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Kentucky LEED Projects Map - NEW Interactive Reference Tool

Where do I find LEED Projects in Kentucky? Take a test drive of our fantastic new interactive map tool created and maintained by chapter sponsor CDP. 




Representative Jim DeCesare receives USGBC Leadership Award in Public Sector

On October 23, 2014, at Greenbuild Expo in New Orleans, Kentucky State Representative Jim DeCesare received the USGBC Leadership in the Public Sector.  This award recognizes Rep. DeCesare’s dedication to green schools in Kentucky, where he leads the bipartisan Green Schools Caucus and efforts to unanimously adopt resolutions in support of green schools. His efforts helped Kentucky become the home of the nation’s first net-zero school. Listen to Representative DeCesare’s green schools story in his own words.





CMTA Lexington Office Project ProfileFeatured Kentucky LEED Project Profile

CMTA Lexington Office

CMTA’s Lexington office is designed to provide real world operating data to CMTA engineers about the building’s high performance systems. What is learned from this data over time and through the seasons will impact future project designs for CMTA clients. 





See More Kentucky LEED Project Profiles HERE





Chapter News



Klausing Group Green RoofKlausing Group Project Tour: a note and invitation from Roscoe Klausing

We just hosted one of the coolest events. The Kentucky Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, the organization responsible for LEED certification, gave us the opportunity to host a project tour, continuing education presentation, and networking event at our Lexington office. It was a pleasure to host the progressive, forward thinking design and construction professionals of this industry and to be able to show off a little of the work we’ve done at our headquarters. Here’s how it all came to be - see photos and more. 


Kentucky Green Building Leadership Summit with Rick Fedrizzi - Another Look

More photos from the Kentucky Green Building Leadership Summit held on June 25, 2014 at the UofL Clinical & Translational Research Building in Louisville, Kentucky. Photos courtesy of Britney Thompson, Kentucky USGBC Board of Directors.  More HERE




Louisville Green Scene - May 2014

A special thanks to Green Scene sponsor Honest Home for their support of our Louisville Green Scene. Host and Honest Home owner, Sandra Perry, welcomed guests to her newly renovated showroom, which is full of displays of sustainable building supplies and home goods. Ms. Perry strives to keep all products in the store built in the USA and manufactured as close to Louisville as possible.  She personally selects items that are not only affordable, but also have a commitment to both style and design with a green conscience. 

Sandra PerryGreen Scene guests included Board members, Committee Chairs, volunteers, New2Lou guests, plus members and others interested in a lively exchange about sustainable products, services and responsible green building practices. Advisory Board Member and owner of Ecos Materials and Services, Chris Zitelli, greeted guests and noted Chapter Sponsors in a brief speech about the Kentucky USGBC and our mission.

Sandra Perry noted in a recent media release, “The rebranding to Honest Home represents the expansion of our clientele from a local base to a regional following and gives a better indication of the spirit of the products we sell. We are not only changing the name, but also remodeling the retail location to accommodate more product lines and to host educational seminars.”  The rebranding effort coincided with the purchase of the Bluegrass Green Company by Perry from her former business partner, and the festivities kicked off with the store hosting this Green Scene. More HERE



USGBC President & Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi Presents LEED® Plaque to The Nucleus

On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, The Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council recognized The Nucleus, the University of Louisville Foundation’s new downtown office building, for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The recognition makes the building the eighth to achieve the designation at the university.

During a ceremony at The Nucleus, 300 E. Market St., Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council, presented a LEED silver plaque to University of Louisville president James Ramsey and Vickie Yates Brown, president and CEO of Nucleus: Kentucky’s Innovation Center. Nucleus is an arm of the UofL Foundation.

University of Louisville president James Ramsey with Vickie Yates Brown, president and CEO of Nucleus and Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council






First Kentucky Green Building Leadership Summit

Before a crowd of more than 250 leaders in the community’s sustainability efforts, the Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council hosted its first Kentucky Green Building Leadership Summit, “Market Transformation for our Built Environment,” today at the University of Louisville Clinical and Translational Research Building, a LEED® Certified Gold Building.

