Archive for July, 2010

Greenbuild Registration Open

Greenbuild will be held November 17 – 19 this fall in Chicago, IL and registration is now open – early bird discount applies through September 7.  Since it’s just a quick and inexpensive (in terms of cash and carbon) train ride away, we expect to see lots of Missouri Gateway green builders at the conference this year.

Other news from Greenbuild:

  • The theme of this year’s conference is Generation Green: How are you redefining our future? Upload your video to the Greenbuild website!
  • Volunteers are needed and get to attend the conference for free – only full time students and professionals 25 and under are eligible and must give 8 hours in order to attend the rest of the conference. Learn more!
  • A Green Jobs Summit planned for Tuesday, November 16

Solar Training in St. Louis August 4 – 5

Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association is teaming up with SunWize Technologies to host a professional solar training in St. Louis on August 4 & 5. Topics include product specific installation, the economics of solar energy and best practices.

The training will be held at the St. Louis Airport Marriott and costs $99 per day.

To learn more or to register, visit the MOSEIA website or contact Heidi Schoen at or 314-494-0971.

National USGBC Board Nominations Open through August 5

USGBC is seeking self-nominations for their board. In order to be eligible, you must be employed by a USGBC member that has been in good standing since July 7, 2009.

One directorship is open for each of the following perspectives:

  • Constructor of Buildings
  • Environmental Non-Profit Advocate
  • Green Building Educator
  • Home Builder
  • Product Manufacturer Executive
  • Site Designer
  • State & Local Government Agency Employee

Nominations close on August 5, 2010. Visit the USGBC website to learn more.

Growing Green Award Winner in the News

Erin Noble, of Renew Missouri, was featured in the “Ask the Expert” column in the Post-Dispatch’s Friday Business section. The question posed by the Post was “How can homeowners determine if solar panels are a smart purchase?” Read Erin’s answer here to see if solar panels are right for your home!

Renew Missouri was a 2010 Growing Green Award Winner in the non-profit category. Learn more about the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Growing Green Awards.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway LEED BD+C Specialty Exam Prep Course

For professionals participating in the design and construction phases of high-performance, durable, affordable and environmentally sound commercial, institutional, and high-rise residential buildings, the LEED AP Building Design + Construction exam is designed to measure your knowledge and skill in understanding the LEED BD+C Rating System and ability to facilitate the project certification process.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s two full-day (16 hours total) LEED BD+C Specialty Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED BD+C Specialty exam.  Skilled instructors will discuss categories and credits in the LEED BD&C Rating System, explore methods of sustainable project delivery and green building practices, and offer test taking tips. Subject areas covered include:

·        Introduction, Exam Strategy, and BD+C Process
·        Sustainable Sites
·        Water Efficiency
·        Energy and Atmosphere
·        Materials and Resources
·        Indoor Environmental Quality
·        Test Taking Tips
·        Practice Exam

Friday and Monday, February 4 and 7, 2011
8:30am – 5:00pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:00 – 8:30 am

Masonry Institute of St. Louis
1429 S. Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63117

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

1) USGBC LEED Building Design + Construction Study Guide, USGBC
2) LEED AP Building Design + Construction Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined on page 16 of the handbook.
3) LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction, USGBC (NOT required for course, but strongly recommended)

The study guide and reference guide may be purchased on the USGBC Publications page of the USGBC website. The study guide price is $70 for employees of national USGBC member companies/$85 for non-members.  Please plan for shipping time.

Students must read and understand the steps needed to enroll for and take the exam, including meeting exam eligibility requirements.  The instructors will only address this as a broad overview.

Click here to visit our Event Registration page, then scroll down and click on the Register button under the LEED Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Specialty Exam Prep Course event listing.

Paul Todd Merrill, Clayco’s Director of Sustainable Construction, is a Registered Professional Engineer in 12 states and responsible for planning, design and construction of Clayco’s sustainable efforts. Paul has been involved in over 30 LEED certified projects and, for the past eight years, he has developed and led LEED training sessions covering LEED versions 2.1, 2.2 and 3.0 for Clayco’s internal educational efforts and training sessions for owners, building code officials, law firms, manufactures and subcontractors. In addition, Paul is an adjunct professor at Washington University in the Sever School of Engineering.  Paul received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1981. Paul currently serves as Vice Chair and will serve as 2011 Chair on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Board of Directors.

