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Friday Roundup: LEED stays out front, first v4 certification

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The skyline of Portland, Ore., home to 202 LEED-certified projects.
The skyline of Portland, Ore., home to 202 LEED-certified projects. Credit: razvan.orendovici via Flickr

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips:

Clash of the green giants, Portland Tribune. This feature takes an in-depth look at why LEED is the world’s premier system for guiding the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

World’s First LEED v4 Certified Project: Haworth Showroom in Beijing, Environmental Leader. The first certified LEED v4 project is in the books — and its location in China is a fitting testament to LEED’s continued international growth.

New downtown skyscraper is set to rise: 47-story tower aims to be an iconic Houston landmark, Culture Map Houston. Real estate developer Hines is pursuing LEED for the project through the Hines CalPERS Green Development Fund, a partnership that focuses exclusively on developing sustainable office buildings certifiable under LEED for Core and Shell.

Hemisphere's greenest new building is in Lacey, Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Congratulations to Saint Martin’s University, which secured 97 points for its new science building, more than any other LEED for New Construction project in the Western Hemisphere.

NEI Earns LEED Gold Certification, Utility Products. The Nuclear Energy Institute took home LEED Gold for a total interior rebuild of its head office on F Street in Washington, D.C.

Efficiency takes LEED in streamlined update, North Bay Business Journal. The story notes that LEED v4 features a “drastic reduction” in paperwork for LEED project teams.

Habitat for Humanity builds first LEED Platinum home, WCNC Charlotte. Kudos to Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte for pursuing its first Platinum certification, building on its pledge for LEED certification for all newly constructed projects since January 2012.

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Media Specialist U.S. Green Building Council

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