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LEED v4 Continuing Education Blitz

Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for a full-day Continuing Education Blitz focused on LEED v4!

LEED users have the option to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until October 31, 2016. Beginning November 1, 2016, all projects must be registered under LEED v4. Attending the March 1st Continuing Education Blitz is a great way to begin preparing for this shift!

LEED v4 raises the bar – as LEED was designed to do with every update, guiding the market towards more environmentally sustainable strategies and decisions, and responding to continuous advances in technology. But this time, the bar is a lot higher. LEED v4 changes the way project teams think, integrate, plan, execute, and operate their buildings.

From new credit categories (Integrated Design and Location and Linkages) to new prerequisites (Construction & Demolition Waste plan, Water Use, and Building Level Energy Metering) to increased performance benchmarks, it will be more difficult to achieve certification using LEEDv4 and it will require more intentional planning and a truly integrated project team.

LEED v4 will have the biggest impact on CO2 emissions of any rating system developed by USGBC and it takes an unprecedented stand on human health. In particular, energy performance minimums have significantly increased. And the materials credits have been completely overhauled with a focus on transparency and life cycle analysis.

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION & PRESENTERS:

  • Integrative Process and Location & Transportation – Thomas Taylor, Vertegy Consultants
  • Sustainable Sites – Dan Hellmuth, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects
  • Water Efficiency – Lindsey Evans, PGAV, Inc.
  • Indoor Environmental Quality – Paul Todd Merrill, Clayco
  • Materials & Resources – Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, MALeco, LLC
  • Energy & Atmosphere – Nick Bristow, Forum Studio

CONTINUING EDUCATION
7 LEED Specific (BD+C, O+M, ID+C) GBCI CE Hours and
7 AIA/CES LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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

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

REGISTER
Click here to register online.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-MGC staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org or 314-577-0225.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Exhibiting Sponsor

Steel Recycling Institute

Sponsorship opportunities are available at the Presenting and Exhibiting levels. Click here to learn more!

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




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 and water consumption, identify investment priorities, and verify improvements over time.

Get hands-on assistance using the free, online ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool at the February 25 Benchmarking Jam! All buildings benefit from benchmarking: businesses, schools, congregations, non-profits and local governments are encouraged to attend.

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.
  • 12 consecutive months of utility bills for all fuel types used in the building.  You will need the number of units of each energy type used, not just the dollar amount of the utility fee. Attendees that register by February 17 can receive assistance collecting this data from Ameren Missouri & Laclede Gas. 
  • Additional required information varies by building type. See the list below.

WHEN
Thursday, February 25, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

WHERE
NOTE NEW LOCATION

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

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

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

All other building types should refer to this list




Tour of Danforth Plant Science Center

Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Opening in early 2016, the new 75,000 sqft building addition focused on providing open, flexible, and collaborative spaces to support growth in research. The expansion will provide space for 100 additional researchers and 10 more research teams. The project is currently seeking certification under LEED BD+C: New Construction (v2009).

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

WHEN
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 N. Warson Road (63132).

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

REGISTRATION
Click here to register online

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org  or (314) 577-0225.




Understanding the WELL Building Standard

Presented in partnership with Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) – St. Louis.

Developed in partnership with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, The WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and wellbeing of the people who live, work, and learn in these buildings.

This session will provide an overview of the seven concepts of the WELL Building Standard, as well as an in-depth look at strategies to address human health through design.  Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of WELL and how our built environment can make a positive impact our health, happiness, and productivity

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Examine the WELL Building Standard as a resource and design tool to improve health issues in the built environment
  • Recognize the seven WELL Concepts and affiliated Features
  • Identify strategies to address human health through design
  • Discuss pathways to WELL Certification or Compliance

SPEAKER

Jessica Rose Cooper, Executive Vice President, Director of Sustainability, Delos Solutions 
Jessica Cooper is a Provisional WELL Accredited Professional (AP). She has been involved with the development of WELL as it applies to live projects since its initial ideation phase and has assumed a management role in the implementation of the first WELL Pilot Projects since the public release of WELL in October 2014. She has led architects, developers, and engineers alike to understand the principles and research behind WELL and successfully build WELL Certified spaces. Her management and insights have influenced and informed the development and implementation of the WELL Building Standard over the past three years.

Jessica graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis.  She currently serves as a committee member on the Living Building Challenge NYC + NJ Collaborative, the IIDA New York Chapter Sustainability Forum, and Urban Green Council’s Membership Committee.  A LEED Accredited Professional since 2008, Jessica maintains her Interior Design and Construction specialty and also holds a certificate in Green Professional Building Skills Training: Construction Management.

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

WHEN
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
8:00-10:00 AM

WHERE
Professional Office Environments
222 Millwell Drive
Maryland Heights, MO, 63043 map

FEE
$30/USGBC-MGC & BOMA Members; $45/Non-members

REGISTRATION
Click here to register online

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org  or (314) 577-0225.

