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In Industry 08.3.2015

The four-word business case for green buildings

I’m proud to be president of the organization that’s leading the world’s green building movement, the U.S. Green Building Council. Part of my responsibility is to distill our business case for green buildings into an easily understandable phrase. Luckily, I’ve had the benefit of advice from seasoned industry experts including our CEO and founding chair Rick Fedrizzi. As it turns out, the real estate market has contributed the most compelling facts I could have ever hoped...

In Industry 07.31.2015

Three tips for increasing tenant engagement around energy

Building occupants directly and indirectly control a significant portion of a facility’s energy use. Positive engagement with building tenants is a smart energy management, to be sure—but it’s also a sound business strategy. Here are three of the biggest reasons to hop on the tenant engagement bandwagon relative to your building’s energy use, along with three ways to get started today. 1. Tenants consume a lot of energy—give them the visibility they need to reduce...

In Center for Green Schools 07.30.2015

New white paper examines the impact of state level school green cleaning laws

Green cleaning in schools has long been championed by parents, school staff, sustainability leaders, and cleaning industry professionals, but what about by state leadership? Since 2006, 10 states and the District of Columbia have implemented laws which address green cleaning in schools. And while there has been an increasing push for schools, school districts, and states to adopt green cleaning practices, little work has been done analyzing the successes of these laws. Which got us thinking,...

In Community 07.30.2015

Wes Sullens goes above and beyond to improve materials selection and use in the built...

This month, Wes Sullens 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. Wes currently serves as the Chair of the Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group and is a member of the LEED Technical Committee and the Supply Chain Optimization Working Group. Wes also represents USGBC as Vice Chair of the ASHRAE Standard 189.1 Committee for High Performance Green...

In LEED 08.3.2015

LEED calculation tool: Ventilation rate procedure compliance

Looking for a simplified solution for demonstrating compliance with Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance in LEED v4/LEED 2009? USGBC has developed a Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance calculator that can be used to demonstrate compliance with ASHRAE 62.1 in LEED BD+C, ID+C and O+M. The calculator works with the following prerequisites and credits: EQ Prerequisite Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance (LEED v4) EQ Credit Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Strategies, Option 2, Strategy B:...

In LEED 07.31.2015

Nixon Peabody: Raising the green bar among the D.C. bar

Located in a LEED EBOM Gold building, Nixon Peabody’s new Washington, D.C. office is at the forefront of green building technology. To celebrate the opening, the firm recently hosted a panel discussion, “How building green builds neighborhoods.” Kicking off the event, panelists Emily Stiever with DC Sun and Jay Wilson with the D.C. Department of the Environment (DDOE) discussed their initiatives to make solar energy affordable and accessible for all residents in the...

In Industry 07.30.2015

Register today for Greenbuilding Brazil

In Brazil, LEED certifications are becoming increasingly commonplace. There are over 5.22 million gross square meters of LEED space and there are more than 991 LEED-certified and registered projects. Additionally, Brazil is currently the fourth market for LEED outside of the U.S.  You're invited to celebrate this success and attend the 6th Greenbuilding Brazil International Conference and Expo. Greenbuilding Brazil is the leading sustainable construction trade show in...

In Education 07.30.2015

Education at your fingertips: USGBC app updates

Last year USGBC released an app, which enabled users to read USGBC publications and articles on an iPad through a beautiful, and easy-to-use interface. The app provides access to the latest news and articles published on usgbc.org, as well as access to all publications associated with the usgbc.org site user account. With our most recent update, you can now watch courses on the go. The newly launched “Education” section of the app helps you to find and watch the right course...

In Community 08.1.2015

USGBC welcomes four chapters as integrated regions

Today, we are excited to welcome four USGBC chapters as integrated regions of USGBC National. Welcome to Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Nevada!  (In July we welcomed Wisconsin and Iowa, in June we welcomed Georgia, Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, South Carolina, Central Pennsylvania and Oklahoma, and in April we welcomed the USGBC National Capital Region). This transition comes as part of our exciting chapter network evolution, which...

In Community 07.31.2015

Freebie Friday: USGBC wallpaper July 2015

Download our latest USGBC-branded wallpaper for your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone. Did we mention that it's free?   (Click the links below to download.) 1680x1050 / 2560x1440 / Mobile / Tablet And while you're at it, view previous freebies from January and April, as well as wallpaper downloads from last year: March and July. What wallpaper is on your wishlist? Leave us a note in the comments.

In LEED 07.30.2015

Green building continues to soar to new heights

A few months ago, I wrote about how LEED projects all over the world are soaring to new heights, profiling five iconic LEED certified global skyscrapers that are industry leaders in green building. This is not a phenomenon unique to these buildings—some of the world's tallest and most historic buildings are continuing to raise the bar by creating better, high-performing buildings that are safe, healthy, inclusive, smart, productive, efficient, resilient, responsive and, above all,...

In International 07.29.2015

Korea's Songdo International Business District

Korea’s Songdo International Business District (IBD) has reached another green building milestone and now totals 19.5 million square feet of LEED-certified space. Songdo IBD, an exciting new 1,500-acre city being built on reclaimed land on the coast of Incheon, South Korea, continues to bolster its position as one of the world's most ambitious LEED developments. The numbers tell the story: The 19.5 million square foot (1.8 million square meter) figure represents 12 projects...

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