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In LEED 03.25.2015

LEED review comments: A closer look

If you have ever submitted a LEED project for certification, you are familiar with the Review Report in LEED Online that captures all the comments, educational notes and clarification requests from your LEED reviewer.  LEED review comments are designed to present a standardized and consistent method of communicating sometimes-complex technical issues with project teams across thousands of LEED projects in over 135 countries around the globe. These comments are the primary way that...

In LEED 03.24.2015

Nominate your project for the 2014 LEED for Homes Awards

We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 LEED for Homes Awards.  Did you work on a truly exemplary green home in 2014? Are you a developer or homebuilder who has gone above and beyond with LEED? If so, we want to turn the spotlight on your great work. The LEED for Homes Awards recognize developers, home builders and projects that have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace. The award categories are:  Outstanding Commitment to LEED for Homes...

In Center for Green Schools 03.24.2015

The Measure of a Green School: Environmental Impact

Over the past four years, the Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Award (ED-Green Ribbon Schools) has united the national green schools movement with a universal set of criteria. These criteria have the potential to inform and guide all schools toward sustainability, not just the very best of the best that have sought and will continue to seek the award. We believe the green schools community in the U.S. currently has a landmark opportunity to define a clear and comprehensive...

In Center for Green Schools 03.23.2015

A garden designed and built by students at Wyoming Food for Thought

USGBC Wyoming Chapter volunteer Mayda Colón is leading a partnership in Casper, engaging elementary school students with the design-build process and bringing a much needed garden to the community. Partners include Wyoming Food for Thought Project, U.S. Green Building Council Wyoming Chapter, North Casper Elementary School, GSG Architecture The idea of teaching a garden design‐build class started last summer when Jamie Purcell and I were walking around the new ...

In Industry 03.25.2015

Green building costs and savings

At first glance, the additional work and alternative materials needed to build green may seem like a burdensome cost, but closer attention reveals this perception to be misleading. If sustainability is viewed as an expensive add-on to a building, we would mistake efforts to reduce energy costs or improve indoor environmental quality as comparable to specifying a better grade of countertop or a more impressive front door. Under this approach, any improvement beyond a minimally code-compliant...

In Industry 03.24.2015

Designing for daylight: Strategies implemented at USGBC Headquarters [video]

With the arrival of spring, the sun is shining brighter than ever. Here are some of the ways we’ve designed our space to maximize daylight and views, save energy and enhance the indoor environmental quality of our working space in the process: An electronic window shade system operates to maximize good daylight and minimize glare. Walls, ceilings and workstation panels are colored white to reflect as much light as possible. Our eco-corridor features a lighter perimeter...

In Media 03.24.2015

WELL Building Standard Introduced in China

A performance-based standard to improve the health and wellbeing of Chinese  Complements green building rating systems, LEED and Three Star (Beijing) March 24, 2015 – Today, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) formally introduced the WELL Building Standard in China. WELL is a system that focuses on human health and wellbeing in the built environment. WELL, which complements green building rating programs such as LEED...

In Industry 03.23.2015

Lowering risk and scaling energy efficiency to create a more resilient built environment

The relationship between energy efficiency and property resiliency has become increasingly clear over the past few years. As a result of this recognition, an underserved market and underutilized opportunity for investors and property owners has emerged. Many traditional and non-traditional financing mechanisms are becoming increasingly available to those that are willing to make an investment in property improvement projects—projects that can pay for themselves...

In Industry 03.24.2015

Tipping the scales toward health and wellness in China through WELL

A conversation that is rapidly emerging in our industry, and one that is especially important in a large and growing country like China, is: How can the places we build and operate contribute to the health and wellbeing of the people who work and live there? Given that we spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, the time has come to elevate human health to the forefront of building practices and reinvent buildings that are not only good for the environment—but also for people. And...

In Education 03.24.2015

Get to know USGBC Faculty Laura Capps

USGBC Faculty are experienced educators with a strong background in professional education, training, and facilitation. The Faculty designation recognizes professionals who are highly experienced and knowledgeable on the topics of LEED, green building and sustainability. USGBC Faculty are committed to maintaining their knowledge and skills, while staying up-to-date in innovation in the field. You can access courses taught by USGBC Faculty on Education @USGBC.  Meet our USGBC...

In Community 03.23.2015

Brandon Menjares: Greenbuild Scholarship Profile

For the past seven years USGBC has made Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend through a scholarship program. At last year’s Greenbuild, 156 individuals received some type of scholarship to Greenbuild. Scholarship recipients represent a diversity of people from around the world. Each has a story to tell. Each brings their own passion to their work. Each has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all. As we lead up to...

In Community 03.20.2015

A bright future in sustainability at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

On Monday night, March 16, at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), the school’s newly formed Sustainable Energy Club welcomed Rick Fedrizzi to speak to the future of green building. He spoke of USGBC, how far it has come since its conception and what the future will hold. We especially enjoyed hearing about the LEED Dynamic Plaque and LEED Lab program and hope to get involved soon. It was an exhilarating experience for all the students who attended....

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