Archive for June, 2018

Continuing Education Blitz: Water Infrastructure

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Exploring Current Advances and Innovation in Water Management and Quality

From region to region and around the world the issues surrounding water vary. Communities large and small within the Mississippi River Basin confront issues of water abundance and flooding while other parts of the U.S. face water scarcity and drought. Differing building types and locations require unique approaches to water use and wastewater management.

This full-day program will use case studies to highlight new advancements in strategies and innovative techniques to address water use, management, and quality in a variety of settings.

Bringing together expertise from across the nation and throughout the St. Louis Region, the event will feature national and local success stories and partnerships, infrastructure challenges, considerations for water reuse, and corporate and institutional environmental stewardship efforts.Keynote Pete A. Munoz will present cutting edge design and engineering for Hassalo on Eighth, a large multi-use residential urban redevelopment project in Portland, Oregon that treats its wastewater for reuse onsite (60,000 gallons per day), redirecting it away from stressed city sewer infrastructure. In addition to exploring real-life innovative solutions, Pete will discuss regulatory barriers and future possibilities for the industry.
AGENDA
Morning Presentations:
  • KEYNOTE: What’s Next: Precedent Projects in Urban Settings, Regulatory Roadblocks, and Futurecasting (Pete Muñoz)
  • Transforming Wastewater Treatment Facilities into Neighborhood Amenities (Michael Willis, FAIA)
  • St. Louis Region’s Aging Infrastructure (Curtis Skouby)
  • Collaborating on Water Quality (Traci Lichtenberg & Donald R. Summers, Jr.)
Afternoon Presentations: 
  • Plumbing for Reclaimed Water (Jeff Gilmore)
  • Rehabilitation of Existing Sewer Lines (Charlie Kuhnmuench)
  • Case Studies:
    • Getting to Net Zero Water: Code Challenges & Successes (Dan Hellmuth)
    • Corporate Environmental Stewardship and Water Reduction (Mike Carlson)
    • Water Efficiency in the Most Water Intensive Facilities (Lois Sechrist)
  • Panel Discussion

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Pete A. Munoz, Senior Engineer, Biohabitats
pete munozPete is a licensed engineer and certified wastewater treatment plant operator. Pete has been lucky enough to work with some of the most influential green built projects in the United States to create inspirational infrastructure and assist reconnecting our communities with what makes them work. With degrees in Biosystems, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pete has been asked to speak around the country on a variety of topics including green infrastructure, regenerative design, and climate change solutions. Pete is a partner in the Alliance for Regeneration and he teaches several water related courses at Yestermorrow Design/Build in Warren, Vermont.

PRESENTERS

Hannah Roth, Event Moderator, Lecturer, Washington University in St. Louis

Michael Willis, FAIA, Founder, MWA Architects and Visiting Professor, Washington University in St. Louis

Curtis Skouby, Director, Department of Public Utilities and Water Commissioner, City of St. Louis

Traci Lichtenberg, Environmental Compliance Manager, Missouri American Water

Donald R. Summers, Jr., Assistant Director of Training, UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562

Jeff Gilmore, Director, Strategic Accounts, Sloan

Charlie Kuhnmuench, Vice President, Rehabilitation Services, SAK

Dan Hellmuth, Principal, hellmuth+bichnese architects

Mike Carlson, Director of Energy and Fluids, Anheuser-Busch

Lois Sechrist, LEED AP, Environmental Stewardship Manager, Ascension Environmental Stewardship Program, Medexcel

CONTINUING EDUCATION
7 GBCI CE Hours
7 AIA/CES LU
7 LFA Hours
Missouri DNR: 1.5 Wastewater, 1.5 Drinking Water Treatment, 1.5 Distribution

WHEN
Friday, September 14, 2018
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

WHERE
Missouri History Museum
(AT&T Room on lower level)
5700 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112 map

ENTER the building via the South Entrance.

PARKING is available in lots on the east and west of the building, and on the streets throughout the park. Parking in the lot on the EAST side makes for an easier exit at the end of the day.

Parking and entrance details (visual guide).

FEE
$100 for USGBC-MGC Members
$100 for Members of Promotional Partner Organizations
$150 for Non-Members
$75 for Emerging Professionals
$50 for Full-time Students

REGISTER

Click here to register online.

THANKS TO OUR PRESENTING SPONSOR!

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THANKS TO OUR EXHIBITING SPONSOR!

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2018 – 19 Benchmarking Training and Help Sessions Announced

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partners announce multiple opportunities to learn about energy benchmarking and get hands-on assistance with the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

What is Benchmarking?

Benchmarking is the process of tracking your building’s energy and/or water use and comparing your performance to similar buildings and to past performance. Benchmarking is the first step in determining how to conserve resources, reduce operating costs, and reduce environmental impacts.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is a free and secure online tool that tracks energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Any building can use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to understand their energy, water, and waste performance – schools, governments, congregations, businesses and retail stores.


Event Descriptions

All events are free, but space is limited and registration is required via the links below.

