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In LEED 07.8.2014

LEED Green Associate exam: The basics

The LEED Green Associate demonstrates a solid understanding of green building principles and practices. Here are the basics about the exam. Exam Development All LEED exams are developed and regularly updated by a global network of Subject Matter Experts and meet the specifications of a job analysis. The exams assess your abilities at three hierarchical cognitive levels: recall, application and analysis. Recall: These items assess a your ability to recall factual material that is...

In Media 07.7.2014

TERI and USGBC join forces to promote high performance buildings in India

New Delhi, June 7: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced a strategic collaboration to accelerate the development of high performance buildings in India and Southeast Asia. Developing a sustainable approach to the built environment is not only a global issue, but also a major concern for developing countries. TERI’s GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) and USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and...

In LEED 07.2.2014

Locally Yours: Improving LEED in East Asia

In the Haworth showroom in Parkview Green you immediately notice the colorful décor and cutting-edge workspace design that brings a unique experience at every turn. And after just a few minutes in the space, you also begin to realize that natural daylight is filling the showroom floor. But what you don’t see is that Haworth went the extra distance to make this showroom a leader in green interiors. The Haworth showroom reused 60% of its interior elements, certified 93% of its...

In LEED 07.1.2014

LEED addenda update: July 2014

The July 1st quarterly addenda to the LEED rating systems and reference guides are now available. This release includes addenda for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009. View the changes: Visit the addenda database and search by 7/1/2014 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables and redline rating system INTERPRETATIONS Eleven LEED Interpretations (10388-10397, 10244) were published. Some...

In LEED 07.7.2014

LEED Online now available for LEED India Projects

As part of USGBC’s ongoing, expanded support for LEED in India, LEED projects in India can now register in LEED Online. LEED Online has recently been improved to streamline your experience. Learn more. Quick facts for LEED in India India currently has 1,675 registered and certified LEED projects with 66 million gross square meters.  At this time, India is also home to 621 LEED professionals and 54 USGBC members.

In LEED 07.3.2014

New solutions for neighborhoods across the globe

Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED for Neighborhood Development version 2009 are now available. ACPs allow LEED to be more flexible and applicable to a wide range of building projects across the globe. LEED for Neighborhood Development, or LEED-ND, was designed to inspire and help create better, more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods and other district-scale development. It looks beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities to curb dispersed land use...

In LEED 07.1.2014

USGBC releases LEED v4 ACPs for Canada

As our friendly neighbors to the north celebrate Canada Day, today we are excited to release Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED v4 projects in Canada. Developed by Canada GBC, these ACPs underscore LEED’s regional and local applicability by recognizing leading Canadian local standards and practices in LEED. CaGBC and its committees played a key rule in creating solutions that allow greater flexibility in LEED. Prior to LEED v4’s release, most LEED projects in Canada used...

In LEED 06.30.2014

Eleven buildings, 25 million kWh of electricity saved: 2014 EBie Awards

The Urban Green Council's EBie Awards recognize improved environmental performance in existing buildings among building operators, facilities managers, owners, engineers, retro-commissioning agents and other professionals who conceived and implemented the work.  The eleven 2014 finalists saved 30 million gallons of water, 25 million kilowatt hours of electricity, and affected 14 million square feet of property in existing buildings—that was the hard part. Earlier...

In LEED 07.7.2014

In the Know with Maggie and Joe

We know. It’s been ages since we've connected with our fellow readers but Maggie, my office wife and copilot, has not stopped nagging me to get a post up. So here we are! Since it's been some time we’ll jump right in, but first some breaking news: USGBC and TERI Collaboration: Today, USGBC and TERI inked a deal to be strategic partners in India — the third largest market for LEED. The collaboration was confirmed during a multi-city visit to India with USGBC executives...

In Industry 07.2.2014

‘What If?’ Toward a More Equitable World: Out now in EDC's July issue

Editor's note: Browse the July issue of EDC, the official magazine for the LEED Professional, and preview the piece "‘What If?’ Toward a More Equitable World" by Susan Kaplan below. Sign up today to get your free digital edition of EDC. Since you’re reading this, you probably work hard every day to make the projects you’re involved with more environmentally sustainable. The industry has made great strides in this area, but can we say the...

In LEED 07.1.2014

Announcing a LEED Earth Winner: Venezuela

Located on a former industrial site in Caracas, VEPICA Sede — the new headquarters of VEPICA — began as a simple renovation project, and ended up becoming an amazing example of sustainable development for the country, as the first LEED-certified project in Venezuela and the most recent winner of USGBC’s LEED Earth campaign. VEPICA Sede, a four and a half story building totaling almost 82,000 square feet of space, serves as the main office for the engineering, procurement and...

In Greenbuild 06.27.2014

Apply today for a scholarship to attend Greenbuild 2014

Year after year, the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo provides an extraordinary opportunity to get involved with the green building movement.  Today, USGBC is excited to announce scholarship opportunities to attend Greenbuild 2014. Scholarships are available for students, emerging professionals, faith leaders, community developers and non-traditional professionals.  Scholarships are competitive, and preference is given to those with a...

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