Upcoming events

    • 16-Oct-2019
    • 19-Oct-2019
    • Albany Capital Center 55 Eagle St. Albany, NY 12207

    Architects and AEC professionals, “break ground” every day envisioning and building the spaces where we live, work, learn, heal, and play.

    The 2019 Tri-State Conference: Breaking Ground! supports this foundation.  A collaboration between AIA New Jersey, AIA New York State, and AIA Pennsylvania, Breaking Ground! was created to share ideas and technologies that are redefining our profession and industry.

    Info and Register:

    • 23-Oct-2019
    • 20 Moores Rd., Malvern, PA (bus from Somerset, NJ)

    Wednesday, October 23, 2019


    Park & Ride/ Departure Location for the chartered bus:
    Signify, 200 Franklin Square Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873

    All CEUs/LUs are AIA (HSW) & GBCI approved and can be submitted for IDCEC among others if applicable. CEUs on the bus ride there, too.

    Complete with CEUs on the bus ride there

    (Ride the bus with us, or drive yourself)

    PDF of flier.

    Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed’s LEED Platinum North American Headquarters is certified for both commercial interiors and core and shell.

    Saint-Gobain is one of the world’s largest building materials companies. Join us for a tour of this “living laboratory.”

    The Malvern HQ is a sustainable workplace that maximizes the comfort and health of employees through the use of a wide range of the company’s building materials that improve air quality, moisture management, acoustics, energy efficiency, thermal management and ergonomics.

    Schedule & CEU topics include:

    8:00 A.M. Bus departs for Malvern, PA

    8:30 A.M. J+J Flooring Group presents CEU: How Flooring Affects Acoustic Performance (1.0 CEU)

    10:00 A.M. Arrive at Security: CertainTeed Saint-Gobain NA HQ, Malvern PA

    10:15 A.M. Tour: A Living Laboratory: Explore Saint-Gobain's NA Headquarters (1.0 CEU)

    11:15 P.M. Measuring-up Healthy Buildings: Modes, Methods and Meaning for Discovery and Practice (1.0 CEU)

    12:15 P.M. Lunch + Meet the Saint Gobain Team

    1:15 P.M. Auralization Lab Experience

    2:00 P.M. CEU Understanding and Improving Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) (BSS65) (1.0 CEU)

    3:00 P.M. Depart to NJ

    *All CEUs are AIA & GBCI approved and can be submitted for IDCEC among others if applicable.

    Registration Fees -with options for riding the bus or meeting us there:

    o USGBC NJ Members Taking the Bus: $95.00

    o IFMA NJ Members, NJBIA Members, ANJR Members Taking the Bus: $95.00

    o Non-Members Taking the Bus: $105.00

    o Members Driving separately in Cars: $105.00

    o IFMA NJ Members, NJBIA Members, ANJR Members Driving separately in Cars: $105.00

    o Non-Members driving separately in Cars: $115.00

    o Members Driving a Pure EV: $100.00

    o IFMA NJ Members, NJBIA Members, ANJR Members Driving a Pure EV: $100.00

    o Non-Members Driving a Pure EV: $110.00

    o Emerging Professionals (25 years old & under) Taking the Bus: $55.00

    o Emerging Professionals (25 years old & under) Driving separately in Cars: $75.00


    Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed’s Headquarters is a sustainable workplace that maximizes the comfort and health of employees through the use of a wide range of the company’s building materials that improve air quality, moisture management, acoustics, energy efficiency, thermal management and ergonomics. The usage of more than 50 products from its portfolio has created a “living laboratory,” where the company’s research team can measure the benefits that its products provide to the real workplace.

    LEED certification of the Saint-Gobain & CertainTeed North American Headquarters was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the surrounding environment and building complex itself that employees now call home. These features include:

    Sustainable Sites

    In an effort to significantly reduce the number of miles employees travel to and from the campus as well as improve the environment, the company is providing bicycle storage facilities, electric vehicle charging stations and preferred parking for low-emission / fuel-efficient vehicles and carpools. In addition, a free shuttle service to and from the nearby Paoli Station, which services Amtrak and SEPTA trains, is available for employees who choose to commute from Center City, Philadelphia and other surrounding areas.

    Water Efficiency

    Select landscape areas at the main entrance are irrigated. The irrigation system and the water feature utilize harvested rainwater, thereby reducing potable water use by 100 percent. Rainwater is collected from a 7,000 square foot roof area and stored in a 25,000 gallon cistern onsite.

    High efficiency plumbing fixtures reduce potable water demands by more than 40 percent, estimated to save over 640,000 gallons of water per year.

    Energy & Atmosphere

    One of the main priorities of the project was to achieve superior energy savings. Through 3D computer simulation energy modeling, the building anticipates 30 percent energy cost savings when compared to a typical code-compliant office building.

