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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.    

In Industry 02.9.2015

LEED for everything? Mapping out 2014’s Top 10 States for LEED

USGBC has just announced its 2014 Top 10 States for LEED, which highlights the states around the country that are at the forefront of sustainable building design and transformation. The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2014. The per capita approach to this list provides a snapshot of the impact that LEED activity has on the lives of a state’s residents over the course of a...

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 02.19.2015

LEED AP Homes exam to feature LEED v4 content in July 2015

On July 1, 2015, the LEED AP Homes exam will begin featuring LEED v4 content and project experience assessment. (The LEED Green Associate, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP ID+C, and LEED AP O+M exams were already updated to reflect the v4 rating system in June 2014; here's more on that change. The LEED AP ND exam was updated more recently in February 2015; learn more.) If you're prepping to take the LEED AP Homes exam be sure to keep these dates in mind: The last day to take the LEED AP Homes...

In Industry 02.2.2015

Become a LEED Fellow in 2015

Are you interested in becoming a LEED Fellow? Your time is now. USGBC's call for nominations of qualified applicants is now open for the 2015 class of LEED Fellows. (Get to know the LEED Fellows.) 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 2015 LEED Fellow Application Guide. Submit a nomination What does it take to be a LEED Fellow?  Nominees must be/have...

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 02.18.2015

Residential solar: Are you a leader or a laggard?

The efficiency and cost effectiveness of residential solar is approaching a tipping point where homeowners should be asking themselves why they haven’t yet adopted the technology. Far from past eras when residential solar was an expensive hobby for energy geeks, it has now assumed a place in the housing profile of any homeowner looking for a sound economic investment. The impact is becoming more apparent in the increased willingness of potential homeowners to pay a premium for residential...

In Industry 02.2.2015

ARCHITECT magazine: "The next frontier in sustainable design"

The following is excerpted from ARCHITECT magazine's piece, "The Performing Arts." Read the full article.  Gathering data to change occupant behavior is the next frontier in sustainable design (see LEED's new Dynamic Plaque). Here's why architects who embrace building performance may help their bottom lines. At the headquarters for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which oversees LEED, the problem was the garbage. The organization learned that its own LEED Platinum office space...

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