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In LEED 01.19.2016

LEED addenda update: January 2016

The January 2016 quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda is now available. To view the changes, Visit the addenda database and search for 1/4/2016. Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit. Download the Reference Guide Tables. Interpretations Five new LEED Interpretations have been published (10426–10430). LEED Interpretation 10426 provides an alternative to vestibules in the design model for EA Prerequisite...

In LEED 12.18.2015

Kaohsiung American School: Leadership with LEED for Schools in Taiwan

Kaohsiung American School (KAS), located in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, nurtures students to become world citizens through a multinational community and diverse educational methods. When it sought to develop a state-of-the-art campus, KAS committed to creating a sustainable and ecologically responsible school. The new building, completed last April, was awarded LEED Silver on Dec. 9, 2015, leveraging the campus credit approach to LEED certification. It is the first project in Taiwan to be...

In LEED 12.14.2015

World’s second largest building, Shanghai Tower, achieves LEED Platinum

Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world, recently achieved LEED Platinum for Core and Shell. The Tower, located at the core of Pudong’s growing Lujiazui finance and trade area in Shanghai, is 632 meters high. LEED is the world’s most widely applied green building rating system and is currently used in more than 150 countries and territories across the globe. LEED CS (Core and Shell) is the certification for the envelope of a building, and...

In LEED 12.9.2015

Building the Shanghai of tomorrow: Hongqiao CBD's low-carbon transportation hub

Every story about a green building is a story about people. And you’ve heard it before: at USGBC, we say every story about a LEED building, community or city is a story about leaders. Leaders across the globe recognize that LEED works and enhances an organization’s triple bottom line—people, planet and profit. By certifying to LEED, leaders across the world are raising the bar for the global market, positively impacting the quality of our built space. The Hongqiao Central...

In LEED 01.13.2016

LEED Online 2016 updates

During the last week of December, you may have noticed that LEED Online was temporarily LEED offline. We took the system down to make key upgrades based on valuable feedback from you, our customers. Now, LEED Online is back in business with some exciting new functionality.  Campus and volume access rights To give administrators on campus and volume certification teams increased control in a campus/portfolio, we have introduced the new “Access Rights” tab. Users with...

In LEED 12.15.2015

Fannie Mae: Spotlight on Green Building Certification Pricing Break

This article was previously published on fanniemae.com. Read the full article. More multifamily owners are pursuing Green Building Certifications for their properties now than ever before. Fannie Mae Multifamily is continuously innovating, improving our financial products to match our customers' financing needs. Offering the new Green Building Certification Pricing Break is part of that innovation. The Pricing Break reduces the all-in interest rate on loans for multifamily properties...

In LEED 12.11.2015

LEED Online scheduled maintenance Dec. 24–Jan. 3

Please note that LEED Online will be offline from 9:00 pm EST on Dec. 24, 2015, until 9:00 pm EST on Jan. 3, 2016, while we perform routine maintenance and implement system updates. During this time, you will not be able to log in to the system. Contact us for more information and learn more about LEED certification timelines.  

In LEED 12.3.2015

Help us help you: Survey on SITES and sustainable landscape design

Considering implementing SITES in your organization or practice? Interested in earning a SITES professional credential? We are exploring this possibility at USGBC and need your feedback. SITES is the most comprehensive rating system for developing sustainable landscapes.  Administered by GBCI, SITES certification is for development projects located on sites either with or without buildings—ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, from streetscapes to...

In LEED 12.23.2015

Free webinar: LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit compliance

Join our free, live webinar for building product manufacturers about LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit compliance. In November 2015, USGBC released new guidance connected to Option 3 of the LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit that provides building product manufacturers with a step-by-step process for meeting its requirements, as well as a field trial. Learn more about the field trial by joining us for a live webinar, developed specifically for building product manufacturers....

In LEED 12.15.2015

LEED v4 stories: One Sansome Street

The LEED v4 stories series features the people the behind diverse LEED v4 projects. Here, you’ll find interviews with project team members and project owners that tell of their experiences—both the wins and the challenges. Nestled in the heart of the financial district, One Sansome Street is one of the tallest buildings in San Francisco. In 2014, it became the first skyscraper in the world to certify under LEED v4 for Existing Buildings and attain Platinum status. I recently spoke...

In LEED 12.10.2015

New LEED educational materials introduced in Japan

Today, Green Building Japan (GBJ) and USGBC introduced new, translated materials designed to further accelerate the adoption of LEED v4, the latest version of the LEED building program, and increase future capacity for greening Japan’s built environment.   As part of their ongoing collaboration, GBJ and USGBC released Japanese versions of the LEED v4 Green Associate Candidate Handbook and the LEED Green Associate exam. The new materials will further educate professionals in Japan...

In LEED 12.2.2015

Good for business: LEED spaces distinguish DC locales

During Greenbuild 2015, we highlighted four recently LEED-certified spaces in the nation’s capital that are helping transform the way businesses and organizations design, construct and maintain buildings. Below is a quick project snapshot of each unique space, just in case you missed it. Wal-Mart: 77 H Street NW Wal-Mart, once known for sprawling supercenters off interstate highways, is now finding new homes in metropolitan areas like Washington, DC, where space is in high demand and...

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