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In LEED 08.1.2014

Understanding the 40/60 rule when choosing between LEED rating systems

Wondering what to do when choosing a rating system isn't as simple as black and white? LEED v4 addresses 21 different types of buildings and spaces, but how do you know which one to choose when you've got a mixed use space? Enter the 40/60 rule. This model provides guidance for making a decision when several rating systems appear to be appropriate for a project.  Step 1: Assign a rating system to each square foot or square meter of the building Step 2: Choose the most appropriate...

In Community 08.1.2014

How you can match your career with your convictions

What makes Emerging Professionals (EPs) the future of USGBC? This is a quick story about how I’m matching my career and my convictions, and how you can, too! My EP journey started several years ago when I volunteered at a USGBC-Georgia Chapter event and met a fellow EP who invited me to an upcoming event. I went from attending a few EP events, to playing a volunteer role on the EP committee, to becoming chair of the EP group in Atlanta. Over time, I met amazing volunteers in Atlanta...

In LEED 07.30.2014

Why do we care if your home is green?

The great Rick Fedrizzi recently noted that “our homes play the biggest role in our lives. They bookend our days… Imagine if all people started their days from a sustainable home, with a native awareness of efficiency and efficacy; of better health and resilience. Imagine if we used our homes as the base camp for healthy living, in every aspect of our lives… They could be the touchstone for being mindful of sustainability for our present and future.” In typical...

In LEED 07.28.2014

How to be a power saver

This article is part 1 of a 4 part series on "Greening your college life." As a college student, I know first-hand that it can seem difficult to lead a sustainable life in college. Dorm buildings are often less energy efficient, recycling options might be limited, and students don't have extra money to splurge on eco-friendly products. However, even if you live in an older building — and even if you're not in college — it's still possible to make a difference and have a...

In Industry 08.1.2014

Third Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge: Registration opens Sept. 2

EPA has just launched its third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design challenge for college and university students. Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design boards, a project narrative, and a letter of support describing a proposed green infrastructure project for a location on their campus. Teams will compete in one of two design categories: Demonstration Project category, which calls for proof-of-concept level designs for a particular...

In Media 07.31.2014

GBCI and Bureau Veritas Announce Strategic Business Partnership

Move Will Facilitate LEED Certification Process and Support Green Building in Global Hubs Washington, D.C. — (July 31, 2014) — Today, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the third-party certification body for the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system, and Bureau Veritas SA, a leading global testing, inspection and certification body, announced a strategic business partnership. As part of the agreement, Bureau Veritas will...

In Center for Green Schools 07.29.2014

Meet the Green Apple Day of Service team

The Center for Green Schools is thrilled to introduce six new organizers for Green Apple Day of Service 2014. The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. We invite you to reach out to the your region's organizer or visit mygreenapple.org to make...

In LEED 07.24.2014

China: Three companies, three tales of leadership

With each visit I make to China I continue to stand in awe of the presence of LEED and the leaders behind it. After my second trip to China this year, I can assure you that LEED is alive and well. This is because true market leaders have continued to raise the bar when it comes to quality, sustainable buildings. To me, these are the foundational elements not only for great, high-performing buildings but also for great, high-performing companies such as BlueScope Buildings, Tishman Speyer...

In Advocacy and policy 08.1.2014

USGBC supports key resilience legislation with the new PREPARE Act

Today, I joined Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA) in a press conference call he hosted to introduce his new bipartisan legislation, the PREPARE Act (Preparedness and Risk management for Extreme weather Patterns Assuring Resilience). Joining several co-sponsors, Cartwright introduced the bill in the House on July 31, 2014. The PREPARE Act makes us smarter, stronger and safer in the face of these increasing extreme weather events. We’ve all seen the tragic costs these events are having on...

In Advocacy and policy 07.31.2014

Homeowner views on energy codes

A recent market research study revealed that Idahoans value energy efficiency. In fact, 65% of them favor energy codes that are consistent with national standards, but less than half trust the State of Idaho to adopt the right energy efficiency standards for Idahoans. The reasons for supporting energy codes are primarily financial. The monthly operating costs are the top driver of whether someone supports energy codes. Additional key motivators include the beliefs that energy code...

In Community 07.28.2014

The clock is ticking: Just 3 days to self-nominate for the 2015 Board of Directors

Nominate yourself today for the 2015 Board of Directors. Online applications are open until Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 5 pm PDT. Product Manufacturer (pdf)The Product Manufacturer seat is open to a senior-level executive whose sustainable building product systems and/or materials contribute to transforming the marketplace for green buildings and communities. A thought leader in regional, national, or international professional organizations, this seat is intended for a director who will...

In LEED 07.24.2014

The essential LEED Green Associate cheat sheet

You've decided to pursue the LEED Green Associate professional credential, but you aren't sure how to start preparing for the exam. Review this cheat sheet for a description of exam content areas, which include task domains and knowledge domains. Task Domains reflect the tasks necessary to perform LEED safely and effectively.  Knowledge Domains reflect the rating systems’ credit categories and what one needs to know.  Task Domains Communicate broad and basic green building...

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