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In Industry 10.20.2014

Building green careers at Skanska

Green building doesn’t only improve the built environment—it betters people too. With green, people stretch their skills in any number of ways to develop the best green solutions, and some—maybe you—are lucky enough to devote their careers to this aspect of sustainability. Below are stories of how some professionals at Skanska—a national leader in construction and development—are using their green expertise to make a better world for us all. Making a business...

In Industry 10.3.2014

India, LEED & GRIHA: Owning the longer picture

“Recently, USGBC and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) formed a strategic partnership to accelerate the development of green buildings in India. LEED and Green Buildings Rating System India (GRIHA) are key solutions in this effort. I would like to introduce everyone to the extraordinary Mili Majumdar, director of sustainable habitat at TERI. Her organization, headed by the remarkable Dr. R K Pachauri, were in town last week for the 5th U.S.-India Energy Partnership put on by...

In Industry 09.16.2014

2013 Annual Report turns the spotlight on USGBC employees

In our 2013 Annual Report, we turn the spotlight on our talented USGBC employees — and learn some fun facts about their drinking habits. (Just coffee and tea, of course!)     We also learned that staff prefer bagged lunches to dining out. (Reusable bags, of course!) But when they do buy lunch, they have pretty good taste. Learn more facts about about USGBC in our 2013 annual report, now available online.  

In Industry 09.5.2014

Healthcare Facilities Symposium to feature a Technology Pavilion

Technology is increasingly intertwined with the built environment, so it is critical for the builders and designers of healthcare environments to understand the big picture and what’s in the future.  Because of this, the upcoming Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo will feature a Technology Pavilion at this year’s event. The project is led by Sensory Technologies, Blue Cottage, Power Construction, PFB Architects, KaziaLi Design Collaborative, Koroseal Interior Products,...

In Industry 10.17.2014

Is algae the answer? A different approach to on site renewable energy

Talk of algae arriving on the scene as a game-changing source of energy is nothing new; for years there has been significant discussion but not nearly as much action as supporters might like. However, things may be shifting, albeit slowly, toward a more favorable environment for algae to bloom as a viable, large-scale energy alternative. In Hamburg, Germany, there is a living example of the potential for an algae revolution, a functioning case study of the aesthetic and practical appeal of...

In Industry 09.26.2014

Seeing opportunities in China clearly [Webex]

Green business in China is already big business, and will get bigger.  Policy imperatives, driven by population and pollution imperatives, make the expansion of the sustainability sector irrepressible. However, it may be difficult for those new to China to know how to make the most out of those developments.  Join USGBC staff and a panel of experts on Oct. 1, 2014, at 3:00 pm EDT for a conversation on China’s green economy, what opportunities exist and what you need to...

In Industry 09.9.2014

GBCI to administer PEER certification

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) announced today that it will administer certification for the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal™ (PEER) program. PEER is the nation’s first comprehensive, consumer-centric, data-driven system for evaluating power system performance and is modeled after LEED. “The PEER program provides a much more complete picture of the efficiency, quality, safety, resilience and reliability of energy generation, transmission and...

In Industry 09.5.2014

The past, the present, and the future of sustainability reporting in the global real...

With increased societal focus on resource scarcity, the need for de-carbonization, and the effects of climate change, investors have become increasingly aware of the implications of these, generally longer term, megatrends. More than any other investment class, real estate assets are exposed to the direct, local consequences posed by these global risks: more stringent regulatory requirements, changing societal preferences for places to work, live, and play, and exposure to climate-related...

In Industry 10.13.2014

The ROI on biophilic design patterns

Chances are, you enjoy a sunny spot at the windowsill, a crackling fire, a lush pocket garden, a richly patterned rug or a cascading water fountain. These might seem like indulgences; elements you desire but find no justification for purchasing for your office, demanding in your child’s school or expecting in your hospital room. However, growing evidence from psychology and neuroscience would challenge your quick dismissal. The practice of incorporating nature and natural elements into...

In Industry 09.23.2014

Research webcast: National Green Building Adoption Index 2014 [Video]

The National Green Building Adoption Index (GBAI) is a landmark study which provides an unprecedented view of the dynamics of LEED and ENERGY STAR office space across the United States. The research provides a quantitative view on the pace and scale of green building market transformation with detail for 30 major U.S. markets. Critically, the study is among the first to quantify the fraction of competitive office real estate actively engaged with green building. The project was led by Dr. Nils...

In Industry 09.8.2014

Register today for EcoDistricts Summit 2014

At the end of September city makers will gather in Washington, D.C., for the sixth annual EcoDistrict Summit, a three day event dedicated to cultivating just, sustainable and resilient cities from the neighborhood up. This event will be held about one month before Greenbuild 2014’s Affordable Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit, and our two events share a commitment to reframing the green building & sustainable development movements around a deep understanding of how...

In Industry 08.28.2014

10 reasons to use Eco-Efficiency Analysis as a decision-making tool to quantify the...

The aim of BASF’s Eco-Efficiency Analysis is to compare similar products or processes. The Eco-Efficiency Analysis looks at environmental impact in proportion to a product's cost-effectiveness. It helps BASF and our customers to decide which products are the best choice both ecologically and economically. Since 2010, BASF has been using the EEA methodology to examine the environmental life cycle of sustainable concrete solutions, beginning with the extraction of raw materials through...

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