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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 08.1.2014

Understanding the 40/60 rule when choosing between LEED rating systems

Wondering what to do when choosing a rating system isn't as simple as black and white? LEED v4 addresses 21 different types of buildings and spaces, but how do you know which one to choose when you've got a mixed use space? Enter the 40/60 rule. This model provides guidance for making a decision when several rating systems appear to be appropriate for a project.  Step 1: Assign a rating system to each square foot or square meter of the building Step 2: Choose the most appropriate...

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...

In LEED 07.30.2014

Why do we care if your home is green?

The great Rick Fedrizzi recently noted that “our homes play the biggest role in our lives. They bookend our days… Imagine if all people started their days from a sustainable home, with a native awareness of efficiency and efficacy; of better health and resilience. Imagine if we used our homes as the base camp for healthy living, in every aspect of our lives… They could be the touchstone for being mindful of sustainability for our present and future.” In typical...

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 08.4.2014

How to improve air quality

This article is part 2 of a 4 part series on "Greening your college life." Read part 1. 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 difference...

In LEED 07.28.2014

How to be a power saver

This article is part 1 of a 4 part series on "Greening your college life." 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 difference and have a...

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