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January 16, 2012

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)


 

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This New England Church needs your green building expertise. What's your input for creating an energy efficient retrofit on a strict budget?


 

Started by Jennifer Easton


 

 

Bryan, I am in total agreement that a retrofit to LED lighting requires a complete audit of the facilities. My company ESI manufactures... more » By Jim Diamond


 

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Adam Berholz - LEED Automation with GreenWizard


 

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Thanks a lot Dana...I am looking forward to it & i'll check their website... more » By Jeoffrey Milano


 

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So trees absorb CO2?


 

Started by Shane Gaddes, Senior Pricing Analyst at Tractor Supply Company


 

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"LEED Certification Agreement", where is it?


 

Started by Guillaume Fabre, Senior Environmental Consultant at Independent


 

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Clean-Energy Investment Rises to a Record $260 Billion on Solar


 

Started by Andrew Verikokos, HR Recruiter (4,100+ Connections)


 

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Energy Audits Can Reveal Opportunities for Energy Savings - Facility Management Energy Efficiency Feature


 

Started by John Garrett, President/CEO | Facilities Management Advisors, LLC | Best Practices in Facility Management & Business Consulting


 

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ESI (Energy Smart Industry) LED lighting Retrofit is a perfect way to reduce the foot print of existing lighting


 

Started by Jim Diamond, Owner at Hearthstone Homes Of Arkansas


 

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Today marks two years since Haiti's catastrophic earthquake. USGBC's CEO Rick Fedrizzi reflects on the past and looks to the future of Project Haiti.


 

Started by Jennifer Easton, Communications Associate at U.S. Green Building Council


 

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A little humor to begin the year.


 

Started by Peter Newton, Assoc AIA, CSBA, Contract Draftsman and Assessor at LuPe Design


 

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A Closer Look at One World Trade Center's Green Design Features


 

Started by Theo Bell, Managing Partner at Epic Consulting, LLC


 

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"Certified Sea Friendly" - LEED for Vessels?


 

Started by BeiBei Song, Executive Producer at Song Essinova, LLC


 

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Very unfortunate-- the US Military has been a leader in Green Building


 

Started by Mike Cobb, Sr Vice President at Colliers International Commercial Real Estate


 

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USGBC has partnered with GSA for the 100th year anniversary. Given possible synergies, what about establishing similiar but ongoing partnership with the Boy Scouts of America?


 

Started by Jonathan Ware, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager


 

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Chinese Government is making efforts to do Green Building as a trend but still means highly cost for developers


 

Started by Fernando González Martínez, Consultant at ASEES


 

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Sprayed Foam Insulation: Why Homeowners MUST Proceed with Caution


 

Started by Trish Holder, Owner, Trish Holder, Marketing Communications


 

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Every Penny Counts: Tracking Building Performance to Save Money and Resources


 

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Thoughts on President Barack Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative?


 

Started by Keith Lefkof, Real Estate Executive


 

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Poll

Do LEED Building Designers add 179D tax benefits to the equation?

 


 

Started by Jim Sorensen, Energy Management / Engineered Tax Recovery Consultant


 

 


 

 

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The Downsides of Working in a Glass Office


 

Started by Brian Schwagerl, NYC Global Real Estate Executive (CRE), Speaker, Lecturer, Consultant, LEED Sustainability, Construction & Design


 

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Best and Worst Run Cities in America


 

Started by Peter Newton, Assoc AIA, CSBA, Contract Draftsman and Assessor at LuPe Design


 

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An Atlanta High School Leads The Way In Sustainability


 

Started by Cecie Harrington, Co -Founder Rainwater Collection Solutions, Inc


 

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Are contractors studies on (PVC) studs for walling absolutly useful for todays Green buildings.


 

Started by David Leskis, Chemical Executive


 

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Is it possible to apply LEED certification to a process?


 

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January 13, 2012

"Basic Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)"

 

Dear Valued Customer,

Southern California Edison's Energy Education Center is offering a free seminar. Reservations are required to attend "Basic Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)" taking place at SCE's South Bay Service Center on Friday, January 27.

                                        Seats are still available!

 


Technicians, maintenance workers, and other new-comers to the field will learn the basics of HVAC systems in both residential and commercial applications.

Participants will learn how various HVAC systems and applications can save energy and understand which units have the best overall value.

 

 

Event Details

Event Name: Basic Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Event Number:
30328
Event Date: Friday, January 27, 2012
Event Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.
Event Location:  SCE's South Bay Service Center
                               505 Maple Ave
                               Torrance, CA 90503

 
 


Reservations can be made by calling (626) 812-7537 or
(800) 336- 2822- ext 42537

 


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January 11, 2012

DOE Announces Guide for 50% More Energy Efficient Retail Buildings

DOE Announces Guide for 50% More Energy Efficient Retail Buildings

January 10, 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the release of the third installment in a series of four 50% Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs). This latest guide will help architects, engineers, and contractors design and build highly efficient retail buildings, helping to save energy and cut store operational costs. The 50% AEDG series provides a practical approach for designers and builders of retail stores, and other major commercial building types, to achieve 50% energy savings compared to the building energy code used in many parts of the nation. These commercial building guides support President Obama's goal to reduce energy use in commercial buildings 20% by 2020. The Advanced Energy Design Guide for 50% energy savings in retail buildings is now available for download.

