Recent Event: How does the IgCC affect YOU?


Straughan’s Diana Gutierrez recently presented on the new IgCC requirements to a sold-out crowd of more than 45 attendees!

A comprehensive look at how the new IgCC requirements affect the A/E community.

There has been a lot of buzz lately surrounding the International Green Construction Code. But what is IgCC all about and what does it mean for you? If and when will the IgCC become law? Who has adopted IgCC Codes in the region and what are future trends? What will I be expected to know and do?

Join us for a “Breakfast & Learn” on the IgCC. This presentation will take a practical look at the 2012 IgCC from the perspective of A/E consultants. Beginning with a bird’s eye view of the IgCC, it will cover an overview of the 2012 IgCC, including the scope and basics of the new code. A technical discussion on the IgCC chapters will focus on the energy, commissioning, materials, post occupancy evaluation, the importance of project electives and other elements of the IgCC that standout from other green rating systems.

You will come away with an increased level of comfort with the IgCC and its requirements. You will be able to demonstrate technical knowledge the IgCC, formulate your plan to get ready for the IgCC, and evaluate the administrative and compliance challenges that will affect you.

March 10, 2015, 7:30 – 9:15 am

7:30 – 8:00 am – Networking Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 am – Presentation
9:00 – 9:15 am – Q & A

Straughan Environmental, Inc., 10245 Old Columbia Rd., Columbia, MD 21046
(20 min. from Baltimore to the front door of our LEED CI Gold office!)
Note on parking: If the front parking lot is full go left on Guilford Road and park in the back parking lot where there is plenty of parking. To enter the building from the back parking lot, Straughan Environmental is all the way left if you are facing Old Columbia Road.

The target audience for this presentation is architects, engineers, construction contractors and other consultants involved in building projects.

About the Speaker

Diana M. Gutierrez, Senior Sustainability Specialist, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, GRP, M.S. Civil Engineering
Straughan Environmental, Inc.

Diana is a Sustainability Specialist for Straughan Environmental, Inc. With 21 years of experience in the environmental field, including research and teaching middle and high school science for Baltimore County Public Schools, she brings leadership skills and a strong technical background to her practice.

Diana occasionally speaks regionally about topics in green building and sustainability, including green rating systems. As the landscape of green building standards evolving into codes are raising the bar for the built environment, she has been actively involved in advocacy on the state and local level. Through her work with USGBC MD she has been involved in 2014 advocacy efforts with the state of Maryland’s High Performance Green Building Law, which now includes an International Green Construction Code option. More locally, in 2014 she attended a draft session for Baltimore City’s IgCC adoption, reviewed drafts, garnered support from the civil engineering community to provide input, and provided comments on Baltimore City’s Green Building Law, which now includes the IgCC as an option.

For the past 8 years she has provided green building consulting services for property developers, architects, and contractors in the commercial building sector for public and private clients. Ms. Gutierrez has been the sustainability consultant on more than 50 LEED, Green Globes, Green Communities and Sustainable Site Initiative (SITES) projects. Ms. Gutierrez holds a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. With her technical background and project team experience, Ms. Gutierrez guides Straughan clients through the design and construction project phases utilizing green rating system frameworks and Integrated Project Delivery to guide project sustainability goals, LEED certification, and sustainable site development.

She has received a Maryland Governor’s Citation for excellence in teaching during her tenure. Her passion for teaching has evolved to educate and support schools in their sustainability efforts and in developing Outdoor Classrooms on behalf of USGBC MD and the Schools Committee work.

Diana serves as Vice Chair for U.S. Green Building Council Maryland (USGBC MD) and is committee chair of the chapter’s Schools Committee with a mission to green schools within a generation. She spearheaded the popular Engineering Green Conference in Baltimore, now in its 5th year. Engineering Green is a joint effort between USGBC MD and the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) MD Section to provide civil engineers and others interested in sustainable site design and opportunity to attend and present technical presentations highlighting the best of sustainable site design in the Chesapeake Bay region.