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Transforming the Built Environment through the Internet of Things (IoT)

October 28, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT

Come join GBA and CannonDesign in an informative day of learning about what’s new in green architecture! Network with companies who are producing the latest green building products, then hear Vivian Loftness present, and finish off the day with a tour of Phipps Conservatory’s Center for Sustainable Landscapes.


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Will light switches be obsolete? Will every air diffuser be ours to control? Will our windows talk to us? The Internet of Things is finally making it to our workplace, and it can dramatically improve air quality, visual quality, thermal comfort and desktop energy management. Integrated A/E/I practices have a strategic advantage to integrate the Internet of Things (IoT) to significantly advance indoor environmental quality for human health and productivity, as well as major energy savings.  This presentation will showcase innovative research at Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Building Performance on high performance enclosure, HVAC, lighting and plug load systems linked to the IoT – and their contributions to the enduring quality of buildings.



Vivian Loftness, FAIA, is the Paul Mellon Professor of Architecture at the Center for Building Performance at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and serves on the Board of Directors of both Green Building Alliance and Phipps Conservatory. Ms. Loftness is a LEED Fellow, LEED AP, and has been recognized nationally and internationally for her research on sustainability in the built environment, building systems integration, and design for health and productivity. Additionally, she has served on both local and national panels and boards and given four congressional testimonies on sustainable design. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Architecture from MIT.


Phipps Conservatory’s Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) is Living Building Challenge™ certified, LEED® Platinum and tied for the highest points awarded under version 2.2, and the first and only  Four Stars Sustainable SITES Initiative™ (SITES™) for landscapes and WELL Building Platinum project (pilot) in the world. You can learn more about the CSL by following this link: https://phipps.conservatory.org/green-innovation/at-phipps/center-for-sustainable-landscapes/



9:00 a.m.—Product Expo featuring:

*Carnegie Fabrics/Binford Associates


*Big Ass Solutions




*Shaw Contract Group

*Forbo Flooring Systems

*Franklin Interiors

11:30 a.m.—Lunch provided by Phipps Conservatory

12:30 p.m.—Presentation by Vivian Loftness

2:15 p.m.—Tour of Phipps Conservatory’s Center for Sustainable Landscapes

3:30 p.m.—Event Wrap-Up



This event is open to anyone, but will be particularly helpful for architects, designers, builders, and engineers. Loftness’ talk is intended for a beginner, intermediate and advanced audience.



Attendees will be able to identify how future buildings will:

*Place air quality and thermal comfort back in the hands of occupants with new approaches to windows, mixed mode HVAC and innovative user interfaces.

*Place lighting quality in the hands of occupants with new approaches to daylighting, task vs. ambient lighting, and occupant control through innovative smart phone interfaces.

*Place the control of plug loads through communication, expert consulting and occupant controls through innovative user smart phone and desktop interfaces.

*Link the critical value of these building responses and innovation to health, productivity and energy conservation.


GBCI CMPAIA logo  This event is approved for 5.5 GBCI CEUs and 5.5 AIA CEUs.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.


October 28, 2015
9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Michael Sobkowiak


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Inc.
One Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States
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