Beyond helping builders achieve efficiency exceeding the current energy code, the AEDGs also provide climate-specific recommendations to incorporate today's off-the-shelf energy efficient building products. These recommendations help designers and builders choose advanced building assemblies, highly efficient heating and cooling systems, and incorporate other energy-saving measures such as daylighting and associated control systems. Additionally, efficiency measures found in the guides can be used in the development of future commercial building energy codes.

The 50% Advanced Energy Design Guide series is being developed through a partnership with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Institute of Architects (AIA), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA). The Retail Buildings guide is the third installment in the 50% series, and follows the guides for small and medium office buildings and K-12 schools released in 2011. The final 50% savings guide for major commercial building types—large hospitals—is also in progress.

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce dependence on foreign oil. Learn more about EERE's support of building technologies. Additional information on DOE's efforts to support the development and adoption of building energy codes can be found on the Energy Codes website.

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January 04, 2012

"Benchmarking Energy Use in Commercial Buildings",


 

Dear Valued Customer,

Southern California Edison's Energy Education Center is offering a free seminar. Reservations are required to attend "Benchmarking Energy Use in Commercial Buildings", taking place at SCE's Energy Education Center - Irwindale on Thursday, January 12.

                                        Seats are still available!

 


Using Technology to Comply with California State Law

 


California state law requires non-residential building owners and operators to disclose a building’s benchmarking energy performance score at the time of sale, lease, or refinancing. Attend this introductory hands-on workshop to learn how to use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool to benchmark your building. ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager can help guide investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings, verify energy efficiency improvements, and receive EPA recognition for superior performance.

Topics covered:
• AB1103 - the energy benchmarking law in California
• Automated Benchmarking Service (ABS) provided by utilities
• The ENERGY STAR® energy performance scale
• Utility incentive programs to assist in improving a building’s energy performance

 

 

Event Details

Event Name: Benchmarking Energy Use in Commercial Buildings
Event Number: 30190
Event Date: Thursday, January 12, 2012
Event Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.
Event Location:  SCE's Energy Education Center - Irwindale
                         6090 N. Irwindale Ave
                         Irwindale, CA 91702

 
 


Reservations can be made by calling (626) 812-7537 or
(800) 336- 2822- ext 42537

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December 29, 2011

The Renters Right to Recycle Act (AB 818) was signed into law by California

California Renters Recycling Law

September 10, 2011

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The Renters Right to Recycle Act (AB 818) was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown, mandating recycling services for paper, plastic, bottles and cans in apartment buildings with five or more rental units.

California Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) authored the Renter's Right to Recycle Act on behalf of 7 million California apartment tenants who find it difficult to constantly drive around finding some place to recycle.

Only 39 percent of the state's apartment renters have an on-site recycling option. Consequently, the recycling rate in apartments is just 15 percent in California versus 50 percent for single-family homeowners.
http://www.californiality.com/2011/09/california-renters-recycling-law.html
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December 16, 2011

AN INTRODUCTION TO GREEN BUILDINGS AND THEIR VALUATION

FREE VIDEO RELEASED: 

AN INTRODUCTION TO GREEN BUILDINGS AND THEIR VALUATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 15, 2011

Contact:

Paula Douglas Seidel

Executive Administrator

The Appraisal Foundation

paula@appraisalfoundation.org

direct phone 202.624.3048


 

The Appraisal Foundation is pleased to announce the release of a free video on its website entitled, An Introduction to Green Buildings and Their Valuation.


 

The video was filmed in Washington, DC in conjunction with the fall meeting of The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council (TAFAC). It is divided into five sections and includes simultaneous PowerPoint presentations as well as audience questions and answers. Presenters include:


 

Michelle Moore

Federal Environmental Executive, Council on Environmental Quality

Executive Office of the President

Topic: The President’s Better Buildings Challenge


 

Maria Vargas

Senior Program Advisor, Office of Energy Efficiency

U.S. Department of Energy

Topic: Federal Efforts to Drive Greater Energy Efficiency in Commercial, Industrial and Residential Buildings


 

Lane Burt

Technical Policy Director

U.S. Green Buildings Council

Topic: LEED Certification


 

Theddi Wright Chappell

Senior Managing Director

National Practice Leader, Green Advisory Practice, Valuation & Advisory

Cushman & Wakefield

Topic: High Performance Green Building: What’s it Worth?


 

An introduction and brief update on the Foundation’s collaboration with the US Department of Energy (DOE) is provided by David Bunton, President of The Appraisal Foundation. “Issues relating to green buildings are becoming increasing prevalent in both residential and commercial valuation.  This video is designed to provide appraisers with an introduction to the terms of art associated with green buildings as well as provide an overview of some of the valuation issues of green construction,” stated Bunton.   


 

Please visit the following link to access the video on the Foundation’s eLibrary:


 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO ON GREEN BUILDINGS AND THEIR VALUATION *

  

On June 10, 2011, The Appraisal Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the DOE to collaborate on a series of activities focusing on energy efficiencies and the valuation of green buildings. The MOU is valid for five years and includes the following collaborative efforts between the Foundation and the DOE:


-Engaging the appraisal community on energy efficiency and green valuations. 

-Development of additional guidance from all three of the Foundation’s independent Boards relating to applicability of the existing standards to the valuation of green buildings.  

-Development of one or more databases, through the Department of Energy, to provide data on energy performance for specific building types and upgrades, to the valuation arena. 

-Development of educational course curriculum, through the Department of Energy and based on the guidance of the Foundation’s APB, relating to energy performance and sustainability in commercial buildings.