Nick Bristow
, Project Engineer at Clayco, can be generally be called a coordinator for Clayco LEED Projects. From the first checklist to certification, Nick works with the Design and Construction team to pursue LEED certification of buildings. Nick has been involved with 10 LEED certified buildings and another 25 registered projects of various versions including LEED NC v2.2, LEED CS v2.0, and LEED 2009. For the past three years, he helped to develop and lead Clayco’s LEED AP training program.  Nick volunteers for the LEED committee of the St. Louis Habitat for Humanity, builder of 50 LEED Platinum homes locally and counting, and has participated in two different item writing workshops for the Green Building Certificate Institute, maker of the LEED AP and Green Associate exams.

This course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED AP BD+C Specialty exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks and for further study.  Registering and taking the LEED AP exam, and any associated costs, are not included in this course.

This course prepares participants for the specialty portion of the LEED AP BD+C credentialing exam. LEED AP exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty. Candidates must pass both portions of the exam in order to receive the LEED AP credential.

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

Thank You to our Event Sponsor!

Understanding Building Design + Construction LEED Rating Systems: LEED BD+C 251


See the USGBC Course Catalog for other opportunities.

This workshop, developed by USGBC, introduces the credit intents, key elements, main requirements, and reference standards of the Green Building Design and Construction (BD+C) LEED rating systems. Workshop participants will gain a solid understanding of the core concepts and strategies of the following LEED rating systems: New Construction & Major Renovations (NC); Core & Shell (CS); and Schools – supporting successful green construction projects.

Led by official USGBC LEED FacultyTM who are LEED and facilitation experts, this workshop provides an understanding of the scope of the LEED BD+C rating system family, covering the distinctive aspects of each rating system within it. The course examines all prerequisites and credits in LEED BD+C’s six credit categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Indoor Environmental Quality, Materials & Resources, and Innovation in Design; it also addresses Regional Priority credits. The workshop introduces all of the credits, going into detail on the goals, intents, requirements, and strategies of prerequisites and selected key credits. The course also reinforces understanding of synergies between credits, and provides an overview of the LEED certification process, including basic documentation considerations. Throughout the day, participants will engage in discussions and interactive activities based on real-life projects to enforce what is taught about LEED BD+C prerequisites, credits, and concepts.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the unique aspects of the BD+C rating system family, and differences between each rating system (NC, CS, and Schools) within this family
  • Identify the minimum program requirements for the BD+C rating systems
  • Describe the goal, intent, and requirements of BD+C prerequisites and key credits
  • Identify synergies between BD+C credits
  • Plan for key considerations and requirements for the LEED certification process

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
8:30am – 5:00pm

Doubletree Hotel Springfield
Rathdangan I & II
2431 North Glenstone Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803

Before August 16, 2010:
USGBC Members: $325
Non-Members: $390

On or after August 16, 2010
USGBC Member: $355
Non-Member: $440


Click here to register

What Registration Includes:
  • Instruction from official USGBC Faculty who are experts in LEED and trained in facilitation and adult learning techniques.
  • Participant workbook, interactive learning activities based on real LEED projects and a glossary of key green building definitions.
  • Option to order one print edition of the corresponding Reference Guide at a discounted rate ($145 plus taxes and S&H); no exchanges or refunds.
  • Continuing education for 7 hours of instruction directly reported to AIA and CSI.
  • Certificate of completion for self-reporting to other professional organizations, including GBCI (7 CE hours).
  • Lunch and refreshments.
Credential Maintenance Units
GBCI CE Hours 7
GBCI CE Hours (LEED BD+C Specific) 7
CSI (CEU) 0.7

Energy, Cost and Sustainability

View Energy, Cost & Sustainability Presentation (PDF)

Energy plays a larger role in LEED V3 than in prior versions and in sustainability as a whole when considering our carbon footprint. This Energy, Cost & Sustainability seminar will explore the importance of energy within these contexts and provide an overview of two specific building systems to be addressed in relation to energy usage. These two systems, HVAC and Electrical, typically comprise the bulk of opportunities for energy savings within a building project or existing facility.

Professionals from the building subcontracting industry will examine pros and cons of the various systems available, cost, and how they relate to Sustainability.  An energy industry professional will then focus on the Business Case for Green Building, examining the cost issues related to a company’s decision to pursue LEED certification, building commissioning, and renewable energy.  The seminar will conclude with a round table discussion amongst the panel which will examine two specific and different building types to spur questions amongst all seminar attendees.


  • Discuss the importance of energy within the new LEED Version 3 rating system
  • Examine critical building systems to be addressed in relation to energy usage
  • Explore relative costs of these critical building system choices and their possible application in relation to the LEED rating system and sustainable design
  • Explain the macro perspective on energy and cost-benefits of investing in energy in today’s business/institutional environment

George Fujii, Tarlton Corporation
Steve Vrenick, Guarantee Electrical
Joe Krewson, Murphy Company
Marc Lopata, Microgrid Energy

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
3:00 – 5:00pm

Tarlton Corporation
5500 West Park Avenue, St Louis, MO 63110

$30 for USGBC-STL Members
$40 for Non-Members


Online registration for this event has closed. Please contact USGBC-STL staff at or (314) 577-0225 before 12pm on August 17th if you have any questions about this event.

