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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Accepting Applications through April 15th 2013
The U.S. Green Building Council Idaho Chapter is seeking a full-time program manager to help us achieve the goal of transforming the market for green building in Idaho. The position reports to the Executive Director and is based in Boise. We are seeking a dynamic team member who is passionate about sustainability and able to effectively engage with our every growing network of members, volunteers, partners and constituents.
For more information please download the USGBC Idaho Program Manager Job Announcement March 2013
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
By Suzie Hall, LEED AP ID+C, ASID
I try to attend Greenbuild every year as a design professional, but this year I felt the tug of my chapter board commitment calling me to participate in the Chapter Forum Day, held the day before the opening plenary in San Francisco. I was energized by the enthusiasm and buzz in the room as chapter leaders from across North America gathered to share experiences, learn from each other, hear from USGBC National leadership, and consider exciting new efforts and programs.
At the Chapter Day, Rick Fedrizzi gave an educational speech about LEED v4 and the reasons why they held back the release date, mainly because things were just moving too quickly. He gave a HUGE thank you to USGBC staff and chapter leaders, and encouraged us to keep pushing forward! Kimberly Lewis presented her 2013 Priorities for Chapters: 1. LEED and Performance 2. State and local advocacy 3. Organization excellence 4. Green Schools 5. Community Engagement. She also reminded us that we are all one big “USGBC family.” I also received some great personal encouragement and sparks that I’ll be sharing through my board involvement this coming year.
I spent the rest of the week focusing on the great educational sessions that Greenbuild always offers, mostly following the interior design and commercial real estate tracks. I began with “Everything you wanted to know about green leases but were too afraid to ask,” presented by a real estate broker, an attorney and a professional from the Institute for Market Transformation. Talk about a powerhouse presentation! It’s always motivating to hear from professionals in bigger markets who are truly implementing green building practices. I took copious notes during this session and hope to share the information with my commercial real estate clients.
Other sessions covered the topics of High Performance Buildings, Innovations for Affordability and Accessibility, Occupants and Energy Reduction, and Defining the Business Case for High-Performance Build-Outs. I encourage anyone who is committed to sustainability, green design and environmentally responsible living to attend Greenbuild in Philadelphia next year! Oh, and did I mention a private concert by Train that rocked the house? Definitely a worthwhile treat.
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
This is quoted from a recent press release from NEEA.
Social, Environmental & Economic Consulting LLC and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance announced the launch of a cost data addendum for high performance homes as supporting documentation to the Uniform Residential Appraisal Report. The addendum responds to appraisers’ requests for credible incremental cost data for homes in their markets that incorporate high performance measures.
By participating in this joint effort, NEEA is continuing to raise the bar and redefine energy efficiency in new construction. This first step toward collecting this data represents NEEA’s commitment to overcoming a market barrier by educating the appraisal community to ensure that energy-efficient homes are properly valued in the market and by helping builders recoup the costs of their ‘green’ and advanced building practices.
Real incremental cost data enables appraisers to support an adjustment for homes with energy efficiency and green improvements. To help familiarize high performance homebuilders with the cost data addendum, SEEC is conducting an outreach initiative targeting green certification programs in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Read the full story here.