Archive for April, 2013

Announcing USGBC-MO Gateway Open Office Hours

Do you want to learn more about USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and how you can get involved in our mission? Are you wondering what kind of programs and opportunities membership offers? Are you curious whether pursuing the LEED Green Associate Credential is right for you? Are you struggling with how to maintain your LEED credential? Or do you just have some general questions about green building?

Answers to these questions and MORE can be found at USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s OPEN OFFICE HOURS, where Chapter staff and leadership will be available to visit with you and answer questions. This is a new program that we will offer quarterly starting on June 24, 2013. See the schedule below and stop in anytime during the two hour OPEN OFFICE HOURS.

Visit with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Staff and Leadership – Get to know us, ask questions, get involved!

  • Monday, June 24, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 12, 7:30 – 9:30 am
  • Monday, December 9, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

All OPEN OFFICE HOURS will be held at the Chapter’s office, located at 4651 Shaw, in the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education (aka CBEC).

Questions? Contact Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854.

Building Integrated Agriculture featuring FarmWorks

Click here to see the FarmWorks presentation (PDF)
Click here to see the YOURS Market presentation (PDF)

Click here to view a list of attendees (PDF)

FarmWorks is a unique urban agriculture project being developed on the long abandoned site of the historic St. Louis Stamping Company. It includes four interconnected components-an urban farm, a transitional residential facility, a green business incubator, and an educational facility. The project will convert an abandoned part of downtown, create hundreds of jobs to boost the local economy, and pursue goals of reducing crime and homelessness. The project is pursuing LEED certification, and multiple green features are to be including in the design and construction: blackwater and greywater treatment systems, solar PV panels and solar hot water, a fleet of bicycles for use by residents and staff, the use of renewable and low emitting materials, and more!

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA/CES CEH

WHEN: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
5:30 – 6:15 – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Presentation

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

FEE: Free to USGBC-MGC Members,  and full-time students. $20 for Non-members.

REGISTER: Click here to register

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

Building Envelope Commissioning

Jointly presented by USGBC-MGC Mid-Missouri Branch and Mid-Missouri AIA

Are you interested in learning more about the commissioning possess and what Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx) is?

If so, you won’t want to miss our May 20th program!

Attendees will learn about American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards like ASTM E2813, National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) guideline 3-2012, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineer (ASHRAE) Guideline 0 -2005, and Envelope Design Guidelines for Federal Office Buildings: Thermal Integrity and Air tightness (NISTIR 4821).

The presenter will give examples of activities that s BECx agent would execute during the project’s life cycle and share lessons learned from performing BECx on a Federal Building in West Virginia.

David Meyers, Jacobs Engineering.
David is a Certified Commissioning Authority that has Lead or has been a part of the commissioning process for over 9.2 million square feet with a combined construction cost of over 4.4 billion dollars. He is currently working for JACOBS Engineering on the SSA Data Center, on the World Trade Center, at West Point, at universities in Cambridge, MA , as well as a number of GSA buildings. He been involved with number of articles, books and presentations on commissioning, historical preservation and passive design. He currently sits on the Architectural Review Board for the city of Kirkwood , MO.

Hampton Inn
Truman Boardroom
1225 Fellows Pl,
Columbia, MO

Monday, May 20, 2013
11:30 AM – 1:15 PM

Free to USGBC-MGC and AIA members
$10 suggested donation for non-members

Click here to register online.

Email us your lunch order from the Stadium Grille by 9 AM the day of the event and we will order it for you.  Lunch is not included in the registration fee.

New Member Welcome Event

A special New Member only event for members who have joined in the last six months!

Click here to view a pdf of attendees

The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter welcomes new members to come socialize and get acquainted with USGBC – Missouri Gateway!  Chapter officers, past and present, will be on hand to share the chapter’s history, highlight member benefits & opportunities, and answer questions.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet fellow new members while enjoying a light breakfast.

After new members have learned about the Chapter, they will tour Christner’s LEED Gold office space and learn about the office’s sustainable design, construction and operation features.

In moving its office after 25 years, Christner chose a gut rehab of the top floor of an existing office building in order to consolidate staff on one level, conserve resources, and improve communication between project teams. The office redesign allowed Christner to demonstrate the advantages of sustainable design, and includes features such as:

Clear view corridors that link principle spaces and allow light to penetrate deep into the space. Everyone enjoys natural light and 96% of workspaces have direct window views.

