Archive for May, 2016

Living Buildings & Communities

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The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a building certification program with rigorous green standards; certification from this program denotes the highest levels of sustainability and efficiency for the built environment. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of performance requirements over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy. Three levels of certification exist: Living Building Certification, Petal Certification, and Net Zero Energy Building Certification. Projects obtain Living Building Certification by attaining all twenty Imperatives; Petal Certification by satisfying the requirements of three or more Petals, including at least one of the following: Water, Energy or Materials; or Net Zero Energy Building Certification by achieving four specific Imperatives, including net zero energy. There are currently 40 certified projects spread throughout more than a dozen countries around the world.

The Living Community Challenge takes this one step further by applying LBC concepts to entire communities or cities.

In this seminar, attendees will examine a variety of buildings at educational institutions in the Midwestern and Southeastern US which are pursuing or have achieved Living Building Certification, including: The College School’s Jan Phillips Learning Center, a pre-K-8th learning center located on the school’s LaBarque Creek campus with added educational features to teach students about sustainability; Knox College’s Green Oaks Biological Field Station which is located off-campus among native forest, grassland, and one of the Midwest’s most successful prairie restorations; Washington University’s Living Learning Center which tied to be the world’s first Living Building; and Berea College’s Deep Green Residence Hall. The concept of Living Communities will also be explored in this lecture.

Ralph Bicknese, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Fellow, Principal at hellmuth + bicknese architects

Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA/CES LU HSW

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
3:00 – 5:00 PM

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 126.
Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.

$30 for USGBC-MGC Members; $45 for Non-members

Click here to register online.

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

Phil Valko describes “An Architectural Twin Study,” which he co-led, in Archinect

WashingtPhil Valko photo_3on University’s Phil Valko, assistant vice chancellor for sustainability, and Don Koster, senior lecturer in architecture, have led an innovative multi-disciplinary applied research project called the Green Rehab Experiment. The project centered on the renovation and subsequent energy monitoring of two university-owned, 100-year-old apartment buildings. In the article, Valko discusses the goal of charting a path towards net-zero energy performance within market constraints, which meant finding low-cost technologies.

Read the article “An Architectural Twin Study” here, and learn more about Phil in his Chapter Member Profile.

Explore the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter online directory to learn about other Chapter members!

Visit the Green Building Experts page to learn more about members who have been recognized for their green building advocacy, promotion, and expertise.

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course – August 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 practice exam to assist with continued exam preparation at the conclusion of the course.

Friday, August 26, 2016
Please arrive and check in between 8:45 – 9:00am

Color Art Integrated Interiors, 1325 N. Warson Rd. 63132

$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