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Our design and education team works closely with our course sponsors to create quality continuing education courses which are delivered at no cost to our users. These courses provide a unique opportunity for sponsors’ to share their in-depth knowledge, experience and expertise as subject matter experts who can assist design professionals in their work.

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Abadi Accessibility serves the building community as an accessibility specialist and offers plan reviews, building inspections, site assessments, training and education to their clients.

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The ADA and Residential Facilities

James Hardie has operations in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. No matter where they operate, their goal is to remain at the forefront of the fiber-cement industry, capitalizing on our global leadership in building products and manufacturing and technology for both new home construction and remodeling.

Since 1992, building owners, developers, design firms, and construction managers have hired Earthly Ideas to assist in the design, renovation, construction, and operation of high performance buildings. We ground our green building consulting practice in the fact that knowledge is power and are dedicated to supporting commercial, institutional, and industrial project teams with the information, resources, and skills needed to produce these facilities.


Founded in 1946, Noble Company manufactures premium-quality, innovative products for the Tile, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, and Fire Sprinkler Industries. Noble Company product applications include waterproofing, crack prevention, and sound reduction under tile flooring. Noble Company is an American-based company, manufacturing products in Michigan and Louisiana.

GreenCE’s mission is to support the necessary transition to a sustainable built environment by empowering design professionals to address the environmental, economic, and social impacts of buildings. GreenCE’s course catalog includes LEED exam preparation, continuing education to maintain your AIA or LEED credential, as well as specialty education focused on topics such as ADA/Barrier-Free requirements. We are committed to designing the highest quality continuing education programs in the construction industry.

RavenWindow™ tints automatically and within minutes with no controls, wires or electricity, preserving an uninterrupted connection to the outdoors and natural light.
RavenWindow™ engineered a thermochromic filter that is incorporated into the window at the time of manufacture. This filter creates a cool and usable space when activated, while maintaining connection to the outdoors during even the hottest days.
During cooler times, when the solar gain is desired, the filter remains clear, filling the space with desired warming rays.

Since 1982, Bradford Products has been the leader in the design and fabrication of high quality and custom stainless steel pools, hot tubs, SwimSpas, water features, thermal rooms, therapy and other custom specialty products. As the premier manufacturer and trusted experts in stainless steel fabrication, Bradford's world class products are featured in commercial facilities and homes throughout the United States and internationally. Bradford offers expertise in conceptual design, engineering, manufacturing and installation.

Innovative Building Products (IBP) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the ACME Brick Company. The IBP family of products includes the Fast Track Stone Stysem, IBP Glass Block Grid System and GlassWalk Floor System. All IBP Systems are based on simplicity of installation thus resulting in long lasting, low maintenance products.

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Glass Floor Walkways & Stair Treads

Energy Focus, inc. is a leading provider of energy efficient LED lighting products, and a developer of energy efficient lighting technology. Our solutions provide energy savings, aesthetics, safety and maintenance cost benefits over conventional lighting. Our solutions provide energy savings, aesthetics, safety and maintenance cost benefits over conventional lighting.

Since 1952, American Dryer has been a leading manufacturer of hand dryers. Our guiding philosophy has led to the development of many industry innovations, capped by the new eXtremeAir hand dryer with patented Cold Plasma Clean technology. We are committed to American manufacturing, so our complete line of quality hand dryers are assembled in the USA and backed by the industry's premier same-day factory service.

Carlisle HVAC Products encompasses Hardcast Duct Sealants and Adhesives, DynAir Airflow Hardware, and the Nexus 4 Bolt Flange Closure System. As an industry leader, Carlisle HVAC Products supplies superior products and engineered solutions to ensure the sustainability of your HVAC system. Our formulations exceed industry standards and are engineered to ensure consistent, quick and accurate installation. Our products and solutions deliver maximum efficiency, unparalleled quality, and unmatched savings, and to ensure these goals are met, we provide thorough training and unmatched field support.

ACT, Inc. Systems is a Costa Mesa, California company formed in 1992. Our company is the technology and product leader of water and energy saving hot water demand distribution pumping systems in North America.

Through innovative thinking and tireless research, ACT Inc. has developed a patented process to provide consumers an exclusive solution to their wait for hot water. Precision controls perform the task while not wasting precious energy due to outdated technology that constantly recirculates hot water and prematurely wears out our expensive plumbing systems.

