Archive for August, 2010

Living Learning Center Tour

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Completed in 2009, Washington University’s Living Learning Center was built to address Tyson Research Center’s growing needs for research and teaching space. This 2,900 square-foot facility was designed to meet the Living Building Challenge of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council (CRGBC).

The Living Building Challenge is a rigorous performance standard that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions. The standard is comprised of sixteen prerequisites including net-zero energy and water, habitat exchange, nontoxic materials and beauty and inspiration.

On September 14, the Living Learning Center is opening its doors to USGBC-Missouri Gateway members and guests for a tour of the building!  However, due to space constraints, registration is limited to 60 individuals. Check out the features of this amazing building and the registration details below and be sure to register before space fills up.

Features of the Living Learning Center include:

Sustainably Harvested or Salvaged Wood – Almost 100% of the finished wood in the building was sustainably harvested or salvaged from within 2 miles of the building site.

Photovoltaic Panels – The center is designed to create all of the electricity it needs to operate.

Local Landscaping Products – Native plantings adapted to Missouri’s climate and local stone surround the facility.

Rain Garden – Reduces runoff, erosion, and water pollution and reduces water treatment energy use.

Pervious Concrete – Reduces the facility’s storm water footprint by letting rain soak right through into the ground.

Rainwater Use – All of the water in the Living Learning Center comes from the sky.  Rainwater is collected from the roof, after which it is filtered and purified.  Wastewater from the sinks is metered out through a graywater treatment system which irrigates some of the landscaping.

Variable Capacity Heat Pumps – Provide the heating and cooling for the Living Learning Center.

Waterless Composting Toilets – Drastically reduce the building’s water needs, eliminate the exportation of waste and produce a useable fertilizer through a combination of aerobic bacterial decomposition and worm composting.

WHEN
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
5:30 – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30- Brief Presentation & Tour

WHERE
Washington University’s Living Learning Center at Tyson Research Center
6750 Tyson Valley Road Eureka MO 63025
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FEE
Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members and full-time students;
$20.00 for Non-Members

RSVP
Space is limited to 60 individuals and registration is required.
Click here to visit our Event Registration page, then click the “Register” button under the Living Learning Center Tour event.

QUESTIONS?
Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!

 

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LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

Distinguish yourself with a LEED Green Associate credential!

Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional.

The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s two full-day (16 hours total) LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam.  Skilled instructors will provide an introduction to LEED, discuss methods of sustainable project delivery and green building principals, and offer test taking tips.

Subject areas covered include:

  • Introduction and Core Concepts
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Practice Exam

WHEN
Friday, December 10 and Monday, December 13, 2010
8:30am-5pm both days

WHERE
Masonry Institute of St. Louis
1429 S. Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63117
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FEE
$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members
$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbooks costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS
1) Green Building and LEED Core Concepts, USGBC
2) USGBC LEED Green Associate Study Guide, USGBC
Both of which may be purchased on the USGBC Publications page of the USGBC website. The price is reduced if purchased as a set ($100 for employees of national USGBC member companies; $120 for non-members). Please plan for shipping time. A limited number of textbooks will be available for purchase from USGBC-Missouri Gateway at the registration desk on the first day of class for $100/set; to purchase these sets interested participants MUST reserve copies by contacting USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff and receive confirmation from USGBC-Missouri Gatewaystaff that the texts have been reserved for them.
3) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined on page 14 of the handbook.

 

PREREQUISITES
Students must read and understand the steps needed to enroll for and take the exam, including meeting exam eligibility requirements.  The instructors will only address this as a broad overview.  Students will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course which may be submitted to meet eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate exam.

 

REGISTER
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.
Click here
to visit our Event Registration page, then click the “Register” button under the LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course.

INSTRUCTORS
Jaime Kelley, LEED AP is an environmental engineer with 15 years of experience in sustainable urban planning and project management. She is a strategic, innovative thinker who brings sustainable development and design expertise to the implementation and management of both small and large projects. Jaime offers experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy applications through her past leadership on several LEED-registered buildings.

Lois Sechrist
, LEED AP ID+C is a sustainability consultant with 25 years of experience in interior architecture and project management.  Lois was the project manager for two LEED-certified projects, has served on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Green Schools Subcommittee and is an active member of the University City Green Practices Committee.

PLEASE NOTE
This exam prep course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED Green Associate exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks.  Registering and taking the LEED Green Associate exam, and any associated costs, are not included in this course.

This course prepares participants for the Green Associate credentialing exam as well as the first part of the LEED AP Specialty credential. The LEED AP Specialty exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty portion.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

Thank You to our Event Sponsor!

 

Masonry Institute of St. Louis-Color




Green Workplace

One month course, offered September, $195.

