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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High Performance Buildings through Optimized Fenestration and Daylighting

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Designing buildings around harvesting sunlight offers select benefits, such as free interior lighting, passive heating, and diminished electrical consumption.

Properly implemented, strategic window placement and advanced daylighting techniques boost occupant comfort and significantly reduce lighting energy demand, which accounts for 35-50% of total commercial electrical energy use.

Join USGBC-ET and Kim Shinn PE, LEED Fellow, CxA, BEMP to explore the cutting-edge of fenestration area, positioning and transmittance, the quantitative value of daylight harvesting, and daylight harvesting requirements introduced in the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

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, November 15, 2013
TIME: 11:30am- 1:00pm
LOCATION: Calhouns on the River (400 Neyland Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902)

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

 

 

 

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2013 Weatherization Day Success!

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This year’s Weatherization Day was a great success! Incredible volunteers and generous sponsors greatly reduced our project home’s air leakage and greatly improved its building envelope and efficiency with the addition of subfloor insulation! Actual results indicated:

  • A 25% reduction in annual energy costs, totaling $511 in annual savings
  • A 21% reduction in whole-house air leakage and a 52% reduction in duct leakage
  • Eliminating 3 tons of CO2, 16 lbs of SO2 and 4 lbs of NOx emissions
  • Improved comfort, indoor air quality and peace of mind for the family

These achievements were made using the efforts of over 40 volunteers, one half gallon of mastic, 4 rolls of weatherstrip tape,10 cans of spray foam, 12 tubes of caulk and over 1,100 square feet of insulation.

See this year’s photos on our Facebook Page! Video of this year’s event is also available.

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November First Friday USGBC-ET Open House

Event photos available at USGBC-ET Facebook Page!

You’re Invited to the USGBC-ET First Friday Open House on November 1st, 2013!

Please join Elizabeth Eason Architecture and Carol R. Johnson Associates for refreshments and a tour of their LEED Gold offices- plus a look at some of their recent projects.

On display will be EE Architecture’s latest work, including affordable housing projects, sustainable commercial office spaces, and cutting-edge residential design. On the second floor you will find CRJA’s award-winning landscape architecture projects, including civic spaces such as plazas, campuses, streetscapes and parks.

This open house will kick off a year-long celebration of EEA’s ten years of healthy, energy efficient and environmentally thoughtful design- look for more events to come!

Catering provided by Holly’s Eventful Dining

COST: Free!
DATE: Friday, November 1, 2013
TIME: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
LOCATION: 524 S. Gay Street, Suites 201 & 301, Knoxville, TN 37902

 

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Community Solutions for Sustainable Energy Efficiency

In August of this year, the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge team found that $4.8 million was spent on utility bill assistance for Knoxville’s low-income residents in 2012. A key finding of this report was that the City needs to find long-term, sustainable alternatives to utility emergency assistance.

Weatherization and education, intentionally combined with workforce development, are key ways to meet this challenge- and community groups are already rising to the task. KEAP Green Jobs, a partnership between five Knoxville nonprofit organizations, is developing a new grassroots weatherization pilot program dedicated to making energy efficiency improvements- including measurement and verification- a reality. The KEAP partnership is on track to complete several project homes by the end of this year.

Join USGBC-ET and representatives Don Horton and Rick Held from KEAP to explore a shared community vision for an efficient, sustainable energy future for Knoxville’s homeowners and residents.

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

Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CEU. Eligible for engineer PDH.

Knoxville: RSVP Online @ Eventbrite
Date: Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 11:30am- 1:00pm
Location: The Square Room, 4 Market Square Knoxville, TN 37902

For More Info & RSVP, Contact: easttnusgbc@gmail.com or 865-208-7887

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PlanET Upcoming Fall 2013 Events

 

 

 

PlanET Fall 2013 Upcoming Events pdf

Saturday, September 21 
A Place at the Table: A documentary film about hunger in the United States
4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The University of Tennessee Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center, Room 241 (Auditorium) 1502 W. Cumberland Avenue

  • Join us for a free public screening of this compelling documentary. This film shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it can be solved once and for all, if the American public decides – as they have in the past – that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all. This viewing will be followed by a question and answer session with a panel of local persons who can speak to the issue of hunger and obesity in the Knoxville community.

Friday, October 25
Tell the Story of Our Region: A PlanET documentary short film premiere
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
The Square Room
4 Market Square

Friday, November 8
Equity in East Tennessee: Why Health Equity Matters
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Beck Cultural Exchange Center
1927 Dandridge Avenue

  • Save the date for the first-ever local summit on health equity. The purposes of the summit will be to deepen our understanding of how local partners have begun to focus on health equity, explore opportunities to collaborate, and strategize about how you can start the conversation about health equity in your community or workplace. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Adewale Troutman, president of the American Public Health Association and committed health equity leader. 
  • For more information contact Ashley Brooks, abrook33@utk.edu.

Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9
2013 East Tennessee Preservation Conference
Friday, November 8 at 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: ETPA’s Annual Meeting.
Saturday, November 9 at 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. General Sessions
Chilhowee Club in Maryville
223 Clarion Avenue

  • The full schedule will be available soon on Knox Heritage’s website at www.knoxheritage.org/conference

Tuesday, November 19
ETcompetes: A Capstone Event
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and opening remarks. Light breakfast served.
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Program
The Standard
416 W. Jackson Avenue

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Knox County Schools Energy Performance Review

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The Knox County school system has become a local leader in efficient, cost-effective multi-facility energy management, saving tens of millions of dollars in energy costs since 2008 by using a combination of training-focused programs, implementing an Energy Management Program (ERP), a new performance-based guaranteed energy savings project, as well as attention to educating personnel, staff and students.

Also contributing to enhanced energy savings are upgraded HVAC systems, lighting retrofits, building automation and controls- saving the school system in excess of $15,669,533 since 2008.

Featuring Zane Foraker, Energy Manager with Knox County Schools, this presentation will update attendees on current energy performance, trends, lessons learned and challenges in managing a substantial campus.

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

Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CEU. Eligible for engineer PDH.

Knoxville: RSVP Online @ Eventbrite
Date: Friday, September 20, 2013
Time: 11:30am- 1:00pm
Location: The Foundry At The Fair Site (747 Worlds Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902)

For More Info & RSVP, Contact: easttnusgbc@gmail.com or 865-208-7887

 

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East Tennessee Weatherization Works! Service Day 2013

On October 26th, 2013 The East Tennessee Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC-ET) is holding its fourth annual volunteer service project, Weatherization Works! to weatherize the homes of low-income families in Knoxville who are suffering from unaffordable energy bills.

See photos from Weatherization Day 2012

USGBC-ET is joined in this effort by the Knoxville non-profit organization Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development (SEEED), the City of Knoxville Community Development Department, volunteers and donations from The Home Depot, ProFoam of Tennessee, Trane, TN Waste, and Home Energy Basics.

The goal of this project is to weatherize two homes and give volunteers hands-on experience with materials and methods they can then use to weatherize homes in their communities. Volunteers will perform the work of caulking, insulating, weather-stripping and replacing light bulbs, while a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater will perform a home energy assessment and determine the impact of improvements and savings.

Want to Participate? Weatherization Works! will take place on Oct. 26 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. All training, materials, lunch and safety gear will be provided, and portable toilets will be at the project homes for volunteer use. Volunteers also get an event t-shirt!*

All volunteers are required to attend a short orientation on Oct. 26 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at SEEED, located at 1617 Dandridge Ave. Knoxville, TN 37915. Closed toe shoes and layers for cold weather required!

USGBC ET Weatherization Day 2013 Info Sheet

USGBC Weatherization Project 2010&2012 Summary

 

For more information email easttnusgbc@gmail.com or call (865) 208-7887.

 

 

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Modeling and Commissioning for Maximum Performance

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Energy modeling tools provide assistance with design, accounting, and financial justification to green building professionals, while commissioning aims to improve a project by careful evaluation and adjustment from the design phase through post construction and occupancy.

Together, modeling and commissioning give much greater confidence in potential customized and integrated solutions for energy and resource budgeting and conservation.

This course is led by Wayne Robertson PE, LEED AP, an energy consultant, certified commissioning agent and nationally-known speaker and writer on energy subjects. It will cover the following:

  • Options for LEED compliance and benefits
  • The role of and types of commissioning
  • Common issues found on projects
  • All-important returns on investment that are necessary to deliver a high performance facility.

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

Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CEU. Eligible for engineer PDH.

Chattanooga: RSVP Online @ Eventbrite
Date: September 25, 2013
Time: 11:30am- 1:00pm
Location: green|spaces, 63 E Main St  Chattanooga, TN 37408

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Building Tomorrow’s Cities through Sustainable Policy

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Cities offer unique challenges and opportunities for sustainable improvements. As centers of concentrated population, cities are the most important arenas for efficiency gains in terms of infrastructure, growth, energy and resources.

Making cities sustainable has major implications for the future of prosperity and quality of life for everyone in East Tennessee. Several municipalities are leading the way, with a variety of initiatives underway and in development dedicated to an environmentally, socially, and economically healthy future.

On July 19, join USGBC-ET and representatives from the cities of Knoxville and Oak Ridge to share new ideas, experiences and the current status of municipal sustainability initiatives.

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

Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CEU. Eligible for engineer PDH.

Knoxville: RSVP Online @ Eventbrite
Date: Friday, July 19, 2013
Time: 11:30am- 1:00pm
Location: The Foundry At The Fair Site (747 Worlds Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902)

For More Info & RSVP, Contact: easttnusgbc@gmail.com or 865-208-7887

This Event Proudly Sponsored by 

StonePeak Ceramics

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