Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

Thousands of building professionals from all over the world will come together at Greenbuild 2018 for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers and special seminars. Greenbuild provides the opportunity to visit with more than 600 suppliers and top manufacturers of the latest green building equipment, products, services and technology available in today’s market, and is dedicated to transforming the market and changing the way people all over the world experience buildings.

Canada Day Panel Discussion and Reception

On the eve of the New York State Green Building Conference, please join SyracuseCoE and the Consulate General of Canada in New York for a look at Canada’s green building sector – the technologies being developed and deployed, the real estate market’s reaction and leadership, the policies supporting innovation growth, and Canada’s partnerships with its Empire State neighbors on this aspect of climate change action. Green building offers great potential for game-changing emissions reduction and positive movement toward a clean energy North American economy.

The panel, featuring Canadian and New York green building experts, will examine the current state of the green building field and what a Canadian-New York collaborative future may hold. The panel will commence at 3:30 pm.

Following the panel discussion, continue the conversations while enjoying a delicious spread of food and beverages. The reception will begin following the panel discussion at 5 pm. Come to the discussion, reception or both!

RSVP by April 2, 2018 by emailing rsvp.ny@international.gc.ca or calling (716) 566-2321.

Panelists:

  • Laura Kennedy, Technical Expert, Nedlaw Living Walls
  • Hazel Sutton, Manager, Environmental Studies, Building Owners and Managers Association Canada
  • Erik C. Backus, Director, Construction Engineering Management, Clarkson University

Moderated by:

  • Ed Bogucz, Executive Director, SyracuseCoE and Associate Professor of Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

HEALTHfx: The Benefits of LEED-Certified, Energy-Efficient Buildings

In 2015, the Willis H. Carrier Total Indoor Environmental Quality Lab at SyracuseCoE was the site of the first COGfx Study, which examined the way buildings and their environments affect people’s behavior.  Now, a 16-year research study – known as HEALTHfx – conducted by Harvard University experts has found that LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) -certified buildings across the United States and five other countries, including China, India, Brazil, Germany, and Turkey, account for a near $6B in personal health and climate benefits.

Using Harvard’s Co-BE (Co-Benefits of the Built Environment) Calculator, the study examined energy cost savings, emission, reductions, and health co-benefits.  The results showed that energy-efficient buildings around the world have already amassed an estimated $13.3B in overall benefits, while averting 33 megatons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reducing air pollution.  In the U.S., these benefits will prevent an estimated 172-405 premature deaths, 171 hospital admissions, 11,000 asthma exacerbations, 54,000 respiratory symptoms, 21,000 lost work days, and 16,000 lost school days.

However, only 3.5% of total commercial buildings in the United States are considered LEED-certified; thus, the study also asserts that the health and energy advantages of energy-efficient buildings be considered during future policy creation, building design, and operation of current developments.

Read the full study here.

 

R&T Forum – Green Buildings and Health: From the Lab to the Real World

Dr. Joseph Allen and Dr. Piers MacNaughton of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dr. Usha Satish of the State University of New York Upstate Medical University returned home to the Syracuse Center of Excellence yesterday to discuss the results of their second COGfx study “Buildingomics.” After their initial project revealed a connection between indoor environmental air quality (i.e. low carbon dioxide and volatile organic compound levels) and cognitive function, the researchers wanted to follow-up by looking at work environments as a whole. To do so, they posed the following question: what impact does an entire building have?

Moving from the TIEQ Lab at SyracuseCoE, used in the first study, to real-world office buildings across the United States, the group compared and contrasted variables between high-performing non-certified buildings and high-performing green-certified buildings. Their results revealed that green-certified buildings improve cognitive function in general by 26 percent, but people’s overall health improved by 30 percent, shedding light on the health benefits of enhanced environments. Not only were occupants able to to strategize better, respond faster, appear more focused and manage tasks more efficiently, they were also able to sleep better after they left, showing the long-lasting impact better buildings can have. The difference between the two types of buildings? Controllable thermal comfort and lighting options.

At the presentation John Mandyck said he believes these findings are the missing piece of what he calls the “Green Building Trifecta.” Over the years, green buildings have grown in popularity, but now this study has proven the positive physical and mental impact green buildings can have on tenants, creating an even greater benefit for investing in green-certification. Soon, job candidates may be asking their potential employers at interviews: What are the CO2 levels in the office? What’s the ventilation like in the building I will be working in?

Presenters:

  • Dr. Joseph G. Allen, Assistant Professor, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Dr. Piers MacNaughton, Doctoral Candidate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Dr. Usha Satish, Professor, Department of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies Corporation