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In LEED 04.14.2014

Our 21st year

Turning 21 years old marks an important right of passage, at least here in the U.S. You’re now officially old enough to do a few things you were probably already doing anyway. Hopefully, now that you can do them legally, you’ve also figured out how to do them more responsibly. That’s the idea, anyway. Likely, you’re only just now beginning to figure out who you really are, and what you want to do with your life. There’s an expectation among your family...

In Industry 04.11.2014
New Orleans

Friday Roundup: Building a greener New Orleans, first Platinum airport terminal

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips: New Orleans' entrepreneurs see niches, fill them, USA Today. Check out this profile of the BioInnovation Center, a LEED Gold space at the forefront of a city that is rebuilding itself stronger, greener and more resilient. See for yourself at Greenbuild this October. New Orleans real estate market seeing green, The Times-Picayune. On the residential side, USGBC Louisiana Chapter Executive Director Shannon Stage spoke with the New...

In LEED 04.8.2014

Senior Materials Research Fellows share their Insights

As part of the LEED, Materials and Health Initiative, six Senior Materials Research Fellows have joined the team to help deepen the understanding around the effect of materials ingredients on the health of those who interact with the built environment. Through a series of entries posted on the Green Building Information Gateway’s (GBIG’s) Insight blog, the Fellows have been sharing their perspectives and highlighting the science and policy behind the current state of...

In Media 04.8.2014

Three Billion Square Feet of Green Building Space LEED®-Certified

Major milestone for the global green building industry Washington, D.C. — (April 8, 2014) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that 3 billion square feet of green construction space has earned LEED® certification around the globe. “This milestone is the result of leaders across our industry making the business and environmental case for healthy, sustainable buildings,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “More...

In LEED 04.14.2014

Know we're back!

We know. "In The Know" took a several week long — unannounced — hiatus. Maggie and I apologize, but we have been working on a number of international efforts that have kept us occupied! In short, we’re back, so is Mad Men, and we have a tremendous amount to share in the coming weeks. I was in China (my distraction) with some of USGBC's leadership at the end of March for a series of meetings, a plaque presentation and, most importantly, seeing LEED in motion...

In Media 04.10.2014

U.S. Green Building Council Announces 2013 LEED for Homes Award Winners

Washington, D.C. — (April 10, 2014) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named the recipients of the 2013 LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers and homebuilders that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in residential green building. The award categories recognize innovative multi- and single-family projects, production builders, affordable housing projects and developers, an overall commitment to LEED for Homes and Project of the Year. Winners for...

In LEED 04.8.2014

3 billion square feet — but who's counting?

At USGBC, we've had no shortage of notable milestones of late. Beyond the launch of LEED v4 in November, an extraordinary accomplishment that's poised to push the green building industry to new heights, we also certified our 20,000th commercial project in December and crossed the 50,000 LEED-certified homes mark in January. And today, we announced that we reached 3 billion square feet of certified commercial and institutional space, after reaching 2 billion square feet in July 2012 and 1...

In LEED 04.7.2014

LEED committee self-nominations close on April 10

A reminder for those interested in working with volunteer experts in the development and maintenance of the LEED rating system: The current LEED Committee Call for Volunteers is scheduled to close on Thursday, April 10th at 5:00 pm PST. This call seeks professionals with specific expertise related to the Pilot Credit Library Working Group, Implementation Advisory Committee, six Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) and one residential seat on the Technical Committee. More information is...

In Industry 04.14.2014

IPCC report: Building sector emissions growing, green buildings can be solution

Chris Pyke, vice president of research at the U.S. Green Building Council, is a lead author for Chapter 9: Residential and Commercial Buildings in the third installment of a new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the final volume of its Fifth Assessment on Sunday in Berlin. This landmark report addresses the opportunities, costs and benefits of action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions...

In LEED 04.9.2014

Green neighborhoods for all in Milwaukee’s Westlawn Gardens

The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee has proven that sustainable, supportive and healthy communities aren’t limited to the nation’s top zip codes or tony neighborhoods.  The Westlawn Gardens redevelopment project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has earned the highest level of certification for any LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) built project for redeveloping a severely distressed public housing project into an award winning, mixed-income community...

In Industry 04.8.2014

Share your opinion on the impact of building design on health

USGBC and McGraw Hill Construction are working together on a new study looking at the impact of buildings on the health of their occupants, and we encourage you to participate. Based on survey responses from building owners, architects and contractors, the survey will demonstrate industry awareness and consideration of health issues during project design and construction, the benefits experienced by taking health factors into account, the drivers and obstacles to greater...

In Community 04.7.2014

A call to action: advance sustainability in your community (and get CE hours, too)

You’re a green building professional. But what other hats do you wear? Are you active in your church? Are you on the board of the local food bank? Do you volunteer with your local PTA? We all have lives outside of green building, but that doesn’t mean we have to take off our LEED professional badge when we’re wearing another hat. Our expertise is valuable and can help advance sustainability within social service, cultural, faith, educational and many other community-based...

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