Archive for January, 2019

LEED Zero and 4.1: The LEED We’ve Been Waiting For

With the release of the LEED Zero suite of certifications (Zero Energy, Carbon, Water, and Waste), and with the evolution of LEED v4.1, we may have a series of rating systems that provide market-driving direction to lead the sustainability industry. In addition, LEED Zero finally bridges the gap between a great project (LEED Platinum) and the various definitions of Net Zero Energy (NZE) and Carbon that exist out there, and it creates alternate options for defining a great project (say, LEED Silver + NZE). They will also direct buildings to adopt solutions that are supportive of an electric grid that is taking on more and more renewable energy, and to consider their options for energy procurement, including contracting for meaningful offsite renewable resources. 

This session will review v4.1 (BD+C) along with LEED Zero Energy and Carbon to provide an overview of the various changes, an introduction to the new tools and metrics, and will look at the applicability to a few different project types (e.g. urban high rise versus less dense and non-space constrained). It will also include a discussion and reflection of how well these rating systems capture the current need in the market or whether we should anticipate further changes in the years to come.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify changes in LEED v4.1
  • Examine the definitions and challenges of Net Zero Energy, Water, and Carbon
  • Discuss how LEED v4.1 and LEED Zero work for various project types
  • Learn to love LEED again!

SPEAKER
Joshua Radoff, Senior Vice President; Director, Built Ecology, WSP
Josh is the leader of the Built Ecology team at WSP – WSP’s built environment sustainability group. Josh has a background in sustainable energy engineering and works at the intersection of green building, integration of sustainable energy systems, and building and community health, wellness, and resiliency. Josh has consulted on a wide variety of projects for both public and private sector clients–nationally and internationally–and is a regular writer and speaker on sustainability topics including conference keynote and college commencement addresses. His work has been featured in print and web magazine articles, blogs, and book essays.

Josh has led a variety of complex, multidisciplinary projects in the form of strategic guidance, design assistance, and technical analysis. He has managed built environment and district energy projects pursuing nearly all of the LEED rating systems, Enterprise Green Communities, Living Building Challenge, Net Zero Energy, and WELL Building Certification.

Josh was a co-founder of the sustainability consulting firm YR&G, and he led that firm from 2006-2017. He also co-founded the advocacy non-profit GreenHomeNYC in New York in 2002. Josh is a former adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Denver, a past co-chair of the ULI Colorado Building Healthy Places committee, a past Board Member of DRCOG’s Sustainable Communities Initiative Executive Committee, and previously a member of USGBC’s LEED Advisory Committee.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 2 LEED Specific (BD+C) GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU

WHEN
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
8:00 – 10:00 am

WHERE
TBA 

FEE
$30 for USGBC-MGC Members
$45 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!




Net Zero Carbon, Water, and Energy + Decarbonizing at the District Level

In partnership with ASHRAE-St. Louis Chapter.

District scale projects and campuses lend themselves well for the goals of complete decarbonization and net zero energy and water. Depending on the project type, context, and location, these goals may also represent the best first and lifecycle cost approach. But getting there will involve navigating everything from utility rates, regulations, and connection fees, metering configurations, integrating electric vehicles, district electric and thermal technologies, managing a phasing plan, and managing ongoing operations.

This session will start by reviewing the various definitions of net zero energy and carbon, and Zero Water and One Water, including those developed by the USGBC and ILFI. It will then provide some context in terms of integrating renewables from the built environment into the larger utility mix, addressing duck curves and evolving rate structures. Lastly, it will walk through a step by step process of evaluating district systems, moving towards a decision of onsite technologies and configurations — including financial and incentive analysis, evaluating the potential for onsite storage, and partnering with third party entities where appropriate. It will also include best practices regarding performance management so that the project’s ultimate zero carbon and lowest life cycle cost are realized. This will include reference to 3-4 actual projects around the country in various phases of development.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  •    Review definitions and challenges of Net Zero Energy, Water, and Carbon.
  •    Examine the role of the built environment in transitioning to a 100% clean energy future.
  •    Describe various utility contexts, rate structures and the changes that are taking place in the utility space.
  •  Discuss how to approach district energy and water projects from technical and economic perspectives, and the challenges and opportunities unique to these project types.

