Member/Guest Tour ~ GBCI CEU / AIA CES HSW Offering Wednesday, April 17th in Sebastopol


USGBC Redwood Empire Chapter


Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 4:45-7:00p PDT

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Florence Lofts
7385 Healdsburg Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472

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Tour a LEED Gold building project in Sebastopol

Hear about the benefits of sourcing food locally

Learn about the USGBC Redwood Empire Chapter

The Redwood Empire Chapter is pleased to present our members, guests and LEED professionals this opportunity to tour two mixed-use building projects in Sebastopol - the Florence Lofts, which achieved LEED Gold, and the Lyding Commons. This walking educational experience will showcase all the exterior sustainability features that led one of these projects to achieve LEED certification. Steve Sheldon of IbisBuilds, as the architect, property developer and builder of these buildings, will give the tour and share his insights into achieving LEED and designing sustainable buildings.

The Florence Lofts, located at 7385 Healdsburg Avenue in Sebastopol, is a mixed use community containing a commercial building and 12 live/work lofts.
Florence Lofts 3

The Lyding Commons, a quaint 1930s residence, is just three blocks away at 7770 Healdsburg Avenue and is another mixed use community with a commercial building and 4 live/work lofts.
Lyding Commons

GBCI & AIA Approved Offering - GBCI CEU & AIA CES HSW Credits
If you are a LEED or AIA professional, you are able to obtain 2 CEUs and 2 CES HSW credits by attending this event. The cost is $10 for both or individually, payable in advance or at the door.
Elements that will be viewed and explained include a variety of pervious pavement materials, a storm water bioremediation system, gray water usage onsite, renewable energy generation, a night sky radiant cooling system, and more! The objectives for the course will be to:
  • Recognize and understand what several types of permeable paving are and how they are applied in different situations
  • Understand the components of night sky cooling system uses and how it works with a radiant heating/cooling floor system
  • Understand why two different framing systems (wood and steel) were used and why
  • Understand why two different types of photovoltaic sytems (amorphous and crystalline) were selected
No previous knowledge is necessary to gain a basic understanding of the elements described during the tour. Participants with greater knowledge in building design and construction will benefit from the detailed description of systems. This course is targeted toward architects, engineers, residentail designers and builders, landscape architects, contractors and real estate professionals.
Event Details
The event will proceed as follows:
     4:45pm - Arrive and check-in
     5:00pm - Leave for tour
     6:45pm - Local food presentation
     7:00pm - Wine and appetizers
     7:30pm - Conclude

Parking is available on side streets. Please be on time, as the tour will begin promptly at 5:00pm.
This event will commence rain or shine - so bring your umbrella if there are signs of rain.
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In addition to all the above, hear the latest news and get inspired by the Redwood Empire Chapter of the US Green Building Council!
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About our Presenter: Steve Sheldon
Steve Sheldon is an architect, general building contractor and developer who has been making a "green" impact in Sonoma County for the last 30 years. The core principals from which Steven evolves his sustainable and environmentally sound designs include: energy efficiency and conservation of resources; economy of space while creating a sense of spaciousness; utilization of natural light; and the seamless integration of buildings with their surrounding landscape. For more information about Steve Sheldon's work, visit the IbisBuilds website at


About our Host: Lowell Sheldon of Peter Lowell'sPeter Lowell

  Peter Lowell's opened their doors in October 2007, and together with a talented, seasonally-inspired team of chefs, they are at their core an expression of a passion for traditional Italian recipes and a desire to have a sustainable impact on Sonoma County. Peter Lowell's, a West Sonoma County restaurant, features only the finest organic ingredients available. During the summer months, over 60 percent of their produce comes from their very own Two Belly Acres Farm. And a slightly off-kilter attitude towards business -- one where people, animals, and the environment come before profits, where organic is a way of life, and where the highest quality cuisine is a top priority -- is in keeping with our community's standards. For more information, please visit or call 707-829-1077.

USGBC-REC Members Admission 
$10 online or at the door registration through 4/17

General Admission 
$15 online or at the door registation through 4/17

Full-Time Students with Current ID 
$5 online or at the door registration through 4/17

$10 for members and non-members through 4/17

Register Now!All proceeds help contribute to environmental awareness in your community.