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Why Take a Bath when You Can Shower! - Webinar and Hosted Discussion - August Session

  • Tuesday, August 28, 2012
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center


  • At the door price for all those who have not preregistered using PayPal prior to Monday, August 27th.
  • All attendees not active students or Upstate USGBC Chapter members.
  • Please provide a valid ID for this fee.
  • Current active members are eligable for this fee.

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Course No. LEED 251: Strategies for Success in LEED Session 2: Water Use Reduction (WEp1)

Water efficiency conserves both water and energy – generating benefits both for the environment and the bottom line. Determining water use reduction requires calculating an accurate baseline and reductions through efficiency strategies. Project teams often get tripped up on these calculations in LEED. Walk through calculations, issues and lessons learned from some typical and atypical scenarios. Register for this session to find a clear path for success in achieving LEED Water Efficiency Prerequisite 1 for design, construction and operations.

The Webinar Series is hosted by the NY Chapter of the USGBC and cohosted by The Albany Pine Bush Preservation Discovery Center.

Presenters: Steve Benz is responsible for leading the firm’s sustainable design approaches for all projects within the studio as Partner and OLIN’s Director of Green Infrastructure. With over 30 years of civil engineering and construction experience, he has pioneered new developments in sustainability with a focus on innovative planning and design solutions that create resilient and performative projects. He has worked on many award-winning projects, including MIT’s Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the LEED® Platinum-certified Kroon Hall at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Steve is a recognized author on the subjects of site design, water engineering and stormwater management; and lectures widely at universities and professional organizations such as the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Steve is a former long-standing member and immediate past Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) National Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group, where he directed the group in developing sustainability criteria for site development within the LEED® program. He was also two-term and founding Chair of the Massachusetts Chapter of the USGBC, and most recently has been appointed to the USGBC’s LEED® Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group and the ASLA’s Sustainable Sites Initiative Technical Core Committee.

Amy Boyce is a Manager of LEED Technical Development with the U.S. Green Building Council. Prior to joining USGBC, Amy worked as a mechanical engineer for a large architectural/engineering firm in the DC area, participating in the design of multiple new construction and renovation projects. She currently works in the LEED department, with a focus on the Energy and Atmosphere credit category, and is an active member of the local ASHRAE chapter.

Rebecca Stahlnecker works as a LEED Certification Reviewer responsible for performing reviews and quality control of projects seeking certification in the design and construction rating systems (NC, CS, Schools, CI, Retail) and Volume program, and is a Water Efficiency subject matter expert responsible for collaborating with USGBC staff on review related technical issues. Prior to joining GBCI, Rebecca worked as an independent designer and green building consultant helping residential and commercial/institutional clients achieve LEED Certification and other green building goals, including inventory and reduce carbon emissions. She has degrees in Environmental Architecture and Social Ecology, and also holds a real estate license.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify common pitfalls in calculating water use reduction for LEED projects and resources for success
  • Establish correct fixture groups based on FTE calculations and variable fixtures and uses
  • Establish appropriate baseline water use for typical project types
  • Calculate correct water use savings based off of baseline water use
  • Apply calculations to ‘atypical’ project scenarios

Facililator: James A. Comegys

Moderator: TBD

Refreshments:  Coffee and snacks will be available.

Credits: This session is approved for 1.5 hours of LEED Specific (BD+C, ID+C, O+M) GBCI hours as well as 1.5 AIA/CES LU/HSW/SD hours.

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