ADVANCE your building with support from USGBC Idaho

Jun 26 2015

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The USGBC Idaho Chapter and the Central Addition LIV District invite building owners and managers in Boise’s Central Addition and Vista neighborhoods to participate in the ADVANCE program—a platform to help communities and organizations move along a path to more efficient and healthy places.

ADVANCE participants gain access to USGBC’s professional network and resources. Our volunteers guide you in setting goals and implementing strategies to improve the energy, resource and health performance of your building.

ADVANCE is a free service that was built for:

  • Community-service non-profits
  • Houses of worship and faith-based facilities
  • Educational and cultural institutions
  • Apartments, temporary housing, and affordable housing developments
  • Neighborhood and homeowner associations
  • Private building owners seeking cost effective ways to improve their building’s performance

With the support of well-trained volunteers and experts, local building owners are guided in the long term implementation of low-cost, high-impact strategies to improve their buildings. USGBC’s volunteer professionals serve as consultants that guide you in the implementation of no to low-cost strategies for a more efficient, healthy and resilient environment for your building and community.

ADVANCE events and direct assistance will help you:

  • Get started with simple actions in your building
  • Establish a comprehensive energy, resource and environmental health performance plan for the operation of your existing building
  • Focus in and implement simple strategies for increased energy, water and indoor environmental health performance
  • Track your performance as you achieve goals and advance toward various levels of leadership recognition

The ADVANCE program begins with a benchmarking process to identify your building’s utility usage. With this information in hand, building owners are position to dive deeper into their building systems to pinpoint improvement opportunities. Did you know that on average, buildings that undertake a benchmarking process save 5-8% on their utilities with no capital investments. The awareness alone changes behavior in the way the building is operated leading to utility savings.

Ready to get started your path towards lower utility bills and a healthier building? We are currently accepting applications from building owners and managers in Boise’s Central Addition and Vista neighborhoods. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis for the remainder of 2015. Contact to get enrolled.


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USGBC Idaho announces creating healthy spaces, a summer education series for building professionals

Jun 26 2015

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During the summer months, it’s a treat to let the heat, vacation and family time get your head out of the daily grind. But don’t let the dog days of summer keep you from staying on top of your professional development education.

Join USGBC Idaho and our industry partners for a free education series from July through August to earn CEUs and stay current on the latest trends in human health in the built environment.

Join us for one or all of the education events. See the schedule below and RSVP online for the courses that interest you.

Topic Date Time Location CEUs Available*
Improving Healthcare Outcomes Through Interior Prefab Construction: The Business Case July 9, 2015 4:30 – 6 PM HB/DIRTT Green Learning Center 401 West Idaho Street, Boise AIA – DIRTTE6 – LU/HSW – good for 1.0 credit IDCEC – CEU – 103318 – good for 0.1 credit
Authentically Green Interiors – Optimizing Nature’s Design** July 16, 2015 5:30 – 7 PM CSHQA Conference Room. 200 Broad Street Boise. AIA – PAW1 – LU/HSW – 1 Credit. IDCEC – CEU – 101052 CEU Good for one CEU Value. ASID 0.1 CEU. LACES 1.0 PDH. GBCI – 009000196
Institutionalizing Healthy Buildings – An Introduction to the WELL Building Standard July 30, 2015 11:45 – 1 PM Integrated Design Lab. 306 S. 6th Street, Boise 1 AIA CEU for HSW. Course number pending.
Sit Fit Ergonomics August 4, 2015 Noon – BYBB (Bring Your own Brown Bag) Integrated Design Lab. 306 S. 6th Street, Boise AIA – CC-103329-1005 – HSW – good for 1.0 Credit. IDCEC – CEU-103329 – 1005 –  Good for 1.0 CEU Value. Credit will also be accepted by ASID, IIDA & IDC
Green Roofs August 13, 2015 Noon – BYBB (Bring Your own Brown Bag) USGBC Idaho Office. 523 West Front Street, Boise No AIA CEUs available. Refer to the USGBC Credential Maintenance Program Guide for guidelines on self reporting LEED professional accreditation CE hours.

* Refer to the USGBC Credential Maintenance Program Guide for guidelines on self reporting LEED professional accreditation CE hours.