The Summit, which was organized to support the KY USGBC mission to educate individuals and promote the design, construction and operation of buildings that are environmentally responsible places to live, work and learn. Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, spoke to the incredible success of the global green building movement. Read the full report HERE

USGBC President & Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi Leads Panel of Local Green Building Leaders




Lexington Green Scene - April 2014

A special thanks to Green Scene sponsor Harrod Concrete and Stone Company for their support of our Lexington Green Scene. Thanks also to JDI Grille and Tavern, in downtown Lexington, for providing a spread of their famous beer cheese nachos in their spacious second floor bar space.  Guests from Northern Kentucky, Board members, Committee Chairs, and several members and guests shared a lively exchange about sustainable products, services and responsible green building practices at this Lexington Green Scene.  Photos courtesy of Brett Ruffing. More Photos HERE




LEED Project Tour - Norton Cancer Institute

"Breathtaking" is the term often used to describe the Norton Cancer Institute.  During the Kentucky USGBC LEED Project Tour on Wednesday, April 2, visitors discovered the breathtaking spaces, decor and art, while learning about all of the healthy, sustainable features of this LEED Certified building.

Norton hosts Wayne Ramsey, Mark Bassett and Joe Myers led the LEED Project Tour, which explored two floors of the 65,000 square foot cancer treatment and research facility in downtown Louisville. See the full report and photos HERE



Advocacy Day 2014

The 2014 Kentucky USGBC Advocacy Day was held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Fourteen chapter members gathered in Frankfort, Kentucky during the legislator’s session. The group gathered at 8:30 am in the Capitol Annex to review the objectives and agenda for the day.Chris Tyler and Ryan Daugherty led the orientation session. Then teams of three or four people were formed, each with a group leader. See the full report and photos HERE.



Lexington Green Scene at CMTALexington Green Scene - February 2014

More than 45 Green Scene guests enjoyed the sparkling new LEED-registered offices of CMTA, and mingled with CMTA’s clients and fans who came earlier for CMTA’s open house. CMTA, a nationally recognized expert in sustainable, high performance design, applied their MEP engineering expertise to their new Lexington office building, located at 2429 Members Way. The building is targeted to be certified LEED® Platinum and would be the first LEED Platinum building in the city.

See full report and photos HERE



Green Scene at Office Environment CoLouisville Green Scene - January 2014

Our January Green Scene theme was “The Dream Office — Gorgeous, Green, Adaptable,” and was hosted and sponsored by Tricia Burke, President and third-generation owner of Office Environment Company, and Brigette Shirley, Business Development Manager for Haworth, in their stunning showroom at Office Environment Company, 1136 West Main Street, Louisville.

Tricia, Brigette, and Larry Kagy, Director of Business Development for Haworth, spoke about their company commitments to green and sustainable building. Sustainability, green building, and triple-bottom-line concepts have long been core principles at Office Environment Company and Haworth, which owns bragging rights to the first LEED Platinum building certified under LEED v4. 

See full report and photos HERE.




Lunch & Learn LouisvilleLunch & Learn Louisville - December 4, 2013

The Three Ds of Habitat ReStore - Donations, Diversion, Distribution

How ReStore Diverts Tons of Waste From Landfills

If you thought Habitat ReStores only took donations of household items, think again. ReStores are responsible for the diversion of tons of building construction material - both used and new - from landfills each year.  While Habitat for Humanity ReStore has as their primary mission to raise funds for Habitat home construction through the sale of donated goods, its secondary mission is to divert waste from landfill. See Full Report and Photos HERE





UK Project Tour - Lexington, KentuckyUK Project Tour - November 14, 2013

On November 14, Will Fishback and Jason Larkin from Messer Construction, and the project architect from Sherman Carter Barnhart, led a tour inside New Central Resident Hall, a LEED registered building on the University of Kentucky campus.  Since Haggin Hall is under construction, the group was offered a bird's-eye view of the construction site from the upper floors of New Central Hall.  The recycling and waste dumpsters, segregated for various construction waste components (part of the Material and Resources credits for LEED), were visible from this vantage point    Full Report and Photos HERE




Lexington Green Scene at Shrout Tate WilsonLexington Green Scene at Shrout Tate Wilson - October 30, 2013

Event report and photography by Tom Hailey of Bristol Group. 

