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Green Dining Alliance Benchmarking Jam

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the Green Dining Alliance present a Benchmarking Jam for restaurants, food sales, and food service buildings.

Join us to gain an understanding of how the amount energy your bar or restaurant uses compares to similar buildings, learn about common ways to save energy and money, and explore available financial incentives.

Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Understanding Energy Use in Restaurants: Explore common energy savings measures for restaurants and food service operations and available financial incentives for energy efficiency improvements.
  • Benchmarking Basics: Learn how to use the free, online benchmarking tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, including answers to common questions
  • Hands-On Help Session: Get hands-on assistance using the free, online ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.

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.
  • Gross Floor Area (square feet)
  • Energy Use Data
    • Attendees will need at least 12 consecutive months of utility bills for all fuel types used in the building. Bring 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 website, and requested from Laclede Gas‘s customer service team.
    • Water and Waste can also be tracked in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Interested building owners should collect 12 months of water usage and cost data and 12 months of waste production (volume or weight of waste in all waste streams) and cost data.
  • Property Use Details: Additional required information varies by building type. See the list below.

REGISTER: Click here to register online


Property Use Details needed for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

For more details or for property use details needed for other building types, refer to this list.

Restaurant, Bar/Nightclub, Fast Food Restaurant:

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

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)

Multifamily

  • Total Number of Residential Living Units
  • Number of Residential Living Units in a Low-rise Setting (1-4 stories)
  • Number of Residential Living Units in a Mid-rise Setting (5-9 stories)
  • Number of Residential Living Units in a High-rise Setting (10 or more stories)
  • Number of Bedrooms

For more details or for property use details needed for other building types, refer to this list.

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




Benchmarking Jam

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Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the St. Louis Green Business Challenge for a 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, water, and waste consumption, identify investment priorities, and verify improvements over time. All buildings benefit from benchmarking: businesses, institutions, schools, congregations, non-profits and governments are encouraged to attend.

Following an overview of the basics of benchmarking, volunteers will assist building representatives to enter their data into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and review the results.

Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Why Benchmark? An overview of the benefits of benchmarking, the 25×20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign, and the City of St. Louis’s Building Energy Awareness Ordinance.
  • Benchmarking Basics: Learn how to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, including answers to common questions
  • Hands-On Help Session: Get hands-on assistance using the free, online ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.

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.
  • Gross Floor Area (square feet)
  • Energy Use Data
    • Attendees will need at least 12 consecutive months of utility bills for all fuel types used in the building. Bring 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 website and requested from the Laclede Gas customer service team.
  • Property Use Details: Additional required information varies by building type. See the list below.
  • Portfolio Manager Account: Attendees should create a Portfolio Manager account online here prior to the event.

WHEN
Tuesday, June 27, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

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

Due to construction, google maps and GPS may not be accurate. Please refer to the map and directions in this pdf when planning your trip.

Please Note:

  • You will park and enter on the west side of CBEC, closest to Kingshighway Blvd.
  • Shaw Blvd. is currently closed in both directions as indicated by the orange stripes in the map below, making the main entrance to the west parking lot inaccessible.
  • Visitors should enter into the CBEC east parking lot (closest to Vandeventer), then take the one-lane access drive on the north side of the building to the west parking lot.
  • This pdf includes detailed directions.

CBEC Map 6.22.17

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

Full details are available online here.

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

For more details or for property use details needed for other building types, refer to this list.




New Member Welcome Social

An exclusive event for members who have joined the Chapter within the last six months!

The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter invites new members to come socialize and get acquainted! Chapter officers, past and present, will discuss the chapter’s history, highlight member benefits & opportunities, and answer questions.

Join us at Green Dining Alliance Certified Ferguson Brewing Company to learn how your USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership can help you build connections, build your knowledge and build your community!

What: USGBC-Missouri Gateway New Member Welcome Social

When: Wednesday, May 24, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Where: Ferguson Brewing Company, 418 S. Florissant Rd, Ferguson MO 63135 (map)

RSVP: Click there to register online

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




Sustainability in Construction Administration

Presented in partnership with Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) – Greater St. Louis.

