Archive for March, 2011

Member in the News

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member Marla Esser, owner of HomeNav by Sustaining Spaces, LLC recently wrote an article for Green Home Builder, America’s Premier Green Home Building Resource.

In the article she discusses the best ways to effectively market and sell your green projects, based on three key principles: listening, benefits, & education. Seeing as “green” means different things to different people, Marla stresses the importance of listening and understanding the client’s priorities in order to achieve the best results. It is important to explain the typical benefits of a green home and show how they can relate to the client’s specific needs. Marla also states that the well-educated consumer is your best consumer!

See the full issue of Green Home Builder, and read Marla’s article on page 46.

Members in the News

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members Tim Gaidis of HOK, George Fujii of Tarlton, Phillip Hulse of Green Street Developers, and Emily Andrews Executive Director of USGBC-MO Gateway have recently been featured in the March 18th-24th issue of the St. Louis Business Journal.

This article discusses the net-zero design of an office building by HOK, Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum. A net-zero building is one that generates as much energy as it consumes, and is a particular challenge for the St. Louis region due to the extreme climate and relatively low energy prices. HOK’s Net Zero Co2urt is (in theory) situated in the Central West End with a total calculated cost of $38.1 million, which is expected to paid for within 12 to 14 years. HOK is a leader in environmental design and has over 80 USGBC certified structures to prove it. The hope is that Net Zero Co2urt will be a model for future net-zero buildings worldwide.

Despite its lofty goals, this building design is a realistic project because it looks at the big picture. It will soon be featured in the upcoming green building presentation. “The lesson here is you can be extremely energy efficient if you are smart about design and if you let energy efficiency guide your decisions in every step of the design process.”

The full article is not available online, but can be found on pages 22 & 23 of the March 18th-24th issue of the St. Louis Business Journal. A summary of the article can be found here.

Win Membership Prizes!

This month USGBC-MO Gateway Chapter is holding its March Madness Membership Drive, an event to celebrate our 10th Anniversary.  There are lots of opportunities to win great gifts this month…and each month throughout the entire year! You can join or renew your membership online or at any of our monthly programs and events. Click here to see a calendar of events for March!

Join us in our efforts to transform the built environment and win some of these great prizes in March:

 – NEW MEMBERS – Join in the month of March & you’ll be entered to win free registration to an In-Depth Session ($30-$50 value)

– NATIONAL MEMBER EMPLOYEES – Join or renew & you’ll be entered to win a free Lunch ‘n LEED Webinar Series Pass ($40-$65 value)

– MEMBERS – Refer the most people and win a gift basket of goodies (including a gift certificate to a local restaurant, a chapter water bottle, & a bottle of local wine)

– STUDENTS – Join or renew & you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate to Left Bank Books. Student membership is just $25/year!

If you are a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member and received an “I’m Transforming the Built Environment.  Ask me How!” button at the March program, please wear your button each day during the week of March 14 – 18 to help promote Chapter membership as part of our March Madness membership drive campaign.

Members in the News

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members Bill Carson of McCormack Baron Salazar and Jay Swoboda of EcoUrban have recently been featured in the March 10th issue of the St. Louis Beacon.

This article discusses LEED for Neighborhood Development, which considers a new set of standards for sustainable building, different from individual homes and businesses. Issues such as how structures interact with one another, proximity to amenities, and the amount of green space make it possible to gain a LEED for Neighborhood Development without even having LEED certified homes.

Read the full article here.

Members in the News

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members Richard Reily, Director of Operations for Local Homebuilder Trumpet, and Kyle Hunsberger, Director of Construction for Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, were both featured in the March 8th issue of the St. Louis Beacon.

This article discusses the growing number of residential construction that are working towards “LEED for Homes” certification and the practical payoffs of green building. The main home builder responsible for creating LEED certified homes is Habitat for Humanity. On account of Habitat’s need to build small homes with stable utility bills, they have become the largest LEED Platinum builder in the U.S. for single-family detached homes.

Read the full article here.

Local Program Wins U.S. Water Prize

The Clean Water American Alliance has recently announced that the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC), in Alton, Ill, is one of five national recipients for the 2011 U.S. Water Prize from the Clean Water America Alliance. The NGRREC is a nonprofit organization located at the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois Rivers; and is a platform for NGRREC to educate others about sustainability initiatives. Specifically, the center’s mission is to advance the nation’s understanding of great rivers, their floodplains and watersheds for the purpose of sustaining the plant, animal and human communities that depend upon them.

On June 14, 2011 USGBC has arranged a tour of the facility, observing the aspects of green design adopted by the NGRREC. Some of the main features include river, storm, and gray water systems, chilled water cooler systems, an occupancy sensor, and recycled building materials.

The U.S. Water Prize honors the NGRREC for making an outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable solutions to our nation’s water challenge, in hopes that it will set an example for others in sustainability. For more information on NGRREC visit or For more information about the U.S. Water Prize visit

Click here to read the full press release.

Need Help Complying with the Building Code Changes?

In light of recent confusion regarding the International Energy Conservation Code, passed by the state of Illinois in August 2009, there will be an educational forum offered to the public on Thursday, March 17th between 10am and 12 noon. The City of Edwardsville Cool Cities Initiative Advisory Board will be addressing questions on the interpretation and implementation of this new code, which was adopted for all residential construction as of January 2010.

The forum will be held at the Madison County Board Room 157 Main Street in Edwardsville and will feature three informed presenters: Lisa Mattingly (Capital Development Board, on the History of the Code and Applicability), Bruce Selway (IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, on Training Opportunities and Assistance), and Darren Meyers (International Code Council, on Code Interpretation).

This opportunity will be of particular interest to home builders, architects, developers, building code enforcers, building inspectors, and those interested in energy conservation. Submit all questions on code interpretation to before March 10.

University Turns Green By Design

An article in this month’s issue of Washington Magazine, a publication of Washington University in Saint Louis, describes the Universities efforts in going green. The completion of Brauer Hall is one of the university’s most recent achievements, achieving the coveted Gold LEED rating. Here visitors can use the dashboard or any internet-connected computer to track the buildings energy usage, solar and wind production along with other features such as water usage, heating and cooling consumption, and current weather. As of now 13 campus buildings have achieved LEED certification, and they are hoping to eventually certify 100% of new and restored buildings.

This article highlights the fact that building green now ensures savings in the future, in both energy and money.  In building green many other considerations were incorporated, for example native plants surrounding the buildings, designated parking spots for carpoolers, and the building’s proximity to the MetroLink station. Washington University believes that by taking these initiatives they will increase the learning environment, enhance health, and infect an enthusiasm for Earth-friendly measures.

Read the full article here.