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In Community 05.17.2016

Realizing net zero buildings (USGBC Northern California)

USGBC Northern California is pleased to present a guest blog by Michael Hummel, who will be speaking at GreenerBuilder 2016.  Imagine a world where all buildings are zero net energy (ZNE). By 2030, this will be a reality for California. New state legislation requires all new commercial buildings to be zero energy by 2030, and for residential, this requirement begins in 2020. The good news is that we have all the technology, financial tools and implementation methods to make zero energy...

In Community 05.16.2016

Going green in the black (USGBC Northern California)

USGBC Northern California is pleased to present a guest blog by Peter Rumsey, who will be speaking at GreenerBuilder 2016, June 16 in San Leandro, Calif.  In California, solar panels can supply electricity to a building at a rate equal to or below, sometimes significantly below, what the utility charges for electricity. But why would a developer invest in putting photovoltaic (PV) on a building when it’s the tenants who pay for the energy? This “split incentive”...

In Community 05.13.2016

Community sustainability projects at Convergence

Since 2014 in Detroit, USGBC has worked with the community hosting our annual Convergence conference to leave a lasting impact through a series of Community Sustainability Projects. These projects pair green building experts attending the conference with local community-based organizations, guiding the local groups along a path to sustainable leadership.  Using the ADVANCE framework for community partnership, projects range from ecosystem cleanup to hands-on energy...

In Community 05.12.2016

Greenbuild scholarship recipients from around the globe: Part V

For the past eight years, USGBC has offered scholarships to make Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend. For Greenbuild 2015, 94 individuals received a scholarship. Recipients represent a diverse group of people from around the world. Each one has a story to tell and brings their own passion to their work. Each one has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all.  As we lead up to Greenbuild 2016 in Los...

In Industry 05.16.2016

Webinar series from DOE on building envelope technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Building Alliance and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are kicking off a new webinar series focused on advancing envelope technologies in commercial buildings. The webinars will serve as an opportunity for commercial building owners, operators and facility managers to discuss and learn about the latest innovations and best practices in increasing efficiency of building envelopes. DOE and ORNL staff will also engage with participants to address...

In Community 05.16.2016

Stay in touch with the new Green Home Guide

As you know, the Green Home Guide is your go-to resource for greening your home. On, you can browse articles and professional advice to learn more about green home tips and improvements. You can also view and search our directory of green building professionals to access a pro to help green your home. If you haven't already, we invite you to explore our new layout and content, and be sure to subscribe to receive email updates about the latest in...

In Community 05.12.2016

Junior high students learn about green building from their school’s architect (USGBC Iowa)

Inspiring students to practice sustainability is easier to do when their very own classroom is an example of best practice. North Central Junior High (NCJH) students in North Liberty, Iowa, have a newfound appreciation for the building in which they spend most of their time. One of the building’s designers, Martha Norbeck, visited the school on April 15 to discuss the importance of green building in an age of increasing environmental challenges. Students learned about green principles...

In LEED 05.12.2016

National Hospital Week spotlights LEED health care facilities

May 8–14 marks National Hospital Week. This special occasion is an opportunity to celebrate hospitals and honor the individuals in health care who have devoted their lives to the health and well-being of the communities they serve. This week also gives USGBC the opportunity to showcase some great recent projects in LEED certifications for health care, where human wellness is built into all that we do. Recognize any of these facilities in your home city? Enjoy browsing these exceptional...

In Industry 05.16.2016

Meet us at the 2016 AIA Convention

Heading to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) annual convention from May 19 to 21 in Philadelphia? Members of the USGBC and SITES teams will be available on the expo floor. Visit us to say hello! Stop by the USGBC booth (#3315) to get all of your USGBC and LEED questions answered. Learn more about LEED v4, LEED professional credentials and all the latest products and resources USGBC has to offer.  Learn more about the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) at...

In Education 05.13.2016

Residential offerings expanded at Greenbuild 2016

The 2016 Greenbuild Conference and Expo, which will run from Oct 5 to 7 in Los Angeles, Calif., will feature expanded education on the residential green building market. Homes represent a critical piece of the buildings industry: not only are they the structures in which we spend a majority of our time, they’re also a sizable and valuable segment of the industry as a whole. Consider some facts: Home buyers expect newer homes to be greener and more energy-efficient. Builders expect more...

In Industry 05.12.2016

Sustainable building in India: The value of LEED professional credentials

This article was originally published in the April 2016 issue of IA&B magazine as "Sustainable Building in India: The Value of LEED Professional Credentials" and is adapted with permission.  A candid conversation with Rishabh Kasliwal, Managing Director, Kamal Cogent Energy Pvt. Ltd: Kamal Cogent Energy Pvt. Ltd. provides comprehensive energy consulting, analytics, building commissioning and sustainability solutions to commercial, residential and industrial clients. It was...

In Industry 05.12.2016

Participate in an EDGE Technical Workshop on June 9 in Bhubneshwar, India

The EDGE Technical Workshop is geared toward project teams and consultants and covers the basics of EDGE, the EDGE certification process and how to use the EDGE software. An innovation of International Finance Corporation, EDGE is a green building certification system focused on making new residential and commercial buildings more resource-efficient. EDGE comprises a web-based software application, a universal standard and a certification system. Poised to jump-start green...

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