For the 2017-2018 academic year, the Corporate Partners Program will focus on the built environment. The program will explore trends and new developments in building design, construction, materials and technologies. How will autonomous vehicles change our landscape? What are the impacts of an employee’s workspace on their productivity and well-being? Which technologies are going to radicalize design and construction to reduce footprints, while minimizing capital costs? These are only a few of the questions that may be contained within the annual scope.

A kickoff symposium introducing the topic was held October 3, 2017. A summary of the discussion is available if you were unable to attend.

Based on the conversations at the event and input from our membership, research questions have been identified and students will spend the remainder of the academic year analyzing existing resources for the the most relevant information and presenting their findings in green papers. Topics include:

  • Documenting connections between building design and construction materials and human health
  • Materials to help companies comply with LA’s Existing Building Energy and Water Ordinance
  • Biophilia for offices: case studies and best practices
  • Sustainable Office Products Library