Interested in learning more about sustainable design trends, standards, or rating systems? Check out our offering below! Presentations range from how to make an extremely durable surface out of paper to understanding how interior acoustics affect our health. All presentations are AIA-approved, with some of them also qualifying for GBCI and IDCEC hours. With LEED Accredited Professionals (AP) and a WELL AP on staff, we strive to be at the forefront of education in the sustainable building industry.

Contact your local rep or to schedule an AIA lunch and learn or product presentation.

CaraGreen is an AIA CES Registered Provider.


  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU Hour

    Description: The way we solve problems, the way we create, has had lasting consequences on our environment. Pollution, waste, struggling to find the right solution. How can we design better? Nature has solved problems and perfected the solution over 4 billion years, since the Earth's creation. Adapting and evolving to fit current needs has created designs beyond our imagination. This course delves into how to utilize these designs for our needs, as shapes, as functions, and even as whole systems. This is the future of design.

    • Understand what biomimicry is
    • Learn why biomimicry is imperative in sustainable design
    • Learn how to utilize biomimicry
    • Define the different types of biomimicry

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | HSW Hour

    Description:  Green, sustainable, healthy. These words are being thrown around the building industry, becoming mundane and common place. What more can we do? First, we need to look at what we have done. We have created without consequence, designed without regard for our waste. Our world is increasingly becoming a landfill. Now what? We need to Create Better. By thinking of our waste as a resource, using our buildings to restore the environment, and by optimizing our designs to minimize our impact, we can restore the beauty of the natural world while continuing to prosper. This presentation details how to accomplish this and join the movement to Create Better.

    • Understand why we need to Create Better
    • Discover how waste can be a resource
    • Understand how the built environment can give back
    • Learn how to optimize designs to minimize environmental and health implications

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | HSW Hour | GBCI

    GBCI course number: 0920012244

    Learn about the latest trend in interior design: Biophilic Design, which is the incorporation of natural elements using design techniques to improve the environment, employee well-being and productivity. This presentation is more than just theory, it offers case studies and data that back up this type of design and shows how retail, commercial, school, health and hospital buildings and employees can benefit substantially by incorporating the principles of biophilic design. From water features, daylighting, acoustic treatments, sounds and natural imagery to analogs of nature and elevated visual planes, the techniques and materials to invoke them are available for the next generation of design.

    •  What is Biophilic Design?
    •  How does Biophilic Design impact the interior environment?
    •  Understand how businesses can benefit from incorporating this type of design
    •  Learn how to differentiate your firm from others by using biophilic design
    •  Consider what types of products are available for biophilic design 

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | SD | HSW Hour | GBCI

    GBCI course number: 0920014132 

    A newcomer in the building rating system playing field, the WELL Building Standard shifts the focus from the built environment to occupants. With features such as indoor air quality and access to clean water from biophilia and healthy sleep promotion, the WELL Building Standard covers all aspects of human life to promote healthy lifestyles. This presentation explores the basics of the standard as well as possible applications as a way to further the awareness of this health-centered standard.

    Understand the basics of the WELL Building Standard
    Understand differences between WELL and other systems
    Consider how WELL can be applied/modified to a specific project type
    Briefly cover the components of the standard 

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | SD | HSW Hour

    Heard of the WELL Building Standard and not sure exactly what it entails? Interested in becoming an industry leader in health and well being in regards to building design and operation? This presentation serves as an introduction to the WELL Building Standard but also details some tips and tricks in effectively earning your WELL Accredited Professional title.

    • Understand the basics of the WELL Building Standard
    • Consider how WELL can be applied to a specific project type
    • Briefly cover the components of the standard
    • Understand how to become a WELL AP 

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | SD | HSW Hour

    While the basics of sustainable or green design are becoming more commonplace, there are many new building rating systems to push the limits of sustainable practices. This course will explore the basics of LEEDv4, WELL, Living Building Challenge, and the Built Positive movement and detail how these systems can be applied to multiple project types.

    • Define LEED, WELL, LBC and Built Positive
    • Understand differences between the rating systems
    • Compare methods and key points of each system
    • Consider how each system can be applied to a project 

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | SD | HSW Hour

    How many times have you been eating dinner at a restaurant and can't hear your friend over the commotion? Or been focusing in an office that is too quiet, where you can hear every little sound, even the typing of Susan in the next cubicle over? Acoustics play an integral role in our comfort, which ultimately affects our health. This course will focus on the basics of sound and acoustics as well as how those impact our health and productivity.