SPEAKER
Joshua Radoff, Senior Vice President; Director, Built Ecology, WSP
Josh is the leader of the Built Ecology team at WSP – WSP’s built environment sustainability group. Josh has a background in sustainable energy engineering and works at the intersection of green building, integration of sustainable energy systems, and building and community health, wellness, and resiliency. Josh has consulted on a wide variety of projects for both public and private sector clients–nationally and internationally–and is a regular writer and speaker on sustainability topics including conference keynote and college commencement addresses. His work has been featured in print and web magazine articles, blogs, and book essays.

Josh has led a variety of complex, multidisciplinary projects in the form of strategic guidance, design assistance, and technical analysis. He has managed built environment and district energy projects pursuing nearly all of the LEED rating systems, Enterprise Green Communities, Living Building Challenge, Net Zero Energy, and WELL Building Certification.

Josh was a co-founder of the sustainability consulting firm YR&G, and he led that firm from 2006-2017. He also co-founded the advocacy non-profit GreenHomeNYC in New York in 2002. Josh is a former adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Denver, a past co-chair of the ULI Colorado Building Healthy Places committee, a past Board Member of DRCOG’s Sustainable Communities Initiative Executive Committee, and previously a member of USGBC’s LEED Advisory Committee.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

WHEN
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
Sheet Metal Workers Local 36
2319 Chouteau, Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63103

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members, ASHRAE St. Louis Members, and full time students;
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

Ross & Baruzzini

WSP




Sustainable SITES Review & Case Study

The Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) defines what a sustainable site is and elevates the value of landscapes in the built environment. The SITES v2 Rating System is a set of guidelines and performance-based metrics that align land development and management with innovative sustainable design, covering areas such as soil, vegetation, water, materials and human health and well-being.

During this seminar, attendees will review local applications of SITES strategies with an emphasis on storm water management.

SPEAKER
Ted Spaid, Partner and Founder, SWT Design
Ted is known around the country for his tacit knowledge of park planning, landscape design, horticulture, environmental planning, and landscape maintenance best practices. His vision and talent is infused in his firm’s practice, ever challenging accepted standards and methodologies. Ted was named ASLA Fellow in 2018 and, in 2012, he was awarded the Robert Goetz Award for this contribution to the profession of landscape architecture.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU

WHEN
July 31, 2019
3:00 – 5:00 pm

WHERE
TBA

FEE
$30 for USGBC-MGC Members
$45 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!




LEED Tour: St. Louis Community College Center for Nursing and Health Sciences

Our Annual Green Building Tour will feature St. Louis Community College’s new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences Facility which is seeking LEED certification under the v4 rating system.

Located on the College’s Forest Park campus, this 96,000 square feet building will serve as a state-of-the-art learning center featuring science laboratories and classrooms, dental clinics, and innovative classrooms spaces.  The Center will serve approximately 900 students in nursing and health sciences programs and will be the first new academic building constructed on the Forest Park campus in nearly 20 years.  The design team (KAI) carefully integrated the old with the new, referencing the existing buildings in masonry detail, while incorporating curtainwall, storefront, metal, and technology to tie past to present.  The design capitalizes on surrounding density and diverse uses, water use reduction, optimization of energy performance, and open space, among other items.  The construction focus is on materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

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

WHEN
Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Brief Remarks & Building Tour

WHERE
St. Louis Community College – Forest Park
Center for Nursing and Health Sciences
5600 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

PARKING: Visitors should park on the south asphalt parking lots and walk north toward the building.

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

REGISTER
Click on here to register online.

 




Regional Green Building Challenges and Successes – How Can We Improve?

A panel of design, construction, development and business ownership professionals will discuss national and regional green building progress to date, regional success stories and challenges, as well as opportunities to build momentum.

Audience members will be engaged in actively examining how we can learn from today’s successes and challenges to better guide clients towards pursuing best practices in sustainable design and construction.

