Welcome to Kentucky USGBC
Green Schools Initiative
Kentucky USGBC has set an ambitious goal: a green school in every county in the next 20 years. We've spoken with local, state and federal officials, public and private, in an attempt to make sure Kentucky's children are learning in the best school buildings we can build. But to help us gain grass roots support throughout the Commonwealth, we realized we needed to show people in clear and concise terms the benefits of green schools to the students, teachers and parents in the communities that have them. We hope that you'll take a few minutes to watch our video and then connect with the Chapter and help us support green schools throughout Kentucky!
“We are committed to helping our clients create sustainable and energy efficient environments. We wanted to do the same for our own building and lower the total cost of ownership by reducing energy requirements and our environmental impact.”
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Story and Photos by Tom Hailey, Kentucky USGBC and the Bristol Group.
The AIA-ASHRAE-USGBC High Performance Building Workshop - Real World Integrated Design was held on Wednesday May 22, 2013 at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Building in Frankfort. It was produced in cooperation with the Kentucky Finance & Administration Cabinet. Chris Tyler, Kentucky USGBC Board Chair led the day as the emcee.
National leaders from all three organizations presented in the session “Perspectives on Integrated Design.” ASHRAE President Tom Watson, P.E., AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA, and USGBC Board Chairman Allan Skodowski, LEED AP O+M, presented the latest in technological, professional and legislative trends in the high performance building industry. Their presentations included updated standards and guidelines that affect sustainable design.
Terry Townsend, PE, FASHRAE, LEED AP, presented “What’s Hot in Sustainability” and provided a quick look at several of the new and exciting sustainability initiatives, including the 2030 Challenge, ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guidelines, LEED v. 4 Update, Energy Codes, Integrated Design and more.
Bari Ewing, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, and Bobby Morris, LEED AP participated in a sustainability charrette titled “Between Programming and Design.” The charrette included a case study of the Locust Trace Agri Science Farm presented by Bill Wallace AIA, Susan Hill AIA, LEED AP, BD+C and Stephanie Febles LEED AP, EIT, CGD.
Exhibitors who helped support the event included Air Equipment Company, Big Ass Fans, Bill Thomason & Associates, CDC Distributors, Comfort & Process Solutions, Inc., Engineered Lighting Sales, Facility Commissioning Group, Harshaw Trane, Kentucky Ready Mix Concrete Association, Louisville Gas and Electric & Kentucky Utilities Company, Lynn Imaging, Mecho Systems, Paladin, Inc., Redi-Rock of Kentuckiana, Simpson Strong-Tie, and Thermal Equipment Sales. More Photos HERE
Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council Names Nancy Church Executive Director
Louisville, KY - May 6, 2013
The Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named Louisville native Nancy Church as Executive Director. The KY USGBC, a local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for Kentucky through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
“Nancy's energy and passion in conjunction with her experience is a great asset for the chapter,” said KY USGBC Board Chair Chris Tyler. “And we're looking forward to working with Nancy to take the KY USGBC, and our Commonwealth, to the next level of sustainability - together.”
Join us for a tour of Liberty Green Community Center. Then step over to neighboring NuLu for a Louisville Green Scene.
Wednesday, May 29
- 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. - Project Tour at Liberty Green
- 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Green Scene in the East Market Street District (NuLu), currently LEED®-registered for Neighborhood Development
Liberty Green is a mixed income community in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood that replaced the 1940's era public housing development known as Clarksdale. This project tour will feature the LEED Silver Community Center, which houses Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA) offices, apartments, community meeting/training rooms, classrooms and a commercial kitchen.
A Green Scene will follow in neighboring NuLu, which is part of the LEED-registered East Market Street District, home to several LEED-registered and certified buildings.
On Wednesday, April 24th, members and friends of Kentucky USGBC met at the Bread Box located at 501 West Sixth Street in Lexington, home of West Sixth Brewing Company and FoodChain. We gathered for a tour of FoodChain, the non-profit neighbor of West Sixth Brewing Company. Rebecca Self, Executive Director, gave our group a special tour of the facility, which is currently undergoing construction of an indoor aquaponics system. See more HERE
Harshaw Trane honored for LEED certification
Harshaw Trane, Kentucky’s leading provider of sustainable energy environments and HVAC systems, has been honored with the LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its headquarters building in Louisville.
The award is the second national certification for Harshaw Trane and the sixth certification for Blankenbaker Station, a successful Louisville business park the company calls home. The concentration of LEED certified buildings is the largest in Kentucky, earning the park the distinction as a place “where green grows green” by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
On April 22, Fischer and leaders of the USGBC and Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet celebrated Earth Day by honoring Frank Harshaw, president and CEO of Harshaw Trane, and Hollenbach-Oakley, developers of Blankenbaker Crossing.
The April 17th Lexington Project Tour featured the offices of RossTarrant Architects, the first architectural firm in Kentucky to earn LEED Gold for its own office building.
The firm’s commitment to green design is apparent from the moment you set foot on the property. The parking lot is made of pervious pavement to mitigate stormwater runoff and reduce the heat island effect. Specially marked parking spaces encourage carpooling. Native and drought resistant plantings adorn the landscape, and a canopy over the side entrance is actually a solar thermal water heater. See more HERE
Members and guests of the Associated General Contractors of Kentucky and the Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council got together at the Green Building in Louisville for an evening of great networking, eats and fun!
