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In LEED 08.13.2015

WSP explores LEED v4 Materials and Resources credits and points

Being an Energy and Atmosphere (EA) specialist I always found the LEED Materials and Resources (MR) credits a bit straightforward. When holding a LEED charrette it was the same speech: MR credit 1: Building Reuse: This is a new building so forget it. MR credit 2: Construction Waste Management: We will get both points because the landfills are shut down. MR credit 3: Materials Reuse: Threshold is too high, so we won’t try. Mr credit 4: Recycled Content and MR credit 5: Regional Materials...

In LEED 08.13.2015

Top 10 countries for LEED national profile: India

USGBC’s announcement of 2015’s Top 10 Countries for LEED comes during a historic time for the international green movement. In the time since USGBC announced the Top 10 Countries for LEED in 2014, the People’s Climate March in New York City drew hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to demand climate action, the U.S. and China came to a monumental agreement to work together to mitigate catastrophic levels of global warming and Pope Francis has issued a historic...

In LEED 08.12.2015

Case study: Energy modeling in Miami with the IES team

Real estate investment portfolio company, Forum Group, wanted to build a world-class tower, consisting of 600,000 square feet of leasable office space that focused on the principles of sustainability and innovation. The main challenge facing the team was question of where to locate the building. The IES Consulting team was brought in to support the Brickell Financial Centre (600 Brickell, LEED BD+C: Core and Shell (2013), Platinum), and to address questions related to energy analysis...

In LEED 08.11.2015

Beijing incentivizes the use of LEED

Government incentives for green building are known to encourage sustainable development. Local, state and countrywide policies can influence decisions made by private companies, developers, investors and consumers. On May 25, the Chaoyang District in Beijing added LEED to their existing incentive structure for green building construction. This change marks a monumental step for LEED in the region. Chaoyang District is the first government administration in China to include LEED in its incentive...

In Industry 08.13.2015

Real Estate Lending and ESG: Observations from the 2015 GRESB Debt Survey

Over the past three months, I’ve been speaking with real estate debt fund managers about the new GRESB Debt Survey, an assessment designed to evaluate and benchmark, but also, to guide, the sustainability engagement and performance of real estate lenders. Recognized as “at least a decade behind the equity side of real estate,” sustainability integration in real estate debt (aka lending, finance or credit), still seems to be an emerging concept. Furthermore, given the multitude...

In LEED 08.12.2015

Global market watch: Sao Paulo, Brazil—Project teams in Brazil zero in on reducing water...

“We’re running out of water.” The sign is affixed to the glass door of the shower and on the mirror above the sink in my hotel room. The city of Sao Paulo and southeastern Brazil are experiencing the worst drought in decades, and the time for polite messages about water conservation is over.  The news is full of stories about drilling illegal wells in Sao Paulo, protests in the streets, and concerns about Brazil’s ability to host the thousands of visitors who will...

In Community 08.12.2015

Three days to self-nominate to join the 2016 Advisory Council

The self-nomination period for the 2016 USGBC Advisory Council will end in just three days. Applications close this Friday, August 14, 2015, at 5 pm PDT, so remember to apply before the deadline. The six open seats on the 2016 Advisory Council are: Real Estate Services/Developer: PDF/Online form Facility Management and Operations: PDF/Online form Real Estate Finance and Capital Markets: PDF/Online form Technology: PDF/Online form Business to Consumer Leader: PDF/...

In LEED 08.11.2015

Register to vote today for LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily

The member ballot for LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily is right around the corner. In order to participate, you’ll need to register to vote. Being a consensus based system means incorporating stakeholder voices throughout the development process. During the spring we presented the LEED O+M: Multifamily rating system draft and opened the public comment period to everyone. Since then, we’ve responded to the feedback we received and are now ready to move to the next phase on the...

In Education 08.13.2015

Top 3 courses you need to take this month (August 2015)

You want the best courses and we've got them. Check out this month's best three courses to grow your LEED, green building and sustainability knowledge. Check out August's top three courses created by USGBC Education Partners. Demystifying the Energy Codes, created by Education Partner The Green Engineer, Inc. Discover the differences between prescriptive and performance energy requirements Introduction to the Canadian Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs), created by Education...

In Center for Green Schools 08.12.2015

Introducing CoCo & Dean: Green Apple Day of Service inspiration

With the Center for Green School’s Green Apple Day of Service right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how your community or classroom can get involved in a local service project to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments.   USGBC-North Carolina’s very own Emily Scofield offers her first book, CoCo & Dean: Explorers of the World, as inspiration. Scofield’s book provides children with the education and...

In Industry 08.11.2015

2015 Greenbuild Summits are sure to inspire

Greenbuild Summits bring together sectors of the green building industry for a day of focused networking, education and inspiration. In 2015, Greenbuild is being held in November in Washington, DC, and the conference will feature three unique summits that are sure to inspire. Communities & Affordable Homes Summit: Join community and sustainability leaders for dialogue on the development of vibrant, sustainable communities through the lenses of resilience, social equity, health and economic...

In Media 08.11.2015

New LEED Report Shows a Green Building Boom for Brazilian Economy

Brazil increases its global share of the green building market with LEED São Paulo, Brazil—(Aug. 11, 2015)— Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released LEED in Motion: Brazil, a report showing significant gains in the green building market in Brazil and year-over-year growth in LEED certifications in the country. The report comes at a time when the Brazilian green building industry is hosting South America’s premier green building conference, GreenBuilding...

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