Abadi Accessibility serves the building community as an accessibility specialist and offers plan reviews, building inspections, site assessments, training and education to their clients.

Franklin International is among the largest privately held manufacturers of adhesives and sealants in the United States. We opened in 1935 as the Franklin Glue Company and today are known as Franklin International to reflect our global distribution across 60 countries on six continents around the globe. Our Construction Building Products division provides the Titebond brand of glues, adhesives and sealants for use in woodworking and all facets of residential and commercial construction. Franklin International employs approximately 400 in its laboratory, R&D center, sales/marketing offices and manufacturing facility, all located at its corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. We are an American family-owned, U.S.-based company and our products sold in the U.S. are made in America.

AcornVac, Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets environmentally friendly plumbing and waste collection, conveyance and disposal systems. AcornVac has the expertise and knowledge to deliver a state-of-the-art, reliable, cost effective and versatile plumbing system that is engineered to fit most any building type for renovation and new construction projects.

Scranton Products well-known brands feature the most durable, low maintenance and best looking partitions, lockers and industrial sheet products in the industry. They won’t dent, rust or need painting, and because they are colored throughout, delamination is not a factor.

World Dryer, the leading global manufacturer of hand dryers, is the only company of its kind to offer a full portfolio of fast, state-of-the-art hand dryers designed to fit the individual needs of any facility. For more than 60 years, our products have set the industry standard by integrating leading technology, convenient functionality and attractive design to give every user an unparalleled experience. Our high-speed hand dryers are all designed to deliver a faster, more effective drying experience while reducing operational costs.With more than 800 distributors worldwide and over 18-plus certifications representing more than 85 countries around the globe, World Dryer truly is the hand-dryer manufacturer of choice.

Big Ass Fan Company designs, engineers and manufactures the world’s most efficient ceiling fans for industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential settings. Big Ass Fans range in size from 5- to 24-feet in diameter and pair energy efficient motors with advanced airfoil technology to circulate large volumes of air, providing occupant comfort and energy savings year round. There are more than 100,000 Big Ass Fans installed worldwide in applications such as manufacturing plants, distribution centers, horse arenas, dairy barns, stadiums, restaurants, schools, health clubs, hotels and homes.

TOTO is the world’s largest plumbing products manufacturer. We offer a complete line of commercial and decorative plumbing fixtures and fittings, faucets, accessories, shower and flush valves, as well as lavatories, toilets, Air Baths and urinals. More than 1,500 TOTO engineers and their colleagues are committed to achieving the seamless integration of performance, conservation, technology, and innovation. For over 90 years, we have been producing superbly designed, high performance lifestyle enhancing plumbing products for residential bathrooms and commercial restrooms. While we understand our customers want products that have great design, we concentrate on creating a more enjoyable bathroom experience through products that infuse sophisticated style with substance, optimize water conservation and provide consistent, exceptional performance.

Copper Development Association Inc. (CDA) is a U.S-based, not-for-profit association of the global copper industry, influencing the use of copper and copper alloys through research, development and education, as well as technical and end-user support. CDA is committed to promoting the proper use of copper materials in sustainable, efficient applications for business, industry and the home. Copper Development Association Inc. promotes the goals of our members while serving the needs of the users, purchasers, designers and specifiers of copper and copper alloy products.

Steel Door Institute (SDI) was established in 1954 as a non-profit business association that develops standards for steel doors and frames. These standards are available free of charge so architects can ensure quality and consistency of steel doors and frames. SDI members are the only manufacturers that have been audited to ensure they meet our standards.


Founded in 1886, GAF is the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. As the industry leader with over $3 billion in sales, GAF proudly offers a comprehensive portfolio of award-winning, innovative roofing products for both steep-slope and commercial properties. Supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors, GAF has built its reputation — and its success — on its steadfast commitment to Advanced Quality, Industry Expertise, Simple Solutions, and helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption.

CALMAC is transforming how energy is used at buildings to the time when energy is used. Widely recognized for promoting peak energy conservation and energy cost savings CALMAC is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). CALMAC is the manufacturer of IceBank® Energy Storage equipment, with over 4,000 Ice Storage installations in over 35 countries. IceBank systems are a valuable component of the smart grid, enabling energy, including renewable wind energy that mainly blows at night, to be efficiently stored for use during periods of high demand.

