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In LEED 12.8.2014

Peru's first LEED-certified existing building project

Water is one of the world’s most valuable and essential natural resources. In Peru, water is a scarce resource and on average Peruvians have to spend a staggering S/.10.00 Soles per cubic liter (USD$4.00). Compounding the problem is a lack of wastewater standards and regulations. Peru’s future depends on smart water management and Edificio Real Diez, the first LEED for Existing Buildings certified project in Peru, offers a fine example of how water management is changing for the...

In LEED 11.26.2014

Giving thanks for a LEED-certified space

When you think of Thanksgiving, you probably picture family, turkey, stuffing and perhaps football. Those are the first things that come to mind for me as well. When you think of Thanksgiving, you probably also think about the things you are grateful for, and this Thanksgiving I'm giving thanks for the space where I work: the LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum Certified USGBC Headquarters. Here's my LEED-certified Thanksgiving list: 1. EQ credits 8.2 | Daylight and views –...

In LEED 11.18.2014

New offerings for LEED v4 projects

Can’t decide between LEED v4 and LEED 2009? USGBC recently announced that it was moving the registration deadline of LEED 2009, allowing users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016. The original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was June 27, 2015. Extending to October 2016 gives LEED users and members of the green building industry additional time to prepare for LEED v4, the latest version of LEED, which features increased rigor and multiple...

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 12.5.2014

USGBC accelerates social equity with new LEED credits

This article is co-authored by Joel Ann Todd, chair of the LEED Steering Committee from 2009 through 2013, and Susan Kaplan, President and Founder of BuildingWrx. USGBC’s recent move to release new social equity LEED credits marks an important step toward fulfilling its organizational goal of using green buildings to enhance the lives of all people in all buildings. The credits have been designed to address social equity from the perspective of everyone who is touched or...

In LEED 11.20.2014

How a hotel chain led green buildings in India

This article first appeared on Cisco's Technology News Site, The Network.  When Hillary Clinton landed in New Delhi in 2009, she drove from the airport to ITC Green Center, a building in the satellite town of Gurgaon. That building, which she called “a monument to the future,” is the headquarters of the hotels division of Kolkata-based conglomerate ITC. In 2005, ITC Green Center became the world’s largest office building to be certified LEED Platinum. The building reuses...

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 12.3.2014

LEED certification update: November 2014

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in November 2014, 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...

In LEED 11.19.2014

LEED project spotlight: Ušće Shopping Mall

It’s an easy decision to pursue LEED when you’re the building owner and it’s your building. But what happens when your building is a shopping mall? Suddenly, it’s not just your decision, and you need to convince your tenants to pursue LEED. In the case of the Ušće Shopping Mall, a structure that straddles old and new Belgrade, there were 100+ tenants—all paying for their own square feet of space—that needed to be convinced that this was a good...

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%...

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