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

Entries in LEED (6)


NAIC LEED Charrette, Recent Projects, and New Location!

     The Integrated Design Lab has been busy in Bozeman the past few months.  Since our last eNews we have moved back home into Cheever Hall from our offices in Romney Gym on the MSU campus.  Our new location is 121 Cheever Hall, near the craft shop on the west end of the building [Figure 1].  We always welcome visitors curious about the daylighting and energy work in the lab.  Please contact us if you wish to learn more.

Figure 1 New IDL Location, Bozeman

      Over the past few months we have been working on quite a few projects around Montana.  The projects have ranged in scale from five stage hotel and dormitory housing in Yellowstone National Park to a bank lobby in Billings, Montana.  In conjunction with Mosaic Architecture and Kath Williams + Associates of Bozeman, we performed LEED Daylight and Views verification on the Old Faithful Housing project for Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc. in Yellowstone National Park.  This project met the daylight and views requirements with nearly over 95% of spaces meeting the qualifications.  Of particular importance to the success of this project are the short north-south cross section with living spaces put towards the perimeter, while the service portions of the program were placed on the interior [Figure 2]. 


Figure 2 Iso-fc Chart of West End of Dormitories

     On the other end of the scale, the IDL also provided daylighting and electric lighting analysis for the Valley Federal Credit Union in Billings, Montana.  The Billings VFCU project for High Plains Architects examined the potential of various skylight monitor options to bring adequate daylighting into the lobby space of this 1980s era building.  Through multiple iterations of design ideas presented by High Plains and the IDL, we determined a best option.  The lab then reviewed several electric lighting design choices provided by High Plains.  The IDL then made recommendations on fixture types and layouts given our simulations [Figure 3].  This project was great for the IDL because it allowed us to closely work with the architect to test a matrix of options that resulted in the most efficient design given the spatial conditions.

Figure 3 Valley Federal Credit Union Daylighting Monitor Options


     In conjunction with Kath Williams + Associates of Bozeman and ZGF Architects of Portland, Oregon, and the MSU USGBC Student Chapter, the IDL will be participating in the schematic design LEED Charrette for the new Norm Asbjornson Innovation Center [NAIC].  This charrette will be a chance for the MSU community stakeholders to learn about and voice their opinions for which credits the NAIC should pursue as part of the design ethic.  Public input is highly valued in this integrated design process, and all of the sponsoring organizations welcome any who would like to join.  The Charrette is this Wednesday, February 25, from 9 am to 4 pm on the third floor of the MSU Bobcat Stadium.  Participants can feel free to come and go as they please throughout the day.  For more information visit the website www.msuinnovationcenter.com.  We hope to see you there!






The Greening of Yellowstone National Park


     Yellowstone National Park is the oldest national park in the USA, established in 1872.  At the park’s 125th anniversary in 1997, a question arose asking what could be done to preserve and protect the national park for the next 125 years.  This question resulted in the slogan “The Greening of Yellowstone”.

     The project was dubbed Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship (YES!), which includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30%, reducing electric consumption by 15%, reducing fossil fuel consumption by 18%, reducing water consumption by 15%, and diverting 100% of solid waste from landfills.  These goals continue to be at the forefront of park goals and will continue to be pursued at full force.  Currently, the park is diverting up to 90% of solid waste from landfills, and the last 10% are in the works.  In the following paragraphs many other strategies and projects are laid out showing how the park has fulfilled its goals.

      The new visitor center located near Old Faithful Geysers was completed on August 25, 2010.  The building received LEED gold building rating.  One unique strategy employed in the design of this building is the concrete that was preserved and crushed from the old visitor center, then used as fill throughout the new structure.

          Another large undertaking is the West Yellowstone Compost Facility built approximately 4.5 miles north of West Yellowstone, MT completed in 2003.  This facility is roughly the size of two football fields and takes care of the park’s composting and recycling needs. As stated above, 90% of all solid waste from the park is diverted from the landfill. Plastic water bottles have been the majority of recycled items given the 40 tons recycled in 2010.  This recycling facility has also developed the first ever propane container recycling effort.  This is extremely important to the park, as a result of the hundreds of containers trashed each week in the park.  A process has been developed to retrieve the left over propane inside the tank as well as a method to puncture and crush the tank into a recyclable state making it a likely candidate for the recycling facility.  This effort has led to a similar goal to recycle bear repellent spray cans.

      Throughout the park there are many concession stands using cooking oil that can be turned into biofilms that power anything ranging from unmodified vehicles to boilers. Within the last year more than 1000 gallons were turned into biofilms.

       Due to the amazing strides the park has made throughout the past decade other Corporations are becoming involved to further these efforts.  In 2009,  Yellowstone National Park and  Michelin Tires came together  to create the Fuel Efficient Truck Tire Collection, available through Michelin North America.

      For more information about YES! check out the links below.





Article Review: One Green Design Fits All

Many designers have risen to the challenge of creating a design that can be produced multiple times, in a variety of orientations and locations.

Some key components throughout LEED certified buildings are:

  1. Native landscaping
  2. Materials with high recycled content
  3. Passive solar shading
  4. Motion sensor exterior lights for drive ways
  5. Automatic daylighting controls
  6. Resource-efficient pre fabricated construction systems
  7. White, reflective roofs
  8. High efficient glazing systems

Brad Pease has used these items throughout many PNC projects.  The buildings use an average of 35% less energy and 28% less water than non-green branches.

On a smaller scale, Linda Taalman has designed a compact home, itHouse, that is assembled from a similar kit of parts.  This kit of parts can be tweaked to be situated on a variety of site configurations.

To read the full article, click here.


NEW: LEED for Retail, LEED Volume Program

LEED has added a new certification for retail projects, recognizing the unique needs of this market sector.  Included in this certification are banks, restaurants, apparel, electronics, big box and everything in between.  Nearly 100 national and independent retailers and franchises have given feedback throughout the pilot program. 

Also introduced by USGBC is the new LEED Volume Program.  This program allows the certification process to be streamlined with the aide of a prototype.  Currently the program is exclusively available for new construction projects, but they are working on expanding this program to serve existing buildings as well.

For more information about LEED for Retail, click here.

For more information about LEED Volume Program, click here.


SAVE THE DATE: Greenbuild 2010 is in November!

On November 17-19, the annual International Greenbuild Conference and Expo will be held in Chicago, Illinois. 

With 2,000 exhibit booths, it is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the latest innovations, explore new products, and exchange ideas with other professionals.  This year’s opening speaker is General Colin L Powell.

Chicago is home to more LEED certified buildings than any other city; as well as the largest LEED certified building in the world, Merchandise Mart.  It also has more square footage of green roofs than any other North American city.

Click here for more information or to register for the event.