 

Questions?  Please contact Paula Douglas Seidel, Executive Administrator, paula@appraisalfoundation.org.


 

*If the above link does not work, please copy and paste the entire link below into your internet browser: 


 

http://www.globalpres.com/mediasite/Catalog/pages/catalog.aspx?catalogId=97b75dbc-da29-4ac2-b603-caa7705cf271&folderId=1db86eb9-2556-4545-af89-3353ef7f4d08


Alternatively, you may visit the eLibrary on the Foundation’s web site at www.appraisalfoundation.org. 


About The Appraisal Foundation

The Appraisal Foundation, a Congressionally authorized non-profit organization established in 1987, is dedicated to the advancement of professional valuation.  The Foundation accomplishes its mission through the work of its three independent Boards:  the Appraisal Practices Board (APB), the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) and the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB).  More information on The Appraisal Foundation is available at www.appraisalfoundation.org.


 

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December 08, 2011

the National Center for Preservation Technology and Traing

Prelude

the National Center for Preservation Technology and Trail

 

 

http://ncptt.nps.gov/wp-content/uploads/2011-08.pdf

ccording to the United States census and the NYC Department

of Buildings, there are approximately 8.2 million people and over

975,000 buildings in New York City. Many of the buildings are

over one hundred years old. Most are constructed with some sort

of masonry material, to meet fire code regulations, and to endure

the effects of time, weather and aging.

One would think that a city full of large and aging masonry

buildings might have schools or training programs for the repair

and maintenance of this vast urban resource. But unfortunately,

that is not the case. At this writing, there are no technical schools,

trade schools or construction programs in New York City that

offer basic hands-on masonry training to the general public.

It is also noted that amongst the construction trades, there is a

generally accepted understanding that the preservation, repair,

conservation and maintenance of older buildings requires a

different set of skills than those required for new construction.

Presently, there are a half dozen college programs offering specialized hand-on masonry

conservation training. But, there are no schools or programs in the United States providing an

introduction to masonry conservation at the high school level.

There is however, one such program in New York City, provided by the Abyssinian Development

Corporation (ADC). It offers young men and women the opportunity to obtain a high school

general equivalency diploma (GED) and learn about various construction careers, including

masonry, masonry conservation and green building technology.

The Abyssinian Baptist Church is the oldest

African-American Baptist church in the state of

New York. It was organized in lower

Manhattan, in 1809, by Ethiopian merchants

who gave it the title Abyssinia, the ancient name

of their home country. The congregation moved

to Harlem in 1923 where the area became a hub

for African American culture and renowned for

its music during the Harlem Renaissance.

The Abyssinian Baptist Church has played a

major role in American history by striving for

social justice through the elimination of racial

discrimination and through the leadership of its Pastors, Adam Clayton Powell Sr. and Jr., who

served in the United States Congress. The church is a political, spiritual and social icon of New York

City with one of the largest African American congregations in the country. It also has a world-wide

reputation for its gospel music tradition.

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December 01, 2011

Southern California Gas Company's Energy Resource Center

California High-Performance Schools (CHPS)
Modernizations Bootcamp: Part 1

Thursday, January 12, 2012
Seminar #25448
Location: Southern California Gas Company's Energy Resource Center

Time: 9 a.m.–noon (8:30 a.m. check-in and continental breakfast.)
Cost: No fee

Learn more about Seminar #25448

Register for Seminar #25448

 


California High-Performance Schools (CHPS)
Modernizations Bootcamp: Part 2

Thursday, January 12, 2012
Seminar #25449
Location: Southern California Gas Company's Energy Resource Center

Time: 1 p.m.–4 p.m. (12:15 p.m. check-in and lunch.)
Cost: No fee

Learn more about Seminar #25449

Register for Seminar #25449

 


Assessment for LEED® for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED EB O&M)

Friday, February 24, 2012
Seminar #26061
Location: Southern California Gas Company's Energy Resource Center

Time: 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (8 a.m. check-in and continental breakfast.)
Cost: No fee

Learn more about Seminar #26061

Register for Seminar #26061

 


Benchmarking with ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Seminar #26043
Location: Southern California Gas Company's Energy Resource Center

Time: 8:30 a.m.–noon (8 a.m. check-in and continental breakfast.)
Cost: No fee

Learn more about Seminar #26043

Register for Seminar #26043

 


You've Benchmarked Your Building, What's Next?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Seminar #26044
Location: Southern California Gas Company's Energy Resource Center

Time: 1 p.m.–4 p.m. (12:15 p.m. check-in and lunch.)
Cost: No fee

Learn more about Seminar #26044

Register for Seminar #26044

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November 25, 2011

Energy Efficiency / Mortgage Valuation

http://ei.haas.berkeley.edu/pdf/seminar/DOE_Valuation.pdf

 

Energy Efficiency / Mortgage Valuation

 

Sept 13

 

 

Energy efficiency is key to the future of the U.S. economy, and commercial

buildings are among the largest users of energy. However, existing loan

underwriting practices provide no incentive for building owners to make their

buildings more energy efficient. This paper proposes a commercial-mortgage

valuation and underwriting strategy that accounts for the energy risk of

individual office buildings.

