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In Industry 11.10.2015

What’s in a target? Investors expect significant carbon reductions from real estate sector

This article is adapted from a piece previously published on the GRESB website.  Last week, PGGM Investments, a €190 billion Dutch pension fund, announced that over the next five years, it is seeking a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions from its investments in real estate—both listed property companies and private equity real estate funds. This is the world upside down: typically, corporations make announcements for energy reductions or carbon neutrality. Recently,...

In Industry 10.21.2015

Sustainable Heritage [USGBC+ Sept./Oct. 2015]

This article was originally published in the September/October 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Walking down a pristine gravel road past the fields of grazing Jersey cows, meandering stone walls, and historic dairy barns, a pastoral landscape unfolds. Appleton Farms in Hamilton and Ipswich, Massachusetts, is one of the oldest and largest (with more than a thousand acres) continuously operating farms in the United States. Established in 1638 by a land grant to Samuel...

In Industry 10.15.2015

Plum Creek CEO honored for leadership and advocacy by SFI

The Sustainability Forestry Initiative (SFI) recognized Rick Holley, the CEO of Seattle-based Plum Creek Timber Company, this month for his longstanding work in illustrating how wood that’s produced from responsibly managed forests ultimately benefits our communities.  Holley has been a driving force behind the effort to use wood and wood products developed from responsibly managed working forests in the sustainable built environment. For his continual advocacy and leadership on...

In Industry 10.13.2015

What not to miss at Greenbuild: Commercial real estate edition

For professionals in the commercial real estate sector, it’s imperative to keep up not only with advances in environmentally sound construction, but also with how green building dovetails with business principles. At Greenbuild 2015, taking place Nov. 18-20 at the Washington Convention Center in DC, you’ll find educational sessions, speakers, networking opportunities and tours designed for commercial real estate professionals like you. And throughout the show, you can take advantage...

In Industry 11.5.2015

Passive house design expands to multifamily dwelling

Passive house design is a growing trend in the building design world. It seeks to achieve high levels of energy efficiency through design choices such as super insulation, solar exposure planning and natural ventilation. The first passive house concept was developed at the University of Lund in Sweden in 1988. Now, there are estimated to be 40,000–50,000 passive homes around the world, with the first one built in the United States in 2003. Although the return on investment for a passive...

In Industry 10.16.2015

New GRESB investor track at Greenbuild 2015 Conference & Expo

The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) is an industry-driven organization committed to assessing the sustainability performance of real estate portfolios around the globe. This year, GRESB will present the GRESB Investor Track at Greenbuild 2015. The GRESB Investor Track is a program designed specifically for GRESB members and investment professionals and begins on Tuesday, Nov. 17. All registered Greenbuild attendees can participate in the event, which includes: ...

In Industry 10.14.2015

Green by Design [USGBC+ Sept./Oct. 2015]

This article was originally published in the September/October 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. A pocket of affluent suburban neighborhoods in oil-rich Houston wouldn’t likely pop up on most people’s radar as a hotbed of construction for LEED-certified homes. Seattle or Portland, Oregon, might come to mind first. But Frankel Building Group—a family-owned design/build company—has quietly cultivated a top-notch reputation for its steadfast...

In Industry 10.13.2015

Get to know the 2016 Advisory Council candidates: Part II

This is one of the most exciting times in USGBC’s history, and we depend on you, our national members, to help propel our organization forward to advance the green building movement’s growth and global reach. One of the most important ways you can support USGBC is voting in our annual Board and Advisory Council elections. Last week, we highlighted the bios of seven candidates running for three of the six open seats on the new Advisory Council. Today, I am excited to highlight the...

In Industry 10.23.2015

Sound data, smart decisions: UTC's John Mandyck on the economic impact study

We have a belief at United Technologies that data drives decisions. Thanks to USGBC’s new report with Booz Allen Hamilton, the 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study, it looks like we can count on continued informed decision-making when it comes to the future of our built environment.  The data in this report is nothing short of impactful. We all know green building delivers when it comes to conserving natural resources, but what about other, equally important benefits of green...

In Industry 10.16.2015

What not to miss at Greenbuild: Retail edition

Professionals in the retail sector have unique needs when it comes to combining sustainable building practices, energy savings and corporate-wide business goals.  At Greenbuild 2015, taking place Nov. 18-20 at the Washington Convention Center in DC, you’ll find educational sessions, speakers, networking opportunities and tours designed for retail professionals like you. And throughout the show, you can take advantage of dozens of sessions on topics such as LEED v4 as a market driver...

In Industry 10.13.2015

Greenbuild’s 2015 International Summit: Connecting for positive change

This article was previously published on the Greenbuild 2015 blog. “Today, we are more connected than ever, better informed than ever, and have better tools than ever.  The recipes for positive change are on the table; the ingredients for success are in our hands.” —Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, 70th Session of the UN General Assembly At the Greenbuild International Summit, representatives from over 80 nations come together because we see our world as one world. We...

In Industry 10.12.2015

Get to know WELL: What is WELL certification?

Wondering how to achieve WELL certification for your building? The WELL certification process involves a Documentation Review step similar to LEED certification, along with an on-site Performance Verification performed by a WELL Assessor. Here are the basic steps in the process: First, register your project on WELL Online by entering basic project information, agreeing to the terms and conditions and paying the registration fee. This signals GBCI that you are ready to move forward with...

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