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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 developers, home builders and projects that have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace. Award categories: Outstanding Commitment to LEED Outstanding Affordable Project...

In LEED 04.18.2016

LEED Lab seeks to close the employability gap

At the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, we place a high priority on measuring and understanding the current state of higher education and identifying tactics for how we can transform our existing campuses to be sustainable communities. As part of this effort, we are committed to preparing students for competitive 21st century careers in sustainability. Are students graduating without the skills they need? The higher education sector currently falls short in providing our college and...

In LEED 04.14.2016

DOE and EPA labels that help earn credits in LEED v4 BD+C: Homes

As part of the April 2016 addenda release, USGBC introduced two LEED Interpretations that allow projects to leverage their DOE Zero Energy Ready Home and EPA Indoor airPLUS labels to earn points toward LEED v4 certification under LEED v4 BD+C: Homes. Interpretation 10431 lists the LEED v4 credits and prerequisites a project earns when they receive the DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERH) label. Interpretation 10436 lists the LEED v4 credits and...

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 04.21.2016

Illegal wood and the role of LEED

Illegal logging is a pervasive and global problem. This practice includes removing trees from protected areas, failing to pay taxes and fees for timber, cutting protected species, stealing wood from the rightful owners and/or removing more timber than allowed from a given area. It causes enormous damage to forests, habitat, local communities and the economies of producer countries. And it’s not a small industry—illegal logging accounts for 50–90 percent of all forestry...

In LEED 04.18.2016

Deadline extended to apply for a LEED Working Group

Are you a sustainability practitioner who cares deeply about the human health and social impacts of buildings and communities? Interested in exploring alternative strategies for evaluating indoor air quality in LEED projects? Don’t miss your chance to join the LEED Social Equity Working Group or a newly created Indoor Air Assessment Working Group!  USGBC’s call for self-nominations from qualified applicants has been extended to Monday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. PST. See...

In LEED 04.14.2016

LEED Certification update: First quarter 2016 recap

In this recurring feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity since January 21, 2016, 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. You can also visit the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED trends around the world.  Certification Level Projects Certified Square Footage...

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 04.19.2016

From the Help Center: Commonly asked questions about LEED professional exams

LEED professional credentials are a mark of excellence within the green building marketplace, illustrating that the credential holder has a documented, up-to-date understanding of the latest industry principles and practices. Every year, numerous professionals register for the tests as the first step in their journey toward earning a LEED credential. Are you considering taking a LEED professional exam, but are unsure where to start or which one to register for? From the USGBC...

In LEED 04.14.2016

Leaders across China are creating a more sustainable future for millions

Sustainability is not new to China. Over the last five years, I have witnessed firsthand the evolution of the green building movement and the great accomplishments that have been made in China. China is now the second largest market for LEED outside of the United States—and in mainland China, there are over 2,430 projects participating in LEED, comprising over 134.2 million gross square meters of space. China has an excellent opportunity to drive sustainability at a global scale, creating...

In LEED 04.13.2016

Top 10 States 2015: Ballet West

The 2015 Top 10 States list honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States—equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet.  In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects that contributed to the 2015 Top 10 rankings. Join us in celebrating some of the best examples of green building design,...

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