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In LEED 10.20.2014

What’s new for LEED for Neighborhood Development?

We’ve always said that LEED is more than a collection of credits—it’s a system supported by a suite of built-in support mechanisms. In the case of LEED v4 for Neighborhood Development, we’ve redesigned the supporting infrastructure to further strengthen the rating system. The result is a new approach to certification for LEED ND project teams supported by an updated set of tools: New LEED ND reference guide (available Oct 21, 2014) Updated Documentation forms So...

In Industry 10.20.2014

Building green careers at Skanska

Green building doesn’t only improve the built environment—it betters people too. With green, people stretch their skills in any number of ways to develop the best green solutions, and some—maybe you—are lucky enough to devote their careers to this aspect of sustainability. Below are stories of how some professionals at Skanska—a national leader in construction and development—are using their green expertise to make a better world for us all. Making a business...

In Industry 10.17.2014

Is algae the answer? A different approach to on site renewable energy

Talk of algae arriving on the scene as a game-changing source of energy is nothing new; for years there has been significant discussion but not nearly as much action as supporters might like. However, things may be shifting, albeit slowly, toward a more favorable environment for algae to bloom as a viable, large-scale energy alternative. In Hamburg, Germany, there is a living example of the potential for an algae revolution, a functioning case study of the aesthetic and practical appeal of...

In Greenbuild 10.17.2014

Coming to Greenbuild? Visit USGBC on the expo floor!

If you're booked to join us in New Orleans for Greenbuild 2014, make a plan to visit the USGBC at Greenbuild booth (#2101) to say hello! We'll be there from Wednesday, Oct. 22 through Thursday, Oct. 23 to answer all of your USGBC and LEED questions. Plan to meet face to face with USGBC staff and learn more about LEED v4, LEED professional credentials, and some of the latest products and resources that USGBC has to offer. Check out the LEED Dynamic Plaque, on display in the booth...

In LEED 10.20.2014

Become a LEED Integrative Process Working Group member: Call open through Nov. 23

The USGBC call is now open for self-nominations of qualified volunteers to serve on the Integrative Process Working Group. Apply today through Nov. 23, 2014 To be eligible, applicants must be employees of a USGBC member organization. The working group will need representation from companies with expertise in facilitation, project coordination and stakeholder engagement.  While integrative process has always been at the core of LEED, the Integrative Process credits in LEED...

In Greenbuild 10.20.2014

The (LEED) doctor is in!

Get answers to your burning LEED questions on site at the USGBC at Greenbuild booth (#2101). We'll have LEED subject matter experts on hand to tackle all of your queries. Learn more about the topics below during our office hours:  LEED Dynamic PlaqueWednesday, Oct. 22, 9:00-11:00 am International Thursday, Oct. 23, 9:00 am-1:00 pm LEED v4Thursday, Oct. 23, 3:00-5:00 pm Materials and Resources / Life-Cycle AssessmentThursday, Oct. 23, 3:00-5:00 pm See you at Greenbuild!

In Advocacy and policy 10.17.2014

Governor takes action to boost energy efficiency in Virginia

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe arrived yesterday morning at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Richmond, VA, to make a major announcement on energy efficiency. (Yes, you read that correctly; we were at the DMV).   This particular DMV, through an innovative collaboration with Trane, had recently undergone an extensive energy retrofit that was now saving 36 percent in energy use and saving a whopping $284,000 a year. That was something that the Governor was eager to see and...

In LEED 10.16.2014

Alternative Compliance Paths continue to localize LEED

LEED is the only globally consistent green building rating tool. This consistency provides a platform to share best practice in building around the world. But because environmental and climate conditions, codes, standards and laws vary in different places, we have developed Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) to recognize those differences while achieving the same credit intent and requirements. These credit options are available for commercial projects pursuing LEED 2009...

In Industry 10.20.2014

New USGBC iPad app—now available

The new USGBC app enables you to read USGBC publications and articles on your iPad through a beautiful, and easy-to-use interface. With the app you'll have access to the latest news and articles published on, and you'll have access to all publications associated with your site user account. With our enhanced search, you can also search within your library for the specific publication you're looking for, or search within a publication for a specific topic....

In Community 10.17.2014

Member only opportunity: Sponsor the 5th annual Save Money, Save Energy Home Makeover...

Each year since 2011, the Save Money, Save Energy Home Makeover Sweepstakes has given one lucky winner the opportunity to fulfill their green living dreams with a cash prize to use for home renovations. We invite you to become a 2015 Sweepstakes sponsor. As a sponsor, your organization will reach and interact with national readers of Better Homes & Gardens and its vertical network of home-improvement brands, Family Circle, and USGBC's Green Home Guide. Requirements: Must be a...

In Education 10.17.2014

3 courses to grow your building knowledge (October 2014)

You're looking for interesting courses to grow your building knowledge and we've got them.  Check out this month's top three courses. 1. Optimization of commercial building systems: technologies, practices and strategiesTools, practices and technologies will be shared and energy management strategies, as well as VFD and LED retrofits will be discussed. 2. Basics of Building SciencesLearn practical knowledge of basic building science principles. 3. LEED in Construction Phase (Lesson 3...

In Community 10.16.2014

If it's happening, it's possible

This article is the introduction of the 2014 September-October Issue of USGBC+ written by Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author. There is widespread belief that climate initiatives are either top-down or bottom up, when they in fact exist everywhere and in all areas of human endeavor. A meaningful global climate treaty and carbon pricing are needed but unlikely at the moment. Aside from political leadership, a growing movement within society addresses climate change and...

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Better buildings are our legacy. USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, and works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.