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November 03, 2011

Sign Up for Buildings Webinars in November

Sign Up for Buildings Webinars in November

Mark your calendars for these free building technology webinars:

Direct-DC Power Systems for Efficiency and Renewable Energy Integration

Date: Thursday, November 3, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Summary: This webinar will examine the viability of using direct current (DC) generated by on-site renewable energy (RE) systems directly in its DC form to supply DC loads in residential and small commercial buildings—referred to here as ‘direct-DC’—instead of converting the DC to alternating current (AC) for distribution to the load, as is the current dominant practice. Three speakers will address the following issues: (1) The role of DC in the future building electric power system, (2) the energy savings potential of direct DC, and (3) DC power standards and the emerging market.

Register now

Ductless Hydronic Distribution Systems

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Summary: This webinar, presented by
Alliance for Residential Building Innovation (ARBI), will review findings from a feasibility study of ductless hydronic distribution systems in new homes and deep retrofits. The potential to eliminate ducting in homes using hydronic heating and cooling holds promise for energy savings, especially for new high performance buildings and deep retrofits with low heating and cooling loads. Presenters will discuss the advantages of hydronic distribution over traditional forced air systems.

Register now

Opportunities to Apply Phase Change Materials to Building Enclosures

Date: Friday, November 11, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST
Summary: This webinar will review characteristics and properties of phase change materials (PCMs), and provide guidance on how to most effectively apply PCMs in buildings. PCMs as building materials components have the potential to achieve significant reductions in space cooling energy consumption and peak cooling loads. Our presenter is Dr. Jan Kosny, a leading researcher on both building enclosure thermal performance and the application of PCMs to building enclosures.

Register now

An Intro to the Cool Energy House Retrofit Demonstration Project

Date: Monday, November 14, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Summary: The webinar will present a demonstration project in progress by the
Building America Retrofit Alliance (BARA), the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB), and NAHB Research Center. The Cool Energy House will be educational demonstration home in Windermere, Florida. Builders, remodelers, and the general public will have an opportunity to tour the home and learn about deep-energy remodeling during the 2012 International Builders show. The webinar will provide attendees with a tour of the cost/benefit approach the project is taking to build healthy, comfortable, and energy-efficient homes.

Register now

Restaurant Energy Performance Evaluation: How-To Guide and Spreadsheet

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2:00 EST
Summary: Restaurant building owners and operators have expressed difficulty in prioritizing energy-saving building upgrades within their building portfolio. To address this gap, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a performance evaluation how-to guide and spreadsheet toolkit to identify poorly performing buildings. This webinar will present an overview of these tools, which help owners prioritize use of capital resources for cost-effective energy-efficiency measures.

Register now

Assessing and Reducing Plug and Process Loads in Commercial Office and Retail Buildings

Date: Monday, November 21, 3:00 p.m. EST
Summary: This webinar will focus on plug and process loads (PPLs) for two building types: commercial offices and large retail buildings. Presenters will provide an overview of strategies from recent NREL research and publications designed to help building owners, occupants, and facility managers reduce PPL energy consumption. They will also discuss recommendations for information technology (IT) equipment (data centers, servers, computers), which use most of the plug load energy in a typical commercial building.

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Implementation of the ENERGY STAR® Commercial Kitchen Package

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 1:30 p.m. EST
Summary: This webinar will present an overview of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Commercial Kitchen Package, outlining energy- and cost-savings benefits for commercial kitchens and providing recommendations on how to achieve energy savings for this end use. The focus will be on implementing strategies in the retail and food service sectors.

Register now

Update your subscriptions, modify your password or e-mail address, or stop subscriptions at any time on your Subscriber Preferences Page. You will need to use your e-mail address to log in. If you have questions or problems with the subscription service, please contact support@govdelivery.com.

This service is provided to you at no charge by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE). Visit the Web site at http://www.eere.energy.gov.

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October 26, 2011

Energy Education Center located in Irwindale



We are pleased to announce that the Energy Education Center located in Irwindale
will implement a new on-line registration system in November. This change
is intended to improve our existing registration process and overall customer service.

Benefits for you:
1. Your e-mail address and password will be used to log on to register or to view
your customer information.

2. You will have direct access to your customer information to:

  • Make updates
  • Register for a seminar/ workshop
  • Cancel a reservation
  • View history/scheduled classes


How you can help:
Contact a member of our Registration Team today to verify your current contact
information and e-mail address.

Energy Education Center - Irwindale, call 800.336.2822 or 626.812.7537

OR

Reply to this email and complete this section with your current contact information.

First Name:

Last Name:

Email Address:

Phone Number 1:

Phone Number 2:

Company Name:

Company Address (Include City, ST, and Zip Code):

Mailing Address (If different than above):


We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Your, Events Registration Team
Bill, Lety, Jody, Mary, and China

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October 25, 2011

REGISTER TODAY TO

 

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Southern California Gas Company's Energy Resource Center Presents…November and December 2011 Seminars

 

 

 

 

Cost: No fee

Time:
Seminar #24118 and 25571:
9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
(8:30 a.m. Check-in and continental breakfast.
Lunch provided.)

and

Seminar #25885:
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
(8:30 a.m. Check-in and continental breakfast.
Lunch provided.)


Location:
Southern California
Gas Company's
Energy Resource Center

9240 Firestone Blvd.
Downey, CA 90241

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REGISTER TODAY TO
ATTEND THESE THREE SEMINARS IN
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER!

Fuel Cell Technology:
Energy-Efficient Solutions
for the Home or Business
(Seminar #24118)

Wednesday, November 2 (9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.)

Register today, space is limited

This seminar will focus on and introduce fuel cell technology, discuss its applications, energy efficiency, and advantages, cover available rebates and explain how this new, clean smart technology can power your home or business.


