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Building Sustainability Conference and Awards

April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm

| $45

After nine successful years, Viridiant’s Sustainable Leadership Awards has expanded into the Building Sustainability Conference and Awards highlighting efforts to build sustainability in our communities and infrastructure with focus on health, resilience, and innovation. This event aims to educate and recognize innovative solutions of today to meet the needs of the evolving building industry of tomorrow. The conference will feature sessions and speakers, bringing together cross-discipline industry experts to share knowledge, inspire discussion, and drive change in the protection of our living environments, both inside and out. Awards will be presented to recognize the region’s leaders in high-performance construction with a focus on projects, programs and initiatives that represent the future of sustainable building.

Session topics: (time slots announced soon)

Building Resilience into Commercial and Residential Structures
The continued focus on resilience is evident across policy, infrastructure, supply chain, and the built environment. Drawing from the National Institute of Building Science, we define resilience as the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events. Speakers will discuss resilience efforts including national and state perspectives on policy and code, how resilience is integrated into construction delivery, and the Brock Environmental Center – one of the world’s most sustainable buildings.

Speakers:

  • Annette Osso, Executive Director, Resilient Virginia (moderator)
  • Sydney Covey, Sustainable Solutions Manger, STRUCTR Advisors
  • Admiral Ann Phillips, Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection (invited)
  • Theresa Weston, Senior Research Fellow, DuPont Performance Building Solutions
Construction Delivery of the Future
This panel explores the evolving delivery of residential and light commercial construction to meet the industry’s needs, including both the current state of design and construction practice and various technological and process advancements on the horizon. High-performance HVAC systems will be examined, including integration issues, equipment limitations, and application engineering in the current market. Off-site construction will also be addressed, including its multi-faceted benefits, innovative design and fabrication approaches and the needed industry recognition of high-quality modular designs and facilities. The speakers will discuss the progress that they hope to see in the market to solve our current shortcomings in high-performance construction.

Speakers:

  • Sandra Leibowitz, Managing Principal, Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC (moderator)
  • Tom Hardiman, Executive Director, Modular Institute
  • David Treleven, Industry Manager, Ultra-Aire
  • Joseph Wheeler, Co-Director, Virginia Tech Center for Design Research (invited)
Energy Code Research
Buildings use about 40% of all energy, and 70% of electricity, in the U.S. Successfully advancing energy codes is mission critical for addressing climate change and integral for increasing building durability and indoor environmental quality, while supporting a vibrant building design and construction industry. Speakers will showcase results from recent field research on single family homes that helps better understand energy code adoption and building practices across the Southeast, highlighting Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance’s multi-state work. Attendees will get the latest information on where Virginia is in the energy code update process, and a look ahead at what Department of Housing and Community Development and Viridiant will be doing in partnership to provide training on implementation of energy codes in the Commonwealth.

Speakers:

  • Daniel Farrell, Energy Financing Program Manager, Virginia Dept. of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) (moderator)
  • Jeff Brown, Director, State Building Codes Office, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
  • Sean Evensen-Shanley, Director of Residential Operations, Viridiant
  • Lauren Westmoreland, Director of Built Environment, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Municipal Sustainability Programs in Virginia
This session features local government sustainability experts as well as the statewide perspective on energy efficiency from the Executive Director of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council. The speakers will highlight local initiatives, policies, and partnerships focused on sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment. Specific examples will illustrate how local government energy efficiency and overall sustainability programs are integral to Virginia’s economy and sustainable future. Speakers:

  • Joan Kelsch, Green Building Program Manager, Arlington County, VA (moderator)
  • Carol Davis, Sustainability Manager, Blacksburg, VA
  • Susan Elliott, Climate Protection Program Manager, Charlottesville, VA
  • Chelsea Harnish, Executive Director of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC)

 

2019 Theme: Innovative Solutions
Location: The Place at Innsbrook, 4036 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060

Program (more details coming soon!)

  • 1:00 pm: Start
  • 1:00 – 2:15 pm: Concurrent Sessions (2)
  • 2:15 – 2:30 pm: Break
  • 2:30 – 3:45 pm: Concurrent Sessions (2)
  • 4:00 – 4:30 pm: Keynote Address
  • 4:30 – 5:15 pm: Awards Presentation
  • 5:15 – 6:30 pm: Networking Reception with refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres
  • 6:30 pm: End

Event Information

To celebrate Viridiant’s 10th year hosting the Sustainable Leadership Awards, Viridiant has expanded this event into a conference to include concurrent sessions, a keynote and our annual awards.

Viridiant’s Building Sustainability Conference and Awards highlights efforts to build sustainability in our communities and infrastructure with focus on health, resilience, and innovation. This event aims to educate and recognize innovative solutions of today to meet the needs of the evolving building industry of tomorrow. The conference will feature sessions and speakers, bringing together cross-discipline industry experts to share knowledge, inspire discussion, and drive change in the protection of our living environments, both inside and out. Awards will be presented to recognize the region’s leaders in high-performance construction with a focus on projects, programs and initiatives that represent the future of sustainable building.

