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In Industry 04.3.2015

Sustainability discussions all around in preparation for COP21

Paris is hosting the next U.N. Conference of Parties (COP) climate talks in December, and the government, companies, NGOs and universities are all preparing with great enthusiasm. The Mayor of Paris has committed to welcoming some 40,000 guests and helping to assure good outcomes, and everyone has stressed practical outcomes and solutions that all participants can agree upon. The U.S. Embassy in Paris has also been very active in the process. I was honored to be invited to participate in...

In Advocacy and policy 04.3.2015

USGBC commends U.S. Senate for supporting legislation to advance energy efficiency

As one its final acts last week, the U.S. Senate took a positive step in advancing building efficiency legislation with the passage of S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act. This bipartisan bill cleared the Senate on a voice vote. For frequent readers, this bill is nearly identical to legislation long supported by USGBC that would encouraging tenants and landlords to work together to reduce their energy use and effort to improve energy benchmarking of federally owned buildings and...

In LEED 04.2.2015

Top 10 states project profile: The Center for Civil and Human Rights

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental and social justice. This...

In International 04.1.2015

GRESB launches 2015 global survey of real estate sustainability performance

As the movement toward sustainability in the built environment gathers further momentum, USGBC is increasingly proactive about making key strategic relationships to help raise the profile of the international green building industry. Toward this end, USGBC is very excited about the launch of the 2015 GRESB Survey which officially opens today. USGBC is a longstanding partner of GRESB and supports their mission of evaluating and improving sustainability practices in the global real estate sector...

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 LEED 04.2.2015

LEED Homes credits and points

In our previous article we listed the prerequisites, credits, and points in the LEED v4 ID+C rating system. This time around, we’re going to focus on LEED v4 for Homes. This rating system addresses two types of buildings: Homes Multifamily Midrise Everyday begins and ends in the same place—home. LEED-certified homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air, incorporating safe building materials, and access to day lighting and views of nature. They’re also...

In Center for Green Schools 04.2.2015

LEED Lab in action: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Making the invisible, visible… and valuable. The view from here is good. After five plus years in the stacks of facility plans surrounded by crisis-driven tradesmen and women, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Office of Sustainability emerged out of the secret right of passage of mechanical rooms and loading docks. The transition to a central campus home came after a successful Facility Services collaboration that reduced campus energy usage by 27% per gross square foot, a...

In LEED 04.1.2015

LEED addenda update: April 2015

The April 1, 2015, quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda is now available. This release includes addenda for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009. To view the changes: Visit the addenda database and search for 4/1/2015 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables Interpretations Four new LEED 2009 (10410, 10412-10414) and one new LEED v4 (10411) Interpretations were published. Highlights include: 10410:...

In Community 04.3.2015

Freebie Friday: USGBC wallpaper April 2015

Download our latest USGBC-branded wallpaper for your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone. Did we mention that it's free?   (Click the links below to download.) 1680x1050 / 2560x1440 / Mobile / Tablet And while you're at it, view previous freebies from January, March 2014 and July 2014 , and tell us what wallpaper you'd like for your device by leaving us a note in the comments.

In Industry 04.2.2015

What is WELL?

The WELL Building Standard® is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. WELL is managed and administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment. WELL is grounded in a body of medical research...

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 Industry 04.1.2015

Going beyond green with green buildings

Initially, green buildings were intended to reduce damage to the environment and human health caused by creating and maintaining buildings and neighborhoods. As the concept of sustainability was applied to the built environment, it has become clear that doing less damage is not enough.  Leaders in the field now speak about buildings and communities that are regenerative, meaning that these sustainable environments evolve with living systems and contribute to the long-term renewal of...

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