 

Geothermal Technology:
It's Right Under Your Feet!
(Seminar #25571)

Thursday, November 3 (9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.)

Register today, space is limited

As the cost of energy increases, geothermal installations are becoming the system of choice. The earth has a tremendous capacity for storing thermal energy that can beutilized to heat or cool a building. Although the initial cost of a geothermal application may be higher, the life cycle savings in energy and reduced maintenance costs may make geothermal the smartest decision for your project.


 

Solar Thermal Technologies:
A Source of Alternative Energy Solutions
(Seminar #25885)

Thursday, December 1 (9 a.m.–3 p.m.)

Register today, space is limited

Get an in-depth understanding of how your business could benefit from the use of solar thermal technologies. Discover how a solar thermal system could have a positive impact on your businesses carbon foot print, gas bill and electric bill. The seminar will cover technologies, applications, implications, rebates and incentives for your business or building with the use of solar thermal technologies. Various experts and vendors will discuss there experience with successful projects and demonstrations that prove the validity of these technologies.

Offering training and seminars is just one way Southern California Gas Company is helping customers manage their energy use to save money and energy.

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October 20, 2011

Legal Updates by JD Supra

Construction OberView: Bid Price Below Minimum Cost is Reason for Rejection

The Maryland Board of Contract Appeals (the “Board”) recently sustained an appeal brought by PDI-Sheets Construction, Inc. (“PDI”) against the State Highway...more

by Ober|Kaler

 

More Musings on Virginia Mechanic's Liens

Christopher Hill, LEED AP and Virginia construction attorney discusses Virginia mechanic liens, their power and their issues at his construction blog. ...more

by Christopher G. Hill

 

Construction OberView: Court of Special Appeals Strikes Down Maryland Regulation Prohibiting Bidders From Challenging Whether an Entity is a Certified MBE

The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland recently decided in Salisbury University v. Joseph M. Zimmer, Inc. that COMAR 21.11.03.14 is invalid. This procurement...more

by Ober|Kaler

 

Construction OberView: Unbalanced = Unresponsive

In denying two appeals brought by Brawner Builder’s, Inc. (“Brawner”) against the State Highway Administration (“SHA”), the Maryland Board of Contract Appeals...more

by Ober|Kaler

 

Sometimes You Survive Without Written Change Orders (But I Wouldn't Recommend It)

Christopher Hill, LEED AP and Virginia construction lawyer discusses the need for written change orders in construction despite a recent Virginia case. ...more

by Christopher G. Hill

 

ADR in construction disputes

Most industry standard forms of agreement that address arbitration seem to be limited to providing the most basic submission agreement. Pre-dispute attention...more

by Duane Morris LLP

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October 06, 2011

Sign Up for Buildings Webinars in October

Sign Up for Buildings Webinars in October

Mark your calendars for these free building technology webinars:

Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals – The Weatherization Assistance Program and Mobile Homes

Date: Tuesday October 11, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Summary: This webinar will outline the
Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project, with an emphasis on how the program pertains to mobile home industry organizations and professionals. The presentation will include information on:

  • Defining work quality for U.S. home energy upgrades
  • Training workers in what they should know and be capable of doing
  • Providing professional certifications that assess and market worker qualifications.

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Introduction to the High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program

Date: Wednesday October 12, 4:00 p.m. EDT
Summary: This webinar will present the energy and cost saving benefits of high-performance windows and low-E storm windows for commercial buildings, define opportunities for down-sizing your HVAC system, provide a perspective from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), and guide users on how to purchase windows through the program.

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Sealing of Home Enclosures with Aerosol Particles

Date: Friday October 14, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT
Summary: This webinar will discuss the potential energy savings that can be achieved using aerosol particle products to seal entire homes. In the past, aerosol products have been used to seal ducts from the inside, however, there is potential for the entire home to be sealed using these particles. Presenters will describe research results from a test home and factors to be considered in implementing this technology.

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Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals – Mobile Home Industry Professionals

Date: Tuesday October 18 and October 25, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Summary: This webinar will outline the
Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project, with an emphasis on how the program pertains to mobile home industry organizations and professionals. The presentation will include information on:

  • Defining work quality for U.S. home energy upgrades
  • Training workers in what they should know and be capable of doing
  • Providing professional certifications that assess and market worker qualifications.

October 18 - Register now
October 25 - Register now

Commercial Building Energy Alliance High-Efficiency Troffer Specification

Date: Tuesday October 25, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Summary: This webinar will review the energy-saving benefits of high-efficiency troffers, highlight their design and implementation considerations, and identify different troffer types. The presentation will conclude with an overview of the CBEA specification, which is technology-neutral (using fluorescent or LED sources) and targets 20 percent energy savings over "typical" fluorescent lamps, while maintaining good lumen output, distribution, and color quality. This webcast will include a 60-minute presentation, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session with attendees.

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Controlling Capital Costs in High Performance Office Buildings

Date: Monday October 31, 3:00 p.m. EDT
Summary: This webinar will present a set of best practices for owners, designers, and construction teams to reach high performance goals while maintaining a competitive budget. To achieve these goals, all key members of the integrated team must understand their opportunities to control capital costs. Talking points will be drawn from a set of 15 best practices for controlling capital costs based on the recent experiences of the owner and design/build team for DOE's latest high performance office building, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Support Facility.

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This service is provided to you at no charge by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE). Visit the Web site at http://www.eere.energy.gov.

