LEED v4 AP BD+C Specialty Exam Prep Seminar

Green Ideas to Offer LEED v4 Accredited Professional (AP), with a Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Exam Prep Seminar on September 17, 2015

Phoenix, AZ – (May 14, 2015)Prepare to pass the first time! This intensive seminar covers sustainable design principles and concepts and application of the LEED v4 BD+C Rating Systems. The BD+C Rating Systems include New Construction and Major Renovations, Core & Shell, and Schools, all of which are tested on the exam. There is also plenty of interaction with our highly experienced instructors to ensure you have the knowledge required for success.

Prep Seminar Details:

Regular Price: $395





Date:

September 17, 2015 from 8am to 5pm (lunch to be provided)

Location:

275 N. GateWay Dr. Suite 152, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation – SE Corner of 38th Street and Van Buren)

Agenda:

  • Part 1: Introduction to the LEED Rating Systems
  • Part 2: LEED Resources and Processes
  • Part 3: LEED BD+C Technical Credit Review
  • Part 4: LEED BD+C Exam Review

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Green Ideas Wins NAIOP LEED Building of the Year

Green Ideas’ Garmin Corporate Campus Project Wins NAIOP’s LEED Certified Building of the Year Award

Phoenix, AZ – (March 26, 2015)A recent Green Ideas project, Garmin Corporate Campus Phase I in Chandler AZ, has won the prestigious NAIOP LEED Certified Building of Year Award. NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, announced the honor at their Best of 2015 Awards held at the Arizona Biltmore.

The Green Ideas team played the essential roles of sustainability strategist and LEED consultant for the project, which earned LEED Gold level certification. Utilizing its LEED Proven Provider status, Green Ideas guided the project through the certification process in an expedited manner and helped it achieve 99% energy cost savings above the LEED benchmark.

Green Ideas President Charlie Popeck was excited when learning of the award, “The Garmin project is absolutely deserving of this level of recognition. They knew what they wanted from the start and integrated many sustainable elements into the facility. It’s exciting to see firsthand this commitment to green building from a major corporation like Garmin and the recognition from an organization like NAIOP.”

Garmin Corporate Campus Phase I is nearly “net-zero energy” partly due to parking canopies that generate more than 607,000 kWh of renewable energy with on-site solar panels. Other state-of-the-art green building strategies that contribute to the project’s energy efficiency include high-performance building envelope materials and glass, efficient lighting, and a highly reflective roofing system.

Green Ideas worked closely throughout the design and construction process with the project team which included LGE Design-Build and Cawley Architects.

About Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants
Green Ideas is an industry leader specializing in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Consulting including charrette facilitation, programming assistance and certification services. Established in 2002, Green Ideas is a full-service sustainability consulting firm offering corporate sustainability planning, educational programs, product evaluation and marketing services, energy management and world-class green building consulting services. Its clients are building owners, architects, engineers, contractors, utilities and green product manufacturers as well as corporate entities wishing to establish business advantages through sustainable practices. With a vision as bold as the results they achieve, Green Ideas is dedicated to transforming the market by promoting sustainability through a “triple bottom line” approach to business operations.

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March 24, 2015 – John Cribbs of Green Ideas, to attend and present at 9th BIM Academic Symposium & Job Task Analysis Review

John Cribbs, Principal of Green Ideas and PhD. Student at Arizona State University, will attend the 9th BIM Academic Symposium & Job Task Analysis Review, sponsored by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), in Washington, D.C. He will be in attendance to discuss research regarding Building Information Modeling (BIM) in education.

Conference Details:

This event is multi-disciplinary and engages academics as well as individuals of the architecture, engineering, construction, owner and operator (AECOO) industry. The purpose of this conference is to review and discuss papers and case studies to further engage BIM in academic settings in order to prepare future industry professionals for the changing landscape of the workplace.

Dates: April 7-8, 2015

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Agenda: http://www.bcn.ufl.edu/cacim/bimeducation/agenda/

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LEED Green Associate v4 Exam Prep Seminar

Green Ideas to Offer LEED Green Associate v4 Exam Prep Seminar on April 30, 2015

Phoenix, AZ – (March 18, 2015)Earn the credentials necessary to take your career to the next level by attending Green Ideas LEED Green Associate v4 Exam Prep Seminar in Phoenix, AZ. This 8-hour prep seminar has been created by Green Ideas’ Principals to prepare individuals to pass the Green Building Certification Institute’s (GBCI) LEED Green Associate Exam (first step to becoming a LEED AP). LEED accreditation has become the worldwide standard for building professionals to demonstrate an aptitude for sustainable building design, construction and operations for new construction and major renovations.

Green Ideas can give you the necessary tools to pass the exam the first time! Learn from professionals that have experience using the LEED Rating Systems. With registration you will also receive Green Ideas’ Green Associate v4 Study Guide, which contains a hard copy of the presentation, a sample exam and tips for successfully completing the exam.