Occupancy sensor controlled lighting, a “paperless” initiative and the reduction of paper storage capacity by 50% (from the former office), and the selection of materials that contain low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).

In the entrance lobby and primary public spaces, the existing concrete floor was ground and polished in lieu of an applied floor finish, eliminating energy associated with the manufacturing and shipping of floor materials.

The textured wood paneling in the lobby and elevator core made of 100% recycled Elm from a dismantled dairy barn.

What USGBC-Missouri Gateway New Member Welcome Event

When Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00 am
Where Christner, 168 North Meramec, Suite 400,
Clayton, Missouri 63105
Street Parking

RSVP Click here to register online.

Thanks to our Event Host & Sponsor!

Questions? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter staff at or (314) 577-0225.


OZARKS BRANCH – LEED v4 Technical Update

USGBC-MGC Ozarks Branch will be hosting a live webinar presentation on LEED v4, presented by the national USGBC organization.

USGBC’s LEED green building rating system has been a significant driver for market transformation since its debut in 2000.  USGBC is currently developing the version of LEED (v4) for release this year.  This session will provide an update of the development process, a general overview of the technical changes proposed and information of specific interest to the chapter. It will also include an early look at supporting tools and resources for the LEED v4 program.


  • Articulate the overarching environmental priorities of the LEED v4 program.
  • Describe the new credits within the LEED v4 program and their environmental value.
  • List the new market sectors that LEED v4 accommodates.
  • Summarize the technical changes from LEED 2009 to LEED v4.

Lonny Blumenthal, LEED AP O+M is a Program Delivery Associate in the LEED Department at the U.S. Green Building Council. Lonny assists in the development of the LEED v4 rating system, supporting documents, and tools. Additionally, he supports overall project planning, development, and implementation for all programs related to LEED: Rating System Development, Certification, Credentialing, and Education.

Approved for 1.5 GBCI CE Hours (LEED Specific for BD+C, ID+C, and O+M) and 1.5 AIA LUs. GBCI CE Hours for this presentation will need to be self-reported.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
5:30-6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Drury University, Hammons School of Architecture auditorium, 900 North Benton Avenue, Springfield, MO.

Free to all attendees!

Click here
to register.

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

LEED AP O+M Exam Prep Course

USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s two, eight-hour day (16 hours total) LEED AP O+M Specialty Exam Prep courses are designed to prepare participants for the LEED AP
O+M Specialty exam. Skilled instructors will discuss categories and credits in the LEED O+M Rating System, explore methods of sustainable operations and maintenance practices, and offer test taking tips. Subject areas covered include:

·        Introduction, Exam Strategy, and O&M process
·        Sustainable Sites
·        Water Efficiency
·        Energy and Atmosphere
·        Materials and Resources
·        Indoor Environmental Quality
·        Test Taking Tips
·        Practice Exam

The LEED AP O+M credential distinguishes professionals
implementing sustainable practices, improving performance, heightening efficiency and reducing environmental impact in existing buildings through enhanced operations & maintenance. The specialty denotes practical knowledge in the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system.

Friday and Monday, October 4 & 7, 2013
8:30am – 5:00pm both days

Please arrive and check in between 8:00 – 8:30am


$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&2) LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (O+M) Study Guide & Reference Guide

The study guide and reference guide may be purchased on the USGBC Store page of the USGBC website. 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 register.

Nick Bristow, Clayco
Jaime Kelley, Green Dining Alliance

This course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED AP O+M Specialty exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks and 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 O+M 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 LEED Accreditation.

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

Learn about the 2013 Growing Green Awardees!

Once again we extend our congratulations to the 2013 Growing Green Awardees! Read more about their amazing work to transform the built environment here.

2013 GGA Winners

2013 Award winners pictured above from left to right: Sean Thomas, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group; Michael Smith, Southwestern Illinois College; Erik Lueders, Parkway School District; Hunter Beckham, SWT Design; Patty Maher, Tiger Lily Development; Tino Ochoa, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group; Jim Wolterman, SWT Design; Brock Piglia, SWT Design and Ted Spaid, SWT Design. Congrats!

