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March 2012

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LEED 2012 in Third Public Comment until March 20

It doesn't stop at the LEED certification plaque: why ongoing building performance tracking matters

A Green Building Opportunity: Three Million Strong

LEED 2012 in Third Public Comment until March 20

USGBC is currently in the third LEED 2012 public comment period which is scheduled to remain open until March 20. Commercial real estate professionals, architects, designers, engineers and others from across the building industry are helping shape the next iteration of the LEED rating system by providing feedback. With LEED 2012, new market sectors have been added including: data centers, warehouses and distribution centers, hospitality, existing schools, existing retails and LEED for Homes: Mid-rise.
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It Doesn't stop at the LEED Certification Plaque: Why Ongoing Building Performance Tracking Matters

Receiving the LEED plaque should not be the end of the process for building owners. The plaque symbolizes the beginning of a building performance journey, one where data is at the center of attention. Having the ability to measure, track and benchmark a building's energy and water data can help pinpoint operational inefficiencies within major building systems and can help the management team set actual reduction targets.
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A Green Building Opportunity: Three Million Strong
Doug Gatlin

It's a great time to be an existing building.

First: President Obama released last year's Better Buildings Initiative, focusing financing opportunities on commercial retrofits.

Then: USGBC reported that LEED for Existing Buildings project square footage surpassed new construction projects.

Now: A new report has concluded that building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction.

It's a hat trick for existing buildings, the many millions of them across the world. There are 838,337 alone in New York City, some three million skyscrapers across the U.S., and 71 billion total square feet covering the country. Everyone from building industry pros to the President of the United States is recognizing the vast potential to curb emissions and ramp up energy efficiency by greening this enormous stock of structures, to the tune of one million jobs. The market share of retrofit projects that are green is expected to rise to one third in 2015: An $18 billion opportunity. USGBC has been stressing the insurmountable benefits of focusing our greening efforts on the existing building stock, and we are thrilled that momentum is growing.
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