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In LEED 07.24.2015

Energy efficiency in buildings: Are we doing enough?

This article was originally published on iesve.com. Read the original version. A holistic approach to integrated project delivery is something that has been discussed for many years now, but why does the industry still struggle to put this concept into practice? Everyone can see the benefits, however turning theory into practice is not always as easy as it sounds. Governments around the world have introduced legislation and rating systems to try and address this. Rating systems such...

In LEED 07.20.2015

Where in Mexico is LEED being used?

Today, Mexico's architects, construction firms, energy companies, city planners, enterprises and politicians are working together to create the sustainable cities of tomorrow. Mexico is the home to LEED-certified and 460 LEED-registered projects, totaling 13,168,705 gross square meters of space. From hospitality to retail, whether single projects or those using LEED volume certification, the projects in Mexico represent the diversity and breadth inherent in LEED.  Check out a few of Mexico...

In LEED 07.13.2015

LEED in Motion: Mexico just released

With USGBC executives and staff in Mexico this week to discuss green buildings and the future of LEED, as well as to host a LEED technical workshop, we are pleased to present a new report, LEED in Motion: Mexico.  In Mexico, LEED certifications are becoming increasingly commonplace. There are over 13.2 million gross square meters of LEED space. LEED can be found in 606 buildings, including corporate offices, retail, schools, hospitals, factories, restaurants, and hotels including...

In LEED 07.7.2015

LEED for Homes: International market update

A home is more than just shelter: homes are the most important buildings in our lives. We think that every building should be a green building—but especially homes. Why? LEED homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home. Using less energy and water means lower utility bills each month.  LEED for Homes is available for building design and construction projects for single family homes and...

In LEED 07.23.2015

China's Wanda Group looks to their global future with LEED

To hear Vice President Lai Jianyan of Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd.—the world’s largest commercial property owner and operator—put it, the most his company derives from LEED is not the financial benefits, it’s the demonstration of social responsibility for a global company. “It conveys a message to the society through the LEED platform that Wanda commits to sustainable development, environment protection and social responsibility... The social value is followed by...

In LEED 07.16.2015

TAIPEI 101: Beginning the LEED v4 platinum recertification process

When TAIPEI 101 achieved LEED Platinum certification as an existing building in 2011, they knew it was the beginning of a new leadership role, a new relationship with their tenants, and a new definition of standard practice. For an existing building, green isn’t just an adjective used to describe a noun in a single point in time; green is a verb, reflecting continuous action to maintain and improve the environmental performance of the building and how it’s operated. For LEED O+M,...

In LEED 07.10.2015

Leaders turn to LEED in the Sichuan Province of China

In late June, a delegation from the Sichuan Province of China took time out of their busy schedules while touring the U.S. to visit the USGBC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and discuss sustainable development in their region. Sichuan Province, home to 80 million people and counting, is a mixture of residential and non-residential infrastructure. The group consisted of professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including policy research and education, all of whom were interested in learning...

In LEED 07.7.2015

LEED Certification Update: June 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in June 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 07.22.2015

Top 10 countries for LEED in 2015 [infographic]

There are LEED projects in more than 150 countries and territories, representing every continent except for Antarctica. LEED is being used in highly industrialized nations and newly developing ones, and LEED is helping to demonstrate the enormous power and potential of the emerging green economy. To recognize the countries that are doing the most to catapult green building forward, USGBC has announced its Top 10 Countries for LEED (view the press release), which looks at gross square meters of...

In LEED 07.14.2015

LEED Earth winner: Mexico's first LEED v4 platinum building

Bioconstruccion y Energia Alternativa’ (BEA) is proud to announce that its headquarter offices is the most recent winner of USGBC’s LEED Earth campaign. Aside exuberant biodiversity, lively music and cultural richness, Mexico also plays a key role for the green building movement in Latin America. To date the country accounts for 139 certified and 460 registered LEED endeavors, some of the most innovative and revolutionary buildings in the entire region. From these projects, one...

In LEED 07.9.2015

Building simulation: Past, present and future

This article was originally published on iesve.com. Read the original version. Building simulation, also called energy modeling, has come a long way in the last ten years, but according to Dr Don McLean, Founder and CEO of IES, it still has a long way to go in the next ten years. With stricter code compliance regulations such as Title 24 coming into place and voluntary rating systems like LEED v4 and ASHRAE Standard 189 introducing more stringent performance based pre-requisites, it is...

In LEED 07.6.2015

EU financial capital, Italy's Lombardy Region, expands and embraces LEED

Nestled in the northwest part of Italy, Lombardy is one of 20 administrative regions in Italy, and more than 10 million people call it home. In the aftermath of World War II, the region, Milan in particular, rose to prosperity when its industrial base was reconstructed. Since then, its economy has remained very strong, suffering one economic downturn in the 1970s and another during the 2008 global financial crisis. Today, Lombardy is thriving. A patchwork of industries, ranging from...

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