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In Industry 05.31.2016

Last chance to sign up for our EDGE workshop in Bhubneshwar

Interested in learning more about EDGE? Attend our upcoming EDGE Technical Workshop on June 9 in Bhubneshwar, India. An innovation of International Finance Corporation, a private sector arm of the World Bank Group, EDGE is a green building certification system focused on making new residential and commercial buildings more resource-efficient. EDGE comprises a web-based software application, a universal standard and a certification system. The EDGE Technical Workshop...

In LEED 05.27.2016

LEED by the numbers: 16 years of steady growth

LEED has grown to become the world’s most widely used green building rating system, with nearly 80,000 projects participating in LEED across 162 countries, including more than 32,500 certified commercial projects. As the best model for sustainable construction, LEED’s growth and impact around the world is undisputed—but the growth has not always been linear. As the real estate market evolves and changes, so does LEED. USGBC’s Business Intelligence team has taken a look...

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 LEED 05.31.2016

Become a member of the LEED Resilience Working Group

USGBC is now accepting applications for a new LEED Resilience Working Group. Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. PST on June 30, 2016.  The Resilience Working Group, operating under the direction of the LEED Steering Committee, is charged with improving the practical implementation of the LEED resilience pilot credit suite. The working group will need representation from employees of USGBC member companies who have demonstrated expertise in natural disaster mitigation, earth...

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 LEED 05.31.2016

New forms online for LEED 2009 and LEED v4 projects

You may have noticed that forms for LEED v2009 and LEED v4 got a makeover in Q1 this year. When working on the newest version of LEED Online, user feedback was sought on how to improve the system, and one of the top priorities expressed by users was the ability to work on forms offline. As part of this effort, the forms have been streamlined and simplified; for example, the required submittal upload buttons within the forms have been moved to a separate section to improve the speed of form load...

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...