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In LEED 03.5.2015

LEED Dynamic Plaque is coming to Canada

The following is excerpted from Property Biz Canada. Read the full article.  USGBC has launched the LEED Dynamic Plaque to enhance interest, drive a more performance-based approach to LEED and become an efficient option to maintaining LEED certification. “We need to help people understand that a green building is a living thing that goes on and on,” USGBC chief product officer Scot Horst told attendees at a Feb. 25 breakfast meeting held by the Greater...

In Industry 03.4.2015

Green building and climate change

Although many environmental impacts are associated with buildings and addressed by rating systems such as LEED, climate change deserves special consideration because buildings and land-use are responsible for a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions. To be effective, the policies that are emerging at the local, state, and federal levels to regulate greenhouse gas emissions must reflect a clear understanding of the connection between climate change and the built environment. Unfortunately...

In Community 03.3.2015

Green ties, green codes, and a 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project

The snow that delayed openings of area schools that morning was still on the ground outside, but the tenth floor of 1015 Half Street, SE, in the Capitol Riverfront District of Washington, DC, was packed last Thursday night. Hosted by the USGBC National Capital Region Chapter (USGBC-NCR), the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC), and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the 14th annual Green Tie Affair brought together over 500 local green building...

In LEED 03.2.2015

Ganamos con verde: We won with green in Latin america

All across Latin America, LEED projects are on the rise. The region is now home to more than 600 LEED certified projects with more than 1,900 in the pipeline. It seems that no matter where you go it's a universal message that going green helps save some green. Throughout the region, these LEED certified buildings have established a proven record of successfully marrying strong environmental performance with smart economic investment. The economic and environmental benefits of these projects...

In LEED 03.4.2015

LEED certification update: February 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in January 2015, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news.  Be sure to check out USGBC's LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED trends around the world. Certification Level Projects Certified Square Footage...

In LEED 03.4.2015

We have this thing with floors [video]

Better buildings are our legacy. Which is why at USGBC we care about what our floors are made of. Not only does it matter for our building's LEED certification level, but it matters for our daily lives in the office. Air quality, lighting and comfort effect each of us everyday. That's why we are thankful for the floors in our office space! Top 5 floors at USGBC Headquarters Carpet in our marketing department: This carpet is made with pre and post-consumer recycled content. It is...

In Advocacy and policy 03.3.2015

How they did It: A DC green code case study

"You're inventing a world we can't even recognize yet!" exclaimed Director Tommy Wells, Washington, DC’s acting director of its Department of the Environment to an audience of more than 400 local green building professionals last Thursday evening. The Green Tie Affair was a green building celebration, decorated with green ties of every description, and the kickoff to what promises to be a banner year for green building in the District of Columbia. Alluding to the current media attention...

In LEED 03.2.2015

LEED ND: It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood

What is LEED ND? Is your local grocery store within walking distance… and is there a sidewalk for you to trek there safely? Does your neighborhood boast high-performing green buildings, parks and green space? Do bikes, pedestrians and vehicles play nicely together on the road? LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) was engineered to inspire and help create better, more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods. It looks beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities....

In LEED 03.4.2015

Virginia: State of the Commonwealth and green building leader

I want to take a moment to honor my home state, the great Commonwealth of Virginia, for being a leader in green building.  All across the state – from the Governor to our mayors and from CEOs to our community advocates – courageous leaders are making the state a better place by advancing green building.  Earlier this month, USGBC recognized Virginia as the fourth best state for green building in 2014.  Each year, USGBC releases its list of the Top 10 States for LEED,...

In Community 03.3.2015

Why glass is better than plastic

When Sunday rolls around the thing I dread the most is thinking about what I will pack for lunches for the upcoming week. It’s a lot of work and a lot of preparation. And the last thing I want to do at 7:00 am as I rush out the door is pull deli meat out of my fridge and slap it between two slices of bread. Yuck. Well, there's a solution. And not only does it make my life easier, it's also healthier and better for our earth! Glass > Plastic. Mason jar salads for the...

In Community 03.3.2015

Introducing USGBC Studio

USGBC and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. Yes, we believe in better buildings; places that complement our environment and enhance our communities. Places that give people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work and play. We also believe in smart and effective visual communication that hits the triple-bottom line. At USGBC Studio, creating collateral and user experiences that make a positive impact on our audience, as well...

In LEED 02.27.2015

Land of Lincoln leads with LEED

I could not be prouder of the Land of Lincoln.  For the second year in a row, my home state of Illinois has topped the list of states with the most LEED-certified gross square footage per capita certified during the year.  In 2014, GBCI certified 174 projects with a combined total of over 42 million gross square feet—and not all of those projects are located in the upper east corner of the state.  Many of these LEED projects are located downstate in Central Illinois. There...

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