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In LEED 02.17.2015

LEED ID+C: It's what's inside that counts

What is LEED ID+C? As humans, we spend 90% of our time indoors. That time should be spent in spaces that allow us to breathe easy, give us views of nature and daylight, and make us healthier and more productive. LEED for Interior Design and Construction (LEED ID+C) enables project teams who may not have control over whole building operations to develop indoor spaces that are better for the planet and for people. Who it's for? While you may apply the LEED ID+C rating system to any number of...

In LEED 02.12.2015

Get to know LEED v4 with the LEED v4 User Guide

In talking to the green building community about LEED v4, the questions we get generally fall into three categories.  Why did we make the changes? What do we hope to accomplish? How does the new language differ from LEED 2009? Enter the LEED v4 User Guide. This guide presents LEED v4 information addressing the following: the motivation behind the changes an explanation of what has changed in each rating system details on how to get started comparison charts showing the evolution from...

In LEED 02.11.2015

Majority of 2015 ZNE verified buildings are LEED projects

This article was originally published on the Green Building Information Gateway on Feb. 9, 2015. Read the original article. Of the 39 buildings that NBI has verified to have achieved zero net energy performance, more than half are LEED Gold or Platinum buildings. More needed (LEED On). Last week, the New Buildings Institute (NBI) released their second annual list of buildings in the U.S. and Canada with verified zero net energy use (ZNE). Great news: the list is growing! ...

In LEED 02.9.2015

LEED O+M: Who says an existing building can't learn new tricks?

What is LEED O+M? Meet the LEED solution for existing buildings everywhere. Existing buildings hold incredible promise—many older buildings around the world are inefficient and resource-depleting. With some keen attention to building operations, that can be turned around drastically by using LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M). Consider that it can take up to 80 years to make up for the environmental impacts of demolishing an existing building and constructing a new...

In LEED 02.16.2015

U.S. presidents lead the way with a commitment to sustainability

In honor of Presidents' Day, we'd like to celebrate two presidents who have championed the environment through building LEED-certified presidential centers and libraries. Through their commitment to conservation and sustainability, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush have created healthy presidential spaces that engage communities from around the world. That's the kind of leadership we'll take our hats off to. Check out the centers below. William J. Clinton Presidential Center...

In LEED 02.12.2015

LEED offers beacons of hope at shelters across the U.S.

From green roofs, to natural light and landscaped courtyards, green building practices are offering our nation's homeless beacons of hope even in the bleakest of situations. Shelters are turning towards energy-efficiency and sustainability measures as a new solution to improving lives and the communities that surround them.  As of January 2014, over 578,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States—and nearly two-thirds of that number lived in emergency shelters or...

In LEED 02.10.2015

LEED v4 material ingredients credit: The more you know

During President Obama’s State of the Union Address, he said that the number one priority for America this year is to certify buildings to LEED v4. Ok, he didn’t say that, but we’re excited for the latest and greatest version of our rating system to shift into full gear! We hope that you’re kicking the tires and loving the new bells and whistles, including those evolved materials and resources credits. We’ve heard that folks would like to know more about the brand...

In LEED 02.9.2015

LEED certification update: January 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in January 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...

In LEED 02.12.2015

Top 10 states project profile: Advanced Protein Characterization Lab

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 the many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental/social justice. This...

In LEED 02.11.2015

Become a member of the LEED Social Equity Working Group

USGBC is now accepting applications for the LEED Social Equity Working Group of the LEED Steering Committee; applications will be accepted through March 10, 2015. Applicants must be an employee of an organization that is a member of USGBC in order to be elligible. The working group will need representation from USGBC member companies experienced in addressing social equity as it relates to the following: construction workers, designers, engineers and other LEED project team members; a...

In LEED 02.10.2015

Understanding complex credits in LEED certification

In the LEED certification process, LEED registered projects have the option of an appeal review stage which provides one additional round of review and allows teams to: submit supplementary information, amend the application, or add new credits not previously attempted During this stage, GBCI reviews the pending or newly submitted prerequisites and credits, and reconsiders any anticipated credits or prerequisites for which information has changed since the return of the final review. The fee...

In LEED 02.5.2015

Tips to succeeding as a LEED project administrator

The role of the project team administrator in LEED Online is key to a successful LEED certification. The best project team administrators are proactive with their team and GBCI, are detail-oriented, and apply a robust quality control process to their project documentation, which results in high quality submissions.  Follow these tips to be a successful administrator. Know your project. Even if you’re not responsible for every last detail of the project, it’s important that you...

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