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Response to St. Louis Business Journal: LEED Gets It Right

Emily 1Nick Bristow-headshotEmily Andrews, Executive Director of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, and Nick Bristow, Senior Associate and Sustainability Manager at Forum Studio and Board Chair of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, responded to the St. Louis Business Journal’s August 18 cover story on the LEED green building rating system in a commentary piece titled LEED gets it right. Read on for their full response. 

 

The Aug. 18 cover story on the LEED green building rating system missed the bigger picture. Green building rates in the St. Louis region may not measure up to the top five LEED national markets, but as your article points out, we are keeping pace with and even outpacing cities of similar size and demographics. By looking at just a single year of data, however, you are discrediting previous years of successful LEED projects in our region. More importantly, you missed the opportunity to recognize the local architects, engineers, contractors, consultants, owners and occupants who have championed buildings that conserve natural resources and support the health of humans and the planet. The St. Louis region has seen a consistent number of LEED certified projects annually between 2011 and 2016, even as the rating system has become more rigorous. Since 2000, 190 commercial and institutional buildings have achieved LEED certification. Our mission is to accelerate the implementation of green building principles for all. While every building cannot be a LEED building, these 190 buildings have provided a real-life, local case study and framework for our community to follow. And really, when it comes down to it, we are not out to compete with other cities, but to work within our own community to improve our buildings.

 

LEED continues to be the international benchmark in green building, designed to incorporate continuous improvement, evolve and raise the bar as building technology improves. According to a 2017 Department of Energy study, LEED- and Energy Star-certified buildings improve net operating income by 28.8 percent and reduce operating costs by 17.6 percent. We cannot be content to merely track levels of certification or the numbers of certified buildings – we want better, higher performing buildings.

 

The average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors – at work, at home and at school. Additionally, buildings in the United States consume about 40 percent of the country’s total energy consumption and represent 45 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. We all deserve better buildings. Tools like LEED, Energy Star and others are available to help us work towards better buildings – we should utilize them to improve the long-term health of St. Louisans, our region and the planet on which we reside.

U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter considers the benefits of green buildings to far outweigh any costs. We also believe in a future where everyone has access to work, live and learn in a green building. We invite our region to be a part of this future. And we challenge each of you to pursue greener operations, maintenance, design and construction for every building in our region every step of the way.




LEED Project Profile: Lofts of Washington University

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.




LEED Project Profile: McDonnell Hall & Brauer Hall

MICDS - Project Profile - final_Page_1Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School’s LEED Platinum McDonnell Hall & Brauer Hall is the latest LEED project to be featured in a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter LEED Project Profile.

The project earned 84 points and received Platinum certification in LEED for Schools v2009 in May of 2015. The new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) educational facility serves as a teaching tool and is filled with design elements featuring concepts taught in the curriculum. The design of the new facility was created for improved energy and water efficiency, and includes a rainwater harvesting system, a solar thermal system, a rooftop photovoltaic array, a high-efficiency HVAC system, and more! And over 90% of the building demolition and construction debris was donated or recycled.

Learn more about the building’s sustainable strategies, the project team, and MICDS in the project profile. Visit our Local LEED Projects page to learn more about LEED buildings in our Chapter territory, or browse all of the project profiles below.

McDonnell Hall & Brauer Hall hosted the 2014 Green Schools Event. Be sure to join us on April 12 to celebrate green schools at the 2016 Green Schools Event!

 




LEED Project Profile – @4240

@4240 Project Profile final_Page_1LEED Platinum @4240 in St. Louis’s Cortex Innovation Community is the latest LEED project to be featured in a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter LEED Project Profile.

With 85 total points, the project earned Platinum in LEED Core & Shell v2009. Energy Efficiency measures incorporated into the project are projected to result in a 42.5% energy savings compared to a typical lab/office facility. Additional sustainable design features include the development of activity-based green space, Low Impact Development techniques to manage water runoff, native plantings, and creative reuse of original building elements. Learn more about the building’s sustainable strategies, the project team, and @4240 in the project profile, or visit our Local LEED Projects page to learn more about LEED buildings in our Chapter territory.




LEED Project Profile – SIUE Art & Design Building Expansion

SIUE Art and Design WestSouthern Illinois University’s Art & Design Building Expansion is the latest LEED project to be featured in a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter LEED Project Profile.

The project earned 63 total points, earning Gold in LEED for New Construction and exceeding the University’s goal of earning LEED Silver. Learn more about the building’s sustainable strategies, the project team, and SIUE in the profile here, or visit our Local LEED Projects page explore more LEED profiles!




Green Buildings & Green Sites – March 15

Join the Engineers Club of St. Louis and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Speakers Bureau Volunteers for

Growing Green Buildings & Sites

A half-day how to improve building and site performance, featuring Marc Lopata, Paul Todd Merrill and Lois Sechrist from the USGBC-MO Gateway Speakers Bureau; Jason Peterein from MSD and Steven Ibendahl from the Heartlands Conservancy.

WHEN: Friday, March 15, 7 am – noon

WHERE: The Engineering Center at 4359 Lindell Blvd. (63108)

COST: $50 for Engineers Club or USGBC members; $75 for non-members.

