Monthly Branch Programs
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Join us for an “Introduction to Environmental Life Cycle Assessment!”
Pete Choquette, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C
Design and Consulting Department Manager
To date, the LEED Rating System and the building materials market have only been able to address the sustainable characteristics of building products in very rudimentary ways, such as tracking their recycled content or their place of extraction and manufacturing. However, a powerful new tool, Environmental Life?Cycle Assessment (LCA), is being deployed in the new LEED v4 Rating System to help design teams assess just how sustainable their building materials really are. Through LCA, design teams can have access to metrics that show exactly how building material solutions impact the environment on a number of levels including their embodied energy, global climate change impacts, and how they impact human respiratory health. This presentation will include an overview of the basic principles of LCA, how LCA was addressed in LEED 2009’s Innovation and Design Pilot Credits, and how LCA is included in LEED v4. This will include an examination of both Whole?Building LCA’s and LCA as a part of material and assembly scale Environmental Product Declarations (EPD’s).
Location: CBI (205 E. Broad St., Greenville SC)
August 21, 12pm-1:30pm
Join us for a Building Tour at Fisher Middle School!
Thursday, June 19 @ 11:30am-1:00pm
Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School (700 Millennium Blvd., Greenville SC 29607)
This unique teaching environment responds to principles of an interdisciplinary, project and inquiry based education curriculum known as STEAM, reflecting the focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The new school focuses heavily on collaborative spaces that will support educational programs developed by local corporate engineering and technology leaders designed to enhance the Student’s connection to real-world applications outside academia and encourage both community investment and involvement in school programs.
The new 179,000 SF, three-story design will serve 1,000 students and has been designed to achieve Green Globes certification. Project architect, Chris Swale at McMillan Pazdan Smith, will lead the building tour and discuss the differences in Green Globes certification verses LEED certification. Through the use of sophisticated technological building applications and systems, the building will serve as a teaching tool with indoor and outdoor learning spaces that demonstrate specific applications of math, science and engineering.
Don’t forget your hard hat! Boxed lunch with be served in the trailer after the tour.
REGISTER HERE: http://usgbcsc.givezooks.com/events/get-ready-for-leed-v4
Thu May 22, 2014 12pm – 1:30pm Eastern Time
The Innovate Conference Room (148 River St., Greenville, SC, 29601)
This presentation will dive in to the new and changing aspects of LEED as it transitions from version 3 to version 4. We’ll dig in to credit category changes, take a look at popular credits, and discuss the evolution of the new guidelines. We’ll also take a look at two projects under v3 and discuss their performance under v4. The presentation offers guidance to attendees so you’re able to successfully tackle the changes under LEED v4 resulting in better buildings. All attendees will receive a summary handout of the major changes to LEED v4. The program offers 1 continuing education learning unit for AIA HSW/SD and GBCI
William Brodnax is the Director of Sustainability at Merrick | Energy Ace Division, and heads up the team’s sustainability consulting group. He has personally project managed more than 50 LEED projects throughout the U.S., including several in South Carolina. Will received a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and a Master’s of Urban Planning and Real Estate Development from the University of Michigan.
Join us for our upcoming social even sponsored by The Citadel Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering! Cadets, branch members, and the general public are welcome to attend.
Date: 1 May, 2014
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm Drop-in Networking, 7:00pm-7:30pm Introduction to the GBC Branch and LBC Collaborative (New members encouraged to attend)
Location: The Citadel, 171 Moultrie St. – LeTellier Hall Auditorium (2nd Floor)
Hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks will be served.
Hope to see you there!
We will be having a “Call to Action” social event Tuesday, April 1st. Details are as follows:
Location: ADC Engineering, 1226 Yeamans Hall Road – Please enter front door and proceed to follow signs into the courtyard.
Time: Networking – 5:30pm-6:15pm, Presentation/Discussion – 6:15pm-7pm
Date: April 1st, 2014
The event will be open to the public, and will include food trays and non-alcoholic beverages. Whether you are a member or not, we want to encourage you to continue conversations with other professionals and organizations to improve our quality of life through the built environment. The presentation will outline goals and ideas for our USGBC branch, as well as joining efforts with the Living Future Institute through a Living Building Challenge Collaborative. Please encourage friends and co-workers to attend.
A critical purpose for the event will be discussing leadership roles in the steering committee. There are numerous positions open, including several that are newly created. If you believe you may be called to serve on the committee and are interested in hearing more, we hope you will attend.
The first 5 members to attend will also receive a USGBC tee-shirt. Come early and come often.
The USGBC South Carolina Chapter is now accepting education program proposals for 2014.
Click this Call for Proposals for full details on topic preference and review processes.
This timeline for USGBC SC 2014 Education Program proposals.
- 2/3/14 – Call for Proposals opens
- The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 7, 2014 at midnight
- 3/10/14 Review and Selection Phase starts
- 3/24/14 – Accepted session notifications sent
- 3/31/14 – Presenter acceptance deadline/Chapter staff and volunteers reach out to schedule selected programs
Please complete the 2014 Education Proposal Submission Form and submit to Eleni Glekas, Education Chair email@example.com by midnight March 7, 2014.
USGBC SC Chapter Lowcountry Branch Announcement
Call for Leaders – Term Beginning January 2014
The Lowcountry Branch seeks motivated, energetic and dedicated volunteers to serve on its Branch Steering Committee (BSC) beginning in January 2014. If you share our vision and want to help carry out our mission at the local level, you are encouraged to apply.
The Lowcountry Branch is one of four Branches within the South Carolina Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Our Chapter’s mission is to transform the way buildings and communities in South Carolina are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.
Our branch hosts educational programs for professionals and citizens, supports sustainable practices, and promotes green building principles and strategies within our local communities.
The Branch Steering Committee assists and leads the Branch in planning and implementing activities, including programs and membership, that support Branch and Chapter goals.
Applications for 2-year Branch Steering Committee (BSC) seats are being accepted until Friday, January 10, 2014. Current Branch Steering Committee members will select candidates best suited for the position among all applicants and announce the elected officers the following week.
Expected Commitment of Lowcountry BSC members:
Attendance at 9 of 12 monthly BSC planning meetings (in person or via phone)
Attendance at 50% of Branch Programs
Commitment of 2-6 additional volunteer hours per month for Branch
Participation in annual Chapter Leadership Retreat in Spartanburg, SC
To apply for one of the open seats, complete the application found below and email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5:00 pm EST on Friday, January 10, 2014.
Looking forward to a great year for USGBC South Carolina Chapter in 2014! Hope you can join us!
Are you a SC Chapter Member? YES NO
1. What has been your involvement to date in the Lowcountry Branch?
2. What experience, skills and/or talents would you bring to the Lowcountry BSC to help them implement a local program to support the Chapter’s work and advance green building in South Carolina?
3. Please identify any affiliations, memberships, and relationships you have that may be relevant in serving this Branch and expanding our reach.
4. Based on the duties of BSC Members and Expected Commitment above, do you believe you have the support of your employer to contribute both your time and expertise to the BSC?
5. Have you reviewed the Branch Leadership Roles and Responsibilities and understand the commitment of a Branch Officer or Committee Chairperson?