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In LEED 04.17.2015

Top 10 Project Profile: The Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental and social justice. This...

In LEED 04.15.2015

Financial sector embraces LEED and transforms the market

Of the sectors that have adopted LEED, the financial sector has proven to be a leader in green building. Since LEED’s inception, financial institutions have achieved LEED certification on over 1,464 facilities with 117 certified in 2014 alone. The sector is continuing to experience significant growth with LEED project registrations for financial institutions increasing 101% between 2013 and 2014. Additionally, an impressive 141,068,519 square feet of space occupied by financial...

In LEED 04.10.2015

Keeping the edge in Atlanta: Double LEED platinum and v4 for Epsten Group's HQ

USGBC awarded Dagmar Epsten, LEED Fellow and CEO of Epsten Group, a LEED Platinum plaque for her LEED v4 Existing Buildings project—but it’s just part of her collection of Platinum plaques. We sat down with Dagmar to talk about her experience as a business owner and her drive to keep her company on the cutting edge of sustainability. This isn’t your first LEED Platinum plaque for Epsten Group’s office building. Tell us about your space. Our building, which we call...

In LEED 04.7.2015

LEED rating system for existing multifamily buildings

Update April 13, 2015 - Public comment is open now through May 29, 2015. Learn more. In the coming weeks, USGBC will introduce a set of new LEED v4 credits designed for existing multifamily projects—LEED for Operations and Maintenance: Multifamily. This new adaptation of the LEED Operations and Maintenance rating system can be applied to any existing multifamily project with 20 or more units. This could be a single building with 20 units or multiple buildings within the same...

In LEED 04.16.2015

LEED ND credits and points

In our previous article we listed the prerequisites, credits, and points in the LEED v4 Homes rating system. This time around, we’re going to focus on LEED v4 for Neighborhood Development. How walkable is your neighborhood? Does it allow people from a wide range of socio-economic levels and age groups to live in the same community? Are there certified green buildings? LEED for Neighborhood Development looks beyond individual buildings to consider entire communities. It is a rating...

In LEED 04.13.2015

Clean power [USGBC+ March/April 2015]

This article was originally published in the March/April 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Recent American history is littered with the skeletons of shuttered manufacturing plants. But two production giants are doubling down on domestic manufacturing with investments in sustainable facilities and operations. Procter & Gamble and Intel want to be in business for a long, long time. Officials at both companies know that means they’ll need to incorporate sustainable...

In LEED 04.9.2015

LEED Online upgrade for LEED ND projects

LEED for Neighborhood Development projects are next in line to receive access to the new LEED Online platform.  On April 20, 2015, all existing LEED ND projects using the 2009 version of the rating system will be migrated to the new LEED Online platform (also used by LEED v4 and all other LEED 2009 projects). All newly registering LEED 2009 ND projects will also utilize the new platform from that point forward.  If you’re looking for a sneak peak at the new platform, view a...

In LEED 04.7.2015

LEED certification update: March 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in March 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 04.15.2015

Five myths about using LEED for manufacturing and industrial facilities

The latest issue of USGBC+ showcases two examples of the groundbreaking work happening as companies take on the challenge of applying LEED to manufacturing and industrial facilities. But Intel and Procter & Gamble are just two members from a core of industry leaders who are challenging the myths and misconceptions around what it means to produce in a green factory.    Members of the LEED User Group: Industrial Facilities represent companies...

In LEED 04.13.2015

LEED rating system for existing multifamily buildings: Comment today

The first public comment period for LEED for Operations and Maintenance: Multifamily, is now open. Part of the LEED v4 family, this suite of new and updated credits for existing multifamily projects is the result of thousands of hours from LEED volunteers and USGBC staff and presents the first ever LEED offering specific to the existing residential market.  This new adaptation of the LEED Operations and Maintenance provides solutions for existing multifamily projects...

In LEED 04.8.2015

Military projects grow momentum for LEED in the Top 10 state of Hawai'i

Growing up in a military family means calling many different places home. While moving back and forth across the country and attending seven different schools, I always considered Hawai’i to be my home. Not only did I live there the longest as a child, but I am proud to be of Hawaiian ancestry and am lucky to have a beautiful Hawaiian name. While growing up in the islands, I learned the importance of environmental stewardship. After all, the original settlers from Polynesia had organized...

In LEED 04.2.2015

LEED Homes credits and points

In our previous article we listed the prerequisites, credits, and points in the LEED v4 ID+C rating system. This time around, we’re going to focus on LEED v4 for Homes. This rating system addresses two types of buildings: Homes Multifamily Midrise Everyday begins and ends in the same place—home. LEED-certified homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air, incorporating safe building materials, and access to day lighting and views of nature. They’re also...

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