Education Modules Information and Registration

The Getting to Zero platform provides ongoing opportunities for knowledge sharing around actionable solutions. We are excited to offer a variety of education modules to help further understanding of crucial industry topics. Our education modules are also eligible for AIA continuing education units.

We have seven on-demand education modules available:

Embodied Carbon Bootcamp – 2 hours/2 AIA LU|HSW CEUs
Viewers will leave this session with an understanding of key embodied carbon terminology, critical strategies to evaluate and select lower carbon structural systems, envelope, and interior finishes, how policymakers and designers can support the transition to lower carbon materials, and more.

  • Workshop: Embodied Carbon Bootcamp
    In this workshop, industry leaders present policies that are quickening the adoption of embodied carbon ideas and show the steps necessary to lower upfront and whole life carbon emissions in new construction and major renovations.
    Featured speakers: Webly Bowles, New Buildings Institute; Rebecca Esau, RMI; Meghan Lewis, Carbon Leadership Forum; Efrie Excott, Kieran Timberlake

Cost: $45

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Embodied Carbon: Feasibility and Making the Business Case – 4.5 hours/4.5 AIA LU|HSW CEUs
Viewers will leave this session with a deeper understanding of the relationship between operational and embodied carbon, the relationship between product cost and performance, and when operational carbon efficiencies take priority over embedded carbon contributions.

  • Workshop: Embodied Carbon Bootcamp
  • Solving for the 11% of Embodied Carbon in Buildings (2021 GTZ Forum Session Recording)
    This session demonstrates the business case for cost-effective materials for low-embodied carbon materials that are widely available today. Featured speakers: Matt Jungclaus, University of Colorado Boulder; Victoria Herrero-Garcia, Ambient Energy; Greg Kingsley, KL&A Engineers and Builders; Anna Lasso, Building Transparency; Jefferey Zeman, TrueNorth Collective
  • Webinar: A Call to Action for Zero Embodied Carbon
    This session presents a theory of change with case studies that aim to be zero embodied carbon discussing the feasibility of building density goals on embodied carbon and operating carbon and explain the role that building reuse plays in achieving a zero carbon future.
    Featured speakers: Tony Saracino, Autodesk; Ann Edminster, Design AVEnues LLC; Larry Strain, Siegel & Strain Architects; Marsha Maytum, LEDDY MAYTUM

Cost: $95

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Grid-Integrated Buildings: Microgrids and Key Technologies – 3 hours/3 AIA LU|HSW CEUs
Viewers will leave this session having learned about the challenges to renewable energy integration into the existing electric grid, how envelope and design influences a building’s ability to enhance grid interaction, the nuances of designing microgrids for resilience, and more.

  • Key Technologies Enabling Building-Grid Optimization (2021 GTZ Forum Session Recording)
    This session examines selected key technologies enabling buildings to be more flexible, efficient, and intelligent about how they use and generate electricity. Panelists consider the grid support implications of passive design strategies, active building systems, and distributed energy resources.
    Featured speakers: Alexi Miller, New Buildings Institute; Mark MacCracken, Trane Technologies; Walter Schafer, DNV; Praga Meyyeppan, DNV; Lisa White, PHIUS
  • Microgrid Mastery: Seeking Win-Win Solutions (2021 GTZ Forum Session Recording)
    This expert panel defines several different types of microgrids and considers the varying impacts of different microgrid goals and design concepts. Building from real-world project experience, presenters provide lessons learned and recommendations to help attendees build microgrids that benefit everyone involved: developers, building occupants, building owners, electricity grid operators, and the planet. Featured speakers: David Kaneda, IDeAs Consulting; Stephen Chapes, IDeAs Consulting; Rushil Desai, Integral Group; James Perakis, Integral Group; Josh Keeling, Caedo

Cost: $65

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Getting to Zero with Grid Integrated Buildings- 6 hours/6 AIA LU|HSW CEUs
Viewers will leave this session with an understanding of how demand flexibility can help prevent negative health impacts for low-income communities and communities of color, how buildings can support the electric grid to meet load demand, how heating and cooling loads can be effectively managed through the thermal storage capabilities of heat pump technology, and more.

  • Key Technologies Enabling Building-Grid Optimization (2021 GTZ Forum Session Recording)
  • Microgrid Mastery: Seeking Win-Win Solutions (2021 GTZ Forum Session Recording)
  • The Carbon Value of Demand Flexibility (2021 GTZ Forum Session Recording)
    This session shares techno-economic analysis that spells out the four reasons why demand flexibility – the ability to shift building energy use based on different signals (cost or carbon primarily) – is key.
    Featured speakers: Sangeeta Ranade, NYPA; Brett Bridgeland, RMI; Henry Richardson, WattTime; Michael Reed, NYSERDA
  • Webinar: Getting to Zero: Grid-Integrated Buildings
    In this webinar, presenters share what we are learning about how buildings can support the electricity grid including opportunities for collections of buildings to be used as virtual power plants to meet load demand and provide grid services.
    Featured speakers: Alexi Miller, NBI; Rushil Desai, Integral Group; Rois Langer, National Renewable Energy Lab; Victor Olgyay, RMI

Cost: $125

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Electrification: Design and Technologies to Decarbonize the Built Environment – 4 hours/4 AIA LU|HSW CEUs
Viewers will leave this session having learned about the limitations of energy models, how to identify electrical infrastructure impacts and considerations associated with all-electric design, a variety of design solutions for space heating, and more.

