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In Industry 08.28.2014

10 reasons to use Eco-Efficiency Analysis as a decision-making tool to quantify the...

The aim of BASF’s Eco-Efficiency Analysis is to compare similar products or processes. The Eco-Efficiency Analysis looks at environmental impact in proportion to a product's cost-effectiveness. It helps BASF and our customers to decide which products are the best choice both ecologically and economically. Since 2010, BASF has been using the EEA methodology to examine the environmental life cycle of sustainable concrete solutions, beginning with the extraction of raw materials through...

In Industry 08.22.2014

It’s not just cost savings: LEED certification boosts hotel revenue too

This article was co-authored by Rohit Verma and Matthew Walsman of the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research. We’ve known for some time that LEED certification helps cut operating costs for all kinds of commercial buildings, including hotels. But we wanted to get a handle on whether LEED also could improve revenues for hotels. This is a big issue for the hotel industry, since the top line, which we measure as revenue per available room (RevPAR), is a major measure of a hotel’s...

In Industry 08.21.2014

Understanding federal compliance and the "Guiding Principles"

Working on a project for a federal agency? Odds are, you’re familiar with the Guiding Principles.  United States federal agencies, from EPA to NASA, voluntarily abide by the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Building, a set of standards for building, renovating and operating optimal, efficient buildings. This is one of the reasons why the federal government has been a leader in the green building sphere, with thousands of LEED buildings...

In Industry 07.10.2014

You’re invited to VERGE Salon: Data Solutions in Cities and Real Estate

Big data is transforming real estate and cities around the world. The growth of smart buildings and smart cities is enabling new services, revenue opportunities, and models for stakeholder engagement. Join USGBC’s Scot Horst and Chris Pyke, as well as speakers from the White House, Rockefeller foundation, NYC Mayor’s office and more to discuss the most pressing trends in cities and real estate.  VERGE Salon NYSept. 16, 2014William & Anita Newman Conference Center, Baruch...

In Industry 08.27.2014

Join USGBC's VP of Research Chris Pyke at VERGE San Francisco

As building investors, owners, and service providers are scrambling to create and use transparency, each one faces different drivers and obstacles. Transparency is often perceived to increase risk for owners and, in some cases, occupants. However, it lowers risks for investors and the public leading to a clear dynamic tension between stakeholders. At VERGE San Francisco, USGBC Vice President of Research Chris Pyke will explore the role of transparency in real estate with GRESB Executive...

In Industry 08.22.2014

Material Health from Disclosure to Optimization: The Innovation Imperative [DC event Sept...

Join us remotely or in person at the USGBC headquarters in Washington D.C. for the next event in USGBC's ongoing LEED, Materials and Health series, "Material Health from Disclosure to Optimization: The Innovation Imperative." When: Monday, Sept. 8, 12-1:30 pm ET Where: USGBC Headquarters, Washington D.C. -or- as a remote participant Who: Join Stacy Glass, Vice President, Built Environment at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Howard Williams, Senior Vice...

In Industry 08.8.2014

Register today for WELL 2014

Register today for WELL 2014, the first annual conference of the International WELL Building Institute. WELL 2014 is the perfect event for design, construction, and real estate professionals who want to lead the market and build a movement for wellness real estate. This is a pioneering concept that marries design and construction with evidence-based technologies to support personal well being and health. Speakers will include thought leaders on health and wellness, leading medical scientists,...

In Industry 07.8.2014
The LEED Silver Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

LEED project certification update: June 2014

In our new recurring monthly feature, we'll be taking a look at LEED certification activity each month, broken out by LEED rating system and location. Be sure to check out the LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area and around the world. Total projects certified in June: 351 New Construction: 165 Commercial Interiors: 67 Existing Buildings: 42 Core and Shell: 34 Retail CI: 28 Schools: 9 Retail NC: 3 LEED Italia: 2 LEED for Healthcare: 1 Square footage certified...

In Industry 08.26.2014

Search for China’s Green Building Evaluation Label projects in GBIG

The Green Building Evaluation Label (GBEL) is a voluntary national rating system in China administered by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD). GBEL is a green building certification program that evaluates projects based on six categories: land, energy, water, resource/material efficiency, indoor environmental quality and operational management. The program utilizes a three-star rating system, with Three-Stars being the highest achievable rating level, followed by...

In Industry 08.21.2014

Save on the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo

As the healthcare industry sees potential shifts to smaller, decentralized facilities and a greater emphasis on connectivity for patients and caregivers, we are forced to examine the trends in healthcare design as one single movement. Join industry leaders to make valuable connections, obtain critical CE hours for your LEED credential and drive the dialogue on the future of healthcare design. Healthcare Facilities Symposium & ExpoWhen: Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2014Where: Navy Pier, Chicago...

In Industry 08.1.2014

Third Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge: Registration opens Sept. 2

EPA has just launched its third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design challenge for college and university students. Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design boards, a project narrative, and a letter of support describing a proposed green infrastructure project for a location on their campus. Teams will compete in one of two design categories: Demonstration Project category, which calls for proof-of-concept level designs for a particular...

In Industry 07.2.2014

‘What If?’ Toward a More Equitable World: Out now in EDC's July issue

Editor's note: Browse the July issue of EDC, the official magazine for the LEED Professional, and preview the piece "‘What If?’ Toward a More Equitable World" by Susan Kaplan below. Sign up today to get your free digital edition of EDC. Since you’re reading this, you probably work hard every day to make the projects you’re involved with more environmentally sustainable. The industry has made great strides in this area, but can we say the...

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