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In LEED 04.2.2015

Top 10 states project profile: The Center for Civil and Human Rights

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. This...

In LEED 03.30.2015

LEED project Mid-Review Clarification requests: What are they?

If you’ve submitted LEED projects for review, you may have occasionally been issued a Mid-Review Clarification (MRC) request from your LEED reviewer. Have you ever wondered: What is this, or why did I get it?  What is an MRC? Mid-Review Clarification requests are sent at the discretion of the LEED reviewer (i.e. GBCI does not mandate if an MRC should be sent) when there is a technical issue that prevents the reviewer from being able to fully evaluate submitted documentation. They...

In LEED 03.26.2015

The making of an icon: TAIPEI 101 reaches for new heights by pursuing LEED v4

When TAIPEI 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world originally certified in 2011 as LEED Platinum under LEED O+M for Existing Buildings, it was big news.   But today the big news just got bigger. Not content to rest on their laurels, Taipei Financial Center Corporation announced its intent to recertify, and the project team plans to do so using the newest version—LEED v4 for Existing Buildings certification, and pursue platinum for this honor as well. With this one act,...

In LEED 03.25.2015

LEED review comments: A closer look

If you have ever submitted a LEED project for certification, you are familiar with the Review Report in LEED Online that captures all the comments, educational notes and clarification requests from your LEED reviewer.  LEED review comments are designed to present a standardized and consistent method of communicating sometimes-complex technical issues with project teams across thousands of LEED projects in over 135 countries around the globe. These comments are the primary way that...

In LEED 04.1.2015

LEED addenda update: April 2015

The April 1, 2015, quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda is now available. This release includes addenda for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009. To view the changes: Visit the addenda database and search for 4/1/2015 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables Interpretations Four new LEED 2009 (10410, 10412-10414) and one new LEED v4 (10411) Interpretations were published. Highlights include: 10410:...

In LEED 03.27.2015

Upcoming sunset dates for LEED v2.0/2.2 projects

The continuing evolution of LEED plays a key role in how we ensure that LEED remains up to date and a symbol of excellence. As new versions of LEED are released, previous versions are retired or “sunset”—keeping the newest projects paired with the latest and best version of the rating system. On June 27, 2015, the following rating systems will be closed for certification, or sunset. LEED for New Construction v2.2 LEED for Core and Shell v2.0 LEED for Commercial Interiors v2.0...

In LEED 03.26.2015

Top 10 states project profile: Bently Union Square

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. This...

In LEED 03.24.2015

Nominate your project for the 2014 LEED for Homes Awards

We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 LEED for Homes Awards.  Did you work on a truly exemplary green home in 2014? Are you a developer or homebuilder who has gone above and beyond with LEED? If so, we want to turn the spotlight on your great work. The LEED for Homes Awards recognize developers, home builders and projects that have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace. The award categories are:  Outstanding Commitment to LEED for Homes...

In LEED 03.31.2015

Ecuador proves that LEED is possible as the most recent LEED Earth winner

ENNE Arquitectos is proud to announce that it's new ENNE Arquitectos office is the first LEED-certified project in Ecuador and the most recent winner of USGBC’s LEED Earth campaign. ENNE Arquitectos embraced the challenge of repairing an abandoned, antique building located in the Granda Centeno quarter in Quito, Ecuador. The rehabilitation started with the conservation of the first floor of an antique chocolate factory to install the new ENNE Arquitectos office. The...

In LEED 03.27.2015

LEED ID+C credits and points

This article is part of a series that provides an overview of the fundamental elements to LEED. In our previous article, we listed the prerequisites, credits, and points in the LEED O+M rating system. Today we’re going to go over LEED v4 for Interior (LEED ID+C). This rating system addresses the following project types: Retail Hospitality Commercial Interiors On average the EPA estimates, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, and that air can be up to 100 times more...

In LEED 03.25.2015

New research: In California’s unyielding drought, green buildings can help

This article was originally published on GBIG Insight. Read on Insight. Yesterday, the USGBC Northern California Chapter and its partners hosted the 12th annual Water Conservation Showcase in San Francisco, CA. It was filled to the brim with exhibitors, green building professionals, students, water systems engineers, government representatives, concerned citizens, and more. The impressive attendance was no surprise, of course, since every day in the news the outlook for California...

In LEED 03.20.2015

Kerry Properties office towers achieve LEED Platinum in Shenzhen

The market for green buildings in China continues to show tremendous growth at a time when public attention has begun to focus on air quality concerns across China’s major cities. Chinese business leaders have been looking to innovative solutions such as LEED to help solve their country’s indoor and outdoor air quality issues. CBRE has put its substantial expertise in LEED to good use in the Chinese metropolis of Shenzhen (population of 10.6 million) by certifying two existing...

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