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In LEED 08.12.2015

Case study: Energy modeling in Miami with the IES team

Real estate investment portfolio company, Forum Group, wanted to build a world-class tower, consisting of 600,000 square feet of leasable office space that focused on the principles of sustainability and innovation. The main challenge facing the team was question of where to locate the building. The IES Consulting team was brought in to support the Brickell Financial Centre (600 Brickell, LEED BD+C: Core and Shell (2013), Platinum), and to address questions related to energy analysis...

In LEED 08.10.2015

What you need to know to achieve LEED certification in 2015

Is your goal to earn LEED certification for your project in 2015? Before Greenbuild? We understand that many project teams have timelines set around major events. To support this, we’ve created the tables below (based on typical review timelines), which specify the deadlines you’ll need to meet in order to have your project certified by either Greenbuild 2015 or the end of this year. The following deadlines apply to all commercial rating systems (not including projects engaged in...

In LEED 08.5.2015

Top 10 countries for LEED national profile: China

USGBC’s announcement of 2015’s Top 10 Countries for LEED comes during a pivotal time for China, home to the world’s largest construction industry and now the number two market for LEED outside the U.S. From a historic joint plan with the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to an increasing number of Chinese people anxious to bring an end to the pollution that continues to cloud major urban areas, China is going through a green renaissance as the country...

In LEED 07.31.2015

Nixon Peabody: Raising the green bar among the D.C. bar

Located in a LEED EBOM Gold building, Nixon Peabody’s new Washington, D.C. office is at the forefront of green building technology. To celebrate the opening, the firm recently hosted a panel discussion, “How building green builds neighborhoods.” Kicking off the event, panelists Emily Stiever with DC Sun and Jay Wilson with the D.C. Department of the Environment (DDOE) discussed their initiatives to make solar energy affordable and accessible for all residents in the...

In LEED 08.11.2015

Beijing incentivizes the use of LEED

Government incentives for green building are known to encourage sustainable development. Local, state and countrywide policies can influence decisions made by private companies, developers, investors and consumers. On May 25, the Chaoyang District in Beijing added LEED to their existing incentive structure for green building construction. This change marks a monumental step for LEED in the region. Chaoyang District is the first government administration in China to include LEED in its incentive...

In LEED 08.7.2015

One week left to self-nominate for LEED committees

This year’s LEED committee call for volunteers closes on Friday, Aug. 14, at 5:00 pm PST. If you have strong experience in the design, construction, and operation of sustainable buildings and communities and would like to contribute to the technical development of LEED, consider applying to serve on a LEED committee today. This call seeks professionals with specific expertise related to the Pilot Credit Committee, LEED Advisory Committee, and six Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs...

In LEED 08.4.2015

Hot off the press: Dynamic LEED for Homes market briefs

We have a powerful new resource that further highlights the amazing work taking place in the the LEED for Homes market—the LEED for Homes dynamic market briefs.* We know the residential market is a vital component to greening the built environment. It is helpful, if not necessary, to have numbers to frame our understanding of where we are to better understand where we can go. Much like the State and Country market briefs, these living visualizations provide a regularly updated dose of...

In LEED 07.30.2015

Green building continues to soar to new heights

A few months ago, I wrote about how LEED projects all over the world are soaring to new heights, profiling five iconic LEED certified global skyscrapers that are industry leaders in green building. This is not a phenomenon unique to these buildings—some of the world's tallest and most historic buildings are continuing to raise the bar by creating better, high-performing buildings that are safe, healthy, inclusive, smart, productive, efficient, resilient, responsive and, above all,...

In LEED 08.11.2015

Register to vote today for LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily

The member ballot for LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily is right around the corner. In order to participate, you’ll need to register to vote. Being a consensus based system means incorporating stakeholder voices throughout the development process. During the spring we presented the LEED O+M: Multifamily rating system draft and opened the public comment period to everyone. Since then, we’ve responded to the feedback we received and are now ready to move to the next phase on the...

In LEED 08.5.2015

LEED certification update: July 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in July 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 08.3.2015

LEED calculation tool: Ventilation rate procedure compliance

Looking for a simplified solution for demonstrating compliance with Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance in LEED v4/LEED 2009? USGBC has developed a Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance calculator that can be used to demonstrate compliance with ASHRAE 62.1 in LEED BD+C, ID+C and O+M. The calculator works with the following prerequisites and credits: EQ Prerequisite Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance (LEED v4) EQ Credit Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Strategies, Option 2, Strategy B:...

In LEED 07.28.2015

LEED in Motion: Canada just released

In Canada, LEED certifications are becoming increasingly commonplace. There are over 30 million gross square meters of LEED space and there are more than 2,200 LEED-certified projects. Canada is the number one market for LEED outside of the U.S. Today we are pleased to present a new report, LEED in Motion: Canada.  Created in 2013, our LEED in Motion reports are designed to equip readers with the insight and perspective they need to understand LEED as a global green...

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