Archive for July, 2009

Program Partner Orientation for AmerenUE Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program

Thursday, August 6, 9:00 am

Lockheed Martin office
1000 Clark Avenue * St. Louis, MO 63102
Third Floor Conference Room

Orientation sessions will provide an overview of the AmerenUE’s Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program, including program requirements, incentives, and the Program Partner’s roles and responsibilities. Program Partners can be contractors or consultants working in energy-related fields such as electricians and other building trades like lighting and equipment distributors, energy auditors/raters, engineering firms, and HVAC contractors.

Fee: Free

Register: Call Sharon Cumings at 314-898-1166 or Kenneth Weiland at 314-898-1165.

AmerenUE is also hosting these sessions in Jefferson City (August 3), Kirksville (September 2) and Ste. Genevieve (September 15).

More information:

News on new tiered LEED Professional Credentials

Did you know that USGBC’s sister organization, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) now oversees the new tiered LEED professional credentials? Under the new tiered LEED Credentialing program, you can become a LEED Green Associate, a LEED AP with a specialty or a LEED Fellow. The LEED Green Associate, LEED AP-Operations and Maintenance and LEED AP-Homes exams are currently offered and registration is available online at the GBCI website. The LEED AP-Interior Design and Construction and LEED AP-Building Design & Construction exams are not currently available, but will be soon. The LEED AP-Neighborhood Development exam will debut in 2010 and the LEED Fellow program is still in development.

New features of the tiered LEED Credentialing program include eligibility and continuing education requirements. LEED AP applicants are required to have documented experience working on a LEED project within the last three years in order to be eligible to take any of the LEED AP specialty exams. If you don’t have experience on a LEED project, you might consider taking the LEED Green Associate Exam which does not carry this requirement. In addition, all LEED Green Associates and LEED APs will be required to agree to credentialing maintenance guidelines. This will ensure that credentialed LEED professionals stay current in their knowledge of green building and LEED. Keep your eyes peeled later this summer for more information from GBCI on the Credentialing Maintenance Program.

For an overview of the new tiered LEED Professional Credentials, visit the GBCI website.

For a Step-By-Step guide on LEED Credentialing Process, check out the GBCI website.

For information on preparing for a LEED exam, see the USGBC site.

SOLAE achieves LEED Certification on St. Louis headquarters building!


Rick Moeckel, Project Manager at Clayco; Michael Reed, VP of Facilities at  Solae; Emily Andrews, Executive Director, USGBC-STL; Torkel Rhenman, CEO at  Solae; Paul Todd Merrill, Director of Sustainable Construction at Clayco
Rick Moeckel, Project Manager at Clayco; Michael Reed, VP of Facilities at Solae; Emily Andrews, Executive Director, USGBC-STL; Torkel Rhenman, CEO at Solae; Paul Todd Merrill, Director of Sustainable Construction at Clayco


Emily Andrews, USGBC-STL Executive Director, was on hand at SOLAE’s all-staff meeting a few weeks ago to present SOLAE with their certificate for achieving LEED Certification on their St. Louis headquarters building. The building was the site for the Chapter’s Annual LEED Building tour in 2008, so it was exciting to be a part of the celebration! Adding another building to the growing list of LEED certified projects in St. Louis is always something to celebrate. After the LEED certificate presentation and a few short speeches, SOLAE employees enjoyed a cake in the shape of the LEED logo!

Welcome to 2.0!

Welcome to the new and much improved USGBC-STL website! We are very excited to debut the new website and hope you like what you see! The website’s theme, Elements of Green, is used on the homepage to feature some of the key concepts of green building and to highlight local projects. We hope to do the same with this blog. Of course, expect to see a post now and then about Chapter business, such as elections, organizational changes or a not-to-be missed event. We want to keep you up-to-date!

Consider this Phase One of the USGBC-STL website. The basics are up: a new event calendar, Chapter information, sponsor acknowledgement, a news and notes section and this blog! Over the coming months, we’ll be working out the kinks, smoothing out the wrinkles and adding a lot more information. Look for additional content to be added, such as LEED Project Profiles, a Member Directory, more Elements of Green and an expanded Resources section. We’ll even be putting a call out to Chapter Members to submit blog posts.

We look forward to rounding out this website with more information and making it useful to our Members and to the broader community.

LEED Core Concepts and Strategies

Friday, August 21, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

St. Louis RCGA’s Regional Collaboration Center – 13th Floor
1 Metropolitan Square, 211 North Broadway 63102

This workshop provides essential knowledge of the LEED Rating Systems and sustainable building concepts for those seeking a better understanding of LEED or pursuing GBCI’s LEED Green Associate (Tier I) credential. By presenting LEED concepts at the credit category level – across building types and rating systems – and basics on the building certification process, this workshop provides the foundation required for any 300-level LEED education offering. Real project examples help demonstrate and reinforce learning.

