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In LEED 07.13.2015

LEED in Motion: Mexico just released

With USGBC executives and staff in Mexico this week to discuss green buildings and the future of LEED, as well as to host a LEED technical workshop, we are pleased to present a new report, LEED in Motion: Mexico.  In Mexico, LEED certifications are becoming increasingly commonplace. There are over 13.2 million gross square meters of LEED space. LEED can be found in 606 buildings, including corporate offices, retail, schools, hospitals, factories, restaurants, and hotels including...

In LEED 07.7.2015

LEED for Homes: International market update

A home is more than just shelter: homes are the most important buildings in our lives. We think that every building should be a green building—but especially homes. Why? LEED homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home. Using less energy and water means lower utility bills each month.  LEED for Homes is available for building design and construction projects for single family homes and...

In LEED 07.6.2015

Get to know the LEED Dynamic Plaque [video]

Your building is alive. Everyday, its energy and resource consumption changes, along with the people it hosts. So, how do you know how your building is performing, right now? The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a global building performance monitoring and scoring platform. It generates a current building performance score out of 100, helps you achieve LEED certification or recertification and enables you to benchmark your performance. The performance score reflects the most recent...

In LEED 06.24.2015

LEED committees call for volunteers to open July 1

Do you believe deeply in the USGBC vision that buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation? Are you interested in how the LEED rating system improves and evolves over time? Do you have experience with, or in-depth knowledge of, the creation of sustainable buildings and communities? If so, volunteer for one of the many LEED committees! Volunteers play a critical role in the technical development of LEED, collaborating with one...

In LEED 07.10.2015

Leaders turn to LEED in the Sichuan Province of China

In late June, a delegation from the Sichuan Province of China took time out of their busy schedules while touring the U.S. to visit the USGBC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and discuss sustainable development in their region. Sichuan Province, home to 80 million people and counting, is a mixture of residential and non-residential infrastructure. The group consisted of professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including policy research and education, all of whom were interested in learning...

In LEED 07.7.2015

LEED Certification Update: June 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in June 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 07.1.2015

LEED addenda update: July 2015

The July 1 2015, quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda are now available. This release includes addenda for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009. To view the changes: Visit the addenda database and search by 7/1/2015 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables Interpretations Six new LEED Interpretations (10415-10419, 10421) were published. Four are applicable to LEED v4 and two...

In LEED 06.18.2015

Classic, timeless and sustainable cities: Jiaming Investment looks towards the future

Every story about a green building is a story about people. LEED buildings have a direct impact on the people who eat, live, work and play in them: these high-performing buildings boost the health, productivity and happiness of millions of people across the globe. Leaders across the globe understand that LEED is a powerful market tool that works. Every story about a LEED building is a story about leaders. These leaders recognize that LEED enhances a company’s triple-bottom line, helps...

In LEED 07.9.2015

Building simulation: Past, present and future

This article was originally published on iesve.com. Read the original version. Building simulation, also called energy modeling, has come a long way in the last ten years, but according to Dr Don McLean, Founder and CEO of IES, it still has a long way to go in the next ten years. With stricter code compliance regulations such as Title 24 coming into place and voluntary rating systems like LEED v4 and ASHRAE Standard 189 introducing more stringent performance based pre-requisites, it is...

In LEED 07.6.2015

EU financial capital, Italy's Lombardy Region, expands and embraces LEED

Nestled in the northwest part of Italy, Lombardy is one of 20 administrative regions in Italy, and more than 10 million people call it home. In the aftermath of World War II, the region, Milan in particular, rose to prosperity when its industrial base was reconstructed. Since then, its economy has remained very strong, suffering one economic downturn in the 1970s and another during the 2008 global financial crisis. Today, Lombardy is thriving. A patchwork of industries, ranging from...

In LEED 06.30.2015

Streamlined LEED documentation path now available for California projects

A new alternative LEED documentation path, first mentioned in our April article, is now available for use on select credits by all projects subject to the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) mandatory requirements and registered under a LEED BD+C or LEED ID+C v2009 or v4 rating system. The CALGreen alternative documentation path is available for the following LEED credits: WE Prerequisite Indoor Water Use Reduction EA Prerequisite Fundamental Refrigerant...

In LEED 06.18.2015

Smart meets sustainable: Toronto’s premier smart building adopts the LEED Dynamic Plaque

Since it opened in 2010, 25 York Street has been a prominent fixture on the Toronto skyline. As one of the city’s premier smart buildings, this 30-story, LEED Platinum-certified facility can now count another accolade among its credits: it will be the first building in Canada to implement the LEED Dynamic Plaque—a near-real-time monitoring tool that will display the facility’s current performance across five categories: energy, water, waste, occupant...

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