Join GBCI and Arc at Greenbuild 2021

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This month, join GBCI, USGBC and Arc at the Greenbuild Conference + Expo, with options to attend in person in San Diego, CA, or virtually. From September 21-23, gain access to content covering every facet of the green building industry and keynotes from leaders across the world.

Develop your career, make connections, gain cutting-edge insights and prepare for tomorrow at Greenbuild.

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Explore sessions on LEED, Arc, TRUE and the future of green building. All times listed are in Pacific Time (PT).


Sept. 22-23, 2021

The USGBC booth (#5107) will be open Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT. Stop by for insights into LEED and performance, and to reconnect with GBCI's expert reviewers.

Here's what you'll find at the booth this year:

  • Fun swag. While supplies last, USGBC members are invited to pick up a complimentary gift at the booth.
  • People with answers. Experts will be on hand to answer all of your questions about LEED and the full suite of GBCI offerings.
  • Arc demo. If you haven’t seen the Arc performance platform in action, visit the USGBC booth to learn about how it’s powering the next generation of sustainability. Drop by for a demo and sign up for a free trial.

GBCI Certification Work Zone

GBCI reviewers will be on hand in the booth to meet one on one and discuss questions about specific projects or rating system requirements. Advance appointments are welcome and encouraged. Walk-in conversations are also available.

Meet the Experts sessions

At our popular Meet the Experts sessions, USGBC and GBCI staff will share insights into the topics you want to learn more about. 

Wednesday, Sept. 22

1:30–2 p.m.  TRUE Certification: A Road Map to Zero Waste and Materials Management

TRUE certification aims to support facilities and businesses in achieving their zero waste goals by providing a clear path to certification using a points-based rating system and educational tools such as the TRUE Advisor program.

2–2:30 p.m.  Engage the Sports and Entertainment Markets

Join representatives from Arc and the Green Sports Alliance as they speak about "Play to Zero," and hear how you can participate in helping engage, inspire and celebrate the sports industry’s progress toward carbon reduction with a goal of net zero carbon.

2:30–3 p.m.  Willdan—Simplified Energy Modeling: Accessible, Accurate, Affordable

Using a case study example, see how NEO®, a web-based energy modeling tool, uses advanced baseline automation to provide real-time feedback throughout the design process. NEO’s Results Report and LEED Point Appendix allow teams to analyze Energy and Atmosphere point estimates and make faster, well-informed decisions that save time and modeling cost.

Thursday, Sept. 23

10:30–11 a.m.  Data Integration Case Study: arbnco

Learn how our integration partners make it faster and easier to engage with Arc, and hear directly from arbnco about their direct connection to Arc for air quality monitoring and the other solutions they provide.

12:30–1 p.m.  LEED v4.1

Learn from our experts why LEED v4.1 is the next-generation standard for green building design, construction, operations and performance.

1:30–2 p.m.  Willdan—Simplified Energy Modeling: Accessible, Accurate, Affordable

Using a case study example, see how NEO®, a web-based energy modeling tool, uses advanced baseline automation to provide real-time feedback throughout the design process. NEO’s Results Report and LEED Point Appendix allow teams to analyze Energy and Atmosphere point estimates and make faster, well-informed decisions that save time and modeling cost.

3:30–4 p.m.— Better Materials—Preview of the Verified for LEED Documentation Program

To date, over 1.3 billion square feet of projects have selected the product- and materials-related credits in LEED v4.1. LEED project stakeholders want better materials, and more and more manufacturers are making products with improved life cycle impacts. The Better Materials program was created to make the search for products simpler and faster for project teams, benefiting everyone through quicker product searches and more predictable achievement of LEED credits.



Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021

8-12 a.m. — All About Waste: A Workshop to Implement Zero Waste Strategies

Diverting waste from landfills is one of the most significant ways we as a community can decrease our carbon footprint, but often it can seem like a complicated process with large barriers to entry. In this workshop we will break down TRUE certification for zero waste and what you can do to today to improve your organization’s diversion rate.

