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In LEED 10.15.2014

New LEED BD+C 2009 ACPs released for Europe

In February 2014, USGBC contacted Sweden Green Building Council (SGBC) and other European members of the LEED International Roundtable to introduce a work project to create Europe-specific Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED BD+C 2009. This was something that SGBC could really get behind: At that time, we had over 50 ongoing projects using LEED BD+C 2009. This presented a significant opportunity to define guidance that could smooth the path to certification over the coming years....

In LEED 10.13.2014

Q&A: How I utilize the LEED Dynamic Plaque

You’ve got the visually pleasing LEED Dynamic Plaque, USGBC’s groundbreaking building performance platform, mounted on the wall of your LEED-certified building. Now what? USGBC’s Vice President of Finance and Administration Dave Witek has worked intimately with the LEED Dynamic Plaque since its release in 2013, working to maintain a competitive performance score at USGBC’s HQ on a daily basis. Below, Dave discusses how he utilizes this powerful platform to optimize...

In LEED 10.9.2014

5 reasons it's worth it to become a LEED professional

As anyone who has attempted to negotiate our current economy can easily attest, this is a very difficult, and often times confusing, time period to embark on a professional career. Our economy is changing rapidly, and career paths that were available for generations are either disappearing, or are otherwise undergoing serious transformations based on the development of new technologies and the pressures ushered in by economic globalization.  There is one field, however, which is poised to...

In LEED 10.8.2014

Onondaga Community College buildings earn LEED Gold certification

Onondaga County is a place known for perfect fall days, but October 7th was an exceptional day when Onondaga Community College (OCC) welcomed Rick Fedrizzi to our campus for a presentation of two LEED Gold plaques for our new SRC Arena and Events Center and the other for the Academic II building. OCC students are the driving force behind so much of the great work happening on our campus. From the work of our architecture and interior design students, to the team that recently won the grand...

In LEED 10.14.2014

Discounts on LEED publications at Greenbuild 2014

Looking for study materials for the updated LEED Green Associate exam? Or perhaps you need a LEED 2009 or v4 reference guide? You'll find these and more at Greenbuild 2014 in the Merchandise Booth. Publication discounts at Greenbuild 2014 40% off LEED 2009 reference guides (hard copy purchased on-site) 10% off LEED v4 reference guides and study publications (hard copy purchased on-site) Free shipping on all online orders placed on-site Register for Greenbuild What's new: LEED Green...

In LEED 10.13.2014

Test drive the new LEED Online platform at Greenbuild 2014

The newest version of LEED Online was built to provide project teams with a faster, more streamlined experience. Join us at Greenbuild 2014 for a free interactive session where we’ll take a tour of the new system, show attendees how to register and work within a project, and also provide an opportunity for you to create their own test projects. To infinity and beyond: A tour of LEED Online and other project team support toolsFree interactive session at Greenbuild...

In LEED 10.8.2014

Green tools for LEED users: Support options

We know that no two companies are the same, and each has its own unique culture, needs, goals and processes. With that in mind, we want to make LEED work for you. Whether you're connected to the project from the building owner/manger side or you're a green building service provider offering expertise that helps the project towards sustainability, we have an offering meant to help you enhance your business and help apply LEED efficiently. Support If you're looking for support with your LEED...

In LEED 10.8.2014

India and the first LEED EB Platinum K-12 school: Pathways School Gurgaon

Pathways School Gurgaon is the first school serving all grades K-12 in the world to achieve LEED-EB Platinum certification from USGBC. Among all educational facilities worldwide who have achieved this top distinction, which includes only one high school and a small number of university projects, Pathways is the highest rated.  Hear from Prashant Jain, director of Sarla Holdings Private Limited which owns Pathways.  "Not only is this a proud moment for us at Pathways,...

In LEED 10.14.2014

Greenbuild 2014 session spotlight: Transforming Markets through Data Collaboration

Imagine being able to readily access and interpret human health and environmental attributes of any building product—ingredient lists, health and ecosystem hazards, life cycle data, assessments, and more. Making specification and purchasing decisions that prioritize health and benefit the environment would be a lot easier. Join us at Greenbuild 2014 for C15: Transforming Markets through Data Collaboration, a special USGBC Master Series session that will showcase innovative tools and...

In LEED 10.10.2014

Staying relevant with the LEED Dynamic Plaque

This is an article in praise of good design, better performance, and the best of innovation at USGBC. This is about the LEED Dynamic Plaque. Long before it was a twinkle in Scot Horst’s eye, there was the need for it. We knew that LEED must help projects transition from design to performance. We knew that we needed to identify, modify and simplify elements of the rating systems as well as the vast network of support architecture that had gotten LEED to its ubiquitous status. We knew our...

In LEED 10.8.2014

LEED professionals at a glance: October 2014

LEED professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of six LEED professional credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and they contribute expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them? Don't have a credential yet? Learn more about how to become a LEED professional » Hover over the charts below for a dynamic experience.    

In LEED 10.6.2014

LEED certification update: September 2014

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in September 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 147 19 million Commercial Interiors 68 3.2 million Core and Shell 51 20.8 million...

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