PANELISTS
Moderator: Dennis Lower, President & CEO at Cortex Innovation Community
Ralph Bicknese, AIA,LEED Fellow,AP BD+C, Principal, hellmuth + bicknese architects
Paul Todd Merrill, PE LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Engineer and Director of Sustainable Construction, Clayco
Cady Scott Seabaugh, Vice President – Communications & Sustainability, McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.
Athanasia Xeros, Global Sustainability Manager, Cushman & Wakefield

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

WHEN
Tuesday, May 14, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
TBA
St. Louis, MO

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

REGISTER
Click here to register online.




Green Building Slam

Four projects. Ten minutes each. That’s all there is to it: the Green Building Slam.  We’re shaking things up a bit for year’s Showcase. Keep an eye out – more details on the featured projects will be released soon.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

WHEN
Tuesday, June 11, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

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

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

REGISTER
Click here to register online.

This program is supported in part by the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources




Supporting Global Goals Locally through Green Buildings

The United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in 2015 to “promote prosperity while protecting the planet.” The 17 Goals are wide-ranging, challenging humanity to decouple economic growth from climate change, poverty, and inequality.

Green building supports many of the Sustainable Development Goals by reducing waste and contributing to healthier physical environments, but also by educating, creating jobs, reducing inequalities, and strengthening communities. At this in-depth session, learn more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, their relevance to the St. Louis-area green building industry, and how to use them to better communicate and advance partnerships.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Describe the UN Sustainable Development Goals and their relevance to the St. Louis-area green building industry.
  • Understand how green building supports and contributes to the achievement of specific UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Connect specific building functions to UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Apply UN Sustainable Development Goals to your own projects.

SPEAKER
Lacy 2018 headshotLacy Cagle, Director of Learning, Northwest Earth Institute
Lacy Cagle is the Director of Learning for the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) where she oversees the development of course books, EcoChallenge, and educational materials. She also oversees the development of the Drawdown EcoChallenge, a partnership with Paul Hawken’s Project Drawdown. Lacy provides services and training to faculty and staff in higher education throughout North America.

In addition to her work at NWEI, Lacy teaches Foundations and Practice of Sustainability at Washington University. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy with a focus on Leadership in Sustainability Education from Portland State University and a Permaculture Design Certificate. She has been the director at the Zahniser Institute since 2010. Lacy is based in St. Louis and deeply involved in the OneSTL initiative (regional plan for sustainable development), and on the USGBC Missouri Gateway committee for Green Schools.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU

WHEN
May 21, 2019
3:30 – 5:00 pm

WHERE
TBA
St. Louis, MO

FEE
$30 for USGBC-MGC Members
$45 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online.




Life Cycle Assessment Demystified

This session will provide an in-depth look at life cycle assessment (LCA) with a focus on its application to the built environment including the use of LCA to generate environmental product declarations (EPDs) and applications of LCA within LEED.  We’ll start with a quick history of LCA and an overview of the basics, so you don’t have to be well-versed in LCA to benefit from this session.

But we’ll then go beyond the basics to dig into some of the details and realities that affect LCA results. Our intent is that you’ll be able to be a more powerful and informed consumer and user of LCA information in your work on sustainable design and construction. We’ll address questions including:

  • Can you really compare EPDs from different manufacturers? Why or why not?
  • What choices by LCA practitioners affect the results and how?
  • What are different levels of comprehensiveness in “whole-building LCA”, and what do they teach us about what matters most in the environmental footprint of buildings?
  • What are some of the major LCA-related data sources and tools relevant to the built environment, particularly for the US context?

SPEAKER
Gregory A. Norris, PhD

Adjunct Lecturer on Life Cycle Assessment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Chief Scientist, International Living Future Institute

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU
(Seeking approval of LEED Specific BD+C, O+M)

WHEN
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
3:00-5:00 pm
(Note time change. We will begin at 3:00 pm rather than 3:30 pm)

Gregory Norris will also be presenting on ‘Handprints & Footprints’ immediately following to this event, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Click here for details.