Prep Seminar Details:

Regular Price: $295





Student Price: $150





Date:

April 30, 2015 from 8am to 5pm (lunch to be provided)

Location:

275 N. GateWay Dr. Ste 152, Phoenix, AZ 85035 (Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation – SE Corner of 38th Street and Van Buren)

Agenda:

  • Part 1: LEED Green Associate Overview
  • Part 2: Understanding the 10 Exam Categories
  • Part 3: LEED Green Associate Review w/ Practice Exam

Interested in attending the seminar? Please email us with your information. We don’t want to miss an opportunity to help educate and train the industry at large.

 

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Green Ideas Completes LEED Gold Certification for Sandia National Laboratories

Green Ideas Completes LEED for Sandia National Laboratories: Focus on Energy and Water Conservation, Employee Health and Productivity

Phoenix, AZ – (February 26, 2015)Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants has completed LEED Gold certification for Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) Building #730 in Albuquerque, NM. Green Ideas was able to expedite the certification process, once the project was completed, utilizing its LEED Proven Provider status with the Green Building Certification Institute.

The project demonstrates the power of a balanced design approach and an integrated project team. Combining an energy efficient building envelope with HVAC systems and gas-fired water heaters that will save SNL more than 40% on energy and operating costs. “The project team for Building #730 was integrated from the beginning,” said Green Ideas President Charlie Popeck. “Their professional approach to design made the process incredibly efficient and resulted in a building that is easier and more cost-effective to operate throughout its entire life cycle.”

The three-story, 22,196 SF state-of-the-art building, which will be utilized as an office for SNL employees, was designed by SMPC Architects. It includes an LED lighting system coordinated with occupant overrides to save energy while increasing employee productivity. The system will provide lighting and temperature controls and monitoring of outside air to give occupants control of their micro-environments.

The project team utilized low-flow fixtures to reduce water use within the building by more than 20%. The project also integrates several water-efficiency elements into the exterior design, resulting in an 82% reduction in potable water use for irrigation purposes. This is incredibly significant considering the Southwest desert location of the building.

Summit Construction of Albuquerque, the General Contractor for the project, implemented sustainable construction strategies throughout the construction phase including erosion and sedimentation control, an indoor air quality management plan, and a construction waste management plan resulting in 91% of the waste being diverted from landfills.

The project team also utilized a green janitorial program, the purchase of additional green power, and the installation of low-VOC-emitting furniture to further enhance the indoor environment and gain LEED credits in the Innovation in Design category.

About Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants
Green Ideas is an industry leader specializing in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Consulting including charrette facilitation, programming assistance and certification services. Established in 2002, Green Ideas is a full-service sustainability consulting firm offering corporate sustainability planning, educational programs, product evaluation and marketing services, energy management and world-class green building consulting services. Its clients are building owners, architects, engineers, contractors, utilities and green product manufacturers as well as corporate entities wishing to establish business advantages through sustainable practices. With a vision as bold as the results they achieve, Green Ideas is dedicated to transforming the market by promoting sustainability through a “triple bottom line” approach to business operations.

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Green Ideas Completes LEED for Existing Buildings Trifecta

Green Ideas Completes LEED for Existing Buildings Trifecta for Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service

Phoenix, AZ – (January 28, 2015)Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants of New Mexico has completed certification of 3 projects on Masthead Street in Albuquerque, NM under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EB) program. The 3 projects, all spearheaded by Asset Management Solutions (AMS) of Albuquerque, demonstrate the importance of focusing on the life-cycle performance of buildings for property management companies.

The projects, known as Masthead 3900, Masthead 4000, and Masthead 4400 scored ENERGY STAR ratings of 82, 98, and 82 respectively. The U.S. Forest Service occupies both Masthead 3900 and 4000, and the U.S. Department of the Interior is the sole tenant at Masthead 4400.

LEED-EB certification provides powerful benefits including operational and maintenance savings that the building owners will enjoy over the life of the buildings. It also gives AMS the opportunity to target tax savings available through the New Mexico Sustainable Building Tax Credit (SBTC), an income tax credit that encourages private sector design and construction of energy efficient, sustainable buildings for commercial and residential use. The tax credit is based on third-party validation of a building’s level of sustainability which was provided by the LEED-EB certification.

The Masthead 4000 project had been previously LEED certified under the LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) program in November of 2011. The NC certification, when used during the initial design and construction of a building can make achievement of the LEED-EB certification easier. Green Ideas is able to expedite the certification process for its clients utilizing its LEED Proven Provider status with the Green Building Certification Institute.

Charlie Popeck, President of Green Ideas said, “I am glad to see a progressive company like Asset Management Solutions moving forward with LEED-EB certification for their projects. Their portfolio will be greatly enhanced by this certification. Hopefully, more property management companies will realize that sustainability can pay off immediately in real dollars and cents.”

