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In LEED 01.13.2015

Optimize your water heater, optimize your energy savings

This article is the fifth installment in a series of tips and best practices for making your home more sustainable. Check out the first article on behavioral changes you can make to live greener at home, the second article on programmable thermostats, the third article on energy-efficient lighting. and the fourth article on overhauling your appliances. Water heating typically accounts for about 18% of your utility bill, meaning it uses enough energy to be a great source for...

In LEED 01.13.2015

LEED in pro sports: which teams made USGBC's list of Eco All-Stars

Green building is taking the sports world by storm. Is your favorite NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL or MLS team's venue LEED certified? Take a look at our map on Pinterest to find out! Follow the board to keep up-to-date on LEED activity and green building news in the sports world.  Follow U.S. Green Building Council's board USGBC ♥ Sports on Pinterest. To learn more about USGBC's efforts to certify sports arenas to LEED, visit the GBIG site to see a collection of professional sports...

In Community 01.9.2015

Freebie Friday: USGBC wallpaper January 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 freebies from March and July, and tell us what wallpaper you'd like for your device by leaving us a note in the comments.

In LEED 01.6.2015

LEED addenda update: January 2015

The January 1st quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda is now available. This release includes addenda for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009. To view the changes: Visit the addenda database and search by 1/1/2015 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables Interpretations One new LEED 2009 (10407) and two new LEED v4 (10408-10409) Interpretations were published. One existing (...

In LEED 01.13.2015

Q&A: Using the new LEED Online

The newest version of LEED Online is now available for LEED 2009 project teams. Did you miss the online trainings? You can access the recordings here: individual projects or volume projects. During these trainings we received a lot of great questions and feedback that we think is beneficial for everyone. Here are the top questions about using the new LEED Online: Access How do I get to LEED Online?Answer: The web address is usgbc.org/leedonline. There is also a link on the...

In Industry 01.12.2015

What is PEER?

PEER stands for Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal and it is the nation’s first comprehensive, consumer-centric, data-driven system for evaluating power system performance; it's also modeled after LEED. The PEER rating system helps fill a major gap in the smart grid movement, providing an opportunity for power systems to gain competitive advantage by differentiating their performances and demonstrating meaningful outcomes. In the process, the metrics serve as a tool to...

In LEED 01.8.2015

LEED buildings outperform market peers according to research

This article was originally published under the headline, "Do LEED buildings perform? Indeed they do!" on the Green Building Information Gateway on Dec. 4, 2014. Read the original article. There is ongoing curiosity as to whether LEED buildings perform in line with market expectations on energy efficiency measures, or similarly, if LEED buildings perform better on energy efficiency metrics than non-LEED rated counterparts. Until recently it has been difficult to analyze the performance of LEED...

In LEED 01.6.2015

LEED certification update: December 2014

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in December 2014, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news. Be sure to check out USGBC's LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED trends around the world. Certification Level Projects Certified Square Footage...

In Education 01.13.2015

Course preview: LEED v4: The Intersection of Collaboration, Performance and Well-being [...

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, LEED v4: The Intersection of Collaboration, Performance and Well-being, created by Thornton Tomasetti. In this course you will benefit from lessons learned during an office build-out/tenant improvement project that is striving to achieve a LEED v4 Platinum certification. This...

In Education 01.9.2015

Sense and Survivability: How evolution shapes design decisions

This excerpt below was originally published in a research paper on Jan. 7, 2015. Read the complete paper. The 3.8 billion years of evolution of the DNA strand that uniquely identifies the human genome has invested in humanity a host of sensory inputs that are essential to our survival. This distinctive combination of skills has made Homo sapiens the single most efficient predator on the planet. We possess an exceptional set of sensors from which we extract many subtle cues from our environment...

In Education 01.7.2015

Introducing USGBC Education Partner Green Building Alliance

USGBC Education Partners are leaders, trusted voices and reputable providers of green building and sustainability education. You can access their courses on Education @USGBC.  Meet our USGBC Education Partner Green Building Alliance If someone could only take one of your courses, what should they take? Our Green Lease course is great because green leases impact so many people and professions—building owners, tenants, lawyers, commercial brokers, sustainability...

In LEED 01.6.2015

New modules for the LEED web-based reference guide

With the launch of LEED v4, USGBC introduced a new format for the LEED reference guides—web-based. Integrated into the LEED credit library, this resource combines all of the information in the hard copy and PDF versions of the guides with additional videos, tutorials and templates. It was built so that we could continuously add to it, making it a resource that continues to grow. With this quarter’s addenda release we’ve added two new modules for LEED for...

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