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In Advocacy and policy 08.29.2014

“Four More Years!” State policymakers rack up wins for green building

Last week, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) gathered for their largest ever policy summit. The issues discussed varied from clean power plan implementation to clean water and indoor air, to healthy, high-performing schools. As a framework for addressing these and many other economic and ecology issues, green building was a central focus, too. For years, state lawmakers and agencies have used the power of the pen and the purse to prioritize energy efficiency, healthy...

In Community 08.28.2014

A message from Rick Fedrizzi: USGBC and ACC to advance LEED

For those of you who attended the Greenbuild opening plenary last year, you’ll remember I asked everyone – green building enthusiasts, newcomers, and others – to “join us” in our critical work. Green building is an inclusive movement. From people, to planet, to profit, it is a revolution that benefits us all, collectively. That's why I am pleased to report that USGBC and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced an important initiative this week. As...

In Industry 08.27.2014

Join USGBC's VP of Research Chris Pyke at VERGE San Francisco

As building investors, owners, and service providers are scrambling to create and use transparency, each one faces different drivers and obstacles. Transparency is often perceived to increase risk for owners and, in some cases, occupants. However, it lowers risks for investors and the public leading to a clear dynamic tension between stakeholders. At VERGE San Francisco, USGBC Vice President of Research Chris Pyke will explore the role of transparency in real estate with GRESB Executive...

In Community 08.26.2014

Now on the market: Minnesota's Dynamic Green Home

A healthy and energy efficient home for a low-income family is now on the market in St. Paul, MN, with the help of a partnership between the USGBC Minnesota Chapter and the Frogtown Community Development Corporation. The Frogtown CDC, serving the diverse and primarily low-income Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul, purchased a foreclosed home in need of repair and worked with the chapter on the renovation. With the support of a USGBC Chapter Impact Grant, the Minnesota Chapter...

In LEED 08.29.2014

Meet the LEED Dynamic Plaque

I’ve had the good fortune of meeting with a lot of our member companies this summer at a series of leadership receptions around the country. At these events, I’ve had the opportunity to give everyone a quick update on all the work we have going on; actually quick is probably the wrong word – it takes quite a few minutes to simply touch on all the amazing things happening at USGBC. The LEED Dynamic Plaque At these events, we get a lot of questions for more information about the...

In Advocacy and policy 08.28.2014

10 super rad LEED public projects

Have you ever pulled into a train station and felt like you had really arrived somewhere else, because the station felt like part of this new town’s identity? Did you ever tour your local fire station as a kid, and if you were very lucky, slide down that shiny silver pole? Did you ever go to the local jail, and… well, actually that’s none of my business. Public structures really help define the personality of a town, and they’re where the actions that define history...

In Industry 08.27.2014

USGBC and the American Chemistry Council to Work Together to Advance LEED

WASHINGTON, DC - (August 27, 2014) - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) today announced a new initiative designed to ensure the use of sustainable and environmentally protective products in buildings by applying technical and science-based approaches to the LEED green building program. This new initiative acknowledges USGBC’s success in leading the transformation of the built environment and sets up a pathway to take advantage of the materials...

In Education 08.26.2014

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Olga G. Alvarez

USGBC Pro Reviewers are experts in green building and sustainability who review courses on Education @USGBC. They provide detailed feedback to the course creators, as well as reviews on the course page. This feedback helps the course creators improve their education and helps other users decide whether or not the course is a good fit for them. Meet our USGBC Pro Reviewer Olga G. Alvarez What's your name? Olga G. Alvarez Who's your employer? Project Coordinating Services, LLC What's...

In LEED 08.29.2014

LEED helps Singapore leverage new government investments of $100 million in energy...

In Singapore today, a number of companies are building and acquiring data centers to support their business activity. As a result, the Singapore government recently announced an investment of $100 million towards technologies that will increase the energy efficiency of data centers. Considering that this building type is one of the biggest consumers of energy on the planet, this is welcome news. Data centers often run 24 hours a day and require sizable systems to not only power the systems, but...

In Industry 08.28.2014

10 reasons to use Eco-Efficiency Analysis as a decision-making tool to quantify the...

The aim of BASF’s Eco-Efficiency Analysis is to compare similar products or processes. The Eco-Efficiency Analysis looks at environmental impact in proportion to a product's cost-effectiveness. It helps BASF and our customers to decide which products are the best choice both ecologically and economically. Since 2010, BASF has been using the EEA methodology to examine the environmental life cycle of sustainable concrete solutions, beginning with the extraction of raw materials through...

In LEED 08.27.2014

Green homes for the masses: why everyone deserves a healthy, sustainable residence

A few weeks back I presented the case for why you should care whether or not your home is green, highlighting a recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health on the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ). If you'll recall, we at USGBC were pretty pumped about the results of that study, which found that, when compared to non-certified homes, inhabitants of LEED-certified residential units experienced fewer incidents of sick building syndrome symptoms, and enjoyed air with lower...

In Industry 08.26.2014

Search for China’s Green Building Evaluation Label projects in GBIG

The Green Building Evaluation Label (GBEL) is a voluntary national rating system in China administered by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD). GBEL is a green building certification program that evaluates projects based on six categories: land, energy, water, resource/material efficiency, indoor environmental quality and operational management. The program utilizes a three-star rating system, with Three-Stars being the highest achievable rating level, followed by...

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