The project team focused on energy efficiency from the start by implementing energy efficiency measures including lighting upgrades, occupancy sensors, water source heat pumps, energy recovery ventilators, building automation systems and ENERGY STAR rated appliances. LEED certification will also ensure a healthy working environment for employees due to implementation of Green Janitorial and Integrated Pest Management programs, which reduce occupant’s exposure to toxic chemicals and airborne particles. Additionally, Trip Reduction and Green Building Education programs will engage occupants by saving money for transportation, as well as explaining why certain green operation strategies were chosen.

About Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants
Green Ideas is an industry leader specializing in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Consulting including charrette facilitation, programming assistance and certification services. Established in 2002, Green Ideas is a full-service sustainability consulting firm offering corporate sustainability planning, educational programs, product evaluation and marketing services, energy management and world-class green building consulting services. Its clients are building owners, architects, engineers, contractors, utilities and green product manufacturers as well as corporate entities wishing to establish business advantages through sustainable practices. With a vision as bold as the results they achieve, Green Ideas is dedicated to transforming the market by promoting sustainability through a “triple bottom line” approach to business operations.

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Green Ideas Completes LEED Gold Certification for Mariposa Land Port of Entry

Green Ideas Completes LEED Gold Certification for one of the Largest Federal Government Projects in the United States

Phoenix, AZ – (January 20, 2015)Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants recently completed LEED Gold certification for the Mariposa Land Port of Entry (MLPOE), one of the busiest land ports in the United States, for the General Services Administration (GSA). Green Ideas was able to expedite the certification process once the project was completed by utilizing its LEED Proven Provider status with the Green Building Certification Institute.

MLPOE was one of 11 GSA Design Award recipients honoring sustainable federal civilian workplaces and celebrating the best in federal architecture. The Nogales, AZ project started in 2000 and was recently completed by Hensel Phelps Construction. Designed by Jones Studio, the complex of buildings within the project houses five federal agencies and totals 115,840 SF.

Green Ideas’ President Charlie Popeck said, “The MLPOE is certainly one of the crown jewels in GSA’s portfolio. It was an honor to have worked with such a talented and diverse project team throughout the process, which resulted in one of the most energy and water efficient buildings that GSA operates”.

MLPOE includes vehicle enrgy points, port buildings and an oasis-like corridor that serves as a “safe-zone” for officers and staff to relax. A highly-reflective roof system collects and channels storm water into a million-gallon cistern under the site where it is stored for irrigation. This results in a 100% reduction of potable water use for irrigation, which is incredibly significant considering the extensive landscape amenities that surround the project. This water conservation strategy is critical in the southwest desert region.

The project team utilized additional energy saving features including solar hot water, LED lighting and a high-performance building envelope. Adding to the overall sustainability of the project, the team used building materials with high recycled content that were sourced locally, as well as low VOC-emitting interior materials that provide a healthy working environment for employees and visitors alike.

About Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants
Green Ideas is an industry leader specializing in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Consulting including charrette facilitation, programming assistance and certification services. Established in 2002, Green Ideas is a full-service sustainability consulting firm offering corporate sustainability planning, educational programs, product evaluation and marketing services, energy management and world-class green building consulting services. Its clients are building owners, architects, engineers, contractors, utilities and green product manufacturers as well as corporate entities wishing to establish business advantages through sustainable practices. With a vision as bold as the results they achieve, Green Ideas is dedicated to transforming the market by promoting sustainability through a “triple bottom line” approach to business operations.

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Green Ideas Completes LEED Gold Certification for Garmin’s Corporate Campus

Green Ideas Completes LEED Gold Certification for Garmin’s Corporate Campus – R&D Building Generates 99% Energy Cost Savings

Phoenix, AZ(December 18, 2014)Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants played an essential role in the recent LEED Gold level certification of Garmin’s Corporate Campus Phase I in Chandler, Arizona. As the sustainability strategist and LEED consultant, Green Ideas guided the project through the certification process and helped it achieve 99% energy cost savings above the LEED benchmark.

Upon the project achieving certification, President Charlie Popeck said, “Because of the smart business decisions Garmin made regarding the design and construction of their new facility, the company will enjoy much lower operating and maintenance costs, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars over the long-term. That savings will go straight to their bottom line. It’s exciting to see a commitment to green building at this level from a major corporation like Garmin.”

The new 60,000 SF building is the first of two high-performance buildings at the Chandler Corporate Center that will house Garmin’s professional staff working in product research and development. Phase I is nearly “net-zero energy” partly due to parking canopies that generate more than 607,000 kWh of renewable energy with on-site solar panels. Other state-of-the-art green building strategies that contribute to the project’s energy efficiency include high-performance building envelope materials and glass, efficient lighting, and a highly reflective roofing system. The project will generate 99% energy cost savings above the ASHRAE 90.1 standard, which is the benchmark for LEED certified projects.

