Registration is now open for the Joint April Chapter Meeting of the ETN-USGBC and the AIA Chattanooga

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You can now register for the joint ETN-USGBC and AIA Chattanooga April Chapter Meeting. Attendance is free for all AIA members, while non-members pay a $20 fee that includes lunch. The meeting is good for 1 AIA CE credit, which can be self-reported for USGBC CEUs and PE CEUs.

William Brodnax will present at the meeting on a wide but detailed review of LEED version 4, starting with a broad understanding of how, why, and when changes were made. The presentation will give attendees a general understanding of new risks involved with LEED version 4, and how they should approach their new projects.

Date: 16 April 2014
Time: 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Place:  Development Resource Center, 1250 Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37401
Cost: (includes lunch) free for AIA members, $20 for non-members
Credits: 1 AIA credit which can translate to USGBC CEUs or PE CEUs
RSVP: EVENTBRITE (please be sure to register by Monday, 14 April)

If you registered but can no longer attend, please request a refund or let Dawn Skowronnek, Executive Director of AIA Chattanooga, know by email exec@aiachatt.org or by phone 423-488-9900.

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:
etnusgbcrsvp@gmail.com or 865-208-7887

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Preparing for a Net-Zero Energy Tomorrow

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Date: April 18, 2014
Time: 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Place: The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 Worlds Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902
CEU: 1 GBCI credit, 1 AIA LU/HSW credit, eligible for engineer PDH
Cost: includes lunch, $5 members, $20 non-members, $10 students (with ID)
RSVP: Eventbrite or contact etnusgbcrsvp@gmail.com

Join ETN-USGBC for a presentation featuring Pete Choquette, who will discuss the implementation of methodologies for the design and validation of high-performance buildings.

Because of environmental, economic, and strategic concerns ranging from climate change to instability in energy-rich regions of the world, our society has become increasingly concerned with energy conservation. Buildings play a prominent role as they consume roughly half of the energy produced in the United States. As a consequence, designers, builders, and owners are setting aggressive new goals for energy reduction, including signing on to the 2030 Challenge for net-zero energy buildings. However, current renewable energy options are too expensive to make net-zero buildings feasible in the short-term, leaving many to question what they can do right now.

Building professionals must work to optimize new construction, renovations, and existing buildings with a view toward the day when the first cost of renewables will be less prohibitive and buildings with smaller energy footprints will become the ideal candidates for their installation. To do so, methodologies for the design and validation of high-performance buildings need to be implemented and carefully followed through from conception through completion.

For new construction and renovation projects, this involves implementing step-by-step processes that consider a wide range of factors that affect building performance. These include solar orientation, the thermal properties and air-tightness of the building envelope, lighting and controls strategies, the efficiency of HVAC and process equipment, and understanding which renewable energy systems work best for a particular project type.

For existing buildings, a different step-by-step process must be followed ranging from Energy Audits through the implementation of simple lighting and controls upgrades and possibly leading to Retro-Commissioning of existing building systems.

This presentation includes case studies of how these methodologies have been successfully employed on projects to achieve improved energy performance and will conclude with an exploration of validation techniques that can be used in design and construction to ensure facilities perform to higher standards.

FOR MORE INFO & TO RSVP, CONTACT: etnusgbcrsvp@gmail.com or 865-208-7887.

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Our Dense, Low-Energy Urban Future

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Member admission including lunch is only $5.00!

Dense, well-planned urban development has a plethora of benefits which include reducing traffic congestion, reining in suburban sprawl, contributing to livable, walkable communities as well as controlling housing cost, supply and equitability.

By integrating features of sustainable urban design such as low-energy mass transit systems and considering the interaction between the built and natural environments, cities can begin to more effectively foster health, wealth, and happiness- while also mitigating their environmental impacts.

Led by Ted Shelton, FAIA, LEED AP, this presentation will introduce proven sustainable urban design principles and explore the benefits of dense, low-energy development to help plan and build the cities of tomorrow, today.

