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US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter Seeking Nominations for 10th Anniversary Gala Awards

The U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC-NJ) is seeking applicants for their 10th Anniversary Gala Awards. The nomination period is open until August 10th. (The Student Award deadline is not until Sept. 21.) USGBC-NJ recognizes and presents these awards to companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in green building and sustainability at the Chapter’s Annual Gala. The winning applicants will be honored at this year’s Gala & Awards Dinner on October 11, 2012, at the new Revel in Atlantic City. There are five award categories: community; green team; green ground breaking; municipal/ public-private sector; and student. See below for more information.

“This is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the individuals and organizations who have made special strides in green building and sustainability in our State,” said Florence Block, USGBC-NJ Executive Director. “This is the spirit in which USGBC-NJ was founded – a spirit of innovation and excellence.”

Design Architect – Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Architect of Record – Rotwein and Blake

This year, BASF Corporation and the Rockefeller Group will receive special recognition for their commitment to sustainability with their recently completed project in Florham Park, NJ – BASF’s North American headquarters which is expected to receive LEED® Double Platinum certification* (Design Architect – Kohn Pedersen Fox; Architect of Record – Rotwein and Blake). Only four reported projects in the US have earned multiple LEED Platinum certifications in one building. The BASF HQ in Florham Park is the first LEED Double Platinum – designated facility in New Jersey, and the largest LEED Platinum corporate project in the state.

The USGBC-NJ’s Annual Gala is the event of the year for green building and sustainability professionals in the tri-state area. Last year, keynote speaker Mayor Cory Booker wowed the crowd. Previous honorees include: Colgate Global Technology Center; PNC Bank; Wyndham Worldwide; NJ Economic Development Authority; Newark’s Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District; Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Stafford Park and Homeless Solutions; and Spiezle Architectural Group. Applications can be found online here or on our homepage: www.usgbcnj.org.

AWARD CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA:

A. Community Award: This award is given to a non-profit organization that has had a profound impact on expanding the horizons of green building through exemplary programs in community service, education, social equity, policy work or other aspects of developing sustainable communities.

B. Green Team Award: Recognizes a green building and project team whose vision and practices illustrate the best in green building. The team’s work reflects the creativity, collaboration, and integrated processes that embody the essence of going “beyond LEED”.

C. Green Ground Breaking Award: An individual, organization or company that is on the cutting-edge of sustainability and green building, and has created something that truly pushes the envelope to broaden the horizons of green.

D. Municipal or Public-Private sector: Recognizes a municipality or public-private sector partnership that demonstrates leadership and innovation in green building practices on a community-wide basis.

E. Student Award: Middle through High School Students in public or private schools. A student (or team of students) involved in a project that satisfies one or more of the award Criteria in the 2011-2012 school year and can successfully demonstrate that the outcomes/results of the project have made a positive impact on the environment.

(The Student Award has a separate application deadline: September 21, 2012. Please see Student Award Criteria on our website for more information.)

Applications can be found online here or on our homepage: www.usgbcnj.org.

*LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a trademark of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Platinum certification is the highest achievement attainable through the LEED green building certification program which encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. BASF is seeking Platinum certification in two phases: one for Core & Shell and another for Commercial Interiors.

About the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL

USGBC is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group formed in 1993. New Jersey membership exceeds 1400 Corporations inclusive of USGBC National and the USGBC New Jersey Chapter. There are over 3,000 LEED® accredited professionals in NJ and over 400 LEED® registered and 100 certified projects in New Jersey, plus over 900 certified LEED Homes.

More About the U.S. Green Building Council – New Jersey Chapter

USGBC-NJ is a non-profit organization focused solely on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC-NJ is to transform NJ’s built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration. As New Jersey’s green building advocate and education resource, USGBC-NJ provides over 150 educational programs, events, green building tours, research studies, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network. Currently, USGBC-NJ is providing grant-funded green building education to NJ’s veterans and unemployed.

For 10 years USGBC-NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. Through the NJ Chapter, LEED and green building in general, have found fertile ground in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter’s 1,100 individual members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community.