Shrout Tate Wilson Consulting Engineers hosted the chapter’s Lexington Green Scene event on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013. Their offices are in a landmark Lexington building in a triangle of land at Winchester Road and Walton Avenue.

We had a great turnout along with excellent food and drinks. Many of the guests enjoyed a tour of the building, including the basement which has a special water feature. The Town Branch stream runs under and even a little through the basement. The flow is managed by a sump pump system. 

Chapter Executive Director Nancy Church welcomed the guests and gave an update of chapter activities. E. Tyler Wilson, P.E. and a firm principal, told us about the history or their landmark triangle shaped office building and the Town Branch feature.

Shrout Tate Wilson is committed to Green Building and Design and has been a USGBC National Member firm since 2007. More than half of their firm’s members are LEED Accredited Professionals, including every partner. Responsible environmental stewardship is important at STW.  They use sound engineering principles to save energy and conserve natural resources.  

Shrout Tate Wilson was responsible for key sustainable design features in Kentucky’s first LEED Platinum certified building – Bernheim Forest’s Visitor Center.  They continue to design energy conscious buildings and have numerous projects that are LEED certified or are pursuing LEED certification, including educational facilities, office buildings, healthcare facilities and visitor centers.   More photos HERE




Lunch & Learn with Big Ass FansLunch & Learn with Big Ass Fans - Louisville, October 2013


On Wednesday, October 9, 2013,  Greg Phipps, PE and Test Engineer at Big Ass Fans, presented a Lunch & Learn program at the new Louisville offices of Thermal Equipment Sales.

KY USGBC Executive Director Nancy Church welcomed attendees and provided an update on chapter news.  Chris Tyler, Board Chairman, introduced Mr. Phipps. Tom Hailey of Bristol Group provided the event coverage on behalf of the Communications Committee

The topic was the role air movement in buildings plays in occupant comfort, safety and productivity. Greg covered how as we move increasingly towards market viable net-zero buildings with initiatives like ASHRAE Vision 2020 and the 2030 Challenge, we must reevaluate the role that typical building components play in a facility’s energy efficiency.

When integrated into new building designs, air movement allows a reduction of air conditioning capacity and ductwork. In the winter, low speed air circulation redirects heated air trapped at the ceiling, resulting in significant energy savings. Project teams working on net-zero buildings have proven the effectiveness of incorporating air movement in building plans as part of an integrated design strategy.

ASHRAE 55 has highlighted the impact of elevated air speed on thermal comfort, and in recent years innovative designs have reestablished air movement as an integral part of occupant comfort and energy conservation. Furthermore, recent changes to Appendix G of ASHRAE 90.1 allow the inclusion of energy savings from using elevated air speed in energy simulations.

Swag Bag Goodies!Greg included case studies about hangars, multi-story foyers, stadiums and other places that are difficult to heat, cool and ventilate.  We also heard how toxic gases were mitigated on the surface of the water in a college natatorium.   Greg Phipps is a Senior Test Engineer at the Big Ass Fan Company.  Working in the world’s only Research and Development lab for large diameter fans, Phipps tests performance and comfort applications for the company’s portfolio of high volume, low speed fans.  Phipps is a licensed Professional Engineer and a member of ASHRAE and ASME.  He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky.

A special thanks goes to Big Ass Fans for providing lunch and SWAG bags and for donating a Haiku fan giveaway.

See more photos HERE



Green Apple Day of Service - September 28


The Shape of Green - September 26 - Lance Hosey 



Louisville Green SceneLouisville Green Scene - Sept 18

Event Photos courtesy of Laura Whitus, KY USGBC Board member and Communications PR Task Force Chair.

Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council members, Board members, Committee members, Emerging Professionals and "potential members" enjoyed the generous hospitality of Grasshoppers Distribution. Grasshoppers prides itself on being a zero-food-waste distributor, something which makes them the greenest local food distributor and a perfect partner for Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council.

Owner Lynn Greene hosted the Louisville Green Scene and took everyone on a tour of the 4 temperature zones of the Grasshoppers warehouse. The tour included a look at the CoolBot storage area - CoolBot is an alternative to expensive walk-in cooler compressors. The CoolBot turns almost any brand of off-the-shelf window-type air conditioning unit into a turbo-charged cooling machine that can cool to 35 degrees F. Attendees also learned the benefits of supporting local agriculture. Everyone enjoyed a sampling of local area beverages and nibbles - food from local growers and purveyors. See More Photos HERE 



Lunch & Learn LexingtonLunch & Learn Lexington - Sept 11

Event coverage provided by Communications Committee Member & Chapter Event Reporter Tom Hailey of Bristol Group.

What You Need to Know About LED Lighting

This presentation provided an overview of LED lighting, covering the underlying basics of the technology as well as its advantages and shortcomings. Topics covered included:

  • The differences between LED and traditional lighting, how those differences offer new design opportunities as well as new risks — and how those risks can be managed. 
  • How to recognize which lighting applications are suitable for LED technology.
  • LEDs’ origins in the semi-conductor world and see why this relationship often creates conflict and confusion in the lighting world.
  • Questions to ask suppliers to better get the most appropriate and suitable LED light for their application.

See More HERE



Lexington Green Scene - August 2013

Lexington Green Scene - August 28

KY USGBC chapter members and guests enjoyed two hours of good conversation, relaxed networking and excellent pub food at the Jefferson Davis Inn Grill & Tavern in Lexington. The second floor bar at the JDI was a super venue for our gathering. We had a nice mix of regular members attending along with first time guests, who expressed sincere interest in joining the chapter. Nancy Church, Chris Tyler, Emily Ashburn and Brett Ruffing greeted attendees and promoted membership with the guests. Article and pictures by Chapter Event Reporter, Tom Hailey of Bristol Group. See more HERE



Louisville Green Scene - July 2013Louisville Green Scene - July 30

Members and friends of Kentucky USGBC had a great time at Louisville's newest LEED Gold Certified building, home to Highland Cleaners and two other businesses. We started at the Highland Green Discovery Center to view an 8-minute video about the construction of this project. Later we ventured down down the street to Bristol Bar and Grille to network and enjoy the "Green" Chili Wontons. Nancy Church, Executive Director of Kentucky USGBC, provided an update on upcoming chapter events. Immediate Past Chair, Cliff Ashburner, discussed partnering with Vision Louisville, a bold initiative to create a plan that will guide the future of Louisville in the next 25 years. Cliff encouraged everyone to submit ideas to help shape the look, feel, and flow of our city throughout the entire community. A special thanks to the Bristol for hosting and providing appetizers for this Green Scene! See More HERE




Lunch & Learn - Big Ass Fans - LexingtonLunch & Learn Lexington - July 10

Article and pictures by Tom Hailey of Bristol Group, serving as a chapter event reporter.

On Wednesday July 10th, Big Ass Fans hosted a Lunch & Learn Program at their corporate headquarters located at 2348 Innovation Drive in Lexington. Christian Taber, Applications Engineer,  presented information about improving building ventilation and indoor air quality along with its importance related to occupant comfort, health and productivity, and the related LEED and ASHRAE standards implications. The focus was on proper air movement and how it can best be utilized for IAQ in situations with and without air conditioning and in spaces of all sizes using fans.

After the session, Mike Robinson led a tour of the offices and we got some insight into the reasons Big Ass Fans is considered such a desirable place to work. Lance Piper joined Christian and Mike in making us all feel welcome. Our Executive Director, Nancy Church, spoke about what is going on in the chapter and how to join and become involved. Big Ass Fans held a drawing from the names of the attendees to award a fan model named the Haiku appropriate for residential and office use.

