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In Advocacy and policy 05.27.2016

Department of Energy and CoStar partner to expand visibility of benchmark data

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and CoStar Group announced a new partnership to bring building energy data to the most widely used commercial real estate databases in the United States. The announcement underscores the value of data to drive market transformation. This important milestone complements and supports ongoing efforts, such as the Green Building Information Gateway and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), to empower stakeholders to understand the...

In International 05.26.2016

Greenbuild is international: Translated guide for China

Greenbuild 2016 Iconic Green is just a few short months away, and our international team is preparing.   For our friends and leaders in China, we'd like to share a translated guide to the conference. China continues to drive sustainability at a global scale, thereby creating a more sustainable future, securing the health and well-being of millions and further accelerating its position as a global leader. In fact, China is now the second largest market for LEED outside of the...

In Center for Green Schools 05.25.2016

Apply for an EDspaces grant: Help schools enhance their learning environments

Across the country, there is a shift toward more efficient, healthier and greener schools, spurred in part by sustainable design and purchasing trends that shape today’s cutting-edge learning environments. One of the premier events for practitioners is EDspaces, the only international trade show and conference that gathers professionals who design, equip and manage learning environments, as well as the manufacturers and service providers who support their work. Attendees will be...

In International 05.24.2016

LEED Earth Project Pioneers: India’s first LEED v4 Platinum building

USGBC’s mission is to bring the environmental and human health benefits of green buildings to all, and it is committed to accelerating the adoption of LEED in new and existing markets.  LEED Earth offers certification at no cost to the first Platinum project in any country to certify using the newest version of LEED (v4). It also offers free certification to the first project to be LEED-certified in one of the more than 100 countries where LEED has yet to take root.  The LEED...

In Industry 05.27.2016

GRESB event: Health and Well-being in Commercial Buildings

Join GRESB for an exclusive event exploring the emerging opportunities for institutional investors, property companies and funds to create value and manage risk by promoting health and well-being in commercial buildings. Learn about game-changing academic research with practical insights about emerging technology and new tools. Hear perspectives from institutional investors, leading property companies, developers and tenants. The event will be hosted by Vornado Realty Trust. When: Thursday,...

In LEED 05.26.2016

It's a beautiful day in Charlotte’s Brightwalk neighborhood

Charlotte’s newest community just might make you want to put on your red cardigan and start singing, “won’t you be my neighbor?”  The Brightwalk community was recently certified LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND); it’s the first and largest project in North Carolina to receive this designation outside of the LEED-ND pilot program, which was launched in 2010. On Tuesday, the community unveiled its new sign at a green celebration, which highlighted the...

In Media 05.24.2016

U.S. Green Building Council Announces LEED Pilot Credit: Building Material Human Hazard...

New credit continues push for better understanding and decision making around building materials & products Washington, D.C.—(May 24, 2016)—Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a new LEED pilot credit—Building Material Human Hazard & Exposure Assessment, which encourages project teams and manufacturers to assess human health related exposure scenarios for products during their installation and use phases. “LEED v4, the latest version of the...

In International 05.24.2016

Kick off Green Apple Day in Latin America

Join USGBC and SUMe on Monday, June 6 for a one-hour webcast to kick off Green Apple Day of Service 2016 in Latin America. When: Monday, June 6, 11:00 a.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. Mexico Daylight Time On this call, you will Hear from members of the green building community in Mexico who have organized successful Green Apple Day of Service events over the past four years. Get ideas for sustainability service projects you can implement in your community. Learn about all the resources available...

In LEED 05.27.2016

LEED and Homes [video]

A home is more than just shelter: it’s the most important building in our lives. So wouldn’t you want a home designed and built with better health and durability in mind? Meet LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. A LEED home is a green home, and is built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure comfort. LEED homes use less energy and water, meaning lower utility bills each month. Some of the most...

In Community 05.25.2016

Army medical center seeks LEED Silver [USGBC+ May/June 2016]

This article was originally published as "Healing Hospitals" in the May/June issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. The global architectural firm HDR Inc. was in the middle of designing a new military hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in 2007 when news broke about substandard conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The news that some of the U.S. Army’s wounded veterans were being treated in a moldering, dilapidated setting launched an investigation and a directive from...

In Industry 05.24.2016

Last chance to secure early adopter pricing for SITES

Early adopter pricing for SITES expires next Tuesday, May 31—take advantage of this offer and register your project today! Any project that registers between now and May 31 will save $1,500 on paid registration and registration/certification bundle fees. For USGBC and ASLA members, that means that registration will only be $1,000!  If you have a project that you know will be pursuing SITES in the future, it’s to your advantage to register now....

In LEED 05.24.2016

Honor your achievements in green home building: The 2015 LEED Homes Awards

The deadline to enter the 2015 LEED Homes Awards is fast approaching. Don’t miss an opportunity to showcase your achievements in residential green building by submitting your nomination by this Friday, May 27, 2016.  The annual LEED Homes Awards recognize developers, homebuilders and projects that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the residential green building marketplace. Awards are given to best-in-class multi- and single-family residential and affordable housing...