 




Fostering Wellness Through the Built Environment

Presented in partnership with Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) – St. Louis.

Placing health and wellness at the heart of design and construction decisions can have a positive impact on human health, social equity, and return on investment. At this session, learn how to engineer spaces for improved community health and increased real estate value.

Developed in partnership with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, The WELL Building Standard® (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. Join us to learn more about how the built environment can make a positive impact on communities through improving our health, happiness, and productivity.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Discuss current issues related to wellness in the built environment
  • Identify design strategies to promote health and well-being
  • Describe the WELL Building Standard as a tool to support health and well-being in the built environment
  • Explain how WELL compliments existing building standards like LEED

SPEAKER

Jessica Cooper, Executive Director, Project Management, Delos
Jessica Cooper is a Provisional WELL Accredited Professional (AP). She has been involved with the development of WELL as it applies to live projects since its initial ideation phase and has assumed a management role in the implementation of the first WELL Pilot Projects since the public release of WELL in October 2014. She has led architects, developers, and engineers alike to understand the principles and research behind WELL and successfully build WELL Certified spaces. Her management and insights have influenced and informed the development and implementation of the WELL Building Standard over the past three years.

Jessica graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis.  She currently serves as a committee member on the Living Building Challenge NYC + NJ Collaborative, the IIDA New York Chapter Sustainability Forum, and Urban Green Council’s Membership Committee.  A LEED Accredited Professional since 2008, Jessica maintains her Interior Design and Construction specialty and also holds a certificate in Green Professional Building Skills Training: Construction Management.

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA/CES LU

WHEN
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

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

FEE:  Free for USGBC-MGC & BOMA Members as well as Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members

REGISTRATION:  Click here to register online

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org  or (314) 577-0225.




Energy Goals and Integrated Design

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: ASHRAE

The realm of energy conservation, energy targets and high performance, sustainable buildings is presented in a succinct sequence for both architects and engineers. The basis for the presentation is how to implement an integrated design approach that achieves the energy and performance goals of an owner.

Materials presented includes ASHRAE’s Energy Targets for Building Codes, ASHRAE’s Building Energy Quotient program, Building Systems’ Commissioning, successful applications of the design guidance provided in ASHRAE’s Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs) for 30% and 50% savings over Building Code requirements, and how an integrated design approach is the vehicle by which “Net-Zero” energy facilities will be achieved.

True “Net-Zero” applications, both nationally and internationally, will be presented along with the required ‘Technology Pathways’ for achieving Zero Energy and Beyond Buildings.

SPEAKER: Terry E. Townsend, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, President of Townsend Engineering Inc. (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
Terry E. Townsend has served as president, president-elect, treasurer, vice president, and Region VII director and regional chair for ASHRAE. He was the ASHRAE representative to the ASHRAE/U.S. Green Building Council Steering Committee and ASHRAE liaison to both the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and the National Environmental Balancing Bureau. He held all offices in the Tennessee Valley Chapter. He is the recipient of the Exceptional Service Award, the Distinguished Service Award, a Region VII Technology Award, a Regional Award of Merit and a Chapter Report Award.

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

WHEN
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
8:00 – 10:00 am

WHERE
TBD

FEE
$30/USGBC-MGC and ASHRAE St. Louis Members; $45/Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online.

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




Steps Toward Achieving Advanced Energy Performance in Existing Buildings

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: ASHRAE

The Existing Buildings comprise 98% of the building stock globally and are the primary reason that the CBECS Energy Utilization Indices (EUIs) have been steadily increasing since 1999.

This presentation will present a comprehensive step-wise sequence for achieving various levels of increased energy efficiency from an existing building’s current EUI situation to a 15% or 30% improvement, to bringing the building to the level of energy efficiency up to the current 90.1 Standard requirements to an ultimate energy savings target of achieving a 30% increased energy efficiency over 90.1.

Economic scenarios and business-case based examples will be presented for these various energy savings levels as well as detailed explanation of how the technical retro-commissioning process should be used to develop both short-term and long-term strategies in achieving the sought energy savings levels.

 

SPEAKER: Terry E. Townsend, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, President of Townsend Engineering Inc. (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
Terry E. Townsend has served as president-elect, treasurer, vice president, and Region VII director and regional chair for ASHRAE. He was the ASHRAE representative to the ASHRAE/U.S. Green Building Council Steering Committee and ASHRAE liaison to both the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and the National Environmental Balancing Bureau. He held all offices in the Tennessee Valley Chapter. He is the recipient of the Exceptional Service Award, the Distinguished Service Award, a Region VII Technology Award, a Regional Award of Merit and a Chapter Report Award

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

WHEN:
Tuesday, August 9, 2015
5:30-7:30 pm

WHERE:
Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, 2319 Chouteau, Suite 200 (63103)

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

REGISTER: Click here to register online.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org  or (314) 577-0225.




