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  • 22 Jul 2021 1:44 PM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)

    The Central Coast Green Building Council (CCGBC), and the Ventura College Architecture Department are teaming up to present virtual, monthly, hour-long presentations by professionals within the realm of green building. Join us during this presentation from 6:00pm-7:00pm on July 28th, 2021, where CCGBC board member & architect Kenneth Mineau will be discussing the Islamic Center at 302 Los Carneros in Goleta, focusing on the design and approval process, including the sustainable elements that were addressed along the way. Anyone can attend this *free* event!

    Register Here

  • 22 Jul 2021 1:40 PM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)

    The Net Zero Conference is back, and CCGBC is proud to announce that we’re an official Conference Partner! Join leaders in sustainability for Verdical Group's 8th annual conference and expo—the largest in the world dedicated to netzero, decarbonization, and climate resilience. This year, they're expanding their focus areas to create synergistic learning opportunities across industries. In addition to highlighting sustainability trends in buildings, energy, water, waste, and transit, NZ21 will feature content on agriculture, fashion, materials, personal care, and technology.

    The virtual portion of NZ21—including educational sessions, keynotes, tours, our virtual Expo Hall, and more—will be hosted September 13 - 15, 2021. The in-person Expo Hall and Trailblazer Awards Gala will be presented on September 16, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. 


    Learn More & Register Here


  • 24 May 2021 12:53 PM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)

    CCGBC President's Letter - May 2021.pdf

    *to click on the links, please refer to the PDF link above*


  • 24 Jun 2020 12:30 PM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)


  • 02 Apr 2020 7:55 AM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)

    Dear CCGBC Members, Friends, and Affiliates, 
     
    The CCGBC has been keeping abreast of the unfolding events and effects of COVID-19 and we are following local, state, and federal safety recommendations to halt all in-person events until further notice. 

    As for our Green Gala, we have currently postponed it until July 25 and will update you with more information over time. If you have already registered and would like a refund, reach out to admin@ccgreenbuilding.org, however, you may also keep your registration active for when the event happens. 

    Our hopes for this year are to focus on offering and sharing more educational opportunities that support actionable change towards a more sustainable and balanced built enviornment.  One of the ways we plan to effectively cultivate these opportunities is via our Regional Councils.

    Since our region is large and consists of 3 counties, we have regional councils in SLO, SB, and Ventura which can still meet online in order to keep the momentum going!

    We will be following up and helping to facilitate this, so stay tuned if you are already a part of the councils or if you would like to join one. 

    We will hold steadfast to our intention of providing you with the resources you need to create educated actionable change in your community, and will be sharing with you all of the webinars we find -- worldwide ones even! 

    We are pleased to share the following local resources for your business needs and for the safety of your employees: SLO County Public Health DepartmentSanta Barbara Public Health Department, Ventura County Health Department, and this resource shared specifically for architects AIA Chicago COVID-19 Best Health Practices

    We wish you all health and resilience, and look forward to connecting with you soon!

    The Central Coast Green Building Council
           

  • 31 May 2019 9:33 AM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)



  • 30 Jul 2018 10:27 AM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)


    Hello Friends! 

    We have had quite a pivitol first half of the year and we want to share a re-cap-so-far with you because, well, we want you to know how much we appreciate your efforts in carrying out the mission of CCGBC ! We certainly cannot accomplish so much without the many active members of the community, our members, sponsors, affiliates, and the CCGBC board volunteers. Here's a snapshot of our accomplishments for the first half of 2018 that we can all be elated by....and we are so excited for what is in store the rest of the year! *Hint...there's a Gala in the works ;)

    Because we want to keep the formatting the way it is designed, we ask that you view this blog HERE: 

    MID-YEAR UPDATE 

    Thank you!

    -Your CCGBC

  • 14 Jul 2018 11:00 AM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)

    CORRECTION: When we first published this article on June 18th, the full team that worked on the MOXI museum was not represented. We sincerely apologize for the mistake. Please read the updated article with the corrections.


    Image 1:  Aerial photo of Moxi Musem taken by Gani Pinero. 

    MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, located in Santa Barbara, CA, is the first LEED Gold certified museum in Santa Barbara County. As part of the design team, T&S worked closely with the architect, AB Design Studios, to develop a creative and efficient structural system comprised of concentric braced frames, moment resisting frames, reinforced masonry shearwalls, and exposed custom steel trusses. One noteworthy design element was the 720 square foot glass floor deck at the rooftop which we supported with long-spanning steel tube members designed with aesthetics in mind and exposed to the courtyard below. The museum opened just over a year ago and their mission is "to ignite learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity." Visitors are encouraged to explore and play through highly interactive exhibits designed for science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) education. As Santa Barbara’s newest hands-on destination for families and curious minds of all ages, MOXI is a place where you can explore and discover new things about the world around you, ask questions, seek answers and have a blast doing so. 

    The team include: 

    Design Architect: Barry BerkusAIA (1935-2012) 

    Architect of Record: AB Design Studios 

    Structural Engineer: Taylor & Syfan 

    General Contractor: Armstrong Associates 

    Landscape Architect: Van Atta Associates 

    MEP: Mechanical Engineering Consultants 

    Civil Engineer: Flowers & Associates 

    Electrical Engineer: JMPE Electrical Engineering and Lighting Design 

    Lighting Design: Ann Kale Associates, Ltd. 

    Mechanical + Energy Consultant/Modeler: Mechanical Engineering Consultants, Inc. 

    Commissioning/HERS RaterThe Palt Company 

    LEED/Sustainability Consultants: Innovative Workshop Consulting  

    Exhibition Designer: Gyroscope Exterior 

    Image 2:  Aerial photo of the interactive Moxi Musem roof taken by Gani Pinero. 

    The concept of resource efficiency is applied to every part of the building. Green practices are visibly demonstrated throughout, including a range of day lighting and LED lighting systems, landscaped concrete planters, a cistern for collecting rainwater, and energy-efficient, structural glass in facade openings.  

    The facility implements a range of energy-efficient lighting and day lighting strategies, surpassing Title 24 by 26.8%. In addition, a purchase of 70% renewable energy certificates supports energy source research and development. Strategically placed, generous windows provide access to natural light and views, and a glass floor section of the rooftop allows daylight to penetrate the innermost areas of the first and second floors. Interiors feature highly efficient plumbing fixtures to reduce indoor potable water use by 42%. During the construction process, 89% of all construction waste was diverted from the landfill. 

    Challenges: 

    • The site soils had potential for liquefaction due to a high groundwater table and subsurface land layers.  In lieu of a deepened pile foundation system, an efficient concrete mat slab foundation was chosen to provide the required strength and stiffness to support the building loads and limit differential settlement. 

    • The need for large open spaces to accommodate future exhibits dictated an open floor plan.  For structural efficiency, the long-spanning steel framing members were designed as composite beams (integrated with the concrete deck) which allow us to use lighter steel section while also limiting floor deflections. 

    • Designed structural systems to support a number of unique exhibit elements: 

    ◦   giant guitar anchored to foundation system 

    ◦   hyperloop mounted to exterior wall of structure 

    ◦   color mixing machine wheel braced to steel frame at entry glazing 

    ◦   giant handprint globe suspended from roof structure 

    • The curved staircase near the entrance of the building was designed with custom rolled HSS tube stringers, computer modeled to ensure strength and performance at this critical element of the structure. 

       

    Image 3: Curved staircase designed with custom rolled HSS tube stringers. 

    Image 4: Giant guitar to help visitors learn about music and sound. 

    Although the team faced many challenges, that didn't stop them from creating a space that was well designed, sustainable, and kept the kids and families in mind. 

    Written by: Susan K. Lee 

    Contributing Editor: Perrin Pellegrin and Tiffany Beffel

    Edited by: Kori Nielsen and Brianna Ruland 


    For more information about Taylor & Syfan Consulting Engineers, check out their website: https://www.taylorsyfan.com/  

  • 02 Jul 2018 9:08 AM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)


    Photo credit: Brandon Kaysen

    On June 16th, the City of Ventura Community Development Department and Environmental Sustainability Division hosted a Ventura Strong Re-builds Green Expo at the City Hall in VenturaHundreds of residents affected by the Thomas fire and flood gathered to learn about green building approaches, design technologies and utility rebates and incentives that they can implement.  

