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In LEED 11.16.2015

LEED v4 education suites: Sign up today

Looking for LEED v4 education? Beginning in January 2016, USGBC will launch a fresh way to get to know the newest version of LEED by introducing LEED education suites. LEED v4 education suites will present a range of engagement opportunities in a number of formats to accommodate every learning style and schedule. For those looking to equip themselves and their teams with all available tools and resources for ongoing use, USGBC will publish a library of support materials, and every...

In LEED 11.12.2015

Showcase your LEED-certified project in USGBC’s project directory

The USGBC LEED project directory displays all nonconfidential LEED-certified projects in LEED Online. If your project isn’t listed, it may be because it’s marked as confidential. Also, did you also know that only nonconfidential LEED-certified projects are authorized to use the LEED certification logos? Before you promote your project’s LEED certification, check to see if your project is marked as confidential in LEED Online. To update your project’s status, you can...

In LEED 11.4.2015

LEED v4 Stories: Haworth Beijing Showroom (part 2)

The LEED v4 Stories series features the people the behind diverse LEED v4 projects. Here, you’ll find interviews with project team members and project owners that tell of their experiences—both the wins and the challenges.  This is part 2 of our conversation on the Haworth Beijing Organic Showroom—the world’s first LEED v4 project. Read part 1. Located inside a LEED Platinum building, the furniture and office space manufacturer designed their showroom with a...

In LEED 11.2.2015

Combining LEED ND and LEED BD+C certification: The new tool

In this two-part series, we’ll look at ways to maximize the potential of your development by combining LEED ND and LEED BD+C certification. Focusing on sustainability at a larger scale, the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) rating system encourages the building of healthier communities, designed to benefit both people and the environment and to complement the green building rating systems. New community development presents opportunities, not always available to the individual...

In LEED 11.13.2015

LEED pilot credits on resilient design adopted

Alex Wilson co-facilitated the working group that developed the new LEED pilot credits on resilience with Mary Ann Lazarus. This article was previously published on the Resilient Design Institute blog.  I am thrilled to report that the suite of three LEED pilot credits on resilient design, which the Resilient Design Institute has spearheaded, were approved yesterday by the LEED Steering Committee. This follows approval of the credits last week by the LEED Pilot Credit Committee. RDI...

In LEED 11.11.2015

Introducing the case for LEED [video]

The global green market is booming, particularly in the commercial real estate sector. And even though more and more industry professionals understand that sustainable building is rewarding, sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin or how to engage stakeholders in the conversation. Luckily, USGBC has you covered. Learn about why it pays to build green—whether you’re working on a new development, revitalizing an existing building or building your dream home. On average,...

In LEED 11.4.2015

Win a Greenbuild Expo Hall pass with a #PLAQUEie!

The #PLAQUEie entries are rolling in for a chance to win a Greenbuild 2015 Expo Hall pass. Show us your #PLAQUEie, and you can win one too! Just take a selfie with your favorite LEED plaque, add the hashtag #PLAQUEie and post it to your favorite social media site. If you need some inspiration, check out some of the #PLAQUEie pics that have come in so far. Now’s the time to find a LEED plaque near you and start snapping away! Check out #PLAQUEie pics on Twitter

In LEED 10.29.2015

LEED to Macau: Rishi Tirupari and the greening of China's casinos and resorts

Rishi Tirupari’s career has taken him from Hyderabad to Seattle to Las Vegas—and now to Macau, China. His sustainability journey started when he was a student in Seattle inspired by a speech on sustainability, and the journey has now brought him to a position where he is overseeing work on The Parisian, a new integrated resort targeting LEED Silver. With the local government’s new ban on smoking indoors, Tirupari, who is the director of sustainability at The Venetian...

In LEED 11.13.2015

New LEED v4 credit substitutions for 2009 projects

Credit substitutions are a vehicle for project teams pursuing LEED 2009 to substitute certain credits for the LEED v4 version of that credit. Since their introduction in early 2014, shortly after the launch of LEED v4, project teams have proposed that some additional credits be made available through this credit substitution process. Therefore, we are now adding a number of additional credits, especially for many of the LEED adaptations such as health care, retail, and the LEED for Neighborhood...

In LEED 11.9.2015

Combining LEED ND and LEED BD+C certification: Recognition

In this two-part series, we’re looking at ways to maximize the potential of your development by combining LEED ND and LEED BD+C certification. Read the first installment. USGBC recently released a set of streamlined paths for LEED BD+C 2009 projects located in LEED ND 2009 projects. In this article, we’ll present the additional strategies at your disposal to facilitate the certification of your LEED ND project and its buildings. Recognize the accomplishment that...

In LEED 11.2.2015

LEED v4 stories: Haworth Beijing Showroom (part 1)

The LEED v4 stories series features the people the behind diverse LEED v4 projects. Here, you’ll find interviews with project team members and project owners that tell of their experiences—both the wins and the challenges.  We’re launching our series with the world’s very first certified LEED v4 project: the Haworth Beijing Organic Showroom in China. Located inside a LEED Platinum building, the furniture and office space manufacturer designed their showroom with a...

In LEED 10.26.2015

Top 10 countries for LEED national profile: Sweden

“Lagom” is a Swedish word that doesn’t have an English equivalent, but it roughly translates to “just the right amount.” Whereas some may think that more is better, this term “lagom” actually represents a Swedish cultural mindset that is centered on sustainability. This could help explain why Sweden is consistently reported as one of the happiest, most sustainable countries in the world. One example: Sweden’s government has issued a goal of...

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