Archive for January, 2016

Host the Green Buildings Are Better Display!

15 years ago, 15 committed volunteers came together to form one of the first six USGBC Chapters in the country – because they believed that green buildings are better.

In honor of our 15 year anniversary, the interactive Green Buildings Are Better display is traveling throughout the region. Follow the link below sign up to host the display for a week at your office, house of worship, school, city hall, and more. If you see the display out and about, be sure to add a comment about why green buildings are better and share photos with us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook using #greenbuildingsarebetter and #green15.

Sign up to host the Green Buildings Are Better Display

Explore why Green Buildings Are Better for living, working, learning, and playing.

 

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2016 Educational Catalog Released

2016 USGBC-MGC Education Catalog_Page_1We are thrilled to announce our lineup of educational programs and events for 2016 – our 15 year anniversary!

Click here for a complete listing of monthly evening programs,  in-depth seminars, our Continuing Education Blitz, LEED Exam Prep, and more!

Visit our events calendar to learn more & register for upcoming events.

We look forward to seeing YOU at upcoming programs and events!




Benchmarking Jam

Energy benchmarking is the process of measuring how much energy your building consumes, and comparing your energy performance to similar buildings. Benchmarking is the first step toward saving energy and money!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online, interactive energy management tool that allows you to measure and track your building’s energy and water consumption, identify investment priorities, and verify improvements over time.

Get hands-on assistance using the free, online ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool at the February 25 Benchmarking Jam! All buildings benefit from benchmarking: businesses, schools, congregations, non-profits and local governments are encouraged to attend.

In order for this event to be a success, each building representative should bring:

  • Laptop or Tablet
  • The building street address, year built, and contact information.
  • 12 consecutive months of utility bills for all fuel types used in the building.  You will need the number of units of each energy type used, not just the dollar amount of the utility fee. Historical energy use data can be downloaded on the Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas websites with an online account.
  • Additional required information varies by building type. See the list below.

WHEN
Thursday, February 25, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

WHERE
NOTE NEW LOCATION

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

FEE
Free to all.

REGISTER: Click here to register as a participant or a volunteer

VOLUNTEER: Volunteers at the Benchmarking Blitz will support building representatives to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Experience with the free, online tool is required. To participate, select “Benchmarking Volunteer” when registering. Participants can self-report their participation for 2 GBCI CE hours in the volunteer category.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org or (314) 577-0884.

 

Property Use Details needed for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

College/University:

  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Weekly operating hours
  • Enrollment
  • Number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) workers
  • Number of computers

House of Worship:

  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Maximum seating capacity
  • Weekdays of operation
  • Hours of operations per week
  • Number of personal computers
  • Presence of cooking facilities (yes/no)
  • Number of commercial refrigeration/freezer units

K-12 Schools:

  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Gymnasium floor area (square feet)
  • High school – yes/no
  • Number of workers on main shift
  • Student seating capacity
  • Months in use
  • Open weekends – yes/no
  • Number of personal computers
  • On-site cooking – yes/no
  • Number of walk-in refrigeration/freezer units
  • Percent of floor area that is cooled in 10% increments (10%, 20%, 30%, etc)
  • Percent of floor area that is heated in 10% increments (10%, 20%, 30%, etc)

Office:

  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Weekly operating hours
  • Number of workers on main shift
  • Number of personal computers
  • Percent of floor area that is cooled (>50%, <50%, or none)
  • Percent of floor area that is heated (>50%, <50%, or none)

Restaurant:

  • Gross Floor Area (square feet)
  • Weekly operating hours
  • Number of workers on main shift
  • Number of computers

All other building types should refer to this list




Tour of Danforth Plant Science Center

Click here to view list of attendees (PDF)

Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science.

The new 79,000 sq. ft. William H. Danforth Wing is currently seeking certification under LEED for New Construction, and will be the focus of our building tour. The expansion includes four levels, three of which contain flexible labs, gathering spaces, open office suites and computational facilities for up to 100 scientists. The surrounding landscape is currently undergoing reconstruction of a native Missouri tall grass prairie.

