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In Education 10.6.2015

Top 3 courses to take this month (October 2015)

You want the best courses, and we've got them. Check out this month's best three courses to grow your LEED, green building and sustainability knowledge. October's top three courses, created by USGBC Education Partners: Cost Effective Energy Improvements for Small and Medium Industrial Facilities, created by Education Partner Seventhwave. Explore cost effective strategies and technologies to improve energy use for small- to medium-sized industrial facilities. Computational Fluid...

In LEED 10.5.2015

Title 24-2013 compliance path for LEED v4 BD+C: Homes/Midrise projects

Included in the Oct. 2015 addenda release, USGBC published LEED Interpretation 10422, allowing projects in California that pursue LEED v4 BD+C: Homes/Midrise to be rewarded for energy savings that exceed Title 24-2013. Single family and low-rise multifamily projects in California may use either this Title 24-2013 compliance pathway for the Energy and Atmosphere section, or any of the other balloted approaches in LEED v4 BD+C: Homes that demonstrate building energy savings.  Regardless of...

In LEED 10.2.2015

Clouds in their coffee: Lavazza's future LEED headquarters

It’s late morning, and the man with the thin, wire-framed glasses, fitted suit and warm smile glides into a building undergoing a retrofit with his hands spread wide, as if announcing to the space, “I’m home!” Indeed, Paolo Corradini, Lavazza’s Director of Public Affairs and the man behind the new Lavazza headquarters in Torino, Italy, is in fact building a new sustainable home (with LEED in mind) for Lavazza employees and the people of Torino. The new headquarters...

In Community 10.2.2015

Freebie Friday: USGBC wallpaper October 2015

Download our latest USGBC-branded wallpaper for your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Did we mention that it's free?   (Click the links below to download.) 1680x1050 / 2560x1440 / Mobile / Tablet And while you're at it, view freebies from January, April and July, and tell us what wallpaper you'd like for your device by leaving us a note in the comments.

In International 10.6.2015

Top 10 countries for LEED national profile: United Arab Emirates

USGBC’s announcement of 2015’s Top 10 Countries for LEED comes during a historic time for the international green movement. In the time since USGBC announced the Top 10 Countries for LEED in 2014, the People’s Climate March in New York City drew hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to demand climate action, the United States and China came to a monumental agreement to work together to mitigate catastrophic levels of global warming and Pope Francis issued a...

In International 10.5.2015

Italy's "Energy Conservation Godfather": Marco Filippi and LEED

Marco Filippi, a senior professor in the department of energy at Politecnico di Torino, has been a LEED disciple in Italy for over ten years. Affable and genteel, Professor Filippi is an “Energy Conservation Godfather” in Italy, the author of countless publications on topics ranging from energy consumption in existing buildings to “The Acoustic Comfort in Rooms Used to Hearing the Word.” Although Professor Filippi speaks softly, he has long carried a big stick in...

In LEED 10.2.2015

LEED addenda update: October 2015

The October 2015 quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda are now available. To view the changes: Visit the addenda database and search for 10/1/2015 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables Interpretations Three new LEED Interpretations were published (10422-10424). LEED Interpretation 10422 provides an optional scoring path using Title 24 2013 for LEED v4 Homes projects in California. Two LEED...

In LEED 10.2.2015

LEED Certification Update: September 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in August 2015, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news.  Be sure to check out the LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED trends around the world. Certification Level Projects Certified Square Footage Certified...

In Industry 10.5.2015

Apply now for the Women in Green Power Breakfast Scholarship

What is the impact of gender on mentorship? At the fourth annual Women in Green Power Breakfast at Greenbuild 2015, women in the field of green building will discuss the current barriers and challenges to meaningful mentorship. To make it possible for more women to join the conversation, a scholarship program offers selected applicants complimentary tickets. Apply today to attend—applications close on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Liz Kindelan, a previous Women in Green Power...

In Industry 10.2.2015

Green bonds webinar: Financing a sustainable future

GRESB and the Green Building Council of Australia will co-host a webinar on the different perspectives and insights of key players in the green bond market. The number of green bonds issued globally tripled to $36.6 billion in 2014, with growth expected to reach $100 billion by the end of 2015. This new source of financing allows issuers to diversify their investor base and direct proceeds to projects with improved environmental outcomes.  The webinar will feature: A market overview from...

In Advocacy and policy 10.2.2015

How Arlington County is incentivizing LEED

Just across the Potomac from the USGBC headquarters in Washington, D.C., Arlington County, Virginia is updating its Green Building Incentive Program and adopting the latest version of the LEED green building rating system, v4, as the program’s standard—more than a year before the "sunset date" for project registration under LEED 2009.  Beginning Oct. 1, developers applying for a density bonus under the program, using LEED, must seek certification under LEED...

In LEED 10.1.2015

Vote today on LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily

The LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily ballot is now open! The ballot period is when we at USGBC ask our membership to lend its voice one last time in the development process and determine if a change or update to LEED should be made official. In this case, we’re asking for your vote on making LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily an approved rating system available to all project teams. This suite of new and updated credits provides solutions for existing multifamily projects with 20 or more...