    Workshops were provided which educated residents about renewable energy options, green building materials, outdoor water usage, landscape, and defensible space. The workshops included (Citizens Journal 2018): 

    • Rebuild Together, Rebuild Well: Energy Efficient Homes 

    • Defensible Space Requirements for new Homes, Sustainable and Fire-Resistant Landscaping, and Ocean Friendly Gardens in a Fire Zone 

    • Solarize Your Home 

    • Making Green Building Affordable: Financing & Incentives 

        

    Photo credit: Kori Nielsen 

    CCGBC was just one of the organizations among the handful that came out to support and provide assistance to homeowners. We partnered with Global Green and USGBC LA to share information on the Thomas Fire Green Rebuilding Resilience Initiative, which will provide free, one-on-one green re-building/repair education and technical assistance to the residents of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The goal is to implement baseline green building strategies focused on energy efficiency, water savings, indoor air quality, and resilience and to increase the number of certified green homes in the area using the LEED for Homes (or comparable) standard. The program is just launching, and we were excited by the positive responses we received from residents during the event (Charlotte Will 2018) 

    Interested homeowners filled out a short survey, so we could learn more information about their unique interests and needs. Our volunteer, green building experts—from the USGBC network—will use this information to help homeowners navigate the green building and resilience strategies and green building certifications available to them (i.e. Passive House, LEED, Living Building Challenge, etc.) as well as the rebates and incentives. If you're interested in participating in the program, please take the survey, click here! 

    We also brought out our BuildSMART trailer for those interested in learning about sustainable materials that they can use within their house. To learn more about our trailer and for a list of materials, click here!  

    Keep a look out on the CCGBC calendar for upcoming Re-build workshops this Summer and Fall! 

    Written by: City of Ventura, Kori Nielsen, and Charlotte Will 

    Edited by: Brianna Ruland 

  • 01 Jul 2018 10:17 AM | USGBC-CCGBC (Administrator)

    Photo credit: Studio 2G exterior renderings

    Here at Studio 2G Architects, we are committed to advocating and implementing green design, green building materials, and green lifestyles as the standard for our practice. Our latest project, See Canyon does nothing but follow suit. 

    This project is a remodel of an existing 1800 SF residence.  We demolished the entire home, but kept the original redwood siding to be re-used as an interior finish on some focal walls.  We kept the existing slab to limit any undo site grading and to conserve natural resources from having to produce a new concrete slab. The perimeter of the existing slab will be insulated. 

    Photo credit: Studio 2G interior renderings

    Surprisingly, the original walls were not insulated. The new walls are insulated with blown in cellulose insulation and the exterior finish now a fire rated exterior siding. 

    The new roof is now one complete line with a shallow pitch to maximize the PV panel placement.  The plate height was raised to allow more solar access through the front windows for passive heating in the cooler months.  We created an overhang to allow shading of the windows in the warmer months. 

    The floor plan was rearranged to allow more of an open area for entertaining. We kept one of the original three bedrooms for a guest room, converted one bedroom to an office while creating a master suite. 

    The owner valued clean lines and a direct connection to its nestled location.  The home site was built right up to a steep, natural, rock outcropping. Our design has large windows looking out into this rock outcropping which allows the home to experience the natural environment. Additionally, it allows these North facing windows natural daylighting that carries itself deep into the space. 

    Photo credit: Studio 2G interior rendering

    Simplicity and clean design are paramount for this home. A modern roof design was implemented, with exposed glue-lam beams which span the width of the interior right out to the exterior. Walls that previously obfuscated a panoramic view were replaced with floor-to-ceiling line windows. Custom built-ins, made of reclaimed redwood, take the place of excessive amounts of furniture normally used for storage. All hardware fixtures are hidden so any exposed cabinetry lies flush, blending into the design seamlessly. 

    To see our latest site visit, check out our blog here. For more information about Studio 2G check out our website below: 

     

    http://www.studio-2g.com  

    Studio 2G received one of CCGBC's Green Gala awards from us back in our founding year of 2008, and have been connected with us through membership since 2011!! We are grateful for their recent 2018 Silver sponsorship and inspired by the sustainable practices that they implement into their work as leaders in sustainable building. Both principals hold LEED®AP B+C accreditation. 

    - CCGBC 


    Article Written by: Neal Breton 

    Edited by: Kori Nielsen and Brianna Ruland


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