8:30–9:30 a.m. – Implementing LEED v4.1: A Practitioner's Perspective

LEED v4.1 has tools built into the program and technical requirements that are focused on accessible implementation to encourage market transformation. During this session, attendees  will learn about updates to LEED v4.1 and hear strategies and lessons learned from peers and leaders who are applying LEED v4.1 to their projects.

9:45–10:45 a.m. – You Have Your Data, Now Do More With It

The Arc building performance platform helps building managers and owners manage, track, score, benchmark and improve the performance of building and company portfolios. Join us to hear about exciting new features available in Arc, along with real customer journeys.

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Circular Economy: Bridges to Equity

Zero waste and environmental justice work hand in hand. Rethinking our current practices and treating materials as valuable commodities creates jobs, reduces pollution and restores vulnerable communities. This session will examine the intersection between equity and zero waste to explore how improving materials management creates opportunities to improve environmental justice with TRUE certification for zero waste.

1 – 5 p.m. – LEED v4.1: Driving Climate Action Globally, by Designing and Constructing Greener Buildings Through LEED

This advanced-level workshop will focus on the key LEED v4.1 BD+C and ID+C strategies that have the most significant improvements to drive climate action and create high-performing buildings. The course is designed for professionals with LEED project experience who want to transform their practice to design and construct with an opportunity to operate better buildings.          

1:15–2:15 p.m. – All In for Equity—Shedding Light on the Headlines

Today’s headlines illuminate disparities and inequities around the world. USGBC’s new initiative, All In for Equity, is designed to inspire and empower organizations and projects to address these inequities in everything they do. This session will introduce strategies and resources to enable you to be part of the solution. 

2:30–3:30 p.m. – LEED for Cities and Communities: A Catalyst for Change in this Decade of Action

All over the world, change makers at the urban scale—mayors, planners, sustainability directors, designers, developers and investors—are coming together to collaborate and catalyze  a new generation of high-performance cities. This session engages practitioners and thought leaders in a discussion about LEED and the LEED for Cities and Communities systems’ role in catalyzing action on climate, sustainability, resilience and social equity in advance of 2030.

3:45–5:15 p.m. – Practical Net Zero Solutions in LEED

In a year when public health and safety were paramount, net zero goals rose to the forefront as many prioritized climate actions alongside COVID-19 recovery strategies. LEED Zero was created to provide a framework for the achievement and recognition of these goals. Come learn more from the experts who have implemented it.


Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021

11 a.m.–12 p.m. – LEED and the Speed of Change

The future of LEED requires leadership and consensus-building. How do we ensure that health and wellness, resilience, and equity are implemented and communicated? How can LEED meet the goals of ESG, including reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water use?

Join speakers as they provide thought leadership on driving change through LEED.

3–4 p.m. – Accelerating Building Decarbonization with LEED

A focus on embodied carbon and emissions reductions are critical components of building decarbonization. Experts take a deep dive into strategies included in the Energy and Atmosphere and Materials and Resources credit categories of LEED v4.1, including strategies under consideration for the future of the rating system.


Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. – Celebrating Global Leadership: The people and projects advancing health and wellness, sustainability, resilience, and equity through green building

Over the past 25 years, the concept of green building has evolved to include not just sustainability, but also health and wellness, resilience, and equity. USGBC and GBCI will focus our future work on these “four pillars”—to create a green building landscape that reflects the values of its members and has the broadest possible impact. Join us for a panel discussion with leaders from the classroom to the boardroom who are using LEED and implementing these four  pillars to create lasting impact in their communities.

12:45 – 2:15 p.m. – USGBC’s Women in Green Luncheon

This year’s Women in Green (WIG) theme is "Steadfast and Strong." For the Women in Green community, these words are deeply resonant and capture how women have adapted and endured in an unthinkable year.

2:15–3:15 p.m. – Future Shock: The Changing Role of Green Building in ESG and Sustainable Finance

In this session, leaders in commercial real estate and the Arc team will discuss the evolution of the industry and share their perspectives on the future of green building design and performance as part of ESG reporting and sustainable finance.

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