East Coast Green Registration Now Open

Architecture Week Marks Opening of Registration for

Third Annual East Coast Green Conference

Tickets and Sponsorship Available for New Jersey’s Premier Green Conference

TRENTON, N.J. (DATE) — The Committee on the Environment (COTE) of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ), has announced that registration for its third annual East Coast Green Conference opened today in honor of Architecture Week, a weeklong celebration that increases public awareness of architecture.

This third annual conference, which will be held for the second consecutive year at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J., in June, is titled: “Re: Thinking Green,” and will take a look at the future of sustainability and the environment in the architecture and construction industries.

“We at AIA-NJ are pleased and proud to announce during Architecture Week the commencement for registration of the Third Annual East Coast Green Conference,” said Laurence E. Parisi, president of AIA-NJ. “Architects have a keen understanding of the built environment along with strong consideration and respect for a sustainable future of our ecology.”

Trenton-based AIA-NJ, which has about 2,000 members, is the state chapter of the national organization, which helps architects serve the public’s needs and builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American society.

East Coast Green will be held on June 14, in conjunction with AIA-NJ’s second “COTE Top 10 Awards,” which will recognize outstanding built work in the area of sustainable design.

The conference will be preceded on June 13 by a full day of workshops sponsored by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). A Green Building Expo featuring green building products and materials will also be held in conjunction with the conference.

This year’s educational tracks include “Re: Codify,” which will look at the different sustainability codes and policies facing the architecture and construction industries; “Re: Certify,” which will facilitate LEED professionals to maintain their credentials; and “Re: View,” which will provide case studies of successful sustainable applications.

“AIA-NJ is very excited to be hosting our third annual East Coast Green Conference,” said Parisi. “With the success of the past two events, we’re able to attract the industry’s top players for the workshops and lectures. This year’s event is expected to be the region’s biggest and best green conference.”

Over the two-day event, more than 20 courses will be offered, all of which are eligible for AIA and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) continuing education credits.

Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are also available. Sponsors will have the opportunity to increase their company’s visibility in the “greening” consumer markets, as well as to network with leaders and present their products and applications to an audience of early adopters and industry leaders.

For information on exhibiting or sponsorship, visit the ECG website or e-mail Jack Purvis at jpurvis@purvis-architect.com.

Architecture Week is held from April 8- 14, and this year’s theme is “Design Connects,” which encourages people to join the online conversation. The event is completely virtual and is using social networking platforms such as Pinterest and FourSquare to showcase good design and encourage those interested in architecture to share thoughts and engage with others. Click here for more information about Architecture Week and how to get involved.

East Coast Green 2012 Save the Date

ENERGY: AIA-NJ/NJIT Symposium

ENERGY is the fourth annual AIANJ symposium at that College of Architecture and Design at NJIT. Since 2007, AIANJ has provided support for an annual symposium and Endowed Lecture. Past symposia have engaged issues such as building information modeling, parametric design, and post-occupancy. Previous Endowed Lecturers have included Daniel Libeskind, Bernard Tschumi, Stephen Kieran, and Thom Mayne. Symposia are published annually in the Conversations in Practice book series by the college.

ENERGY will continue these discussions on the contemporary state of architectural practice by bringing together academics, architects, engineers, lobbyists, and sustainable technicians. We hope you will join us in Newark at Weston Lecture Hall 1 on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to Samanthea Jones at (973) 596-3080. Admission is free and carries 4 AIA/CES credits to licensed architects.

LEED AP+ Enrollment

Verity Frizzell, AIA, LEED AP – 2011 AIA-NJ COTE Chair

Many AIA NJ members took advantage of the LEED Study Groups offered by AIA NJ the past couple of years, and successfully became LEED Accredited Professionals. For those of you who became LEED APs before the exam format changed in June 2009, you have been given the option of enrolling in the LEED AP with specialty designation. There are two options for enrolling. Along with agreeing to the Credential Maintenance Program and Disciplinary Policy, Option 1 includes taking an exam, Option 2 involves Prescriptive Credential Maintenance. The window for enrolling will be closing soon, and may have already closed for some. (To find out what is your particular deadline, go to GBCI.org on the MyCredentials tab. It will show you on that page by when you must enroll.) But what does all this mean? Do you have to do this? What happens if you don’t? I will attempt to make sense of it all…

Enrollment in the LEED AP + specialty program is entirely optional. You can choose to stay exactly as you are – a LEED AP. You will never lose this credential, and must do nothing to maintain it. Even if you opt in, you will always have this designation, as well as any additional specialty designations.

