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In LEED 08.29.2014

Meet the LEED Dynamic Plaque

I’ve had the good fortune of meeting with a lot of our member companies this summer at a series of leadership receptions around the country. At these events, I’ve had the opportunity to give everyone a quick update on all the work we have going on; actually quick is probably the wrong word – it takes quite a few minutes to simply touch on all the amazing things happening at USGBC. The LEED Dynamic Plaque At these events, we get a lot of questions for more information about the...

In LEED 08.22.2014

Green building and LEED in Taiwan

As a LEED fellow of ours recently quipped, many people who experience a LEED building often say: “There’s something nice about this building that we have never felt before about our previous buildings.” LEED buildings bring a harmony between the natural and indoor worlds. They become part of the natural habitat, serving as places of health, comfort and productivity while reinforcing the necessity of green buildings for the world of tomorrow.  I had the privilege of touring...

In LEED 08.11.2014

How to create a composting station

This article is part 3 of a 4 part series on "Greening your college life." Read part 1 and part 2. As a college student, I know first-hand that it can seem difficult to lead a sustainable life in college. Dorm buildings are often less energy efficient, recycling options might be limited, and students don't have extra money to splurge on eco-friendly products. However, even if you live in an older building — and even if you're not in college — it's still possible to make a...

In LEED 08.6.2014

LEED project certification update: July 2014

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in July 2014, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news. Be sure to check out the LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area and around the world. Rating System Projects Certified Square Footage Certified New Construction 173 16.5 million Commercial Interiors 68 2.8 million Core and Shell 36 10.3 million Existing Buildings...

In LEED 08.29.2014

LEED helps Singapore leverage new government investments of $100 million in energy...

In Singapore today, a number of companies are building and acquiring data centers to support their business activity. As a result, the Singapore government recently announced an investment of $100 million towards technologies that will increase the energy efficiency of data centers. Considering that this building type is one of the biggest consumers of energy on the planet, this is welcome news. Data centers often run 24 hours a day and require sizable systems to not only power the systems, but...

In LEED 08.21.2014

Standard 189.1 + the IgCC + LEED = The Phillips head hammer

I sat there watching my daughter whack away at one of the screws in her toy workbench with a hammer. “Honey, that’s not going to work. Try the screwdriver. You have to use the right tool for the job.” It was one of those seemingly endless, for me, number of parenting moments where what was at the time unwanted, pestering advice from my own mom or dad comes slamming back into my consciousness – reminding me not only how lucky I’ve been but also what a jerk of a kid...

In LEED 08.7.2014

Who's talking about the LEED Dynamic Plaque?

The LEED Dynamic Plaque, our building performance monitoring and scoring platform, is making waves in the news. Read on to find out what the media have to say about this game-changing tool — and visit leedon.io to learn more and get your own!  EDC: LEED: From predicted to measured performance The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a striking visual display that answers a complex question: “How is my building performing today?” Since “building performance”...

In LEED 08.5.2014

Brazil on the rise: LEED's growth in Latin America

Today we have released another report in our popular LEED in Motion series. LEED in Motion: Brazil details green building activity and momentum in the nation that is the fifth largest market for LEED-certified projects outside of the U.S. Released in conjunction with the Greenbuilding Brasil 2014 conference in Sao Paulo, LEED in Motion: Brazil notes that the nation is home to 871 LEED-registered and -certified projects, representing 24 million gross square meters. The report provides...

In LEED 08.27.2014

Green homes for the masses: why everyone deserves a healthy, sustainable residence

A few weeks back I presented the case for why you should care whether or not your home is green, highlighting a recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health on the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ). If you'll recall, we at USGBC were pretty pumped about the results of that study, which found that, when compared to non-certified homes, inhabitants of LEED-certified residential units experienced fewer incidents of sick building syndrome symptoms, and enjoyed air with lower...

In LEED 08.18.2014

How to clean green

This article is part 4 of a 4 part series on "Greening your college life." Read part 1, part 2 and part 3. As a college student, I know first-hand that it can seem difficult to lead a sustainable life in college. Dorm buildings are often less energy efficient, recycling options might be limited, and students don't have extra money to splurge on eco-friendly products. However, even if you live in an older building — and even if you're not in college — it's still possible to...

In LEED 08.6.2014

What is green building?

What is green building? It's a simple question that we get a lot here at USGBC, but not one where it's always easy to find a simple answer.  The definition of green building Green building is a holistic concept that starts with the understanding that the built environment can have profound effects, both positive and negative, on the natural environment, as well as the people who inhabit buildings every day. Green building is an effort to amplify the positive and mitigate the negative of...

In LEED 08.5.2014

Project spotlight: Sterling Alvarado Student Housing at San Diego

USGBC's new, free report, LEED in Motion: Residential, highlights the numbers, knowledge and resources you need to keep pace with the rapidly growing green residential market.  Download the full report for more interviews and project highlights from best and brightest minds in the industry.  The Dinerstein Companies, the developers behind the Sterling Alvarado project, strived to create a new, modern student housing project for nursing students at San Diego State...

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