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In Industry 07.8.2014
The LEED Silver Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

LEED project certification update: June 2014

In our new recurring monthly feature, we'll be taking a look at LEED certification activity each month, broken out by LEED rating system and location. Be sure to check out the LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area and around the world. Total projects certified in June: 351 New Construction: 165 Commercial Interiors: 67 Existing Buildings: 42 Core and Shell: 34 Retail CI: 28 Schools: 9 Retail NC: 3 LEED Italia: 2 LEED for Healthcare: 1 Square footage certified...

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 Media 07.7.2014

TERI and USGBC join forces to promote high performance buildings in India

New Delhi, June 7: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced a strategic collaboration to accelerate the development of high performance buildings in India and Southeast Asia. Developing a sustainable approach to the built environment is not only a global issue, but also a major concern for developing countries. TERI’s GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) and USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and...

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 Community 07.8.2014

Nominate yourself to join the 2015 Board of Directors

Nominate yourself today for the 2015 USGBC Board of Directors, and take part in shaping USGBC’s strategic direction.  Click the links below to submit your nomination for the following seats. Product Manufacturer (pdf)The Product Manufacturer seat is open to a senior-level executive whose sustainable building product systems and/or materials contribute to transforming the marketplace for green buildings and communities. A thought leader in regional, national, 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 07.3.2014

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

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 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 Industry 07.2.2014

‘What If?’ Toward a More Equitable World: Out now in EDC's July issue

Editor's note: Browse the July issue of EDC, the official magazine for the LEED Professional, and preview the piece "‘What If?’ Toward a More Equitable World" by Susan Kaplan below. Sign up today to get your free digital edition of EDC. Since you’re reading this, you probably work hard every day to make the projects you’re involved with more environmentally sustainable. The industry has made great strides in this area, but can we say the...

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...

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