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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...

In Industry 01.30.2015

Greenbuild New Orleans recap [Video]

Greenbuild 2014 was all about Leadership Jazz. Members of the green building community and beyond gathered for Greenbuild in New Orleans from Oct. 22-24 for the building industry's premier event. The music of the green movement was undeniable, and the Big Easy was the perfect setting to celebrate our global impact, while also embracing the essence of community, culture and soul.  Watch the recap below to experience Greenbuild 2014 all over again. Ready for Greenbuild 2015? This...

In Industry 01.14.2015

Now’s the time to become a LEED professional

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to step up your professional game in 2015? Are you working in a field related to building design or environmental sustainability? Not sure what your next steps should be for making good on your new goal for self-improvement? Well, lucky for you, you've come to the right place.  Here’s what you should know: environmental and sustainability fields are poised for growth in the coming years, and this is sure to drive the demand for LEED...

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 02.2.2015

LEED Fellow 2015: Application Guide

The LEED Fellow designates the most exceptional professionals in the green building industry, and it is the most prestigious designation awarded by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Learn more. Who should be involved? The nominee will submit all the documents comprising the application packet, but they are encouraged to work closely with their application team, which is comprised of their nominator, LEED Project Experience statement writer, and four endorsers. Each statement...

In Industry 01.22.2015

2015 Building Energy Summit: How technology is taking green buildings to the next level

Green is good. It’s good for the environment, and it’s good for business. In the real estate business, having a “green building” means constructing and operating it in a way that benefits the environment—and also benefits the bottom line. Tenants are happier and healthier, leasing rates are higher, and operational expenses are lower.  But there’s only so much energy efficiency that can be achieved through equipment upgrades and behavior modification....

In Industry 01.12.2015

What is PEER?

PEER stands for Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal and it is the nation’s first comprehensive, consumer-centric, data-driven system for evaluating power system performance; it's also modeled after LEED. The PEER rating system helps fill a major gap in the smart grid movement, providing an opportunity for power systems to gain competitive advantage by differentiating their performances and demonstrating meaningful outcomes. In the process, the metrics serve as a tool to...

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 01.30.2015

A plaque for global performance

The LEED Dynamic Plaque, our platform for measuring building performance, recently took a trip to London. UK-based design magazine Wallpaper selected the LEED Dynamic Plaque as the winner of its Design Award for Urban Sustainability. You can view their beautiful interpretation of the plaque on their website or in their February issue.  I had the privilege of attending the awards reception in London where the LEED Dynamic Plaque was showcased. London made a fitting location for display...

In Industry 01.22.2015

AmericanAirlines Arena: First sports venue to achieve LEED Gold recertification

The Miami Heat has never shied away from being the first to try something or set the bar. While most will think this applies only on the court, our continued efforts in environmental sustainability prove that this mindset extends off the basketball court as well. Back in 2009, this put us in a neck-in-neck race with the Atlanta Hawks to become the first NBA facility to earn the prestigious LEED certification. Five years later, the same tenacity gives us the honor of AmericanAirlines Arena...

In Industry 12.19.2014

Greening the global supply chain part 2: Eco-Effectiveness

In the first essay of this series I told you about power that consumers have to shape the manufacturing and product development practices of their favorite brands through broad-based consumer movements. Now let's look at what the scope and goals of such a movement could be. Room for improvement in every industry One of the most interesting aspects of researching this issue has been discovering the scope of the problem—the negative environmental impacts of our current production model, it...

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