The USGBC – South Carolina Chapter Nominating Committee announces a Call for Nominations for the Chapter’s Board of Directors. Applications for four 2-year board seat(s) are being accepted from November 1 – November 20, 2013.
The Board of Directors leads the SC Chapter in implementing its goal to provide green building education, training and advocacy programs to South Carolina individuals in order to promote sustainable communities. In 2013, the Board has guided the SC Chapter in providing numerous LEED Workshops, over 40 monthly branch programs, opening a new Leaf (a provisional Branch) based out of Beaufort, and its statewide conference and expo, SustainSC, all in conjunction with the Chapter’s Branches.
Unlike many other not-for-profit organizations, we have had to spend much time over the years defining who we are to potential members and partners as well as defining why what we do is important. Like many other not-for-profit organizations, we have seen financial support from sponsors, membership numbers and attendance as both Branch and Chapter events wane. Battling negative attitudes in the press, in the State legislature, and among many building professionals who question the relevance of LEED has not helped our cause. As such, our financial situation has worsened and we are no longer able to retain the services of an Executive Director.
We are calling on all our members to help lead the Chapter toward our goals through your dedicated leadership. At this time of transition in our Chapter as the Board moves from a strategic Board to an operational Board it is imperative we have strong and dedicated leaders step forward. If you share our vision and want to help carry out our mission you are encouraged to apply for nomination through our application process. And, remember, although its main responsibility is to conduct the business of the Chapter while providing overall policy direction, the Board also offers lasting business relationships and friendships.
All members of our chapter, both USGBC National Member employees and individual members who are not National Member employees, are eligible to apply for the Board of Directors open positions and to vote in the Chapter election.
We are looking for individuals from across South Carolina who bring a desirable mix of expertise, potential contributions, leadership experience, partnership opportunities, diversity and continuity and who will actively provide strong and dynamic statewide leadership.
We hope you will consider this exciting opportunity to help shape the future of the Chapter, USGBC and that of the green building industry. To learn more about the SC Chapter board, and about nominating yourself or others, please click here. And click here for the application to nominate yourself
2013 USGBC SC Chapter Nominating Committee
CLEMSON, SC – October 17, 2013 – The U.S. Green Building Council announced that Clemson University’s Life Sciences Facility has achieved LEED® Gold v2.2 Certification.
The 100,000 square-foot Life Sciences Facility was designed by Perkins+Will to promote and support new scientific research while engaging students through training and education. The facility houses labs for 25 Researchers, and their Investigators, with focus areas ranging from Microbiology and Biochemistry to Food Safety and Emerging Pathogens. The building is organized to encourage interaction and collaboration between the interdisciplinary Researchers.
From the beginning, the Life Sciences Facility was designed with sustainability and efficiency in mind. Clemson University’s initial goal for the building was LEED Silver certification, but close collaboration with the University, Design Team, and Contractor allowed the project to achieve the higher Gold certification. The project is projected to have 27% reduction in energy usage and 50% reduction in water usage over the baseline building. Sustainable features that contribute to these reductions include active chilled beams, photovoltaic arrays, occupancy and daylight sensors, high performance glazing, a smart technology irrigation system, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. The building’s indoor air quality was an important focus, and as a result only low or no VOC finishes were used in order to reduce occupants’ exposure to pollutants. Interior finishes include FSC wood, recycled content carpeting and counter-tops. Sustainable site features include reduced hardscapes, grass paver systems, native plantings, and rain gardens that collect and filter rain from the building roofs.
- Perkins+Will Architect
- DPR Hardin Construction Contractor
- Newcomb & Boyd – MEP&FP Engineering Consultant
- Dutton and Associates – Civil Engineering
- William Renninger Associates – Landscape Architecture
- MMSA – Structural Engineering
- Waveguide Consulting – AV
Established in 1935, Perkins+Will is a global interdisciplinary architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance society. With a staff of 1,500 in 22 locations worldwide, the firm serves clients across a broad range of project types and grounds its work in deep research. Perkins+Will ranks among the world’s top design firms and is the recipient of hundreds of awards. Social responsibility is fundamental to the firm’s outlook, work, and culture, and every year Perkins+Will donates one percent of its design services to non-profit organizations. With pioneering tools to advance sustainable design practices, the largest green building portfolio in North America, nearly 1,000 LEED® Accredited Professionals, and a commitment to the 2030 Challenge, Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms. For more information, visit www.perkinswill.com.
Healthy, high-performance schools mean healthy, high-performance kids.
The green schools movement is engaging community leaders, elected decision makers and advancing an agenda that everyone can support.
The Green Apple Day of Service, on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects.
There are seven Green Apple Day of Service projects scheduled throughout South Carolina this year. Be sure to RSVP for a Green Apple Day of Service Project near you today! Click here and enter your zip code for a listing of local projects.
Community leaders and elected decision makers click here for information on the Green Schools Summit and reception in Columbia. Reception is hosted by: USGBC SC, Senators Cleary & Shealy, Representative Norrell, Conservation Voters of South Carolina, and the USC Environment & Sustainability Program, College of Arts and Sciences.