Click here to view a list of attendees (PDF)

Join USGBC-MGC and CSI Greater St. Louis for a lunchtime program on sustainability in construction administration! The presentation will kick off with a discussion on creating construction administration documentation that incorporates both sustainability and LEED requirements as well as successful document submission. Attendees will then examine best practices for educating the construction team, site procedure impact, and record keeping from a contractor’s perspective. Presenters will  use the LEED Gold Washington University Olin Business School expansion as a reference point throughout the presentation. The expansion was completed in spring 2014 under an aggressive 20-month schedule for which Tarlton served as construction manager and William Tao & Associates as mechanical engineer.

PRESENTERS
Lisa Sombart, President & CEO, William Tao & Associates, Inc.
Sondra Rotty, Senior Project Manager, Tarlton Corporation

CONTINUING EDUCATION
1.5 LEED Specific (BD+C) GBCI CE Hours and 1.5 AIA LU/CES

WHEN
April 19, 2017
11:00am-1:00pm

Lunch included from 11-11:30, presentation  from 11:30-1:00.

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

FEE
$30 for USGBC-MGC Members
$30 for NAWIC Members 
$45 for Non-members
Free for CSI members
***Lunch included***

REGISTER
USGBC-MGC Members and Non-Members, click here to register online.

CSI Members, click here to register.

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSOR!

KONE Inc.




WELL AP Exam Prep

Designed to prepare individuals for the WELL AP exam, this course will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the WELL Building Standard (WELL), including the seven concepts that provide the framework for the building standard: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind.Developed in partnership with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, 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.

The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential signifies knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialization in the WELL Building Standard. To become a WELL AP, candidates must pass the WELL AP exam.

INSTRUCTOR
Monica Miller, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, Sustainable Design Manager, ThyssenKrupp Elevator

monica-34-b-2-bwMonica Miller is ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s Sustainable Design Manager and serves ThyssenKrupp as a resource for all LEED project requests for information. Monica is also a licensed landscape architect. Her previous experience as a project manager for design and construction projects both internationally and in the United States, allows her to fully understand the construction and design process. She has participated on LEED project teams and led ThyssenKrupp’s manufacturing facility to achieve LEED Gold in 2015. Monica is also a Living Building Challenge Ambassador advocating for the growth of the Living Building Challenge.

Other projects Monica is working on include: developing Health Product Declarations, a Declare label for Living Building Challenge projects, and working with manufacturing to continually develop healthy materials. As well as facilitating LEED Gold certification for ThyssenKrupp’s almost 700,000 square feet manufacturing facility, in Middleton, TN. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION
7 GBCI CE Hours
7 AIA CES LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm 

WHERE
Professional Office Environments (POE)
222 Millwell Drive
Maryland Heights, MO, 6304

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

REQUIRED TEXT
Building Green’s WELL AP Exam Study Guide and Practice Exams, available for purchase here. Please email hope.gribble@mobot.org with any questions.

REGISTER
Click here to register online!




LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course – Winter 2017

Distinguish yourself with a LEED Green Associate credential!

Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and it is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional.

The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s  LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam.

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to USGBC and LEED
  • LEED v4 Core Concepts
  • Location and Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation and Regional Priority
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Practice Exam

Participants will receive access to an online exam simulator to assist with continued exam preparation at the conclusion of the course. 

WHEN
Friday, December 8, 2017
9:00am-5:00pm
Please arrive and check in between 8:45 – 9:00am

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.

FEE
$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members
$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbooks costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS
1) Green Building and LEED Core Concepts 3rd Edition, USGBC, which may be purchased on the USGBC Publications page of the USGBC website.
2) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined within 

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

PLEASE NOTE This course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED Green Associate exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks.  Registering and taking the LEED Green Associate exam, and any associated costs, are not included in this course.

This course prepares participants for the Green Associate credentialing exam as well as the first part of the LEED AP Specialty credential. The Specialty exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225. 

This program is supported in part by the

St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District

and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources




LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course – Summer 2017

Distinguish yourself with a LEED Green Associate credential!

Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and it is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional.

The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam.

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to USGBC and LEED
  • LEED v4 Core Concepts
  • Location and Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation and Regional Priority
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Practice Exam

Participants will receive access to an online exam simulator to assist with continued exam preparation at the conclusion of the course. 