Drop-in Benchmarking Help Sessions

Hands-on Help Session

Stop by our office during a drop-in session to receive hands-on help with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Attendees should bring a laptop and all information needed for benchmarking (list available via event links below).

Benchmarking Jam

Brief presentation followed by hands-on help session

Following  a brief overview of energy and water benchmarking, volunteers will provide hands-on assistance with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Attendees should bring a laptop and all information needed for benchmarking (list available via event links below).

Benchmarking 101

Presentation with Q&A

Benchmarking 101 will provide an overview of the City of St. Louis’s Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data to the City of St. Louis. Lunch is provided.


Training Schedule

All events will take place at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, located at 4651 Shaw Blvd, 63110. Register using the links below.

Wednesday, July 18, 3-5 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Wednesday, August 8, 3 – 5 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Thursday, August 23, 4 – 6 pm
Benchmarking Jam

Wednesday, September 12, 9 – 11 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Thursday, November 29, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Benchmarking 101

Tuesday, February 5, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Benchmarking 101

Wednesday, February 20, 3 – 5 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Tuesday, March 19, 9 – 11 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Thursday, April 18, 9 – 11 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session


About the City of St. Louis’s Building Energy Awareness Ordinance

On January 27, 2017, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously passed an energy benchmarking ordinance that requires municipal, institutional, commercial and multifamily residential buildings whose square footage is equal to or greater than 50,000 to track and report their energy and water usage annually to the City’s Building Division.

Privately owned buildings are required to benchmark and submit data by April 1 of each year using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Full details about the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance are available at www.stlbenchmarking.com.

About the Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign

The Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign recognizes and supports buildings of all types and sizes to benchmark their energy use, a building management best practice. Over 80 businesses, organizations and institutions have voluntarily pledged to benchmark, the first step to reduce operating costs and environmental impacts. Learn more and join the campaign at www.BetterBuildingsStl.org. 


 

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Explore the Built Environment’s Impact on Human Health at Two Upcoming Events

The way in which our environment is constructed determines how we interact with it. Some features have obvious impacts. If our workspace is designed for primarily sedentary work, opportunities for movement will be limited. Health risks reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) associated with a sedentary lifestyle include obesity, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes among others.

Other building features impact our health less obviously. Often we take the air we breathe and the water we drink for granted. Pollution can affect air quality outdoors and indoors, and having access to clean water is a world public health issue. Poor air quality indoors can lead to respiratory illnesses and sick building syndrome (SBS), where poor building quality has an accumulative negative impact on human health. Access to high quality water is essential for human health and functioning as it transports nutrients throughout the body and regulates homeostasis. Creating an environment that promotes healthy food options and does not make poor quality foods available is also important for physical and mental health. Moreover, proper lighting is essential for preventing headaches and promoting natural body patterns of wakefulness.

The USGBC-MGC is hosting two upcoming events centered on human health and the built environment. On June 28th Monica Miller, ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s Sustainable Design Manager, will educate participants about the WELL Building Standard, a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring key features of the built environment’s effect on the health of those inside. This course will prepare attendees for the WELL Accredited Professional Exam to earn the WELL AP credential. This credential signifies a comprehensive understanding of human health in relation to the built environment and of the WELL Building Standard. Click here to register online!

The second event, hosted on July 10th, will feature speaker Josh Jacobs, the Director of Environmental Codes & Standards for UL Environment. The event will analysis wellness criteria in programs such as LEED and Fitwel, and provide tips on how to incorporate wellness into green building projects. Click here to register online!

When designing workspaces it is crucial to consider the individuals living, working, and learning inside in order to create a comfortable, productive atmosphere. Sustainable planning considers environmental impact and human equity. Join the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter to gain practical knowledge on the built environment’s impact on human and organizational health.

WELL AP Exam Prep

WHEN
Thursday, June 28, 2018

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE
Professional Office Environments, Inc. (POE)
222 Millwell Drive, St. Louis, MO 63043

REQUIRED TEXT

WELL AP Exam Preparation Guide, 2nd Edition, International WELL Building Institute, available for purchase here.

FEE
$200 for USGBC-MGC Members
$250 for Non-members

Fee does not include required texts or exam fees.
Fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

 

Health and Wellbeing in Green Building

WHEN
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
5:30-6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Please note, the speaker will present a seminar on SPOT, UL’s Sustainable Product Database, immediately prior to the evening program. More details on the SPOT seminar available here.

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

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members & Full-Time Students
$20 for Non-Members

CONTINUING EDUCATION
1 LEED Specific (BD+C, O+M) GBCI CE Hour
1 WELL CE Hour
1 AIA LU
1 IDCEC CE Hour

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

 




SPOT ‒ Sustainable Product Database

Streamline and simplify the product selection process for your green building projects.

USGBC and UL (Underwriters Laboratory) recently announced a collaboration to develop digital tools that help  architects, designers and buyers identify products in UL’s SPOT™ database that contribute to LEED v4 requirements.

