MEET THE USGBCTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017
Social House at West 7th
840 Currie Street, Fort Worth, Texas 761076:15 PM - 8:00 PM
About this EventMIX & MINGLE: Thursday, October 19. Meet your North Texas Regional Council! As always, our leadership will be in attendance to plug you into volunteer opportunities, give you the latest scoop on upcoming events, and be your resource for all things USGBC Texas related.
PERFORMANCE HUDDLE: A SYMPOSIUM ON BUILDING PERFORMANCE MODELING AND SUSTAINABLE DESIGN PRACTICE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston
4200 Elgin St, Houston, TX 7720412:00 PM - 4:30 PM + Happy Hour
About this Event
This event aims to provide a forum for architects, engineers, vendors, and students to gain an insight into state-of-the-art simulation and CFD applications in sustainable design and research.
This event is free to the public and lunch will be provided. If registering for lunch, please do it before October 19th.
Schedule12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch & Networking1:00pm - 2:30pm: First Session2:30pm - 3:00pm; Coffee Break & Networking3:00pm - 4:30: Second Session5:00pm: Post-Symposium Happy HourFor a full program, visit IBPSA Houston
Parking is not provided. Metered parking is available on lot 16B across from the College or at the UH Welcome Center.
We strongly encourage the attendants to use the METRORail. Take the purple line to the Elgin/Third Ward station, the Robertson Stadium/UH/TSU station or the UH South/University Oaks station. It’s a 10 minute walk from any of these stations to the College of Architecture and Design.
A happy hour will follow the symposium, details TBD.
HOUSING LUNCHEON: MEET VERONICA SOTOTUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
The Barn Door
8400 North New Braunfels, San Antonio, Texas 78209
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
About this Event
Let's meet the new City Department: Neighborhood and Housing Services and its Director - Veronica Soto. The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department was created in February 2017 to focus on neighborhood engagement, implementation of the Neighborhood Improvement Bond Program, housing policies and programs, administration of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program grants and the Tax Increment Finance programs. The Department has an operating budget of over $20M and staff complement of 46.
About Veronica SotoVerónica (Vero) R. Soto, AICP, is the Director of the Neighborhood and Housing Services Department at the City of San Antonio. Previously she served as Director of the Community and Human Development Department at the City of El Paso, Texas, where she worked to revitalize low-income neighborhoods, enhance human services and expand housing opportunities through administration of over $13M in federal and state grants. Her career in planning and community development has included positions with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the City of New York, NY, the City of Sunland Park, NM and the El Paso Downtown Management District.
Ms. Soto is a graduate of Harvard College and of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where she earned dual masters degrees in public affairs and urban and regional planning. Soto was the first Hispanic elected to serve as President of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). She is a member of the Latinos and Planning Division of AP. In 2012 Soto was selected as the first honorable mention recipient of the Edward J. Blakely Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning for her social justice work, her promotion of equitable development and for mentoring women of color in the planning profession, and advancing diversity within APA and AICP in New Mexico, Texas, and at the national level. Soto is a first generation American and a first generation college graduate and is bilingual (English, Spanish).
BUILDING ENVELOPE: SOLUTIONS TO DESIGN SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGSWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
Doubletree San Antonio Downtown
502 West Cesar E. Chavez Blvd, San Antonio, Texas 78207
7:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Sessions will cover:
COLLABORATION, COORDINATION & CHALLENGES (of achieving desired green building results)THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017Health Learning Building, Dell Medical School, UT Austin
1501 Red River Street, Austin, Texas 78712
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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About this EventUsing the Dell Medical District as a case study, discussion would cover how one pulls it off when the owner says you have to achieve green building standards with four different rating systems; a diversity of buildings, both new and existing, and a myriad of players involved.
Meeting Place: Spiral of the Galaxy Sculpture
Tour 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.Panel Discussion 5:45 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Networking at Scholz Garten afterwards
Up to 2 AIA CEUs
An Opportunity To
Note: Refunds will not be made unless event cancelled by USGBC
DRAWDOWN: THE TOP FOURTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017Green Building Resource Center
1002 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77002
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
About this EventWhat if we told you—Be optimistic about solving Climate Change: Drawdown, edited by visionary Paul Hawken, is the 100% MOST SUBSTANTIVE SOLUTIONS TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING, BASED ON METICULOUS RESEARCH BY LEADING SCIENTISTS & POLICYMAKERS AROUND THE WORLD. This foodie event will feature the Top 4 of these solutions featuring local professionals that will speak to the scope of each and how they affect this region, and what you could possibly do to be a part of these solutions. The Top Four are Refrigerant Management, Wind Turbines (onshore), Reducing Food Waste, and a Plant-Rich Diet. Join us to learn about how these possibly surprising complexities affect our climate and introduce yourself to this solution-based work.
BETTER BUILDINGS = BETTER EMPLOYEES?FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics1 Lockheed Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76108
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About this EventThe Fort Worth Better Buildings Challenge and USGBC Texas North Region invite you to explore strategies to improve the office environment experience. By implementing best practices learned through the Better Building Challenge initiative, LEED and WELL Building standards, we can improve the lives of a significant portion of the local Fort Worth business community.
You will learn about the latest WELL Building Standard along with other productivity and healthy building studies. Topics will include energy management and control; the positive impacts of proper lighting; how furniture application can impact employees well-being; the benefits of proper ergonomics to both employer and employees; and green cleaning strategies for restrooms, break rooms and cafeterias ensuring employee are living in a healthy environment.