Phase I also utilizes strategies to conserve water usage which is critical in the southwest desert region. Low-flow plumbing fixtures provide a 38% overall reduction in potable water use for domestic purposes and xeriscaping strategies produce a 63% reduction in potable water use for irrigation purposes. Garmin used materials with high recycled content throughout the project and low VOC-emitting materials for the building’s interior, providing a healthy working environment for employees.

About Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants
Green Ideas is an industry leader specializing in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Consulting including charrette facilitation, programming assistance and certification services. Established in 2002, Green Ideas is a full-service sustainability consulting firm offering corporate sustainability planning, educational programs, product evaluation and marketing services, energy services, energy management and world-class green building consulting services. Its clients are building owners, architects, engineers, contractors, utilities and green product manufacturers as well as corporate entities wishing to establish business advantages through sustainable practices. With a vision as bold as the results they achieve, Green Ideas is dedicated to transforming the market by promoting sustainability through a “triple bottom line” approach to business operations.

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Optima Camelview Village – LEED Certified

Green Ideas Integral in Optima Camelview Village LEED Certification

Phoenix, AZ(December 12, 2014)Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants played an integral role in the recent LEED certification of Optima Camelview Village in downtown Scottsdale, AZ. Acting as sustainability strategist and LEED consultant, Green Ideas collaborated with Optima to create and certify one of the premier LEED developments in the city.

The 11 building complex utilizes many sustainable strategies to achieve high percentages of water and energy savings.  All 700 residential units have high-performance tinted glass with vegetated green roofs and terraces, providing extraordinary energy efficiency.  The unique vegetated roof system provides 23 acres of landscaping on a 14 acre site, reducing the urban heat island effect and reducing storm water runoff in a major downtown area.

Low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout the complex provide an overall reduction of 50% in domestic potable water use. Ninety percent of the living areas provide views to the outdoors and 75% of the entire project is daylighted.  These impressive green building strategies all contributed to the coveted LEED certification.

Although the project originally targeted LEED certification when it began in early 2006, the process had to be halted due to the recession.  Optima resumed the certification process earlier this year and it was completed by Green Ideas on December 4, 2014.

The Optima Camelview Village is located in the heart of Scottsdale, providing excellent community connectivity to local businesses and services for all residents.  The seven-story buildings feature units ranging from 800 to 3,000 SF with dramatic sky bridges that connect the residents with unique exterior green spaces and state-of-the-art amenities including an indoor swimming pool, racquetball and basketball courts, a 24,000 SF fitness center with separate workout studios, spa/sauna facilities and locker rooms.

Green Ideas’ President Charlie Popeck stated upon achieving certification “We’ve been waiting a long time for Camelview’s LEED certification to be finalized.  A big thanks to Optima and the City of Scottsdale for their commitment to sustainability and green building.  The residents of Camelview Village will benefit from living in a LEED certified development for years to come”.

About Green Ideas Sustainability Consultants
Green Ideas is an industry leader specializing in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Consulting including charrette facilitation, programming assistance and certification services. Established in 2002, Green Ideas
is a full-service sustainability consulting firm offering corporate sustainability planning, educational programs, product evaluation and marketing services, energy management and world-class green building consulting services. Its clients are building owners, architects, engineers, contractors, utilities and green product manufacturers as well as corporate entities wishing to establish business advantages through sustainable practices. With a vision as bold as the results they achieve, Green Ideas is dedicated to transforming the market by promoting sustainability through a “triple bottom line” approach to business operations.

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October 8, 2014 – Green Ideas’ President Charlie Popeck to keynote the New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Conference on Wednesday October 29, 2014

On Wednesday October 8 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Building Science expert and President of Green Ideas Charlie Popeck will conduct the Keynote Presentation with Moderator Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales entitled “The Dollars and Cents Case for Net Zero Energy Buildings”.  Achieving carbon neutral buildings through budget neutral solutions may seem like a pipe dream.  However, recent advances in technology, management and financing can make this dream come true.  Instead of stopping at ten percent energy savings, this session will show how greater energy savings to power infrastructure projects can be achieved and, coupled with renewable energy applications, lead toward net zero energy buildings.

Conference Details:

The New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Conference (NMIFC) was created to help support the planning and funding of sustainable infrastructure projects throughout New Mexico. The conference offers local entities and individuals the opportunity to meet with key funding agency contacts that can answer questions and provide guidance as they bring their capital projects to reality. Conference participants include local entities, special districts, school districts, tribes and pueblos and private organizations.

Dates:  October 28-30, 2014

Location:  Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque NM (20 minutes north of Santa Fe)

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