Call for Submissions: 2014 Green Light Awards

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Project submission is now open for the 4th Annual ETN-USGBC Green Light Awards Ceremony, which will be held on January 20, 2015. The Ceremony brings together building professionals and community members to celebrate the achievements of leaders and volunteers who have advanced sustainability in the East Tennessee region. The project entry forms are due by December 2, 2014. Final project submissions are due by December 18, 2014. Submissions will be eligible for two award categories: Green Project Awards (several awards), and the Student’s Choice Award (only one award).

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November Lunch & Learn – 2012 ICC: Exterior Building Envelope

lunchboxRick Ziegler will be speaking on “2012 ICC: Exterior Building Envelope” at this month’s Lunch & Learn from 11:30-1:00PM at The Foundry. The presentation will focus on building enclosure performance, recent code developments, and the BECx process.

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And So Ends Another Successful Weatherization Month

calendarOctober is winding down, which means our weatherization activities are coming to an end. We want to thank everyone who participated in the planning and execution of our events this month. Your help was very much appreciated!

We’ve got a few events planned for November, which is our Building Codes Month, including a Lunch & Learn on the “Building Envelope” on November 21 (more details to come), and a potential social gathering for members (again, more details and a date to come).

Bruce Glanville, the hard-working organizer of this year’s Weatherization Day, sent out a wonderful summary of the experience that we wanted to share with all members:

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Weatherization Day 2014: Come Help Us Weatherize a Local Home!

usgbc_weather2014ETN-USGBC is holding its annual Weatherization Day on October 25 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM at 1211 Exeter Ave, Knoxville, TN 37921.

Weatherization Day is a one-day energy retrofit of a Knoxville home by volunteers. Professionals experienced in weatherizing homes, like Bruce Glanville of Energy Home Basics and Kenny Powel of Powel Construction, will be on the scene to help guide volunteers, and to teach them about weatherization, which is the practice of protecting a building from the elements, and modifying it to optimize energy efficiency.

The event is free and open to the public, so anyone interested is more than welcome. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing (be prepared to get dirty), and bring lunch, snacks and/or drinks.

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Dr. Tom Lawrence to Present on ASHRAE Standard 189.1: A New Standard for High Performance, Green Buildings

lawrenceDr. Tom Lawrence, Senior Public Service Associate at the University of Georgia, will discuss the new ASHRAE Standard 189.1 for High Performance, Green Buildings at the ASHRAE East TN Chapter meeting on October 15 at Rothchild Catering from 11:45AM-1:00PM.

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October Lunch & Learn: The Benefits of Weatherization

usgbc_weather2014It’s Weatherization Month, and ETN-USGBC is planning two events in its honor. Learn more about what weatherization is, the government’s involvement, and how you can benefit from it at this month’s Lunch & Learn, then apply that knowledge as a volunteer helping to weatherize a local house here in Knoxville for Weatherization Day.

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3rd Annual Accessibility Symposium to Showcase Designing for Accessibility

accessibilityThe 3rd Annual East Tennessee Accessibility Symposium will be held October 3 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum from 9AM to 4PM. This interactive symposium will demonstrate how to design for accessibility, how it benefits everyone in the community, not just seniors or those with disabilities, and how easy and affordable it can be to implement when considered during the design phase. Continue reading

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Lunch and Learn: What is a high performance, healthy school, and is it something every school system can afford?

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We Had a Wonderful Turnout for Our Inaugural DesignSlam Competition

ETN-USGBC hosted our first-ever DesignSlam Knoxville competition last night at The Standard. There were design teams, beverages, food, and people. So many people!

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ZeroLandfill East TN to Collect Expired Samples in September

284560_268133453298722_583684622_nZeroLandfill East Tennessee, an upcycling program, will be collecting expired samples from local architects & designers September 16-18, 2014, for redistribution to lower the amount of waste delivered to landfills.

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