Download a list of all the nominees or learn more about the Growing Green awards here.


Launch of the Green Schools Quest

Beginning May 1st, USGBC-Missouri Gateway will challenge public and private schools within the Chapter’s territory (Missouri and Southern Illinois) to devise and implement, with the help of green mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools.


Participating schools will have the opportunity and flexibility to engage in projects fitting their schools’ unique needs and resources. It is a goal of this overall project for each school project to achieve multiple of the following impacts:

• Reduce carbon footprint

• Lower school operating & maintenance costs

• Conserve our natural resources

• Improve the learning & teaching environment

• Encourage students to think creatively about sustainability

• Promote environmental stewardship in our communities

• Increase facilities indoor air quality

• Energize sustainable curriculum in the school systems

• Encourage the school to be the community epicenter

• Create a generation of environmentally conscious adults

• Engage the business community and building industry to help the students green their schools

Recognition for Outstanding Achievement

• Cash awards for winning teams in each of the following categories: Elementary, Middle and High School

• Trophy for each winning team

• Presentation of checks and trophies at local school board meetings or assemblies

Program Schedule

May 1, 2013 – Official launch of the Green Schools Quest
August 1, 2013 – Deadline for mentors to apply
September 16, 2013 – Deadline for schools to apply
March 14, 2014 – Conclude the 2013-2014 Quest
April 14, 2014 – Winners announced
Mid-April-May, 2014 – Awards presented


Applications will be available beginning May 1.

Additional Resources

100+ Ways to Green Your School – Coming soon

Questions? Contact USGBC- MGC at or (314) 577-0225.

PK2 – DIY (Do it Yourself) Sustainability

Presented in partnership with St. Louis Earth Day & St. Louis Green

Reviews of our 2012 DIY Sustainability program delivered Pecha Kucha-style were so favorable, we’ve decided to do it again! Once again, we’ll take a fast paced and fun approach to explore a variety of fresh and creative DIY ideas for sustainable living.

The U.S. Green Building Council- Missouri Gateway Chapter, in partnership with St. Louis Earth Day and St. Louis Green, is now accepting creative proposals for this program. We are seeking presenters and topic ideas surrounding the idea of ‘DIY’ (Do it Yourself) Sustainability. Presentations will be made using the Pecha Kucha format, which draws its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat” and allows presenters to showcase 20 slides that are set on a timer for 20 seconds per slide. This fast paced and fun approach will allow for a variety of topics to be covered in a brief period of time. Preference will be given to topics relevant to the build environment, but all ideas are welcomed and encouraged. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30pm – Presentation

Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave St Louis, MO 63143

FEE: Free to all attendees!

REGISTER: Click here to register.

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

The Art of Retro-Commissioning

Presented in partnership with ASHRAE – St. Louis.

Click here to view a pdf of the presentation.

Click here to view a list of attendees.

Retro-Commissioning (ReCx) is an analysis of an existing building’s operation, maintenance, and use that yields an efficiency baseline. Speaker Ross Watson is a Professional Engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the building design and construction industry.  He is currently a Commissioning Manager with Jacobs Engineering, where he has retro-commissioned over 8 million square feet of existing buildings.  His experience includes LEED buildings,  all aspects of energy efficiency, adaptive reuse and deconstruction, commissioning and troubleshooting heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) and co-generation systems, testing, adjusting, and balancing air and water systems, operating and configuring HVAC digital control systems, and analyzing systems operation following measurement and verification protocols.

Ross will introduce the common phases in the ReCx process- planning, investigation, implementation and integration- and the lessons learned from each. He will also discuss how design and construction details can shorten the life of a building, share images of poor maintenance practices, and discuss how to avoid them. Attendees will gain an understanding of the intricacies of a variety of his retro-commissioning projects- including 90 Air Force facilities across Alaska and the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing addition.

Ross Watson, Commissioning Manager at Jacobs Engineering

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE HOur and 1 AIA/CES CEH

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30pm – Presentation


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


Free to USGBC-MGC Members, ASHRAE Members, and full-time students.
$20 for Non-members.

REGISTER: Online Registration has closed. In-person registration will be available at the event.

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

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!

CxE Group