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  August 2012 E-Newsletter

August 2012
August Program - A Night of Energy Modeling
Heroes of the Planet Nominations Due August 10!
Farmworks Presentation - August 15
Laugh-O-Gram Studio Design Compeition
Newly Certified LEED Projects
Green Apple Day of Service - September 29
Green Tech Notes - IECC 2009
MIssouri Recycling Association Conference - September 10
Chapter Member Survey Spotlight
Fall Sustainablity Events


To initiate, develop and accelerate the implementation of green building concepts, technologies and principles that promote environmentally responsible, prosperous and healthy places to
live and work.


 Save the Date 

September 29!

green homes green health festival  Help your family live green - and live healthier at this annual festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Visit with over 100 green vendors, attend sustainable living demos, listen to live music, enjoy local foods and celebrate sustainable living! 
Thanks to our 2012 RESTORATIVE

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Thanks to our 2012 PLATINUM SPONSORS


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Thanks to our 2012 GOLD SPONSORS

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CNR logoHealthy Planet
Thanks to our 2012 SILVER

Acorn Landscape Architecture

BSI Contractors

Christner, Inc.

ECO Recycling, Inc.

Enterprise Holdings

Express Scripts

Guarantee Electrical Company

Johnson Controls

Landco Construction

Landis & Gyr

Lighting Associates, Inc.

Mackey Mitchell Architects

McCormack Baron Salazar


National Design Build Services


Republic Services

St. Louis Electrical Connection

S.M. Wilson

Solutions AEC



U.S. Bank

Thanks to our 2012 GREEN


Cassidy Turley


Green Street Properties

Hastings + Chivetta

Microgrid Energy

PayneCrest Electric

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USGBC-Missouri Gateway Blog

If you're a Chapter member, you can submit posts for our blog. See blog guidelines.
 If you'd rather connect in person, we offer that option as well! Join us at a monthly program - generally the second Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Learn more about Chapter programs.

August Program--A Night of Energy Modeling 

Join us on August 14 for a program presented in partnership with the St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Cooling and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).


The design process for extraordinary green buildings starts in the pre-design and schematic design phases. Basic elementary decisions in these phases of a project have a far greater capacity to contribute to the overall energy efficiency of a building than the active systems that are subsequently integrated. Yet, many of today's "green" buildings would be considered energy hogs if evaluated strictly from a "passive" perspective. 


This program is more than the routine PowerPoint and talking head presentation - it is a lively and interactive demonstration in the use of energy modeling software and how it can be used to influence early design decisions. The session concludes with interactive participation from the audience, where the improvising portion of the evening begins! Two teams are selected from the audience to participate in a friendly design competition for a new building.


SPEAKER: Kim E Shinn, PE, LEED Fellow, CxA, BEMP
Kim Shinn is a registered professional mechanical engineer and a Principal and Senior Sustainability Consultant with TLC Engineering for Architecture. He has been actively involved in the design or commissioning of over eighty LEED registered and certified projects. Kim has helped create the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC) and is on the LEED committees to draft application guides for laboratories, healthcare and campus combined heat/cooling/ power systems.



Approved for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA/CES CEH


WHEN: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 5:30 - 7:30 pm   

WHERE: Sheet Metal Workers Local 36,
2319 Chouteau, Suite 200 (63103) map  

FEE: Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway and ASHRAE-St. Louis Members as well as Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members.


  Click here for more information or to register for this event.  


QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at  

usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org or 314.577.0225.


Thanks to Our Event Sponsors!


CxE Group


Ross & Baruzzini 

Heroes of the Planet Nominations Due August 10!

Over the years, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is proud that many of our members have been honored as Heroes of the Planet by the St. Louis Business Journal. Nominations are open for the fifth annual Heroes of the Planet Awards through Friday, August 10. The awards will honor businesses, projects and products and services that have outperformed their industry in promoting and advancing environmental sustainability within our region.   


Nominations are being accepted in the following categories: 

  • Commercial
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Health Care
  • People
  • Products
  • Residential
  • Services

Learn more or nominate an individual or organization here!  

Farmworks: A New Urban Solution - August 15 

Join theLivable St. Louis Network on  

August 15 to learn more about

FarmWorks and urban agriculture project planned for the riverfront just north of downtown. This is an innovative and exciting project that combines urban agriculture with green building, affordable housing, jobs, education and strong partnerships. Speakers are Craig Heller of Loftworks and Mike Sorth of Gateway Greening.    


This project has the potential to transform our built environment!  


When: Wednesday, August 15

Doors open at 6 pm; talk begins at 7 pm


Where: Schlafly Tap Room 


View the invitation and RSVP here

USGBC Central Plains Design Competition  


The USGBC Central Plains Emerging Professionals and Thank You Walt Disney are hosting the 201 2 Laugh-O-Gram Studio Design Competition. This competition is open to both students and professionals in Kansas and Missouri. Architects, engineers and artists will have the chance to play a collaborative role in a rehabilitation intended to restore the legend of Walt Disney. 


Laugh-O-Gram Studio Competition Schedule:  

  • Open Registration: July 16, 2012
  • Site Tour & Social Networking Event: August 9, 2012
  • Early Registration Deadline: August 31, 2012
  • Entry & Question Deadline: September 21, 2012
  • Submission Deadline: October 7, 2012
  • Winners Announced and Awards Ceremony: October 19, 2012  

A total of $1,500 cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 design teams.  


For more information, visit the USGBC-Central Plains website


Congratulations to recently certified LEED Projects!


Congratulations to the following buildings who have achieved LEED certification since our last update in February 2011!     


