Archive for November, 2015

Benchmarking Case Study: 600 Tower

600 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101

600 Tower Benchmarking Case Study

The 25×20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign challenges buildings in the St. Louis Region to benchmark their energy use. Energy benchmarking is the key to unlocking potential energy and cost savings. Since the campaign was launched, businesses, local governments, houses of worship, schools, and institutions have pledged to benchmark their energy use!

25×20 participants include 600 Washington, now featured in a benchmarking case study. This 25-story office building, formerly known as One City Center, is a 375,000 square foot office building with a variety of tenants, including several large legal and accounting firms. Originally built in 1985, the tower overlooks the former St. Louis Centre mall which has since been transformed into a 750 space parking garage in 2010.

DTZ, which recently merged with Cushman-Wakefield, manages the building to keep its approximately 600 occupants comfortable. They initially completed the 25 x 20 Benchmarking Challenge as a means by which to track energy consumption over time. Additionally, ongoing comparison data sets are used to identify anomalies in energy and water usage. It has also been used as a marketing tool to attract potential tenants.

The building achieved a high enough score that will allow them to apply for an Energy STAR rating in approximately 18 months. They have completed lighting retrofits in a number of common areas, as well as a portion of tenant spaces, and have encouraged tenants to implement computer power management programs and turn off non-controlled lighting. They have additional lighting and HVAC retrofits planned for the future, along with an upgrade to their building management system.

Click here to view a PDF of the case study. Visit the 25×20 website to explore the full list of participants!




Understanding the Living Building Challenge Materials Petal Workshop

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members receive $50 off of the registration fee!

The Living Building Challenge Materials Petal is intended to induce a successful materials economy that is non-toxic, transparent and socially equitable. In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of how to meet the material-related Imperatives of the Living Building Challenge: I-10 Red List, I-11 Embodied Carbon Footprint, I-12 Responsible Industry, I-13 Living Economy Sourcing, and I-14 Net Positive Waste as well as introduce and explain the Declare Program.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone working in the building industry, participants should already have an understanding of the Living Building Challenge. They should be familiar with the Standard and the Imperatives and Petal structure of the Challenge. The workshop will highlight successful examples of innovative projects from around the globe, identifying innovative products and stories how projects have been successful in changing the materials marketplace.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the Imperatives within the Materials Petal and distinguish how these Imperatives support the Living Building Challenge mission
  • Understand the Declare label and what it defines
  • Identify 2 products that have gone through the process, now have a Declare label and how that has transformed their manufacturing standards
  • Ability to identify innovative products and stories where projects have been successful in changing the materials marketplace.

When:
Thursday, December 10, 2015
1:00 – 5:00 pm

Workshop Overview:
1:00pm-2:00pm The Philosophy of the Living Building Challenge / Petal rationale + strategies: Materials
2:00-2:30pm Break
2:30pm-5:00pm Breaking down Barriers / Community + Tools / Full Group Discussion

Where:
HOK St. Louis
10 S Broadway Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63102

Continuing Education:
This workshop has been approved for 4 GBCI CE hours, 4 AIA LU|HSW credits, and 4 Living Future Accreditation hours.

Instructor Background:
Kathleen Smith, LEED Fellow, Technical Director, Living Building Challenge

Kathleen Smith is an architect with more than 20 years of experience in green building, most recently with her own firm, Ecosmith Architecture & Consulting, LLC. She is a LEED Fellow and a LEED Faculty member.  Kathleen worked with Davis Langdon where she conducted LEED reviews and consulted on many pioneering sustainable projects in California. She is also the co-author of two books, The Northwest Green Home Primer and Rebuilding Community in America: Housing for Ecological Living, Personal Empowerment, and the New Extended Family. Kathleen has a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley in addition to a Permaculture Consultant’s Design Certificate from the Permaculture Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Fee:
Early-bird registration (through 11/26/15):
$95 – USGBC-MGC Members (must contact USGBC-MGC staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org for promotional code)
$145 – Non-members

After 11/26/15:
$185 – USGBC-MGC Members (must contact USGBC-MGC staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org for promotional code)
$235 – Non-Members

Register:
Click here to register online