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In LEED 04.16.2014

The little LEED building that could: South Sudan’s first LEED-certified building

The World Bank building in South Sudan had its challenges. The site was located in an area with no electricity supply, access to local building materials were few and far between, not to mention that during the design and entire construction period the client for the building was based in Washington D.C., the architect in Kenya, the sustainability consultant in India, and the water consultant in Ethiopia. Yet for the World Bank’s new Juba office in South Sudan, a combination of...

In LEED 04.14.2014

Know we're back!

We know. "In The Know" took a several week long — unannounced — hiatus. Maggie and I apologize, but we have been working on a number of international efforts that have kept us occupied! In short, we’re back, so is Mad Men, and we have a tremendous amount to share in the coming weeks. I was in China (my distraction) with some of USGBC's leadership at the end of March for a series of meetings, a plaque presentation and, most importantly, seeing LEED in motion...

In LEED 04.8.2014

3 billion square feet — but who's counting?

At USGBC, we've had no shortage of notable milestones of late. Beyond the launch of LEED v4 in November, an extraordinary accomplishment that's poised to push the green building industry to new heights, we also certified our 20,000th commercial project in December and crossed the 50,000 LEED-certified homes mark in January. And today, we announced that we reached 3 billion square feet of certified commercial and institutional space, after reaching 2 billion square feet in July 2012 and 1...

In LEED 04.3.2014

LEED addenda update: April 2014

April 1st quarterly addenda to the LEED rating systems and reference guides are now available.  There are two ways to view the changes: visit the database and search by 4/2/2014 visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit INTERPRETATIONS: Twenty new LEED Interpretations (10368—10382), including 15 for Homes and Multifamily Midrise were published. Some highlights: Demonstrating compliance for residential Interior Design...

In LEED 04.16.2014

GRESB: Bringing sustainability to the capital market

Last week the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), launched its 2014 Survey. The release marks the fifth consecutive year that GRESB has been working to provide institutional investors with timely and actionable information about property companies and private equity funds.   The real estate industry has taken notice. Following pressure from investors, regulators, as well as building occupants, the industry has started to look more closely at sustainability issues,...

In LEED 04.9.2014

Green neighborhoods for all in Milwaukee’s Westlawn Gardens

The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee has proven that sustainable, supportive and healthy communities aren’t limited to the nation’s top zip codes or tony neighborhoods.  The Westlawn Gardens redevelopment project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has earned the highest level of certification for any LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) built project for redeveloping a severely distressed public housing project into an award winning, mixed-income community...

In LEED 04.7.2014

LEED committee self-nominations close on April 10

A reminder for those interested in working with volunteer experts in the development and maintenance of the LEED rating system: The current LEED Committee Call for Volunteers is scheduled to close on Thursday, April 10th at 5:00 pm PST. This call seeks professionals with specific expertise related to the Pilot Credit Library Working Group, Implementation Advisory Committee, six Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) and one residential seat on the Technical Committee. More information is...

In LEED 04.2.2014

New credit substitutions and pilots

In January, we published an article on credit substitutions. Based on interest, we now have additional substitutions available for LEED for Homes and Multifamily Midrise, as well as a new pilot alternative compliance path for the Materials and Resources credit category: Materials and Resources Pilot Alternative Compliance Path: Pilot ACP 84 (new) LEED v2009 project teams can now use the LEED v4 Materials and Resources credits, which have changed significantly to incentivize environmental...

In LEED 04.14.2014

Our 21st year

Turning 21 years old marks an important right of passage, at least here in the U.S. You’re now officially old enough to do a few things you were probably already doing anyway. Hopefully, now that you can do them legally, you’ve also figured out how to do them more responsibly. That’s the idea, anyway. Likely, you’re only just now beginning to figure out who you really are, and what you want to do with your life. There’s an expectation among your family...

In LEED 04.8.2014

Senior Materials Research Fellows share their Insights

As part of the LEED, Materials and Health Initiative, six Senior Materials Research Fellows have joined the team to help deepen the understanding around the effect of materials ingredients on the health of those who interact with the built environment. Through a series of entries posted on the Green Building Information Gateway’s (GBIG’s) Insight blog, the Fellows have been sharing their perspectives and highlighting the science and policy behind the current state of...

In LEED 04.7.2014

You’re a LEED Professional: Now what?

You did it! Congratulations! You decided to become a LEED professional, you took the exam, and passed! Now what? Earn CE hours to fulfill your credential maintenance Under the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP), you are required to maintain your credential by fulfilling continuing education requirements every two years. The process is designed to facilitate continued professional development within the field of green building, to grow your knowledge and experience, and to improve your job...

In LEED 04.1.2014

Now available: LEED v4 candidate handbooks

Starting on June 30, 2014, the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams will evolve for the LEED v4 rating system — and the candidate handbooks are now available to help you prepare. The last day to take the credential exams with LEED v2009 content will be June 15, 2014. The first day to take the exams with the new LEED v4 content will be June 30, 2014. No tests will be administered in between these dates. LEED v4 candidate handbooks Click the images below to access each...

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