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Sustainable, High-Performance Projects and Project Delivery Methods

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Owners, architects, engineers, constructors, and public policy advocates are demanding that projects incorporate sustainable design and construction practices. Residential and commercial building sectors are responsible for approximately 8 percent of carbon dioxide emissions globally and approximately 40 percent of energy consumption in the United States.  The presentation of the research looks at Project Delivery Strategies, including Design Bid Build, CM at Risk, and Design Build and how they impact our ability to achieve our goals for high performing buildings and lessening our impact on the environment.

Course expires 1/29/2026

Learning Objectives


Understand how mastering integrated project delivery can enhance the execution of capital projects, resulting in buildings that meet the Owners objectives to perform at a high level of efficiency and incorporate the state-of-the-art enclosures and building systems. 


Compare project delivery methods for achieving sustainable, high performance building projects, and understand the importance of the team in achieving these goals


Assess the balance of design-build teaming relationships with risk exposure to maximize project success and minimize potential claims, disputes and litigation.


Discover best practices for supporting their visions and ESG initiatives and how to positively lead their teams towards those goals.

This session was recorded live on March 7, 2023.

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Keith R. Molenaar is the K. Stanton Lewis Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. As dean, he leads more than 9,000 faculty, staff, and students in meeting the mission for the state’s flagship engineering college. His teaching and research focus on risk analysis and innovative project delivery methods. Dr. Molenaar has published more than 250 journal articles, technical reports, and conference proceedings. He holds degrees in architectural and civil engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Molenaar was elected to the Pan-American Academy of Engineering in 2012 and the National Academy of Construction in 2017. He was elected as a Fellow of the Design-Build Institute of America in 2019.