For the purposes of this discussion, I will assume that most AIA members who already are a LEED AP would rather enroll without taking another test; therefore I will talk about Option 2. If you decide to enroll, you must complete 30 CE hours of Prescriptive Credential Maintenance (PCM) in the first reporting period. Your first reporting period will commence on the day you enroll in the specialty credential and end two years minus one day from that date. (There is no provision for reporting courses completed prior to your enrollment date.)  PCM is very specific, and requires you to complete a certain number of hours in each LEED category. The number of hours varies depending on whether you choose the BD+C, ID+C, or O+M specialty. That information can be found on the GBCI.org website in the Credential Maintenance Program Guide Appendix E. After the first reporting period, there is a $50 fee every 2 years, and you must complete 30 CE hours every two years in any category. Also, GBCI credits are self-reported, so you must get some kind of transcript or certificate for your records for reporting purposes.

There is a financial advantage to enrolling under the prescriptive path (Option 2) in that there is no fee for the first reporting period. Option 1 requires testing, which can be expensive: $100 application fee, $150 test fee for USGBC members, $250 test fee for non USGBC members. CE hours can be expensive as well, but that would be an equal expense for both options. If you decide to enroll after the enrollment window closes, your only option is to take both parts of the exam, which will double your expenses (and the risk of not passing the exam).
So why enroll? You will differentiate yourself from your peers by demonstrating expertise in a particular field. Credential maintenance keeps you up-to-date with the rapidly changing green market. If your practice involves LEED projects, enrollment is a no-brainer. If not, you should weigh the financial and time considerations of having to complete an additional 15 CE hours every year. It should be noted that not all AIA courses are approved for GBCI hours. By the way, if you decide to enroll and fail to complete the CE hours, you will lose the specialty designation, but not the LEED AP without specialty credential.

You can also enroll in Option 2 under your original exam, and add specialty designations in other categories by testing and maintaining each credential (30 CE hours for the primary specialty and 6 additional hours for each additional specialty every 2 years). There are other options for multiple specialties, but that is beyond the scope of this article. Please refer to the Credential Maintenance Program Guide on the GBCI.org website for more information.

Should you have any further questions regarding this, or any other subject related to sustainability or sustainable design, please feel free to contact the AIA New Jersey Committee on the Environment (COTE) at: asst_director@aia-nj.org.

AIA-NJ 2011 COTE Top 10 Awards

In a reception at the East Coast Green conference held on June 23rd, AIA-NJ announced it’s inaugural COTE Top 10 Award winners. Congratulations to all the following winners:

Institutional Category – Honor Award
The Goldstein Partnership
Maplewood Police & Court Building

Commercial Category – Merit Award
Spiezle Architectural Group
TD Bank

Residential Category – Merit Award
WJM Architect
Private Residence

Thank you to all who submitted, and to the 2011 jurors:
Randy Croxton, AIA, LEEDap
Partner, Croxton Collaborative

Urs Gauchat, AIA
Dean, NJIT School of Architecture

Darren Port
Green Building Administrator, NJ Department of Community Affairs

Green Building Attorneys Earn LEED Accreditation

Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP of New Brunswick, NJ announces that four of our attorneys passed the LEED exam and are now LEED Accredited Professionals, certified by the Green Building Institute. Anthony Iacocca, Richard Gaeckle, Jacob Grouser and Vincent Carita, play significant roles in the firm’s recently formed Green Building practice group, led by Partner Lawrence P. Powers. By serving the construction, municipal, environmental and real estate industries, the Green Building practice group gives our clients a distinct advantage in confronting the multitude of legal issues presented by this emerging market. For more information visit www.hoaglandlongo.com.

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