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In International 04.1.2015

GRESB launches 2015 global survey of real estate sustainability performance

As the movement toward sustainability in the built environment gathers further momentum, USGBC is increasingly proactive about making key strategic relationships to help raise the profile of the international green building industry. Toward this end, USGBC is very excited about the launch of the 2015 GRESB Survey which officially opens today. USGBC is a longstanding partner of GRESB and supports their mission of evaluating and improving sustainability practices in the global real estate sector...

In Community 04.1.2015

USGBC National Capital Region Chapter to join USGBC National

Today, I am thrilled to announce that we are working with USGBC to pilot a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement. This will provide an exciting opportunity for us to enhance our operations and focus on the mission-work that really matters. As part of this new model, we are also pioneering a network that will encourage closer alignment, as well as greater consistency and clarity in the marketplace. In the next few months, we will work with USGBC National to develop more fully...

In LEED 03.30.2015

LEED project Mid-Review Clarification requests: What are they?

If you’ve submitted LEED projects for review, you may have occasionally been issued a Mid-Review Clarification (MRC) request from your LEED reviewer. Have you ever wondered: What is this, or why did I get it?  What is an MRC? Mid-Review Clarification requests are sent at the discretion of the LEED reviewer (i.e. GBCI does not mandate if an MRC should be sent) when there is a technical issue that prevents the reviewer from being able to fully evaluate submitted documentation. They...

In LEED 03.27.2015

LEED ID+C credits and points

This article is part of a series that provides an overview of the fundamental elements to LEED. In our previous article, we listed the prerequisites, credits, and points in the LEED O+M rating system. Today we’re going to go over LEED v4 for Interior (LEED ID+C). This rating system addresses the following project types: Retail Hospitality Commercial Interiors On average the EPA estimates, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, and that air can be up to 100 times more...

In LEED 04.1.2015

LEED addenda update: April 2015

The April 1, 2015, quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda is now available. This release includes addenda for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009. To view the changes: Visit the addenda database and search for 4/1/2015 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables Interpretations Four new LEED 2009 (10410, 10412-10414) and one new LEED v4 (10411) Interpretations were published. Highlights include: 10410:...

In LEED 03.31.2015

Ecuador proves that LEED is possible as the most recent LEED Earth winner

ENNE Arquitectos is proud to announce that it's new ENNE Arquitectos office is the first LEED-certified project in Ecuador and the most recent winner of USGBC’s LEED Earth campaign. ENNE Arquitectos embraced the challenge of repairing an abandoned, antique building located in the Granda Centeno quarter in Quito, Ecuador. The rehabilitation started with the conservation of the first floor of an antique chocolate factory to install the new ENNE Arquitectos office. The...

In Community 03.30.2015

St. Louis congregations green their houses of worship

Over 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. come from the building sector. Anywhere there is a building, there is an opportunity to measure its energy use and make changes to conserve energy, save money, improve building occupant experience, and protect the environment. This is huge opportunity to make a difference—in our homes, our workplaces, our schools and our houses of worship. For many congregations, saving energy can mean more than a lower energy bill. From Catholic to...

In Industry 03.27.2015

Regional trade shows bring a world of knowledge into one’s own backyard

It’s almost time for DesignColumbus, Central Ohio’s annual educational event and expo. The DesignColumbus story is similar to that of many trade shows across the U.S. Hosted by the USGBC-Central Ohio Chapter (USGBC-COH) and the Construction Specifications Institute Columbus Chapter, DesignColumbus continues to grow. Here the DesignColumbus planning committee talks to Doug Widener, Director, Community Advancement at the USGBC, about the regional trade show trend. Regional trade shows...

In Industry 04.1.2015

Going beyond green with green buildings

Initially, green buildings were intended to reduce damage to the environment and human health caused by creating and maintaining buildings and neighborhoods. As the concept of sustainability was applied to the built environment, it has become clear that doing less damage is not enough.  Leaders in the field now speak about buildings and communities that are regenerative, meaning that these sustainable environments evolve with living systems and contribute to the long-term renewal of...

In Center for Green Schools 03.31.2015

The Measure of a Green School: Occupant Health

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 LEED 03.27.2015

Upcoming sunset dates for LEED v2.0/2.2 projects

The continuing evolution of LEED plays a key role in how we ensure that LEED remains up to date and a symbol of excellence. As new versions of LEED are released, previous versions are retired or “sunset”—keeping the newest projects paired with the latest and best version of the rating system. On June 27, 2015, the following rating systems will be closed for certification, or sunset. LEED for New Construction v2.2 LEED for Core and Shell v2.0 LEED for Commercial Interiors v2.0...

In Industry 03.27.2015

Health and wellness in green buildings and communities in China

This week the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) formally introduced the WELL Building Standard in China. It comes at a time when the Chinese people are faced with an increased environmental awareness and they are looking for solutions to improve their quality of life. WELL, which complements green building rating programs such as LEED, Three Star and BREEAM, is a system that focuses on human health and wellbeing in...

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