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In Industry 04.7.2015

Making the right kind of building more profitable: A LEED-centered conversation about...

Amid the throng of smart suits representing the majority of the institutional real estate investor community, a group recently gathered for lunch to discuss what is becoming known as the proxy for building performance and savvy investment: LEED. The professionals in the room represent portfolios managed by leading investment firms who own properties from New York to California, Boston to San Antonio. These investment pros make up the PREA Green Building and Sustainability...

In Industry 04.1.2015

Going beyond green with green buildings

Initially, green buildings were intended to reduce damage to the environment and human health caused by creating and maintaining buildings and neighborhoods. As the concept of sustainability was applied to the built environment, it has become clear that doing less damage is not enough.  Leaders in the field now speak about buildings and communities that are regenerative, meaning that these sustainable environments evolve with living systems and contribute to the long-term renewal of...

In Industry 03.26.2015

Attend the upcoming event: Securing America’s Energy Future

You're invited to join leaders from the energy, defense and technology sectors to discuss and debate innovative solutions for securing the country’s energy resources at Securing America's Energy Future, hosted by the Washington Post. This live event will explore threats to national security, including cyber attacks, as well as efforts to mitigate the effects of natural disasters on the energy ecosystem. Learn more about the event. April 2, 2015, 8:30 – 10:30 amCharlie Palmer...

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 04.3.2015

Sustainability discussions all around in preparation for COP21

Paris is hosting the next U.N. Conference of Parties (COP) climate talks in December, and the government, companies, NGOs and universities are all preparing with great enthusiasm. The Mayor of Paris has committed to welcoming some 40,000 guests and helping to assure good outcomes, and everyone has stressed practical outcomes and solutions that all participants can agree upon. The U.S. Embassy in Paris has also been very active in the process. I was honored to be invited to participate in...

In Industry 03.27.2015

Regional trade shows bring a world of knowledge into one’s own backyard

It’s almost time for DesignColumbus, Central Ohio’s annual educational event and expo. The DesignColumbus story is similar to that of many trade shows across the U.S. Hosted by the USGBC-Central Ohio Chapter (USGBC-COH) and the Construction Specifications Institute Columbus Chapter, DesignColumbus continues to grow. Here the DesignColumbus planning committee talks to Doug Widener, Director, Community Advancement at the USGBC, about the regional trade show trend. Regional trade shows...

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 04.2.2015

What is WELL?

The WELL Building Standard® is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. WELL is managed and administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment. WELL is grounded in a body of medical research...

In Industry 03.27.2015

Health and wellness in green buildings and communities in China

This week the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) formally introduced the WELL Building Standard in China. It comes at a time when the Chinese people are faced with an increased environmental awareness and they are looking for solutions to improve their quality of life. WELL, which complements green building rating programs such as LEED, Three Star and BREEAM, is a system that focuses on human health and wellbeing in...

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...

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