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In LEED 07.1.2015

LEED addenda update: July 2015

The July 1 2015, quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda are now available. This release includes addenda for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009. To view the changes: Visit the addenda database and search by 7/1/2015 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables Interpretations Six new LEED Interpretations (10415-10419, 10421) were published. Four are applicable to LEED v4 and two...

In LEED 06.18.2015

Classic, timeless and sustainable cities: Jiaming Investment looks towards the future

Every story about a green building is a story about people. LEED buildings have a direct impact on the people who eat, live, work and play in them: these high-performing buildings boost the health, productivity and happiness of millions of people across the globe. Leaders across the globe understand that LEED is a powerful market tool that works. Every story about a LEED building is a story about leaders. These leaders recognize that LEED enhances a company’s triple-bottom line, helps...

In LEED 06.15.2015

Upcoming June deadline for LEED v2.0/2.2 projects: last day to submit for certification

Continuos improvement: It's the driving force and mantra behind the development of new versions of LEED. As the market continues to grow and evolve, LEED does the same. When new solutions are developed and new goals identified, previous versions of the LEED rating systems are retired or “sunset”—keeping the newest projects paired with the latest and best version. On June 27, 2015, the following rating systems will be closed for certification, i.e. sunset. LEED for New...

In LEED 05.29.2015

When it comes to homes, there's green and then there's LEED

LEED for Homes is a rating system and certification that promotes the design and construction of high performance green homes. Administered by USGBC, LEED certification offers a holistic approach to sustainability and emphasizes strategies for better environmental and health performance. Some of the world’s most important buildings use LEED such as: the Empire State Building, the Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco...

In LEED 06.30.2015

Streamlined LEED documentation path now available for California projects

A new alternative LEED documentation path, first mentioned in our April article, is now available for use on select credits by all projects subject to the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) mandatory requirements and registered under a LEED BD+C or LEED ID+C v2009 or v4 rating system. The CALGreen alternative documentation path is available for the following LEED credits: WE Prerequisite Indoor Water Use Reduction EA Prerequisite Fundamental Refrigerant...

In LEED 06.18.2015

Smart meets sustainable: Toronto’s premier smart building adopts the LEED Dynamic Plaque

Since it opened in 2010, 25 York Street has been a prominent fixture on the Toronto skyline. As one of the city’s premier smart buildings, this 30-story, LEED Platinum-certified facility can now count another accolade among its credits: it will be the first building in Canada to implement the LEED Dynamic Plaque—a near-real-time monitoring tool that will display the facility’s current performance across five categories: energy, water, waste, occupant...

In LEED 06.9.2015

LEED Certification Update: May 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in May 2015, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news.  Be sure to check out USGBC's 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 Certified...

In LEED 05.26.2015

Collaborating for green and healthy development

Strong evidence indicates that where we live, work, learn, and play affects our health and well-being. Green building professionals are in a unique position to ensure that their projects minimize health risks and capitalize on opportunities to improve health. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, USGBC has formed a partnership with the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Enterprise Green Communities to...

In LEED 06.24.2015

LEED committees call for volunteers to open July 1

Do you believe deeply in the USGBC vision that buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation? Are you interested in how the LEED rating system improves and evolves over time? Do you have experience with, or in-depth knowledge of, the creation of sustainable buildings and communities? If so, volunteer for one of the many LEED committees! Volunteers play a critical role in the technical development of LEED, collaborating with one...

In LEED 06.16.2015

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú achieves LEED certification

Latin America is home to some of the planet’s most beautiful places—the biodiversity of its forests and jungles, mountain ranges and coasts, and the rich history and culture—and Peru is no exception. Most visitors to the country head straight for its most prominent and historic site, Machu Picchu, the Incan citadel high in the Andes Mountains. But to understand the present and the future of Peru, head to the capital city Lima where sustainability leaders are making history. I...

In LEED 06.2.2015

LEED Multifamily for existing public comment extended to June 10

In April, we opened a public comment period asking all stakeholders to review and provide feedback on a new set of LEED credits proposed to address existing multifamily projects—LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily. After each public comment period, we review and respond to all comments and if they indicate that the proposed adaptation needs substantial changes, we release a new version for public comment. Based on the feedback that we have received so far, the proposed LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily...

In LEED 05.26.2015

LEED for Retail—Ready for a boom in Serbia

“How many of you are familiar with LEED? And how many of your are using LEED today?” At a LEED for Retail roundtable discussion in Serbia last month, this attendee poll resulted in 60 percent and 10 percent, respectively. While I was surprised by these numbers, I also saw firsthand the incredible excitement and potential for LEED to take hold here. Last month, I had the pleasure of traveling to Belgrade, Serbia to keynote this roundtable event, which was being hosted by our friends...

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