Course Agenda

COST: w/ Lunch- $5 Members/$20 Non-Members. Students admitted for $10 with College Photo ID.

CREDITS: 1 GBCI credit, 1 AIA LU/HSW credit. Eligible for engineer PDH.

Knoxville: RSVP Online @ Eventbrite
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 11:30am- 1:00pm
Location: The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 Worlds Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902

FOR MORE INFO & RSVP CONTACT: easttnusgbc@gmail.com or 865-208-7887

 

 

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Highlights from The 3rd Annual USGBC-ET Green Light Awards

The 3rd Annual USGBC-ET Green Light Awards Ceremony was held January 30, 2014, from 5:30-8:30pm at The Emporium Center for Arts & Culture. The Annual USGBC-ET Green Light Awards celebrates the achievements of outstanding individuals whose efforts in the past year have advanced sustainability in East Tennessee. The ceremony culminates in the awarding of two very prestigious awards: The Green Leader Award, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions in extending the benefits of green building to the surrounding community, and The Green Light Award, which is presented to an organization that has been deemed a leader of sustainability in the local community.

There was food and drinks and socializing:

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And there were awards(!):

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To see more pictures from the event (and there are plenty more), be sure to hop on over to our Facebook page.

Kim Shinn (PE, LEED Fellow, CxA, BEMP) gave the keynote address, and inspired attendees to pursue sustainable design not just for monetary gains, but for the good of future generations.

A big congratulations to the following award recipients:

THE GREEN LEADER AWARD
-   Ted Wampler, Jr., President and COO of Wampler’s Farm Sausage
-   Elizabeth Eason, AIA LEED AP BD+C, founder of Elizabeth Eason Architecture, LLC

THE GREEN LIGHT AWARD
-  Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations

THE VOLUNTEER EXCELLENCE AWARD
-   Carol Montgomery
-   Megan Chafin

THE CHAPTER ORGANIZATION AWARD
-   Lisa Hoskins

THE EDUCATION AWARD
-   Vince Meyer, a.k.a., The Energy Hog

THE ADVOCACY AWARD
-   planET

THE GREEN PROJECT AWARDS
These awards are presented to projects recognized as leaders in sustainable design, construction and/or operation. The following projects received a Green Light Project Award this year:

Shelton Group Office
ssProject Location:   Knoxville, TN
ssClient:   Shelton Group
ssArchitects:   Elizabeth Eason Architecture
ssDesigners:   Elizabeth Eason, Andrew Godwin, Maxi Frank
ssCustom Fabrication:   ForK Design
ssGeneral Contractors:   Merit Construction
ssConsultants:   Mallia Engineering Company, Facility Systems Consultants
ssPhotographer:   Denise Retallack

HALLSDALE POWELL UTILITY DISTRICT – ADMIN. OFFICE
ssProject Location:   Knoxville, TN
ssClient:   Hallsdale Powell Utility District
ssArchitects:   McCarty Holsaple McCarty
ssDesigners:   Doug McCarty, Don Horton, Stephen Collins
ssLandscape Architects:   The Penland Studio
ssGeneral Contractors:   P & W Construction Co.
ssConsultants:   Ross Bryan Associates, Engineering Services Group, McGill Associates
ssPhotographer:   McCarty Holsaple McCarty

MCFEE PARK, FARRAGUT, TN
ssProject Location:   Farragut, TN
ssClient:   Town of Farragut
ssArchitects:   Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc.
ssDesigners:   Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc.
ssLandscape Architects:   Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc.
ssGeneral Contractors:   Christopolous & Kennedy
ssConsultants:   None
ssPhotographer:   Anita Blake, David Humes

(Student Choice Award)
ORNL GUEST HOUSE
ssProject Location:   Oak Ridge, TN
ssClient:   UT-Battelle, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
ssArchitects:   Benefield Richters
ssDesigners:   Benefield Richters
ssLandscape Architects:   Benefield Richters
ssGeneral Contractors:   Benefield Richters
ssConsultants:   Mallia Engineering Company, MDA Engineering
ssPhotographer:   N/A

Congratulations again to all award recipients, and a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who came out to celebrate their achievements with us. We are looking forward to another year of working with such dedicated and driven people who tirelessly promote sustainability in East Tennessee and the surrounding communities.

