NETWORKING SOCIAL EVENT: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

image001What’s a better way to celebrate green building practices than by raising a glass with your fellow ETN-USGBC members on the greenest day of the year, St. Patrick’s Day? We’re hosting our March social event on Tuesday, March 17, from 5:30-6:30pm at Central Flats and Taps. Bring your coworkers, bring your friends, bring yourself! Specials include 25% off bottles of wine, and happy hour till 7pm.

DATE: 17 March 2015
TIME: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
LOCATION: Central Flats and Taps
SPECIALS: Happy Hour till 7pm, 25% off wine bottles

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SAVE THE DATE: Half-Day Seminar – 2012 Energy Codes in East Tennessee: What You Need to Know

floorplansMultiple communities in East Tennessee recently adopted new energy codes that will help owners of new and renovated properties save energy and reduce operating costs, however, transitioning to these new standards can bring challenges.

USGBC TN, AIA, AGC, ASHRAE, ACEC are co-sponsoring a half-day seminar ​on ​April 10 from 8am – 1pm to help identify how the 2012 codes are changing the industry, how these changes will affect liability, and how communities and industries can make these changes work for all stakeholders.

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CSI Knoxville Lunch & Learn on Air Movement for Energy-Efficient Comfort

CaptureLacy Hohlbein, A/E Specialist, will be giving a talk on “Air Movement for Energy-Efficient Comfort in Conditioned Spaces” at the CSI Knoxville Chapter’s Feb. 18 Lunch & Learn at the East TN Community Design Center.

As initiatives like ASHRAE Vision 2020 and the 2030 Challenge move us increasingly towards market viable net-zero buildings, the role basic building components play in a facility’s energy efficiency should be reevaluated. When integrated into new building designs, air movement allows a reduction of air conditioning capacity and ductwork. In the winter, low speed air circulation redirects heated air trapped at the ceiling, resulting in significant energy savings. Project teams working on net-zero buildings have proven the effectiveness of incorporating air movement in building plans as part of an integrated design strategy. ASHRAE 55 highlighted the impact elevated air speed has on thermal comfort, innovative designs have reestablished air movement as an integral part of occupant comfort and of energy conservation, and recent changes to Appendix G of ASHRAE 90.1 allows the inclusion of energy savings from using elevated air speed in energy simulations.

The Lunch & Learn will touch on (1) primary factors affecting human thermal comfort and basics of ASHRAE Standard 55-2010 and the ASHRAE Thermal Comfort Tool, (2) use of elevated air speed for increased air distribution efficiency & energy savings within air conditioned spaces, (3) additional design benefits of minimizing ductwork, lower HVAC first cost, improved ventilation rates, and condensation reduction, and (4) stratification & destratification, and the significant energy saving potential from destratifying a large open space.

If you plan to attend, you must RSVP to Jeremy Shipp at shipp.arc@gmail.com by Feb. 13, as space is limited.

Date: 18 Feb. 2015
Time: 11:30-1:00PM
Location: East TN Community Design Center (WATE 6 Carriage House, 1300 N. Broadway)
Credits: 1 AIA HSW / 1 GBCI BD+C / 1 PDH* / 1 IDCEC*
RSVP: Jeremy Shipp at shipp.arc@gmail.com

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Congratulations to the 4th Annual Green Light Awards Ceremony Winners!

GreenLight_LogoETN-USGBC held our 4th Annual Green Light Awards Ceremony on January 20, 2015, at The Square from 5:30-8:00pm, where we recognized local achievements in sustainability (photos). We’d like to extend a big congratulations to the following award recipients for their outstanding achievements in the field of sustainability in the built environment:

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The 4th Annual ETN-USGBC Green Light Awards Ceremony is Just Around the Corner

2014 GLA email header.aiThe 4th Annual ETN-USGBC Green Light Awards Ceremony will be held January 20, 2015, in The Square Room on Market Square. 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. Cocktails and networking begin at 5:30pm, the buffet opens at 6:00pm, and the program will begin at 6:30pm.

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Mayor to Present on Sustainability in Knoxville at the December ASHRAE Meeting

madelineMayor Madeline Rogero will speak about “Knoxville: A Sustainable City” at the December 17 meeting of the East TN Chapter of ASHRAE from 11:45 – 1:00 PM. Erin Gill, Director of Sustainability for the City of Knoxville, will be accompanying her.

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Call for Submissions: 2014 Green Light Awards

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Project Entry Form Deadline Extended to Dec.9th!

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 9, 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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