Everblue International LEED Class

Tue, 2010-11-16 15:15

What an incredible week to be in London! Everblue conducts successful international LEED class amidst news making events and Remembrance Day reflections.

November 10, 2010
I arrived in London and took a walk early afternoon to conduct a technology check at the conference venue, Broadway House. Little did I know that thousands of students had descended upon London to walk in protest of tuition fee increases at the universities. The demonstration was civilized and peaceful. I found myself often times walking with them. By the late afternoon I made my way to the Tate Museum for tea and by that point the demonstration grew violent at the Millbank Tower, so the police were out in force – they were even concerned about protecting the Tate, across the street.

November 11, 2010
The Everblue LEED class began at 9 am at the Broadway House located on Tothill Rd. near Westminster Abbey. We held a full class with professionals from the UK, Switzerland, France, Germany, Denmark and Poland. Almost half the class was comprised of architects and planners working together on a LEED project. The atmosphere at the Broadway House was convivial – attendees enjoyed meeting each other and sharing experiences while we learned together.

In the UK, November 11 is known as Remembrance Day; in the US it is Veteran’s Day. The British Legion hosts a fund drive known for the slogan “Put on a Poppy.” Proceeds support disabled veterans and families, survivors of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Everblue was founded by Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. My dad is a Veteran of the Korean Conflict. This day was special. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month Everblue’s LEED class observed two minutes of silence as we listened to the chimes of Big Ben.

That evening, I was excited to see “The Gherkin,” the fabulous building designed by Sir Norman Foster + Partners, the home of the London offices of Swiss Re. It is one of the greenest buildings in the world with outstanding features of increased ventilation, daylighting, and incredible views. The structure has a beautiful and unique geometry and the scale of the building works well with the pedestrian scale of the surrounding neighborhood. I loved it!

November 12, 2010
During the breaks, we discussed some of the similarities between the LEED and BREEAM standards and the need for metric conversion. We learned more about how building design can facilitate natural ventilation and we discussed how CIBSE, a British Society – the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers is leading the way. We wrapped up the class with a look at Integrated Project Delivery, BIM and the process of certifying a building for LEED.

It was a privilege to spend two days with European design professionals learning about LEED.

Joan Mahon, Everblue Senior Instructor and Business Development

If you are interested in learning more about LEED or BREEAM standards register for a class or call us at 800-460-2575.

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