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In Advocacy and policy 05.28.2015

Closing out Building Safety Month

We are passionate about a lot of things here at USGBC, and saving energy is certainly one of them. Building Safety Month 2015 comes to an end with a final focus on energy in week four, $ave Energy, Build to Code.  Energy efficiency is the first step in building green and is the backbone of LEED—and the pioneering system rewards energy savings through a myriad of credits, across several credit categories. LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills...

In Advocacy and policy 05.14.2015

US moves forward with raising the bar for energy efficiency in affordable housing

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) took an important step this week—one that will make a difference in the lives of thousands of families. HUD and USDA issued a final determination essentially adopting the next set of building energy codes for a suite of programs and recognizing LEED certification as an alternative compliance path, which will help streamline documentation for project teams. USGBC filed comments on the...

In Advocacy and policy 05.8.2015

President Obama proclaims May to be Building Safety Month

For a fourth consecutive year, President Obama proclaimed May to be National Building Safety Month. Many governors and local leaders across the nation have followed President Obama’s example by declaring May to be Building Safety Month in their respective states, counties, cities and towns. In his proclamation, the President stated that his Administration is “collaborating with engineers, scientists, construction workers, and other professionals to develop cutting-edge tools focused...

In Advocacy and policy 04.3.2015

USGBC commends U.S. Senate for supporting legislation to advance energy efficiency

As one its final acts last week, the U.S. Senate took a positive step in advancing building efficiency legislation with the passage of S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act. This bipartisan bill cleared the Senate on a voice vote. For frequent readers, this bill is nearly identical to legislation long supported by USGBC that would encouraging tenants and landlords to work together to reduce their energy use and effort to improve energy benchmarking of federally owned buildings and...

In Advocacy and policy 05.21.2015

Water Safe, Water Smart—Build to Code (Building Safety Month: Week 3)

Water safety takes center stage in week three of Building Safety Month, Water Safe, Water Smart – Build to Code. The International Code Council’s (ICC) website features tips on staying safe from water related hazards. When using and managing water in a building, plumbing codes provide the foundation for safe conditions.  USGBC has collaborated with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Professionals (ASHRAE), the International Code Council,...

In Advocacy and policy 05.13.2015

Resilient Cities Summit challenges government and industry to plan collaboratively for...

This article was co-authored by Cooper Martin, Program Director of the Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities (NLC). “Resilience is bigger than disaster management,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, president of the National League of Cities and co-chair of the Resilient Cities Summit hosted last week at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, CO. “It's about preserving and improving quality of life for our citizens every single day.” The Mayor...

In Advocacy and policy 04.22.2015

USGBC supported legislation heads to President Obama

This week the House of Representatives advanced a modest but important bill that improves building efficiency in commercial buildings. S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act passed the House by a voice vote and will now head to President Obama for his signature. The bill aims to catalyze important opportunities available for efficiency gains in tenant spaces in commercial and retail properties, while providing more information on the operation of some federal leased space....

In Advocacy and policy 03.20.2015

Last chance! Tell GSA that #LEEDworks!

Under the Energy and Independence and Security Act of 2007, the General Services Administration (GSA) is charged with reviewing green building rating systems and making a formal recommendation for their use by federal agencies. Regarding LEED, in 2012, GSA reviewed LEED v2009 and found it has significant alignment with federal sustainability and green building requirements. Based on this review, in 2013 GSA recommended LEED v2009 for use by agencies.  Following the...

In Advocacy and policy 05.15.2015

Bounce back faster from disaster (Building Safety Month: Week 2)

In the second week of Building Safety Month, we're focusing on how to bounce back faster from disaster. Over the past decade, scores of devastating weather events across the globe have taken countless lives and destroyed many of the buildings people once called home.  As natural disasters become more and more common, it is imperative that building codes be updated in step with the ever-changing environment in order to adequately protect building occupants. Code revisions must arise...

In Advocacy and policy 05.12.2015

USGBC co-leads new UN global program for sustainable buildings

As co-lead of the United Nations’ 10YFP Program for Sustainable Buildings and Construction, representing the World Green Building Council, USGBC joins the Finland Ministry of the Environment and fellow co-leads UN Environment Programme and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology to engage with a robust group of global stakeholders, including USGBC Platinum-level member Skanska and our partner in India, TERI. The 10YFP is a global framework that enhances international cooperation to...

In Advocacy and policy 04.9.2015

New expert report finds barriers and opportunity for green building and codes in...

This article is co-authored by Wes Sullens. In the land of tech giants, giant sequoias, great earthquakes, and movie star legends, there’s no doubt that the state’s belief in California exceptionalism is real. While you won’t hear most people boasting about it, the building code, too, is outstanding. In 1978 it became the first to house an energy conservation code. Since August, 2009, the code has also included green building requirements for virtually all buildings. CALGreen...

In Advocacy and policy 03.19.2015

Efficiency and green building thriving in the capital of Deseret

*This article was co-authored by Grant Olear. From 1849-1851, the United States of America included the provisional state of Deseret which spanned large parts of present-day Oregon, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Colorado and Wyoming. It was a gigantic, awesome, and unforgiving landscape that surely left people thinking about how best to thrive in a world of limited resources. These 19th century ideas of sustainability must surely have been alive and well in the...

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