November meeting topic: Energy and Environmental Design

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Reliance on foreign oil and non-renewable resources cannot continue indefinitely. The lighting load of a commercial office building typically is 40% of the building’s energy use. For these buildings to continue to remain cost-effective, and for our country’s environmental well-being, implementing effective lighting controls, utilizing natural daylighting and minimizing energy use must be explored, evaluated and implemented.

Design collaboration in the design and construction world of the 21st Century will take the construction of buildings to the next level. One method to collaborate and implement these technologies within the commercial office market includes certifying buildings in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) voluntary program managed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). This program can establish the building’s level of green design and strategies to ensure the building will minimize its carbon footprint, minimize use of non-renewable resources and minimize usage of other precious Earth resources such as water and undeveloped tracts of land.

We as Earth Stewards can preserve quality of life within the working environment vital to productivity and comfort. This presentation will emphasize what design and construction professionals can accomplish to achieve these goals, using lighting controls, daylighting and energy saving strategies as they relate to LEED. Some of the topics scheduled to be covered are:

  • What do we mean by a Carbon Footprint?
  • How do designers minimize using the Earth’s resources?
  • What is LEED?
  • What are the points associated with LEED that relate to lighting and controls?
  • How do these building “green” strategies work together?

SPEAKER: Kath Beacher, LC LEED Green Associate,
Specification Sales Project Specialist, Illuminations Inc

Beacher is a lighting advocate with a passion for healthy living. She has been a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America member since 1991. Serving as past-Education Chair in the Philadelphia Chapter, she co-taught Lighting Fundamentals, a basic lighting course for lighting advocates at the Philadelphia IES Education Conference, 2010.

Beacher is active with the United States Green Building Council, Delaware Valley Green Building Council–serving locally within the Delaware Chapter, and on the Off-Site Education and Tours Committee for the Philadelphia Chapter for GREENBUILD 2013.

She often presents trending and fundamental lighting, daylighting applications, LED technical information and lighting control and code compliance specifications to the design community. Beacher is an adjunct professor teaching Lighting Fundamentals and Applications at Delaware Technical Community College in Newark Delaware in their Energy Management program.

Attendees will receive a certificate for
PDH (Personal Development Hours) credits.

DATE & TIME: Wednesday November 20, 2013: Open 5:15 PM; Meeting starts at 6:30 PM – Speaker’s presentation 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM – Vendor displays and socialize before and after talk.

LOCATION: Ives Equipment Corp. 601 Croton Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406

MEAL COST: $12.50. Please contact Sue DiPaolo by Monday, November 18 by E-mail: [REGISTER], or by phone: 610-238-1067.



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