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In LEED 08.28.2015

LEED for Homes Awards Spotlight: Paseo Verde

Last week, USGBC honored seven outstanding home builders, developers and projects that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in residential green building by awarding them with prestigious LEED for Homes awards. This week, we would love to tell you more about one of those shining examples of green building mastery and environmental stewardship. Award Category: Project of the Year Winner: Paseo Verde, Jonathan Rose Companies / APM This year’s project of the year is truly...

In LEED 08.21.2015

Citibank brings LEED to Honduras, making it the newest LEED Earth winner

Consistently, Citibank remains a global leader in the realm of sustainable construction with over 200 plus LEED-certified spaces worldwide. In South America alone, Citibank has certified two projects, one in Guatemala, the other in Costa Rica. Now, Citibank has brought the first-ever LEED certified building to Honduras. Citibank’s new office, Altia Business Park in San Pedro Sula is a LEED Gold building designed to be energy efficient, environmentally conscious and to provide a...

In LEED 08.19.2015

The first LEED Platinum warehouse in China: Nike’s Logistics Center

Valued at $19 billion, the world’s largest provider of athletic attire, equipment, and footwear, owns and operates factories and logistics centers worldwide. From an environmental standpoint, Nike has invested heavily in sustainable technology and business practice. In 2012, Nike opened NIKE Materials Sustainability Index for public use, to track the environmental impact of procuring, utilizing, and marketing its raw materials and products. In 2011, the company achieved LEED Platinum...

In LEED 08.13.2015

WSP explores LEED v4 Materials and Resources credits and points

Being an Energy and Atmosphere (EA) specialist I always found the LEED Materials and Resources (MR) credits a bit straightforward. When holding a LEED charrette it was the same speech: MR credit 1: Building Reuse: This is a new building so forget it. MR credit 2: Construction Waste Management: We will get both points because the landfills are shut down. MR credit 3: Materials Reuse: Threshold is too high, so we won’t try. Mr credit 4: Recycled Content and MR credit 5: Regional Materials...

In LEED 08.28.2015

Who in Canada is using LEED?

LEED professionals are key leaders of the green building industry. Earning a LEED professional credential—including the LEED Green Associate; LEED AP (Accredited Professional); LEED Fellow and various certificate designations—denotes qualified expertise in green building. LEED professional credentials mean much more than just a professional accolade; those who earn them form a network of committed green building practitioners across an array of industries.  As Canada's...

In LEED 08.20.2015

Global market watch: Mexico—A rising leader in green building and sustainability

Mexico City: It’s a place famous for its pre-Colombian civilizations, its cuisine and culture, and as the megacity once ranked as the #1 most polluted city in the world. Today the city is a rising leader in sustainability and urban innovation, with aggressive work to decrease pollution, promote public health and wellness, and the highest concentration of LEED buildings in Mexico. Of course, the cities of Zapopan, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Queretaro are not far behind in the race to be...

In LEED 08.19.2015

At the University of California LEED represents a legacy of environmental education and...

As a rising senior at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), I have seen my campus respond to environmental problems with powerful, adaptive sustainability initiatives. Recent turf-replacement projects like drought-tolerant landscaping and artificial turf—installed on the Intramural Field during California’s drought—are estimated to save 11.5 million gallons of water annually, and energy-efficient, LEED-certified buildings have moved the campus closer to its goal of...

In LEED 08.13.2015

Top 10 countries for LEED national profile: India

USGBC’s announcement of 2015’s Top 10 Countries for LEED comes during a historic time for the international green movement. In the time since USGBC announced the Top 10 Countries for LEED in 2014, the People’s Climate March in New York City drew hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to demand climate action, the U.S. and China came to a monumental agreement to work together to mitigate catastrophic levels of global warming and Pope Francis has issued a historic...

In LEED 08.26.2015

Where in Canada is LEED being used?

Today, Canada's architects, construction firms, energy companies, city planners, enterprises and politicians are working together to create the sustainable cities of tomorrow.   Canada is the home to over 2,200 LEED-certified projects, totaling over 30 million gross square meters of space. From hospitality to retail, whether single projects or those using LEED volume certification, the projects in Canada represent the diversity and breadth inherent in LEED. Check out a few of Canada's...

In LEED 08.20.2015

LEED in Motion: Brazil celebrates impressive strides in green building

In Brazil, LEED certifications are becoming increasingly commonplace. There are over 24 million gross square meters of LEED space and there are more than 990 LEED-certified projects. Brazil is the number four market for LEED outside of the U.S., and we are excited to share new stats in our report LEED in Motion: Brazil.  Read the report forward below from Felipe Faria, managing director of the Green Building Council Brasil. Losing the 2014 World Cup games to Germany by...

In LEED 08.18.2015

U.S. Green Building Council Announces LEED for Homes Award Winners

Annual recognition highlights projects, developers and builders leading the residential market for sustainable development Washington, D.C.  (August 18, 2015) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the recipients of its annual LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers and homebuilders that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in residential green building. The awards are given to outstanding multi- and single-family residential and...

In LEED 08.12.2015

Global market watch: Sao Paulo, Brazil—Project teams in Brazil zero in on reducing water...

“We’re running out of water.” The sign is affixed to the glass door of the shower and on the mirror above the sink in my hotel room. The city of Sao Paulo and southeastern Brazil are experiencing the worst drought in decades, and the time for polite messages about water conservation is over.  The news is full of stories about drilling illegal wells in Sao Paulo, protests in the streets, and concerns about Brazil’s ability to host the thousands of visitors who will...

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