Continuing Education Credits
To receive continuing education credits and a certificate of completion, you first need to register for the course. Upon registration, a link to the course quiz will be emailed to you. To receive credit, you must answer 7 of 10 questions correctly. The quiz can be taken multiple times.
ABOUT THIS ONLINE COURSE
In 2007, the United Nations initiated a multi‐year renovation of its New York City headquarters, the Capital Master Plan (CMP). The campus-wide renovation, the most extensive since the campus was built in the 1950s, meets LEED Gold criteria, with the Secretariat tower achieving LEED Platinum certification. However, the decision to retrofit rather than demolish the existing buildings arguably achieved the greatest sustainability results―avoiding waste, reusing materials, and keeping tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
To better understand the quantity of these savings, Michael Adlerstein, the Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director for the UN Capital Master Plan, led a study to assess the carbon-saving value of the structures that were retained. The results of this study not only shed light on the magnitude of the savings, but also highlight the value and urgency of building reuse and renovation in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Join us for a discussion with Michael Adlerstein, John Amatruda and Kris Baker on the findings from this groundbreaking study.
This online course was recorded from a live event, and occasional background noises may be present.
After this session, participants will:
- Understand the differences between “operational” and “embodied” carbon emissions.
- Understand how energy modeling and life cycle assessment software allows designers to predict operational and embodied carbon emissions from buildings.
- Understand the relative impacts of new construction versus retrofit on operational and embodied carbon emissions, based on the UN HQ example.
- Describe how building retrofit and renovation can play a significant role in reducing new carbon emissions, as compared to new construction.