Design Enthusiasts know that one of the top North American Interior Design trade shows is NEOCON. This event brings designers from around the world to the Chicago Merchandise mart every June for a trade only affair. Filled with Commercial-Residential products this show has a lot to offer for the industry in this 3 days action packed event. I am pleased to announce that I will be going for the first time this year to NEOCON Chicago and am tickled to have a good coworker and friend acompany me.
If you have any great places to recommend me to in Chicago or are also attending the event please comment below. I am eagerly planning this great trip and cant wait to pack it with design experiences, tours and product knowledge.
Incase you were worried I am also planning to share each day and my top products on my blog. Stay tuned June 14-16!
I am proud to say that you are now reading the blog of a CaGBC LEED Accredited Professional. After tireless months of studying I was able to write and pass the exam. This accreditation gives me the knowledge I need to successfully work on and make well conceived decisions regarding any design project and most specifically any project that is aiming to attain LEED certification. I have now worked on 5 LEED buildings from LEED certified to LEED gold and am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to achieve LEED platinum. With a newer rating system and examination process LEED will be at a more advanced and challenging level for future LEED professionals. More info on these changes can be found on the CaGBC website www.cagbc.org
A few helpful study tips for those rushing to complete the LEED AP Canada exam prior to Christmas:
Read the WHOLE book through prior to doing any practice exams or intensive study.
Make yourself a “cheat sheet” with a list of all the information that you think you might forget on exam day: ASHRAE standards, how many credits are required for each level certified-platinum, rules/certifications to remember like SCAQMD and Green Seal and any acronyms that you tend to forget.
Take a few practice exams. You can find some online for free but most you have to pay for. I bought the 80 question exam from greenexamprep.com and found it very helpful. The great thing about going through practice exams while you study is that you begin to understand how the questions are written, what types of questions may be asked and what you seem weak in.
Take 4 solid days off prior to the exam to do intensive study
The USGBC (United States Green Building Council) and CaGBC (Canadian Green Building Council) are leading the way in North America for changing the Architectural industry for the better. Product manufacturers, engineers, urban planners and designers are all collaborating on pushing environmentally conscious decisions into new buildings, properties and renovations. This push is making sustainable design more available and more affordable.
New LEED AP path
I will be sure to present more sustainable design and product information in the coming future as part of my personal contribution to a greener future.
Below is a picture of the University of Calgary’s Child Development Centre recently completed by Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning in Calgary. This building stands as Canada’s largest LEED Platinum building. All of the great design features can be viewed on the CaGBC or Kasian website.
Kasian LEED Platinum Building - UofC Child Development Centre