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In LEED 09.26.2014

Update: LEED for Homes v2008 energy requirements

Beginning on Oct. 1, 2014, newly registering LEED Homes projects are required to meet new energy requirements. Earlier this year, USGBC members voted in favor of an update to the LEED for Homes v2008 energy requirements, addressing changes made to energy codes over the last three years in the residential construction market sector. This update does not impact LEED Midrise projects. The change affects EA credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance in two ways: The update changes the...

In LEED 09.24.2014

Stop by the LEED Certification Work Zone at Greenbuild 2014

Have questions about a LEED project review or the LEED certification process in general?   Visit the LEED Certification Work Zone at Greenbuild 2014 to meet one-on-one with LEED project reviewers to discuss questions about specific projects or about LEED requirements in general. 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo New Orleans, LA, Morial Convention Center Where: Room 260-262 When: Oct. 22, 8 am-6 pm; Oct. 23, 8 am-6 pm; Oct. 24, 9-11 am   Walk-in questions are...

In LEED 09.11.2014

Federal Guiding Principles for existing buildings

There are two sets of Federal Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings, one set for existing buildings, and    one set for new construction. With over 500,000 facilities representing more than 3 billion square feet of space, the Federal Government is the largest landlord and energy consumer in the U.S.  As part of Executive Order 13514, at least 15% of each agency’s existing facilities and building leases (above 5,000 gross square feet)...

In LEED 09.3.2014

ENERGY STAR adds multifamily buildings to constellation

This article was co-written by Bryan Howard and Dan Winters. In mid-September, multifamily buildings will now have the opportunity to submit via Portfolio Manager for a score, through the 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score for multifamily buildings. All properties scoring above a 75 may be eligible to earn ENERGY STAR certification. Multifamily buildings can start as early as right now to input their data into Portfolio Manager to receive a score. To receive an accurate score you’...

In LEED 09.26.2014

Rick around the world: LEED highlights from Italy

With a last name like Fedrizzi, it’s hard to claim that I’m not just a little biased when it comes my admiration for LEED buildings in Italy.   Today I am honored to deliver the closing keynote speech for REbuild, a meeting and conference dedicated to furthering the important work of sustainable building, and the perfect way to end World Green Building Week.  With so many awesome professionals gathered together today in Trentino, I’d like to brag a little bit...

In LEED 09.24.2014

Common questions about LEED certification in India

India ranks third globally for countries outside of the U.S. with the most LEED-certified space, with nearly 12 million square meters, according to a report released by USGBC this year. Since USGBC announced its expanded support of LEED in India, we've been getting a few questions about what this actually means. We want to make things as easy as possible, so here are some answers to some recent, India-specific frequently asked questions (FAQs). FAQs about LEED in India Q. How is LEED...

In LEED 09.11.2014

LEED Dynamic Plaque: Finalist in Fast Company's 2014 Innovation By Design Awards

We're excited to announce that the LEED Dynamic Plaque is a finalist in Fast Company's 2014 Innovation By Design Awards, among 53 honorees that include Disney, Google, Nike and The New York Times.  What are the Innovation By Design Awards? Now in their third year, they honor the most innovative and disruptive design solutions to today’s business problems.  This year’s judging panel selected the finalists from among 1,587 international submissions across ten categories. The...

In LEED 09.2.2014

Certify multiple buildings with LEED

Did you know that #LEEDworks in bulk? In addition to individual building certification, LEED also includes certification paths structured for organizations seeking certification for multiple buildings. You have two options for certifying multiple buildings: LEED volume certification LEED campus and multiple building certification 1. LEED volume certification LEED volume certification meets the needs of companies and organizations that are ready to apply LEED across a portfolio of similar...

In LEED 09.26.2014

U.S. federal government takes first step in guiding agencies in the use of LEED v4

The General Services Administration (GSA) has recently released its review of LEED v4, showing that the newest version of our green building rating system has significant alignment with federal sustainability and green building requirements.  In its report, Green Building Certification System: Supplemental Review of USGBC’S LEED v4 Systems, GSA finds that LEED is better aligned than ever with the federal sustainability requirements and reaffirms LEED as a consensus standard. This...

In LEED 09.18.2014

LEED certification update: August 2014

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in August 2014, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news. Be sure to check out the LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area and around the world. Rating System Projects Certified Square Footage Certified New Construction 140 18.2 million Commercial Interiors 52 2.7 million Core and Shell 34 8.3 million Existing Buildings...

In LEED 09.5.2014

Ready for a faster, more streamlined LEED certification process? Start here.

Getting to certification more quickly No one likes delays or surprises in a LEED review. We've made great strides at improving the timeliness and accuracy of our reviews, and we're working toward even quicker turnaround and more predictable results. We know that strong, organized submittals = faster certification process. We’ve been listening to you, and we’re proud to introduce LEED Proven Provider, a new way for project teams to submit those perfect (or nearly perfect) submissions...

In LEED 08.29.2014

Meet the LEED Dynamic Plaque

I’ve had the good fortune of meeting with a lot of our member companies this summer at a series of leadership receptions around the country. At these events, I’ve had the opportunity to give everyone a quick update on all the work we have going on; actually quick is probably the wrong word – it takes quite a few minutes to simply touch on all the amazing things happening at USGBC. The LEED Dynamic Plaque At these events, we get a lot of questions for more information about the...

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