Building Green? Think Existing!

  • 11 Sep 2012
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page Ave, St. Louis MO 63114


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September 11 Program: 
Building Green? Think Existing!

In Partnership with the International Facility Management Association – St. Louis Chapter

It is often said that “the greenest building is the one that already exists.” Is it? Join us on September 11, as we tackle this topic with practical experience and hard evidence.

A groundbreaking study entitled The Greenest Building:  Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse was published in January 2012 as a report by Preservation Green Lab, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Through examination of indicators within four environmental impact categories -including climate change, human health, ecosystem quality, and resource depletion - the study concludes that building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction. Moreover, it can take between 10 and 80 years for a new, energy-efficient building to overcome, through more efficient operations, the negative climate change impacts that were created during the construction process. Ralph DiNola, a member of the study’s Research Project Team, will join us remotely from his home in Oregon to present a synopsis of this research, their findings and its impact on the building industry.

We will then welcome Christine Ramsdell of Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Enterprise has two LEED certified offices in St. Louis in reused buildings. Christine will impart her practical experience and expound on the elements that influence the corporate decision to either reuse existing buildings or construct new facilities. This will include considerations to the projects’ cost, time and environmental impacts as well as outlining the pros and cons.


Ralph DiNola, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, LEED Faculty is Principal of

Building Services and an international life cycle building consultant. He is currently board chair of the International Living Future Institute and board member of the Cascadia Regional Green Building Council.  Ralph will be joining us remotely via Webex.

Christine Ramsdell is the Manager of Space Planning & Design at Enterprise Holdings, the largest rental car company in 

North America. She is responsible for the strategic planning and construction of Enterprise’s campuses in St. Louis and Tulsa, Oklahoma . Christine will present in-person at Alberici.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA/CES CEH.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation WHERE:
Alberici Headquarters,
8800 Page Ave, St. Louis MO 63114
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FEE:  Free for all attendees!

REGISTER: Click on the registration button on the left hand side of this screen.

 Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0225.

This program is supported in part by the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.