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In LEED 08.13.2015

Top 10 countries for LEED national profile: India

USGBC’s announcement of 2015’s Top 10 Countries for LEED comes during a historic time for the international green movement. In the time since USGBC announced the Top 10 Countries for LEED in 2014, the People’s Climate March in New York City drew hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to demand climate action, the U.S. and China came to a monumental agreement to work together to mitigate catastrophic levels of global warming and Pope Francis has issued a historic...

In LEED 08.12.2015

Case study: Energy modeling in Miami with the IES team

Real estate investment portfolio company, Forum Group, wanted to build a world-class tower, consisting of 600,000 square feet of leasable office space that focused on the principles of sustainability and innovation. The main challenge facing the team was question of where to locate the building. The IES Consulting team was brought in to support the Brickell Financial Centre (600 Brickell, LEED BD+C: Core and Shell (2013), Platinum), and to address questions related to energy analysis...

In LEED 08.11.2015

Beijing incentivizes the use of LEED

Government incentives for green building are known to encourage sustainable development. Local, state and countrywide policies can influence decisions made by private companies, developers, investors and consumers. On May 25, the Chaoyang District in Beijing added LEED to their existing incentive structure for green building construction. This change marks a monumental step for LEED in the region. Chaoyang District is the first government administration in China to include LEED in its incentive...

In Education 08.10.2015

Course preview: Reaching Triple Platinum: Skanska Sweden’s New Headquarters [video]

With Education @USGBC you can grow your green building knowledge online, anytime. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, Reaching Triple Platinum: Skanska Sweden’s New Headquarters, created by USGBC Education Partner, Sweden Green Building Council. Entré Lindhagen is a complex of three Platinum certifications: LEED CS 2009 for the base building and two LEED CI 2009 tenant fitouts for Skanska Sweden...

In LEED 08.12.2015

Global market watch: Sao Paulo, Brazil—Project teams in Brazil zero in on reducing water...

“We’re running out of water.” The sign is affixed to the glass door of the shower and on the mirror above the sink in my hotel room. The city of Sao Paulo and southeastern Brazil are experiencing the worst drought in decades, and the time for polite messages about water conservation is over.  The news is full of stories about drilling illegal wells in Sao Paulo, protests in the streets, and concerns about Brazil’s ability to host the thousands of visitors who will...

In Community 08.12.2015

Three days to self-nominate to join the 2016 Advisory Council

The self-nomination period for the 2016 USGBC Advisory Council will end in just three days. Applications close this Friday, August 14, 2015, at 5 pm PDT, so remember to apply before the deadline. The six open seats on the 2016 Advisory Council are: Real Estate Services/Developer: PDF/Online form Facility Management and Operations: PDF/Online form Real Estate Finance and Capital Markets: PDF/Online form Technology: PDF/Online form Business to Consumer Leader: PDF/...

In LEED 08.11.2015

Register to vote today for LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily

The member ballot for LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily is right around the corner. In order to participate, you’ll need to register to vote. Being a consensus based system means incorporating stakeholder voices throughout the development process. During the spring we presented the LEED O+M: Multifamily rating system draft and opened the public comment period to everyone. Since then, we’ve responded to the feedback we received and are now ready to move to the next phase on the...

In LEED 08.10.2015

What you need to know to achieve LEED certification in 2015

Is your goal to earn LEED certification for your project in 2015? Before Greenbuild? We understand that many project teams have timelines set around major events. To support this, we’ve created the tables below (based on typical review timelines), which specify the deadlines you’ll need to meet in order to have your project certified by either Greenbuild 2015 or the end of this year. The following deadlines apply to all commercial rating systems (not including projects engaged in...

In Center for Green Schools 08.12.2015

Introducing CoCo & Dean: Green Apple Day of Service inspiration

With the Center for Green School’s Green Apple Day of Service right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how your community or classroom can get involved in a local service project to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments.   USGBC-North Carolina’s very own Emily Scofield offers her first book, CoCo & Dean: Explorers of the World, as inspiration. Scofield’s book provides children with the education and...

In Industry 08.11.2015

2015 Greenbuild Summits are sure to inspire

Greenbuild Summits bring together sectors of the green building industry for a day of focused networking, education and inspiration. In 2015, Greenbuild is being held in November in Washington, DC, and the conference will feature three unique summits that are sure to inspire. Communities & Affordable Homes Summit: Join community and sustainability leaders for dialogue on the development of vibrant, sustainable communities through the lenses of resilience, social equity, health and economic...

In Media 08.11.2015

New LEED Report Shows a Green Building Boom for Brazilian Economy

Brazil increases its global share of the green building market with LEED São Paulo, Brazil—(Aug. 11, 2015)— Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released LEED in Motion: Brazil, a report showing significant gains in the green building market in Brazil and year-over-year growth in LEED certifications in the country. The report comes at a time when the Brazilian green building industry is hosting South America’s premier green building conference, GreenBuilding...

In Media 08.7.2015

Greenbuild Announces Annual Celebration Headliner

Fitz and The Tantrums to perform at the Newseum Washington, D.C. – (August 7, 2015) – Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) are excited to announce indie soul/pop band Fitz and The Tantrums will headline the 2015 Greenbuild Celebration, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, from 7-10 p.m. at the Newseum, an interactive museum, in Washington, D.C. “We are excited to end this year’s Greenbuild with Fitz &...

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