Telluride’s TNCC presents Integrated Design Workshop #2, 3/26

Telluride’s TNCC presents Integrated Design Workshop #2, 3/26

[click “Play” for Susan’s interview with James Pittman]

James Pittman

In line with its mission to spearhead green initiatives in the Telluride region, The New Community Coalition hosts the second in a series of integrated design workshops with a sustainable building focus.”Systems Thinking of Building Design” takes place Friday, March 26, 2010, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the award-winning Wilkinson Public Library, 100 West Pacific Avenue.

Systems thinking, integrated design, dynamic modeling, sustainable building design, Building Information Modeling (BIM)… What do these terms mean? How would you apply them to your professional role in building design? How would interested non-professionals integrate these concepts into their lives?

“Systems Thinking of Building Design” focuses on the application of whole systems design and dynamic modeling towards the integrated design of green buildings for residential or commercial use. Significant time during the workshop will be devoted to analyzing test cases in cold, dry mountain climate zones, particularly challenging locations for green construction objectives.

Getting granular, the discussion will focus on the following design considerations:
• Water consumption
• Electrical and HVAC systems
• Greenhouse gas emissions
• Building life-cycles
• Construction/renovation costs
• Overall economics of value optimization in sustainability design and management.

If you are an experienced architect or engineer, TNCC suggest you attend “Systems Thinking of Building Design” to learn ways to utilize systems thinking and integrated design to enhance what you already know. If you are a relative newbie to the design process, the workshop offers an interesting and affordable way to educate yourself.

The principal presenter at “Systems Thinking of Building Design” is James Pittman, whole systems designer/consultant/educator. (Eugene Wowk of Integrated Home Design will 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.

To learn more from James Pittman, click the “play” button and listen to his podcast.

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