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In Industry 05.31.2016

Last chance to sign up for our EDGE workshop in Bhubneshwar

Interested in learning more about EDGE? Attend our upcoming EDGE Technical Workshop on June 9 in Bhubneshwar, India. An innovation of International Finance Corporation, a private sector arm of the World Bank Group, EDGE is a green building certification system focused on making new residential and commercial buildings more resource-efficient. EDGE comprises a web-based software application, a universal standard and a certification system. The EDGE Technical Workshop...

In LEED 05.27.2016

LEED by the numbers: 16 years of steady growth

LEED has grown to become the world’s most widely used green building rating system, with nearly 80,000 projects participating in LEED across 162 countries, including more than 32,500 certified commercial projects. As the best model for sustainable construction, LEED’s growth and impact around the world is undisputed—but the growth has not always been linear. As the real estate market evolves and changes, so does LEED. USGBC’s Business Intelligence team has taken a look...

In Community 05.27.2016

2016 Advocacy Day a success (USGBC North Carolina)

Each spring, USGBC North Carolina mobilizes its membership base to demonstrate the value and importance of our state’s diverse green building industry. Each year’s Advocacy Day draws volunteers from across the state to converge in Raleigh, the state capital, for meetings with elected officials. On May 4, over a dozen dedicated volunteers joined us for our 2016 Advocacy Day in Raleigh. We had thoughtful, positive exchanges with a number of elected officials and stressed the need for...

In LEED 05.27.2016

LEED and Homes [video]

A home is more than just shelter: it’s the most important building in our lives. So wouldn’t you want a home designed and built with better health and durability in mind? Meet LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. A LEED home is a green home, and is built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure comfort. LEED homes use less energy and water, meaning lower utility bills each month. Some of the most...

In LEED 05.31.2016

Become a member of the LEED Resilience Working Group

USGBC is now accepting applications for a new LEED Resilience Working Group. Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. PST on June 30, 2016.  The Resilience Working Group, operating under the direction of the LEED Steering Committee, is charged with improving the practical implementation of the LEED resilience pilot credit suite. The working group will need representation from employees of USGBC member companies who have demonstrated expertise in natural disaster mitigation, earth...

In Community 05.27.2016

Celebrating Schoolyard Gardens Planting Week (USGBC Minnesota)

This week, May 23–27, USGBC Minnesota celebrated Minnesota Schoolyard Gardens Planting Week, as proclaimed by Governor Mark Dayton. Staff, partners and volunteers braved record heat and stormy weather to help schools get gardens in the ground to support hands-on, environmental education. The proclamation was celebrated in Murray Middle School’s freshly planted, student-designed pollinator garden, with special guests including Senator John Marty (66), Representative Alice...

In Industry 05.27.2016

GRESB event: Health and Well-being in Commercial Buildings

Join GRESB for an exclusive event exploring the emerging opportunities for institutional investors, property companies and funds to create value and manage risk by promoting health and well-being in commercial buildings. Learn about game-changing academic research with practical insights about emerging technology and new tools. Hear perspectives from institutional investors, leading property companies, developers and tenants. The event will be hosted by Vornado Realty Trust. When: Thursday,...

In Community 05.26.2016

Webinar on May 26 for building professionals (USGBC Wisconsin)

Seventhwave, USGBC member, education partner and USGBC Wisconsin local community sponsor, is presenting an online training session on zero net energy on May 26, 2016 from 12:00–1:30 p.m. Central.  Buildings that produce more energy than they consume, commonly defined as zero-net-energy (ZNE) buildings, have moved from concept to reality in recent years. Can you achieve ZNE commercial buildings at little to no cost premium? Join Seventhwave for a free, on-demand webinar...

In LEED 05.31.2016

New forms online for LEED 2009 and LEED v4 projects

You may have noticed that forms for LEED v2009 and LEED v4 got a makeover in Q1 this year. When working on the newest version of LEED Online, user feedback was sought on how to improve the system, and one of the top priorities expressed by users was the ability to work on forms offline. As part of this effort, the forms have been streamlined and simplified; for example, the required submittal upload buttons within the forms have been moved to a separate section to improve the speed of form load...

In Advocacy and policy 05.27.2016

Department of Energy and CoStar partner to expand visibility of benchmark data

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and CoStar Group announced a new partnership to bring building energy data to the most widely used commercial real estate databases in the United States. The announcement underscores the value of data to drive market transformation. This important milestone complements and supports ongoing efforts, such as the Green Building Information Gateway and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), to empower stakeholders to understand the...

In Community 05.27.2016

Learning lunches resume with transportation event (USGBC Nebraska Flatwater)

USGBC Nebraska Flatwater has recently resumed its series of learning lunches. These events are a great way for the community to engage with and discuss important issues. On May 17, our lunch—co-hosted with Mode Shift Omaha—created lively discourse about the future of our state's transportation infrastructure. The interaction of the built environment and transportation is an important concept in green design. We sincerely thank Mode Shift Omaha for their valuable time and...

In Community 05.26.2016

Walkability along the Wasatch Front (USGBC Utah)

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), a local metropolitan planning organization, has created a great new tool to measure walkability along the Wasatch Front in Utah. Here's what the walkability site says about the project: The study of Urban Street Design is an emerging field of research that uses quantifiable measurements to account for intangible design qualities. Until recently, measures to characterize street design have been abstract and inconsistent. A group of experts in...

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