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In LEED 02.27.2015

Land of Lincoln leads with LEED

I could not be prouder of the Land of Lincoln.  For the second year in a row, my home state of Illinois has topped the list of states with the most LEED-certified gross square footage per capita certified during the year.  In 2014, GBCI certified 174 projects with a combined total of over 42 million gross square feet—and not all of those projects are located in the upper east corner of the state.  Many of these LEED projects are located downstate in Central Illinois. There...

In LEED 02.23.2015

LEED for Homes: It's what's inside that counts

What is LEED for Homes? A home is more than just shelter: homes are the most important buildings in our lives. We think that every building should be a green building—but especially homes. Why? LEED homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home. Using less energy and water means lower utility bills each month. And in many markets, certified green homes are now selling quicker and for more money than...

In LEED 02.19.2015

Top 10 states project profile: The Colorado Convention Center

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental and social justice. This...

In LEED 02.17.2015

LEED ID+C: It's what's inside that counts

What is LEED ID+C? As humans, we spend 90% of our time indoors. That time should be spent in spaces that allow us to breathe easy, give us views of nature and daylight, and make us healthier and more productive. LEED for Interior Design and Construction (LEED ID+C) enables project teams who may not have control over whole building operations to develop indoor spaces that are better for the planet and for people. Who it's for? While you may apply the LEED ID+C rating system to any number of...

In LEED 02.26.2015

Top 10 states project profile: Qiagen’s North American Corporate Headquarters

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental and social justice. This...

In LEED 02.20.2015

We heard you #loveLEED

This Valentine's Day, we asked if you love LEED as much as we do. The answer was simple: yes! We were so impressed by how people shared their love for LEED! Check out some of our favorite posts below. Missed out on the action? Want to show a building you love, share why green building is important to you or write a love letter to LEED? Post a photo on Instagram or a message on Twitter! Just use the hashtag #loveLEED.  @USGBC Why yes, we do! And we #loveLEED because it's one of the best...

In LEED 02.18.2015

What is green building?

Sustainability is not a one-time treatment or product. Instead, green building is a process that applies to buildings, their sites, their interiors, their operations, and the communities in which they are situated. The process of green building flows throughout the entire life-cycle of a project, beginning at the inception of a project idea and continuing seamlessly until the project reaches the end of its life and its parts are recycled or reused.  In our guide, An Introduction to LEED...

In LEED 02.16.2015

U.S. presidents lead the way with a commitment to sustainability

In honor of Presidents' Day, we'd like to celebrate two presidents who have championed the environment through building LEED-certified presidential centers and libraries. Through their commitment to conservation and sustainability, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush have created healthy presidential spaces that engage communities from around the world. That's the kind of leadership we'll take our hats off to. Check out the centers below. William J. Clinton Presidential Center...

In LEED 02.26.2015

LEED BD+C credits and points

This article is part of a series that provides an overview of the fundamental elements to LEED.  In a previous article, we explained the difference between prerequisites, credits, and points. In this edition, we’ll show how you can use them—starting with Building Design & Construction (LEED BD+C). In LEED v4, this rating system addresses the following project types: New Construction Core and Shell School Retail Data Centers Warehouses and Distribution Centers Hospitality...

In LEED 02.19.2015

What's the difference between a LEED credit, LEED prerequisite and a LEED point?

This article is part of a series that provides an overview of the fundamental elements to LEED. LEED points, LEED credits, LEED prerequisites—they all contribute to certification but what’s the difference? In this article we’re going to go over these three fundamental elements and how they help you achieve LEED. In the articles to come—we’ll provide more detailed information about what these look like in each of the LEED rating systems: BD+C, O+M, ID+C, and ND. We...

In LEED 02.17.2015

LEED v4 material ingredients credit: Serving up a new recipe

 Products, products everywhere but which ones score me points? As in the early days of LEED, finding all the products you need for the new building product disclosure and optimization - material ingredients credit can be tricky—but one day you’ll find them faster than you can say the name of the credit, like you can now with no-VOC paints. Hopefully as time goes on these credits will help make the new norm building products and materials that are trusted to be safe, healthy,...

In LEED 02.12.2015

Top 10 states project profile: Advanced Protein Characterization Lab

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in the many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental/social justice. This...

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