Public Service Announcement: Sustainability Challenge: Fall 2022


On this week’s episode of the Green Building Matters podcast, we’ve actually taken some of our Sustainability Challenge education and pulled out some hot topics.

First, we’re going to zoom out and talk about “State of the Sustainability Union” and even some really big mandates from certain countries from all around the world, all the way down to local laws in certain cities. And where we’re at with our buildings and their impacts on our overall Greenhouse gas emissions

Next, we are going to give you some of the latest cliff notes on LEED, WELL, Fitwel, GRESB, and BREEAM updates.

Lastly, we have to continue to revisit the difference between “Operational Carbon vs. Embodied Carbon”. We’ve pulled in a couple of subject matter experts from our team to make sure they can really help clear that up on a high level

Show Highlight

State of the Sustainability Union

  • Greenhouse gas emissions problems and opportunities.
  • Energy efficient commercial buildings increase value for developers, tenants and investors more.
  • Meet climate standard targets for builders, designers and operators by 2030-2050 timeline
  • Global big picture legislation and mandates.
  • “Design Build Sustainability” will help to achieve green building goals.
  • Streamlining information and requirements into content that you and/or your firm can prepare for design, construction and operation.

LEED/WELL/Fitwel/GRESB Updates

  • LEED for existing buildings can be achieved by two pathways.
  • WELLness Real Estate
    * Operating and building a healthy space certification testing in the field
    * Pandemic Response programs for WELL and LEED for your real estate portfolio
  • Attract investors for GRESB with tips to increase your green portfolio.
  • How to prepare for the Net Zero Readiness Plan
  • BREEM is more than an alternative to LEED. Learn the benefits, resources and popularity of this system

Defining Operational vs Embodied Carbon

  • Talking points for operational and embodied carbon.
  • Understand the evolution of the carbon story and the challenge with the linear fashion for buildings.
  • Carbonization strategies and tips to understand buildings are living things.
  • Building decarbonizing trends and global government’s response to crises.
  • Pathway to net zero for building with architectural design, mechanical design, leveraging building envelope and occupancy scheduling.
  • Leveraging energy models and best practices using the latest technology.
  • Carbon impacts and footprint throughout each phase of the entire building cycle.

Show Resource and Information


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