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In LEED 05.27.2016

LEED by the numbers: 16 years of steady growth

LEED has grown to become the world’s most widely used green building rating system, with nearly 80,000 projects participating in LEED across 162 countries, including more than 32,500 certified commercial projects. As the best model for sustainable construction, LEED’s growth and impact around the world is undisputed—but the growth has not always been linear. As the real estate market evolves and changes, so does LEED. USGBC’s Business Intelligence team has taken a look...

In LEED 05.24.2016

Honor your achievements in green home building: The 2015 LEED Homes Awards

The deadline to enter the 2015 LEED Homes Awards is fast approaching. Don’t miss an opportunity to showcase your achievements in residential green building by submitting your nomination by this Friday, May 27, 2016.  The annual LEED Homes Awards recognize developers, homebuilders and projects that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the residential green building marketplace. Awards are given to best-in-class multi- and single-family residential and affordable housing...

In LEED 05.12.2016

National Hospital Week spotlights LEED health care facilities

May 8–14 marks National Hospital Week. This special occasion is an opportunity to celebrate hospitals and honor the individuals in health care who have devoted their lives to the health and well-being of the communities they serve. This week also gives USGBC the opportunity to showcase some great recent projects in LEED certifications for health care, where human wellness is built into all that we do. Recognize any of these facilities in your home city? Enjoy browsing these exceptional...

In LEED 04.28.2016

Building future capacity for the green building industry

This article was originally published in the February 2016 issue of IA&B magazine, as "Building Future Capacity for the Green Building Industry: Sustainability and LEED in Higher Education."  At USGBC, we believe that everyone entering a classroom should have the opportunity to learn in a green school and take that knowledge of sustainable practices with them into their future. We are actively connecting with campuses all over the world to change the way their buildings are...

In LEED 05.27.2016

LEED and Homes [video]

A home is more than just shelter: it’s the most important building in our lives. So wouldn’t you want a home designed and built with better health and durability in mind? Meet LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. A LEED home is a green home, and is built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure comfort. LEED homes use less energy and water, meaning lower utility bills each month. Some of the most...

In LEED 05.19.2016

New LEED pilot credit establishes Integrative Process for Health Promotion

Protecting human health by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change has been a focus of the green building movement since its inception. With changing weather patterns and matured understanding of the relationship between climate change and health, the need for climate change mitigation and adaptation could not be more evident. However, in addition to the macro-level positive health impacts attributed to green building, there is increased recognition of the more...

In LEED 05.11.2016

LEED v4 stories: Brooklyn Basin

The LEED v4 stories series features the people the behind diverse LEED v4 projects.  Project team members and project owners tell of their experiences—both the wins and the challenges. Brooklyn Basin is the first certified LEED v4 for Neighborhood Development: Plan. This groundbreaking enterprise will consist of 3,100 homes, 200,000 square feet of retail, 32 acres of waterfront parks and two marinas. When complete, it will provide residents in the city of Oakland access to...

In LEED 04.26.2016

Learn more about LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit compliance

Join our free, live webinar for building product manufacturers about LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit compliance. Earlier this year, USGBC opened the call for product manufacturers interested in joining a field trial of guidance connected to Option 3 of the LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit that provides building product manufacturers with a step-by-step process for meeting its requirements. With the success of the first program, we are opening the call for a second...

In LEED 05.26.2016

It's a beautiful day in Charlotte’s Brightwalk neighborhood

Charlotte’s newest community just might make you want to put on your red cardigan and start singing, “won’t you be my neighbor?”  The Brightwalk community was recently certified LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND); it’s the first and largest project in North Carolina to receive this designation outside of the LEED-ND pilot program, which was launched in 2010. On Tuesday, the community unveiled its new sign at a green celebration, which highlighted the...

In LEED 05.19.2016

From the Help Center: Regional Priority Credits 101

At the USGBC Help Center, our goal is to quickly connect you with answers addressing a wide range of topics, including LEED, professional exams and project tools. Some of our most popular questions revolve around Regional Priority (RP) Credits—what exactly are they, and how can a LEED project apply for one? Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about the RP credits. We also encourage you to submit questions to the Help Center if you can’t find what...

In LEED 04.29.2016

LEED v4 Education: Sustainable Sites

In May, the LEED v4 education focus will be on sustainable sites. A building’s impact is not restricted to what's inside it. Between 1982 and 2001, in the United States alone, about 34 million acres (13,759 hectares) of open space—an area the size of Illinois—were lost to development at a rate of approximately four acres per minute, or 6,000 acres a day. Along with open space, habitat is diminishing and becoming fragmented, separated by pavement, buildings and infrastructure....

In LEED 04.22.2016

Nominate your project for the 2015 LEED Homes Awards

We are now accepting nominations for the 2015 LEED Homes Awards.  Did you work on a truly exemplary green home in 2015? Are you a developer or homebuilder who has gone above and beyond with LEED? If so, we want to turn the spotlight on your great work. The LEED Homes Awards recognize architects, developers, home builders and projects that have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace. Award categories: Outstanding Commitment to LEED Outstanding Affordable...

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