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In LEED 12.14.2015

World’s second largest building, Shanghai Tower, achieves LEED Platinum

Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world, recently achieved LEED Platinum for Core and Shell. The Tower, located at the core of Pudong’s growing Lujiazui finance and trade area in Shanghai, is 632 meters high. LEED is the world’s most widely applied green building rating system and is currently used in more than 150 countries and territories across the globe. LEED CS (Core and Shell) is the certification for the envelope of a building, and...

In LEED 12.9.2015

Building the Shanghai of tomorrow: Hongqiao CBD's low-carbon transportation hub

Every story about a green building is a story about people. And you’ve heard it before: at USGBC, we say every story about a LEED building, community or city is a story about leaders. Leaders across the globe recognize that LEED works and enhances an organization’s triple bottom line—people, planet and profit. By certifying to LEED, leaders across the world are raising the bar for the global market, positively impacting the quality of our built space. The Hongqiao Central...

In LEED 12.1.2015

LEED 2009 energy update—Voter registration open until January 8

The LEED 2009 energy update is a proposed increase to the minimum energy performance thresholds for LEED 2009 projects with the goal of ensuring that LEED continues to keep pace with continually improving expectations for building energy efficiency. With this change, project teams will be asked to earn a minimum of 4-points in the energy performance credits. Before a change of this nature can be implemented, USGBC must follow the ballot process, beginning with public comment. In September, we...

In LEED 11.17.2015

Live. Learn. Work. Play. LEED. [video]

LEED is everywhere you go—all you have to do is look around. In neighborhoods, offices, schools, coffee shops and beyond, the LEED green building rating system is changing how you live, learn, work and play. Find out how LEED is transforming the way we think about creating and constructing buildings, and improving the quality of life for millions of people around the world. Businesses and organizations use LEED to lower operating costs by reducing energy and water consumption. By...

In LEED 12.11.2015

LEED Online scheduled maintenance Dec. 24–Jan. 3

Please note that LEED Online will be offline from 9:00 pm EST on Dec. 24, 2015, until 9:00 pm EST on Jan. 3, 2016, while we perform routine maintenance and implement system updates. During this time, you will not be able to log in to the system. Contact us for more information and learn more about LEED certification timelines.  

In LEED 12.3.2015

Help us help you: Survey on SITES and sustainable landscape design

Considering implementing SITES in your organization or practice? Interested in earning a SITES professional credential? We are exploring this possibility at USGBC and need your feedback. SITES is the most comprehensive rating system for developing sustainable landscapes.  Administered by GBCI, SITES certification is for development projects located on sites either with or without buildings—ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, from streetscapes to...

In LEED 11.19.2015

Harvard breaks LEED record

This article was previously published in the Harvard Gazette. Driven by the University’s ambitious, science-based climate goal, Harvard’s facilities and project planning teams have embraced Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices to reduce energy and create healthier spaces for occupants. This fall Harvard reached a major milestone in its commitment...

In LEED 11.16.2015

LEED v4 education suites: Sign up today

Looking for LEED v4 education? Beginning in January 2016, USGBC will launch a fresh way to get to know the newest version of LEED by introducing LEED education suites. LEED v4 education suites will present a range of engagement opportunities in a number of formats to accommodate every learning style and schedule. For those looking to equip themselves and their teams with all available tools and resources for ongoing use, USGBC will publish a library of support materials, and every...

In LEED 12.10.2015

New LEED educational materials introduced in Japan

Today, Green Building Japan (GBJ) and USGBC introduced new, translated materials designed to further accelerate the adoption of LEED v4, the latest version of the LEED building program, and increase future capacity for greening Japan’s built environment.   As part of their ongoing collaboration, GBJ and USGBC released Japanese versions of the LEED v4 Green Associate Candidate Handbook and the LEED Green Associate exam. The new materials will further educate professionals in Japan...

In LEED 12.2.2015

Good for business: LEED spaces distinguish DC locales

During Greenbuild 2015, we highlighted four recently LEED-certified spaces in the nation’s capital that are helping transform the way businesses and organizations design, construct and maintain buildings. Below is a quick project snapshot of each unique space, just in case you missed it. Wal-Mart: 77 H Street NW Wal-Mart, once known for sprawling supercenters off interstate highways, is now finding new homes in metropolitan areas like Washington, DC, where space is in high demand and...

In LEED 11.19.2015

LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily approved by USGBC membership

The results of the LEED v4 O+M Multifamily rating system adaptation ballot are in! For any new measure that goes through the balloting process, a minimum of two-thirds approval is needed to pass. With 87.3% of the votes in favor of the new adaptation, LEED O+M: Multifamily has been approved as a new adaptation in the LEED v4 for Operations and Maintenance rating system. Final ballot results (by balance category): Producer: 84.2% affirmative  User: 89.7% affirmative General...

In LEED 11.13.2015

LEED pilot credits on resilient design adopted

Alex Wilson co-facilitated the working group that developed the new LEED pilot credits on resilience with Mary Ann Lazarus. This article was previously published on the Resilient Design Institute blog.  I am thrilled to report that the suite of three LEED pilot credits on resilient design, which the Resilient Design Institute has spearheaded, were approved yesterday by the LEED Steering Committee. This follows approval of the credits last week by the LEED Pilot Credit Committee. RDI...

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