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In LEED 08.27.2014

Green homes for the masses: why everyone deserves a healthy, sustainable residence

A few weeks back I presented the case for why you should care whether or not your home is green, highlighting a recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health on the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ). If you'll recall, we at USGBC were pretty pumped about the results of that study, which found that, when compared to non-certified homes, inhabitants of LEED-certified residential units experienced fewer incidents of sick building syndrome symptoms, and enjoyed air with lower...

In Industry 08.26.2014

Search for China’s Green Building Evaluation Label projects in GBIG

The Green Building Evaluation Label (GBEL) is a voluntary national rating system in China administered by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD). GBEL is a green building certification program that evaluates projects based on six categories: land, energy, water, resource/material efficiency, indoor environmental quality and operational management. The program utilizes a three-star rating system, with Three-Stars being the highest achievable rating level, followed by...

In Industry 08.22.2014

It’s not just cost savings: LEED certification boosts hotel revenue too

This article was co-authored by Rohit Verma and Matthew Walsman of the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research. We’ve known for some time that LEED certification helps cut operating costs for all kinds of commercial buildings, including hotels. But we wanted to get a handle on whether LEED also could improve revenues for hotels. This is a big issue for the hotel industry, since the top line, which we measure as revenue per available room (RevPAR), is a major measure of a hotel’s...

In Industry 08.21.2014

Understanding federal compliance and the "Guiding Principles"

Working on a project for a federal agency? Odds are, you’re familiar with the Guiding Principles.  United States federal agencies, from EPA to NASA, voluntarily abide by the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Building, a set of standards for building, renovating and operating optimal, efficient buildings. This is one of the reasons why the federal government has been a leader in the green building sphere, with thousands of LEED buildings...

In Community 08.26.2014

Now on the market: Minnesota's Dynamic Green Home

A healthy and energy efficient home for a low-income family is now on the market in St. Paul, MN, with the help of a partnership between the USGBC Minnesota Chapter and the Frogtown Community Development Corporation. The Frogtown CDC, serving the diverse and primarily low-income Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul, purchased a foreclosed home in need of repair and worked with the chapter on the renovation. With the support of a USGBC Chapter Impact Grant, the Minnesota Chapter...

In LEED 08.22.2014

Green building and LEED in Taiwan

As a LEED fellow of ours recently quipped, many people who experience a LEED building often say: “There’s something nice about this building that we have never felt before about our previous buildings.” LEED buildings bring a harmony between the natural and indoor worlds. They become part of the natural habitat, serving as places of health, comfort and productivity while reinforcing the necessity of green buildings for the world of tomorrow.  I had the privilege of touring...

In Industry 08.22.2014

Material Health from Disclosure to Optimization: The Innovation Imperative [DC event Sept...

Join us remotely or in person at the USGBC headquarters in Washington D.C. for the next event in USGBC's ongoing LEED, Materials and Health series, "Material Health from Disclosure to Optimization: The Innovation Imperative." When: Monday, Sept. 8, 12-1:30 pm ET Where: USGBC Headquarters, Washington D.C. -or- as a remote participant Who: Join Stacy Glass, Vice President, Built Environment at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Howard Williams, Senior Vice...

In LEED 08.21.2014

Standard 189.1 + the IgCC + LEED = The Phillips head hammer

I sat there watching my daughter whack away at one of the screws in her toy workbench with a hammer. “Honey, that’s not going to work. Try the screwdriver. You have to use the right tool for the job.” It was one of those seemingly endless, for me, number of parenting moments where what was at the time unwanted, pestering advice from my own mom or dad comes slamming back into my consciousness – reminding me not only how lucky I’ve been but also what a jerk of a kid...

In Education 08.26.2014

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Olga G. Alvarez

USGBC Pro Reviewers are experts in green building and sustainability who review courses on Education @USGBC. They provide detailed feedback to the course creators, as well as reviews on the course page. This feedback helps the course creators improve their education and helps other users decide whether or not the course is a good fit for them. Meet our USGBC Pro Reviewer Olga G. Alvarez What's your name? Olga G. Alvarez Who's your employer? Project Coordinating Services, LLC What's...

In Education 08.22.2014

Best 3 courses to grow your sustainability knowledge (August 2014)

You want the best courses and we've got them.  Check out this month's best three courses to grow your sustainability knowledge. 1. Geothermal Heating and Cooling: A Renewable Energy TechnologyLearn how and why geothermal heat pump systems are so incredibly energy efficient. 2. Indoor Environmental Quality through EPA Indoor airPLUS™Learn about this companion to the ENERGY STAR for Homes program to achieve Indoor Environmental Quality in residential projects. 3. LEED Gap Analysis...

In Industry 08.21.2014

Save on the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo

As the healthcare industry sees potential shifts to smaller, decentralized facilities and a greater emphasis on connectivity for patients and caregivers, we are forced to examine the trends in healthcare design as one single movement. Join industry leaders to make valuable connections, obtain critical CE hours for your LEED credential and drive the dialogue on the future of healthcare design. Healthcare Facilities Symposium & ExpoWhen: Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2014Where: Navy Pier, Chicago...

In Media 08.21.2014

Leading Building Industry Groups Agree to Streamline Green Building Tool Coordination and...

Move will coordinate Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code and LEED to offer comprehensive system of regulatory and voluntary leadership tools for jurisdictions Washington, D.C. — (Aug. 21, 2014) — The International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announce the signing of a memorandum to collaborate on the development of...

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