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In LEED 07.9.2014

International market briefs: Get your green building data from around the world

As USGBC looks overseas to foster further momentum in our mission to transform the built environment, we are excited to announce our latest real-time data platform: international market briefs. To complement the U.S. state market briefs released in the spring, these new data visualizations give a snapshot of what LEED looks like in countries across the globe. You can now find a direct link to both the state and country market briefs on the right side of the advocacy campaigns page. So...

In LEED 07.8.2014

LEED Green Associate exam: The basics

The LEED Green Associate demonstrates a solid understanding of green building principles and practices. Here are the basics about the exam. Exam Development All LEED exams are developed and regularly updated by a global network of Subject Matter Experts and meet the specifications of a job analysis. The exams assess your abilities at three hierarchical cognitive levels: recall, application and analysis. Recall: These items assess a your ability to recall factual material that is...

In LEED 07.3.2014

New solutions for neighborhoods across the globe

Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED for Neighborhood Development version 2009 are now available. ACPs allow LEED to be more flexible and applicable to a wide range of building projects across the globe. LEED for Neighborhood Development, or LEED-ND, was designed to inspire and help create better, more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods and other district-scale development. It looks beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities to curb dispersed land use...

In LEED 07.1.2014

Announcing a LEED Earth Winner: Venezuela

Located on a former industrial site in Caracas, VEPICA Sede — the new headquarters of VEPICA — began as a simple renovation project, and ended up becoming an amazing example of sustainable development for the country, as the first LEED-certified project in Venezuela and the most recent winner of USGBC’s LEED Earth campaign. VEPICA Sede, a four and a half story building totaling almost 82,000 square feet of space, serves as the main office for the engineering, procurement and...

In LEED 07.8.2014

Recycling around the office at USGBC

For most of us, recycling is second nature, and when given the opportunity, we choose to put our paper products, cans or bottles, in the recycling bin. But recycling can occasionally become a burden, when we have items that we're not sure about or when there's not a recycling stream available. One reason that recycling can be a challenge is the lack of a uniform process across private and public spaces, cities, states and even countries. The process is different depending on where you live or...

In LEED 07.7.2014

LEED Online now available for LEED India Projects

As part of USGBC’s ongoing, expanded support for LEED in India, LEED projects in India can now register in LEED Online. LEED Online has recently been improved to streamline your experience. Learn more. Quick facts for LEED in India India currently has 1,675 registered and certified LEED projects with 66 million gross square meters.  At this time, India is also home to 621 LEED professionals and 54 USGBC members.

In LEED 07.2.2014

Locally Yours: Improving LEED in East Asia

In the Haworth showroom in Parkview Green you immediately notice the colorful décor and cutting-edge workspace design that brings a unique experience at every turn. And after just a few minutes in the space, you also begin to realize that natural daylight is filling the showroom floor. But what you don’t see is that Haworth went the extra distance to make this showroom a leader in green interiors. The Haworth showroom reused 60% of its interior elements, certified 93% of its...

In LEED 07.1.2014

LEED addenda update: July 2014

The July 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. View the changes: Visit the addenda database and search by 7/1/2014 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables and redline rating system INTERPRETATIONS Eleven LEED Interpretations (10388-10397, 10244) were published. Some...

In LEED 07.8.2014

Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School: Where “Every Day is Earth Day”

Many schools claim to have a commitment to sustainability, but few do quite like Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School in Morrisville, Pa. Two years ago, the school underwent a massive renovation that included upgrading 56,000 square feet of existing space as well as adding a 28,000 square foot wing that with a new library, classrooms, and an entry pavilion. Efficient air conditioning was also added, parking lots were remodeled and a new playground was constructed. Through these modifications,...

In LEED 07.7.2014

In the Know with Maggie and Joe

We know. It’s been ages since we've connected with our fellow readers but Maggie, my office wife and copilot, has not stopped nagging me to get a post up. So here we are! Since it's been some time we’ll jump right in, but first some breaking news: USGBC and TERI Collaboration: Today, USGBC and TERI inked a deal to be strategic partners in India — the third largest market for LEED. The collaboration was confirmed during a multi-city visit to India with USGBC executives...

In LEED 07.1.2014

USGBC releases LEED v4 ACPs for Canada

As our friendly neighbors to the north celebrate Canada Day, today we are excited to release Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED v4 projects in Canada. Developed by Canada GBC, these ACPs underscore LEED’s regional and local applicability by recognizing leading Canadian local standards and practices in LEED. CaGBC and its committees played a key rule in creating solutions that allow greater flexibility in LEED. Prior to LEED v4’s release, most LEED projects in Canada used...

In LEED 06.30.2014

Eleven buildings, 25 million kWh of electricity saved: 2014 EBie Awards

The Urban Green Council's EBie Awards recognize improved environmental performance in existing buildings among building operators, facilities managers, owners, engineers, retro-commissioning agents and other professionals who conceived and implemented the work.  The eleven 2014 finalists saved 30 million gallons of water, 25 million kilowatt hours of electricity, and affected 14 million square feet of property in existing buildings—that was the hard part. Earlier...

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