  • Economics of Driving Scale in Decarbonizing Technologies and Building Methods (2021 GTZ Forum Session Recording)
    This session examines real-life cost information on the readily available solutions that will drive lower expense and better outcomes with each efficiency/electrification upgrade to New York State’s existing building stock and new construction projects. Presenters also take a deep dive into the strategies for optimizing the value of often overlooked co-benefits such as better health and comfort, higher productivity, improved resiliency, and more.
    Featured speakers: Lori Borowiak, NYSERDA; Abdulla Darrat, Renewal Construction Services LLC; Matt Brown, NYSERDA
  • Busting the Myth of “Difficult” Building Types (2021 GTZ Forum Session Recording)
    This session discusses energy efficient and grid-friendly electrification strategies for specific and unique building types include a tall NYC building and a historic hotel net zero retrofit.
    Featured speakers: Anne Shellum, Sidewalk Labs; Kate Doherty, Steven Winters Associates; Megan Gunther, Affiliated Engineers, Inc; Daniel Nall, Daniel Nall Consultant; Scott Frank, Jaros, Baum & Bolles
  • Webinar: It’s Getting BETR: The Building Electrification Technologies Roadmap is Here
    The Building Electrification Technology Roadmap (BETR) is a first-of-its-kind study developed to help accelerate increased adoption of highly efficient electric technologies that displace fossil fuel technologies. This session will cover three key areas of BETR: 1) characterizing the status of building electrification technologies; 2) identifying roadmaps to adoption; and 3) providing targeted, near- and long-term actions needed to support building electrification.
    Featured speakers: Cathy Higgins, NBI; Alexi Miller, NBI; Alexis Karolides, Point Energy Innovations

Cost: $85

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Electrification: Codes and Policy for a Clean Energy Future – 3 hours/3 AIA LU|HSW CEUs
Viewers will leave this session with an understanding of how electrification policy can support a broader just transition toward a clean energy future, the importance of implementing economic policy that supports green building standards, how energy performance targets are being incorporated into energy codes and policies in North America, and more.

  • Don’t Get Burned: Implementing Electrification Strategies (2021 GTZ Forum Session Recording)
    Meeting 2050 building decarbonization goals across the nation will require structural change and transformational policies. This session highlights a series of lessons learned from states and jurisdictions adopting electrification policies.
    Featured speakers: Clay Nesler, World Resources Institute; Poppy Storm, 2050 Institute; Sneha Ayyagari, RMI; Lisa Cunningham, Warner + Cunningham, Inc; Laurie Kerr, LK Policy Lab
  • Better Codes, Better Buildings (2021 GTZ Forum Session Recording)
    Energy codes and policies are one of the biggest opportunities for cities and states to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with the built environment. This session will cover three successful approaches to energy codes that provide pathways to achieve electrification, deep energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas reductions.
    Featured speakers: Gina Bocra, New York City Department of Buildings; Mark Lyles, NBI; Kim Cheslak, NBI; Rahul Athalye, NORESCO; Bing Liu, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Cost: $65

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Cleaner and Greener Schools – 5.5 hours/5.5 AIA LU|HSW CEUs
Viewers will leave the session with extensive knowledge around building lifecycle events and eliminating fossil fuels in favor of zero carbon. Decarbonization documents are also explained, such as Owners Project Requirements (OPRs), Requests for Proposals, Resolutions, and more.


  • Workshop: 21st Century Schools: Cleaner and Greener, parts 1-3
    School district staff, stakeholders and energy efficiency experts engage in this 3-part educational series and hands-on virtual work sessions to lay the foundation to kickstart their own roadmaps to full decarbonization by mid-century. Carbon Neutral schools are healthy, energy efficient schools that produce as much carbon free electricity as they use to offset total energy use. Featured speakers: Reilly Loveland, NBI Senior Project Manager
  • Webinar: Planning and Design for Getting to Zero in Schools
    An innovative combination of internal and external champions, integrated design, energy efficiency management strategies and renewable energy is making these possible at little to no extra cost. The key to achieving zero energy is drastic energy reduction and cost shifting to areas that pay dividends and reduce those big upfront costs. Strategies such as building orientation, daylighting, thermal mass, high efficiency systems and can reduce the over need for larger, more expensive renewable energy systems to achieve that zero goal. Featured speakers: Zachary Schneider and Brian Turner, CMTA, Inc.

Cost: $115

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Questions? Email Izzy Sigrist at [email protected]