Tour attendees will be guided through the new addition and learn about the building’s many sustainable design and construction features from members of the project team.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour (LEED Specific BD+C) and 1 AIA/CES LU

WHEN
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 N. Warson Road (63132).

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members and Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members

REGISTRATION
Click here to register online

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org  or (314) 577-0225.

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

Christner, Inc.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD)




Understanding the WELL Building Standard

Presented in partnership with Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) – St. Louis.

Click here to view a list of program attendees (PDF).
Click here to view WELL Building Standard resources on the International WELL Building Institute website.

Developed in partnership with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, The WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and wellbeing of the people who live, work, and learn in these buildings.

This session will provide an overview of the seven concepts of the WELL Building Standard, as well as an in-depth look at strategies to address human health through design.  Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of WELL and how our built environment can make a positive impact our health, happiness, and productivity

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Examine the WELL Building Standard as a resource and design tool to improve health issues in the built environment
  • Recognize the seven WELL Concepts and affiliated Features
  • Identify strategies to address human health through design
  • Discuss pathways to WELL Certification or Compliance

SPEAKER

Jessica Rose Cooper, Executive Vice President, Director of Sustainability, Delos Solutions 
Jessica Cooper is a Provisional WELL Accredited Professional (AP). She has been involved with the development of WELL as it applies to live projects since its initial ideation phase and has assumed a management role in the implementation of the first WELL Pilot Projects since the public release of WELL in October 2014. She has led architects, developers, and engineers alike to understand the principles and research behind WELL and successfully build WELL Certified spaces. Her management and insights have influenced and informed the development and implementation of the WELL Building Standard over the past three years.

Jessica graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis.  She currently serves as a committee member on the Living Building Challenge NYC + NJ Collaborative, the IIDA New York Chapter Sustainability Forum, and Urban Green Council’s Membership Committee.  A LEED Accredited Professional since 2008, Jessica maintains her Interior Design and Construction specialty and also holds a certificate in Green Professional Building Skills Training: Construction Management.

CONTINUING EDUCATION:
2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA/CES LU

WHEN
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
8:00-10:00 AM

WHERE
Professional Office Environments
222 Millwell Drive
Maryland Heights, MO, 63043 map

FEE
$30/USGBC-MGC & BOMA Members; $45/Non-members

REGISTRATION
Click here to register online

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org  or (314) 577-0225.

 




Fostering Wellness Through the Built Environment

Presented in partnership with Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) – St. Louis.

Click here to view a list of program attendees (PDF).
Click here to view WELL Building Standard resources on the International WELL Building Institute website.

Placing health and wellness at the heart of design and construction decisions can have a positive impact on human health, social equity, and return on investment. At this session, learn how to engineer spaces for improved community health and increased real estate value.

Developed in partnership with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, The WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and learn in these buildings. Join us to learn more about how the built environment can make a positive impact on communities through improving our health, happiness, and productivity.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Discuss current issues related to wellness in the built environment
  • Identify design strategies to promote health and well-being
  • Describe the WELL Building Standard as a tool to support health and well-being in the built environment
  • Explain how WELL compliments existing building standards like LEED

SPEAKER

Jessica Cooper, Executive Director, Project Management, Delos
Jessica Cooper is a Provisional WELL Accredited Professional (AP). She has been involved with the development of WELL as it applies to live projects since its initial ideation phase and has assumed a management role in the implementation of the first WELL Pilot Projects since the public release of WELL in October 2014. She has led architects, developers, and engineers alike to understand the principles and research behind WELL and successfully build WELL Certified spaces. Her management and insights have influenced and informed the development and implementation of the WELL Building Standard over the past three years.

Jessica graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis.  She currently serves as a committee member on the Living Building Challenge NYC + NJ Collaborative, the IIDA New York Chapter Sustainability Forum, and Urban Green Council’s Membership Committee.  A LEED Accredited Professional since 2008, Jessica maintains her Interior Design and Construction specialty and also holds a certificate in Green Professional Building Skills Training: Construction Management.

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA/CES LU

WHEN
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
Alberici, 8800 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO 63114

FEE:  Free for USGBC-MGC & BOMA Members as well as Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members

REGISTRATION:  Click here to register online

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org  or (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Evening Program Sponsor!

Louer Facility Planning, Inc.