2009 Grean building Seminar

Chinese American Renewable Energy Society

Clean-Tech Group of CIE/US-SF

AND CIE's Civil Engineering Group

Jointly Present

Green Building Seminar

Date & Time: Tuesday Nov 3, 6:30(registration), 7:00 - 9:30PM 
Place: ITRI International; 2870 Zanker Rd., San Jose, Room #140. 

Talk Title: A Primer on Green Buildings, the USGBC and LEED 3.0- 
By Ron Fong, P.E., LEED AP, and Miki Mori LEED AP, Project Designer DGA Architects 


Green seems to be the "in" thing in everything including Green Buildings. What is it all about? In this presentation, you will learn the answers to: Who is the US Green Building Council (USGBC), what are green buildings, where does one use the LEED green building certification program, why use LEED AP's, and some case study examples of how you can do something to improve your prosperity, your people, and your planet (3 Ps of sustainability).. 

The USGBC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program. 

The LEED green building certification program is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for buildings designed, constructed and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. Sustainable designed, high performance buildings, often called green buildings, are facilities that are highly energy efficient, have lower operating costs, are better for the environment in broad and specific terms, and promote whole health for their users and occupants. Green buildings achieve these objectives through an integrated design, construction and operations methodology with measurable results using a holistic disciplined approach. 

The LEED certification program is the market leader for 3rd party independently verified green buildings and has been widely adopted as a standard by the Federal Government, the State of California, and the Cities of San Francisco and San Jose to name a few. The number of registered projects has doubled annually for the last four years and the square footage of LEED-certified construction rose 92%, from 148 million to 284 million square feet in 2008. The number of registered LEED professionals has also increased 100% in the last year. California has the highest concentration of LEED projects and professionals. 

The speakers will present the latest LEED version 3.0; its new point rating system, four certification levels, and its current adoption in both public and privates sectors.