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December 2011

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Published on December 22, 2011 Written by Lane Burt Posted in Industry
The iconic U.S. Treasury Building earns LEED Gold certification

This is a moment to step back and applaud what has been done. Because the project certified under Existing Buildings, the certification was based on actual energy, water and steam consumption (bills) and not a projection.

This $3.5 million dollars is real money that the Treasury is keeping in the treasury.

The announcement is even...

Published on December 20, 2011 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Industry

Many communities are opening up their zoning codes to identify and remove barriers, and adopting language that will encourage greener building and greener living outcomes. You wouldn't be surprised to hear that Portland, Oregon has been greening its zoning code for...

Published on December 16, 2011 Written by Anonymous Posted in Industry

The green building movement has made great strides in recent years, but it's not enough. In order to put up a good fight against ever-increasing environmental and economic pressures, we need a united front of the public and private sector, and to approach issues at the city — or district — scale.

District sustainability currently...

Published on December 16, 2011 Written by Roger Platt Posted in Industry

When our delegation of green building council representatives arrived in Durban for the COP 17 climate conference, we hoped we had what it took to help change the world. The diverse group seemed to possess that peculiar mixture of naiveté, enthusiasm and focused passion that can distinguish successful from merely aspiring troublemakers....

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