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In Industry 03.24.2016

World green building trends in 2016: Motivators and obstacles

Last month, USGBC announced the results of research by Dodge Data and Analytics, with which USGBC has partnered, in the World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report. In a brief series, USGBC will highlight specific aspects of the report.  Motivators for green building New data reveals that client demand is the top trigger for green building activity, having grown from 35 percent in 2012 to 40 percent in 2015. This shows that building owners recognize the benefits of...

In Industry 03.23.2016

PEER perspective: The Supreme Court ruling and demand response

In 2010, USGBC posted the first draft of the LEED pilot credit for demand response. To further promote participation in demand response, we formed the Demand Response Partnership Program in 2013. With the launch of LEED v4, the Energy and Atmosphere (EA) credit for demand response became a newly added credit to the new construction (NC) and existing building (EB) rating systems. Demand response, therefore, has been an element of LEED for years. It has also been an element of PEER—GBCI...

In Industry 03.17.2016

Building WELL through performance verification

Over the last six years, I have witnessed the transition taking place in the green building movement and here at GBCI. We are expanding beyond just buildings to focus on the people in buildings, incorporating the concepts of health and wellness into our plans for the built environment. My experience at GBCI has taught me that we can get there. We can ensure that health and wellness in our buildings is accessible for all.  Leading the way in wellness Last year, GBCI and the International...

In Industry 03.14.2016

Green home sales to get a boost from big data: Part I

Are you ready to answer questions about HERS, PV and IAQ? Details about green features like these are coming soon to a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) near you. Closing the sale fast, at a high price: that’s the name of the real estate game. Green features can be key parts of making this happen—but do you know how to sell them without “greenwashing” by making inflated or inaccurate claims? Do you know how to detect subtle hints that buyers are looking for these features?...

In Industry 03.24.2016

Join us for Convergence 2016 in Jacksonville June 21-23

Join us in Jacksonville, Fl., for Convergence from June 21 to 23. (The dates were formerly listed as June 20–23.) Convergence is an annual gathering of the USGBC community where hundreds of passionate change makers, professional instigators and diverse partners unite to foster innovative and sustainable solutions for the world's most pressing issues.  We gather to fuel our inspiration and dedication to charting a course for the future of our buildings, cities and communities....

In Industry 03.21.2016

GBCI to develop a new professional credential for SITES

In a recent GBCI survey, 80 percent of respondents said that they planned on implementing SITES in their organization or practice, and 89 percent indicated interest in earning a professional credential, such as SITES-accredited professional. Development of a new professional credential called the SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP) is currently under way at GBCI. The new SITES AP credential will not only establish a common framework to define the profession of sustainable land design and...

In Industry 03.16.2016

LEED User Group Insights: Landlords, tenants and LEED

LEED User Groups are USGBC-hosted peer networks that are spearheading greater adoption of the LEED rating system within the industrial facilities, retail and restaurant, hospitality and venues, and commercial real estate industries. LEED User Group Insights share challenges, opportunities and best practices for the design, construction and operation of green buildings in these key sectors.  In February, the LEED User Group: Commercial Real Estate (LUGCRE) discussed best practices...

In Industry 03.11.2016

New GRESB training this spring for real estate professionals

USGBC announces new GRESB training opportunities this spring for real estate professionals and property companies looking to better manage their portfolios and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts. GRESB is an investor-driven organization that is transforming the way we assess the ESG performance of real assets globally, including real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets. GRESB members use GRESB data throughout the investment management and engagement process, with the...

In Industry 03.24.2016

GBCI needs your help: Take the SITES AP job analysis survey

GBCI recently announced development of a new professional credential called the SITES AP. GBCI will begin offering testing for the SITES AP in October 2016.   As part of GBCI’s test development process, we conduct an online job analysis survey to seek industry feedback on what a professional should know and do to perform competently as a SITES AP. GBCI is seeking input from professionals in the land design, planning, and management community. We need input from a diverse group of...

In Industry 03.17.2016

World green building trends in 2016: More nations, more projects

Last month, USGBC announced the results of research by Dodge Data and Analytics, with which USGBC has partnered, in the World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report. In a brief series, USGBC will highlight specific aspects of the report. A wider sample The first striking detail from the World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report is the increase in the sample studied. With 1,026 people from 69 countries responding to the survey, the report offers detailed data on 27 percent more...

In Industry 03.15.2016

Green home sales to get a boost from big data: Part II

Read Part I of this two-article series. Home energy score in first pilot project PlugFest was a fun way to start exploring the opportunities, but another project operating along the same lines is doing an even deeper dive.  Several organizations, including the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), have received funding from DOE in partnership with the State of Vermont to automate the flow of Home Energy Score (HES) information to local MLSs. Increasingly, homes in the...

In Industry 03.11.2016

LEED and Hospitality: Q&A with Cindy Ortega of MGM

Cindy Ortega knows how to get things done. As senior vice president and chief sustainability officer at MGM Resorts International, she’s helmed a number of high-profile projects, including MGM’s CityCenter, a mixed-use development located in the heart of Las Vegas. This 18 million-square-foot development earned six LEED Gold certifications since its completion in 2009, and boasts three resort hotels, a luxury shopping plaza, two residential high-rises, a theatre and 600,000 square...

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