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In LEED 02.17.2015

LEED ID+C: It's what's inside that counts

What is LEED ID+C? As humans, we spend 90% of our time indoors. That time should be spent in spaces that allow us to breathe easy, give us views of nature and daylight, and make us healthier and more productive. LEED for Interior Design and Construction (LEED ID+C) enables project teams who may not have control over whole building operations to develop indoor spaces that are better for the planet and for people. Who it's for? While you may apply the LEED ID+C rating system to any number of...

In Education 02.13.2015

Course preview: Sustainability Practices During Construction in Qatar, A Brief Overview [...

Education @USGBC is your go-to place for sustainability and green building education. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, Sustainability Practices During Construction in Qatar, A Brief Overview, created by USGBC Education Partner, the Qatar Green Building Council. In this course you will gain essential knowledge for the main challenges facing a successful integration of sustainability practices during...

In LEED 02.12.2015

LEED offers beacons of hope at shelters across the U.S.

From green roofs, to natural light and landscaped courtyards, green building practices are offering our nation's homeless beacons of hope even in the bleakest of situations. Shelters are turning towards energy-efficiency and sustainability measures as a new solution to improving lives and the communities that surround them.  As of January 2014, over 578,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States—and nearly two-thirds of that number lived in emergency shelters or...

In LEED 02.11.2015

Majority of 2015 ZNE verified buildings are LEED projects

This article was originally published on the Green Building Information Gateway on Feb. 9, 2015. Read the original article. Of the 39 buildings that NBI has verified to have achieved zero net energy performance, more than half are LEED Gold or Platinum buildings. More needed (LEED On). Last week, the New Buildings Institute (NBI) released their second annual list of buildings in the U.S. and Canada with verified zero net energy use (ZNE). Great news: the list is growing! ...

In LEED 02.16.2015

U.S. presidents lead the way with a commitment to sustainability

In honor of Presidents' Day, we'd like to celebrate two presidents who have championed the environment through building LEED-certified presidential centers and libraries. Through their commitment to conservation and sustainability, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush have created healthy presidential spaces that engage communities from around the world. That's the kind of leadership we'll take our hats off to. Check out the centers below. William J. Clinton Presidential Center...

In LEED 02.12.2015

Top 10 states project profile: Advanced Protein Characterization Lab

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in the many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental/social justice. This...

In LEED 02.11.2015

Become a member of the LEED Social Equity Working Group

USGBC is now accepting applications for the LEED Social Equity Working Group of the LEED Steering Committee; applications will be accepted through March 10, 2015. Applicants must be an employee of an organization that is a member of USGBC in order to be elligible. The working group will need representation from USGBC member companies experienced in addressing social equity as it relates to the following: construction workers, designers, engineers and other LEED project team members; a...

In Community 02.11.2015

Kristy Schomaker gives back to help others get ahead

This month, Kristy Schomaker was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers—a volunteer leader whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement. Kristy currently serves in her second term as the Secretary of the USGBC Greater Virginia Chapter Board of Directors and as Board Liaison for the Green Schools Committee. Kristy runs the Young Engineers Association in her local ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-...

In Community 02.13.2015

Let's get to the heart of it: We #loveLEED [video]

At USGBC we love our planet and our people, our wallets and our buildings, but most of all we love LEED—because LEED is the triple bottom line in action, benefiting planet, people and profit. Do you #loveLEED as much as we do? Celebrating tonight in a #LEED restaurant or hotel? Share your story! We love you! <3 #USGBC A video posted by USGBC (@usgbc) on Feb 13, 2015 at 7:01am PST Do you live, work or play in a LEED building? This Valentine's Day, show us your favorite LEED...

In LEED 02.12.2015

Get to know LEED v4 with the LEED v4 User Guide

In talking to the green building community about LEED v4, the questions we get generally fall into three categories.  Why did we make the changes? What do we hope to accomplish? How does the new language differ from LEED 2009? Enter the LEED v4 User Guide. This guide presents LEED v4 information addressing the following: the motivation behind the changes an explanation of what has changed in each rating system details on how to get started comparison charts showing the evolution from...

In Community 02.11.2015

LEED hits home: Rick Fedrizzi at St. Joseph’s Hospital

Buildings are witness to so many of the most important moments in our lives. They create the space and form the backdrop for our weddings and funerals, business launches and late-night-billion-dollar-back-of-the-envelope work sessions, our first day of kindergarten and the graduation ceremony. Buildings are our lives. On Tuesday I had the opportunity to return to a place that anchored two important moments in my life—the place where I was born and the place where my father died. It...

In LEED 02.10.2015

LEED v4 material ingredients credit: The more you know

During President Obama’s State of the Union Address, he said that the number one priority for America this year is to certify buildings to LEED v4. Ok, he didn’t say that, but we’re excited for the latest and greatest version of our rating system to shift into full gear! We hope that you’re kicking the tires and loving the new bells and whistles, including those evolved materials and resources credits. We’ve heard that folks would like to know more about the brand...

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