    • Understand the basics of sound
    • Learn the properties of sound and acoustic performance
    • Learn how sound interacts within buildings and how that affects occupant health
    • Consider applications for better sound quality and control 

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | SD | HSW Hour | (.1) IDCEC/NCIDQ | GBCI
    GBCI: 0920000403

    GBCI: 0920000403

    This presentation takes a comprehensive look at the LEED v4 Materials and Resources section. New requirements for material transparency and disclosure have changed the landscape for sustainable materials. We give a comprehensive, but understandable breakdown of these changes and what they mean by looking at each credit. This complete overhaul in the Materials and Resources section has also resulted in many new standards and certifications being introduced to architects, designers and product manufacturers as well. We aim to simplify these new requirements in an understandable way. Lastly, this course takes a look at what materials manufacturers are going to have to do in order to meet these requirements for disclosure and ultimately, optimization.

    • Why Focus on Interior Materials?
    • Understand Materials and Resources Credits – Overhaul in LEED v4
    • Optimize material selection for LEED Credits and reduced environmental impact
    • Understand the impact of material selection when designing sustainable spaces

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | SD | HSW Hour | GBCI 

    • GBCI: 0920007207 

    What's next after granite? It is a question many thought would never come, but as history shows us, there needs to be a new option for designers and architects that address the current generation's needs. This course looks at the history of surfacing options, the market trends and considers the current concerns of businesses, offices and homeowners as they make decisions on what they want in their space. Adding the desire for a "good environmental story" or "environmental stewardship" to the mix creates an interesting new suite of materials that are ideally positioned to be the next modern surfacing options.

    • Understand the last five decades of countertop trends
    • Evaluate the forecast, does it make sense?
    • Consider sustainability and how much of an impact it will have in this space
    • What new products are on the horizon and how do they address durability, design and sustainability 

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | SD | HSW Hour

    Turning Paper into Stone explores the transition of everyday fibers to a solid stone-like surface that is virtually impenetrable and less brittle than natural stone. Learn how a simple, carefully managed process can have a positive environmental impact and create a stunning, durable product with a matte finish unrivaled by any other surface. This presentation explores the journey of an everyday commodity to a unique surfacing material.

    • Understand the basic properties of paper and wood fiber
    • Consider recycled paper and the options for reuse
    • Learn about phenolic resin – naturally occurring and man-made
    • Develop a new understanding of the durability of composite countertops
    • Ultimately – learn how to turn paper into stone

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU | HSW Hour

    This one hour course examines the characteristics, performance standards, and design possibilities of the latest in architectural surfaces: sintered stone. Design professionals will gain a full understanding of sintered stone as an ideal product for countertops, flooring and cladding applications.

    • Define “Sintered Stone”
    • Compare Sintered Stone performance properties with other surfacing materials
    • Discover the range and differences between products available in the Sintered Stone category 

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  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
    Credit: 1 LU

    This course will focus on specifying wood as a sustainable, durable exterior cladding material. The course will begin with a discussion of commonly used wood species such as Cypress, Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Accoya and Kebony — comparing and contrasting the merits and price points of each species. We will further discuss the historic context of using wood as exterior cladding citing specific examples. The second half of the course will focus on various finishing options for exterior siding including the technique of shou sugi ban and the concept of naturally weathering in place. Finally, a thorough discussion of install considerations will be conducted including controlling for moisture and the use of a rain screen application. Once the course is complete, architects and designers should have a thorough understanding of how to specify exterior wood siding as a beautiful, natural material.

    • Be able to compare & contrast the durability, sustainability, availability and price point for various exterior wood cladding species & grades
    • Be able to discuss the historical context of exterior wood cladding
    • Be able to identify various finishing techniques for natural wood cladding including post-install care + maintenance - including shou sugi ban charring & weathering naturally in place
    • Be able to discuss various installation considerations including controlling for moisture, rain screen applications and recommended fasteners

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  • A quick cheat sheet on Biophilic Design- what it is, how to implement it, some relevant images

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  • A quick cheat sheet on Biophilic Design - what it is, how to implement it, with an emphasis on data and numbers.

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  • A sheet detailing LEEDv4 for Interiors - applicable credits, ways to choose better materials, and the importance of materials.

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Our Commitment to the Green Community

As the green building community evolves and grows, we want to do our part. We believe that being involved in any community deepens your connection to it. So we put that into practice in our green building community. We participate in professional organizations and accreditation bodies, including:

US Green Building Council (USGBC)

The USGBC works with members to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

American Institute of Archictects (AIA)

The AIA plays an active role in the continuing education of its members to maximize their professional skills through effective learning partnerships with firms, continuing education providers, and all AIA components. CaraGreen also plays an active role as an AIA CES Registered Provider. This means that we can come to your firm and provide educational content to architects and interior designers that will result in continuing education credits. Contact to schedule an AIA lunch and learn.

IDCEC, the Interior Design Continuing Education Council

IDCEC, the Interior Design Continuing Education Council, coordinates continuing education for leading interior design organizations like IIDA (International Interior Design Association) and ASID (American Society of Interior Designers).  CaraGreen offers IDCEC accredited courses eligible for CEUs, helping promote their purpose of providing lifelong learning for interior designers.