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In LEED 05.15.2015

Take part in a new USGBC global green survey

USGBC, in partnership with Dodge Data & Analytics (formerly McGraw Hill Construction) has just launched a new global green survey. The survey results will offer key insights on construction activity around the world by examining important trends affecting and transforming the construction industry on a global, regional and national level. The results will also provide information on the benefits experienced in green construction globally and the variation of green practices and...

In International 05.15.2015

Upcoming LEED and WELL events: Building a healthier China

USGBC and the International WELL Being Institute (IWBI) are heading to China from May 11-22 for a multi-city tour to engage and advance the conversation around green buildings and human health.  USGBC and IWBI are hosting half-day Green Building Executive Forums in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Macau along with workshops to discuss the WELL Building Standard, which focuses on human health and wellbeing in the built environment. Register to attend the even in Shenzhen...

In Industry 05.14.2015

PEER and the microgrid architecture

Distributed generation and the expected growth of microgrids has many utilities stymied. Some would react to this in fear, grasping all the more tightly to the status quo, but the most successful utilities will be those that work proactively to seize new opportunities and tackle new challenges head on. PEER, a new rating system administered by GBCI, is based on a microgrid architecture framework that can help utilities and consumers on the path towards high-performance, sustainable power...

In Industry 05.13.2015

Health in Harmony

In 2010, USGBC convened the Material Health Harmonization Task Group to map the similarities and differences between the various building product disclosure and optimization programs and work towards synergies through inter-Program harmonization and data sharing. Such harmonization would support manufacturer implementation of both the Disclosure and Optimization options in the LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit and accelerate progress in the industry towards the manufacture of inherently safer...

In Community 05.15.2015

National Bike to Work Day

At USGBC, we take National Bike to Work Day pretty seriously. While a lot of our staff bikes to work every single day (weather permitting), it's more fun when you get to celebrate your #1 way of commuting with other staff members and local bikers! Biking to work is a clean, fun and healthy way to get to and from work. We thought we'd take a minute to showcase some of our most enthusiastic bikers, and get an idea of why they bike to work!  Josh Lasky, Program Manager, Green Apple...

In Advocacy and policy 05.14.2015

US moves forward with raising the bar for energy efficiency in affordable housing

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) took an important step this week—one that will make a difference in the lives of thousands of families. HUD and USDA issued a final determination essentially adopting the next set of building energy codes for a suite of programs and recognizing LEED certification as an alternative compliance path, which will help streamline documentation for project teams. USGBC filed comments on the...

In Community 05.14.2015

Top 5 things you should know about waste at USGBC

At USGBC we care about being responsible with our waste. Here are five things you should know about waste at USGBC. We compost. Recycling is the law in DC but we like to push ourselves by going above and beyond. Our food waste, as well as the paper towels in the restrooms, is collected twice a week by our vendor, Compost Cab. Our janitorial crew gathers the compostable materials throughout the day and transfers them to two 64-gallon wheeled containers at the loading dock. Here's a tip:...

In Community 05.13.2015

Terry Green II: Greenbuild scholarship profile

For the past seven years USGBC has made Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend through a scholarship program. At last year’s Greenbuild, 156 individuals received some type of scholarship to Greenbuild. Scholarship recipients represent a diversity of people from around the world. Each has a story to tell. Each brings their own passion to their work. Each has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all. As we lead up to...

In Advocacy and policy 05.15.2015

Bounce back faster from disaster (Building Safety Month: Week 2)

In the second week of Building Safety Month, we're focusing on how to bounce back faster from disaster. Over the past decade, scores of devastating weather events across the globe have taken countless lives and destroyed many of the buildings people once called home.  As natural disasters become more and more common, it is imperative that building codes be updated in step with the ever-changing environment in order to adequately protect building occupants. Code revisions must arise...

In LEED 05.14.2015

Measure of Success [USGBC+ May/June 2015]

This article was originally published in the May/June 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. We hit Gold!!!” The email, accompanied by a smartphone photo of a sleek-looking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Dynamic Plaque, landed in the employees’ inboxes at the San Francisco office of DPR Construction, headquartered in Redwood City, California, last September. Joe Nguyen, IT field engineer at DPR, was psyched to see the score increase—he had...

In Advocacy and policy 05.13.2015

Resilient Cities Summit challenges government and industry to plan collaboratively for...

This article was co-authored by Cooper Martin, Program Director of the Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities (NLC). “Resilience is bigger than disaster management,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, president of the National League of Cities and co-chair of the Resilient Cities Summit hosted last week at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, CO. “It's about preserving and improving quality of life for our citizens every single day.” The Mayor...

In Education 05.12.2015

Pioneers of PEER: Introduction to PEER (feat. John Kelly and Brendan Owens) [podcast]

Pioneers of PEER podcast is a series dedicated to professionals spearheading sustainable energy delivery initiatives within the electricity sector, hosted by John Kelly. Pioneers of PEER gives an overview to Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, a new sustainable design and rating system at USGBC. Each episode hopes to provide the listener with insight into the electricity sector through the perspective of thought-leaders in the industry.  In this first episode, Brendan Owens...

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