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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,...

In LEED 04.5.2016

LEED addenda update: April 2016

The April 2016 quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda is now available. To view the changes, Visit the addenda database and search for 4/5/2016. Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit. Interpretations Nine new LEED Interpretations have been published (10431–10439). LEED Interpretation 10433 explains how to use v2 of the Health Product Declaration Open Standard to meet the requirements of...

In LEED 03.29.2016

A closer look at the LEED v3 energy update, effective April 8

2016 has already been a busy year for LEED. Just recently, USGBC members approved a ballot measure that updates the minimum energy efficiency requirements for LEED BD+C and ID+C v3 rating systems (including LEED 2008 Multifamily Mid-Rise). The change is effective for projects registering for LEED v3 certification (also called LEED 2009) using these rating systems on or after April 8, 2016. This update does not affect LEED 2009 O+M, ND or LEED 2008 Homes.  For projects that decide to...

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 04.11.2016

One week left to self-nominate for LEED Working Groups

The call for volunteers to join a newly created Indoor Air Assessment Working Group and the Social Equity Working Group closes on Monday, April 18, at 5:00 p.m. PST. If you have strong experience in the design, construction and operation of healthy and socially equitable buildings and communities, consider applying to serve on a LEED working group today. To be eligible, applicants must be an employee of an organization that is a member of USGBC.  The Indoor Air Assessment...

In LEED 03.31.2016

Join USGBC and GGBA in Berlin to learn about LEED v4 and earn CE hours

Join building industry leaders throughout Europe to discuss greening the existing buildings market. The LEED in Europe Spring 2016 technical meeting is a  unique two-day learning event featuring significant peer-to-peer discussion and practical application, as well as insight from USGBC staff and leadership, the German Green Building Association and other leaders in European green building. Day 1 (6 CE hours) provides instruction in several tools for existing buildings...

In LEED 03.25.2016

From the Help Center: The 411 on maintaining your LEED professional credential

Congratulations! You’ve earned a LEED professional credential, demonstrating your expertise and leadership in the green building marketplace. As a LEED professional, you’re required to maintain your credential by earning continuing education (CE) hours. What are those, exactly? At the USGBC Help Center, we’re here to help you understand what CEs are and why they matter. Below, you’ll find answers to commonly asked questions about credential...

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 04.6.2016

Top 10 States 2015: UVA Children’s Hospital Battle Building

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,...

In LEED 03.30.2016

LEED v4 Education: Energy and Atmosphere

This month, our LEED v4 education series will focus on energy and atmosphere. The American Physical Society has found that if current and emerging cost-effective energy efficiency measures are employed in new and existing buildings—for example, replacing heating, cooling, lighting and other equipment—the growth in energy demand from the building sector could fall from a projected 30 percent increase to zero between now and 2030. The energy section of LEED v4 supports the goal of...

In LEED 03.25.2016

LEED Lab: Preparing our students for the careers they want

At USGBC, we are dedicated to greening higher education, and we concentrate on those who stand the most to gain from this—our university and college students. In support of this, we are committed to preparing students for 21st century careers in sustainability by delivering competency-based education and providing innovative solutions for today’s curriculum so we can build the next generation of sustainability leaders. Today’s generation of college students are more...

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