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LEED Version 4: The Next Evolution of LEED

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On November 20, 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council released the latest version of the LEED rating system: LEED v4. Major updates in LEED v4 include updated baselines, minimum air quality requirements and many new credit opportunities.

Get ready for the new LEED! This presentation, led by Will Brodnax (LEED AP) of Energy Ace, will review the new and changing aspects of LEED as it transitions from version 3 to version 4, including a rundown of major credit categories, the evolution of new guidelines and how to improve LEED project performance.

Whether you are thinking about tackling the new standards or continuing with LEED 2009 through June 2015, this presentation will offer important guidance, bring you up to speed on new changes, introduce proven strategies and instructive case studies

COST: w/ Lunch- $5 Members/$20 Non-Members. Students admitted for $10 with College Photo ID.

CREDITS: 1 GBCI credit, 1 AIA LU/HSW credit. Eligible for engineer PDH.

KNOXVILLE: RSVP Online @ Eventbrite
DATE: Friday, February 21, 2014
TIME: 11:30am- 1:00pm
LOCATION: The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 Worlds Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902

FOR MORE INFO & RSVP CONTACT: easttnusgbc@gmail.com or 865-208-7887

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Rainwater Harvesting Advantages in Stormwater Management

Pueblo SpoutRainwater harvesting offers significant ecological and economic advantages to owners and operators of residential, commercial, industrial, and utility properties.

Currently, around 99% of daily potable water consumption is used to flush toilets, irrigate landscaping, wash cars and fill swimming pools, and with minimal effort and planning these uses can be offset or eliminated altogether by collecting, storing and using rainfall on site, while at the same time providing significant stormwater management benefits.

Presented by Denis Rochat of Rainwater Resources, this course will review the basics and benefits of rainwater harvesting, Investigate design considerations of successful systems, and explore residential and
commercial case studies.

COST: w/ Lunch- $15 Members/$20 Non-Members. Students admitted at the member rate with College Photo ID.

CREDITS: 1 GBCI credit, 1 AIA LU/HSW credit. Eligible for engineer PDH.

KNOXVILLE: RSVP Online @ Eventbrite
DATE: Friday, January 17, 2014
TIME: 11:30am- 1:00pm
LOCATION: The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 Worlds Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902

FOR MORE INFO & RSVP CONTACT: easttnusgbc@gmail.com or 865-208-7887

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2013 USGBC-ET Green Light Awards

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Save the date! USGBC-ET is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual USGBC-ET Green Light Awards Ceremony to be held on January 30, 2014 at the Emporium In Knoxville, TN.

At the Green Light Awards, USGBC-ET brings together building professionals and community members to celebrate outstanding achievements, leaders and volunteers who have advanced sustainability in the East Tennessee region.

This event culminates in the awarding of the two USGBC-ET capstone awards:

  • The Green Light Award- presented to an organization that has been a leader in the community for the cause of sustainability
  • The Green Leader Award- honoring an individual who has made significant contributions toward extending the benefits of green building to a diverse community

Also presented will be the Green Project Awards, presented to projects which are leaders in terms of sustainable design, construction and/or operation.

Price of admission includes live jazz from The Wes Lunsford Trio, heavy hors d’œuvres, and drinks.

Admission: $25.00 | $15.00 members
Discount pair of tickets: $45.00 | $25.00 members

For more information, please contact us at easttnusgbc@gmail or 865-208-7887

The East Tennessee Chapter USGBC Thanks our 3rd Annual Green Light Award Sponsors:

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ Office in Knoxville is the 20,000th LEED-certified Project!

