3P Theory

3P Theory

3P Theory is the podcast for AEC professions seeking to elevate their knowledge on green building strategies and practical design collaboration for sustainable mindsets. Bringing you change-makers, innovators and sustainable leaders whose projects and careers have positively impacted the industry. If you're looking to get inspired, motivated, and fired up to take ACTION towards a greener planet you're in right place.... Show More

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July 8, 2020 33 min
With regards to existing buildings, it is not usually the lack of suitable equipment that holds back deep energy efficiency. The two-part question posed by owners is often, “How can we justify the additional expense to build or retrofit a building to meet our goals, and how do we do it in a way that generates returns on invested capital?” In this episode of 3P Theory, we are joined with Jason Gregory, co-founder and CEO of EnergyR...
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We can survive for weeks without food and days without water. Yet, we can only survive a few minutes without air. It comes at no surprise that the impact of air quality on health is significant. Healthy air leads to less sick days and higher productivity. Join us on the 3P Theory podcast this week with Stanton Wong as we discuss more on air quality transparency and the RESET® rating system. Stanton is the President of RESET. He cu...
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Fitwel is one of the fastest growing health and wellbeing certifications. During difficult, uncertain times like we’re currently going through, focusing on the health and wellbeing of employees, tenants, and residents is crucial for maintaining business continuity. Join us for another episode with Jonna Frank with The Center for Active Design where we’ll explain what the Fitwel certification is and why it’s so vital right now. Abo...
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In this episode of 3P Theory we explore how people can effectively transition back into the workplace as the COVID-19 crisis hopefully begins to die down over the following months. Also discussed is how building owners and managers, tenants, and other occupants can come together to find solutions to make the workplace “safe” again in the new normal. Joanna Frank is the Founding President & CEO of the Center for Active Design (...
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On average, 50-60% of municipal water is being used for landscape irrigation purposes, and it is observed that is a staggering trend of overwatering in Texas alone. Due to this, governments will predictably increase prices on this vital resource. In order to effectively promote water conservation, it is important to use the vernacular of project developers and owners: Simply, illustrate how reducing usage increases the property val...
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On average, 50-60% of municipal water is being used for landscape irrigation purposes, and it is observed that is a staggering trend of overwatering in Texas alone. Due to this, governments will predictably increase prices on this vital resource. In order to effectively promote water conservation, it is important to use the vernacular of project developers and owners: Simply, illustrate how reducing usage increases the property val...
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The US Environmental Protection Agency named indoor air quality as one of the top 5 health threats in the U.S. That’s because we are spending 90% of our time indoors. Are you aware of the benefits of bipolar ionization technology? Bipolar ionization is essential in our lives since it focuses on purifying the air as opposed to the filtration offered by other technologies. The benefits that come with ionization commercial buildings a...
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March 18, 2020 38 min
Commissioning ensures that each step of the design process is documented for the protection of the contractor, designers and owners in order to deliver a project that works from the beginning and can be operated by the building’s facilities staff. Obviously, commissioning is no small task and can have wide ranging effects on a project, so are you putting enough thought into selecting your Commissioning Agent/Team? In this episode...
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Solar co-ops organize 50 to 100 neighbors in a group to go solar together. People love the community approach. Qualified experts support you through each stage of the solar process and members leverage bulk-purchasing power to get discounted pricing and a quality installation, while still signing individual contracts that ensure the right system for their home. Sounds like a win-win? That's because it is. In this episode Hann...
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In this episode, we are humbled to have a special guest on the show, Aaron Wilson. Taking a deep dive into some of the opportunities that solar has for commercial projects and residential projects across the United States, he shares his vast background and working with commercial solar to make successful projects come to life. Solar One is an energy management and solar development firm that partners with businesses, educational f...
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December 15, 2019 48 min
As environmental policies and energy codes around the US become more stringent and push the bar on energy efficiency, design firms are faced with the challenge of addressing high performance design while balancing client expectations to deliver projects under budget and on time. In some parts of the country mandatory building benchmarking & reporting laws have also created a new perspective on the importance of measuring design...
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November 20, 2019 26 min
Air pollution is perceived as a modern-day curse: a by-product of increasing urbanization and industrialization. It does, however, have a long and evolving history with interesting transitions in line with economic, technological and political change. Every time we drive to school, use our heater or air conditioner, clean our windows, or even style our hair, we make choices that affect air pollution. It’s important to be mindful of...
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The green building movement has both benefited and been harmed by the development of green building rating systems. The benefit is that the rating systems have introduced people to the issues of ecological design in easy to grasp pieces. The harm has occurred because people think that green design is about simply adding these pieces to a project; potentially adding cost, inefficiency, and in some cases actually more harm to the env...
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Most businesses rely on abundant water to operate. Access to uninterrupted water is expected to be as reliable as electricity. While energy conservation programs have become established and have documented cost savings to support them, water costs have remained low and water conservation has not been a major initiative for many companies. Energy conservation is easier to manage at points of use, while water has been more difficult ...
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August 28, 2019 27 min
What is the best way for you to position your building from a valuation standpoint? Are there strategies that designers can use to collaborate better with developers & building owners to improve the market value of high performance buildings? Because these buildings are different, owners have had to change not only how they design, build, and market, but also how they approach financing and construction processes. Otherwise you...
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Most utilities have funds that are available for owners/developers to help offset the first cost premium of energy efficiency projects, while maximizing long-term operational savings. To encourage energy efficiency, governments, utilities and other organizations offer energy efficiency and other financial incentives to make energy efficiency more accessible for today’s homes and businesses. Often these are not capitalized and ar...
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Most utilities have funds that are available for owners/developers to help offset the first cost premium of energy efficiency projects, while maximizing long-term operational savings. To encourage energy efficiency, governments, utilities and other organizations offer energy efficiency and other financial incentives to make energy efficiency more accessible for today’s homes and businesses. Often these are not capitalized and ar...
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To successfully meet the challenges of today's business world, organizations and universities play a huge role in educating the next generation of sustainability leaders. In the AEC industry this is critical to tackling design issues towards more energy efficient and resilient buildings. Betsy DelMonte of Cameron MacAllister brings her devoted interest and experience in making a more sustainable and resilient built environment...
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Comfy's mission is to create great relationships between people and their workplace. We empower people to inform and control their workplace experiences to suit their personal needs and preferences. Our people-centered approach, machine learning, and data insights help companies create satisfying, productive experiences that adapt to people’s dynamic lives at work. In this episode of 3P Theory, we are joined by Ian Prunty, ...
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With over 463 Million Square Feet of commercial building space and over 1,000 member organizations, 2030 Districts are rapidly emerging as a new model for urban sustainability. 2030 Districts are organizations led by the private sector, with local building industry leaders uniting around a shared vision for sustainability and economic growth – while aligning with local community groups and government to achieve significant energy, ...
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