The Sustainable Energy Sustainable Homes seminar series kicks off this Thursday in Boise

Oct 7 2015

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USGBC Idaho is proud to present season eight of the popular Sustainable Energy Sustainable Homes (SESH) seminar series. Beginning this Thursday, Oct. 8, the eight-part series will provide homeowners, real estate professionals, and building professionals a thorough overview of sustainability for new and existing homes.

Our first topic, “Devil’s in the Details – Key Considerations for New and Existing Home Projects” sets the stage for creating a sustainable home by identifying seven commonalities to successful projects. Green Home expert Josh Bogle boils down his industry experience into seven key considerations required to get your project on track for sustainable success.


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SESH seminars
When: Thursday evenings, 7-9 PM
Where: Integrated Design Lab, 306 S 6th St, Boise. Enter through the Front Street Doors.
Cost: $10 per session/$50 for the entire series; fees waived for those who sign up as new USGBC Idaho members. Registration is available online, or by cash/check at the door.
Snacks and drinks are provided

2015-2016 Schedule:

Oct. 8, 2015 Oct. 22, 2015 Nov. 12, 2015 Dec. 10, 2015
Jan. 14, 2016 Jan. 28, 2016 Feb. 11, 2016 Feb. 25, 2016

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LEED Fellow Scott Bowman Presents – LEED v4: The View from the MEP Seats

Aug 3 2015

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USGBC Idaho and ASHRAE Idaho are proud to host a joint continuing education event for building professionals. Continuing education is an important part of the building industry, especially for those who are about to cut their teeth on their first LEED v4 project. With multiple LEED v4 projects in the pipeline in Idaho, and a mandatory roll over date to LEED v4 from LEED 2009 scheduled for October 2016, right now is great time to learn about the changes in the new LEED certification standards.

  • When: Thursday August 27, 5­7 pm
  • Where: Integrated Design Classroom
  • Cost: $5 USGBC Idaho Chapter and ASHRAE Idaho members, $10 nonmembers
  • Registration: Register online, Dropins welcome at the door (cash or check)
  • CEUs: 1.5 GBCI LEED specific CEs. Refer to the Credential Maintenance Program Guide for guidelines on self reporting LEED professional accreditation CE hours

The Program: LEED v4 is a significant advance in this premier sustainability standard. This program will focus on how LEED v4 will affect the mechanical, electrical, and commissioning aspects of projects. Designers need to communicate and manage expectations of their clients, and knowing this aspect of the project will be an important component of that message. Know what your engineers are concerned about before they ask!

Many prerequisites and credits will be discussed and changes noted. However, this presentation will go beyond information to critical analysis informed by significant experience in the field, with better insight now that the LEED v4 reference guide has been published.

Learning Objectives:

  • identify the major changes in LEED v4 prerequisites and credits related to mechanical, electrical, and commissioning.
  • understand the impact of LEED v4 on these areas and why they need to carefully prepare their clients’ expectations.
  • understand the challenges that will face engineers working on LEED v4 projects.
  • learn techniques and/or opportunities to increase the success and certification levels of LEED v4 projects.

Speaker: Scott Bowman, PE LEED Fellow Scott retired as Principal and Corporate Sustainability Leader with KJWW, a multi­discipline 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.


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You can learn more and see Scott’s resume at


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Idaho Schools Need Green Hands

Aug 3 2015

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USGBC Idaho believes that every student deserves healthy, low environmental impact, high performing green schools and we need your help to make it happen. Most school districts aren’t scheduled for new buildings, but there is always room for improvement at existing schools. That’s why we created the Idaho Green Schools Challenge. The Challenge is a great way to engage students, teachers and local mentors in a competitive format as they green their schools through educational projects. The projects often decrease the participating schools’ operating budgets by reducing energy and resource consumption. Perhaps more importantly, the Challenge educates and empowers students and creates a culture within the school that values a healthy environment, healthy buildings and healthy people.

As the Idaho Green Schools Challenge prepares to launch it’s fourth year of competition, there are many opportunities to get involved. Right now, the Green Schools Challenge is in the recruitment phase and the Challenge will be underway by early October. Motivated volunteers and green schools advocates are needed to help encourage schools to participate. You can can play a role in improving Idaho schools.

  • Tell your student, parent, and teacher friends about the Idaho Green Schools Challenge. Share the link on your social media pages. Mention the Idaho Green Schools Challenge at social events and school events. Create a buzz! This is an easy and effective way to support Idaho green schools. Anyone is welcome to do this ­ no training required.
  • Update the Green Schools Challenge forms with 2015 specific date and information. This task is a little more “administrative” but important to the success of the program. Detail oriented people will excel at this job.
  • Reach out to schools, teachers and administrators directly through email and phone calls encouraging them to participate in the challenge.
  • Donate. Sponsorship dollars provide cash prizes to the schools and sustain the program.
  • If you are a classroom teacher or school administrator, consider how the Idaho Green Schools Challenge can help your school ­ it’s a common core cool tool to teach students about environmental education and STEM concepts­ and join the Challenge!

Contact if you want to get involved.


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