Educational Video Series

Mindful Design: Building A Research Facility To LEED Standards

How do you design an innovative neuroscience research facility to study the brain and bring together biological sciences, physics, engineering, chemistry, and social sciences? In this video course, we explore the state-of-the art Chen Neuroscience Research Building at Caltech, a innovative building bringing together biology, physics, engineering, chemistry and social sciences to study the brain. We review how the project team achieved LEED v4 certification by focusing on reducing energy and water consumption in the labs, increasing indoor air quality, selecting sustainable building materials, and using an integrative process. Copper cladding provides beauty, durability, longevity, while helping to achieve design goals.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Describe how design professionals used the integrative process to build an energy efficient and environmentally friendly neuroscience research building
  2. Discuss the energy performance strategies used to meet LEED v4 BD+C Energy & Atmosphere credits along with major challenges of reducing energy use in the science labs
  3. Examine how the project team achieved a healthier and more sustainable building while attaining Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, and Indoor Environmental Quality credits.
  4. Review how the project team used EPDs, HPDs, and other transparency documentation to design a healthy and sustainable research facility.
  5. Identify the benefits of using a high-performance façade system for the exterior of the research building and discuss how its durability, longevity, and aesthetics played a role in its selection

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To receive AIA or GBCI credit, please access the videos via the GreenCE site using the links below: video


Historic Restoration: Preserving a Montana Landmark with Copper Roofing

In this one-hour video case study, we will explore how copper roofing benefited a century old courthouse in Montana. Through a series of interviews with the project team and a building tour, we learn how buildings from the past shape our future, historic preservation challenges, and how teamwork and craftsmanship combine to preserve a culturally significant building.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Discuss how historic preservation projects can promote a healthy community and celebrate our historical legacy
  2. Review the sustainable benefits of using recycled copper for roofing applications
  3. Define craftsmanship and how it applies to roofing restoration projects
  4. Describe the longevity and life cycle of copper roofing compared to other building materials

AIA Course Number: 

  • 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour

GBCI Course ID: 

  • 1 GBCI General Hour for LEED Professionals

To receive AIA or GBCI credit, please access the videos via the GreenCE site using the links below:

Oasis: Designing a LEED Campus in the Desert
Copper's Role in Phoenix Health Sciences Education Building

The Copper Development Association (CDA), in conjunction with GreenCE, has developed a two-part educational video series, titled " Oasis: Designing a LEED Campus in the Desert," which highlights the building materials and craftsmanship of the Health Sciences Education Building project in Phoenix, Arizona, and the design philosophy and strategy behind the sustainable design and construction of this state-of-the-art facility.

Both hour-long videos are registered with the USGBC for continuing education credits and with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which requires architects to pursue continuing education to maintain their membership.

To receive AIA or USGBC credit, please access the videos via the GreenCE site using the links below:
Video Part 1
Video Part 2

Viewers who are not interested in receiving credit may simply access the videos directly from below.

Part 1 [Time: 1 h 03 min] - Exploring the design phase of the project.

Part 2 [Time: 59 min] - Documenting the construction and occupancy phases of the building.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Sustainability in the Desert: Video Case Study Offers CE Credit for Architects