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In LEED 02.18.2015

What is green building?

Sustainability is not a one-time treatment or product. Instead, green building is a process that applies to buildings, their sites, their interiors, their operations, and the communities in which they are situated. The process of green building flows throughout the entire life-cycle of a project, beginning at the inception of a project idea and continuing seamlessly until the project reaches the end of its life and its parts are recycled or reused.  In our guide, An Introduction to LEED...

In LEED 02.17.2015

LEED v4 material ingredients credit: Serving up a new recipe

 Products, products everywhere but which ones score me points? As in the early days of LEED, finding all the products you need for the new building product disclosure and optimization - material ingredients credit can be tricky—but one day you’ll find them faster than you can say the name of the credit, like you can now with no-VOC paints. Hopefully as time goes on these credits will help make the new norm building products and materials that are trusted to be safe, healthy,...

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 Industry 02.18.2015

Residential solar: Are you a leader or a laggard?

The efficiency and cost effectiveness of residential solar is approaching a tipping point where homeowners should be asking themselves why they haven’t yet adopted the technology. Far from past eras when residential solar was an expensive hobby for energy geeks, it has now assumed a place in the housing profile of any homeowner looking for a sound economic investment. The impact is becoming more apparent in the increased willingness of potential homeowners to pay a premium for residential...

In Community 02.17.2015

Blueprint for leadership

Leadership. Too often, we shy away from the word leadership. The word conjures up images of an unreachable status. So how do we develop leadership skills? There is no application process, no rite of passage, no magic button to apply. It's a way of being. Leadership begins within. Simply stated it starts with a willingness to serve for the greater good. There can be no attachment to status or title. It takes collaboration and cooperation (we often use these words interchangeably, but they...

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 Advocacy and policy 02.17.2015

Efficient buildings help federal energy use get to 40-year low

You may have missed the recent announcement from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) that energy consumption by the federal government is at its lowest point since 1975. This is, as some would say, a big deal and in looking at the contribution of the building sector in achieving this goal, it is in fact a very big deal for green buildings. While reducing fuel consumption was a meaningful factor in getting to this point, lower energy use in federal buildings was a key aspect in getting...

In International 02.17.2015

An interview with LEED International Roundtable member Felipe Faria from Brazil

Felipe Faria, managing director of Green Building Council Brasil, has been involved in promoting LEED in Brazil since 2007. One of his main accomplishments has been making Brazil one of the top five markets in the world for LEED as well as influencing the greening of international sporting events such as the 2014 FIFA world Cup and the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games. Q. Do you remember one of the first times you thought green building had an important role to play in the future of your...

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...

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