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In LEED 05.26.2015

Two free webinar dates left: Get to know the LEED Dynamic Plaque and earn CE hours

Join us for a free webinar on the future of building performance during one of our two remaining dates.    The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a building performance monitoring and scoring platform that gives you a current snapshot on how your building is performing across five categories.   It’s designed to enable building owners, facilities managers, consultants and other team members to observe trends and make meaningful improvements to building operations that benefit the triple...

In LEED 05.15.2015

Take part in a new USGBC global green survey

USGBC, in partnership with Dodge Data & Analytics (formerly McGraw Hill Construction) has just launched a new global green survey. The survey results will offer key insights on construction activity around the world by examining important trends affecting and transforming the construction industry on a global, regional and national level. The results will also provide information on the benefits experienced in green construction globally and the variation of green practices and...

In LEED 05.8.2015

Honeywell's Earth Day message resonates every day

In case you missed it, on Earth Day, USGBC Platinum level member Honeywell posted a great piece on their blog about the LEED Dynamic Plaque and the role LEED plays in our journey to be greener and kinder to the earth every day. Read the original blog post.  Earth Day was first conceived in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson when he witnessed the damage of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could garner the same...

In LEED 05.1.2015

Top 10 states project profile: Kohl's Oro Valley Store in Arizona

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental and social justice. ...

In LEED 05.22.2015

TAIPEI 101: The people behind the recertification

Standing in the Xinyi District of Taipei, an area known for its Grade A office buildings and vibrant shopping malls, TAIPEI 101 stands, representing a worldwide precedent for sustainable skyscraper development. Not only did the tower hold the title of world’s tallest building from its completion in 2004 to 2010 (508m height), it achieved LEED Platinum certification for Operations and Maintenance in 2011, an impressive feat for a tower of its size and complexity. Now, TAIPEI 101 is ready...

In LEED 05.14.2015

Measure of Success [USGBC+ May/June 2015]

This article was originally published in the May/June 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. We hit Gold!!!” The email, accompanied by a smartphone photo of a sleek-looking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Dynamic Plaque, landed in the employees’ inboxes at the San Francisco office of DPR Construction, headquartered in Redwood City, California, last September. Joe Nguyen, IT field engineer at DPR, was psyched to see the score increase—he had...

In LEED 05.6.2015

Myth #4: Industrial process energy use is incompatible with LEED

Typically, and more traditionally, the stories about green building have been about the people who live, work or learn in a LEED building and how their actions and the building itself impacts the environment. But, when I started working as a LEED consultant on major industrial facilities, we quickly learned that the story was not just about who is in the building, but also about what is happening inside the building and how energy and other resources were being used. As a LEED consultant with...

In LEED 04.30.2015

LEED soars to new heights with 5 iconic global skyscrapers

All across the world, LEED projects are reaching new heights. From the tallest LEED certified building in the world—to one of the most iconic buildings ever constructed—some of the most epic skyscrapers in the world are providing breathtaking views, while also embracing green building practices. Check out some of the most iconic buildings below and learn about some of their unique sustainability features. TAIPEI 101 - Taipei, Taiwan Project Details: 1,667 feet high, 101 floors...

In LEED 05.19.2015

LEED v4 webinar: Additional dates and times

Did you miss it? In April, USGBC hosted Get to know LEED v4, a free, live webinar event. Since then, we’ve received a number of requests for additional events in different time zones. We appreciate your feedback and have now added two more free webinar to the calendar. Choose one of the following dates: May 26, 2015 @ 10pm EDT (register now) June 23, 2015 @ 1pm EDT (register now) Like the first webinar, these events are eligible for 1 LEED specific CE hour (applicable for all rating...

In LEED 05.12.2015

Myth #5: Industrial facilities are too large and complex for LEED

Manufacturing and industrial facilities operate on a vastly different scale compared to a home, an office building, or even a university campus. Instead, we should compare a factory site or an industrial facility campus to a small city. Intel’s Ocotillo Campus is 682 acres; it’s more than six times the size of Vatican City in Rome or Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The Ocotillo campus is four times the size of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and like a small city it contains...

In LEED 05.5.2015

LEED certification update: April 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in April 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 04.30.2015

New tools for LEED 2009 Existing Buildings projects

In 2014 we announced the release of new tools for LEED v4 O+M projects. Today, we’re expanding this effort to include LEED 2009. Now, in the same way we provide plan and policy templates for LEED v4 projects, we’ve also created plans and policies for LEED 2009 projects. These templates serve as examples of plans and policies that meet the requirements of the credits. They enable you to implement the operations and maintenance best practices in your building and be confident...

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