Wednesday / February 03, 2016 / 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Green the Building: Sustainable Buildings Workshop Using a Game as a Primary Learning Tool

Conference Center at 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 260 (Adjacent to AIA Chicago office)

Managing buildings and their interconnected systems requires an understanding of technology, financial planning, and even human behavior to create solutions that conserve resources, reduce waste, save money, and satisfy occupants. The US General Services Administration created Green the Building to expose the complex world of sustainable design, construction, and operations in a succinct and simplified context that allows you to interact with the whole system, learn technical concepts, and try out building strategies in a risk-free environment.

This in-person workshop starts with an overview and introduction of Sustainable Facilities Tool and its companion game, Green the Building. Led by Michael Bloom from GSA's Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, participants will play the game on their own WiFi-enabled tablet or laptop to meet target scores. Game play will be punctuated by brief table and whole group discussions about challenges, tactics, lessons learned and a short post-game survey. The session will end with a debrief about the use of games as effective learning tools.

How it works:
Green the Building places you in the role of Team Lead, charged with greening buildings through strategic Energy, Waste, Water, and Occupant Satisfaction improvements given a limited budget. Make tough choices from among action cards that include: Lighting, HVAC, Water, Workplace, Practices, and Bundles. Face random events, including extreme temperature change and employee turnover, that challenge your ability to plan ahead.

Coffee and light refreshments provided starting at 7:45 am. Program will start promptly at 8:00 am.

Participants must bring their own laptop or tablet.

Sponsored By

US General Services Administration, national AIA, and AIA Chicago

Learning Units

1.5 LU/HSW

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