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September 21, 2011

Energy Education Center, Irwindale

Dear Valued Customer,

SCE's Energy Education Center - Irwindale is offering FREE On-Location Seminars in an area near you. Reservations are required to attend the seminars listed below. Please note there are different dates and locations for each event.


EVENT DETAILS

October
Event Name: Energy Management Systems
Event Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Event Number: 29483
Event Location: SCE’s South Bay Energy Center, Torrance
Event Time: Registration 8:00am
Seminar 8:30am – 12:30pm

Event Name: Air Handling System Efficiency
Event Date: Friday, October 7, 2011
Event Number: 29484
Event Location: Frontier Project, Rancho Cucamonga
Event Time: Registration 8:00am
Seminar 8:30am – 12:30pm

Event Name: Overcoming Objections to Energy Efficiency Investments
Event Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Event Number: 29485
Event Location: SCE’s Wildomar Service Center, Wildomar
Event Time: Registration 8:00am
Seminar 8:30am – 3:30pm with lunch

Event Name: How to Conduct an Energy Efficient Site Survey
Event Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011
Event Number: 29486
Event Location: Robobank Regional Business Center, Palm Springs
Event Time: Registration 8:00am
Seminar 8:30am – 3:30pm with lunch

Event Name: Getting Energy Efficiency Projects Approved
Event Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Event Number: 29488
Event Location: Irvine City Hall, Irvine
Event Time: Registration 8:00am
Seminar 8:30am – 12:30pm

Event Name: Save Energy, Save Money: An Introduction to Energy Efficiency and Rebates
Event Date: Thursday, October 27, 2011
Event Number: 29837
Event Location: Stater Bros. Stadium, Adelanto
Event Time: Registration 8:00am
Seminar 8:30am – 12:30pm

Reservations can be made by calling (626) 812-7537 or (800) 336- 2822- ext 42537 or by registering online at www.sce.com/workshops


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September 14, 2011

Financial Analysis Techniques for Owner-Occupied & Income Producing Properties

SCE SEMINAR REMINDER ? YOU MAY BRING YOUR LAPTOP for the 9/23/2011_Financial Analysis Techniques for Owner-Occupied & Income Producing Properties_29006

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Sent:                                               Wednesday, September 14, 2011 1:35 PM

Subject:                                         SCE SEMINAR REMINDER ? YOU MAY BRING YOUR LAPTOP for the 9/23/2011_Financial Analysis Techniques for Owner-Occupied & Income Producing Properties_29006

 

REMINDER

Dear Customer:

We are holding a reservation for YOU on 9/23/2011 for the above named seminar at the Energy Education Center in Irwindale.

Check-in time begins at 8:00 AM.
Seminar hours are from  8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Please Note: Bring your own laptop for the convenience of downloading the materials and performing your own analyses.

We remind students that not honoring their reservation is costly.  Cancelling with a minimum of 72 hours gives other students an opportunity to attend.  “No-Shows” compromise our ability to offer training to those on our waitlists.  Your consideration is appreciated.

If unable to attend, please notify us by phone, at 626-812-7537, or reply to email.

Thank you,

The Registration Team

 Bill, China, Jody, Lety and Mary


Tel (626) 812-7537
Fax (626) 812-7548  
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ctacsems@sce.com
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6090 N Irwindale Ave

Irwindale, CA 91702

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September 13, 2011

Overview of the 50% AEDG for Small to Medium Office Buildings webcast

Thank you for registering for the Overview of the 50% AEDG for Small to Medium Office Buildings webcast.

QUESTIONS FOR PRESENTERS DURING THE BROADCAST: You will be able to ask questions ONLY over the computer. Please submit your questions DURING the broadcast; do not wait until the end or your questions may not get answered. Questions will be answered by the presenters at the end of the broadcast.

HANDOUTS: If you would like to print a copy of the handout in advance of the seminar, please go to: http://www.energycodes.gov/events/doe/aedg_small_medium_bldgs.stm.

AUDIO: You must use your phone to receive audio for this broadcast, so you will need to dial into the phone number below.

PLEASE NOTE: Please be prepared to call in and join the event 15 minutes prior to the seminar start time.

1.    You will need BOTH a computer with an Internet connection AND a phone to participate.

2.    You must turn OFF popup blockers before attempting to join the event!!

3.    Please call in first and then log in on the computer, that way if you have trouble logging in, you can dial *0 on your touchtone phone for assistance.


Seminar Information:

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET, 9:00 a.m. PT
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August 19, 2011

The 50% Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) series

geovisit();<img src="http://visit.webhosting.yahoo.com/visit.gif?us1305930940" alt="setstats" border="0" width="1" height="1">e Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small to Medium Office Buildings: Solutions to Achieve 50% Energy Savings in Office Buildings

Course Description:

The 50% Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) series follows six volumes of award winning 30% guides. The AEDGs are the result of a partnership between DOE, ASHRAE, AIA, IESNA and USGBC, and the next group of publications will provide guidance on achieving 50% savings over ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004. The first guide in the new series, 50% AEDG for Small to Medium Office Buildings, is currently available for free download. This no-cost webinar provides an overview of the 50% series and outlines recommendations for energy savings in both small and medium office buildings.

