TNCC: Systems Thinking of Green Building

TNCC: Systems Thinking of Green Building

Friday, December 4, in the Program Room of Telluride's Wilkinson Public Library, The New Community Coalition presents "Systems Thinking of Green Building." The principal speaker is James Pittman of the Ecosa Institute in Prescott, Arizona. (Eugene Wowk of Integrated Home Design will be present online.)

James Pittman holds an MSc, with distinction, in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh, an MA in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University, Seattle, a Certificate in Systems Renewal Consultation from the International Institute for the Study of Systems Renewal, as well as a BA integrating education and sustainability from Prescott College. His specialty is developing interpersonal and technological solutions to issues of ecological, social, and economic sustainability. As a consultant James Pittman's clients include the President's Council on Sustainable Development, the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future, the Mesa del Sol Eco-industrial Development Project at Cornell University, the EcoSage Corporation's SolarQuest Program, the City of Washington D.C., and the Wisconsin Public Service Power Corporation.

The all-day (8 a.m.– 5 p.m.) integrated design workshop focuses on the application of systems thinking and dynamic modeling for integrated design of green buildings for residential or commercial use. Terms such as "system thinking," "integrated design," "sustainable building design, "Building Information Model" (BIM) are fleshed out. Diagrams and models for decision support in direct collaboration with diverse stakeholder groups are fully explained for practical use. Specific design test cases that are a challenging component of sustainable design for high-altitude buildings are to be analyzed in detail. Local green building and energy code compliance concerns will also be discussed. Design considerations around such topics as water consumption, electrical and HVAC systems, greenhouse gas emissions, building life-cycles, construction/renovation costs and the overall economics of value optimization is sustainability designs and management go under a magnifier.

TNCC's "Systems Thinking of Green Building" targets anyone who should have a voice in the design phase of building especially in high altitude (cold, dry climate) environments, including: owners, architects, engineers, designers, general contractors, interior designers, and tradesmen.

The fee is $25. Checks can be made out to TNCC, PO Box 1625, Telluride, CO 81435. For further information, go to TNCC's website or call 970-728-5208.

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