november, 2019

12nov3:00 pm4:40 pmBuilding Sustainable: How to Prevent Snags During Construction - Syracuse

Event Details


This presentation will focus on common construction snags that slow the construction process when building a sustainable building.  We will touch on several sustainable programs including LEED, Energy Star, Enterprise green Communities and how to meet those requirements.  There are several issues including insulation, zip board, and vapor barrier installation, along with ductwork sealing and piping insulation to name some of the items we will touch on.  The presentation will start from a construction perspective and then we will transition into how we can improve the design documents to prevent these issues from happening on the next project.

Session Objectives:

  • Name at least two of the most common mistakes made during construction for a sustainable 3rd party certified building.

  • Explain and outline best process to fix construction issues in the field during construction.

  • Cite at least two of the most common mistakes made in the design phase that leads to issues during construction

  • Outline the procedure to change the design documents to prevent the common construction mistakes.


Gretchen BeVard, NYS PE, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP: Gretchen is a mechanical engineer and the owner of GMB Consulting Services, LLC. She designs HVAC and plumbing systems for all types of buildings using the integrated design process along with building integrated modeling. She has been working on LEED/Green Building projects starting with an internship in 2007. Certifying over 30 LEED projects and 25 sustainable projects Gretchen is well versed in Green Buildings. She has also served on the NY Upstate USGBC MLAB for the last 7 years and as the MLAB Secretary for the last 2 years.

Dave Wilson: Owner of Pure Restoration, HERS Rater, LEED for Home Green Rater: Dave spent 15 years as a Carpenter/Construction Manager and in 2007 began to study Building Science. Since then he has become a BPI Analyst and Envelope Professional, HERS Rater and LEED for Homes Green Rater. He has Energy Star certified over 800 units of house, ranging from single family homes to multifamily high rise buildings. In addition, he has provided Green Building Consultant services on over 600 units of housing for LEED for Homes and Enterprise Green Communities Certification. He currently owns and manages a Green Remodeling and Restoration firm and continues to provide consultant services to Energy Star and LEED for Homes projects.

Credential Maintenance:   This session is approved for 1 AIA LU.  LEED professionals may self-report.

Registration Required: FREE for USGBC members and $20 for general public


Non-Members: $20

Note: Non-members who select the member ticket will be invoiced.

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