RossTarrant Architects had run out of room to expand. When the firm made a 1950s-era building its new home, the potential for applying sustainable design practices to the renovation was obvious. RossTarrant was proud to receive LEED Gold certification for the new space. Daylighting is a central element of the new design. See More HERE
Green Schools Presentation - Cliff Ashburner
The Louisville Green Scene held at Ramsi's Café on the World. Green Scene is a great opportunity to meet and learn about other people and businesses involved in sustainability. Chris Tyler, Kentucky USGBC Board Chair, welcomed everyone and provided an update about future educational and networking events. Green Scenes are scheduled each month, alternating between Lexington and Louisville. See more HERE.
Third Annual Green Schools National Conference
The Kentucky USGBC was well represented at the Third Annual Green Schools National Conference in the City of West Palm Beach Florida in February 2013. This three day event was organized by The Green Schools National Network. The GSNN mission is to advance the national green and healthy schools movement by connecting like-minded and passionate education, non-profit, corporate and public sector individuals and organizations.
Chris Tyler, our Board Chairman, provided a break-out session presentation on Green Schools & Common Ground: Accelerating our Movement.
The presentation was on February 23 and the session description read: Through increased participation from elected officials, community leaders, and school decision makers at all levels, the green schools movement has made significant strides garnering true bipartisan support. This session will highlight lessons learned over the past year and engage the audience in a discussion about this common ground.
Presenting along with Chris Tyler was Nathaniel Allen, USGBC Center for Green Schools.
The Lunch & Learn program on March 13, 2013 educated us about how the ancient material of CONCRETE meets modern construction goals and code requirements. We reviewed in-place concrete structures as a testament to concrete’s durability and disaster resilience. Energy efficiency construction methods using concrete, including net-zero buildings, were covered. Jill Lewis Smith, AIA, NCARB, President, Civic Consultants Inc. did an excellent job educating and engaging the participants. Brett Ruffing, Education Committee Elected Rep, introduced the speaker. Chris Tyler, Board of Directors Chair, welcomed us to his training room and gave a brief chapter update. Brett is the Education and Technology Specialist at Kentucky Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Chris is the Sustainability Engineer at Thermal Equipment Sales. Article and photographs by Communications Committee Event Reporter Tom Hailey of Bristol Group. See More HERE
A little snow and cold winds could not keep a couple dozen chapter members and guests from gathering at Glenn's Creek Brewery in Lexington on Wednesday evening, February 27, 2013 for a Green Scene networking event. Business cards were exchanged and conversations held about mutual interests in Greening Kentucky. Emily Ashburn, Director of Business Development & Account Services for Paladin gets the credit for the arrangements with the venue. Chris Tyler, Sustainability Engineer with Thermal Equipment Sales, and the KY USGBC Board Chairman, brought us up to date on chapter business. He announced upcoming events and the search for a new executive director. Central Kentucky members look forward to more Green Scenes in Lexington in 2013. See More HERE
Photography and article by Communications Committee Event Reporter Tom Hailey of Bristol Group.
The Kentucky USGBC participated in the AIA/CSI Annual Trade Fair at the Galt House in Louisville on February 26 by hosting a two hour Green Law presentation. Greg Parsons of Stites and Harbison presented an in-depth legal perspective on Green Building, LEED Litigation, and Standard Green Building Contract Provisions and Practical Considerations. The presentation included a backdrop of several court cases and legal precedents from around the country. About seventeen A/E/C professionals attended.
Photography and article by Chapter Communications Committee Event Reporter Tom Hailey of Bristol Group.
Advocacy Day 2013
The group’s purpose was to:
- Introduce the Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council to Kentucky Legislators
- Educate them about the KY Green Schools Caucus and encourage participation in Caucus meetings
- Build awareness and support of green building
- Make them aware of the legislation we are supporting
The group gathered at 8:30 am in the Capitol Annex to review the objectives and agenda for the day.
Chris Tyler, Ryan Daugherty, and Brett Ruffing lead the orientation session. Then teams of three or four people were formed, each with a group leader. These teams met with about 30 legislators in individual meetings throughout the morning and after the legislative session concluded in the afternoon.
On Wednesday, January 16th over 30 LEED professionals gathered at Wyatt Tarrant & Combs law offices in Louisville for a great informational program on LEED building certification tips and slips. Though it was cold and wintery outside, the conversations and presentations were warming and well received.
Brandon Martin, Chief of Mechanical Design at the Louisville District of USACE and the Technical Lead for the Regional Center of Expertise in Energy, Sustainability, and LCCA, and Steve Thibaudeau, civil engineer at the US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, shared their experiences with LEED certification applications and government reviews of LEED credits to help you avoid their own and observed LEED Certification "slips”. See Presentation HERE.
Eric Senn presented on behalf of Land Design and Development about the Kosair Children's Medical Center at Old Brownsboro Crossing. See Presentation HERE
Thank you to our gracious hosts Wyatt Tarrant & Combs for welcoming us to their conference center and providing lunch.
Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council