A greener workplace can provide substantial benefits to your organization’s triple bottom line – people, planet and profits.  By reducing the energy intensity of their buildings and materials demand and waste, green workplaces can save money and reduce their impact on the environment.  Come discover the keys to making green workplaces a success for you and your organization.  This online course is suitable for those new to green workplaces or already working in a green space and interested in enhancing their knowledge of what makes it a green space. Includes a green workplace toolkit.

WHEN
September 7 – October 1
During this time frame, you can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More details are below.

FEE
$195

REGISTER
Visit the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Event Registration page, and click “Register” under the Green Workplace listing.

COURSE AGENDA
Unit 1
Introduction to Green Workplaces
EPA estimates we spend 90% of our time indoors
The advantages of green workplace for businesses
The advantages of green workplace for workers
Why the green workspace trend is growing

Unit 2
Planning the Transition to a Green Workplace
Discussing green workplaces within your organization
Facility, equipment, and policy requirements
Identifying low-hanging fruit
Developing a plan for transitioning to a green workplace
Redesigning your workplace for green

Unit 3
Implementing Green Workplaces
Securing and sustaining the commitment of all stakeholders
Measuring success and returns on investment – reinvestment of those returns
Continuous and constant effort strategies
Providing for accountability and reward

Unit 4
Issues in Green Workplaces
Best practices tool kit
Learning curve soft costs
Top 5 low cost/high return strategies
Key advanced strategies

HOW THE COURSE WORKS
It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

PARTICIPATE WHEN YOU WANT
Participants can participate as little or as much as you want.

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.

For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

WHAT YOU WILL DO
For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.

The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.

DISCUSSION
The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTORS
Pepper Smith is the Green Programs Manager for Davis Energy Group, a residential mechanical engineering and green consulting firm located in Davis, CA. Pepper is a USGBC LEED Faculty member and instructor for the University of California. Prior to consulting and teaching about residential green building, Pepper worked for D.R. Horton, Sacramento working on Energy Star, Environments for Living, and LEED for Homes projects.

Kelly Gearhart is a Principal with Triple Green Building Group, a green building consulting firm with locations in San Francisco, CA, Atlanta, GA, Savannah, GA and Sophia, Bulgaria. Gearhart is a USGBC LEED Faculty member, Instructor for the University of California, former Manager of Commercial Green Building Services at Southface Energy Institute, Inc. and has been involved with green building education, technical assistance, and leadership since 2005.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • To provide organizations and workers with background information on the growth, costs, benefits, productivity, and profitability of green workplaces, and the reasons why organizations and workers benefit from green workplaces
  • To provide those interested in green workplaces with the knowledge necessary to transition from a conventional workplace situation to a green workplace including understanding typical building functions, measuring performance, and utilizing best-practice green strategies
  • To address the most commonly asked questions about green workplaces, including costs, benefits, challenges, and low-hanging fruit
  • To introduce advanced strategies used in green workplaces
  • To have those currently working in green workplaces share their experiences with those interested in green workplaces

COURSE OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of the course, you will:

  • Possess the information necessary to discuss the advantages of green workplaces in your organization, including trend data on the costs and benefits, information on productivity and profitability, and the reasons why businesses benefit from green workplaces
  • Get the knowledge necessary to champion the transition to a green workplace
  • Know the most common issues related to green workplaces
  • Possess a high-level understanding of a few key advanced green workplace concepts and strategies.



New Online Courses Now Available!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is excited to partner with the Learning Resources Network  (LERN) to offer online courses!  These online courses provide the opportunity for participants to participate as little or as much as they want, any time of day or night.  The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the length of the course.

Course activities may include reading print and online readings, watching video and recorded presentations, listening to audio presentations, having the option to take a self quiz and engage in written online discussion with the instructor and other participants.

Two courses are being offered this Fall: Green Building and Preparing for the LEED Green Associate and Green Workplace.

The two-month online course titled Green Building and Preparing for the LEED Green Associate is offered on September 6 – October 29 for individuals interested in gaining essential knowledge of sustainable building concepts that are fundamental to all LEED Rating Systems and who would like to be eligible and prepared to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam.  Click here to learn more about this course.

Green Workplace, offered September 7 – Oct 1, explores the keys to making green workplaces a success for individuals and their organizations.  This course is suitable for those new to green workplaces or already working in a green space and interested in enhancing their knowledge of what makes it a green space. Includes a green workplace toolkit.  Click here for more details.




Green Buildings and Preparing for LEED Green Associate

Two month online course, offered in September-October.

Get the knowledge to excel as a green professional in the new economy. Acquire an introduction to sustainability and how it lays the foundation for a deeper understanding of the green building process.

This two-month online course provides essential knowledge of sustainable building concepts that are fundamental to all LEED Rating Systems. Participants who successfully complete this online course are eligible and prepared to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam.

The course begins with an introduction to the benefits and integrative approach to green building, and a brief background on the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED, including basics of the building certification process. The core of the course presents LEED intents and concepts at the credit category level -across building types and rating systems – touching on strategies, synergies, and specific examples that are reinforced by real project case examples

Key LEED metrics and LEED referenced standards are addressed throughout. Discussion groups and interactive activities throughout the course keep you engaged and reinforce what you have learned. The course will wrap up with a review and preparation to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam.

