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In Media 10.17.2014

Green Building Facts

MARKET IMPACT By 2015, an estimated 40-48% of new nonresidential construction by value will be green, equating to a $120-145 billion opportunity1 U.S. respondents to a 2012 international survey projected that 58% of their building activities in 2015 would be green2 More than 3.3 billion square feet of building space are LEED-certified (as of October 17, 2014) 41% of all nonresidential building starts in 2012 were green, as compared to 2% of all nonresidential building starts in 2005.3 The...

In Advocacy and policy 10.17.2014

Governor takes action to boost energy efficiency in Virginia

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe arrived yesterday morning at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Richmond, VA, to make a major announcement on energy efficiency. (Yes, you read that correctly; we were at the DMV).   This particular DMV, through an innovative collaboration with Trane, had recently undergone an extensive energy retrofit that was now saving 36 percent in energy use and saving a whopping $284,000 a year. That was something that the Governor was eager to see and...

In Education 10.17.2014

3 courses to grow your building knowledge (October 2014)

You're looking for interesting courses to grow your building knowledge and we've got them.  Check out this month's top three courses. 1. Optimization of commercial building systems: technologies, practices and strategiesTools, practices and technologies will be shared and energy management strategies, as well as VFD and LED retrofits will be discussed. 2. Basics of Building SciencesLearn practical knowledge of basic building science principles. 3. LEED in Construction Phase (Lesson 3...

In Community 10.16.2014

If it's happening, it's possible

This article is the introduction of the 2014 September-October Issue of USGBC+ written by Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author. There is widespread belief that climate initiatives are either top-down or bottom up, when they in fact exist everywhere and in all areas of human endeavor. A meaningful global climate treaty and carbon pricing are needed but unlikely at the moment. Aside from political leadership, a growing movement within society addresses climate change and...

In Community 10.17.2014

Member only opportunity: Sponsor the 5th annual Save Money, Save Energy Home Makeover...

Each year since 2011, the Save Money, Save Energy Home Makeover Sweepstakes has given one lucky winner the opportunity to fulfill their green living dreams with a cash prize to use for home renovations. We invite you to become a 2015 Sweepstakes sponsor. As a sponsor, your organization will reach and interact with national readers of Better Homes & Gardens and its vertical network of home-improvement brands, Family Circle, and USGBC's Green Home Guide. Requirements: Must be a...

In Media 10.17.2014

About LEED

What is LEED? LEED, or Leadership in Energy...

In Greenbuild 10.17.2014

Coming to Greenbuild? Visit USGBC on the expo floor!

If you're booked to join us in New Orleans for Greenbuild 2014, make a plan to visit the USGBC at Greenbuild booth (#2101) to say hello! We'll be there from Wednesday, Oct. 22 through Thursday, Oct. 23 to answer all of your USGBC and LEED questions. Plan to meet face to face with USGBC staff and learn more about LEED v4, LEED professional credentials, and some of the latest products and resources that USGBC has to offer. Check out the LEED Dynamic Plaque, on display in the booth...

In Media 10.16.2014

World's first Net-Zero Zone to be unveiled at Greenbuild 2014

Washington, D.C. - (Oct. 16, 2014) – Hanley Wood, USGBC and EMerge Alliance announced today that the world’s first Net Zero Zone will be unveiled at the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans Oct. 22-24, 2014. “Driven by the innovative work of EMerge Alliance and its members, the launch of the new Net Zero Zone will make Greenbuild 2014 the first conference and expo to have exhibition space where...

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 Media 10.17.2014

About USGBC

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous, healthy and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and...

In LEED 10.16.2014

Alternative Compliance Paths continue to localize LEED

LEED is the only globally consistent green building rating tool. This consistency provides a platform to share best practice in building around the world. But because environmental and climate conditions, codes, standards and laws vary in different places, we have developed Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) to recognize those differences while achieving the same credit intent and requirements. These credit options are available for commercial projects pursuing LEED 2009...

In LEED 10.16.2014

The LEED Dynamic Plaque proves that design makes the difference

Design is defined as “an intentional purposeful plan.” To me, that always has meant that the quality of the design has to do with the dimensions that it addresses. The better the design, the greater the dimensions. Good design is beautiful and functional but also responsible and natural. Great design is transformational. USGBC’s passion for design is evident in the LEED Dynamic Plaque. That’s why we were overjoyed to be one of 51 design entries, along with IDEO, selected...

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