HP - High Performance Sustainable Building Practices

Rescheduled from April 23-24 to May 21-22

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Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM (EDT) to Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
Virtual or in-classroom learning, depending on how things progress

Event Details

High-Performance Sustainable Building Practices identifies the critical no-cost and low-cost sustainable initiatives that every building professional can start implementing now. Throughout this course, you will learn how to effectively optimize and apply sustainable best practices, which cover every aspect of the built environment, to drive operational efficiencies for a high-performance building.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Implement benchmarking protocols and strategies to improve operational performance and reduce energy demand and use
  • Explore sustainable opportunities to improve building operations in areas including energy, lighting, water use, building envelope, waste management, and other critical areas
  • Build an effective sustainable operating plan with a focus on purchasing, green cleaning, indoor air quality, fundamentals for interior and exterior maintenance, and vendor management
  • Engage stakeholders, including occupants, vendors, and owners and investors, to ensure adoption and full integration of high-performance initiatives


Key topic areas:

implementing high-performance sustainable initiatives  building interior practices  sustainable facades and roofs systems  HVAC and commissioning processes  high-performance lighting implementation  building electrical usages  durables and consumables incentives  building water operations  renewable energy methods  sustainable maintenance procedures  tenant engagement approaches  op-ex finance and portfolio management


Important Notes 

  • If you do want to earn the High-Performance Sustainable Buildings Designation, please enroll here: https://www.aoba-metro.org/events/hp---high-performance-sustainable-buildings-designation. The first 15 students who enroll in the designation will receive a partial scholarship. The partial scholarship reduces the cost of the designation from $3,300 to $2,475, a savings of 25%, or $825 per course!! 
  • All books will be printed and available on the first day of the course
  • New students enrolling in the designation incur an additional $225 fee
  • Current designation holders enrolling in a second designation program incur an additional $100 fee
  • Students taking this course for CPD credit incur an additional charge of $100

For More Information:

Brandy Peak
Brandy Peak
Director- Education, Programs, Meetings and Events AOBA (202)296-3390x763


Susan Hammer, RPA, BOMI-HP, LEED AP O+M
Vice President/General Manager

Susan Hammer has over 34 years of high-rise commercial property management experience overseeing assets in several U.S. markets and is currently Vice President/General Manager for JLL managing AMA Plaza, a 1.5 million square foot multi-tenant office building and The Langham hotel in Chicago, Illinois where she has served for 16 years. In 2013, she received the Property Management Professional of the Year award from the Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago.  In 2016, AMA Plaza was presented with BOMA International’s Outstanding Building of the Year award (TOBY) in the Over 1 Million Square Feet category. Susan is a leader in sustainability initiatives and has received additional environmental awards and certifications for the properties she oversees including most recently, Beacon Capital Partner’s Blue Star award for energy conservation and building efficiency. 


Susan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Business Administration in Real Estate and Finance from DePaul University.  She also is an Illinois Real Estate Broker and holds the BOMI Real Property Administrator and High Performance (RPA|BOMI-HP) designations, and is a LEED Accredited Professional with an Operations and Maintenance specialty.  She is a member of the BOMA/Chicago faculty teaching courses in the RPA and HP tracks and is Chair of the BOMA/Chicago Education Committee.  Susan has also served BOMA as a local, regional and international TOBY judge and is currently Co-Vice Chair of BOMA International’s Awards Committee.