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In LEED 12.17.2014

LEED Online upgrade for LEED 2009 projects

Have you met the new LEED Online platform? Built to provide a smoother and faster user experience, it was released in December 2013 for teams registering LEED v4, LEED for Homes and Campus projects. USGBC is now extending access to LEED 2009 commercial projects.    On Jan. 5, 2015, LEED 2009 projects using the BD+C, ID+C and EB:O+M rating systems will be upgraded to the new LEED Online platform. Newly registering LEED 2009 projects will also use the new platform going forward. To...

In LEED 12.10.2014

LEED reviewer experts are available to help you

Green building thrives on collaboration between team members. After all, buildings are complex systems and it may not always be clear how the LEED requirements apply to your project. GBCI recognizes the valuable role that collaborative communication can play in helping your team work effectively—not just within your team, but also with your LEED reviewer. There are a number of ways you can reach out to your reviewer before, during and after the review: If you need clarification on...

In LEED 12.5.2014

USGBC accelerates social equity with new LEED credits

This article is co-authored by Joel Ann Todd, chair of the LEED Steering Committee from 2009 through 2013, and Susan Kaplan, President and Founder of BuildingWrx. USGBC’s recent move to release new social equity LEED credits marks an important step toward fulfilling its organizational goal of using green buildings to enhance the lives of all people in all buildings. The credits have been designed to address social equity from the perspective of everyone who is touched or...

In LEED 11.20.2014

How a hotel chain led green buildings in India

This article first appeared on Cisco's Technology News Site, The Network.  When Hillary Clinton landed in New Delhi in 2009, she drove from the airport to ITC Green Center, a building in the satellite town of Gurgaon. That building, which she called “a monument to the future,” is the headquarters of the hotels division of Kolkata-based conglomerate ITC. In 2005, ITC Green Center became the world’s largest office building to be certified LEED Platinum. The building reuses...

In LEED 12.17.2014

The LEED Dynamic Plaque is forcing us out of our comfort zone

I admit it, I too get comfortable with the way things are. It requires so little mental effort to just keep on doing what you’re doing and getting what you get. But if you aspire to be a leader, if you're determined to make a difference, you have to jerk yourself out of your comfort zone and get on to the next thing. You have to do this even while others are either complacent or expending valuable energy trying to keep things around them from changing in ways that would force them to...

In LEED 12.9.2014

LEED AP ND exam to feature LEED v4 content in February 2015

On Feb. 25, 2015, the LEED AP Neighborhood Development (ND) exam will begin featuring LEED v4 content and project experience assessment. (The LEED Green Associate and other LEED AP exams were already updated to reflect the v4 rating system in June 2014; here's more on that change.) If you're prepping to take the LEED AP ND exam be sure to keep these dates in mind: The last day to take the LEED AP ND exam with LEED 2009 content will be Feb. 10, 2015. The first day to take the...

In LEED 12.3.2014

LEED certification update: November 2014

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in October 2014, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news. Be sure to check out USGBC's LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED trends around the world. Certification Level Projects Certified Square Footage...

In LEED 11.19.2014

LEED project spotlight: Ušće Shopping Mall

It’s an easy decision to pursue LEED when you’re the building owner and it’s your building. But what happens when your building is a shopping mall? Suddenly, it’s not just your decision, and you need to convince your tenants to pursue LEED. In the case of the Ušće Shopping Mall, a structure that straddles old and new Belgrade, there were 100+ tenants—all paying for their own square feet of space—that needed to be convinced that this was a good...

In LEED 12.12.2014

LEED in Motion: India just released

USGBC has just launched the latest installment in our popular LEED in Motion report series, LEED in Motion: India. The report provides a far-reaching account of the factors that have led to nearly 2,000 buildings participating in LEED across the Indian subcontinent, comprising 833 million square feet of building space using the world's most prominent green building rating system.  The advancement of LEED in India is the result of several factors, including key strategic partnerships...

In LEED 12.8.2014

Peru's first LEED-certified existing building project

Water is one of the world’s most valuable and essential natural resources. In Peru, water is a scarce resource and on average Peruvians have to spend a staggering S/.10.00 Soles per cubic liter (USD$4.00). Compounding the problem is a lack of wastewater standards and regulations. Peru’s future depends on smart water management and Edificio Real Diez, the first LEED for Existing Buildings certified project in Peru, offers a fine example of how water management is changing for the...

In LEED 11.26.2014

Giving thanks for a LEED-certified space

When you think of Thanksgiving, you probably picture family, turkey, stuffing and perhaps football. Those are the first things that come to mind for me as well. When you think of Thanksgiving, you probably also think about the things you are grateful for, and this Thanksgiving I'm giving thanks for the space where I work: the LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum Certified USGBC Headquarters. Here's my LEED-certified Thanksgiving list: 1. EQ credits 8.2 | Daylight and views –...

In LEED 11.18.2014

New offerings for LEED v4 projects

Can’t decide between LEED v4 and LEED 2009? USGBC recently announced that it was moving the registration deadline of LEED 2009, allowing users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016. The original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was June 27, 2015. Extending to October 2016 gives LEED users and members of the green building industry additional time to prepare for LEED v4, the latest version of LEED, which features increased rigor and multiple...

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