Archive for February, 2016

Applications Open for Complimentary Congregational Energy Audits

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and Missouri Interfaith Power & Light are pleased to announce that a limited number of complimentary energy audits are once again available for congregations.  This effort is part of the 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign.

Applications will be accepted through March 18 at 5:00 pm CST and are available online here.

In 2014, a grant from the national USGBC funded 10 complimentary energy audits for houses of worship. Energy auditors from Microgrid Energy and Ross and Baruzzini conducted the audits.

Auditor Annie Smith wrote about her experience on Ross and Baruzzini’s blog and the national EdenKeeper Blog posted a three part series of stories about St. John’s Episcopal Church’s experience with their energy audit, written by local blogger and congregation member Jeff McIntire-Strassburg. You can read their stories here.

The 25 x 20 Energy Benchmarking Campaign was launched by the St. Louis Regional High Performance Building Initiative which is coordinated by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter, and supported by 19 building stakeholder organizations. The campaign challenges buildings to benchmark their energy use, aiming for a 25% reduction in regional building energy consumption by the year 2020. Learn more and take the 25×20 pledge online here.

The 25×20 Campaign encourages the use of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free and secure online tool that tracks energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Any building can use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to manage energy and water use – schools, governments, congregations, businesses and retail stores.


LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course – May 2016

Distinguish yourself with a LEED Green Associate credential!

Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and it is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional.

The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s  LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam. 

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to USGBC and LEED
  • LEED v4 Core Concepts
  • Location and Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation and Regional Priority
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Practice Exam

Participants will receive access to an online exam simulator to assist with continued exam preparation at the conclusion of the course.

Friday, May 13, 2016
Please arrive and check in between 8:45 – 9:00am

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

Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.

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

1) Green Building and LEED Core Concepts 3rd Edition, USGBC, which may be purchased on the USGBC Publicationspage of the USGBC website.

2) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined within

Click here to register online.

PLEASE NOTE This course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED Green Associate exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks.  Registering and taking the LEED Green Associate exam, and any associated costs, are not included in this course.

This course prepares participants for the Green Associate credentialing exam as well as the first part of the LEED AP Specialty credential. The Specialty exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty. 

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

This program is supported in part by the 

St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District 

and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Live, Online LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

USGBC-Colorado Chapter will host a live and online prep course which will be held twice a week for three weeks beginning March 15, 2016.

This course is being offered to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members for the ‘Member Rate’ of $250. Interested members may contact USGBC-MGC staff member Hope Gribble at to receive the promo code.

This facilitated course presents green building concepts and strategies and introduces the ideas and practices that serve as the foundation for a more detailed study of green building, particularly as it relates to the green building rating systems of the LEED program and to individual market segments such as commercial new construction, homes, and neighborhood development.

What’s included?

– Professional live instruction and exam preparation
– Ability to ask questions live to the instructor
– Access to all recorded sessions up to 120 days after last session
– 150 practice exam questions
– Study guide developed by USGBC Colorado staff and volunteers

Annette Stelmack, USGBC Faculty, LEED AP BD+C
Click here to read Annette’s bio.

$250.00 USGBC Colorado & Missouri Gateway Chapter Member
$300.00 Non-Member

Tuesday, March 15th, 4pm – 6pm (CST): Live & Online
Thursday, March 17th, 4pm – 6pm (CST): Live & Online
Tuesday March 22nd, 4pm – 6pm (CST): Live & Online
Thursday March 24th, 4pm – 6pm (CST): Live & Online
Tuesday March 29th, 4pm – 6pm (CST): Live & Online
Thursday March 31st, 4pm – 6pm (CST): Live & Online and In-PersonThe last prep session will be offered both live and online and also in-person, highlighting a Q&A portion.

Click here to register online.
USGBC-MGC members, please contact staff member Hope Gribble at in advance to receive the promo code for discounted pricing.

Supplementary Resources Available for Purchase**:

The Fine Print:
**About study materials: Any additional study materials are optional. Best case scenario is to purchase both National’s publications and USGBC Colorado’s guides for full coverage of the materials.

USGBC National’s LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide, LEED v4 Edition

USGBC National’s Study Bundle: LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide, LEED v4 Edition and LEED Core Concepts Guide

All webinar login information will be sent to registrants the morning of each course date.

For questions, please contact Kathryn Lovda:

Two Events on the WELL Building Standard

Presented in partnership with Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) – St. Louis

Picture1Learn about the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness.

Developed in partnership with leading physicians, scientists,
and industry professionals, The WELL Building Standard (WELL)  is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and wellbeing of the people who live, work, and learn in these buildings.

Jessica Cooper, Executive Vice President, Delos Solutions

Jessica Cooper is a Provisional WELL AP. She has been involved with the development of WELL as it applies to live projects since its initial ideation phase and has assumed a management role in the implementation of the first WELL Pilot Projects since the public release of WELL in October 2014. She has led architects, developers, and engineers alike to understand the principles and research behind WELL and successfully build WELL Certified spaces.

MARCH 8 / 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Placing health and wellness at the heart of design and construction decisions can have a positive impact on human health, social equity, and return on investment. At this session, learn how to engineer spaces for improved community health and increased real estate value.

