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In Education 07.24.2015

Building for health: USGBC and Harvard prepare leaders for the next frontier of the green...

Over the last two decades, the green building movement has shown how thoughtful design, construction, and operation can create buildings and even entire communities that benefit people and the environment. Today, the focus of the movement is shifting toward the opportunity to create buildings and communities that intentionally promote health and wellness. These trends raise important questions:  Who will lead this generational change in the real estate industry?  What kind of skills...

In Media 07.23.2015

Future Greenbuild Dates Announced Through 2019

Internationally renowned, the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building to rotate cities Washington, D.C. — (July 23, 2015) — Dates were announced today for future Greenbuild International Conference & Expo events through the year 2019 by Informa Exhibitions and the U.S. Green Building Council. “We are committed to rotating Greenbuild to very accessible locations to maximize attendee participation and exhibitor confidence. We ensure Greenbuild...

In Advocacy and policy 07.22.2015

U.S. Senate Finance Committee votes to advance green building policies

In the run up to the 2015 August Congressional work period the U.S. Senate Finance Committee made an important move to renew and extend a $95 billion tax incentives package that expired at the end of last year. The “Final Passage of an Original Bill to Extend Certain Expiring Tax Provisions” passed on a 23-3 vote. The legislation includes a number of important elements that will continue to support the efficiency of the building industry. In particular, the bill extends and...

In Industry 07.21.2015

TalentFX at Greenbuild 2015: Your time to speak

This year, we’ve opened up six dynamic speaking opportunities as part of TalentFX at Greenbuild; TalentFx USGBC’s platform for emerging sustainability leaders. You, and your fellow winners, will have 25 minutes each to share your ideas, thoughts, and stories with students and professionals from around the globe.  Session types We’ll consider three types of sessions: Share (a story): It’s the buzzword that might actually get you a job—if you’re...

In LEED 07.24.2015

Energy efficiency in buildings: Are we doing enough?

This article was originally published on iesve.com. Read the original version. A holistic approach to integrated project delivery is something that has been discussed for many years now, but why does the industry still struggle to put this concept into practice? Everyone can see the benefits, however turning theory into practice is not always as easy as it sounds. Governments around the world have introduced legislation and rating systems to try and address this. Rating systems such...

In Advocacy and policy 07.23.2015

Barriers to industrial energy efficiency: LEED can help!

As the industrial sector’s relative significance in U.S. energy use grows, tapping into the sector’s efficiency potential becomes more critical as well. In 2012, the industrial sector accounted for 32% of all energy consumption, and by 2025 its share is expected to exceed 36%. Manufacturing operations accounted for 74% of the industrial sector, representing 24% of all energy consumed in the U.S. in 2012 (EIA).  Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency, a Report to Congress...

In LEED 07.22.2015

Top 10 countries for LEED in 2015 [infographic]

There are LEED projects in more than 150 countries and territories, representing every continent except for Antarctica. LEED is being used in highly industrialized nations and newly developing ones, and LEED is helping to demonstrate the enormous power and potential of the emerging green economy. To recognize the countries that are doing the most to catapult green building forward, USGBC has announced its Top 10 Countries for LEED (view the press release), which looks at gross square meters of...

In Education 07.21.2015

Cushman & Wakefield leverages LEED for professional development

Over the course of several years, Cushman & Wakefield has successfully integrated sustainability into the company’s operations, which built the foundation to take sustainability to the next level. The Sustainability Strategies team, tasked with embedding sustainability into our corporate culture, decided it was imperative to first assess our own strengths and weaknesses. We noticed a sincere interest in sustainability among employees that was waiting to be harnessed. It became clear...

In LEED 07.23.2015

China's Wanda Group looks to their global future with LEED

To hear Vice President Lai Jianyan of Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd.—the world’s largest commercial property owner and operator—put it, the most his company derives from LEED is not the financial benefits, it’s the demonstration of social responsibility for a global company. “It conveys a message to the society through the LEED platform that Wanda commits to sustainable development, environment protection and social responsibility... The social value is followed by...

In Industry 07.22.2015

Greenbuild Film Festival: Submit your film today

USGBC is pleased to announce our call to filmmakers for the Ninth Annual Greenbuild International Film Festival. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, Monumental Green, Greenbuild is seeking submissions including documentaries, films, and informational videos that promote innovative green building practices and address social, environmental, and health topics related to the built environment. This is a great opportunity for filmmakers passionate about the environment to join...

In Media 07.22.2015

USGBC Announces International Rankings of Top 10 Countries for LEED Green Building

Demand for sustainable buildings continues to grow throughout the globe Washington, D.C.—(July 22, 2015)—Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its international rankings of the Top 10 Countries for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The Top 10 list highlights countries outside of the U.S. that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation, illustrating the ever-...

In Advocacy and policy 07.21.2015

House gives thumbs up to affordable housing efficiency program

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of another important efficiency bill.The Private Investment in Housing Act, introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers including Representatives Dennis Ross (FL), Jim Himes (CT), Emanuel Cleaver (MO) and John Delaney (MD), passed by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 395-28. It is nearly identical to the provisions found in the energy efficiency legislation commonly known as Shaheen-Portman. This is the second bill to advance...

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