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In LEED 10.16.2015

Last chance to register for SITES sustainable landscape design webinar

Have you heard about SITES, the new sustainable landscape certification, and want to learn more? Are you a developer or government agency who wants to get recognition for your commitment to sustainable site design and construction? Maybe you’re a green building or landscape architecture professional who hopes to offer consulting services for SITES, but isn’t familiar with the certification process. You could be working on a project with sustainable landscaping...

In LEED 10.14.2015

LEED in Italy: Turin Turns to LEED

On a clear day in Turin, the capital of Italy’s Piedmont region, one is surrounded by the pristine, snow-topped French and Piedmontese Alps. The mountains dominate the backdrop to this city, which dates back to the 11th century. Today, standing on the edge of the historic part of town, it appears that the icy mountains have encroached on Turin’s city center. A new, gleaming, ice-like building stands there: the new LEED Platinum Intesa Sanpaolo Tower. Designed by architect Renzo...

In LEED 10.2.2015

Clouds in their coffee: Lavazza's future LEED headquarters

It’s late morning, and the man with the thin, wire-framed glasses, fitted suit and warm smile glides into a building undergoing a retrofit with his hands spread wide, as if announcing to the space, “I’m home!” Indeed, Paolo Corradini, Lavazza’s Director of Public Affairs and the man behind the new Lavazza headquarters in Torino, Italy, is in fact building a new sustainable home (with LEED in mind) for Lavazza employees and the people of Torino. The new headquarters...

In LEED 10.1.2015

Vote today on LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily

The LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily ballot is now open! The ballot period is when we at USGBC ask our membership to lend its voice one last time in the development process and determine if a change or update to LEED should be made official. In this case, we’re asking for your vote on making LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily an approved rating system available to all project teams. This suite of new and updated credits provides solutions for existing multifamily projects with 20 or more...

In LEED 10.15.2015

LEED in Italy: Marija Golubovic

Marija Golubovic is no stranger to LEED achievements. Her company, ENERGO Group, has successfully administered LEED certification to seven projects in Europe, totaling more than 400,000 square meters of certified space. They have also certified the USCE Shopping Center in Belgrade—some 120,000 gross square meters of certified space with two million visitors every month. In Italy, ENERGO certified the Greenlogis Logistic Center in Villanterio; Prologis Logistic Center in Settimo, the first...

In LEED 10.14.2015

LEED in Motion: Italy just released

The exciting new LEED in Motion: Italy shows that LEED and the green building movement are shaping economic growth and reshaping the real estate market across the country. The Italian market has been highly responsive to LEED, and we are currently witnessing an era of strong demand for green buildings across many diverse sectors of Italy’s economy. At a time when Italy’s construction and real estate industries are struggling with economic stagnation, LEED is seen as an...

In LEED 10.2.2015

LEED addenda update: October 2015

The October 2015 quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda are now available. To view the changes: Visit the addenda database and search for 10/1/2015 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables Interpretations Four new LEED Interpretations were published (10422-10425). LEED Interpretation 10422 provides an optional scoring path using Title 24 2013 for LEED v4 Homes projects in California. Two LEED...

In LEED 10.1.2015

LEED in Italy: Daniele Guglielmino

As Greenbuild Europe & the Mediterranean) approaches, USGBC has conducted several interviews with LEED professionals in Italy. Please meet Daniele Guglielmino, a sustainability specialist and LEED AP at Manens-Tifs s.p.a., a consulting firm that specializes in sustainability and energy issues for buildings. Guglielmino, who is also a USGBC faculty member, is currently working as a LEED consultant on four projects in Italy. Register for the conference. Q:  Why do you use LEED...

In LEED 10.14.2015

Materials matter: USGBC's LEED Platinum headquarters

As tour manager for USGBC's LEED Platinum headquarters, I’ve had the privilege of sharing our office design with nearly 10,000 guests since we opened our doors in 2009. Our project team carefully selected the materials based on our design needs and company values. Ken Wilson, a principal from the DC-based design firm Envision, commented, “We tried to make every decision on the basis of the budget, sustainability, and functionality.”  One key stop along the tour route, our...

In LEED 10.5.2015

Title 24-2013 compliance path for LEED v4 BD+C: Homes/Midrise projects

Included in the Oct. 2015 addenda release, USGBC published LEED Interpretation 10422, allowing projects in California that pursue LEED v4 BD+C: Homes/Midrise to be rewarded for energy savings that exceed Title 24-2013. Title 24-2013 Scoring Pathway for Homes/Low-rise Multifamily Single family and low-rise multifamily projects in California may use either this Title 24-2013 compliance pathway for the Energy and Atmosphere section, or any of the other balloted approaches in LEED v4 BD+C: Homes...

In LEED 10.2.2015

LEED Certification Update: September 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in August 2015, 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. 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 09.30.2015

LEED 2009 energy performance update

Did you know that the average LEED 2009-certified BD+C project is designed to beat the referenced energy standard by 29 percent? By rewarding projects for superior achievement above and beyond today’s expectations, LEED leverages market forces to catalyze creative investment and action toward the achievement of many sustainability objectives. The result is tens of thousands of buildings whose exceptional accomplishments become a new normal for best industry practice. In turn, the laws of...

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