  • Discuss current issues related to wellness in the built environment
  • Identify design strategies to promote health and well-being
  • Describe the WELL Building Standard as a tool to support health and well-being in the built environment
  • Explain how WELL compliments existing building standards like LEED

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Alberici, 8800 Page Ave. 63114 map

Free for USGBC-MGC & BOMA Members & Full-time Students; $20 for Non-Members


Click here to register


Thanks to our Evening Program Sponsor!

Louer Facility Planning, Inc.

MARCH 9 / 8:00 – 10:00 AM
This session will provide an overview of the seven concepts of the WELL Building Standard, as well as an in-depth look at strategies to address human health through design.  Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of WELL, and how our built environment can make a positive impact our health, happiness, and productivity.

  • Examine the WELL Building Standard as a resource and design tool to improve health issues in the built environment
  • Recognize the seven WELL Concepts and affiliated Features
  • Identify strategies to address human health through design
  • Discuss pathways to WELL Certification or Compliance

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
8:00-10:00 AM

P.O.E., 222 Millwell Drive
Maryland Heights, MO, 63043 map

$30 for USGBC-MGC & BOMA Members;
$45 for Non-Members


Click here to register


LEED v4 Continuing Education Blitz

Click here to view a list of program attendees (PDF).

Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for a full-day Continuing Education Blitz focused on LEED v4!

LEED users have the option to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until October 31, 2016. Beginning November 1, 2016, all projects must be registered under LEED v4. Attending the March 1st Continuing Education Blitz is a great way to begin preparing for this shift!

LEED v4 raises the bar – as LEED was designed to do with every update, guiding the market towards more environmentally sustainable strategies and decisions, and responding to continuous advances in technology. But this time, the bar is a lot higher. LEED v4 changes the way project teams think, integrate, plan, execute, and operate their buildings.

From new credit categories (Integrated Design and Location and Linkages) to new prerequisites (Construction & Demolition Waste plan, Water Use, and Building Level Energy Metering) to increased performance benchmarks, it will be more difficult to achieve certification using LEEDv4 and it will require more intentional planning and a truly integrated project team.

LEED v4 will have the biggest impact on CO2 emissions of any rating system developed by USGBC and it takes an unprecedented stand on human health. In particular, energy performance minimums have significantly increased. And the materials credits have been completely overhauled with a focus on transparency and life cycle analysis.


  • Integrative Process and Location & Transportation – Thomas Taylor, Vertegy Consultants
  • Sustainable Sites – Dan Hellmuth, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects
  • Water Efficiency – Lindsey Evans, PGAV, Inc.
  • Energy & Atmosphere – Nick Bristow, Forum Studio
  • Materials & Resources – Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, MALeco, LLC
  • Indoor Environmental Quality – Paul Todd Merrill, Clayco

7 LEED Specific (BD+C, O+M, ID+C) GBCI CE Hours and

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Alberici, 8800 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO 63114 map

$100 for USGBC-MGC Members
$150 for Non-Members
$75 for Emerging Professionals
$50 for Full-time Students

Click here to register online.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-MGC staff at or 314-577-0225.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Exhibiting Sponsor


This program is supported in part by the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at the Presenting and Exhibiting levels. Click here to learn more!

Benchmarking Case Study: UniGroup

UniGroup Benchmarking Case StudyThe 25×20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign challenges buildings in the St. Louis Region to benchmark their energy use. Energy benchmarking is the key to unlocking potential energy and cost savings. Since the campaign was launched, businesses, local governments, houses of worship, schools, and institutions have pledged to benchmark their energy use!

25×20 participants include UniGroup, now featured in a benchmarking case study. UniGroup is a $1.7 billion transportation and relocation services company with headquarters in suburban St. Louis. In addition to household goods carriers United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit, logistics company UniGroup Logistics and international relocation providers UniGroup Relocation and Sterling, UniGroup owns other subsidiaries that provide goods and services to professional movers.

The headquarters for UniGroup has grown dramatically since the original building was built in 1968. The facility has been expanded over the years, resulting in more than 450,000 ft2of office space. There is also an on-site cafeteria (a 5-star member of the St. Louis Green Dining Alliance), an employee fitness center and a credit union.

UniGroup has embraced sustainability as a smart way to achieve cost savings. The company’s Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Rebecca Peterson led the charge to monitor energy usage, enabling the company to identify issues and resolve them quickly. As a result, they achieved the coveted ENERGY STAR certification.

The company took full advantage of utility rebate programs to maximize the return on investments in energy-related projects. They installed a 100 kW solar array, which included new pulse electric meters that provide dynamic reporting of energy usage to identify anomalies. Routine thermographic scans on electrical panels identify additional safety and efficiency issues. The maintenance staff installed more efficient interior lighting with electronic ballasts, and induction lighting on the parking lot reduced energy usage by 60%. Boilers were enhanced to improve burner efficiency and an energy management system was installed to better automate the HVAC system. They also installed variable frequency drives on two centrifugal chillers. Peterson attributes much of their success to the resources available to participants of the St. Louis Green Business Challenge.

You can view the full case study online here. Visit the 25×20 website to see a list of all participants or take the pledge. Contact Chapter staff at to be featured in a benchmarking case study!