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Benchmarking Case Study: Clayco

Posted: September 1st, 2016

08 28 2016_Clayco 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 Clayco, now featured in a benchmarking case study.

PROJECT BACKGROUND
Clayco has been using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to benchmark their St. Louis office since 2007. Using this tool gave them a baseline, as well as the motivation to raise their score. As a result of energy saving strategies and building improvements that they have implemented since 2007, their ENERGY STAR score has more than doubled. Clayco has already met their goal to reduce their energy use 25% by the year 2020!

STRATEGIES AND RESULTS
Four years ago, Clayco implemented on-going commissioning of the building, and has more recently started monitoring-based commissioning (Both of these commissioning strategies are new paths for enhanced commissioning in LEED v4). Through monitoring-based commissioning, they were able to realize energy savings with improvements to their economizer and morning warm up controls. They achieved even greater energy savings by updating their 1994 HVAC building management system programming with the latest 2016 energy savings controls, without any added cost.

Since taking the 25×20 Energy Benchmarking Pledge, they have seen months with as much as a 40% energy savings from their 2013 baseline. This amazing reduction in energy usage has helped Clayco reach their 25×20 goal several years ahead of schedule. They will also be close to ENERGY STAR Certification by the end of the year.

As well as energy savings, there have also been improvements to the interior environment including: greater amounts of outdoor air, faster regulation of temperature to within the thermal comfort zone, improved acoustic quality, and more responsive thermostat control. Through monitoring-based commissioning, potential issues have been resolved before they become an occupant issue. Clayco has been implementing changes based on user feedback, and has enough feedback to conclude that user comfort has increased along with the energy savings.

ABOUT CLAYCO
Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm, which was founded in 1984. Clayco has over 1,645 employees, offices in Chicago and St. Louis, and projects across the country.

You can view the full case study online here. Visit the 25×20 page of our website to see a full list of participants, browse other benchmarking case studies or take the 25×20 pledge! Contact Chapter staff at usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org to be featured in a benchmarking case study.

 




USGBC’s Annual School District Scholarship Applications Open Through August 19

Posted: August 9th, 2016

USGBC’s Center for Green Schools has opened the call for applicants for the 2016-2017 School District Scholarship.

The annual School District Scholarship provides support to a school district staff member who is currently undertaking sustainability work across the district’s schools. These staff receive targeted education and technical support from the Center and its partners for the entire school year, including

  • Travel, lodging and attendance at the Green Schools Conference and the pre-conference summit for School Sustainability Leaders.
  • Travel, lodging and attendance at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.
  • $3,000 grant to assist in implementing a high-impact sustainability project.
  • Ongoing training through personal and small group coaching.
  • Limited complimentary year-long access to several school resources from USGBC, including Learning Lab, the Green Classroom Professional Certificate, and LEED Coach for school projects.

Applications are due August 19th. Click here to learn more and apply!

 




Nominations Open for 2017 Board Members!

Posted: July 25th, 2016

USGBC-Missouri Gateway currently has two (2) Director seats and three (3) Advisor seats open for our board of directors. We are seeking nominations for the 2 Director seats. All terms begin in 2017. Nominations are due by 5 pm Central Time on Friday, August 19, 2016. 

In 2015, we shifted our board nomination and election process, and no longer hold elections. Nominations are still accepted from the membership. The Governance Committee collects nominations and ensures eligibility of nominees. The committee then consults a matrix of leadership needs to determine a slate to present to the board for approval. The committee expects to present a slate to the board for discussion at the September 2016 board meeting.

Self nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominees must be a member in good standing with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and must currently serve or have previously served on a Chapter committee or as a Chapter volunteer. The online nomination form, can be found here.

For more information, please see:




EPA & AIA partner to offer CEUs for pro-bono ENERGY STAR verification

Posted: July 21st, 2016

The American Institute of Architects and EPA have partnered to allow architects that verify an ENERGY STAR application pro-bono to earn up to 8 annual Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) continuing education units.

Earn AIA CEUs while supporting a congregation, school, non-profit or government building!

Registered architects who attend a no-cost ENERGY STAR training webinar will earn one CEU. Those who validate, pro bono, one or more building applications for ENERGY STAR certification will receive seven HSW CEUs, for a total of 8 CEUs annually.

To earn CEUs from AIA, registered architects must:

  1. Sign up to attend one of the free one-hour training sessions on how to verify applications for ENERGY STAR certification.
  2. Pass a short EPA administered quiz to demonstrate knowledge of EPA expectations. Quiz will be accessible at the end of the training session.
  3. Be matched with a building that requests pro-bono verification. Contact Johanna Schweiss to be connected with a building in the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter territory.
  4. Verify your client building’s utility bills, operational details, and indoor environmental conditions. Affix your professional stamp to the ENERGY STAR application.
  5. Submit the signed verification letter to EPA. Once your client has submitted the completed ENERGY STAR application, you will receive continuing education credit(s) from AIA.

More details about this partnership between ENERGY STAR and AIA is available on the ENERGY STAR website.

Earn GBCI CE Hours too!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter volunteers may self report 1 GBCI CE hour for each hour served performing application verification. CE Hours are in the Volunteering category, which may account for up to 50% of total hours required by LEED Green Associate or LEED AP.

Interested? Be in touch!

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter will be connecting interested volunteers and building representatives to verify ENERGY STAR applications. Email Johanna Schweiss if you’d like to volunteer.