RSVP: Contact Kurt Krispin at kurt.krispin@engineersclub.net Or call 314.533.9333

For more information, download the event flyer.




Crossroads College Prep Pursues LEED Platinum

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend an open house at Crossroads College Prep’s new Science Wing. I’ll tell you what, those kids are lucky to attend school in such a lovely space. Skylights and tall windows grace the addition – I’m pretty sure these students may even enjoy going to school!

I was lucky enough to attend both grade school and high school in buildings with significant daylighting and views to the outside since old and historic buildings often provide both. My classrooms, however, were so hot in January that we had to crack the windows. Probably not the most energy efficient solution! And indoor air quality and green cleaning products were not on too many radar screens.

Signage in the lobby of Crossroad's new science wing explaining LEED.

Signage in the lobby of Crossroads

Since students were involved in the planning of the new space, it includes a lot of great “hanging out” space. The new Library features lots of comfy seating as well as tall windows that reduce glare and have high insulating value. The labs are not only state of the art, roomy and open, but also feature solar hot water heating. And the garden outside does double duty – it looks beautiful, featuring plants native to Missouri and helps reduce stormwater run off.

The open house featured remarks from school officials, parents and students and it is quite clear from the remarks and from the conversations at the open house that everyone is very proud of the new space!

Learn more about Crossroads College Prep’s green efforts. And get a peek of the space for yourself at our No Cost Ways to Green Your Schools program on October 28!

– Submitted by Emily Andrews, USGBC-STL Executive Director




New LEED certified projects in St. Louis!

USGBC-STL recently awarded a LEED plaque to Enterprise Holdings for their LEED Certified Contact Center (see photo below). Accepting the plaque on behalf Enterprise Holdings were Cindy Oberkirsch, General Contact Center Manager and Ken Kreh, Vice President. As you can see from the photo a number of the project team members also joined us.

Pictured from left to right: L-R  Gary Adelman, Haworth; Randy McLaren, Landco Construction; Daniel Raftery, Enterprise Holdings; Cindy Oberkirsch, Enterprise Holdings; Emily Andrews, USGBC-STL; Michael Ratliff, Arcturis; Ken Kreh, Enterprise Holdings; Brian Waite, Arcturis; Paul Braundmeier, William Tao and Associates; Christine Ramsdell, Enterprise Holdings

Pictured from left to right: L-R Gary Adelman, Haworth; Randy McLaren, Landco Construction; Daniel Raftery, Enterprise Holdings; Cindy Oberkirsch, Enterprise Holdings; Emily Andrews, USGBC-STL; Michael Ratliff, Arcturis; Ken Kreh, Enterprise Holdings; Brian Waite, Arcturis; Paul Braundmeier, William Tao and Associates; Christine Ramsdell, Enterprise Holdings

This is when I take great pleasure from my job as the Chapter Executive Director. After months and months (and sometimes years) of working on a project, the reward of official recognition from the USGBC with a LEED plaque and certificate bring smiles to most faces. The Chapter is always honored and excited to be involved in LEED plaque presentations!

Congratulations to Enterprise Holdings for the LEED certification of their second building! The 66,000 square foot building houses Enterprise’s St. Louis Contact Center, which processes reservations and roadside assistance calls from customers. Among other green features, the building has water-efficient faucets, low-flush toilets and HVAC systems that minimize energy consumption. Employee health and wellness was important to the project. White noise eliminates excess noise and makes taking calls easier; a walking track around the perimeter of the building encourages physical activity and indoor air quality is monitored.

Other projects that recently achieved LEED certification include:

Cannon Design Powerhouse – GOLD. Check out Cannon Design’s new headquarters on our annual LEED Building Tour on September 9.

Commerce Bank O’Fallon Branch – CERTIFIED. Commerce Bank participated in USGBC’S LEED for New Construction Retail Pilot, an exciting effort to provide real market feedback on how to apply LEED to retail spaces. The O’Fallon, MO branch features clerestory windows to help reduce or eliminate electrical lighting during the day; energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems; ENERGY STAR appliances; an ENERGY STAR white roof coating to reduce heat gain in the building and Forest Stewardship Council wood products in built-in wood cabinetry, wood paneling and trim work

Midwest Testing – SILVER. Midwest Testing, located next door to Alberici’s LEED Platinum Headquarters, is a two-story, 25,000-square-foot facility with 14,000 square feet of office space and 11,000 square feet of lab and support facilities. The building features mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems designed to reduce energy costs by 30%; a reflective white roof; a 5,000 gallon cistern to collect rainwater and significantly offset potable water used for landscaping; and a crushed concrete aggregate pavement for the storage yard that not only includes recycled content, but will also reduce the heat island effect and reduce stormwater runoff by being permeable.

Gateway Commercial – 8610 Page – GOLD (Core & Shell)

Washington University – Seigle Hall – CERTIFIED

The Chapter is currently collecting information and statistics on all the LEED certified projects in the St. Louis area in order to post project profiles for each project. Additionally, the LEED page of the website will soon feature a map of all LEED certified projects in the St. Louis area!

– Submitted by Emily Andrews, USGBC-STL Executive Director