  1. Overview of the AEDG Series
    Jeremy Williams, U.S. Department of Energy
    Jeremy will provide the overview of the AEDG series, including both the 30% AEDG and 50% AEDG series.
  2. What's New in the 50% AEDG Office Guide
    Bing Liu, Sr. Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Bing will give an overview of this newly-published book, AEDG-SMO. The topic will include the goal of this guide, scope, methodologies and how to use this guide. It will also focus on the integrated design process and provide the extensive energy saving analysis results from implementing the energy efficiency recommendations from this Guide.
  3. Building Envelope Strategies for the 50% AEDG-SMO
    Merle F. McBride, Sr. Research Associate, Owens Corning Center of Science and Technology
    Upgrading the thermal efficiency of the envelope through reduced thermal transmittance and solar loads is the first and most obvious goal, but this needs to be complemented with fundamental changes in the building basic structure and form. New features include orientation sensitive window-to-wall ratios, limited use of flat roof skylights, incorporation of daylighting and view glazing, vestibules and mitigation of thermal bridges at roof/wall intersections, foundations and windows. Rounding out the envelope measures includes continuous air barriers, exterior shading of south facing windows and the use of thermal mass to reduce loads.
  4. Lighting and Daylighting Issues for the 50% AEDG-SMO
    Michael D. Lane, Sr. Energy Management Engineer, Puget Sound Energy
    The lighting section of the AEDG pushes three main areas of energy savings to help meet the 50% goal; daylighting, lower lighting power densities, and controls (daylighting and occupancy). Locating open office areas on the North and South sides of the building and using daylight as the primary light source. Lower lighting power densities are possible by using high-performance lensed fluorescent fixtures as the general light source and using spill light from the general lighting to light the corridors when possible. Occupancy sensors are used as the primary control mechanism throughout the spaces to ensure that lights are turned off when the spaces are unoccupied.
  5. Mechanical Systems and Systems Integration Issues for the 50% AEDG-SMO
    Daniel Nall, Vice President, WSP Flack + Kurtz
    Optimization of mechanical systems was critical to achieving the 50% energy savings goal required by the guide. Successful strategies were fully evaluated using comprehensive building energy simulation and were vetted for functionality and operability by the project committee. Systems were evaluated for both electrical and fossil fuel heating source. Successful strategies maximized part load energy savings, eliminated simultaneous heating and cooling, recovered energy from exhaust air and decoupled outside air delivery from sensible temperature control.

Registration:

Immediately upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email from ConferencePlus from this email address [conferencecenter@meetme.net]. Two days prior to the event and again one hour prior to the event, you will receive a reminder email from ConferencePlus from this email address [ConferencePlus@prm0.net]. We recommend that you set your spam filter to allow email from these addresses.

Webinar Materials:

A webinar handout will be available here the day before the event.

Webinar Date:

September 15, 2011

Time:

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. PT, 12:000-01:30 p.m. ET
The webinar will include questions and answers by the speakers as time allows.

Presented by:

Jeremy Williams, U.S. Department of Energy; Bing Liu, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Merle McBride, Owens Corning Center of Science and Technology; Michael Lane, Puget Sound Energy; and Daniel Nall, WSP Flack + Kurtz

Register Now to reserve your spot!

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August 16, 2011

LEED Rating System Development

LEED Rating System Development http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2360

On Monday, August 1, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) opened the second public comment period for the proposed update to its LEED green building rating system, coined LEED 2012. The comment period, which will close on September 14, 2011, is the next step in the continuous improvement process and on-going development of the LEED program.

The drafts currently available for public comment feature updated language and scorecards, and include responses to comments with points associated with all credits. Members of the public can comment on any changes made since the first comment period, which ran from Nov. 8, 2010 until Jan. 19, 2011. USGBC will hold free member webcasts in the coming weeks detailing the changes between the first and second public comment drafts. More information is available under the “Resources” Section of this page.

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Minimum green building standards promulgated by the International Code Council (ICC) and American

By Douglas J. Feichtner , Andrew R. Kwiatkowski
August 16, 2011

Minimum green building standards promulgated by the International Code Council (ICC) and American

Society of Heating, Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) may dramatically impact the U.S.
construction and real estate markets. The primary goal of these standards is to articulate minimum code
requirements for sustainable building practices. However, with the introduction of new rules always
comes risk. More specifically, when these minimum criteria for green building practices are incorporated
into building codes, architects, engineers, and builders will face increased litigation risk for green building.

In January 2010, ASHRAE released the first comprehensive green building standard written in mandatory
code language - ASHRAE 189.1, Standard for the Design of Hi-Performance Green Buildings Except
Low-Rise Residential Buildings
. ASHRAE developed this standard with the assistance and partnership of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The ICC is developing its own green building code titled the    International Green Construction Code (IgCC) - to be finalized in March 2012 in collaboration with ASTM
International and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Neither standard is a green building rating
system, but rather a green building code to be adopted on a mandatory basis by jurisdictions across the
country and around the globe. IgCC will include ASHRAE 189.1 as a jurisdictional compliance option,
meaning 189.1 can be used in any jurisdiction that also adopts the IgCC. Unlike the plethora of green
building certification systems flooding the market these days, 189.1 and IgCC will be the green building
codes. What does this mean for architects, engineers, and builders? It means that these and other building

stakeholders should be mindful of jurisdictions that adopt and incorporate the requirements of 189.1 or IgCC into their building codes. Again - these are not voluntary provisions. In such a jurisdiction,
architects, for example, will be required to design a building that satisfies the mandates of these green building codes. If the building design violates a code provision, which results in damages, the architects could be held negligent per se.

