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In LEED 11.17.2014

LEED reviewer compass: Understanding the logic behind a review decision

Have you ever wondered what goes into a LEED certification review decision?  All reviewers work from the same set of principles, when applying the LEED requirements to a wide diversity of project types. Below are some things to keep in mind when preparing to submit your LEED project for review. Trust but verify: Reviewers trust that you are being honest about your achievements, but must also verify that the technical requirements have been understood and applied properly to your...

In LEED 11.11.2014

LEED professionals at a glance: November 2014

LEED professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of six LEED professional credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and they contribute expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them? Don't have a credential yet? Learn more about how to become a LEED professional » Hover over the charts below for a dynamic experience.  

In LEED 11.5.2014

LEED in Motion: Retail — Target spotlight

143 LEED-certified stores For Target, sustainability is a principle that drives the decisions made across the company, and LEED has been a key component of Target’s corporate sustainability initiatives. As the most widely-recognized sustainability rating system, LEED has provided an ideal platform through which Target has been able to quantify and validate specific sustainability commitments, and share those successes with guests, team members, and the community. While Target has...

In LEED 11.4.2014

LEED certification update: October 2014

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in October 2014, 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 and around the world. Rating System Projects Certified Square Footage Certified New Construction 172 20.6 million Commercial Interiors 62 2.3 million Core and Shell 33 8.9 million Existing...

In LEED 11.12.2014

Lighting your way to a more energy-efficient home

This article is the third installment in a series of tips and best practices for making your home more sustainable. Read the first article and the second article. Lighting your home accounts for roughly 5% of its total energy usage—for the average U.S. family, that equates to around $110 each year. Luckily, switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest and easiest ways to reduce your energy consumption and keep more of that money in your pocket.  Efficient lighting is...

In LEED 11.11.2014

Understanding USGBC's Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines to tell your LEED...

We created our Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines to help you use our brand assets consistently and correctly. The guidelines include common uses and misuses of USGBC’s brand assets, including trademarks and logos. We're counting on you to help reinforce our brand by applying these guidelines carefully. Have questions? Contact USGBC’s Marketing Department at [email protected] Using the LEED logo The LEED logo must always appear in its standard colors: 60% and 50%...

In LEED 11.5.2014

Making history at the AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants

Last Wednesday (Oct. 29), the San Francisco Giants were named Major League Baseball's 2014 World Series Champions, clinching their third Series in five years by defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in a thrilling Game 7 win. Led by the record-breaking performance of Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, the Giants became just the second National League team to win three World Series in five years, and the first since the 1940s. Their historic performance makes the case that a new dynasty has been...

In LEED 10.29.2014

LEED in Motion: Retail — Nike spotlight

Nike Store: Buenos Aires, Argentina LEED for Commercial Interiors: Gold Certified January 2013 LEED certification is the way Nike is able to verify and track its sustainability efforts and confirm that overall goals are being met. Nike states: “LEED is both rigorous and the most globally recognized green building certification platform available. Its global presence and application allow us to compare each store equally no matter the geography that it lives in. It is also recognized by...

In LEED 11.12.2014

LEED in Motion: Retail — Kohl's spotlight

430+ LEED-certified stores Kohl’s is committed to being a leading environmentally responsible retailer. LEED is one way they put this commitment into practice. An active member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2007, Kohl’s utilizes USGBC’s LEED rating systems to guide best practices in the design, construction and operations of more than 1,100 stores and corporate facilities. To date, Kohl’s has more than 430 LEED-certified locations, which amounts to 35,616,240...

In LEED 11.10.2014

Selecting a LEED rating system but need help choosing? Discover LEED

Looking to pursue LEED certification but don’t know where to begin? Check out our new interactive Discover LEED experience to get started. Discover LEED is a fun new way to interact with LEED. Answer a few simple questions—like, “Is this a new or existing building?”—and Discover LEED does the rest. Don’t have a project but looking to learn about all of our rating systems? Click view all rating systems to review all of the offerings. There...

In LEED 11.4.2014

Green tools for federal compliance assessment

We know that no two companies are the same, and each has its own unique culture, needs, goals and processes. With that in mind, we want to make LEED work for you. Whether you're connected to the project from the building owner/manger side or you're a green building service provider offering expertise that helps the project towards sustainability, we have an offering meant to help you reach your goals efficiently. Federal compliance assessment Working on a project for a federal agency? Odds...

In LEED 10.27.2014

Your LEED project is certified! Here's how you can start promoting it

Once your LEED project has earned certification, it’s likely that you’ll want to tell the world, and you should. LEED certification benefits your bottom line and underscores your sustainability efforts. It’s a cause for celebration! Take the first step and request to receive a formal certificate of recognition, and you can choose to order LEED plaques and certificates. LEED certificates and plaques All LEED-certified projects will receive a high-resolution download of their...

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