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In Industry 08.27.2015

Rewriting History [USGBC+ July/August 2015]

This article was originally published in the July/August 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. How the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids matters to climate change. Spoiler alert: We may be wrong about how the ancient Egyptians built the Great Pyramids. Decades of schoolchildren are taught the prevailing theory: The pyramids were constructed from enormous blocks of solid stone, cut by hand from far away quarries, and hauled across the searing desert sands. We imagine—...

In Industry 08.19.2015

GRESB Performance Indicators: Why, how, what?

Ever since GRESB was started, performance indicator data from real estate portfolios has been part of its assessment. Due to the importance of this Aspect in the GRESB Survey and the impact it has on participants’ organizations in how they structure their data collection processes in order to be able to report the requested data, it’s a frequently discussed topic amongst GRESB participants, their consultants, property managers, data providers, as well as their investors. Globally,...

In Industry 08.17.2015

Road to Greenbuild 2015 [video]

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is coming to Washington, DC, this November. In recognition of Washington's status as a world leader in green building and to showcase the city as a premiere location for Greenbuild, we present a multimedia tour through some of DC's most iconic locations and LEED certified spaces. Starting in Ward 8, we spotlight the new William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Neighborhood Library, which was certified LEED Gold for New Construction in January 2013...

In Industry 08.6.2015

Discover highlights of Greenbuilding Brasil 2015

The 6th annual Greenbuilding Brasil Conference will take place from Aug. 11-13 in São Paulo, Brasil. From the Opening Plenary to education sessions to a great exhibit hall, this is a conference not to be missed! Brazil is among the top four countries for LEED projects and certifications. With an expanding construction market, Brazil has a significant volume of new developments, generating jobs and wealth to the country. Analysts of this sector forecast significant growth by...

In Industry 08.25.2015

Resilience: Surviving and thriving in the face of change

Thinking about disasters is a hard sell. But whether we think about them or not, we pay for them. According to the 2015 UNISDR Global Assessment Report, expected annual global losses are estimated to reach $314 billion in the built environment alone.  All indicators suggest that the frequency and intensity of disasters will increase, meaning that this cost will go up. Disruptions—natural, human-caused, or a combination of the two—are inevitable. In this new reality,...

In Industry 08.18.2015

Get to know WELL: What is a WELL Assessor?

The WELL Building Standard is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and wellbeing. WELL Certification begins with registration through WELL Online. Once registered, GBCI will assign a WELL Assessor to the project. The WELL Assessor is integral to the certification process. He/she will be able to help answer questions about certification, but more importantly will be the person who reviews project...

In Industry 08.13.2015

Real Estate Lending and ESG: Observations from the 2015 GRESB Debt Survey

Over the past three months, I’ve been speaking with real estate debt fund managers about the new GRESB Debt Survey, an assessment designed to evaluate and benchmark, but also, to guide, the sustainability engagement and performance of real estate lenders. Recognized as “at least a decade behind the equity side of real estate,” sustainability integration in real estate debt (aka lending, finance or credit), still seems to be an emerging concept. Furthermore, given the multitude...

In Industry 08.6.2015

The Greenbuild 2015 Legacy Project: Capital Area Food Bank

The Greenbuild Legacy Project is a lasting gift of service, education, and thanks given every year to the city that hosts Greenbuild.  Past Legacy Projects have included: an interactive playground in Philadelphia, a green building education center in the lower 9th ward of New Orleans, and an urban food garden in San Francisco. This year’s Legacy Project is an urban food studio at the Capital Area Food Bank in Northeast Washington, DC, which will provide critical...

In Industry 08.21.2015

Sustainable building: Why wood is our most valuable resource

This article was originally published on monarchmetal.com on Aug. 12, 2015. Read the original version. In some small way, each of us knows the value of wood as a resource. In fact, we use it every day—it heats our homes, makes our stationery, lines our floors. But in spite of all of its uses, wood is still a taboo material where building is concerned. Instead, we use concrete and steel in the hopes that our buildings (which are often our biggest investments) will remain strong and stable...

In Industry 08.18.2015

Get to know PEER: ISO 14001 and PEER

By requiring the development of key performance indicators and a system for tracking and continuously improving them, ISO 14001, the International Organization for Standardization’s voluntary benchmark for environmental management, provides a strong foundation for measuring and analyzing environmental performance. Layering PEER on top of this robust groundwork “turbocharges” a project, ensuring sustainable power system performance and accelerating the transformation of our...

In Industry 08.11.2015

2015 Greenbuild Summits are sure to inspire

Greenbuild Summits bring together sectors of the green building industry for a day of focused networking, education and inspiration. In 2015, Greenbuild is being held in November in Washington, DC, and the conference will feature three unique summits that are sure to inspire. Communities & Affordable Homes Summit: Join community and sustainability leaders for dialogue on the development of vibrant, sustainable communities through the lenses of resilience, social equity, health and economic...

In Industry 08.3.2015

The four-word business case for green buildings

Read the original version of this article on Huffington Post. 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...

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