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In Industry 03.25.2015

Green building costs and savings

At first glance, the additional work and alternative materials needed to build green may seem like a burdensome cost, but closer attention reveals this perception to be misleading. If sustainability is viewed as an expensive add-on to a building, we would mistake efforts to reduce energy costs or improve indoor environmental quality as comparable to specifying a better grade of countertop or a more impressive front door. Under this approach, any improvement beyond a minimally code-compliant...

In Industry 03.23.2015

Lowering risk and scaling energy efficiency to create a more resilient built environment

The relationship between energy efficiency and property resiliency has become increasingly clear over the past few years. As a result of this recognition, an underserved market and underutilized opportunity for investors and property owners has emerged. Many traditional and non-traditional financing mechanisms are becoming increasingly available to those that are willing to make an investment in property improvement projects—projects that can pay for themselves...

In Industry 03.18.2015

New features now available on the Green Building Information Gateway

We are excited to announce the release of new features for the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) available for USGBC members, LEED professionals, and Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) members. These new features will allow professionals to connect to the 1.3 million activities currently available in GBIG. Creating connections will make it easier to discover the people who are contributing to great green buildings around the world. Employees of USGBC member companies and active...

In Industry 03.13.2015

Lend Lease proves it's what's on the inside that counts

In late February, Lend Lease, a USGBC Platinum level member and industry leader in property, infrastructure and construction management, announced that their New York City office achieved LEED Gold certification. A major milestone for an influential company in the green building movement, it inspired a closer look at how Lend Lease’s organizational aspirations motivate the work they do with clients around the world. So many of the companies that lead the way, innovating to overcome the...

In Industry 03.24.2015

Tipping the scales toward health and wellness in China through WELL

A conversation that is rapidly emerging in our industry, and one that is especially important in a large and growing country like China, is: How can the places we build and operate contribute to the health and wellbeing of the people who work and live there? Given that we spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, the time has come to elevate human health to the forefront of building practices and reinvent buildings that are not only good for the environment—but also for people. And...

In Industry 03.20.2015

Deadline extended to apply to become a LEED Fellow in 2015

Are you a LEED AP with 10 years of professional green building experience? If the answer is yes, now's the time for you to become a LEED Fellow. Don't miss your chance to join the 2015 class of LEED Fellows. USGBC's call for nominations of qualified applicants has been extended to April 7 at 8:00 am EDT.  For an overview of the mastery elements and general program policies, review the LEED Fellow Handbook and for the 2015 dates, guidance, and page limits, review the...

In Industry 03.18.2015

Green building and location

Location is a critical element of green building: it can define appropriate strategies, yet it can also limit how green a project can actually be. Depending on the environmental issues that are most critical in a particular area, location can influence a project team’s priorities. Location includes these factors:  Natural context. Climate, sun, wind, orientation, soils, precipitation, local flora and fauna. Infrastructural context. Available resources, materials, skills, and...

In Industry 03.12.2015

Green building over time

Green projects must be prepared to adapt to future change and be designed and operated to stand the test of time. Continuous monitoring is required to identify needed improvements and users’ changing needs. Project teams must look far ahead to determine what stressors a project is likely to encounter and then build resilience into the system.  For example, where water supply depends on local snowpack, planning and design efforts might focus on water conservation, water storage, and...

In Industry 03.24.2015

Designing for daylight: Strategies implemented at USGBC Headquarters [video]

With the arrival of spring, the sun is shining brighter than ever. Here are some of the ways we’ve designed our space to maximize daylight and views, save energy and enhance the indoor environmental quality of our working space in the process: An electronic window shade system operates to maximize good daylight and minimize glare. Walls, ceilings and workstation panels are colored white to reflect as much light as possible. Our eco-corridor features a lighter perimeter...

In Industry 03.18.2015

Embrace change and innovation at the 2015 International Green Building Congress

This year the Green Building Council of Costa Rica will host the 2015 International Green Building Congress, which will focus on habitat and sustainable cities. You're invited to attend the event to network with private and public sector officials as well as international representatives from the World Green Building Councils of the Americas. You'll also have an opportunity to learn from national and international renown experts. International Green Building Congress May 13-15, 2015 San...

In Industry 03.17.2015

Raising the bar [USGBC+ Jan./Feb. 2015]

This article was originally published in the January/February 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. A new partnership between USGBC and UL sheds light on product transparency. It has been 15 years since USGBC launched the LEED green building rating system. That first year, 51 projects participated. Today, LEED is the most widely recognized green building program in the world, guiding the design, construction, operations, and maintenance of over 68,000 projects globally. With the...

In Industry 03.9.2015

Fit for a princess: Next-generation personal controls deliver whole-building energy...

Remember “The Princess and the Pea” by Hans Christian Anderson? Trailblazing engineer P. Ole Fanger often cited that fairy tale in his presentations on the state of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) research and practice. Dr. Fanger gently lampooned conventional IEQ systems, observing that no car manufacturer would proudly advertise “We guarantee that less than 30% of our customers will be dissatisfied!” Audaciously, Dr. Fanger envisioned innovations that would delight...

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