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In LEED 07.3.2014

New solutions for neighborhoods across the globe

Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED for Neighborhood Development version 2009 are now available. ACPs allow LEED to be more flexible and applicable to a wide range of building projects across the globe. LEED for Neighborhood Development, or LEED-ND, was designed to inspire and help create better, more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods and other district-scale development. It looks beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities to curb dispersed land use...

In LEED 07.1.2014

Announcing a LEED Earth Winner: Venezuela

Located on a former industrial site in Caracas, VEPICA Sede — the new headquarters of VEPICA — began as a simple renovation project, and ended up becoming an amazing example of sustainable development for the country, as the first LEED-certified project in Venezuela and the most recent winner of USGBC’s LEED Earth campaign. VEPICA Sede, a four and a half story building totaling almost 82,000 square feet of space, serves as the main office for the engineering, procurement and...

In LEED 06.26.2014

USGBC members approve LEED for Homes update

The final results of the LEED v2008 Homes Energy Update ballot are in with a final tally of 88% in favor of the rating system update — exceeding our goal of 66.7%.  Here's the category breakdown for the results: 96% approval from those in the user category 88% approval from those in the general interest category 70% approval from those in the producer category Beginning on Oct. 1, 2014, newly registering projects will be asked to meet the new requirements. The credit library...

In LEED 06.23.2014

Collaborators, not competitors - the case for dual certification in China

Hello from China. I have spent the last couple of weeks traveling all across Asia with my USGBC colleagues, finding inspiration at every stop. Throughout the trip, I've had time to reflect on where green building is today and where it is headed in the future.   As the green building movement has matured we have witnessed a shift in both market trends and the language we use to talk about our physical environment. In its earliest years, green building was synonymous with resource efficiency...

In LEED 07.2.2014

Locally Yours: Improving LEED in East Asia

In the Haworth showroom in Parkview Green you immediately notice the colorful décor and cutting-edge workspace design that brings a unique experience at every turn. And after just a few minutes in the space, you also begin to realize that natural daylight is filling the showroom floor. But what you don’t see is that Haworth went the extra distance to make this showroom a leader in green interiors. The Haworth showroom reused 60% of its interior elements, certified 93% of its...

In LEED 07.1.2014

LEED addenda update: July 2014

The July 1st quarterly addenda to the LEED rating systems and reference guides are now available. This release includes addenda for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009. View the changes: Visit the addenda database and search by 7/1/2014 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables and redline rating system INTERPRETATIONS Eleven LEED Interpretations (10388-10397, 10244) were published. Some...

In LEED 06.26.2014

3 courses that you need to take (June 2014)

Hungry for more green building knowledge? Check out this month's top three courses. 1. Speech Privacy & Sound Masking in Modern ArchitectureIdentify interior design factors that will signal the need for sound masking and approaches to address the issues. 2. Solar for StartersThe importance and fundamentals of solar along with analyzing the practical aspects, promises and challenges of solar energy. 3. Making Healthy Places – Healthy SchoolsThis self-paced reading...

In LEED 06.23.2014

Talking eligibility. What does it take to be a LEED professional?

Are you interested in becoming a LEED professional but you're not sure if you're eligible? Here's the good news — you are eligible! Wondering how that's possible?  USGBC offers two categories of LEED professionals:  LEED Green Associate LEED AP with specialty The LEED Green Associate credential is your gateway to green. We created it for everyone, and there are no prerequisites to take the exam. So if you want to be a LEED professional, but don't have any green building...

In LEED 07.1.2014

USGBC releases LEED v4 ACPs for Canada

As our friendly neighbors to the north celebrate Canada Day, today we are excited to release Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED v4 projects in Canada. Developed by Canada GBC, these ACPs underscore LEED’s regional and local applicability by recognizing leading Canadian local standards and practices in LEED. CaGBC and its committees played a key rule in creating solutions that allow greater flexibility in LEED. Prior to LEED v4’s release, most LEED projects in Canada used...

In LEED 06.30.2014

Eleven buildings, 25 million kWh of electricity saved: 2014 EBie Awards

The Urban Green Council's EBie Awards recognize improved environmental performance in existing buildings among building operators, facilities managers, owners, engineers, retro-commissioning agents and other professionals who conceived and implemented the work.  The eleven 2014 finalists saved 30 million gallons of water, 25 million kilowatt hours of electricity, and affected 14 million square feet of property in existing buildings—that was the hard part. Earlier...

In LEED 06.26.2014

Exploding demand for LEED credentials among employers

A new study of job postings from across the country indicates that demand for LEED Green Associates and LEED APs has grown 46% in the last 12 months. And a 12-month scan of U.S. job listings found 9,033 available jobs that specifically require a LEED credential (Burning Glass Technologies, Labor/Insight, 2014). USGBC recently surveyed hundreds of current employers of LEED credential holders about the value of the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP. The work of these organizations spans many...

In LEED 06.19.2014

Free download: New USGBC report plots the growth of green homes

LEED in Motion: Residential highlights the numbers, knowledge and resources you need to keep pace with the rapidly growing green homes market. In it, you'll find key statistics on the size and growth of the green residential market, a deep dive in to LEED for Homes numbers, a close look at the human health aspects of homebuilding, and much more. With an introduction by Nest CEO and Founder Tony Fadell, the report features interviews with the best and brightest residential...

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