“Healthy, high-performance schools mean healthy, high-performance kids,” assert many of the leading state legislators committed to advancing green schools in their communities. The green schools movement has the opportunity for a new platform for the engagement of community leaders and elected decision makers—one that transcends politics and advances an agenda that everyone can support.
Join a bi-partisan group of legislators, decision makers, school administrators, and green schools
practitioners to learn more about best practices for all schools. The summit ends with a tour of a
local elementary school.
For more information please click here.
To register for the Summit on Thursday, September 26th please click here.
To register for the reception on Wednesday, September 25th please click here.
Greenville, SC (August 1, 2013) – The Center for Emerging Technologies at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CET at CU-ICAR) recently received LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The CU-ICAR Campus houses 5 occupied buildings of which one is LEED® Silver and three have obtained LEED® Gold Certification. The project recently received the SC AIA Honor Design Award in May.
Designed by LS3P, and constructed by Sherman Construction, the CET provides 35,000 SF on two upper levels for offices and 25,000 SF of high-bay space for research labs. Located in the heart of the CU-ICAR campus, the project is designed for maximum flexibility to accommodate start-up companies performing applied research. located within the CET is the Component Testing Lab, which houses a Vibration Chamber, Shaker System, and Solar Chamber.
“We are proud to have received this certification, a tribute to our focus on collaboration and sustainability” said Fred Cartwright, Executive Director for CU-ICAR.
The building design anticipates frequent changes in users of both the office space and the lab space. The office areas feature raised accessible flooring to accommodate quick changes in the HVAC, power distribution and data infrastructure. The lab areas feature open high-bay space with grade-level access and a full range of utility systems. The structural frame maximizes open space with minimal conflicts for column bays. Sustainable features in the design include highly efficient recyclable integrated metal panel skin; pervious pavement systems, and high efficiency lighting systems.
LS3P is an architecture, interior architecture, and strategic visioning firm providing services nationwide from their offices in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, South Carolina; and Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington, North Carolina. Their mission is simple: to engage clients and communities, to design meaningful places, with proven results that transform. The combined offices have received over 350 awards for excellence in design utilizing practical yet creative solutions.
Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research is a 250-acre advanced-technology research campus where university, industry and government organizations collaborate. Clemson’s College of Engineering and Science offers master’s and Ph.D. programs in automotive engineering at CU-ICAR and is conducting leading-edge applied research in critical areas, such as advanced product-development strategies, sustainable mobility, intelligent manufacturing systems and advanced materials. CU-ICAR has industrial-scale laboratories and testing equipment in world-class facilities available for commercial use, as well as a comprehensive computational center dedicated to solving clients’ industrial problems and backed by a high-performance computing infrastructure.
Sherman Construction is a commercial general contractor providing preconstruction development, design-build, general contracting and construction management services throughout South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.
Sandy Wilkinson, Marketing Coordinator
SGA Architecture, LLC is proud to announce that the recently completed Information Commons at Kimbel Library on the campus of Coastal Carolina University, located in Conway, S.C., has earned LEED v2.2 Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Coastal Carolina University Information Commons is an addition to the existing Kimbel Library. While the Information Commons is an addition to the library, it has no book stacks. The two-story, 18,600 square foot addition is technology-rich, enabling students to perform research, complete projects, and collaborate strictly through the use of technology. The Information Commons boasts technology classroom space, open study areas with computers, private small group study and meeting spaces, and a help desk. Special design features include glare control, efficient use of artificial and natural lighting, the purchase and use of green power, and the implementation of green housekeeping.
SGA Architecture, LLC is a versatile team of design and planning professionals whose expertise lies in creating extraordinary places that bring realization to their client’s vision and strategies. Through their work, they seek to enhance the quality of life in their communities through solutions that embrace and respect the natural environment, while embodying strategies for sustainability. The firm specializes in Master Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design.
For further information contact:
Johanna N. Whitmer, 843-979-5457
SGA Architecture, LLC
Pawleys Island / Charleston, South Carolina
In August 2013 when students return to school, students at Gilbert High School will enjoy a new edition of a, soon to be, LEED certified wing. The recently constructed wing, know as the Sustainability wing is where the new Sustainability curriculum will be taught. M. B. Kahn is constructing the Sustainability wing. The wing consists of 12,084 sq. ft., featuring a beautiful day lit lobby that can be used as a multifunction space, two hands on learning labs, offices and two conference rooms. This project is the fourth LEED project for M. B. Kahn’s project manager, Bob Sebire. There are a lot of innovative features that you will see in this new addition according to Bob. The first thing most people noticed when walking into the new addition while still under construction was the amount of day lighting. The tour took place early in the morning and even though it was overcast, no lights were needed to conduct the tour. Noise reduction and low to no VOC were also priorities in this new learning space. Additional innovative features that Bob pointed out were the energy efficient measures; such as the controls with greater sensitivity and that this new addition has almost 100% LED lights. With the LED lights this offered the school innovation points in the LEED rating system. Energy efficiency according to Bob is always a top priority for any school district in saving money. Thanks to energy efficient measures the school district, Lexington 1, is seeing lower operating costs.
