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In LEED 03.30.2016

LEED v4 Education: Energy and Atmosphere

This month, our LEED v4 education series will focus on energy and atmosphere. The American Physical Society has found that if current and emerging cost-effective energy efficiency measures are employed in new and existing buildings—for example, replacing heating, cooling, lighting and other equipment—the growth in energy demand from the building sector could fall from a projected 30 percent increase to zero between now and 2030. The energy section of LEED v4 supports the goal of...

In LEED 03.25.2016

LEED Lab: Preparing our students for the careers they want

At USGBC, we are dedicated to greening higher education, and we concentrate on those who stand the most to gain from this—our university and college students. In support of this, we are committed to preparing students for 21st century careers in sustainability by delivering competency-based education and providing innovative solutions for today’s curriculum so we can build the next generation of sustainability leaders. Today’s generation of college students are more...

In LEED 03.16.2016

LEED for homes products delivered by The Home Depot

Are you in the market for products to green your home? Or are you considering LEED certification for a new home? The Home Depot has the products to make LEED a reality. LEED green building certification will help you achieve your sustainability goals. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health, and energy...

In LEED 03.8.2016

Top 10 States 2015: The Pavilion at Laurel Village, CSU

The 2015 Top 10 States list honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States—equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet. In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects that contributed to the 2015 Top 10 rankings. Join us in celebrating some of the best examples of green building design,...

In LEED 03.29.2016

A closer look at the LEED v3 energy update, effective April 8

2016 has already been a busy year for LEED. Just recently, USGBC members approved a ballot measure that updates the minimum energy efficiency requirements for LEED BD+C and ID+C v3 rating systems (including LEED 2008 Multifamily Mid-Rise). The change is effective for projects registering for LEED v3 certification (also called LEED 2009) using these rating systems on or after April 8, 2016. This update does not affect LEED 2009 O+M, ND or LEED 2008 Homes.  For projects that decide to...

In LEED 03.24.2016

Top 10 States 2015: Seaholm Power Plant Redevelopment

The 2015 Top 10 States list honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States—equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet.  In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects that contributed to the 2015 Top 10 rankings. Join us in celebrating some of the best examples of green building design,...

In LEED 03.15.2016

Volunteer call now open: Become a member of a LEED working group

USGBC is now accepting applications to join the Social Equity Working Group, as well as for a newly created Indoor Air Assessment Working Group. Both of these working groups are subsets of the of the LEED Steering Committee. Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. PST on April 25. Social Equity Working Group This working group is looking for those with strong experience in building operations and maintenance, social equity at the neighborhood or community scale, labor markets,...

In LEED 03.7.2016

USGBC membership approves LEED 2009 energy update

The results of the LEED 2009 energy performance update ballot are in! The proposed change to the Energy and Atmosphere category in LEED 2009 has passed the ballot with 78.6 percent of the consensus body voting in favor of the update. A minimum of two-thirds approval is needed for any balloted measure. The final ballot results (by balance category) were: Producer: 87.9 percent affirmative User: 77.5 percent affirmative General interest: 72.7 percent affirmative The LEED 2009 energy...

In LEED 03.25.2016

From the Help Center: The 411 on maintaining your LEED professional credential

Congratulations! You’ve earned a LEED professional credential, demonstrating your expertise and leadership in the green building marketplace. As a LEED professional, you’re required to maintain your credential by earning continuing education (CE) hours. What are those, exactly? At the USGBC Help Center, we’re here to help you understand what CEs are and why they matter. Below, you’ll find answers to commonly asked questions about credential...

In LEED 03.22.2016

Top 10 States 2015: Mitchell Park Center

The 2015 Top 10 States list honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States—equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet.   In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects that contributed to the 2015 Top 10 rankings. Join us in celebrating some of the best examples of green building...

In LEED 03.10.2016

Top 10 States 2015: Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center

The 2015 Top 10 States list honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States—equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet.  In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects that contributed to the 2015 Top 10 rankings. Join us in celebrating some of the best examples of green building design,...

In LEED 03.4.2016

Top 10 States 2015: Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room

The 2015 Top 10 States list honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States—equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet. In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects that contributed to the 2015 Top 10 rankings. Join us in celebrating some of the best examples of green building design,...

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