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In Industry 09.9.2015

Major Investors Launch Sustainability Benchmark for Infrastructure Investments

GRESB Infrastructure offers a global sustainability benchmark for infrastructure assets Amsterdam, September 7 – A group of global institutional infrastructure investors, including AIMCo, APG, ATP, Aviva Investors, CalPERS, Mirova, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and PGGM, representing US$1.5 trillion, today announced the launch of GRESB Infrastructure, a global sustainability benchmark for infrastructure assets. The new investor-led initiative has partnered with GRESB, the global...

In Industry 09.3.2015

From GRESB Insights: What is responsible investing?

What exactly is responsible investing, and why are an increasing amount of investors incorporating its principles into their investment process? According to GRESB's Ruben Langbroek, "Simply put: because it is core to their (fiduciary) duty. Which is to act in the best interest of their clients and beneficiaries. Responsible Investing requires investors to take a wider view, acknowledging the full spectrum of the risks that are facing the society as a whole. By incorporating ESG...

In Industry 08.27.2015

Rewriting History [USGBC+ July/August 2015]

This article was originally published in the July/August 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. How the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids matters to climate change. Spoiler alert: We may be wrong about how the ancient Egyptians built the Great Pyramids. Decades of schoolchildren are taught the prevailing theory: The pyramids were constructed from enormous blocks of solid stone, cut by hand from far away quarries, and hauled across the searing desert sands. We imagine—...

In Industry 08.19.2015

GRESB Performance Indicators: Why, how, what?

Ever since GRESB was started, performance indicator data from real estate portfolios has been part of its assessment. Due to the importance of this Aspect in the GRESB Survey and the impact it has on participants’ organizations in how they structure their data collection processes in order to be able to report the requested data, it’s a frequently discussed topic amongst GRESB participants, their consultants, property managers, data providers, as well as their investors. Globally,...

In Industry 09.9.2015

Register today for PEER Fundamentals workshop at Greenbuild 2015

Take part in PEER Fundamentals on Tuesday, November 17 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Washington, DC. PEER Fundamentals provides an introduction to the PEER rating system with key concepts in electricity and sustainable power systems. Modeled after LEED, PEER, or Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, is a dynamic, adaptive rating process designed to measure and improve sustainable power system performance. Certified...

In Industry 09.3.2015

Project Aquila: Autodesk's answer to the era of connection

What happens as our interconnected device network continues to grow? Will we rise to the challenge of capturing relevant data, turning it into information, converting it to knowledge and finally achieving greater wisdom about our surrounding environment, both natural and manmade?  The answers to these questions rest with people like Aniruddha Deodhar of Autodesk, a USGBC Platinum-level member company. In a piece published earlier this month on the Autodesk Sustainability Solutions blog,...

In Industry 08.25.2015

Resilience: Surviving and thriving in the face of change

Thinking about disasters is a hard sell. But whether we think about them or not, we pay for them. According to the 2015 UNISDR Global Assessment Report, expected annual global losses are estimated to reach $314 billion in the built environment alone.  All indicators suggest that the frequency and intensity of disasters will increase, meaning that this cost will go up. Disruptions—natural, human-caused, or a combination of the two—are inevitable. In this new reality,...

In Industry 08.18.2015

Get to know WELL: What is a WELL Assessor?

The WELL Building Standard is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and wellbeing. WELL Certification begins with registration through WELL Online. Once registered, GBCI will assign a WELL Assessor to the project. The WELL Assessor is integral to the certification process. He/she will be able to help answer questions about certification, but more importantly will be the person who reviews project...

In Industry 09.8.2015

LEED professionals at a glance: September 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 09.2.2015

Sustainability and real estate debt: The elephant is back

There are many ways to invest in real estate, but a typical university textbook would show a variation of this graph: The top row shows equity investments: buy shares in a listed property company (REIT), or take a stake in a private equity real estate company or fund. (You could of course also buy an asset directly.) The bottom row shows the debt market, which represents the other side of the real estate capital stack. Debt comes in the form of corporate bonds (general obligation financing) or...

In Industry 08.21.2015

Sustainable building: Why wood is our most valuable resource

This article was originally published on on Aug. 12, 2015. Read the original version. In some small way, each of us knows the value of wood as a resource. In fact, we use it every day—it heats our homes, makes our stationery, lines our floors. But in spite of all of its uses, wood is still a taboo material where building is concerned. Instead, we use concrete and steel in the hopes that our buildings (which are often our biggest investments) will remain strong and stable...

In Industry 08.18.2015

Get to know PEER: ISO 14001 and PEER

By requiring the development of key performance indicators and a system for tracking and continuously improving them, ISO 14001, the International Organization for Standardization’s voluntary benchmark for environmental management, provides a strong foundation for measuring and analyzing environmental performance. Layering PEER on top of this robust groundwork “turbocharges” a project, ensuring sustainable power system performance and accelerating the transformation of our...

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