining his considerable diagnostic field experience into his training experience. Mr. Cummings holds an MS degree in Applied Solar Energy.

    Chuck Withers is a Senior Research Analyst at FSEC and a hands-on building scientist and accomplished researcher (18 published papers). He has performed field research in more than 300 buildings. He is fluent in the language of building diagnostics – blower doors, duct testers, pressure mapping, and air flow verification – because he has performed a full range of tests on a wide range of buildings. He has seen how buildings fail and knows how to communicate that knowledge. He has presented at more than 40 conferences, workshops, and courses, including Florida Energy Gauge, duct leak test method, IAQ Diagnostics, and commercial buildings uncontrolled air flow courses. He has a BS degree in Secondary Education Physics.

    Date Location Price  

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    Register by phone by calling (321) 638-1422 and giving your credit card information.

    Note: All payments are fully refundable if cancellation is received at least 7 business days before the class begins. FSEC reserves the right to cancel any course in the event of insufficient pre registration. In that event, all payments are fully refundable.