This conference gathers together individuals who are working, studying, or interested in the intersection of humans and the built environment to include health, housing, policy, and government sectors.

2019 Theme: Adaptive Systems of Tomorrow
Location: The Place at Innsbrook, 4036 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060

Session topics: (time slots announced soon)

Building Resilience into Commercial and Residential Structures
The continued focus on resilience is evident across policy, infrastructure, supply chain, and the built environment. Drawing from the National Institute of Building Science, we define resilience as the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events. Speakers will discuss resilience efforts including national and state perspectives on policy and code, how resilience is integrated into construction delivery, and the Brock Environmental Center – one of the world’s most sustainable buildings.

Speakers:

  • Annette Osso, Executive Director, Resilient Virginia (moderator)
  • Sydney Covey, Sustainable Solutions Manger, STRUCTR Advisors
  • Admiral Ann Phillips, Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection (invited)
  • Theresa Weston, Senior Research Fellow, DuPont Performance Building Solutions
Construction Delivery of the Future
This panel explores the evolving delivery of residential and light commercial construction to meet the industry’s needs, including both the current state of design and construction practice and various technological and process advancements on the horizon. High-performance HVAC systems will be examined, including integration issues, equipment limitations, and application engineering in the current market. Off-site construction will also be addressed, including its multi-faceted benefits, innovative design and fabrication approaches and the needed industry recognition of high-quality modular designs and facilities. The speakers will discuss the progress that they hope to see in the market to solve our current shortcomings in high-performance construction.

Speakers:

  • Sandra Leibowitz, Managing Principal, Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC (moderator)
  • Tom Hardiman, Executive Director, Modular Institute
  • David Treleven, Industry Manager, Ultra-Aire
  • Joseph Wheeler, Co-Director, Virginia Tech Center for Design Research (invited)
Energy Code Research
Buildings use about 40% of all energy, and 70% of electricity, in the U.S. Successfully advancing energy codes is mission critical for addressing climate change and integral for increasing building durability and indoor environmental quality, while supporting a vibrant building design and construction industry. Speakers will showcase results from recent field research on single family homes that helps better understand energy code adoption and building practices across the Southeast, highlighting Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance’s multi-state work. Attendees will get the latest information on where Virginia is in the energy code update process, and a look ahead at what Department of Housing and Community Development and Viridiant will be doing in partnership to provide training on implementation of energy codes in the Commonwealth.

Speakers:

  • Daniel Farrell, Energy Financing Program Manager, Virginia Dept. of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) (moderator)
  • Jeff Brown, Director, State Building Codes Office, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
  • Sean Evensen-Shanley, Director of Residential Operations, Viridiant
  • Lauren Westmoreland, Director of Built Environment, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Municipal Sustainability Programs in Virginia
This session features local government sustainability experts as well as the statewide perspective on energy efficiency from the Executive Director of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council. The speakers will highlight local initiatives, policies, and partnerships focused on sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment. Specific examples will illustrate how local government energy efficiency and overall sustainability programs are integral to Virginia’s economy and sustainable future. Speakers:

  • Joan Kelsch, Green Building Program Manager, Arlington County, VA (moderator)
  • Carol Davis, Sustainability Manager, Blacksburg, VA
  • Susan Elliott, Climate Protection Program Manager, Charlottesville, VA
  • Chelsea Harnish, Executive Director of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC)

Program (more details coming soon)

-1:00 pm: Start

-1:00 – 2:15 pm: Concurrent Sessions (2)

-2:15 – 2:30 pm: Break

-2:30 – 3:45 pm: Concurrent Sessions (2)

-4:00 – 4:30 pm: Keynote Address

-4:30 – 5:15 pm: Awards Presentation

-5:15 – 6:30 pm: Networking Reception with refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres

-6:30 pm: End

Nominate

Now in its 10th year, the Sustainable Leadership Awards have been revamped to allow for a broader range of recognition. The awards will now be referred to as the Building Sustainability Awards with the following categories:

-Visionary

-Project or Development – Multifamily

-Project or Development – Single Family

-Project or Development – Commercial

-Program, Initiative, or Partnership

-Builder or Developer

-Habitat for Humanity Affiliate

-Most Energy Efficient Homes

-Next Generation

Category details and the judging matrix can be found here. Awards and nominations are for work completed in the last three years in the mid-Atlantic region. While the use of a certification program is preferred, nominations are not required to be associated with EarthCraft or Viridiant.

One nomination form per entry. You are allowed to nominate for more than one award but you must fill out a separate nomination form for each person/company you are nominating. Please submit all nominations by March 15, 2019.

Sponsorship Opportunities

In April, Viridiant will host a weekend-long celebration of building science and sustainability with numerous sponsorship and marketing opportunities for our friends and supporters. Click below to see the various event sponsorship opportunities. Interested in all three events? Maximize your sponsorship, receive top benefits, and reach a variety of audiences by supporting all 3 events as a Sustainable Weekend Sponsor.

Details

Date:
April 25
Time:
1:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost:
$45

Venue

The Place at Innsbrook
4036 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060 United States
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Organizer

Viridiant Staff
Phone:
8042259843
Email:
Website:
viridiant.org