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December 2011

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Published on December 22, 2011 Written by Anonymous Posted in LEED

One of America's most iconic buildings earned LEED for Existing Buildings yesterday. By improving their operations, the Department of Treasury's headquarters next to the White house has slashed energy, steam and water consumption to save taxpayers $3.5 million per year. The oldest LEED building ever certified also increased their office density...

Published on December 21, 2011 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in LEED

Congress recently passed the 2012 authorization bill for the Department of Defense (DoD) and included a provision that bans LEED certification at the Platinum and Gold level for DoD buildings. To be clear, this provision is irrational and misguided at best, and deliberately problematic for the leaders in the defense agencies at worst. But...

Published on December 14, 2011 Written by Gunnar Hubbard Posted in LEED

Last Friday, I went to work just like any other day at my firm, Fore Solutions, here in Portland, Maine. I fired up my computer, but instead of the normal updates on projects and industry newsletters, I was greeted with eye-popping subject lines. "Maine bans LEED!" was just one example. Thinking that can't be right, I opened a few to find that...

Published on December 12, 2011 Written by Doug Gatlin Posted in LEED

The U.S. landscape is covered by more than 60 billion square feet of existing buildings, many of them hogging inordinate amounts of resources and energy due to outdated infrastructure. The potential to green this building stock is vast, and more importantly, the potential is being realized: We...

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