Please join us in answering the question, “Do Better Buildings Equal Better Employees?”
Visitors must be U.S. citizens and be registered by October 26th.
Lunch will be provided.
Park in visitor's lot.
GREEN DRINKS + CEU
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017Paisano Green Community
4000 East Paisano Drive El Paso, Texas 799054:00 PM - 7:30 PM
About Green DrinksPlease join us for a special Green Drinks and CEU opportunity at Paisano Green Community!
We will start with a one-hour CEU session from 4 pm - 5 pm then enjoy Green Drinks from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Come talk with other sustainability professionals, earn CEUs and see a beautiful LEED Platinum facility!
The Paisano Green Community is the first NetZero, fossil fuels free, LEED Platinum, affordable housing community in the United States. This 73-unit property is built on a 4.2 acre site adjacent to the major border crossing between the City of El Paso, Texas, and the City of Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico.
The design goals of the project were to create a place sensitive community for elderly residents that would promote healthy living and an environment encouraging the development of interpersonal relationships, all within a well-designed set of energy efficient high performance buildings and grounds.
Read more about Paisano Green here: http://www.hacep.org/about-us/paisano-green-community
LEED 2009 VS LEED V4: ENERGY AND ATMOSPHERETUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017
4477 S. Lamar Blvd, Suite 600 Austin, Texas 787455:30 PM - 7:00 PM
About this EventLooking to network with high-performance building professionals? Looking for all 6 of your LEED-specific CEUs to maintain your professional credential? Confused about the design implications of LEEDv4?
This advanced class provides a credit-by-credit comparison between LEED 2009 and LEEDv4 credits in the Energy and Atmosphere category, identifies the design implications the evolution of the rating system has created, and empowers design professionals to have informed conversations with their clients about certifying projects under LEEDv4.
This event is the Sixth installment of a 6-part Network & Learn series.
1 GBCI CE HR-Self Reporting, 1 AIA HSW/SD/LU Hour
About the Speaker
Bungane Mehlomakulu, PE, LEED AP BD+C
As a design principal, Bungane works at the boundary between architecture, engineering, and sustainability to deliver a balanced, efficient, and meaningful product to customers and clients. Partnering with clients he helps identify the high impact strategies that leverage sustainability to unlock value across all aspects of the buildings performance. His work focuses on accelerating the sustainable design business case throughout the industry through direct project involvement, organizational development and, community engagement.
Bungane’s passion for sustainable buildings encompasses the entire building design and operation. His approach to design helps clients to develop opportunities that lie outside the scope of traditional MEP services. He draws on his experience working with passive strategies such as natural ventilation, day lighting, plug load reductions and solar control to drive down loads and minimize the impact of active systems.
His experience integrating BIM modeling into the engineering design process, maintenance, and control systems enables building owners to continuously monitor and improve performance over the life of the building. He continues to share his experience and knowledge throughout the industry through speaking engagements with various industry and community organizations.
LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAM STUDY SESSION
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017
Gensler Houston711 Louisiana, Suite 300, Houston TX, 77002
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
About this Event
The Green Associate LEED Version 4 Process
• Address fundamental principles of green building
• Develop basic knowledge of LEED rating systems
• Prepares you to pass the Green Associate exam
CASE STUDIES & COCKTAILS: SYLVAN THIRTYWEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017
1818 Sylvan Ave, Dallas, Texas 752085:00 PM - 7:30 PM
About Sylvan ThirtyJoin us for a tour of Sylvan Thirty, a mixed-use development located at the intersection of Sylvan and Fort Worth Avenues. Sylvan Thirty has become the first commercial development in West Dallas to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification that recognizes buildings, homes and communities that are designed and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
Sylvan Thirty has achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Sylvan | Thirty has been especially recognized for rehabilitating a “brownfield site,” incorporating decomposed granite parking and a vegetated bioswale throughout the development to filter and reduce stormwater discharge in an effort to keep the Trinity River healthy, providing preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles and the use of low-emitting building materials to reduce indoor air contaminants that are harmful to occupants.
Read more about Sylvan Thirty: http://sylvanthirty.com/about-us/
USGBC TEXAS HOLIDAY PARTYTHURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017
National Office Furniture Company1617 Hi Line Drive, Suite 440, Dallas, TX 75207
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
About the EventMix and mingle with USGBC Texas leaders as we celebrate our accomplishments of 2017 and look forward to the coming year. View the newly renovated National Office Furniture Showroom as you enjoy appetizers and drinks (beer/wine) provided by USGBC Texas North Region.
EL PASO WATER HARVESTING DESIGN CERTIFICATION
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19-25, 2017Location TBD8:00 AM
About this EventThe WMG Water Harvesting Design Certification program is designed for professionals, educators, and community organizers seeking comprehensive instruction in water harvesting systems design and construction. Please note this course is a special one-time offering in El Paso, TX and will prioritize participants from the local region. The program offers a unique combination of hands-on and classroom instruction that provides participants with a thorough, on-the-ground understanding of the core practices in this increasingly popular field. Our program provides the highest quality and greatest depth of training in integrative water harvesting offered in the nation.
The course teaches site assessment, design, and installation of:
USGBC Texas Chapter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 1909 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75201