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

Entries in USGBC MT (4)


Montana Green Conferences Winter 2014

Looking for a networking opportunity to mingle with other architects and allied professionals? Needing to catch up on some of your continuing education credits? Winter is here, and so are the USGBC Annual Summit and the Harvesting Green Energy Conference!

USGBC Annual Summit 2014

January 24th-25th in Big Sky, Montana

The USGBC Annual Summit will be held in Big Sky at the Huntley Lodge.  This year’s Annual Summit offers a wide range of guest speakers, sessions, workshops, and events.  Summit attendees will be eligible for a minimum of 8 AIA and LEED continuing education credits over the two day period.  Along with keynote speaker, Montana Governor Steve Bullock, the lineup includes Thomas Sullivan, who will discuss his experiences with the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada; and Jamie Dwyer, who will present topics related to the integration of biomimicry in design solutions.  Other speakers include Dan Wenk on Yellowstone National Park, Tom Hootman on Net Zero Energy Design, and Corey Ench on the release of LEED v4.

Registration is still open.  USGBC Members will be able to register for $250.00.  Student Members can register for $50.00.  The Huntley Lodge double queen rooms start at $199, which includes a breakfast buffet.  Discounted lift tickets for Big Sky Resort are also available for $68.00 per ticket.

More information can be found on the Montana USGBC Website.

2014 Harvesting Clean Energy Conference

February 4th-6th in Helena, Montana

The Conference is sponsored by the National Center for Appropriate Technology.  It will be held at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel in Helena, Montana.  There will be five information tracks the conference will take dealing with the business, economics, and innovations of clean energy as well as climate change issues affecting rural communities.  Speakers include Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Lilian Salerno of the USDA, Fred Yoder of the 25 x ’25 Alliance, Larry Schweiger of the NWF, and Todd Tanner of Conservation Hawks.

Registration is still open.  The registration fee is $195.00.

More information can be found on the Harvesting Clean Energy Website.


MSU USGBC, AIA Montana, Montana Society of Engineers, Oh My!


Students from the Montana State University School of Architecture in cooperation with students from the College of Engineering have announced the establishment of a MSU Chapter of the USGBC.  The establishment of this chapter is in an effort to provide professional development and networking opportunities to students not only in architecture and engineering, but in the allied professions as well.  The new organization plans to develop a brown bag lunch lecture series geared towards exploring the experiences of architects, engineers, and allied professionals’ with LEED and their projects developed under the standards.  Training courses are currently being developed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam.  Additionally, the chapter will focus on developing and implementing LEED oriented goals for facilities on the MSU campus.

The first meeting will be on September 16th at a location to be determined.  For more information about participating as a student, lecturer, or general resource contact Agnes Pohl at agnespohl@gmail.com.

AIA Montana Conference

“Architecture Matters” Fall Conference registration is still open.  Fall Conference will be located in Bozeman, Montana, at the Montana State University campus this year from September 12th through 14th.  Lecturers include Byoung Soo Cho of BCHO + Partners, LLC from South Korea, Brian Court of Miller Hull Architects, Ronald Ramsey of North Dakota State University, Michael Pinto of Osborn Architects, and Brian Lewis of FTTIA.  For emerging professionals, there will be a lecture regarding IDP and the ARE.  For more information regarding registration costs, conference scheduling, and lecturers can be found at www.aia-mt.org.

Montana Society of Engineers Joint Engineers Conference

The JEC will take place in Helena, Montana, from November 6th to the 8th.  Participant registration, vendor registration, speaker applications, and sponsor registration is currently open.  Keynote speaker Paul Giroux will discuss his research on the Golden Gate Bridge during his lecture “Building Golden Gate Bridge” on November 6th at the Montana Engineering Honors Banquet.  More information regarding the conference can be found at www.mtengineers.org.


USGBC MT Chapter's 2013 Annual Summit

Building Performance for a Changing Environment

May 10th-11th in Billings, MT

The annual summit is an opportunity to participate in an educational workshop and four educational breakout sessions on Friday, May 10th.   Speakers include Jacob Dunn and Lauren Hemley from IDL – Boise and Tom Wood of IDL – Bozeman.  On Saturday, May 11th, there will be a Billings green building walking tour.

IDL – Boise’s Jacob Dunn and Lauren Hemley are teaching a climate design workshop.  This workshop introduces analytical climate design tools to implement passive design strategies and ensure optimum building performance for specific climates.  The following analyses and strategies will be covered during the workshop: peak cooling calculation, heating energy use, balance point calculation, cross and stack ventilation, night flush ventilation, and passive solar analysis.

IDL – Bozeman’s Tom Wood will be giving a presentation on advancements in LED lighting. Tom’s course will provide a history and basic anatomy of this lighting strategy, and overview the performance characteristics of LED’s verses standard light sources.  He will then describe the system components that are necessary for proper operation and control, as well as an overview of the appropriate application and the unique design considerations of LED’s.

These are just two of the many presentations at the summit.  Check out the USGBC Montana Chapter Website for more information about registration and events.


2010 Annual Montana Chapter USGBC Summit 

The 2010 United States Green Building Council (USGBC) MT annual summit will be held in Bozeman on January 22-23.  The local USGBC chapter provides great opportunities to connect with other green building colleagues in the area, raise awareness about green building in our community, share strategies, resources, and best practices, and tour local green buidling projects. 

On Friday January 22, there are two options for education segments: Leed v3 updates presented by Kath Williams, and two classroom casestudy presentations about Green Building in Montana.

Friday evening, socialize with other green building professionals while enjoying drinks, a catered dinner and live music from a country/bluegrass band. 

Saturday's education segment offers a variety of Montana Green Building casestudy facility tours.  Choose from the Morrison-Maierle Office Building, the Bozeman Public Library, or two Bozeman homes.

The Summit will provide educational opportunities for all ages.  On Saturday there is a Children's Sustainability Workshop, offering a scavenger hunt through the Bozeman Public Library, games, music, and a local sack lunch. 

Not a member?  Not too late!  Click here to join USGBC Montana today.  

For more information about the 2010 Annual Summit, visit the USGBC Montana website.

"The USGBC Montana Chapter promotes balanced social, economic, and environmental stewardship in Montana by leading and educating about green building practices that will create healthy and sustainable communities in which to live work and play."
-- USGBC Montana Mission Statement