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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...

In Industry 02.26.2015

Emerging LEED [USGBC+ Jan./Feb. 2015]

This article was originally published in the January/February 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. A look at innovation and inspiration in sustainability. If you threw a dart at a map of the U.S., chances are good you’d hit a city with some innovative green projects in the works, yet some urban centers stand out more than others. They’re emerging as leaders in specific areas of sustainability that are likely to change the character of their city and the way they’re...

In Industry 02.25.2015

The rise of the green building industry

Many of the elements of green building are not new or even unique. Before the widespread availability of inexpensive fossil fuels for energy use and transportation, builders understood the principles of passive design, capturing sunlight and wind for natural lighting, heating, and cooling. In many ways, green building represents a return to simpler, low-tech solutions. At the same time, there are now many high-tech strategies available to improve the performance of the built environment. Green...

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 03.6.2015

Global LEED [USGBC+ Jan./Feb. 2015]

This article was originally published in the January/February 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Two polar opposite cities take the lead in environmental design. LEED is expanding internationally with about 44 percent of all square footage pursuing LEED certification falling outside the U.S. That growth is not confined to one or two specific geographic regions or economic zones, but is spreading far and wide globally. Among the countries with the largest numbers of LEED...

In Industry 02.25.2015

Going big: Two USGBC members make significant commitments to reduce environmental, social...

In the past week, both Citi and Kaiser Permanente, two active USGBC members, have made significant commitments to reduce their environmental impact. Going above and beyond the practice of pursuing LEED certification for the buildings they own and operate, these two highly respected corporate citizens are demonstrating the power of institutions to assess risk on a large scale, and to affect change. Citi's commitments Citi, a worldwide leader in the financial sector and a Gold-level member...

In Industry 02.19.2015

Call for submissions: The EBie Awards are back!

Since 2012, the Urban Green Council, the New York City chapter of USGBC, has been annually recognizing the best of the best in the greening of existing buildings at its annual EBie Awards. These awards showcase the impactful and innovative work that’s being done across the country to create more sustainable buildings. If you are interested in submitting your project for this year’s EBie awards, you have until the deadline of March 30. There are eight different award categories you...

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 03.4.2015

Green building and climate change

Although many environmental impacts are associated with buildings and addressed by rating systems such as LEED, climate change deserves special consideration because buildings and land-use are responsible for a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions. To be effective, the policies that are emerging at the local, state, and federal levels to regulate greenhouse gas emissions must reflect a clear understanding of the connection between climate change and the built environment. Unfortunately...

In Industry 02.25.2015

Attend the GRIHA Summit 2015 in New Delhi

You're invited to attend the 6th annual GRIHA Summit 2015. GRIHA Summit 2015 March 12-14, 2015 India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India Join over 600 professionals from the building and construction industry for green building knowledge sharing. Experience multi-stakeholder partnerships and networking among governments, academia, civil society organizations and professionals from different disciplines like architecture, engineering and construction management. Going green is both a...

In Industry 02.19.2015

LEED professionals at a glance: February 2015

LEED professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of six LEED professional credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and they contribute expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them? Don't have a credential yet? Learn more about how to become a LEED professional » Hover over the charts below for a dynamic experience.    

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