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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 Media 02.10.2015
Photo credit: Benjamin Benschneider

The Business Case for Green Building

Overall Trends The top two reasons for building green: client demand (35%) and market demand (33%).1 The global green building market grew in 2013 to $260 billion, including an estimated 20 percent of all new U.S. commercial real estate construction. This trend is expected to intensify in the coming years, both in the US and internationally.2 Commercial building owners and managers will invest an estimated $960 billion globally between now and 2023 on greening their existing built...

In Industry 02.9.2015

LEED for everything? Mapping out 2014’s Top 10 States for LEED

USGBC has just announced its 2014 Top 10 States for LEED, which highlights the states around the country that are at the forefront of sustainable building design and transformation. The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2014. The per capita approach to this list provides a snapshot of the impact that LEED activity has on the lives of a state’s residents over the course of a...

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 Center for Green Schools 02.10.2015

An update from Georgia: Cheers for green schools

The USGBC Georgia Chapter is excited about the turnout and feedback from the Second Annual High Performance Healthy Schools Recognition Day at the State Capitol on Feb. 5, 2015. The event brought out over 180 people interested in the schools in Georgia. They were district personnel, principals, teachers, and students, as well as legislators. Senator Margaret Kaiser presented two resolutions that had been approved by the Georgia House of Representatives. Senator Nan Orrock presented a...

In Education 02.9.2015

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer William Holness

USGBC Pro Reviewers are experts in green building and sustainability who review courses on Education @USGBC. They provide detailed feedback to the course creators, as well as reviews on the course page. This feedback helps the course creators improve their education and helps other users decide whether or not the course is a good fit for them. Meet our USGBC Pro Reviewer William Holness Who's your employer? CBRE What's your position? Sustainable Buildings Advisor What's your favorite...

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...

In LEED 02.10.2015

Understanding complex credits in LEED certification

In the LEED certification process, LEED registered projects have the option of an appeal review stage which provides one additional round of review and allows teams to: submit supplementary information, amend the application, or add new credits not previously attempted During this stage, GBCI reviews the pending or newly submitted prerequisites and credits, and reconsiders any anticipated credits or prerequisites for which information has changed since the return of the final review. The fee...

In LEED 02.9.2015

LEED O+M: Who says an existing building can't learn new tricks?

What is LEED O+M? Meet the LEED solution for existing buildings everywhere. Existing buildings hold incredible promise—many older buildings around the world are inefficient and resource-depleting. With some keen attention to building operations, that can be turned around drastically by using LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M). Consider that it can take up to 80 years to make up for the environmental impacts of demolishing an existing building and constructing a new...

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