Instructors: Carlie Bullock-Jones and Paula Vaughan

Early Bird Workshop Fees: $345 for USGBC national members, $375 for non-members. Late Registration fees (begin August 14): $445 for USGBC Members, $495 for non-member.


More Information: See the workshop flyer.

Greening Your Government: Session 2

Session 2: Helping Your Homeowners Go Green, presented by USGBC-STL Government Advocacy Committee

Thursday, August 13, 7 – 9 pm

Webster Groves Recreation Center
33 E Glendale Rd. Webster Groves, MO 63119

The presentation will include an introduction to residential green building rating systems, an overview of green federal and state incentives and strategies to promote and encourage residential sustainability measures.

Speakers: Richard Reilly, Boa Construction; Rick Hunter, Sage Homebuilders; Jean Ponzi, Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWaysCenter


Fee: This event is free to government officials and employees

Register: Please RSVP to or 314-577-0854

More information: See the event flyer.

Chapter Leader Tim Montgomery makes the St. Louis Magazine “A-List”!

Congratulations to Chapter Vice Chair Tim Montgomery on making St. Louis Magazine’s 2009 “A-List.” Tim has been a member of USGBC-STL Chapter longer than there’s been a “green” section in the “A-List”, and he’s been a green builder for even longer! It’s great to see Chapter Members gain recognition for their great, green work!

Check out Tim in St. Louis Magazine!

St. Louis – Home to a Living Building!


IMAGE: Hellmuth+Bicknese Architects

IMAGE: Hellmuth+Bicknese Architects

The Living Learning Center is a new 2,900-square-foot facility at the Washington University’s Tyson Research Center built to meet the Living Building Challenge of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council (CRGBC).


The Living Building Challenge is a rigorous performance standard that defines the closest measure of true sustainability in the built environment, using a benchmark of what is currently possible and given the best knowledge available today. The standard is comprised of 16 prerequisites including net-zero energy and water, habitat exchange, nontoxic materials and beauty and inspiration. No building has met this standard yet, but the Living Learning Center is in the running to be the first in North America.

In order to be certified as a Living Building, it must be fully operational for at least 12 consecutive months; this program demands proof that the occupants engage the project as anticipated. Projects that achieve this level of performance can claim to be among the “greenest” anywhere, and will serve as role models to others that follow.

USGBC-STL’s Program Committee is planning a tour of the building for next year!

Learn more about the features of the Living Learning Center!
See this presentation on the Center at Greening the Heartland in Detroit
Download the Living Building Challenge Standard

Did you know that USGBC-STL has a Speakers Bureau?

Since its launch in August 2008, the USGBC-STL Speakers Bureau has given over 30 presentations, reaching over 1500 individuals! It has long been a goal of the Chapter to create a speakers bureau, as we receive many requests. It takes a lot of time and energy for to oversee a speakers bureau, so several attempts over the years got good starts and then fizzled. Last summer, under the leadership of the Advocacy Committee, the Chapter developed simple protocols for Speakers Bureau Volunteers and a process for accepting requests and doling out speaking gigs. We haven’t looked back since!

Most presentations are basic overviews of green building and the LEED Green Building Rating System, but depending on the request and the audience, we can tailor presentations to cover specific topics such as affordable housing, the new LEED credentialing program, or green schools.

Speaking gigs over the past several months have included presentations to the Mehlville School Board, the Missouri Housing Development Corporation Commission, Association of Energy Engineers-St. Louis Chapter and the American Arbitration Association-St. Louis Steering Committee. The goal of the USGBC-STL Speakers Bureau is to advocate the benefits of green building and LEED by giving Chapter Members the opportunity to share their expertise and knowledge with the broader community.

Speakers Bureau Volunteers must be active Chapter members and must review and sign the Chapter’s Conflict of Interest Policy. Learn more about volunteering for the Speakers Bureau.

Request a Speaker for your meeting.

USGBC-STL and ASHRAE-STL Joint Program – ASHRAE Standard 189

Tuesday, August 11, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

AmerenUE Headquarters
1901 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103

ASHRAE Standard 189 is currently being developed by USGBC, ASHRAE and IESNA and aims to provide minimum requirements for the design of high-performance, green buildings.

Speakers: Lee Burgett, Trane, a past President of ASHRAE, and member of the 189.1 project committee.

Fee: Free to USGBC-STL members, ASHRAE-STL members and students; $20.00 for non-members

RSVP: Go to eventbrite

Thanks to our program sponsors CxE Group, LLC and Roscor Corporation