Archive for September, 2012

Green Operations & Multi-Tenant Engagement in LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance

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This webinar will feature Daniel Simpson and Sukanya Paciorek sharing their experiences, successes, and failures in multi-tenant engagement for commercial real estate office buildings achieving LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M. Interested in learning how to work with tenants towards a common goal of sustainable operations? Join us as practitioners share real world information and resources.

1.5 O+M LEED Specific GBCI CE Hours

This is an in-person, group viewing at the location specified below.  Lunch will not be provided, rather we encourage attendees to bring their own brown bag lunch to enjoy during the webinar viewing.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 126

$10/ USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member; $15/Non-member per session OR
$100/USGBC-Missouri Chapter Member; $150/Non-member for a 2012 Webinar Series Pass

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Passes are non-transferable and valid only for the individual purchaser.

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

LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep Course

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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, October 12 & 15, 2012
8:30am – 5:00pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:00 – 8:30 am

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.

$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members (excluding Supporter Level)
$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.

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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 Past 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.

What are YOU doing for Green Apple Day of Service?

On Sept. 29, 2012, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council will host the first ever Green Apple Day of Service. For one day, advocates from across the country and around the world will come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools by taking real action in their communities. The following events are already planned for our area.

  • North Side Natives – rain garden work day at Crossroads College Prep
  • Construction Careers Center Day of Service
  • Green Homes & Great Health Festival – volunteer at the Festival, at the USGBC-Missouri Gateway booth or just come out to learn more!

Join one of these events or plan your own at a school that is important to you! Learn more or get involved at

USGBC-MO Gateway Seeks Proposals for C&D Research & Education

U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter (USGBC-MGC) seeks a qualified consultant/s for two Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste minimization projects, which are generously supported in part by the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The two projects are:

  • C&D Material Research Project consists of a research project / feasibility study to develop a market for reusing or recycling C&D materials that have been proven difficult to reuse or recycle.
  • C&D LEED v4 Education Project consists of developing a reference tool and educational session that compares C&D and other applicable waste minimization credits in the current version of LEED (LEED 2009) with those credits in LEED v4.

Download the C&D Material Research Project Request for Proposals here.

Download the C&D LEED v4 Education Project Request for Proposals here.

The Request for Proposals for both projects opens on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 and proposals are due by 5 PM Central Standard Time on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.

It is acceptable for the same consultant to submit proposals for both projects, but two proposals must be submitted.

Please contact Emily Andrews at (314) 577-0854 with any questions.

Background: USGBC-MGC has always advocated for waste reduction, reuse and recycling as these practices are integral to green building. In 2010, we received a grant from the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District (SWMD) in partnership with Missouri Enterprise and ReSource St. Louis to further address C&D waste reduction. That project included both research and education phases. A survey of C&D best practices and 2 focus groups with professionals in the building industry provided a foundation and background for the education phase, which included the development of a C&D toolkit as well as two live educational sessions for building industry professionals. The toolkit can be found here. The educational sessions, which were presented in partnership with the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis, were very well attending with more than 80 individuals at each session.

USGBC-MGC received a second grant from SWMD in 2012 to continue our education and outreach efforts around C&D waste minimization. The work we seek through these Request for Proposals is funded by this grant.