The course includes:

  • Two USGBC publications: “Green Associate Study Guide” and “Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide.”
  • Study activities and practice exam questions to prepare for LEED Green Associates exam
  • Access to the USGBC Core Concepts and Strategies online course and other selected USGBC presentations and webinars
  • Discussions facilitated by USGBC LEED Faculty™ who are LEED Accredited Professionals with years of experience in LEED and green building.

WHEN
September 6 – October 29
During this time frame, you can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More details are below.

FEE
$695  (Fee includes texts)

REGISTER
Visit the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Event Registration page, and click “Register” under the Green Buildings and Preparing for LEED Green Associate listing.

ABOUT ONLINE LEARNING
Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun.

HOW THE COURSE WORKS
It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

PARTICIPATE WHEN YOU CAN
Participants can participate as little or as much as they want.

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.

For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.  It is estimated that this course will require 32 hours of seat time.

WHAT YOU WILL DO
For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Access additional online readings
  • Watch Videos and recorded presentations
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.

The content (readings, videos, activities) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.

DISCUSSION
The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area throughout the week and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTORS

Your instructors are LEED Faculty with the U.S. Green Building Council, developer of this course. The Faculty are LEED Accredited Professional with years of experience in LEED and green building.

COURSE OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

  • Define sustainable as it relates to green building
  • Describe the structure of the LEED rating system and the LEED certification process
  • Describe key green building concepts and goals associated with LEED
  • Recognize successful LEED strategies and measurements for achieving goals
  • Describe the central role of integrative design
  • Identify and explain synergies among LEED credit categories and strategies
  • Describe case studies that represent LEED best practices
  • Gain knowledge needed to apply for the LEED Green Associate Exam



Measurement & Verification Resources

USGBC-Missouri Gateway and ASHRAE-St. Louis Chapter co-hosted a great program on Tuesday, August 10 on Building Performance Measurement. Speaker, Mark Stetz, offered a lot of great information and resources. In case you weren’t able to attend, some of the studies and resources he referred to during his presentation are listed here.




Seeking consultant for C&D research & education project

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is seeking a consultant for the Regional Construction & Demolition Research & Education Project, which is a collaboration between USGBC-Missouri Gateway, ReSource St. Louis and Missouri Enterprise and funded by the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District.

The consultant will complete the following tasks with a goal of increasing the reduction of C&D waste in St. Louis:

  • manage and conduct two focus groups with building industry professionals
  • develop a toolkit or roadmap
  • develop and implement an educational session twice

RFP opens August 9 and closes August 23. For more information, download the complete RFP.




Chapter Members in the News

A few archdiocese schools are more energy efficient now thanks to Chapter member Tom Schultz and his employer Laclede Gas. Tom was featured in the July 30 St. Louis Business Journal article about several archdiocese buildings that have made energy upgrades thank to Laclede Gas’ rebate program.

Read the story here (please note that the entire article is only available to subscribers of the St. Louis Business Journal).




“Above & Beyond” USGBC-Missouri Gateway Volunteer Recognition – August

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who have contributed significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program! This month, we are happy to recognize George Fujii, Tarlton Corporation and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Education Task Force member.

George Fujii joined the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Education Task Force in January 2010 and immediately dove into examining the new continuing education requirements for LEED Professionals and approaches to aid professionals in meeting these requirements. This led George to focus on the development of an in-depth workshop to offer 2 GBCI CE Hours in the Project Systems and Energy Impacts category, a highly sought-after CE category for LEED Professionals.  George’s dedicated efforts have resulted in an interesting and lively seminar on Energy, Cost and Sustainability scheduled from 3-5pm on August 17. This seminar will explore the importance of energy within the contexts of LEED V3 and in sustainability as a whole when considering our carbon footprint. Presenters will provide an overview of HVAC and Electrical building systems to be addressed in relation to energy usage and explore relative costs of these critical building system choices.

Thanks, George, for your commitment and hard work in the development of this seminar to support the education of building industry professionals in the St. Louis metro area!

Previous Recognitions

June 2010
Suzanne Mondello
, Synergy Integrators

May 2010

Marjorie Melton, M3 Engineering Group, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Advocacy Committee and Scholarship Task Force

April 2010

Richard Schuessler, Huntleigh McGehee and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Government Advocacy Subcommittee
Cristina Spicer, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., USGBC-Missouri Gateway Growing Green Awards Task Force and Emerging Green Builders
Becky Finch, Missouri Lawyers Weekly and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Growing Green Awards Task Force

March 2010
Helene Mathis, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Program Committee & Growing Green Awards Task Force

February 2010
Vicki Woodside, CI Select, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Marketing Committee
Christy Cunningham-Saylor, Vertegy, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Program Committee & Education Task Force