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In Industry 09.26.2014

Seeing opportunities in China clearly [Webex]

Green business in China is already big business, and will get bigger.  Policy imperatives, driven by population and pollution imperatives, make the expansion of the sustainability sector irrepressible. However, it may be difficult for those new to China to know how to make the most out of those developments.  Join USGBC staff and a panel of experts on Oct. 1, 2014, at 3:00 pm EDT for a conversation on China’s green economy, what opportunities exist and what you need to...

In Industry 09.9.2014

GBCI to administer PEER certification

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) announced today that it will administer certification for the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal™ (PEER) program. PEER is the nation’s first comprehensive, consumer-centric, data-driven system for evaluating power system performance and is modeled after LEED. “The PEER program provides a much more complete picture of the efficiency, quality, safety, resilience and reliability of energy generation, transmission and...

In Industry 09.5.2014

The past, the present, and the future of sustainability reporting in the global real...

With increased societal focus on resource scarcity, the need for de-carbonization, and the effects of climate change, investors have become increasingly aware of the implications of these, generally longer term, megatrends. More than any other investment class, real estate assets are exposed to the direct, local consequences posed by these global risks: more stringent regulatory requirements, changing societal preferences for places to work, live, and play, and exposure to climate-related...

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 09.23.2014

Research webcast: National Green Building Adoption Index 2014 [Video]

The National Green Building Adoption Index (GBAI) is a landmark study which provides an unprecedented view of the dynamics of LEED and ENERGY STAR office space across the United States. The research provides a quantitative view on the pace and scale of green building market transformation with detail for 30 major U.S. markets. Critically, the study is among the first to quantify the fraction of competitive office real estate actively engaged with green building. The project was led by Dr. Nils...

In Industry 09.8.2014

Register today for EcoDistricts Summit 2014

At the end of September city makers will gather in Washington, D.C., for the sixth annual EcoDistrict Summit, a three day event dedicated to cultivating just, sustainable and resilient cities from the neighborhood up. This event will be held about one month before Greenbuild 2014’s Affordable Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit, and our two events share a commitment to reframing the green building & sustainable development movements around a deep understanding of how...

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 09.16.2014

2013 Annual Report turns the spotlight on USGBC employees

In our 2013 Annual Report, we turn the spotlight on our talented USGBC employees — and learn some fun facts about their drinking habits. (Just coffee and tea, of course!)     We also learned that staff prefer bagged lunches to dining out. (Reusable bags, of course!) But when they do buy lunch, they have pretty good taste. Learn more facts about about USGBC in our 2013 annual report, now available online.  

In Industry 09.5.2014

Healthcare Facilities Symposium to feature a Technology Pavilion

Technology is increasingly intertwined with the built environment, so it is critical for the builders and designers of healthcare environments to understand the big picture and what’s in the future.  Because of this, the upcoming Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo will feature a Technology Pavilion at this year’s event. The project is led by Sensory Technologies, Blue Cottage, Power Construction, PFB Architects, KaziaLi Design Collaborative, Koroseal Interior Products,...

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...

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