Tuesday, July 24, 2012



What could an understanding of the Living Building Challenge lead to in your city? Green leaders with varied backgrounds and hometowns all over the world are using the information offered in our 6-hour workshop to spark new conversations, create some of the world's greenest modern buildings and envision brighter futures for their cities. You have brought incredible enthusiasm and support to the Living Building Challenge, and now we are bringing Understanding the Living Building Challenge Workshop to you.

Join us in Seattle on August 21st and explore the possibilities at our public "Understanding the Living Building Challenge" workshop. This workshop is being offered at a special discounted rate. Additionally, we are offering an optional networking event immediately following the workshop. This workshop is eligible for 6 AIA Learning Units and 6 GBCI Continuing Education credits. Additional event details and an overview of the workshop learning objectives are included on our website.


Will you still be in Seattle on Thursday, August 23rd? Join us for a tour of the Bullitt Center, a commercial building in Seattle's thriving Capitol Hill neighborhood currently pursuing the Living Building Challenge.

We encourage you to build your community by inviting any colleagues or associates you think would also be interested in attending. 

Thank you, 

The Living Building Challenge Team 


Monday, July 16, 2012

Preservation Green Lab Presentation:
SEDR is hosting a presentation by the Preservation Green Lab
When: Monday, July 23rd from Noon to 1pm.
Where: 4th Floor Conference Room in City Centre, 1420 5th Ave, Downtown Seattle.
Speakers: Ric Cochrane (Preservation Green Lab) Joe Giampietro, (Designer and Developer)

The sustainable design community has traditionally focused its efforts on new commercial construction, usually involving larger projects. This focus has started to widen recently with the realization that investments made in green renovations of the existing commercial building stock can be leveraged to produce
considerable energy savings and a significant reduction in their carbon footprints. Existing commercial buildings under 50,000 sq ft make up over 95% of the commercial building stock (by number) and represent an immense cache of embodied energy. With this in mind, the National Trust for Historic Preservation
founded Preservation Green Lab in 2009. It is focused on developing approaches and policies that will make green renovation of existing buildings easier to accomplish and more viable in the eyes of all participants.
Several cities (NYC, San Francisco, Seattle…) are now starting to implement regulations and consider approaches that recognize the value of renovating existing buildings and the special issues and opportunities that are likely to be encountered. Ric Cochrane, the Building Performance Programs Manager at PGL, will be talking about some of these cultural, political and scientific factors that are behind this emerging
awareness and area of practice. He will be using the recent green renovation of the 95 year old Terry Avenue Building in south Lake Union as a case study to illustrate the opportunities and challenges that are inherent in this newly emerging area. Joe Giampietro, an architect whose CV includes both a long
history of practice in sustainable design and a stint as a property developer, will be providing some observations and insights that come from the perspective of the development community. SEDR is the Seattle Energy & Design Roundtable, with gatherings on the 3rd Monday of each month to discuss how to
inform energy-efficient design with software and metrics.
For more information:

Friday, July 13, 2012

NEEC Training 
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council is pleased to announce that we are offering focused topic trainings about the 2009 WA State Non-Residential Energy Code (NREC) in various locations around the state this year.  The City of Shoreline is the host for our trainings serving the North Puget Sound area in their new City Hall that recently was awarded LEED Gold certification.
Training Date:            Wednesday, August 1st from 8:30am-4:30pm
Training Location:      Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133
Registration:               Visit our online registration service - http://a3.acteva.com/orderbooking/bookEvent/A320401
Fee:  This is a no cost event with brown bag lunch.
Light breakfast, beverages and snacks will be provided by NEEC.  There are several recommended restaurants within walking distance of the venue for dining in or take out.

Four topics will be presented and you are welcome to attend any one or all of them. The presenters will be Lisa Rosenow from NEEC and Lauren MacLeod from Candela, a lighting design consulting firm. ICC continuing education credits are available for self-reporting.
8:45-10:30am - Envelope Continuity Short Training
  • Fundamentals of building science and general NREC requirements for moisture control, air barriers and continuous insulation
10:45am-Noon - NREC Envelope Compliance Forms
  • Summary of compliance paths and instructions on how to fill out the NREC envelope compliance forms.  Includes discussion of how to confirm this information relative to drawings and specs.
Noon-1:15pm – Lunchtime Q&A
  • NEEC Energy Code specialist will offer a lunch time open Q&A where attendees can ask their general questions
1:15-3:00pm – Lighting Systems Compliance
  • Discussion of lighting and daylighting zone controls, interior/exterior LPA calculations and applicable exemptions.  Includes instructions on how to fill out the NREC interior and exterior lighting compliance forms.
3:15-4:30pm – Mechanical Systems Right Sizing
  • Mechanical system sizing criteria in the NREC and how it impacts system selection and performance.  Includes load calculation submittal requirements for simple and complex systems and a discussion of how to review this information.

  • NREC Trainings in Bellingham – Similar format as NREC trainings in Shoreline.  Event will be held Tuesday, July 31st at City of Bellingham ITSD Building.
  • NREC Trainings in Issaquah, Des Moines and Seattle – Additional training opportunities will be scheduled in these areas in August and September.  
  • Envelope Continuity Comprehensive Training – A 4-hour training that covers the fundamentals of building science, water vapor control, air barriers and continuous insulation.  This training will be offered in Olympia in August and in Seattle, Vancouver and Tri-Cities in the fall.

Contact Lisa Rosenow – Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, www.neec.net
(206) 624-0283, lisa@putnamprice.com

Thursday, July 12, 2012

ASHRAE Announces Fall Online Courses

ATLANTA – A full slate of online courses touching on a range of built environment topics is being offered by ASHRAE this fall.

The 11 ASHRAE Learning Institute courses provide professional development through in-depth information that is timely, practical and targeted to provide engineers in consulting practices, facility management or supplier support with instruction on applying ASRHAE standards and employing new technologies essential for advanced building performance. The online courses allow attendees to learn from anywhere with an Internet connection. Course participants earn continuing education credits and qualify for Professional Development Hours for each course completed.  Courses are instructor-led, drawing upon professional knowledge of leading practitioners.

The courses are:
•       District Cooling and Heating Systems: Central Plants, Sept. 10
•       The Commissioning Process and Guideline 0, The Commissioning Process (co-sponsored with the Building Commissioning Association, Illuminating Engineering Society and National Environmental Balancing Bureau), Sept. 24
•       Basics of Air-to-Air Energy Recovery, Sept. 26
•       Basics of High-Performance Building Design, Oct. 8
•       Advanced High-Performance Building Design,  Oct. 10
•       Complying with ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings: HVAC/Mechanical,  Oct. 15
•       Complying with Standard 90.1-2010: Envelope/Lighting, Oct. 17
•       Fundamental Requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality,  Oct. 22
•       Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings, Oct. 24
•       Energy Modeling Best Practices and Applications: HVAC/Thermal – Parts 1 and 2, Sept. 11 and 13
•       Implementing ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, Parts 1 and 2,  Sept. 17 and 19

For registration costs and to register, visit www.ashrae.org/onlinecourses. Site licenses are available to organizations that have five or more course participants. For more information, e-mail edu@ashrae.org or call 678-539-1146.