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In LEED 10.1.2014

LEED addenda release: October 2014

The October 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. To view the changes: Visit the addenda database and search by 10/1/2014 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables and redlined rating system Interpretations Eight new LEED 2009 (10398-10405) and one LEED v4 (10406)...

In LEED 10.1.2014

When consumers talk, businesses listen

These days, I often hear my peers complaining about a perceived lack of agency. For example, midterm elections are predicted to have little affect on partisan gridlock in Congress, and despite a massive public outcry, net-neutrality is still at risk of becoming a thing of the past. The power of the vote and the voice, I am told, is just not what it used to be.  I can certainly empathize with this, but I find it all too often overlooks one outstanding outlet for expression: consumption....

In LEED 09.26.2014

Rick around the world: LEED highlights from Italy

With a last name like Fedrizzi, it’s hard to claim that I’m not just a little biased when it comes my admiration for LEED buildings in Italy.   Today I am honored to deliver the closing keynote speech for REbuild, a meeting and conference dedicated to furthering the important work of sustainable building, and the perfect way to end World Green Building Week.  With so many awesome professionals gathered together today in Trentino, I’d like to brag a little bit...

In LEED 09.24.2014

Common questions about LEED certification in India

India ranks third globally for countries outside of the U.S. with the most LEED-certified space, with nearly 12 million square meters, according to a report released by USGBC this year. Since USGBC announced its expanded support of LEED in India, we've been getting a few questions about what this actually means. We want to make things as easy as possible, so here are some answers to some recent, India-specific frequently asked questions (FAQs). FAQs about LEED in India Q. How is LEED...

In LEED 10.1.2014

New modules for the LEED web-based reference guide

With the launch of LEED v4, USGBC introduced a new format for the LEED reference guides: web-based. Integrated into the LEED credit library, this resource combines all of the information in the hard copy/pdf versions of the guides with additional videos, tutorials and templates. It was built so that we could continuously add to it, making it a resource that continues to grow. With this quarter’s addenda release, we’ve added three new modules for Homes and Multifamily Midrise...

In LEED 09.29.2014

Federal Guiding Principles for new construction and major renovations

There are two sets of Federal Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings, one set for existing buildings, and    one set for new construction. Did you know that Federal Agencies are required to incorporate the Guiding Principles for New Construction and Major Renovations into all new construction, major renovation, or repair and alternation of Federal Buildings? If you are working on a federal existing building project and need more information...

In LEED 09.26.2014

U.S. federal government takes first step in guiding agencies in the use of LEED v4

The General Services Administration (GSA) has recently released its review of LEED v4, showing that the newest version of our green building rating system has significant alignment with federal sustainability and green building requirements.  In its report, Green Building Certification System: Supplemental Review of USGBC’S LEED v4 Systems, GSA finds that LEED is better aligned than ever with the federal sustainability requirements and reaffirms LEED as a consensus standard. This...

In LEED 09.18.2014

LEED certification update: August 2014

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in August 2014, 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 and around the world. Rating System Projects Certified Square Footage Certified New Construction 140 18.2 million Commercial Interiors 52 2.7 million Core and Shell 34 8.3 million Existing Buildings...

In LEED 10.1.2014

LEED ACPs now available for South America

USGBC has worked closely with members of the LEED International Roundtable in South America to develop Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED 2009 BD&C projects in South America. The ACPs were developed specifically to meet the needs of LEED projects in South America after representatives from Argentina GBC, GBC Brasil, Chile GBC, Colombia GBC, and Peru GBC met with USGBC in Santiago, Chile in September 2013. In Santiago, the South American members of the LEED International Roundtable...

In LEED 09.26.2014

Update: LEED for Homes v2008 energy requirements

Beginning on Oct. 1, 2014, newly registering LEED Homes projects are required to meet new energy requirements. Earlier this year, USGBC members voted in favor of an update to the LEED for Homes v2008 energy requirements, addressing changes made to energy codes over the last three years in the residential construction market sector. This update does not impact LEED Midrise projects. The change affects EA credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance in two ways: The update changes the...

In LEED 09.24.2014

Stop by the LEED Certification Work Zone at Greenbuild 2014

Have questions about a LEED project review or the LEED certification process in general?   Visit the LEED Certification Work Zone at Greenbuild 2014 to meet one-on-one with LEED project reviewers to discuss questions about specific projects or about LEED requirements in general. 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo New Orleans, LA, Morial Convention Center Where: Room 260-262 When: Oct. 22, 8 am-6 pm; Oct. 23, 8 am-6 pm; Oct. 24, 9-11 am   Walk-in questions are...

In LEED 09.11.2014

Federal Guiding Principles for existing buildings

There are two sets of Federal Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings, one set for existing buildings, and    one set for new construction. With over 500,000 facilities representing more than 3 billion square feet of space, the Federal Government is the largest landlord and energy consumer in the U.S.  As part of Executive Order 13514, at least 15% of each agency’s existing facilities and building leases (above 5,000 gross square feet)...

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