SPOT is a free online product database that contains more than 45,000 products searchable by Master Format number, manufacturer, certification programs such as UL GREENGUARD and ECOLOGO Certification, or sustainable building credits in green rating systems such as LEED, Green Globes, WELL Building and others. SPOT can help design professionals identify sustainable products for green buildings during the design and specification phases.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the barriers to finding products for sustainable building and operation
  • Learn about a new free tool to find sustainable products
  • How to search for products based on your specifications or sustainable criteria
  • How to include team decision making in product selection

SPEAKER
Josh Jacobs, Director of Environmental Codes & Standards for UL Environment.
In this role, Josh helps develop and track the environmental and codes, rating systems, and purchasing programs that are being utilized and developed throughout the world. As a LEED AP+ BD&C, he has been able to assist architects, designers, specifiers, and builders understand how to utilize products to build a more sustainable project. Josh has served on over 20 sustainable committees, including but not limited to ASHRAE 189.1, 2012 & 2015 NAHB National Green Building Standard, ANSI/BIFMA E3 joint committee, USGBC’s Pilot Credit Committee and LEED Steering Committee, and he served on the original water and IEQ work group that developed the first public draft of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Please note this presentation does NOT offer Continuing Education Hours.

WHEN
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
4:00-5:30 pm

Our July evening program, Health and Wellbeing in Green Building, will take place immediately following the SPOT seminar from 5:30-7:30 pm. More details on the evening program are available here.

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

FEE
$20 for USGBC-MGC Members
$30 for Non-Members (includes complimentary attendance to evening program that follows seminar, a $20 value.)

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

Fox Architects

hellmuth + bicknese architects

Negwer Materials 




ILFI-St. Louis Collaborative Launch Event

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The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) – St. Louis Region Collaborative is now a part of USGBC-Missouri Gateway!

ILFI logoJoin us to celebrate this exciting partnership and the launch of our new ILFI committee on August 2nd at the area’s newest building pursuing Living Building Certification, the Jan Phillips Learning Center!

The International Living Future Institute, based out of the Pacific Northwest, is the creator of a number of forward-thinking certifications and initiatives related to the built environment – including the Living Building ChallengeDeclare Label, and JUST program.  All of these programs are rooted in ILFI’s mission to lead the transformation toward a civilization that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.

The Jan Phillips Learning Center is a living example of the ILFI’s programs. Owned by The College School, the building is currently seeking Living Building Challenge Certification and features semi-permeable pavers, rainwater collection systems, solar energy, 360-degree views and a strong commitment to hands on learning for students.

By combining resources, USGBC-MGC and ILFI will collaborate to continue promoting green building design, construction and operations – and to fortify consideration for not just our buildings, but also the people inside them and the surrounding communities.

WHEN
Thursday, August 2, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 pm

Please note this event takes place immediately after our 2-4 pm seminar on the Living Building Challenge and the host building, which is offered for a fee. More info on the 2-4 pm JPLC Living Building seminar available here.

WHERE
Jan Phillips Learning Center
4180 Doc Sargent Road
Pacific, MO 63069

FEE
The Launch event is FREE!
Drinks and light appetizers provided.

REGISTER
Click here to register online.

QUESTIONS
If you have any questions, or you’re interested in getting involved with our new ILFI committee, please contact hope.gribble@mobot.org.




USGBC-MGC home to International Living Future Institute-St. Louis Collaborative

ILFI logoWe are excited to announce that USGBC-MGC will now house the St. Louis Region Collaborative of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). We hope you’ll join us at the ILFI- St. Louis Launch Event on August 2nd and get involved with our new ILFI committee!

The International Living Future Institute, based out of the Pacific Northwest, is the creator of a number of forward-thinking certifications and initiatives related to the built environment – including the Living Building Challenge, Declare Label, and JUST program.  All of these programs are rooted in ILFI’s mission to lead the transformation toward a civilization that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.

The August 2nd launch event will take place from 4 to 6 pm at the Jan Phillips Learning Center (JPLC), a living example of the ILFI’s programs. The JPLC, owned by The College School and located in Pacific, MO, is currently seeking the Living Building Challenge Certification. The learning center features semi-permeable pavers, wind and solar energy, 360-degree views and a strong commitment to hands on learning for students. The launch event will follow a seminar on the Living Building Challenge, highlighting features within the JPLC that make it a truly living building.

By combining resources, USGBC-MGC and ILFI will collaborate to continue promoting green building design, construction and operations – and to fortify consideration for not just our buildings, but also the people inside them and the surrounding communities.

As an affiliate of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), all members of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter receive a FREE Basic Living Future Institute Membership.

Basic Membership with the International Living Future Institute offers valuable benefits, including complimentary online education about the Living Building Challenge, ability to become a Living Future Ambassador, and discounts on workshops, books, and more. Current USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members can log in here to access instructions on how to redeem their complimentary Living Future Institute membership.

Click here information on the JPLC  Living Building Seminar and ILFI-St. Louis Launch Event. If you’re interested in getting involved with our new ILFI committee, please contact hope.gribble@mobot.org.