Have any jurisdictions adopted 189.1 or IgCC? Not yet. The ICC’s IgCC will not even be finalized until next year. But these authors believe that green building codes will proliferate in the next five years. The ICC is a big-time player in the building code business. It develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings such as homes, schools, and hospitals. So the ICC’s active involvement in advancing sustainable building practices is significant because, historically, local building regulations have been based on model building codes. Meeting green requirements will likely become as critical to code compliance as satisfying electrical and fire safety requirements.

Unfortunately, the adoption of green building codes may increase the litigation risks for architects,

engineers, and builders involving three critical areas: (1) building code non-compliance; (2) deficient employee training/defective design or installation in relation to new green building materials; and (3) inadequate contract language.

It sounds obvious, but at a minimum, building designers and contractors must construct buildings

according to code. That means they need to (1) understand the green code requirements of their

jurisdiction, and (2) effectively inform and train their employees and subcontractors on green techniques
and methods in order to satisfy green building code requirements. The education and training component

 

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An integral piece of the education and training component involves the use of "new" green building

materials. Shortly after LEED’s introduction in 2000, a wave of innovative green products entered the
market with the promise of helping builders achieve certification. As LEED’s popularity grew, so did the
number of available green building materials (i.e., green roof, air barrier system installation, low
consumption urinals). While such devices are exciting and new, they may not be as reliable (or at least as tested) as the more "traditional" building materials. It is critical for engineers and contractors to select and use these new green devices with care. Research your products, as well as the manufacturers who
supply them. If feasible, encourage your green suppliers to install the materials themselves (that would
probably be their preference). And if you the contractor (or more likely subcontractor) are going to
oversee or actively participate in the installation, proceed with caution. An improperly insulated green roof can be a very messy and expensive problem.

It is essential for each building stakeholder to specify their obligations within the four corners of the green building contract and, to the extent possible, allocate their risk accordingly. "Form" green building
contracts, even those from the AIA, may not accomplish these objectives. Don’t be foolish. Retain a
lawyer to review the contract. Negotiate terms and specify which party is responsible for what action
step(s) in terms of the overall building project. If a green building is ultimately not code-compliant or
underperforms in terms of energy efficiency, a clear contract can resolve (or at least help clarify)
complicated questions about potential liability.

Voluntary green building certifications like LEED, green building tax incentives, and innovative green

building materials exploded in popularity within the last decade. Building sustainability was exciting, new, and the possibilities were limitless. Like being in love for the first time, building stakeholders were smitten. But now the green building industry is looking for a bigger "commitment" from its stakeholders. Mandatory green building codes, reduced state and federal dollars, and more rigorous energy performance metrics merit careful attention from architects, contractors, and builders. Green building goals are transforming into green building requirements, which means greater green building risks. In sum, proper preparation and timely attorney consultation can reduce liability exposure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 15, 2011

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research is hosting an Advancing Sustainability Performance:

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research is hosting an Advancing Sustainability Performance: A Research and Practice Forum on September 28, 2011. This event will explore the latest developments in the field of sustainability performance. Hear commentary from practitioners and policymakers from local and the federal government, nonprofit and private sectors, and the research community. The winning proposals for HUD’s recent Sustainable Communities Research Grant competition will be presented, and two panels will discuss the opportunities and challenges for retrofitting multifamily housing and the current state and future directions of sustainability performance metrics.

The forum will immediately follow Solutions for Sustainable Communities: 2011 Learning Conference on State and Local Housing Policy, an event hosted by the National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy September 26–28. Solutions for Sustainable Communities will arm practitioners and policymakers with the best available information on how states and localities are working collaboratively and creatively to develop more sustainable and inclusive communities while reducing overall government costs. Learn more about this conference here.

Conference Location & Time

September 28, 2011 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Constitution CDE Room
Grand Hyatt — Washington, DC
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Space for the conference is limited, so please register as soon as possible.
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August 13, 2011

Building Envelope Design Guide

Building Envelope Design Guide http://www.wbdg.org/design/envelope.php

Building Envelope Design Guide logo

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) under guidance from the Federal Envelope Advisory Committee has developed this comprehensive guide for exterior envelope design and construction for institutional / office buildings. The Envelope Design Guide (EDG) is continually being improved and updated through the Building Enclosure Councils (BECs). Any edits, revisions, updates or interest in adding new information should be directed to the BEDG Review Committee through the 'Comment' link on this page.

Introduction

Below Grade Systems

Wall Systems

Fenestration Systems

Roofing Systems

Atria Systems

Related Resource Pages

The materials, components, and systems conveyed in these concept diagrams are intended to convey general design principles only. Any resemblance between these details and proprietary or otherwise commercially available materials, components and systems is purely coincidental and should in no way be considered an endorsement by NIBS and/or the individual authors who contributed to the content of this website.

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April 11, 2011

An Inconvenient Value

An Inconvenient Value

By Rese Fox / Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

Getting the true assessment of a LEED-certified building's value is worth the inconvenience

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Many companies are taking the plunge and deciding to build green LEED-certified buildings (LEED is the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leader­ship in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating system). They’re not just for granola-crunching tree huggers who appreciated Al Gore’s dramatic use of a cherry picker when discussing greenhouse gasses.

Indeed, the checkbook greenies are rejoicing in LEED-certified buildings because they save money. Recent studies show that efficiency pays off start-up costs, especially since energy prices have mushroomed in recent years. For example, contractor Robert Mader suggests that a mechanical contractor can save an owner 36 cents per square foot per year by reducing energy costs by 20 percent.1

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