9th Annual Green Schools Event

45 schools are participating in the 2015-16 Green Schools Quest. At each school, Green Teams are hard at work devising and implementing – with the help of a USGBC-MGC Green Mentor – creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their school.

Join us at the 9th Annual Green Schools Event, taking place as our April program, when we’ll announce the winners and celebrate participants of the 2015-16 Green Schools Quest! 

Several winning schools will take the stage to tell the fun and inspiring stories of their experiences. Additionally, attendees will find out how they can participate in the 2016-17 Green Schools Quest, as schools or mentors.

WHEN: April 12, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE: TBD

FEE: Free for all attendees!

REGISTRATION:  Click here to register online

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org  or (314) 577-0225.




Resilient Design LEED Pilot Credits

Click here to view a list of seminar attendees (PDF)

With the advance of climate change and intensification of natural disasters, resiliency is becoming increasingly important to building design and construction. This seminar will examine three new pilot credits outlined below which aim to ensure that design teams incorporates planning and  design for natural hazards and vulnerabilities including functionality of buildings in the event of interruptions in power or heating fuel.

Assessment and Planning for Resilience encourages project leaders to consider and plan for a location specific natural hazards and the long-term effects of climate change.

Design for Enhanced Resilience ensures that the top hazards identified in the first Resilient Design pilot credit are addressed through specific mitigation strategies.

Passive Survivability and Functionality During Emergencies encourages buildings to stay functional—with livable temperatures and access to potable water—during an extended power outage or loss of heating fuel.

SPEAKER: Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, Principal, MALeco, LLC
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Mary Ann leads a consultancy focused on accelerating shifts in design of the built environment to sustainable and resilient outcomes. She is an Adjunct Faculty at Washington University in St. Louis and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Resilient Design Institute.
Mary Ann’s devotion to sustainability has extended outside her professional work through her role as an author, lecturer, community advocate and volunteer at the local and national level. Mary Ann served as Program Commitee Chair for Greenbuild, the USGBC International annual conference for 5 years. During that time, she also helped lead the USGBC response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that resulted in the publication of The New Orleans Principles. Mary Ann currently serves on the USGBC-MGC Board of Directors.

CONTINUING EDUCATION:
2 LEED Specific (BD+C) GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA/CES LU

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
3:00 – 5:00 pm

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

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

REGISTERClick here to register online.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org  or (314) 577-0225.




The Green Rehab Experiment: Testing Sustainable Redevelopment Strategies

This seminar will explore Washington University’s innovative Green Rehab Experiment. This multi-disciplinary applied research project aims to chart a path towards net-zero energy performance for 100-year-old, multi-family buildings within market constraints, while transforming the interiors to meet contemporary housing demands. Outcomes are measured through the comparison of control (standard specification) and experimental (high-performance) buildings with the goal of improving building and occupant performance.

DNK_Green Rehab Experiment_WU Quadrangle_745_749 Westgate_01The project engaged interdisciplinary groups of students, faculty, researchers and allied professionals to  renovate Quadrangle Housing apartment buildings into comfortable, low-carbon student housing.

Presenters Koster and Valko will explain the sustainable design strategies implemented, the procedures and tools used for monitoring, findings based upon the data that was collected, and policy implications for multi-family net zero energy building.

Donald N. Koster III, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Senior Lecturer, Washington University in St. Louis
Donald is a practicing architect and educator. As a senior lecturer, he teaches undergraduate and graduate design studios and seminars on sustainable, community-based design and development and architectural representation. Donald has received numerous honors for both academic and professional work, including the AIA School Medal and multiple AIA Awards in Architecture. He has been awarded public service and collaborative community health grants in support of his community-based teaching and research. Dedicated to the education of designers committed to work in both the public and private realms, his practice-based teaching and research has included leading the student design of a sustainable community marketplace and urban agriculture project in The Ville neighborhood of St. Louis in collaboration with the St. Louis chapter of the American Institute of Architects, adaptive reuse proposals on the St. Louis Riverfront, and environmentally responsible, affordable housing projects in north St. Louis and The City of University City.

Phil Valko, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sustainability, Washington University in St. Louis
Phil works with senior administrators, faculty, staff, and students to incorporate and implement sustainable practices into the university’s strategic planning, operations, and resource management. In the last few years, Phil and the team of campus collaborators have significantly expanded Washington University’s sustainability efforts. The university is now home to 21 LEED certified projects, including two major LEED Platinum projects. To-date, Phil has led the development of 550 kilowatts of solar PV on university-owned property. He spearheaded the creation of an updated Strategic Plan for Sustainable Operations scheduled to be released in February 2016. Phil has also collaborated on a number of regional and state sustainability efforts, including: the 2012 Sustainable Land Lab competition hosted in partnership with the City of St. Louis, the steering committee appointed by Governor Nixon to develop a comprehensive energy plan for Missouri, and the Sustainable Energy Future conference planned for April 2016.

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

WHEN
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
3:00 – 5:00 pm

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

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.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org  or (314) 577-0225.