Decorative or Functional - Tiger Drylac provides Powder Coating Solutions for every Application! With the worlds largest selection of over 800 standard colors and finishes Tiger Drylac continues to be the leader in the Powder Coating Industry.As a vital part of their customer service program Tiger Drylac maintains and periodically updates an extensive library of datasheets and datasheet/colorchart combinations. Color previews in this section of their website provide an overview of standard products and will help narrow down the many choices. Please contact your nearest TIGER Drylac® office if you have questions, need brochures mailed to you or to receive actual powder coated sample panels in the colors of your choice.

CPI Daylighting is an award-winning innovator of translucent daylighting technology for high-performance building envelopes – walls, skylights and canopies. Since the 1980s, we have remained committed to raising the standards for daylighting design. We team up with architects and designers to develop solutions that will enhance and optimize the role that natural light plays in the design of their buildings and inspire them to push the envelope. As expert problem-solvers, we leverage our knowledge and expertise to serve as the leading daylighting consultants for the architectural community and building industry.

FSC is an independent, non-profit organization that protects forests for future generations. We are an open, membership-led organization that sets standards under which forests and companies are certified. Our membership consists of three equally weighted chambers -- environmental, economic, and social -- to ensure the balance and the highest level of integrity. FSC US is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and operates as a National Office of FSC International, which is based in Bonn, Germany.

Invisible Structures, Inc., has been in the stormwater management business since 1982 with our porous paving systems Grasspave2 and Gravelpave2, ring and grid structures for grass and gravel drivable surfaces. Large rolls sizes cover areas quickly while either protecting grass roots from compaction or containing small gravel to eliminate gravel migration. These products have extensive design brochures that cover all aspects from project photographs to latest technology and specifications.

Gallina USA has 50 years of experience as a leading manufacturer of Polycarbonate glazing materials.Our products are used for a variety of applications: skylights, roofing, curtain walls, swimming pool enclosures, office dividers, light fixtures, POP displays, signage, windows, Greenhouses, storm shutters and many more.

ALPOLIC manufactures high-quality ACM and MCM panels both in Japan and the United States. Our state-of-the-art facility in Chesapeake, Virginia, which began production in 1991, is the most sophisticated facility of its kind in America. Our commitment to innovation, quality and value have made ALPOLIC a truly global presence, with manufacturing and distribution capabilities worldwide and enables us to offer the widest selection of colors, textures and finishes – and the most extensive inventory of finished products – in the industry.

Cox Wood, sustainability is responsibility when dealing with our impact on the environment as well as our role in society. At Cox we work every day to make ourselves as sustainable as possible. This includes our lean manufacturing, partner education programs, development of Energy Star certified products, AIA education courses, employee education development, local Habitat for Humanity projects, efficient use of energy, water and waste via the EPA's Wastewise program, plant certifications implemented for SFI & FSC certified wood and much more.

Excel Dryer, Inc., acquired by Denis Gagnon in 1997, manufactures the industry's finest quality American made hand dryers and hair dryers featuring the XLERATOR®, the New Industry Standard! XLERATOR hand dryers dry hands completely in 10 to 15 seconds and use 80 percent less energy than conventional dryers. XLERATOR represents a 95% cost savings versus paper towels and eliminates their maintenance while improving restroom hygiene. XLERATOR is the only hand dryer that is Made In USA Certified, the first to be GreenSpec® Listed and helps qualify for several LEED® Credits.

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Next Generation Green Restroom Design v2

MASA Architectural Canopies represents an exciting approach to the pre-engineered building components market and are always pro-active in the use of materials to expand industry trends and designs. Our broad knowledge separates us from the cookie-cutter fabricators to an elite level of custom design and build manufacturers. From start to finish, design through installations, we provide superior execution required during each phase of your project to produce top-quality canopy systems.

NanaWall® Systems is the exclusive North American partner of Solarlux of Germany, the world leader in operable glass wall technology. For nearly twenty years, the NanaWall® vanishing glass wall system has re-defined interior and exterior space, and the boundary between them,in thousands of commercial and residential buildings. At first glance, the NanaWall® looks like a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, but that's where the similarity ends. Each panel is articulated on a hidden overhead track, and the panels themselves can quickly and easily open and stow away out of sight, creating breathtaking open-air vistas.

