Archive for February, 2011

March Program Speaker in the News

Lisa Thompson, Sustainability/EBD Project Manager at BJC HealthCare was featured in the stltoday.com Ask the Expert column. The article discusses Evidence-Based Design and its effect on health care.  EBD is critical research of buildings that can play a role in showing how a patient’s recovery can vary depending on environment. Lisa is this month’s Program Speaker, presenting on Evidence-Based Design at Alberici Headquarters on March 8th.

See the full article here.




Chapter Member in the News

Rick Hunter, of Microgrid Energy, was featured in the Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch speaking about a new array of solar roof panels.  The Missouri Botanical Garden has recently partnered with a corporate sponsor in this energy saving initiative.

Read the full article here.




The 8th Annual LEED Green Building Showcase

Presented in partnership with the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA).

Click on the links below to view PDFs of the presentations:
Sheet Metal Workers Union Offices and Training Facility
Clayton High School Classrooms Addition
St. Louis Science Center Addition

Click here to view a list of program attendees

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter territory now boasts 150 LEED certified projects and over 120 LEED registered projects! The 8th Annual LEED Green Building Showcase features presentations on three local projects that are pursuing LEED certification.

FEATURED PROJECTS

  • Clayton High School Classrooms Addition
  • St. Louis Science Center Addition
  • Sheet Metal Workers Union Offices and Training Facility at 2319 Chouteau

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Clayton High School Classrooms Addition

  • Describe how municipal approvals (MSD BMP’s) work with LEED water efficiency requirements
  • Discuss LEED for Schools & challenges with integrating into the school district curriculum
  • Examine how the site limits Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing options
  • Explore realities of waste management on a challenging site

St. Louis Science Center Addition

  • Examine the design methods and basic features of the St. Louis Science Center’s East Addition
  • Discuss the integration of sustainable construction methods
  • Explore differences between LEEDv2 and LEEDv3 (2009) certification methods
  • Illuminate technical aspects of several site and building elements

Sheet Metal Workers Union Offices and Training Facility at 2319 Chouteau

  • Explain the importance of the new facility to the Sheet Metal Industry
  • Describe the needs of the union and the JATC that led to the decision of designing and constructing the new facilities
  • Identify the key people involved in the design and construction of the facilities
  • Recognize the components contributing to pursuit of LEED certification of the facilities

CONTINUING EDUCATION
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1 GBCI CE Hour
1 AIA/CES   LU/HSW/SD

WHEN
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave, St. Louis MO 63114 map
Parking entrance and exit instructions

FEE
Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway, RCGA Members & Full-time Students
$20 for Non-members
BONUS: USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members may bring guests for free to this program as part of our Spring into Action campaign.  Chapter members should register their guests online at the time they register themselves for the event.  Click here for more details.

REGISTER
Click here to visit our Event Registration page. Scroll down and click the “Register” button under the LEED Green Building Showcase event listing.

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

Thanks to our Event Sponsors!
Bond Wolfe Architects
Solutions AEC




New Rooftop Solar Array Demonstrates Ongoing Efforts Toward Sustainability

CEO of Express Scripts, George Paz, recently described the Missouri Botanical Garden as “a world leader in the green movement” and “one of the region’s finest civic institutions.” Quite a title to live up to, wouldn’t you say? Well Express Scripts sure does believes in the Garden, because they have partnered with Missouri Botanical Garden by providing the initial investment for 110 solar panels atop the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education (CBEC). CBEC is the new home of both the Earth Ways Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden and the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.

Here are the facts on the new solar array:

– Each panel is 40in wide, 65in long, and 40lbs
– In total the array covers an area of 3,000 square-feet
– The array works to convert the sun’s direct current (DC) electricity into alternating current (or AC, the type used to power lights, appliances and other electronics) right on the spot
– It will produce an annual 32,000 kilowatt hours of energy (870,000 in its lifetime), amounting to about 5% of the buildings total electrical needs and saving $180,000 in electricity costs over its lifetime
– The cost of the solar panels will be paid back over the next 5 years (leveraging a rebate from Ameren Missouri & federal tax credits)

which means the solar array will…

– Save enough energy to power 4 to 6 homes
– Displace 800 tons of carbon dioxide
– Eliminate 2,500 gallons of gas burned in cars per year
– Preserve 29 acres of hardwood forest

Now doesn’t all that seem worth the initial investment?!

