Pilot projects recently tested the effectiveness and relevance of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES) for residences. Moderated by Liz Guthrie, ASLA, and principals of two award-winning West Coast firms share their experience gaining SITES certification for single- and multi-family projects. Learn successful strategies for developing designs for beauty and abundance.
Understand what SITES provides for designers and clients of residential projects.
Gain practical knowledge and tools to maximize ecosystem services on residential projects of all scales.
Learn how in-depth strategies behind two SITES-certified residential projects overcame obstacles for meeting SITES benchmarks.
Discover how to incorporate SITES sustainable design approach into your practice.
Landscape architects are often responsible for the design of stormwater systems that promote specific levels of performance. This session will describe current initiatives to document performance, protocols for measuring performance, ways to design more effective systems, and the challenges the profession could face when levels of performance aren't realized.
Be familiar with current research and monitoring of best management practices (BMP) performance sponsored by the EPA.
Develop an understanding of protocols to effectively measure BMP performance.
Learn about key measures to more accurately align theoretical and actual performance
Learn about evolving federal regulations regarding design and performance, and potential liabilities and pitfalls for projects that fail to perform as designed.
This study of green living wall case studies reveals several product installations and results for indoor and outdoor applications in various climates. Project analyses will include detailed design criteria, costs, installation details, plant selection, maintenance, and challenges and solutions. Photos and time-lapse videos will enhance and highlight the project presentations.
Understand the challenges and successes from detailed case studies of a variety of installed green living wall systems.
Master the various project design criteria for architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, horticultural, and ongoing maintenance considerations and costs.
Discover the team approach and collaboration methods used with clients, landscape architects, architects, engineers, and design-build contractors.
Fully grasp the projects' best practices with photos and time-lapse videos.
From abandoned parking lots to lush rolling hills, gardens, and meadows, Tongva Park is the new green heart of Santa Monica. Developed under the scrutiny of urban foresters and eclectic horticulturalists, the resultant planting design offers a model of sustainability for similar projects--one that carefully balances environment and culture.
Determine the management process for large park-planting designs from aesthetic, cultural, and environmental perspectives.
Understand how sustainable landscapes can incorporate both native and non-native plants and multi-zone landscapes.
Learn effective design approaches to establish large-scale Mediterranean meadows and create multi-storied landscape habitats within urban environments.
Explore the challenges, changes, and opportunities encountered during construction.
Essentially “upcycling” an outdated office building, Perkins+Will’s transformation of 1315 Peachtree Street stands as a new civic model on Atlanta’s signature street. Where there once stood a prominent driveway and parking deck, now a pedestrian-oriented plaza creates an open-air living room and reconnects the building to the street. The site design showcases innovative use of materials and commitment to sustainable practices in the landscape, including creative stormwater management solutions throughout the site, such as cisterns, rain gardens, and porous paving surfaces. Certified LEED® Platinum, the project is a living model for small urban sites with big goals for sustainability.
Explore strategies for creative stormwater management in a dense urban area.
Understand benefits of an interdisciplinary design approach.
Become familiar with best practices for use of innovative materials, in a collaborative design and permitting process.
The presentation covers historic paving materials and how they can be used in today’s designs. A brief overview of the historic brick manufacturing processes and stone sources are provided. Information is provided on how these products may contribute to LEED & SITES credits. Both historic and modern installation methods of bricks and cobbles are outlined including permeable pavements applications. Options for ADA compliant installations are reviewed. Additional reclaimed materials such as curbing, stone sidewalk slabs, stone building elements and large stone block are also discussed. Samples of materials are circulated to understand the characteristics of the materials.
Recognize and identify what reclaimed materials are reliably available for use in designs.
Demonstrate how reclaimed materials can contribute to the historic sensitivity of projects.
Select proper materials for various residential, commercial, and historic restoration projects.
Specify installation methods for various reclaimed materials in a range of applications including ADA.
Identify project elements that can utilize reclaimed materials and may qualify for SITES and/or LEED credits.
Coastal Louisiana is a national treasure and one of the most productive estuaries in the world. However, like many areas along our nation’s shores, Louisiana is facing growing threats from climate change, sea level rise, and increasing flood risk. This webinar discusses how Louisiana is addressing this problem through an ecologically-based planning framework described in Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast and is creating a more sustainable coastal landscape and resilient communities through the implementation of large-scale Coastal Ecological Restoration projects. Presenters will discuss ongoing efforts to develop a comprehensive statewide planning framework to prioritize restoration and protection projects, as well as site-level planning, design, and implementation of restoration projects in a range of ecologies across the Louisiana coast.
Understand an integrated, systems-based approach to environmental analysis, planning, and design - with emphasis on basin-scale ecosystem restoration.
Become familiar with working in linked socio-ecological systems, the need for interdisciplinary planning teams, and the importance of incorporating holistic ecological, economic, social, and cultural goals, objectives, and performance criteria.
Understand the complexities of implementing large-scale barrier island and marsh creation projects.
This session will explain in detail the proper selection, design, and implementation of stormwater controls; what low-impact development and green infrastructure are; appropriate stormwater-control design approaches; and factors contributing to the success or failure of stormwater controls, including the importance of maintenance and plant selection.
Learn green infrastructure concepts and their implementation at site to regional scales.
Understand the process for selecting the appropriate stormwater control measure, given treatment objectives, and physical context.
Learn appropriate construction details and maintenance requirements for proper function of stormwater control measures.
Be familiar with successes and failures of stormwater control measures regarding plantings and construction details.
Designed meadows, grasslands, and woodlands offer environmental, managerial, and aesthetic benefits, yet designers often struggle to establish them. In this session, a plant ecologist, landscape architect, and meadow design specialist will discuss proven approaches for successfully establishing meadows and grasslands from seeds and live plants.
Integrate design and ecology to achieve beautiful, resilient, low-maintenance meadows and grasslands for varying scales and conditions.
Learn effective design and specifiation approaches for meadow and grassland projects established from seed and live plants.
Acquire reliable strategies for managing meadow and grassland designs.
Determine methods for artistic coalescence of created and natural ecosystems.
This technical presentation compares in detail the current methods of obtaining evapotranspiration (ET) and soil moisture data, including proper selection, costs, installation methods, and calculations in the control of irrigation systems. Examples are shown with each method to help determine which method fits best to each application.
Learn what ET (Evapotranspiration) is and products used to obtain.
See how today’s irrigation controllers convert daily ET rates into runtime.
Learn the various methods of soil moisture sensing available today.
Learn how soil moisture sensing works with irrigation systems.
Discuss the advantages and challenges of each type.