Leading the tasks for Commissioning and LEED Certification of the Sustainability wing at Gilbert High School is System Worxc lead by Veronica Addision. System Worxc has been working with Lexington 1 for many years on their energy efficient measures. According to Veronica what is exciting about this is, that for the first time in South Carolina, students will now be in LEED Schools K-12 their entire academic years up to High School graduation and the schools are actually being used as a teaching tool. System Worxc’s main focus is commissioning. With commissioning they are two main things that can be useful, one is ensuring you get what you are after – the results and making sure you answer the question of how can we maintain this building at the desired level once construction is complete. Veronica remarks that they are proud of the Sustainability wing at Gilbert High School and the new curriculum because, “it fits in with our company’s philosophy of Sustainability – it is the way we do business.”
Columbia, SC (July 16, 2013) – Florence Darlington Technical College’s (FDTC) Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology’s (SiMT) newest facility, the Manufacturing & Business Incubator Center (MBIC), recently received LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Sustainable Space Used for Early-Stage Manufacturing Businesses.
Designed by LS3P, and constructed by Choate Construction Company, the MBIC combines over 5,000 SF of office/public areas with 23,000 SF of high-bay, flexible and reconfigurable incubator space. Between 5 and 20 manufacturing companies, in varying stages of business maturity, utilize the space for the early-stage development of their advanced manufacturing businesses. The research they perform within the MBIC is expected to be spun off into businesses that, in turn, will create high-paying jobs for the Pee Dee region.
In keeping with FDTC’s green building approach, the MBIC combines a bevy of eco-friendly features to not only provide for the health and well-being of occupants but allow the college to achieve a long-term return on its nearly $4 million investment. “This successful strategy resulted in FDTC’s first LEED certified building on their campus,” said the architect, LS3P’s Allen Taylor. The design of the new MBIC complements the aesthetics of the existing Advanced Manufacturing Center to create a campus environment while setting the tone for future buildings.
The MBIC incorporates sustainable elements such as water efficient landscaping and low-flow fixtures resulting in a projected 32% savings over baseline use; recycled materials; certified sustainable wood; and a high-efficiency mechanical system. Indoor air quality strategies included low emitting materials, control of chemical and pollutant sources, lighting and thermal comfort controllability, and thermal comfort design and verification. Furthermore, because even the most energy efficient buildings consume electricity produced primarily from fossil fuels, renewable energy credits (RECs) were purchased to offset the project’s environmental impact.
LS3P is an architecture, interior architecture, and planning firm providing services nationwide from their offices in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, South Carolina; and Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington, North Carolina. The combined offices have received over 350 awards for excellence in design utilizing practical yet creative solutions to enhance client strategies; and are honored to be included in Engineering News Record, Architectural Record, and Interior Design’s top design firms. Visit www.ls3p.com for more information.
About Choate Construction Co.
As one of the largest general contractors in the southeast, Choate Construction Company considers its Reputation as its number one asset, with future success founded upon the strength of its client relationships. Choate Construction excels in both base and interior construction with office locations in Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Savannah. Choate strives to lead the industry in financially viable, function solutions and continually invests in the tools to do so, promoting advances in Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, LEED® Rating system and Risk Mitigation. Visit www.choateco.com for more information.
Tanya Dales, Marketing
Nominate A Veteran in Need to Receive A Professionally Installed Air Conditioning System and Make Their Home More Energy EfficientFriday, July 26th, 2013
The South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors’ new Cool Aid, Warms Hearts program is teaming up with the South Carolina Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council to help veterans in need beat the heat this summer and to help them save money.
Nominate a veteran now for the chance to have a licensed HVAC professional install a new heating and air conditioning system. In addition, experts with The SC Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council will ensure the veteran’s home is energy efficient through its Homes for Heroes program.
This isn’t just a one-time gift. Having a licensed HVAC professional install a heating and air conditioning system, combined with improving energy efficiency can substantially cut monthly electric bills.
“In one case, a veteran was having to choose between paying to keep his house cool, or paying for his medicine. Nobody should have to make that choice, especially someone who was willing to sacrifice his life for our country”, Melissa Le Roy, USGBC SC Executive Director said.
“We’re proud to able to give back to these Americans who’ve given up so much for us. Our goal is to try and do this for veterans in need state wide,” Leigh Faircloth with the SC Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors said.
To nominate a veteran, simply send us their story, fill out the application, and provide the proper documentation. Then either mail it to the address below or send it via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
US Green Building Council, South Carolina Chapter
ATTN: Energy Efficient Homes for Heroes (EEHFH)
PO Box 627.
Landrum, SC 29356
To qualify, nominees and their families need to meet income requirements outlined in the attached Application. The numbers are in line with the 2009 poverty statistics.
Applications must be received by 5pm Tuesday August 13.
Leigh Faircloth, CAE, Exec. Director
South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors
Phone: (800) 395-9276