 Pictured Above: Christner's new office which recently achieved  

LEED Gold certification using Commercial Interiors (CI).  


  • 3103 Magnolia - CERTIFIED (Homes)
  • Centene Plaza - GOLD (CS)
  • Christner Office - GOLD (CI)
  • Davidson Hall at Crowder College in Neosho - GOLD (NC)
  • Dental Clinic at Ft. Leonard Wood -SILVER (NC)
  • GSA Office at Evergreen Development in Springfield - GOLD (NC)
  • HPOD at North Park - CERTIFIED (CS)
  • Kohl's Lake Ozark - CERTIFIED (NC-Retail)
  • Kohl's Rolla - SILVER (NC Retail) 
  • Mine Detection & K9 Kennel at Ft. Leonard Wood - GOLD (NC)
  • Addition & Renovation, MONG Armory - CERTIFIED (NC)  
  • O'Reilly Family Event Center in Springfield - GOLD (NC)
  • PNC Bank Branch at Grand & Page - SILVER (CI)
  • Simmons Office Building - CERTIFIED (NC)
  • Stinson Saint Louis Office - SILVER (CI)  
  • Training Areas 251 & 236 at Ft. Leonard Wood - SILVER (NC)
  • Training Support Center at Ft. Leonard Wood - SILVER (NC)   
  • Transportation Management Center in Springfield - GOLD (NC)

Check out a full list of local projects, including LEED Project Profiles for a handful of local LEED certified projects.  


Showcase your sustainable achievements! Do you have a LEED certified project that you'd like to see featured in a LEED Project Profile? Please contact Emily Andrews, Executive Director of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.     

Green Apple Day of Service - September 29 


On Sept. 29, 2012, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council will host the first ever Green Apple Day of Service. For one day, advocates from across the country and around the world will come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools by taking real action in their communities.


You can join an event that's already planned for our area or create your own event at a school that's important to you! Learn or get involved at www.mygreenapple.org.  

Green Tech Notes - IECC 2009  

Green Tech Notes 

Volume 1, Issue 3 ~ August 2012

Basic Residential Requirements: International Energy Conservation Code 2009 

By: Caryl Kinsey Fox, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


The 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) was written and is published by the International Code Council (ICC). As of mid 2012, it has been adopted into law by 12 municipalities in the St. Louis Metro area, including St. Louis City and County.


These Green Tech Notes are based on the prescriptive compliance path for new residential construction projects in Zone 4 (non marine). A second, performance compliance path, outlined in the code, can be utilized if any of the criteria below are not attainable due to design preferences of the owner of the project. These requirements apply to renovation projects with many exceptions based on the scope of a project. This issue of Green Tech Notes dives into the IECC 2009 requirements for insulation, air leakage & sealing and mechanical & electrical systems.  


Read the full two-page Green Tech Notes here

Green Tech Notes is a project of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Technical Committee, produced on a quarterly basis. We hope to dig a little deeper into topics across the spectrum of sustainable buildings. Do you want to suggest a topic that deserves a closer look? Contact the Chapter at  


  Missouri Recycling Association Annual Conference - September 10 - 12 in St. Louis 


Join the Missouri Recycling Association and the Composting & Organics Association of Missouri for this annual conference on September 10 - 12 at Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.

Learn about recycling & waste diversion, event recycling or tour a composting facility! Learn more or register at


USGBC-Missouri Gateway Member Survey Spotlight 

 Every other year, USGBC-Missouri Gateway surveys our Chapter members to collect feedback on our programs, practices, and the value of membership. Their input guides our planning efforts for the upcoming year. Our 2012 survey offered valuable feedback, some of which we'd like to share!


Value of Membership: We were thrilled to learn that 95% of survey respondents feel they get adequate value for their membership. Top ranking reasons for joining includedsupporting the green building movement, education and networking. When asked what Chapter benefits respondents consider most valuable, the highest ranking option was being part of an organization that values the environment, followed by continuing education hours available for programs. Top ranking words to define the Chapter include Education, Sustainable, Socially Responsible, Positive Impact, Stewardship, and Communities.  


What our USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members up to?  One quarter of respondents are working or have worked on a LEED project. In regards to the LEED Rating System most applicable to the work respondents do, LEED for New Construction came out on top at 22%, followed by LEED General Knowledge (16%), then LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (12%) and LEED for Interior Design & Construction (10%).


Over 100 individuals indicated they would be willing to volunteer time for a community engagement project. And a number of respondents said they would be interested in working on a Chapter committee or assisting with additional volunteer tasks. You can be sure we'll follow up with these members soon!  

Thank you to all of our Chapter members who have provided such valuable input! If you're not yet a member, but interested in learning more about how to get involved, click here. We have a variety of membership levels, certainly one is the right fit for YOU!

Save the Date & Mark your Calendars  

for these fall sustainability events & conferences!  


There's no shortages of opportunities to get involved or to learn more about sustainability this fall! Check out these great events!  


Green Homes & Great Health Festival

September 29 at the  Missouri Botanical Garden     


3rd Annual ECORIDE

 October 20 on the Riverfront Trail in downtown St. Louis 

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Benefits the USGBC-MO Gateway Scholarship Fund!      


 Midwest Energy Policy Conference

October 23-25 in Kansas City, MO    


5th Annual Heroes of the Planet Awards

October 25


Livable St. Louis Conference

October 26 


Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference - Rebuilding Green 

Call for papers currently open through August 25

October 29-30 at St. Louis University  


Sustainable Communities Conference featuring Bill McKibben

November 1 - 3 at Washington University in St. Louis