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In LEED 02.4.2015

LEED and the greening of Weifang

It is hard to imagine that nine million people live in Weifang, China. The metropolitan area is very spread out with clusters of medium rise office and apartment buildings and retail centers. But there are still large expanses of open land and other large, old-fashioned housing. A number of fields and older industrial parks are interspersed. New, gleaming towers grow in between. It is a city of nine million that looks like it could infill with density to become even more populous. In my...

In LEED 02.2.2015

LEED BD+C: A fresh start to sustainability

What is LEED BD+C? LEED BD+C is a fresh start to sustainability. When designing and constructing a new building, project teams have a choice: to join the movement of global leaders producing innovative buildings from the ground up… or to maintain the status quo. We’re in favor of the former. LEED for Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C) provides a framework for building a holistic green building, giving you the chance to create a healthy, resource-efficient, cost-effective...

In LEED 01.27.2015

President Obama, India and LEED

The annual and very popular Delhi half marathon took place last November. Covering 13.3 miles, 12,000 runners participated with more than 20,000 others taking part in smaller races throughout the day. Ethiopia’s Guye Adola came in first place, setting a course record of 59 minutes and six seconds. It is a remarkable victory when you consider the egregious air quality in New Delhi that day. Across the globe, we hear a lot about PM 2.5—the particulate matter from pollution—...

In LEED 01.13.2015

Optimize your water heater, optimize your energy savings

This article is the fifth installment in a series of tips and best practices for making your home more sustainable. Check out the first article on behavioral changes you can make to live greener at home, the second article on programmable thermostats, the third article on energy-efficient lighting. and the fourth article on overhauling your appliances. Water heating typically accounts for about 18% of your utility bill, meaning it uses enough energy to be a great source for...

In LEED 02.4.2015

Infographic: Top 10 states for LEED in 2014

USGBC has just released the annual list of Top 10 States for LEED! View the press release. All of the states that make up our Top 10 list have done an extraordinary job promoting LEED and making sustainable solutions a priority. The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2014. Take a second to congratulate yourself, your colleagues, your legislators, and your friends on a job...

In LEED 02.1.2015

Group10: The first LEED v4 project in India

Group 10 Technologies, a global technology and business consulting firm, has announced that its new office space in Gurgaon has been certified LEED Gold under LEED v4, making it the first LEED v4 certified project in India.  Lopamudra Khanna, vice president of Group10 Technologies, chatted with us about this project, her favorite LEED credit and the healthy aspects of working in a LEED-certified space. Q) What is the experience like for you living or working in a LEED-certified...

In LEED 01.27.2015

Going green with the NBA

The NBA is spreading the sustainability message, educating basketball fans nationwide about the benefits of environmental stewardship and green building. With the most LEED certified venues of any professional sport in the United States, the NBA has established itself as an industry leader in green building. Their six LEED certified arenas offer unique opportunities to promote sustainability practices and improve the community's they serve. Let's take a look at these impressive arenas!  ...

In LEED 01.13.2015

Q&A: Using the new LEED Online

The newest version of LEED Online is now available for LEED 2009 project teams. Did you miss the online trainings? You can access the recordings here: individual projects or volume projects. During these trainings we received a lot of great questions and feedback that we think is beneficial for everyone. Here are the top questions about using the new LEED Online: Access How do I get to LEED Online?Answer: The web address is usgbc.org/leedonline. There is also a link on the...

In LEED 02.2.2015

Embassy of Finland becomes the first Platinum embassy in the U.S.

Forging stronger, lasting relationships with our global allies is ongoing work. These efforts to advance peace and security on our world require creativity, empathy and, ultimately, action. This sensitive, nuanced, important work, ideally, should be done in some of the best, healthiest spaces in the world. The newly certified, LEED Platinum Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C., is an excellent place to start. Built in 1994, the embassy was the first in the world to achieve an Energy Star...

In LEED 01.28.2015

LEED ND arrives in Brazil, China and now Japan

This week, Green Building Japan and the Japan Landscape Architects Union are hosting a joint symposium as they work to advance green buildings and LEED in Japan. A centerpiece of their conversation is Futako-Tamagawa, a 36-acre site in Western Tokyo that is the country's first LEED ND project. Futako-Tamagawa is a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented project that is pushing the boundaries of sustainability. It's also a beautiful showcase of Japan's innovation in advance of the 2020 Tokyo...

In LEED 01.26.2015

LEED: Better buildings are our legacy

Every day LEED is pushing the green building industry to go further. Developed in a transparent, consensus-based process that includes several rounds of public comments and approval from USGBC members, LEED ensures that leaders can demand more from our buildings, creating healthy experiences, conserving precious resources and benefitting the business bottom line. LEED is Global More than 60,000 projects are participating in LEED across 150+ countries and territories, comprising over 11 billion...

In LEED 01.13.2015

LEED in pro sports: which teams made USGBC's list of Eco All-Stars

Green building is taking the sports world by storm. Is your favorite NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL or MLS team's venue LEED certified? Take a look at our map on Pinterest to find out! Follow the board to keep up-to-date on LEED activity and green building news in the sports world.  Follow U.S. Green Building Council's board USGBC ♥ Sports on Pinterest. To learn more about USGBC's efforts to certify sports arenas to LEED, visit the GBIG site to see a collection of professional sports...

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