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In LEED 09.16.2014

USGBC Announces 12 Winners of its LEED Earth Campaign

 Countries selected previously had no LEED buildings Washington, D.C. — (Sept. 16, 2014) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that 12 countries now have their very first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building. Previously, LEED did not exist in these countries.  The countries — Burundi, Croatia, Ecuador, Honduras, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Pakistan, Serbia, South Sudan, Ukraine and Venezuela —  were...

In LEED 09.5.2014

Ready for a faster, more streamlined LEED certification process? Start here.

Getting to certification more quickly No one likes delays or surprises in a LEED review. We've made great strides at improving the timeliness and accuracy of our reviews, and we're working toward even quicker turnaround and more predictable results. We know that strong, organized submittals = faster certification process. We’ve been listening to you, and we’re proud to introduce LEED Proven Provider, a new way for project teams to submit those perfect (or nearly perfect) submissions...

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 09.11.2014

Federal Guiding Principles for existing buildings

There are two sets of Federal Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings, one set for existing buildings, and    one set for new construction. With over 500,000 facilities representing more than 3 billion square feet of space, the Federal Government is the largest landlord and energy consumer in the U.S.  As part of Executive Order 13514, at least 15% of each agency’s existing facilities and building leases (above 5,000 gross square feet)...

In LEED 09.3.2014

ENERGY STAR adds multifamily buildings to constellation

This article was co-written by Bryan Howard and Dan Winters. In mid-September, multifamily buildings will now have the opportunity to submit via Portfolio Manager for a score, through the 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score for multifamily buildings. All properties scoring above a 75 may be eligible to earn ENERGY STAR certification. Multifamily buildings can start as early as right now to input their data into Portfolio Manager to receive a score. To receive an accurate score you’...

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 09.11.2014

LEED Dynamic Plaque: Finalist in Fast Company's 2014 Innovation By Design Awards

We're excited to announce that the LEED Dynamic Plaque is a finalist in Fast Company's 2014 Innovation By Design Awards, among 53 honorees that include Disney, Google, Nike and The New York Times.  What are the Innovation By Design Awards? Now in their third year, they honor the most innovative and disruptive design solutions to today’s business problems.  This year’s judging panel selected the finalists from among 1,587 international submissions across ten categories. The...

In LEED 09.2.2014

Certify multiple buildings with LEED

Did you know that #LEEDworks in bulk? In addition to individual building certification, LEED also includes certification paths structured for organizations seeking certification for multiple buildings. You have two options for certifying multiple buildings: LEED volume certification LEED campus and multiple building certification 1. LEED volume certification LEED volume certification meets the needs of companies and organizations that are ready to apply LEED across a portfolio of similar...

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...

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