the direct path to sustainability


We teach green building techniques and can prepare you to become a LEED Accredited Professional or LEED Green Associate.

Sustainable Building Solutions’ has an experienced team of LEED Accredited Professional with the expertise to guide you through a vast array of sustainable education classes. With the guidance of an SBS professional you will have all the resources needed to achieve your LEED Green Associate and further.

Sustainable Building Solutions™ has a versatile program that allows clients and students education at a venue that is convenient to you.

SBS’s LEED Accredited Professionals have experience in all specialties of LEED including, LEED EBOM, ND, CI and LEED for Homes. Sustainable Building Solutions™ is an USGBC Education Provider offering courses that have been approved by USGBC to count for GBCI CE Hours toward the Green Building Certification Institute’s Credential Maintenance Program. SBS’ LEED Green Associate class have a passing rate of 95% for those who take the class and then proceed to take the USGBC’s LEED Green Associate test.

Sustainable Building Solutions™ staff maintain a culture to consistently re-educate and share experiences, passion and enthusiasm for innovative techniques and the latest on sustainable education with those interested in lessening their environmental impact.


Advancing Building Performance Standards: You Can’t Build ‘Em Like You Used To:
The LEED rating system has evolved, have you?  Our experts discuss the realities of what it takes to be ready to build to the latest LEED and ASHRAE standards. We will highlight Gateway West Sustainable I, a triple Platinum LEED Building. We will compare it’s Platinum certification under LEED NC v2.2, LEED EB O+M V2009, and LEED EB O+M V4 and how it would match up with new BD+C rating systems and the latest ASHRAE standards of today and the future. We will be discussing ASHRAE standards currently and where they are headed. We will be discussing the status of Wisconsin energy code and what version of ASHRAE is used today and in the future. We will be discussing how the USGBC continues to adapt to the green building marketplace. We will also highlight some of the latest rating systems rolled out by the USGBC and what that means to building professionals. Participants will be able to recognize the different associated minimum Ashrae  standards required in the LEED V4 rating system. They will understand how Wisconsin adopts it’s minimum energy code requirements and what architects are changing in able to meet the new energy codes. Additionally, attendees will be able to identify the latest LEED rating system and understand how the USGBC is adapting to the latest energy codes.

LEED v4: A Comprehensive Overview:
Sustainable Building Solutions will be presenting a comprehensive overview of the new LEED rating system, LEED v4 USGBC’s LEED green building rating system has been a significant driver for market transformation since its debut in 2000. USGBC has overhauled LEED (v4). This session will provide an update of the development process, a general overview of the technical changes proposed and information of specific interest to the Wisconsin region. It will also include a look at supporting tools and resources for the LEED v4 program. Receive an in-person Technical informational session of LEED v4. Discover what it will mean for your projects and the state of sustainability in Wisconsin.

Continuing Education Credit Courses:
A Business Case for Green Building
LEED EB: An introduction of what it is, who’s doing it, and why.

Sustainability Awareness Class (Targeted Audiences):
Do you wonder how the “Green Revolution” will affect you and your business? Our Sustainability Awareness Presentation is custom tailored to provide you and your organization with the answers. Sustainable Building Solutions will come to your location and demystify the basics of LEED and how this game changing movement is being embraced by all sectors of our economy. Learn why it makes economic sense as well as improves the ecology of the planet and society as a whole.

Sustainable Building Solutions has made presentations to over 90 different community groups, professional organizations, and industry business partners. We tailor our message to your learning objectives, your target audience, and your timeframe and budget. Let us come to you, or hold it at our training facility for uninterrupted access to our team of seasoned LEED Professionals and experienced trainers.

LEED Green Associate Class:
The Green Building Certification Institute’s Green Associate Exam is the first step in receiving worldwide recognition of your expertise in sustainability. We have trained people with varied backgrounds and education levels to successfully study for and pass the test. Practice tests, study tips and all the core concepts included in the exam are covered in a highly interactive format.

LEED Accredited Professional Training:
Have you passed the LEED GA Exam? Keep the momentum going and build on your success by obtaining the LEED AP with specialty. This program builds on the LEED GA core concepts and expands your knowledge of Green Principles to a whole new level. Learn the specific actions and techniques needed to plan, execute, document, and integrate sustainability into your project. Take advantage of our collective knowledge of study and test taking methods to maximize your passing score!

Building to LEED-NC – Overview and the Impact on Construction:
Do you have a staff of Craftsmen who need to know about Green without all the hype? Our tailored education programs distill what you need to know in usable, easily understandable pieces. We have trained over 2000 field personnel on what they need to need to know. Our programs are tailored to the audience, project managers, estimators, or field staff.

Please contact Phil Vetterkind for further information and class scheduling.


Sustainable Building Solutions’™ Green Team has given over 80 presentations on sustainability and LEED in the commercial construction industry, and was named the 2008 Educator of the Year by WI Builder Magazine. SBS’ team of LEED Accredited Professionals have the experience and insight to guide you through your continuing education credits.

Phil Vetterkind
Phil Vetterkind is the Director of Sustainable Building Solutions, a professional services organization that specializes in sustainability training, consulting, and energy management. Phil is a LEED AP O&M and has worked on over 30 LEED projects including LEED-NC, LEED-CI, LEED EB: O+M, LEED-ND and LEED for Homes. Of the over 30 LEED projects, Phil has been the LEED Project Administrator for 16 of those projects. Project Administrators are in charge of all responsibilities of the LEED process, including verification and submission of the LEED materials. Phil’s representative project experience includes eight of the 18 LEED Platinum rated certifications currently achieved in Wisconsin.

Phil has been the LEED Project Administrator on projects anywhere from a 2,500 square foot LEED for Commercial Interior’s training center at Hunzinger University, to a 3.3 million square foot LEED for Existing Buildings project at Rockwell Automation Headquarters in Milwaukee. Phil and Sustainable Building Solutions is an Energy Star Service Provider and have benchmarked 16 commercial buildings, helping building owners track and manage their building energy data.

Phil has co-authored two LEED case studies in the Journal of Green Building for both the LEED-CI Platinum Hunzinger Construction University and the LEED-CI Gold Hunzinger Construction Corporate Headquarters projects.

Phil is an elected member of the WGBA (Wisconsin Green Building Alliance) and sits on the Heartland Regional Committee for the USGBC. Phil is a member of the Sustainable Building Solutions Road show Team, which has given over 150 presentations on sustainability and LEED in the commercial construction industry, and was named the 2008 Educator of the Year by WI Builder Magazine. Phil has presented at the WGBA’s SE2 Conference, Associated General Contractors Association of Wisconsin, and presented “LEED for Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance Overview” at both the 2009 Bradley Corporation Green Manufacturing Summit and at the 2009, 2011, and 2012 Green Building Conference hosted by Hunzinger Construction University.

David Dell’Agnese
David is the Sustainability Education Director for SBS and Co-Chair of the WGBA Education Committee. Dave has given presentations at the WGBA’s SE2 conference, Associated General Contractors Association of WI, the subcontractors Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, and regularly teaches an ongoing LEED Accredited Professional training and study session every Monday evening at Hunzinger Construction University. David has also co-authored two LEED case studies in the Journal of Green Building for both LEED-CI platinum Hunzinger Construction University and the LEED-CI Gold Hunzinger Construction Corporate Headquarters projects.



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