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In LEED 02.10.2016

LEED Lab: Sustainability in higher education goes global

Higher education institutions all over the globe are committing to sustainability and climate neutrality on a daily basis and have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement. But there is still work to be done, especially in the realm of existing buildings. Existing buildings hold incredible promise for higher education institutions, offering tremendous opportunities to connect academics with operations. The implementation of LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance on...

In LEED 01.28.2016

Delve into USGBC’s 2015 Top 10 States for LEED

USGBC has just released the 2015 Top 10 States for LEED, which names the U.S. states leading the nation in 2015 in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. Now in its sixth year, this list is based on 2010 U.S. census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified in 2015. USGBC calculates the list using per capita figures to fairly compare states with significant differences in population and number of overall buildings. This...

In LEED 01.20.2016

Vote now on the LEED 2009 energy performance update

The LEED 2009 energy performance update ballot is now open. This update is a proposed increase to the minimum energy performance thresholds for LEED 2009 projects, with the goal of ensuring that LEED continues to keep pace with continually improving expectations for building energy efficiency. With this change, project teams will be asked to earn a minimum of four points in the energy performance credits. Learn more about the update and why it's important. Highlights The...

In LEED 12.23.2015

Free webinar: LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit compliance

Join our free, live webinar for building product manufacturers about LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit compliance. In November 2015, USGBC released new guidance connected to Option 3 of the LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit that provides building product manufacturers with a step-by-step process for meeting its requirements, as well as a field trial. Learn more about the field trial by joining us for a live webinar, developed specifically for building product manufacturers....

In LEED 02.5.2016

Super Bowl 50 demonstrates sustainability in the LEED-certified Levi’s Stadium

This coming Sunday, Super Bowl 50 will bring together the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos for a final showdown of the 2015 season of the National Football League.  The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee is dedicated to demonstrating sustainability throughout the event, which involves a focus on reducing the game’s impact on climate change, as well as using resources and materials responsibly. In addition to an awareness of net positive opportunities, the game will also be held in...

In LEED 01.26.2016

Infographic: Top 10 states for LEED in 2015

USGBC has just released the annual list of Top 10 States for LEED (view the press release). All 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 2015. Join the conversation and share the good news! Congratulate your state, colleagues, legislators or yourself on...

In LEED 01.19.2016

LEED addenda update: January 2016

The January 2016 quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda is now available. To view the changes, Visit the addenda database and search for 1/4/2016. Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit. Download the Reference Guide Tables. Interpretations Five new LEED Interpretations have been published (10426–10430). LEED Interpretation 10426 provides an alternative to vestibules in the design model for EA Prerequisite...

In LEED 12.18.2015

Kaohsiung American School: Leadership with LEED for Schools in Taiwan

Kaohsiung American School (KAS), located in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, nurtures students to become world citizens through a multinational community and diverse educational methods. When it sought to develop a state-of-the-art campus, KAS committed to creating a sustainable and ecologically responsible school. The new building, completed last April, was awarded LEED Silver on Dec. 9, 2015, leveraging the campus credit approach to LEED certification. It is the first project in Taiwan to be...

In LEED 02.2.2016

LEED v4 education: water (in review)

In January, we focused on water and how it’s addressed in LEED v4. Did you miss it? Visit the LEED v4: Water course page in Education @USGBC to access all of the materials for this month. LEED v4 and water (in review)  Explore courses. While the courses below are no longer free, they are still available. Increase your knowledge with these credit-by-credit reviews. LEED v4 Rating System Review (BD+C and ID+C): Water Efficiency / Energy and Atmosphere (1.5 CE hours) LEED v4...

In LEED 01.21.2016

LEED Certification Update: New in 2016

Reinstating our monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity since January 1, 2016 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 or the State and Homes Market Briefs for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the Country Market Briefs or the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED...

In LEED 01.13.2016

LEED Online 2016 updates

During the last week of December, you may have noticed that LEED Online was temporarily LEED offline. We took the system down to make key upgrades based on valuable feedback from you, our customers. Now, LEED Online is back in business with some exciting new functionality.  Campus and volume access rights To give administrators on campus and volume certification teams increased control in a campus/portfolio, we have introduced the new “Access Rights” tab. Users with...

In LEED 12.15.2015

Fannie Mae: Spotlight on Green Building Certification Pricing Break

This article was previously published on fanniemae.com. Read the full article. More multifamily owners are pursuing Green Building Certifications for their properties now than ever before. Fannie Mae Multifamily is continuously innovating, improving our financial products to match our customers' financing needs. Offering the new Green Building Certification Pricing Break is part of that innovation. The Pricing Break reduces the all-in interest rate on loans for multifamily properties...

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