WHEN
Friday, August 25, 2017
9:00am-5:00pm
Please arrive and check in between 8:45 – 9:00am

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.

FEE
$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members
$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbooks costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS
1) Green Building and LEED Core Concepts 3rd Edition, USGBC, which may be purchased on the USGBC Publications page of the USGBC website.
2) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined within 

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

PLEASE NOTE This course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED Green Associate exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks.  Registering and taking the LEED Green Associate exam, and any associated costs, are not included in this course.

This course prepares participants for the Green Associate credentialing exam as well as the first part of the LEED AP Specialty credential. The Specialty exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

This program is supported in part by the

St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District

and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources




Building Optimization: From Tactical to Strategic, From Sporadic to Continuous

Owners often take a project-by-project approach to optimizing the performance of the buildings. This session will share how some Owners have taken a more proactive approach, one that is based on an overall energy strategy that becomes a continuous process for optimizing the performance of their buildings. The results are maximum savings, optimum comfort and health, and minimized carbon emissions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the components and design of an energy strategy that continuously optimizes building performance
  • Discuss the implementation, maintenance, and measurement of a continuous building optimization strategy.
  • Examine  case studies of buildings that have implemented continuous building optimization strategies

SPEAKERS
Erik Merker, Director of Energy Services at Sitton Energy Solutions
James Dice, Director of Energy Analytics at Sitton Energy Solutions

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

WHEN
Thursday, October 26, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 pm 

WHERE
TBA 

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

REGISTER
Click here to register online!




Measuring Landscape Performance: Practical Steps & Resources to Conduct Performance Evaluations

In partnership with Missouri Botanical Garden
and BiodiverseCity St. Louis

Drawing on six years of success, challenges, and lessons from the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Landscape Performance Series and Case Study Investigation (CSI) program, this session presents a primer on evaluating the environmental, social, and economic performance of landscape projects. Learn about methods, tools, and key success factors to identify and quantify performance benefits, including how to choose the right metrics. The session also covers what designers need to consider, collect information on, and archive starting from day one to be able to measure landscape performance. Learn about practical steps and resources to start conducting your own performance evaluations.

Learning Objectives

  • Know what to consider, collect, and archive starting from day one to be able to measure landscape performance
  • Learn how to choose appropriate metrics to assess the impact of landscape projects
  • Become familiar with commonly-used methods and accessible resources to quantify benefits
  • Learn methods for integrating performance-based planning and measurement into your design and development process

SPEAKER
Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director, Landscape Architecture Foundation 

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

WHEN
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
8:00 – 10:00 am 

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Park and enter on the WEST side of the building. 

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

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSOR!

Anova




The Green($) Behind Going Green

The benefits of green building extend beyond energy efficiency and increased occupant comfort. This seminar will examine tax incentives of green building in both a commercial and residential context.

Understand the current landscape of tax incentives for green building and why these tax incentives exist. Explore the eligibility requirements, the process of claiming benefits, and important factors for designers, builders, and owners to consider before pursuing benefits.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify why tax incentives are in place
  • Examine what types of projects are eligible
  • Discuss how to claim available incentives
  • Determine how to calculate incentives

SPEAKER
Teri Samples
, Partner and Director of Real Estate Services, Mueller Prost CPAs + Business Advisors

Teri is the Director of Real Estate Services at Mueller Prost. Since joining the firm in 1994, she has held several leadership roles, including Tax Committee Chairperson. Over the last 20 years, she has built a solid reputation as a trusted advisor and consultant to leaders in the Real Estate and Homebuilding industries in the Midwest.

Teri has extensive knowledge regarding federal agency energy incentives including tax deductions and credits. She leads a team that includes Mueller Prost’s energy proposal partner as well as in-house engineers and tax experts, all working together to qualify both individual and company clients for grants and incentives. Teri’s experience with tax incentives for energy efficiency improvements to commercial buildings and determining if ASHRAE standards are met has distinguished her as a sought-after speaker and consultant in the field. 

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

WHEN
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 pm 

WHERE
Lighting Associates, Inc.
3216 S. Brentwood Blvd
Webster Groves, MO 63119 

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

REGISTER
Click here to register online!