The winner of the Haiku is Michael Jacobs at Omni Architects. The lunches from The Mouse Trap were an added bonus to the information received and the networking.



Lexington Green Scene at Nick Ryan's SaloonLexington Green Scene - June 26

Article and pictures by Tom Hailey of Bristol Group, serving as Communications Committee Event Reporter.

Heavy rain and muggy air did not dampen the spirits of a couple dozen chapter members and guests at the KY USGBC Green Scene Wednesday evening in Lexington. We returned to Nick Ryan's inviting outdoor bar area on their wonderfully deep porch overlooking Jefferson Street. The plastic had to be lowered to keep out the rain but a welcome breeze made it through. Connections were made, business cards were exchanged and plans created for continuing our mission for a more sustainable built environment.

Our Executive Director, Nancy Church and our board chairman, Chris Tyler attended and helped to orient guests to our mission and how they can become involved. Emily Ashburn of Paladin and and Brett Ruffing of the KRMCA did a terrific job with the meeting arrangements and staffing the registration table. See more HERE! 




Liberty Green Community Center Project TourLiberty Green Project Tour and NuLu Green Scene - May 29

Project Tour photos by Brett Ruffing, Kentucky USGBC and KRMCA. 

Liberty Green is a mixed income community in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood that replaced the 1940's era public housing development known as Clarksdale. This project tour featured the LEED Silver Community Center, which houses Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA) offices, apartments, community meeting/training rooms, classrooms and a commercial kitchen. A festive Green Scene networking event followed at the Garage Bar in neighboring NuLu, which is part of the LEED-registered East Market Street District, home to several LEED-registered and certified buildings. More Photos HERE



Chris Tyler, KY USGBC Board ChairReal World Integrated Design - May 22

Story and Photos by Tom Hailey, Kentucky USGBC and the Bristol Group.

The AIA-ASHRAE-USGBC High Performance Building Workshop - Real World Integrated Design
was held on Wednesday May 22, 2013 at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Building in Frankfort. It was produced in cooperation with the Kentucky Finance & Administration Cabinet. Chris Tyler, Kentucky USGBC Board Chair led the day as the emcee.

National leaders from all three organizations presented in the session “Perspectives on Integrated Design.” ASHRAE President Tom Watson, P.E., AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA, and USGBC Board Chairman Allan Skodowski, LEED AP O+M, presented the latest in technological, professional and legislative trends in the high performance building industry. Their presentations included updated standards and guidelines that affect sustainable design.

Terry Townsend, PE, FASHRAE, LEED AP, presented “What’s Hot in Sustainability” and provided a quick look at several of the new and exciting sustainability initiatives, including the 2030 Challenge, ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guidelines, LEED v. 4 Update, Energy Codes, Integrated Design and more.

Bari Ewing, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, and Bobby Morris, LEED AP participated in a sustainability charrette titled “Between Programming and Design.” The charrette included a case study of the Locust Trace Agri Science Farm presented by Bill Wallace AIA, Susan Hill AIA, LEED AP, BD+C and Stephanie Febles LEED AP, EIT, CGD.

Exhibitors who helped support the event included Air Equipment Company, Big Ass Fans, Bill Thomason & Associates, CDC Distributors, Comfort & Process Solutions, Inc., Engineered Lighting Sales, Facility Commissioning Group, Harshaw Trane, Kentucky Ready Mix Concrete Association, Louisville Gas and Electric & Kentucky Utilities Company, Lynn Imaging, Mecho Systems, Paladin, Inc., Redi-Rock of Kentuckiana, Simpson Strong-Tie, and Thermal Equipment Sales. More Photos HERE




Nancy Church

Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council Names Nancy Church Executive Director

Louisville, KY - May 6, 2013

The Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named Louisville native Nancy Church as Executive Director. The KY USGBC, a local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for Kentucky through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. 

“Nancy's energy and passion in conjunction with her experience is a great asset for the chapter,” said KY USGBC Board Chair Chris Tyler. “And we're looking forward to working with Nancy to take the KY USGBC, and our Commonwealth, to the next level of sustainability - together.”

Read the press release HERE.