If you represent a non-profit, school, congregational, or government building and are interested in pursuing ENERGY STAR certification, we’re here to help! Email Johanna Schweiss to get started.




LEED Project Profile: Lofts of Washington University

Posted: July 6th, 2016

WU LoftThe Lofts of Washington University is the latest LEED project to be featured in a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter LEED Project Profile!

The project, located in University City’s Delmar Loop, earned 84 points and received Platinum certification in LEED New Construction BD+C v2009 in December 2014. In addition to providing much-needed student housing for 414 students, the four buildings encompassing the project are a seamless part of the Loop’s busy streetscape. The building houses a 24-hour diner and a grocery store.

Many energy and water saving features were incorporated into the project,  along with the careful attention paid walkability and access to transit. Congrats to Washington University in St. Louis on their first LEED Platinum Project! Learn more by reading the full project profile.




Call for Proposals: 2017 Educational Programs

Posted: June 30th, 2016

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 2017.

USGBC-MGC strives to offer a diverse selection of educational programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices and to expand the opportunities for LEED Professionals to gain continuing education hours.

We are particularly seeking in-depth workshops – extended consideration of topics to build upon green building professionals’ existing knowledge.

Timeline
Call for Proposals Issued July 1, 2016.
Proposals due by Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST.
Selected Speakers notified by November 30, 2016.

Preferred topics include:

  • Buildings & Human Health
  • Innovations in Green Building Technology
  • Restorative & Regenerative Buildings
  • Building Performance: Benchmarking & Ongoing Operational Performance
  • Owner & Occupant Experiences with Green Buildings
  • Community & Cultural Context
  • LEED v4
  • WELL, SITES, PEER, Edge, GRESB, Parksmart
  • Water
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Transportation
  • Utility Infrastructure
  • Costs & Benefits

Think outside of the box, and support USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s efforts to offer a diverse selection of programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices!

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO USGBC-MGC!




New Partners for Smart Growth Seeks Session Proposal – due June 30

Posted: June 15th, 2016

The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event will be in St. Louis next year and they are seeking YOUR expertises for sessions. The conference will be February 2 – 4, 2017 at the Marriott St. Louis Hotel. The theme for the 2017 conference is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” with an emphasis on implementation tools and strategies, and new technologies that will help communities now. 1200 smart growth leaders from across the country attend this conference.

Session proposal are due June 30, 2017. Thematic categories can include:

  • Communications and Engagement
  • Community Resiliency & Energy Independence
  • Equitable Development and Environmental Justice
  • Financing, Real Estate and Development
  • Health
  • Implementing Smart Growth
  • Land Preservation
  • The New Economy, Market Trends and Demographics
  • Partnerships for Success
  • Planning Tools and Technologies
  • Redevelopment
  • Small Cities and Rural Areas
  • Transportation, TOD, and Streets
  • Water and Coastal Areas

Learn more at www.newpartners.org




5th Annual Photo Contest Deadline Extended!

Posted: June 15th, 2016

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USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Marketing Committee is pleased to announce our fifth annual photo contest!

We are seeking photos that will help us celebrate our theme of “Green Buildings Are Better . . . for Living, Learning, Working, and Playing.”

The contest is open to all residents of the Missouri Gateway Chapter territory (see territory map). The contest deadline has been extended until September 15!  Winners will be announced on October 18 at our monthly program.

For more information, check out the Photo Contest Rules or the Photo Contest website at www.usgbc-mogateway.org/photo-contest-2016/

 




Phil Valko describes “An Architectural Twin Study,” which he co-led, in Archinect

Posted: May 26th, 2016

WashingtPhil Valko photo_3on University’s Phil Valko, assistant vice chancellor for sustainability, and Don Koster, senior lecturer in architecture, have led an innovative multi-disciplinary applied research project called the Green Rehab Experiment. The project centered on the renovation and subsequent energy monitoring of two university-owned, 100-year-old apartment buildings. In the article, Valko discusses the goal of charting a path towards net-zero energy performance within market constraints, which meant finding low-cost technologies.

Read the article “An Architectural Twin Study” here, and learn more about Phil in his Chapter Member Profile.

Explore the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter online directory to learn about other Chapter members!

Visit the Green Building Experts page to learn more about members who have been recognized for their green building advocacy, promotion, and expertise.




Support the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter on Give StL Day, May 3!

Posted: April 21st, 2016

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter works to transform the built environment, because Green Buildings Are Better! Below, Education Committee member Annie Smith, Green Schools Committee member Katie Belisle-Iffrig, and USGBC-MGC Board Members Linda Goldstein and Richard Schuessler share the reasons they believe Green Buildings Are Better. They’re better because they conserve limited natural resources, better because they protect human health and wellness, better because they are key to healthy and vibrant communities.

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The knowledge that green buildings are better drives the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter in all that we do! We are much more than a member group or a professional organization. Along with providing valuable education and networking opportunities, we provide a wide range of community projects, like our Green Schools Quest and our work to provide faith-based communities and nonprofits with access to green building expertise and resources.

On May 3rd, the St. Louis Community Foundation is once again joining hundreds of community foundations across the country for the biggest day of giving in history. This year, consider supporting the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.

Make a donation to support our important work of providing everyone with access to green buildings and green communities, make a donation in honor of our 15 year anniversary, or make a donation simply because Green Buildings Are Better! 

Donate on May 3rd Here

Can’t wait until May 3rd? Click here to donate now.