Not only was this new project a great investment, it also serves as an excellent opportunity for education within the community. Deb Frank, Vice President of Sustainability for the Missouri Botanical Garden stated, “We hope that our action will inspire others to seek out ways to increase energy efficiency and utilize solar energy in their own homes and businesses.”

mbgsolarpanelFrom Left: Bill Barbieri, Ameren Missouri, Marc Lopata, Microgrid Energy, Larry Zarin, Express Scripts,
Deborah Frank, MBG, Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, MBG

 




Estimating & Budgeting for Successful LEED Certification

This presentation will include an overview of the process Clayco utilizes for early budgeting and tracking of final costs associated with over 30 LEED Certified projects.  This program will be beneficial to designers, suppliers and contractors.

SPEAKER
Paul Todd Merrill, Director of Sustainable Construction at Clayco
Paul MerrillPaul Todd Merrill is a Registered Professional Engineer in 12 states and responsible for planning, design and construction of Clayco’s sustainable efforts. Paul has been involved in over 30 LEED certified projects and, for the past eight years, he has developed and led LEED training sessions covering LEED versions 2.1, 2.2 and 3.0 for Clayco’s internal educational efforts and training sessions for owners, building code officials, law firms, manufactures and subcontractors. In addition, Paul is an adjunct professor at Washington University in the Sever School of Engineering.  Paul received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1981. Paul currently serves as Chair on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Board of Directors.

WHEN
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
3:00-4:30pm

WHERE
Color Art Integrated Interiors, 1325 N. Warson Road St. Louis, MO 63132
map

FEE
$30 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members
$50 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to visit our Event Registration page.  Scroll down and click the “Register” button under the Estimating & Budgeting for Successful LEED Certification event listing.

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

Thanks to our Event Host!

Color Art Integrated Interiors




Sustainable Design & the Impact of BIM

This workshop will focus is on the principles of sustainable design as examined through Building Performance Analysis and applied Building Information Modeling methodology. The basis for this workshop will be an introduction to BIM and BPA and the significance of both for the future of sustainable architectural design practice supported by analytical modeling.  Exploring the interaction between the simulated environment (climate, insulation) and the virtual building with its physical characteristics (materials, assemblies, passive design strategies, heat transfer, daylighting, embedded energy), we will attempt to confirm and test the principles of sustainable design at the schematic level of project development.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
– Discuss process timing and expectations
– Examine how to maximize capabilities of current applications
– Identify how establish the most flexible link between BIM and BPA – Less is more
– Acquire knowledge for the optimal leveraging of simulation results throughout the design

SPEAKER
Tomislav Zigo, Director Virtual Design and Construction at Clayco Inc.
Tomislav holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rijeka in Croatia and a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Over the past 14 years Tomislav Zigo has been an advocate of digital technology implementation as a researcher, designer and for last couple of years as a designer – builder. His experience includes work in the vanguard of BIM methodology implementation on large healthcare projects; research work in the field of Virtual Reality and Building Performance Analysis; and mentorship positions in a number of local and national architectural firms while transitioning toward BIM adoption. As the director of Virtual Design and Construction for Clayco Inc. of St. Louis, he is responsible for implementation of Building Information Modeling methodology in Integrated Project Delivery practice. Tomislav currently teaches two courses on the subjects of BIM methodology integration into sustainable design practice at Washington University in St. Louis.

CMP_3CONTINUING EDUCATION
2 GBCI CE Hours, 2 AIA/CES LU

 

 

WHEN
Thursday, March 24, 2011
3:00 – 5:00pm

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 129.  Park and enter from the WEST side of the building.

FEE
$30 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members
$50 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to visit our Event Registration page.  Scroll down and click the “Register” button under the Sustainable Design & the Impact of BIM event listing.

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




February Program Speaker in the News

Hunter Beckham, registered landscape architect of SWT Design and February Program Speaker, was featured in an STL Today article speaking about the SITES rating system.

The article discusses the incentives to enhance the quality of life for St. Louis residents and visitors with a network of greenways, trails, and pedestrian facilities. The Sustainable SITES initiative intends to transform land development and management practices with the nation’s first voluntary rating system for sustainable landscapes. 

Read the full article here.




Chapter Members in the News

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member and Chair of the Marketing Committee, Jan Niehaus of Communication by Design, was featured in the Clayton Richmond Heights Patch.

The article discusses Richmond Heights’ desire to evaluate the city’s greenhouse gas emissions in order to ensure a more sustainable future. The greenhouse gas inventory would determine how much the city is spending on energy and to develop an action plan, both duties assigned to the intern.

Read the full article here.

