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August 2010
USGBC-STL Program - Building Performance Measurement
Extreme Tree House Design Judges Wanted
Energy Cost & Sustainability
MO Solar Energy Industries Association
Thanks Dr. Raven!
Seeking Chapter Member to Serve as Branch Liaison
Building Performance Partnership
September 14:
USGBC-STL Tour of Tyson Living Learning Center

September 16 & 17:
Basic Solar Hot Water Heating Workshop

September 20, 22, 27, & 29:
Eco Ride
Saturday October 23
a bike ride on the Riverfront Trail to benefit the USGBC-STL Scholarship Fund
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Bell Electrical Contractors

Color Art
Integrated Interiors

ECO Recycling, Inc.

Green Street Properties, LLC

Hastings & Chivetta

Johnson Controls

Landis & Gyr

Lighting Associates, Inc.

Novus International


St. Louis Electrical Connection

Sheet Metal Workers, Local 36


U.S. Bank

Washington University in St. Louis

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Building Performance Measurement - August 10
Join USGBC-STL and ASHRAE-St. Louis Chapter to learn more about building performance measurement from Mark Stetz, P.E.
Mr. Stetz has over 15 years of experience in the building energy efficiency and measurement & verification field and has contributed to the IPMVP (International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol) and FEMP (Federal Energy Management Program) Measurement & Verification Guidelines. He serves on USGBC's Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory group.

The program will cover:
  • Updates to LEED 3.0 and the new Minimum Program Requirements
  • USGBC's current Building Performance Initiative
  • Measuring building energy use and comparing to other buildings
  • Introduction to IPMVP principles referenced in Energy & Atmosphere (EA) Credit 5 (BD&C)
  • Methods to earn EA c5 (BD&C) / EA-c6 (EBOM)
  • Introduction to EPA's Portfolio Manager
  • Methods to calculate energy savings and emissions reductions
This course is approved for: 1 LEED-Specific GBCI CE Hour and
1.25 AIA CES Learning Units.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 10, 2010
5:30 - Registration & Networking
6:15 - 7:30- Presentation

: AmerenUE, 1901 Chouteau (63103) - map

FEE: Free for USGBC-STL members and full-time students; $20.00 for Non-Members

RSVP: Go to and click the "Register" button under the Building Performance Measurement event.
 Thanks to our Program Sponsors:

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CxE Group LLC

Seeking 2 USGBC-STL Members to Judge Missouri Botanical Garden's Extreme Tree House Design Competition

Extreme TreeHouses
The Missouri Botanical Garden is sponsoring an Extreme Tree House Design Competition that will coincide with the United Nations Year of Forests. We are recruiting two (2) USGBC-STL members to assist with the judging process. The competition will launch in August 2010 and judging will take place in November and December. Competition winners will be announced in January 2011 and Tree Houses installed in Spring 2011.

If you're interested in being a judge for the Extreme Tree House Competition, please e-mail by 9 am on Friday, August 27. Please include the following information in your e-mail:
  • Name
  • Company
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail Address
Please note: if you are chosen as a judge, your employer or company will not be eligible to participate in the Extreme Tree House Design Competition.
Energy, Cost & Sustainability Seminar - August 17

Energy plays a larger role in LEED V3 than in prior versions and in sustainability as a whole when considering our carbon footprint. This seminar will explore the importance of energy within these contexts and provide an overview of two specific building systems to be addressed in relation to energy usage.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Tarlton Corporation 5500 West Park Avenue (63110)
FEE: $30 for USGBC-STL Members; $40 for Non-Members
To register, go to

This course is approved for: 2 GBCI CE Hour and 2 AIA CES Learning Units

Look for more information about this seminar by e-mail later this week. Or visit for more information.

Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association offers training and more

 December 7 High Performance building session speakersMissouri Solar Energy Industries Association's (MOSEIA) mission is to strengthen and expand the solar industry and establish a sustainable energy future for all Missourians. Our goal is to accelerate the solar industry in Missouri while raising industry standards. MOSEIA members are required to sign a Code of Ethics vowing to conduct their business with the utmost integrity.
MOSIEA actively promotes policy issues such as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and Proposition C, which mandates that 15% of electricity produced by Missouri investor owned utilities must be sourced from renewables by 2021. Policy issues require constant monitoring, so we keep our members updated and empower them with advocacy tactics.

Throughout the year, MOSEIA provides training opportunities for members and non-members. Most training qualifies for North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) credit - required for Certified Solar PV Installer Certification. MOSEIA members receive training discounts. Upcoming trainings include:
  • Professional Solar Training with SunWize Technologies on August 5 & 6 in St. Louis, MO
  • Basic Solar Hot Water Workshop on September 16 & 17 in Hermann, MO
Save the date for MOSEIA's annual meeting on January 21 and 22 in Columbia, MO. Highlights include exhibitor space, networking opportunities and a one-day intensive code training with Bill Brooks from the Solar Living Institute. Visit for events and membership information.
Dr. Raven Community Appreciation - August 6
For the past 40 years, Dr. Peter Raven has been at the helm of the Missouri Botanical Garden, leading the way in plant conservation in St. Louis and around the world. Dr. Raven will retire on September 1 and the Garden is throwing a party to honor him!

WHEN: Friday, August 6, 5 - 8 pm (Remarks at 6 pm)
WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden - Ridgway Visitor Center, Upper Level - map
FEE: Free!

For more information, visit
USGBC - St. Louis Regional & MIssouri Heartland Chapters Merger approved - seeking Ozarks Branch Liaison!

Have you heard?  USGBC-STL is on its way to becoming a statewide chapter that will cover southern Illinois and westward through Missouri to a common boundary with the Central Plains Chapter that serves the Kansas City metropolitan area. As a statewide chapter, we'll begin to form branches as various parts of the chapter organize. Leadership of the Missouri Heartland Chapter have stepped forward to form the Ozarks Branch which will serve the Springfield area. The Missouri Heartland Chapter will dissolve as we go statewide and Ozarks Branch is born.

We are seeking candidates who have interest in serving in an appointed capacity to act as liaison to the Ozarks Branch. The primary responsibility of this volunteer position is to support high quality and dependable communication between the Chapter Board, staff, and committee leadership and the Branch leadership. If you have interest in exploring this volunteer opportunity, contact Pat Justis, Past USGBC-STL Board Chair, at 314-554-4301 or

Look for more info about the merger soon!
Building Performance Partnership - current LEED certified projects can participate
In an effort to optimize the performance of buildings, USGBC has launched the Building Performance Partnership which will help us better understand how buildings perform from the moment of LEED certification and years beyond

Participation of current LEED-certified buildings is voluntary. Current projects - regardless of their rating system version - are invited to take part in the Building Performance Partnership. LEED buildings that participate are eligible for annual performance reports, report cards and real-time data interfaces to aid in their building performance goals.

Currently more than 120 projects are participating in Phase One. These projects will receive a basic performance report in time for Greenbuild 2010 in Chicago this November.

For more information or to participate, visit


Thanks to USGBC-STL Sponsors that have recently joined or renewed!

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