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In LEED 06.11.2014

EMSI: 100 LEED Certified Projects and Counting

The other day I had the honor of presenting EMSI—a long-time partner of USGBC’s—with a LEED plaque for their 100th LEED-certified building in mainland China and Singapore.  EMSI’s 100th project, China Development Bank and Beijing Financial Street Holding, is equipped with the most advanced and innovative technologies—a breathing curtain wall, ice storage system and a low temperature air supply system, so as to achieve significant energy savings of more than 20...

In LEED 06.9.2014

Improving materials selection through chemical hazard assessment [DC Event June 16]

“Increasing transparency and scientific understanding around the health impacts of building materials is unquestionably a timely and complex topic. The growing number of chemicals and products in the marketplace brings a deluge of new information and opportunities, but with it even more questions – what are the ingredients in these products and how do they affect human and environmental health?” Read the full article on the Green Building Information Gateway. Join us...

In LEED 06.3.2014

The even bigger LEED Study Guide sale: 70% off

Prepare for your LEED 2009 professional exam with our discounted publications. LEED 2009 Study Bundles and Study Guides (hard copy only) NOW 70% off! Shop now

In LEED 05.30.2014

Sunset date extension for LEED EB 2.0 projects

Article updated on June 6, 2014 The certification deadline for projects registered under the LEED for Existing Buildings v2.0 rating system, originally scheduled for May 31, 2014, has been extended to August 31st, 2014. Next steps: You have two options for your LEED EB 2.0 project – either action must be complete by August 31, 2014. Submit for certification under your current rating system and version, or Upgrade at to a newer version of the LEED rating system. EBv2.0 projects may be...

In LEED 06.11.2014

Green Building 101: What is indoor environmental quality?

Need a quick refresher on green building basics? This is our "Green Building 101" series that we'll publish throughout the month. We'll visit topics that form the foundation of our understanding of green building today. What is indoor environmental quality? Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) encompasses the conditions inside a building—air quality, lighting, thermal conditions, ergonomics—and their effects on occupants or residents. Strategies for addressing IEQ include those that...

In LEED 06.4.2014

What does Prometric have to do with my LEED professional exam?

Prometric is the testing administration company that administers the LEED professional credential exams. Prometric operates a global test center network with over 8,000 testing sites in 160 countries. That means you can take a LEED professional exam almost anywhere in the world. This is the most important thing for you to know: Prometric handles all details of your exam administration and scheduling. Here are the moments when you should interact with Prometric. After registering for your...

In LEED 06.3.2014

O+M: Initial certification or recertification?

Confused about the difference between initial certification for existing buildings and recertification? Consider these scenarios: A. Acme Inc. has been in their building for the last 10 years. They've made significant upgrades to their facilities and are looking to certify their performance initiatives through LEED. Their building has never been certified before. B. Wile E. and Partners built a new complex in the heart of Looneytown last year. Their strong commitment to sustainability led them...

In LEED 05.30.2014

LEED registration close and sunset dates

Continuous improvement—it’s in our DNA and what drives LEED to evolve along with technology and the needs of the marketplace. As new versions of the rating systems are introduced, earlier versions are phased out so that we are constantly pushing for the transformation we aspire to. At any given point, LEED rating systems are either: Open for registration and certification, or Closed for registration, but open for certification, or Closed for registration and certification (sunset) How...

In LEED 06.9.2014

Greater China becomes the second largest market for LEED outside the U.S.

With 1,961 LEED-registered and -certified projects over 2,000 LEED professionals and the first LEED v4 certified project, Greater China is leading the green building market as the second largest region for LEED in the world outside the U.S. according to our new report, LEED in Motion: Greater China. LEED in Motion: Greater China provide a full showcase of all LEED activity in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. The report also highlights how the global rating system works in Greater...

In LEED 06.4.2014

Green Building 101: Sustainable materials and resources

Need a quick refresher on green building basics? This is our "Green Building 101" series that we'll publish throughout the month. We'll visit topics that form the foundation of our understanding of green building today. Setting goals for using sustainable materials and resources is an important step of the green building process. “Reduce, reuse, recycle” may seem like a critical component of this work: clearly, reducing consumption is critical, and reusing and recycling...

In LEED 06.2.2014

Composting at USGBC

Here at USGBC headquarters we have three streams for waste:  Waste (landfill) Recyclable materials Compostable materials  Learn more about solid waste management requirements in LEED. After a recent quarterly waste audit, we discovered that our diversion rate for compost dropped from previous quarters. This indicated that staff and guests were placing materials in the waste stream that should actually go in the compost stream. This is an easy error because there's a lot of...

In LEED 05.29.2014

Good to know: Minimum program requirements for LEED

It's pretty simple - all projects applying for LEED certification must meet a set of minimum program requirements (MPRs). If a project doesn’t meet the MPRs, it’s not eligible for LEED certification. As you determine if LEED is right for your project, become familiar with these basic project requirements and know that they determine project eligibility for LEED. Why are there minimum program requirements? Minimum program requirements define the types of buildings that...

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