ALA05 - Andersen Windows & Doors and Yellowstone Forever Present Lunch & Learn: LBC, High Performance Buildings, and the Importance of a Strong Team

Wednesday, November 20 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM | Booth 323 « Back

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Living Buildings are designed to be high performing in nearly every way. From the energy and water balance to the chemicals and materials used to complete the spaces, these buildings represent the leading edge of the green building movement. Because of the lofty goals associated with these projects, it is crucial that the design and planning phase of the project includes stakeholders from all segments of the project and across multiple sectors. This session explores building performance through the lens of a Living Building Challenge project in Yellowstone National Park. This interactive discussion will highlight the unique challenges and opportunities of designing and planning for the National Parks system’s first Living Building and will emphasize the importance of early and regular communication between the architect, the owner, the building product manufacturers, and countless other stakeholders.

Tim Eddy of Hennebery Eddy architects will dive into the thought process of pitching such a bold idea to the decision makers at Yellowstone National Park and share some of the more challenging details of designing a Living Building in a harsh climate with roaming bison, an active volcano underfoot, and the bureaucracy of the U.S. Federal government.

On cue, Bob Fuhrmann, the Youth Program Manager at Yellowstone National Park, will discuss the park’s decision to pursue this stretch goal for their new You Education Campus and how the park will use the facilities as an educational aide for park visitors and the youth that the park will host at the site every summer.

Susan Roeder, Andersen’s Strategic Accounts Manager for Community, will round out the discussion by highlighting the importance of partnerships and the hard work of finding partners to meet the demands of providing building products to a Living Building Challenge project.

Learning Objectives:

Describe how long-range strategic planning, collaboration, and open dialogue foster success in designing high performance buildings

Identify key players in early planning for a high performing LBC building

Find resources for identifying and specifying LBC-ready building products

Understand the performance requirements for buildings seeking leading green building certifications

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Event Type: Applied Learning Area Session > Session