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In LEED 02.12.2014
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Chevrolet ‘credits’ schools for clean energy leadership

Colleges and universities across the United States are pledging to reduce their carbon emissions. There’s a clean energy revolution happening in communities across the country and a lot of ingenuity and commitment behind it. While Chevrolet is reinventing the automobile to increase its efficiency and reduce its environmental footprint, there’s a movement driving campuses to run on cleaner energy. These two things actually go hand-in-hand. A clean energy infrastructure and vehicles...

In LEED 02.5.2014
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“Super” Bowls, Fields, Stadiums, Arenas: Where we play has a huge opportunity to be green

I had floor seats to the Syracuse-Duke game at the Carrier Dome Friday (hands down best basketball game EVER), and like virtually every other person on the planet, I did watch some of the Super Bowl, even though as anyone who knows me, knows I’m no “Stat Boy.” But I can tell you a lot about the venues themselves, especially the 30+ venues around the country that have become LEED certified. They include three NFL stadiums (the Eagles’ Lincoln Financial, the Ravens’...

In LEED 01.29.2014
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The first LEED homes in Greater China

The rapid urbanization of China is arguably the most environmentally significant human project on the planet. As China continues to grow, green buildings—indeed, a cross section of green buildings—is key to its continued future and in line with the country’s larger goals of a greener, healthier China. What better structure to help achieve this goal than a green home? Recently, pioneers of green buildings have successfully certified the first LEED homes in Greater China giving...

In LEED 01.10.2014

A bit of advice for GBI’s new CEO: How to improve Green Globes’ sorry reputation and lack...

We hear that Jerry Yudelson has a brand new job as the latest head of the Green Building Initiative (GBI). Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, it has 35 organizational members (of which more then half are either timber, chemical or plastics affiliates) and a staff of 11 employees/contractors – it’s not exactly clear. What is clear, though, is that they haven’t hired a new president as much as they’ve hired a new sales-person-in-chief, who’s now in charge of putting...

In LEED 02.7.2014

LEED v4 credential exams coming June 2014

LEED Professional Credential Exams to feature v4 content and project experience assessment on June 30 The LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams will evolve for the LEED v4 rating system this June. The last day to take the credential exams with LEED v2009 content will be June 15, 2014. The first day to take the exams with the new LEED v4 content will be June 30, 2014. No tests will be administered in between these dates. For the first time, LEED project experience competency will be assessed...

In LEED 02.3.2014

Time to vote on LEED Homes (v2008)

The Homes 2008 Ballot is officially open! Vote now and make your voice heard.  How do you vote? If you joined the consensus body (registered to vote) in September and you’re employed by a USGBC national member who has remained in good standing, you’ll receive an email with instructions and a direct link to our voting page. There you’ll be able to cast your ballot on the update to the Homes v2008 language through the month of February. Has it been a while since you’...

In LEED 01.27.2014

Introducing the new LEED Online

Smart, streamlined and simple: experience the new LEED Online We’ve come a long way since the days of submitting for certification using 3-ring binders. LEED v4 projects will be the first to experience the new LEED Online platform with streamlined documentation and process. Spend your time achieving credits, not documenting them. Watch the video    Check out the highlights    Whether your project contains one or multiple buildings, find all of your LEED projects...

In LEED 01.10.2014

Use v4 credits on your v2009 project

Excited to start using LEED v4, but not sure you’re ready to make the switch on your existing projects? Now you can substitute some of your v2009 credits for v4 credits. Here’s how: Check out the list of approved credit substitutions below and select the credit(s) you’d like to substitute. Go to www.usgbc.org/sampleforms and download the v4 form for the appropriate credit. Complete the v4 sample form as you would any other credit documentation In the v2009 form,...

In LEED 02.6.2014

Latest version of LEED recognized in Dutch policy

An individual taking on his or her municipal or national government does not have to look like this. Consider LEED AP Gerrit-Jan Teunissen, and how he successfully petitioned the Netherlands government to expand the criteria for a subset of the tax code that now recognizes the use of the latest version of LEED launched just last year. In short, LEED is now eligible for the same tax benefits in the Netherlands as BREEAM. To our knowledge, this is the first time LEED v4 has been specifically...

In LEED 01.31.2014

LEED: Value of a Market Signal

The final day of Greenbuild 2013 closed with a talk from Nate Silver, an American statistician and #1 best selling author of “The Signal and the Noise”. One take-away message was how ‘signals’ have economic value and can serve as a window into goals, values and intentions.  Signaling is an important construct of a functioning market economy, as signals work to facilitate the efficient exchange of goods and services. LEED certification sends a...

In LEED 01.16.2014

LEED v2008 Homes energy update: Road to ballot

Addressing the changes made to energy codes over the last three years in the residential construction market sector, USGBC has planned an update to the 2008 version of LEED for Homes (open for registration until June 2015). The proposed change affects EA credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance in two ways: It changes the minimum threshold so that projects using LEED for Homes v2008 will need to earn a minimum of 13 points in the Energy and Atmosphere (EA) section for climate zones (CZ...

In LEED 01.3.2014

LEED Addenda and Interpretations Update: January 2014

January 1st quarterly addenda to the LEED rating systems and reference guides are now available. Use the credit library to access the new LEED Interpretations. INTERPRETATIONS There are 71 new LEED Interpretations (10292, 10298—10367), including 65 for Homes and Multifamily Midrise (1003—10367). Here are some highlights: Demonstrating compliance for LEED O+M: Existing Buildings SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction by following values listed in LEED BD+C: New Construction SSc8: Light...

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