    Minimizing external loads is achieved through improved roof and wall performance, along with the electronically tintable dynamic glazing SageGlass. Daylight sensors are located along the perimeter of the building to measure incoming daylight levels and modulate the glass transmittance according to interior needs. SageGlass provides beneficial daylighting and views to the exterior, while reducing uncomfortable glare and solar heat gain.

    Minimizing internal loads is achieved through the specification of energy efficient LED lighting throughout, as well as Energy Star equipment and appliances throughout the facility. Overall lighting power density is reduced over 40 percent below ASHRAE requirements.

    Materials & Resources

    The former building infrastructure was demolished to the structural system and reused in the new design.

    Approximately 90 percent of the construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfill disposal.

    Materials were carefully selected for their environmental and human health attributes. Saint-Gobain’s array of product offerings contributed to LEED verified.

    Indoor Environmental Quality 

    The interior includes low volatile organic compound (VOC) emitting building materials, carpeting and furniture for a safe, healthy working environment. All paints and varnishes used in the building renovation were also required to have low VOC content. This contributed to a healthy indoor air quality, further enhanced by the installation of partitions that feature CertainTeed’s Air Renew® gypsum wallboard, that absorbs formaldehyde from the air and converts it to a safe, inert compound.

    Innovation in Design

    Saint-Gobain has also implemented a green housekeeping program that utilizes environmentally friendly cleaning materials and equipment that help to sustain the high level of interior air quality on a daily basis. Additionally, Saint-Gobain also created an education program for employees and guests to share its journey and lessons learned in pursuing sustainability at the new headquarters.

    For more info, see Saint-Gobain's page. 

    • 02-Nov-2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • Duke Island Park, Old York Road, Bridgewater, NJ

    Join Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR) at their 3rd annual 5K event in support of recycling, reuse and organics management education! It is family and dog friendly and suitable for runners/walkers of all ages and abilities. Runners will be timed and the run and course is USATF certified. Prizes for top 3 male, female, youth runners.


    • 14-Nov-2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 15-Nov-2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Live WEBINAR OR in-person at Associated Construction Contractors of NJ Offices 91 Fieldcrest Avenue #2, Edison, NJ 08837

    LEED 201 v4.1: Core Concepts & Strategies &

    LEED Green Associate (GA) Exam Preparation


    DATE & TIME: Nov 14th and 15th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM BOTH DAYS (Check-in at 8:45 AM)

    IN-PERSON LOCATION: Associated Construction Contractors of NJ Offices, 91 Fieldcrest Avenue #2, Edison, NJ 08837

    INSTRUCTOR: Jason Kliwinski AIA, LEED AP BD&C, O&M, LEED Fellow & Faculty, Partner, Green Building Center NY/NJ

    DESCRIPTION: Gain essential knowledge of sustainable building concepts fundamental to all LEED rating systems. Learn LEED intents and concepts at the credit category level and basics of the LEED certification process. This course provides a foundation for pursuing the LEED Green Associate exam. This course will include LEED v4.1 updates.


    • Identify the key components of the LEED Rating System.

    • Discuss the basic LEED Certification process.

    • Describe the intents and associated concepts of each LEED credit category.

    • Explain regulations, recognitions and incentives related to each credit category.

    • Recognize successful LEED strategies and measurements for achieving credit category goals.

    • Gain understanding of what is needed to pursue the LEED Green Associate exam.


    • USGBC NJ members: $275
    • IFMA NJ Members, NJBIA Members, ANJR Members: $275
    • Non-members: $325
    • Special Pricing for Veterans. Must supply DD214.

      • 12-Dec-2019
      • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Duke Farms

      USGBC NJ Annual Holiday Party and Member Reception

      Thursday, December 12th, 2019

      6:00 - 8:30 PM (Registration begins at 5:30)

      Duke Farms - Farm Barn Orientation Center (LEED Platinum)

      Hillsborough, NJ


      Come and celebrate & network with your friends and colleagues at our holiday celebration.

      Board of Directors Election Ballots will be available that night for USGBC NJ members.

      This is about as sustainable as it gets! The menu is local & seasonal, and includes food grown at Duke Farms (grass feed beef), includes beer and wine (beer from Hillsborough’s own Flounder Brewing).


      • USGBC NJ members: $95
      • IFMA NJ Members, NJBIA Members, ANJR Members: $95
      • Non-member & guests: $105
      • Emerging Professionals/FT Students: $45
      • Cocktail Sponsor: $500
        (supports USGBC NJ and the event, includes inclusion in event promotions; 1 event ticket)
      • Emerging Professionals Sponsorship: $250
        (supports USGBC NJ and the event – specifically making it possible for EPs to attend at a greatly reduced price, includes inclusion in event promotions)