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In Industry 06.27.2014

New report: Building professionals are prioritizing human health

Building industry professionals and owners are placing increasing attention on health in design and construction plans according to a new SmartMarket report by McGraw Hill Construction. USGBC was a contributing partner to the report.  The report, “The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings: The Market Drivers and Impact of Building Design on Occupant Health, Well-Being and Productivity,” finds that over 70% of commercial architects and residential interior designers,...

In LEED 06.26.2014

3 courses that you need to take (June 2014)

Hungry for more green building knowledge? Check out this month's top three courses. 1. Speech Privacy & Sound Masking in Modern ArchitectureIdentify interior design factors that will signal the need for sound masking and approaches to address the issues. 2. Solar for StartersThe importance and fundamentals of solar along with analyzing the practical aspects, promises and challenges of solar energy. 3. Making Healthy Places – Healthy SchoolsThis self-paced reading...

In Community 06.25.2014

Membership 101

Membership is the heart and soul of USGBC. And with USGBC membership there's something for everyone. What types of membership are available? As a corporate member, your organization joins a national community of tens of thousands of USGBC member organizations and their millions of employees. Our members are working everyday to design, construct, maintain and operate green buildings throughout the world. As a chapter member, you join a local community of individuals who are...

In Media 06.24.2014

USGBC Conference and Events Team Earns New Certification for Sustainable Event Management

Washington, D.C. — (June 24, 2014) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that its Conference and Events team has earned certification under ISO 20121: 2012, a new standard signifying excellence in sustainable event planning and management. “As the leading voice in the movement toward a sustainable built environment, USGBC has a responsibility to set a strong example for the meetings and events industry in planning and running the most sustainable events...

In Industry 06.27.2014

Designing for Disaster with USGBC Platinum level member company ASSA ABLOY

Designing for Disaster, a new exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., showcases the critical role of building design and construction in protecting against hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes and other dangers. Resilience is a key tenet of the green building movement and USGBC’s work. Building to anticipate threats, hazards and disasters helps foster stronger, safer communities that are better equipped to withstand both anticipated and...

In Greenbuild 06.26.2014

Why we exhibit at Greenbuild — the best expo ever

For the last seven years, my company, Bradley Corporation has been a loyal exhibitor at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Greenbuild is the best expo because it provides a platform for Bradley to showcase our water conservation products among the industry’s newest manufacturing innovations, recycled materials, and award-winning product designs. Greenbuild attendees are awesome. They are highly engaged in the sustainable building industry, and they are well informed. So for...

In Greenbuild 06.25.2014

New Greenbuild 2013 Sustainability Report celebrates green achievements

At Greenbuild 2013 the green building community came together to participate in 200 educational sessions, build a city of 700 booths in the expo hall, and dance to the likes of Bon Jovi. All of this networking, learning, and celebrating resulted in 115,875 pounds of trash, 3,559 gallons of fuel used for shuttles, and 26,655 square feet of signage. But, it also led to 4,592 pounds of food donated locally, engagement with 25 hotels on sustainability practices and one new adventure playground...

In Community 06.24.2014

Nominate a member for USGBC's inaugural Best of Building Awards

We're excited to announce our inaugural USGBC Best of Building Awards. The Best of Building Awards celebrates the year's best green products, projects, organizations and individuals making impact in green building. Nominees and winners are selected exclusively by USGBC members, a vibrant and diverse community of the world's leading organizations invested in sustainability.  We invite you to join us in recognizing the best of the best in the green building industry by nominating USGBC...

In LEED 06.26.2014

USGBC members approve LEED for Homes update

The final results of the LEED v2008 Homes Energy Update ballot are in with a final tally of 88% in favor of the rating system update — exceeding our goal of 66.7%.  Here's the category breakdown for the results: 96% approval from those in the user category 88% approval from those in the general interest category 70% approval from those in the producer category Beginning on Oct. 1, 2014, newly registering projects will be asked to meet the new requirements. The credit library...

In LEED 06.26.2014

Exploding demand for LEED credentials among employers

A new study of job postings from across the country indicates that demand for LEED Green Associates and LEED APs has grown 46% in the last twelve months. And a 90-day scan of U.S. job listings found 9,033 available jobs that specifically require a LEED credential (Burning Glass Technologies, Labor/Insight, 2014). USGBC recently surveyed hundreds of current employers of LEED credential holders about the value of the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP. The work of these organizations spans...

In Industry 06.25.2014

How green is overtaking the commercial property market

In 2010, I analyzed the uptake of “green” certification in the U.S. commercial property market, explaining the differences in diffusion across markets and over time. But during the past four years, much has happened. The economy started to recover (in most places), and construction has picked up again. Also, the appetite for energy efficiency and sustainability in the real estate sector hasn’t abated — Google now gives 344,000,000 hits for a simple search on “green...

In Industry 06.23.2014

Video: Make It Right rebuilds to LEED Platinum in New Orleans

We visited New Orleans with Make It Right, an organization that builds healthy, high-efficient and safe homes for people and communities in need. Forty percent of LEED for Homes units fall into the affordable housing sector, and you can see 100 of them, brought to fruition by Make It Right, on display in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina.  No one knows the impact of Make It Right’s work better than the families living in these...

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