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

FEE
$30 for USGBC-MGC Members
$45 for Non-Members

REGISTER
Click here to register online.

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSOR!

Fox Architects




Handprints and Footprints

Visionary Gregory Norris will share his concept of “handprints,” an optimistic philosophy for addressing the challenge of sustainability. The approach aims to engage people not only in reducing their footprints (negative environmental impacts), but also in creating a net-positive impact on the environment through their handprints.

We know what footprints are: measures of the negative environmental impacts.

People and organizations have footprints, and we do because the goods and services that we use every year also have footprints. We can use life cycle methods to help us understand and reduce the footprints of our lives, our organizations, our buildings, and our decisions.

At the end of the day, though, we still have footprints — that is, we’re not able to fully eliminate the fact that we each, individually and collectively, take a toll on the planet every day. What’s more, we each know that even if we COULD get our own individual footprint to zero, this alone would make only a tiny dent in the environmental challenges of this critical moment.  How can we respond?

Fortunately, we also can have handprints: positive impacts outside the scope of our own footprints.

We can help one another in the bigger work of reducing humanity’s total footprint, and bringing us collectively into balance with the ecosystems in which we live.  When our handprints are bigger than our footprints, we’re “net positive” — we give more than we take. We become net healers of the planet.

Handprinting and net positive is within reach for each and every one of us, in all countries; and for all of our organizations too!

This talk with explain handprints, and give you practical ideas for creating handprints at home, at work, and in our communities. We’ll include a look at footprints and handprints of the built environment. 

SPEAKER
Greg-Norris-web (320x229)Gregory A. Norris, PhD

Adjunct Lecturer on Life Cycle Assessment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Chief Scientist, International Living Future Institute

Norris is co-director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for Net-Positive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard School for Public Health, and chief scientist at the International Living Future Institute. His concept of ‘Handprints’ was featured on the front page of Time Magazine in 2012.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

WHEN
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
5:30-6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation 

Gregory Norris will also be presenting an in-depth seminar on ‘Life Cycle Assessment Demystified’ immediately prior to this event, from 3:00-5:00 pm. Click here for more details.

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

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

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

ASSA ABLOY

Fox Architects




Calculating Tree Benefits: Easy as One, Two, Tree

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Missouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and Academy of Science-St. Louis.

Click here to view a list of attendees
Click here to view the presentation

We know trees provide significant ecosystem services on a project, but these benefits are often overlooked. Now, using tools in the iTree suite of software from the USDA Forest Service, planners and designers can easily calculate the air, water, and energy impacts of existing, proposed, and newly planted trees on a project. Additionally, growing scientific research demonstrates the positive impact of trees on public health and well-being.

Using this data, we can show how trees improve key community challenges like air and water quality, crime, residential home values, youth education, and local economies. As the St. Louis region continues to invest in strategic community planning, we can leverage the quantitative and qualitative benefits of trees as a tool to improve environmental conditions and overall well-being of vulnerable communities in low canopy areas – elevating trees from a nicety to a necessity.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Examine the diverse ways community trees can increase economic, environmental, and social benefits.
  • Calculate the value of trees on a project.
  • Incorporate tree benefits into project promotion and community engagement.

SPEAKERS
Meridith Perkins, Senior Urban Forestry Consultant, Davey Resource Group

Meridith manages the Missouri Urban Forestry Consortium for Davey Resource Group. She has spent 20 years helping municipal governments across the country better understand, care for, and benefit from their community trees. Meridith has a forestry degree from the University of Missouri and is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, qualified as a Tree Risk Assessor and Municipal Specialist.

Tom Ebeling, Community Forester, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri
As Community Forester, Tom’s responsibilities include community outreach and education, volunteer coordination, oversight of the Plant MOre Trees app, assisting with forestry programs operation, and teaching forestry related courses. Tom has a Bachelors in Urban Forestry and a Minor in Plant Sciences from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden Ridgway Center (main campus)
4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110

FEE
Free for all attendees!

REGISTER
Click here to register online.

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSOR!

Bowood Farms

The Davey Tree Expert Company

Great Rivers Greenway