** Green Plants for Green Buildings is a Registered Provider with the U.S. Green Building Council continuing education program for credentialing maintenance. Certificates of Completion for LEED APs and other participants are available on request. GBCI Course number 009000196

Detailed course descriptions are listed below:

  • Improving Healthcare Outcomes Through Interior Prefab Construction: The Business Case. Learn how prefab, modular construction supports a more sustainable approach to building and improves patient and staff outcomes. Prefabricated interior assemblies improve outcomes in healthcare facilities, contributing to cost-effective solutions for technical challenges such as the spread of infection and high noise levels. Prefabrication moves construction off site, minimizing disruption and downtime during renovations, and delivering clean construction in shorter timeframes. Cost overruns are eliminated and quality is guaranteed. Smart software design tools make complexity in design essentially free and facilitate client participation. Learn how prefab, modular construction supports a more sustainable approach to building and improves Patient and staff outcomes. Tasty treats, lots of wine, and lively discussions included.
  • Authentically Green Interiors – Optimizing Nature’s Design. Plant based designs and living walls are attracting the attention of building and design professionals everywhere. The benefits of plants indoors include increased employee productivity, hospital healing rates, tenant and employee retention, and retail sales. Add that to fewer sick days and decreased patient pain medication requirements, and the case for plants indoors is easy to make. Through compelling research citations and beautiful interiorscape photographs, you will understand the science behind these benefits and become an advocate for promoting plants indoors, and the healthy environments they create – naturally. Snacks and drinks will be provided. This event is sponsored in part by the International Interior Design Association Northern PacificChapter
  • Institutionalizing Healthy Buildings – An Introduction to the WELL Building Standard. The WELL Building Standard® is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and wellbeing. Learn how the WELL standard has created a universal language to define and quantify healthy building attributes.
  • Sit Fit Ergonomics - All of us sit too much during the day and not all of us are sitting correctly. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s) are the most widespread occupational health hazard. Knowledge and application of workplace efficiency and injury prevention makes you a value-added resource. This class is an introduction of proper Ergonomics and use of work tools while in the seated position. You will learn how to avoid fatigue and pain that can affect your body in and out of the workplace.
  • Green Roofs. This educational opportunity is a live webinar hosted by the USGBC Colorado Chapter. USGBC Idaho will host a group viewing at our office in Boise. Participants will learn how green roofs can reduce stormwater runoff, cooling costs and urban heat island effects while improving building aesthetics.

We hope to see you at this new educational series! Register today.


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What’s up with ASHRAE 90.1-2010 & LEED v4?

May 14 2015

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Building standards continue to evolve, and so should you. But it’s generally a good idea to get the lay of the land from an expert before diving into technical reference manuals and working with a new standard – we’ve got you covered. USGBC Idaho is hosting a lunch and learn event to keep our members and the local design/build community current with the new ASHRAE and LEED standards. We are fortunate to have LEED fellow Scott Bowman in Boise at the end of May presenting his informative workshop – Code Dread – Keeping up with ASHRAE and LEED. 

The event is scheduled for May 28th @ 11:30 – 1 PM and will be hosted at the Integrated Design Lab on 6th and Front Street Boise. $5-10 suggested donation at the door. BYOBB (Bring Your Own Brown Bag). 1 LEED specific CEU self-reported. RSVP online.

Program: Code Dread – Keeping up with ASHRAE and LEED
Design firms will be in the best position to meet their clients’ need by understanding and preparing for ASHRAE 90.1-2010 and LEED v4, both of which have expanded from their earlier versions and will have a major impact on buildings.  This presentation will illustrate the effect of these changes by applying the new standards to an exiting LEED v2.2 Silver-certified project constructed by KJWW Engineering Consultants using ASHRAE 90.1-2004.
First, a new baseline using the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 standard will be applied to the project, which is the requirement under LEED v2009.  Next a baseline for the project using ASHRAE 90.1-2010 will be applied, which is required under LEED v4.  Both comparisons will show the decrease in energy savings, points awarded, and strategies and costs required to bring the project back to the original energy savings and certification level…if it can.
Speaker: Scott Bowman, PE LEED Fellow
Scott retired as Principal and Corporate Sustainability Leader with KJWW, a multi-discipline engineering consulting firm of over 500 people, in June of 2014.  He represents extensive experience in consulting engineering and the built environment. He was involved in most LEED projects (over 130 upon his retirement) for the firm and speaks regularly on sustainability at regional and national conferences and provides regular training on multiple subjects.
To further expand his voice in the built environment, Scott formed Integrated Design + Energy Advisors to assist owners and design teams to reach high levels of performance on their projects through many different methods and services.  In general, he intends to help projects Start Better; Reach Higher; Finish Strong.
You can learn more and see Scott’s resume at

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