Green Mountain Coffee: the 20,000th LEED Project!LEED logo color

USGBC-ET is proud to recognize the newly LEED-certified Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ office in Knoxville, which as of December 5th, 2013 is also the 20,000th LEED-certified project to earn certification!

This achievement marks a milestone for Green Mountain as well as the USGBC, LEED and the entire green building movement. 20,000 buildings and spaces around the world are collectively saving energy, precious resources and cutting carbon emissions.

Thanks, Green Mountain! We are proud to have you as part of our community.

 

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USGBC-ET Board Elections

ET_logo_roundUSGBC-ET’s Nominating Committee has put together a slate of candidates to be presented to the membership for consideration.

Resumes of the candidates can be viewed through the following links:

Elections will be open to Chapter Members until Friday, December 6th at 5:00 pm.

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2013 USGBC-ET Green Light Awards | Call for Entries

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USGBC-ET is pleased to announce a call for project submissions for the 3rd Annual USGBC-ET Green Light Awards Ceremony to be held on January 30, 2014! Extended deadline! Project entry forms are due by December 13, 2013 with final project submissions due by December 23, 2013.

Green Project Entry Form

Green Light Award Templates (InDesign and PowerPoint Formats)

Since its inception, USGBC-ET has brought together building professionals and community members to celebrate outstanding achievements, leaders and volunteers who have advanced sustainability in the East Tennessee region through the annual Green Light Awards.

Submissions will be eligible for two award categories: Green Project Awards and the Student’s Choice Award.

ELIGIBILITY
Any built project completed after January 1, 2009 in the East Tennessee region is eligible for submission. The Green Light Awards Program is open to projects of all types including new construction, remodeling, interiors, rehabilitation, preservation, urban design projects, civic improvements, regional plans, environmental programs, or redevelopment projects.  Projects do not need to be LEED certified to be considered for a Green Project award.

SUBMITTAL GUIDELINES
The 2013 USGBC-ET Green Light Awards will accept submissions for Green Projects via email. Upon receipt of your entry form and fee, you will be provided with both PowerPoint and InDesign templates as well as accompanying instructions. To maintain consistency and fairness, modifications to the templates cannot not be accepted. Final project submissions must be submitted in portable document format (.pdf) or powerpoint (.ppt) format. Please note that project authorship must remain concealed- If authorship is revealed on any images, plans or narrative, the entry will be disqualified.

The following will be required for integration into your final submission:

  • Project Information: Include summary statement, detailed summary, area and cost, date of completion, project code number.
  • Drawings and Images: Include images, plans, details, diagrams, or sketches as required to fully describe the sustainable qualities of the built work.  Clear communication of the sustainable attributes of the project generally requires a variety of image types and drawings. Be sure to indicate solar orientation on drawings.
  • Identification Information*: Include name and location of project, owner/client, architect(s), designers, landscape architect, consultants, general contractor, photographer and all other team members. Also include the project Code Number.

*This information will not be seen by the jury and will only be used to identify winners and assist with award presentations. The entire project team will be recognized at the awards ceremony.

AWARDS
Each project will be judged according to its own merits and will be evaluated in terms of specific constraints, opportunities addressed, the quality and rigor of sustainability integration, and the “triple bottom line”—i.e., providing holistic solutions that simultaneously address environmental, social, and economic criteria.

Green Project Awards will be decided by an independent, impartial group of USGBC Board members from a chapter within the southeast region. Winners will be announced and awards presented at the 2013 USGBC-ET Green Light Awards on January 30, 2013.

Student’s Choice Awards will be decided by a panel from the Knox County Schools L&N STEM Academy. Winners will be announced and awards presented at the 2013 USGBC-ET Green Light Awards on January 30, 2013.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

  • Extended deadline! Project Entry forms and fee of $100 per project must be received by December 13, 2013
  • Final project presentations must be submitted by midnight December 23, 2013

Green Project Entry Form

Green Light Award Templates (InDesign and PowerPoint Formats)

Please send completed forms to easttnusgbc@gmail.com or via mail at PO Box 53135, Knoxville TN 37950

 

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