Sustainability: Value of Good Design

How and Why: The Details of Sustainable Homes

Find out how the “typical details” provided to satisfy energy codes, protect clients and reduce liability actually relevant to sustainability—and why does it matter?


Designers, practitioners, and builders rely on "typical details" to satisfy energy codes and green building programs, protect clients, and keep themselves out of trouble. But are these details actually relevant to sustainability—or are we just going with the program? 

This course will give you the "how" and "why" of key details for energy codes and green building. From the building envelope to structural systems and hot water heating/distribution, the difference lies in the details. Discover the rhyme and reason behind key details, and improve actual efficiency and green value in your sustainable designs.

Learning objectives

  • Provide better owner advocacy and control liability by identifying a collection of key details that must be integrated for a successful, sustainable project.
  • Review software tools to evaluate their solutions for the building envelope and building systems in the design phase.
  • Sort through the sea of competing green building programs, products and services by taking a global view that shows the priorities they have in common.
  • Learn which resting and inspection procedures can grow a firm’s revenue during the construction phase.
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 $45  non-member
 $30  member
1.00 LU
  • HSW
  • GBCI
  • RIBA


  • Mike  Barcik, LEED AP

    Mike Barcik


    Senior Engineer of Technical Services | Southface Energy Institute

    Mike Barcik is a Senior Engineer for Technical Services at Southface. With B.S and M.S. degrees in...
  • Ryan  Taylor, AIA

    Ryan Taylor


    President | Ryan Taylor Architects LLC

    Ryan Taylor, an architect and HERS rater, founded Ryan Taylor Architects LLC in 2002 to change the...