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In Media 04.3.2015

LEED to Recognize Living Building Challenge Energy & Water Requirements

April 3, 2015 (Washington, DC) – The U.S. Green Building Council announced today that it will now recognize energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge (the Challenge) green building system within the LEED green building program. “USGBC and the International Living Future Institute, developers of the Living Building Challenge, share a common commitment and goal to transform the way we design, build and operate our buildings,” said Scot Horst, chief product...

In Media 03.10.2015

LEED for Existing Buildings in India Advances with New Solutions

Technical guidance developed with TERI offers India-specific incentives to further building performance, energy savings and water conservation New Delhi, 10 March, 2015 – This week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), will formally launch new, technical guidance to advance LEED for Existing Buildings in India. This technical work will launch as part of the annual GRIHA Summit, which is being held this week in New Delhi. The new guidance...

In Media 02.6.2015

Fannie Mae Rewards LEED-Certified Multifamily Properties with a Lower Interest Rate

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 6, 2015) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that Fannie Mae will reward multifamily properties with a green building certification, such as LEED, with a lower interest rate. USGBC’s LEED green building rating system is one of several recognized certifications including ENERGY STAR® and Enterprise’s Green Communities Criteria. For these certified properties, Fannie Mae is now granting a 10 basis point reduction in the...

In Media 01.28.2015

Weifang and USGBC Announce Partnership to Advance Green Buildings

Weifang, China – (Jan. 26, 2015) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the city of Weifang have signed a strategic agreement to accelerate greater adoption of green buildings while strengthening and encouraging robust green city principles and practices in Weifang. “It is an honor to work with Mayor Liu and Weifang Housing and Urban Rural Development Director Li Guangdong to advance green buildings in China,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer of...

In Media 04.2.2015

USGBC and C40 Release Landmark Green Building City Market Briefs Highlighting Sustainable...

More than half of the C40 cities featured have enacted green building policies (Washington, D.C.) April 2, 2015 –Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in partnership with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and the World Green Building Council (WGBC), released a compendium of briefs that showcase the sustainability, building energy use and climate change policy work of cities across the globe. Approximately 74 percent of the cities examined are implementing incentives for...

In Media 02.25.2015

New Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support for LEED Green Building Program

Support increases with knowledge of LEED’s positive impact on job creation and cost savings WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 25, 2015) — The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED green building rating system has strong bipartisan support across the U.S., according to a new poll released today. The nationwide poll found that 79 percent of Republicans and 89 percent of Democrats support the use of LEED in buildings.   The poll also found that a strong majority supports the...

In Media 02.4.2015

LEED Spans 833 Million Square Feet of Green Building Space in India

Nine out of 10 senior industry executives in India anticipate LEED-related work to increase between now and 2019 New Delhi, India (Feb. 4, 2015) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) comprises 833 million square feet of green building space in India. The announcement was made at The Energy Resource Center’s (TERI) 2015 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) where USGBC’s President &...

In Media 12.18.2014

International Parking Institute and Green Parking Council Collaborate with GBCI, the...

New collaboration recognizes importance of sustainable parking facility design and management to the built environment Washington, D.C. (Dec. 18, 2014) – In recognition of the importance of sustainable parking facilities and practices to the development of sustainable communities, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the certification body for the U.S. Green Building Council’s global LEED® green building rating system, today signed a memorandum of...

In Media 03.24.2015

WELL Building Standard Introduced in China

A performance-based standard to improve the health and wellbeing of Chinese  Complements green building rating systems, LEED and Three Star (Beijing) March 24, 2015 – Today, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) formally introduced the WELL Building Standard in China. WELL is a system that focuses on human health and wellbeing in the built environment. WELL, which complements green building rating programs such as LEED...

In Media 02.10.2015
Photo credit: Benjamin Benschneider

The Business Case for Green Building

Overall Trends The top two reasons for building green: client demand (35%) and market demand (33%).1 The global green building market grew in 2013 to $260 billion, including an estimated 20 percent of all new U.S. commercial real estate construction. This trend is expected to intensify in the coming years, both in the US and internationally.2 Commercial building owners and managers will invest an estimated $960 billion globally between now and 2023 on greening their existing built...

In Media 02.4.2015

USGBC Releases the Top 10 States for LEED Green Building Per Capita in Nation

Illinois leads among all states for the second consecutive year; newcomers Georgia and Arizona show momentum with LEED in the South and Southwest Washington, D.C. — (Feb. 4, 2015) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system, ranking states in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident. The per-capita list highlights states...

In Media 12.17.2014

USGBC Announces 2014 Best of Green Schools Honorees

Recipients Represent the Best Environmental Efforts in Schools Across U.S.  Washington, D.C. – (Dec. 17, 2014) – The Center for Green Schools at USGBC announced today the 2014 “Best of Green Schools” recipients, recognizing 10 individuals, institutions, projects and events representing the best environmental efforts in schools across the country this year. The list highlights the national leaders and innovators in school sustainability for the year. “Selecting...

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