CMP_3This course is approved for:

2 GBCI CE Hour

2 AIA CES Learning Units

Certificates of Attendance will be available at the event.
AIA members, please be prepared to sign in with your AIA number.

Building Performance Measurement

In partnership with ASHRAE-St. Louis Chapter

The following resources were suggested by the program presenter, Mark Stetz:

LEED certified buildings are promoted as energy-efficient, but how are energy savings determined in operating buildings? USGBC made changes to LEED 3.0 that place additional emphasis on energy-efficiency and actual building performance. New minimum program requirements require sharing energy use information with USGBC; additional requirements are being considered. This Building Performance Measurement class presents the basics of building performance measurement and why it is important to buildings designers and owners. This class covers:

  • Updates to LEED 3.0 and the new Minimum Program Requirements
  • USGBC’s current Building Performance Initiative
  • Measuring building energy use and comparing to other buildings
  • Introduction to IPMVP principles referenced in EA c5 (BD&C)
  • Methods to earn EA c5 (BD&C) / EA-c6 (EBOM)
  • Introduction to EPA’s Portfolio Manager
  • Methods to calculate energy savings and emissions reductions


  • Understand how measurement and verification contribute to successful building operation.
  • Understand what drives energy use and why simple utility bill comparisons are not reliable.
  • Understand why baseline adjustments are important.
  • Understand concepts of IPMVP and how to apply them to LEED projects.
  • Understand what Portfolio Manager is and what it can do.

INSTRUCTOR: Mark Stetz, P.E.
Mr. Stetz has over 15 years of experience in the building energy efficiency and measurement & verification field, has contributed to the IPMVP and FEMP M&V Guidelines, and serves on USGBC’s Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory group.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
5:30 – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30- Presentation

1901 Chouteau, St. Louis, MO 63103

Free for USGBC-STL members and full-time students;
$20.00 for Non-Members

Click here to visit our NEW Event Registration page, then click the “Register” button under the Building Performance Measurement event.  You will be prompted to enter your email address.  The registration system will automatically recognize current USGBC-STL Members, allowing members to register for free.  Pending New and Lapsed members should contact USGBC-STL staff directly to register.

CMP_3This course is approved for:

1 LEED-Specific GBCI CE Hour (scroll down for reporting details)

1.25 AIA CES Learning Units

Certificates of Attendance will be available at the event.
AIA members, please be prepared to sign in with your AIA number.

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!

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CxE Group LLC

LEED-Specific GBCI CE Hour Reporting Category:

Accreditation / Category
LEED Green Associate / IV. Project Systems and Energy Impacts, A. Environmental Concerns
LEED AP O&M / III. Project Systems and Energy Impacts, F: Energy Performance Measurement
LEED AP BD&C / III. Project Systems and Energy Impacts, B: Energy Performance Measurement

**An in-depth, half-day Measuring Building Performance workshop will be taught by Mark Stetz at Greenbuild 2010 on Friday afternoon 11/19/10.  For more information, see course number EP03 on the Greenbuild website, or visit**

Water will be provided in large containers. Please help to reduce the environmental impact of USGBC-STL Programs by bringing your own refillable water bottle.

Chapter Members in the News

What’s going on in Illinois’ municipalities regarding energy efficiency and green building? USGBC-STL Member Barb Anderson talks with Suburban Journals’ reporter Ken West in this article.

Barb, an architect at Oates and Associates, is a member of the USGBC-STL Advocacy Committee and Speakers Bureau.

According to the article, many municipalities are beginning by measuring their energy use and creating plans to reduce that use. Learn more about what governments and municipalities are doing around the United States on the USGBC website. Or find more Government Resources compiled by USGBC.

USGBC-STL is a USGBC Education Provider!


USGBC Education Providers are third-party organizations offering high-quality education that has been peer-reviewed and approved by USGBC to meet high standards for instructional design and content quality.

USGBC- St. Louis Regional Chapter programs approved by the USGBC Education Provider Program offer CE Hours toward LEED Professionals’ Credential Maintenance.  Look for the new GBCI CMP logo on event announcements and our Chapter website to identify approved courses. LEED Professionals should self-report approved courses under the “Professional Development/Continuing Education” activity category.

Look for this new GBCI CMP logo to identify approved courses.

Look for this new GBCI CMP logo to identify approved courses.