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IDL - Bozeman eNEWS - April 2013 - Vol. 6 No. 4

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Register Now for AIA Convention and Meeting in the Mountains!

Looking for a networking opportunity to mingle with other architects? Needing to catch up on some of your continuing education credits? Spring is here, and so are the AIA National Convention and Meeting in the Mountains!

2013 AIA National Convention

June 19th – 22nd in Denver, Colorado

The AIA National Convention offers a wide range of guest speakers, sessions, workshops, and events to attend during your stay in Denver. Pre-registration is recommended for sessions as seating will be limited.

Registration is currently open, with the Early Bird Discount deadline on April 10th.

Fees for the convention are categorized based on your registration date, and range from free events to total convention passes ($575 max. for AIA members, $945 max. for nonmembers.) Students, AIAS members, and young professionals under age 40 will be eligible for discounted passes, and new AIA members can attend the convention for free! The complete breakdown of prices and fee deadlines can be found on AIA National Convention website.

For more information about the conventional, as well as housing and travel information, check out the AIA National Convention website.


Looking for something a little closer to home? Meeting in the Mountains is happening in Billings this year!

2013 Meeting in the Mountains

April 25th – 27th in Billings, MT

The three day event includes guest speakers Patrick Tighe, Jonathan Segal, and Craig Hodgetts, workshops, and sessions - all of which count towards continuing education credits and offer the latest information about a wide range of topics.

IDL – Bozeman’s very own Tom Wood will be giving a presentation on advancements in LED lighting, so you don’t want to miss out!

Registration is currently open, with fees listed as $100 for members and $35 for students. Some meals are included within registration fee.

Check out the Billings Architectural Association website for more information about registration and events.


USGBC releases LEED V3

The USGBC has recently released the newest version of LEED (v3, 2009).  As of June 27, all new projects will need to register with version 3.  Version 3 boasts several advancements, including harmonization, credit weightings, and regionalization, as well as an updated LEED-online.

"The LEED Green Building Rating Systems are voluntary, consensus-based, and market-driven.  Based on existing and proven technology, they evaluate environmental performance from a whole building perspective over a building’s life cycle, providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a green building in design, construction, and operation," (USGBC, LEED 2009).  LEED was first introduced in 1998, with three new versions having been introduced between then and now.  LEED 2009 has taken the highlights of the previous versions, as well as incorporated some major modifications that will make it a more user friendly resource to better serve building professionals.

Harmonization:  In the latest version of LEED, credits and prerequisites from all commercial and institutional rating systems have been consolidated and aligned based on their most effective common denominators, so credits and prerequisites are now consistent across all 2009 LEED rating systems. 

Credit weightings:  In LEED 2009, a specific amount of points has been allocated to each credit, weighted based on their ability to impact different environmental and human concerns.  More points will be awarded for design strategies based on 13 environmental impact categories.  LEED 2009 uses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's TRACI environmental impact categories as the basis for weighting each credit.  It also takes into consideration the National Institute of Science and Technology's (NIST's) weighting system, developed to compare environmental impact categories and weight them against each other.  All LEED rating systems now have 100 possible points, with 10 possible bonus points. 

The LEED 2009 credit weighting process involves three steps.  First, a reference building is used to determine the environmental impacts in 13 categories associated with a typical building pursuing LEED certification.  Next, the relative importance of building impacts in each category are set to reflect values based on the NIST weighting system.  Finally, data that quantifies the building impact on environmental and human health is used to assign points to each individual credit. 

Regionalization:  The new version of LEED also awards points based on regionally specific environmental issues.  For a projects specific location, up to 4 points are available if they address that region's specific environmental issues. 

LEED-online:  The updated LEED-online in version three is now a faster and more user friendly resource.  The improved design has a more intuitive interface, greater help capabilities, and allows for better communication between project teams and certifying boards.

Visit the USGBC website for more information about the newest version of LEED. 



IDL | Bozeman can help with LEED certification

Are you considering registering a project for LEED certification?  IDL | Bozeman can help!  Involve us early in the design process, so we can make suggestions that will help achieve as many points as possible.  Then, our computer simulations and reports can help you to be awarded up to 20 points, 1 credit for daylighting and up to 19 credits for maximum energy efficiency. 

In order to be awarded Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Credit 8.1: Daylight and Views, 75% of all regularly occupied areas must achieve 25 - 500 footcandles on September 21 at 9am and 3pm.  IDL | Bozeman can create a digital model that will display the footcandles being achieved in the required spaces, suggest modifications that will improve the quality of daylight, and prepare a report that will assist with certification.

IDL | Bozeman can also help with Energy and Atmosphere (EA) Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance.  This credit is worth up to 19 points.  In order to be awarded any points for this credit, a percentage improvement in the proposed building performance rating compared with the baseline building performance rating, based on Appendix G of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, must be demonstrated using a computer simulation of the whole building performance.  IDL | Bozeman can create an energy model using eQUEST or Autodesk Ecotect that will simulate energy performance, and compare it with a baseline building. 

If you have any projects you are considering registering for LEED certification, don't forget to contact IDL | Bozeman early in the design process so we can provide maximum assistance with daylight and energy modeling, as we cannot simply provide compliance reports.