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In Industry 03.18.2015

Embrace change and innovation at the 2015 International Green Building Congress

This year the Green Building Council of Costa Rica will host the 2015 International Green Building Congress, which will focus on habitat and sustainable cities. You're invited to attend the event to network with private and public sector officials as well as international representatives from the World Green Building Councils of the Americas. You'll also have an opportunity to learn from national and international renown experts. International Green Building Congress May 13-15, 2015 San...

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 03.18.2015

New features now available on the Green Building Information Gateway

We are excited to announce the release of new features for the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) available for USGBC members, LEED professionals, and Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) members. These new features will allow professionals to connect to the 1.3 million activities currently available in GBIG. Creating connections will make it easier to discover the people who are contributing to great green buildings around the world. Employees of USGBC member companies and active...

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 03.18.2015

Green building and location

Location is a critical element of green building: it can define appropriate strategies, yet it can also limit how green a project can actually be. Depending on the environmental issues that are most critical in a particular area, location can influence a project team’s priorities. Location includes these factors:  Natural context. Climate, sun, wind, orientation, soils, precipitation, local flora and fauna. Infrastructural context. Available resources, materials, skills, and...

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...

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