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USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member Tony Ruebsam of S.M. Wilson & Company and chair of the Chapter’s Higher Education Subcommittee was featured not once but twice! He spoke in RCGA’s Green Symposium video about Green Employers and also spoke about the Chapter’s St. Louis Green Shadow Program on NineNetwork of Public Media.

In RCGA’s Green Employee video, Tony talks about S.M. Wilson’s increase in projects built to green standards and the necessity to do so to stay competitive.  See the full video here.

The Chapter’s St. Louis Green Shadow Program, launched by the Higher Education Subcommittee, aims to connect university students to local businesses in the field of sustainability.  The program provides exposure to both students and companies. See Tony’s video here.

To answer the question “How Can We Create a Greener St. Louis?” for yourself on the NineNetwork, click here.

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USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member Jay Swoboda of EcoUrban was featured in an episode of Marketplace Public Radio discussing energy efficiency of homes.

The story shows that even in the economic decline, homeowners have not lost the desire for large houses.  To most, square footage is a priority over energy efficiency.  Swoboda discusses his home building company, EcoUrban which aims at designing and building small, energy-efficient homes, around 1,000 square feet.  Sadly, most homeowners are not willing to trade upfront costs for long-term savings.

Listen to the full show here.




LED Lighting – Lighting Facts

LED lighting is an important energy savings addition to any building’s lighting system. These systems are expensive and technically complex. How do you know if you are specifying good products? Learn some of the technology of how LED lighting works and features to look for in a fixture. Learn about the new DOE program “Lighting Facts” which will certify lighting, similar to how Energy Star does appliances.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
– Define general lighting measures: brightness (LUX lumen foot-candle), color (CRI CCT), power (Watts)
– Compare lighting efficiency and quality: incandescent, fluorescent, HID, LED
– Explore considerations in selecting LED fixtures: thermal, optical, product lifetime
– Determine if LED lighting is cost effective for your application

GavinPerrySmallSPEAKER
Gavin Perry, PhD / Design Engineer, GPTS, LLC
Dr Perry spent 34 years at Washington University learning, teaching and designing research electronics applications before retiring in December 2009. He has been involved in LED applications for well over a decade and follows the industry closely.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION
2 GBCI CE Hours, 2 AIA/CES LU

 

WHEN
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
3:00-5:00pm

WHERE
Color Art Integrated Interiors, 1325 N. Warson Road St. Louis, MO 63132
map

FEE
$30 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members
$50 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to visit our Event Registration page.  Scroll down and click the “Register” button under the LED lighting – Lighting Facts event listing.

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




Lunch ‘n LEED: Regional & Renewable Materials in LEED in the Strategies for Success in LEED Webinar Series

Strategies for Success in LEED webinar series consists of 6 consecutive weeks on Thursdays July 28 – September 1.  Attend one or all.

Interested in furthering your understanding of renewable and regional materials and ways to successfully incorporate their use? This webinar is the sixth in our “Strategies for Success in LEED” series, designed to teach individuals about strategies useful in meeting LEED requirements in various credit categories.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
-Understand the importance of renewable and regional materials
-Identify the LEED requirements related to renewable and regional materials
-Explore strategies useful in meeting LEED requirements related to renewable and regional materials

CMP_3CONTINUING EDUCATION
1.5 BD+C, O+M LEED Specific GBCI CE Hours, Acquisition, Installation & Management of Project Materials GBCI Credit Category
1.5 AIA/CES LU

WHEN
Thursday, September 1, 2011
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 119

FEE
$10/USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member; $15/Non-member for Regional & Renewable Materials in LEED session OR
$50/Chapter Member; $75/Non-member for Strategies for Success in LEED Webinar Series Pass (consists of 6 webinars) OR
$100/Chapter Member; $150/Non-member for an Unlimited Webinar Pass (3 series with 16 webinars total)
Passes are non-transferable and valid only for the individual purchaser.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Unlimited Webinar Pass is $90/Chapter Member if purchased by March 31!

REGISTER
Click here to visit our Event Registration page. Scroll down and click the “Register” button under one of the following options:

**If you are interested in solely purchasing this single session, click the “Register” button under the Lunch ‘n LEED: Regional & Renewable Materials in LEED (session 6 of the Strategies for Success in LEED Webinar Series) event listing.

**If you are interested in purchasing a Strategies for Success in LEED Webinar Series Pass, click the “Register” button under the Webinar Series Pass: Strategies for Success in LEED (Lunch ‘n LEED) event listing.

**If you are interested in purchasing an Unlimited Webinar Pass, click the “Register” button under the Unlimited Webinar Pass (Lunch ‘n LEED) event listing.

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