Green Code Knowledge provides exceptional, comprehensive and practical training, field inspection and consulting services based on the prescriptive and performance-based provisions within the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), International Residential Code (IRC), ICC-700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS), International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and LEED For Homes (USGBC).

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Laurel McEwen, BS, MBA. Ms McEwen is a dynamic sustainability strategist with over 7 years of experience training and consulting on LCA with Fortune 500 companies. During her tenure at EarthShift, Laurel developed the world’s largest LCA on-line training program and launched the world's first LCA training certificate program partnering with ACLCA for professional certification testing. A successful educator and communicator of complex environmental information she can unravel for any audience complex LCA information into simple actionable components. Currently she consults with corporations on LCA studies and develops e-learning content to translate LCA studies into creative, credible communications to support sustainability projects.

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Life Cycle Assessment: Product Transparency

T. Stern Sustainability LLC is a Seattle-based firm that delivers tailored green building solutions, suited to an organization’s brand, mission and pro-forma needs.

Teresa’s collaborative approach helps client teams:

Integrate sustainable design and operations measures that boost performance and reduce the total cost of ownership.
Manage the LEED process.
Create, coach and expand internal green teams.
Share success via case studies, signage & web content.

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Mark Jackson, Accessibility Consultant is an International Code Council (ICC) Certified Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner with specialized expertise in the accessible design and construction requirements of federal, state and local laws and codes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Jackson routinely provides accessibility services and training to key players in the building industry. He is an adjunct instructor at New York University and the Pratt Institute, New York, NY.

The McIntosh Group LLC provides accessibility consulting services and audits for building and business owners nationally. We are licensed architects in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. We have experience with a variety of building types including Retail, Convenience, Banks, Hospitality, Restaurants, Movie Theaters, Residential and Office. We have extensive experience dealing with the ADA Title III, ANSI and state-specific accessibility overlays including California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Georgia and Arizona.

Ann Griffin is a sustainable development planner with a passion for neighborhoods. She founded the firm Griffin Planning & Development in Dec. 2010, and provides project management, certification and energy efficiency services to business and trade associations, ecodistricts and local governments.

3WStudio, LLC, provides professional services to help contractors, subcontractors, owners, architects, engineers, and lawyers according to national standards. The services available are set according to the standards of AIA, CSI, AGC, DOJ, ADA, ANSI, LEED and many others. We will create or teach you how to make CSI format specifications, submittals, pay requests, shop drawings, requests for information (RFI'S), change order requests (COR'S), and more. We assist in preparation for arbitration and job meetings. We explain how to respond to job related paperwork, and explain 'The Rules'; contract documents, drawings, and specifications. We will act as a field representative for the owner, contractor, architect, engineer, or subcontractor, provide construction administration, observation, field reports, documentation, code review & analysis, expert witness testimonry, and arbitration & negotiation.

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Accessible Routes

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Nick McMurtrey has over nine years of experience in the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects. Guided by Low Impact Development (LID) techniques, he brings a unique perspective to the development of infrastructure improvements, including grading and erosion control plans, transportation facilities, green streets, stormwater management and utility relocations.

Alex Spilger has worked on over 40 LEED projects across the LEED NC, CI, CS, ND and EBOM Rating Systems. He has served as the Project Team Administrator and LEED Consultant on 12 of those projects. In addition to his experience managing the people and processes involved with taking projects through LEED Certification, he has in depth experience documenting the Indoor Water Efficiency credit in the LEED NC, CS, EBOM and CI rating systems.
As a well respected educator, Alex has taught over 100 workshops on the LEED Rating System through organizations such as the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, the Sustainable Building Advisors Program and the California Center for Sustainable Energy among others.

Green Building Services is a team of building industry experts who help you access your building’s greatest potential. Drawing on decades of combined experience, GBS identifies opportunities to improve the built environment, operations, and occupant behavior. Balancing technical details, dreams, and budgets, GBS sets goals and develops a plan to get you to each milestone. Their ability to understand the nuances of each project allows them to integrate seamlessly into your team, resulting in a strong partnership and success that can be proven with metrics.