Conversation Series: New Perspectives on Health & Well-being | Fresh Air

Join our community for a series of early morning conversations with coffee in hand. Each discussion will be led by an expert who will dive deep into one aspect of health and well-being in the built environment with a sustainability overlay. As we adapt our built environment to address virus mitigation we must ensure that the solutions are sustainable. We are stronger and wiser together. Please add your voice to the conversation.

Our goal is to summarize the conversations in a series of brief white papers that will help inform the building industry.

This session will  focus on “fresh air” and will feature facilitator Jacob Knowles of BR+A and guest speaker Patrick Murphy of Vanderweil Engineers.



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POSTPONED: Two-Part GPRO Operations and Maintenance Course

About the Course

You and your business may be eligible to take this training for FREE! Learn more about this opportunity at our Green Building Training Program website. NOTE: This course is a two-part series.


Class 1: May 5th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM | Class 2: May 12th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Qualifies for 12 AIA, GBCI, and PDH (Health, Safety, and Welfare Including Core Technical) CE Credits.

GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills Training is a comprehensive national training and certificate program that teaches the principles of sustainability and trade-specific green construction knowledge to people who build, renovate, and maintain buildings. GPRO is owned and managed by Urban Green Council and brought to you USGBC MA through expert local certified instructors. Learn more about the GPRO certificate at the official GPRO website.

Certificate holders will be prepared to work in accordance with new regulations and to meet the expectations of owners and tenants who want healthier, environmentally sustainable, and energy-efficient homes and offices.

The GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials (O&M) course provides building professionals with strategies to reduce energy use while improving tenant comfort and health. This course is ideal for property managers and building staff in both residential and high-rise commercial buildings, including building superintendents, operators, facility and property managers, operating engineers, and stationary engineers. Learn more about the Operations & Maintenance Essentials Course.

Learning Objectives

1) Take a systemic approach to operating and maintaining a building.

2) Evaluate building performance.

3) Identify measures that will improve building health, energy or water efficiency of your building, as well as the next steps needed to achieve them.

4) Explain the costs and benefits of those measures.

Registration comes with…

  • a course workbook
  • exam session; GPRO Certificates are awarded to those who pass this exam (80% or higher). The exam is open book.

This now funded through the Commonwealth Workforce Training Fund’s Massachusetts Training Exchange. If you are a small, Massachusetts-based business that employs 100 people or less, you and your employees may be eligible to take this training session for free! Learn more about this opportunity at our Green Building Training Program website.

Bird Safe Design: Strategies for Designing Bird-Friendly Buildings

** “Bird Safe Design” will now be hosted virtually in response to the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus/COVID-19. Registered attendees will receive their Zoom meeting link a few days before March 17th. **

This class will review the science that explains bird collisions, how to recognize hazards present in the built environment, and a range of building designs that illustrate solutions. These case studies will explore many of the available strategies for reducing bird mortality; these bird-friendly strategies oftentimes bring additional value to design decisions for heat, light, and security. We will review regulations connected to bird-friendly design, including the use of the LEED credit as well as current legislation that mandates safer design for birds. Techniques now in use for evaluating the relative threat level to birds of different materials are also described in this course, along with typical results.

Course objectives:

● Identify and apply current best practices in reducing bird collisions in new design
● Integrate bird-friendly architecture with other aspects of green design
● Understand existing and potential legislation mandating bird-friendly design
● Use LEED Pilot Credit #55: Reducing Bird Collisions