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In LEED 07.10.2015

Leaders turn to LEED in the Sichuan Province of China

In late June, a delegation from the Sichuan Province of China took time out of their busy schedules while touring the U.S. to visit the USGBC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and discuss sustainable development in their region. Sichuan Province, home to 80 million people and counting, is a mixture of residential and non-residential infrastructure. The group consisted of professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including policy research and education, all of whom were interested in learning...

In Industry 07.9.2015

GBCI now administers EDGE in India

GBCI has recently been selected by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group to offer the EDGE green building certification system in India. By helping to incrementally push India’s new construction market forward, EDGE jumpstarts the mainstreaming of green buildings to help counter climate change. EDGE encourages resource-efficient building by establishing an effective entry-level option for affordable sustainable design and construction. EDGE is a measurable...

In Education 07.8.2015

Course preview: Don’t Build Here: Site Selection Strategies to Protect Our Wild Spaces [...

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, Don’t Build Here: Site Selection Strategies to Protect Our Wild Spaces, created by USGBC Education Partner, GreenCE, Inc. In this course you'll learn about selecting a sustainable site for building a LEED project. Our planet is facing significant environmental challenges...

In Advocacy and policy 07.7.2015

State of California buildings focus on water, energy, environment, performance

This article originally appeared on GBIG Insight. Read the original article. Green building has long been part of California’s approach to a wide array of energy, water, environment, and development priorities. There are more than 3,500 LEED-certified green buildings in the state totaling more than 500 million square feet of real estate (see stats). At the direction of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., the California Department of General Services (DGS) leads the state green...

In LEED 07.9.2015

Building simulation: Past, present and future

This article was originally published on iesve.com. Read the original version. Building simulation, also called energy modeling, has come a long way in the last ten years, but according to Dr Don McLean, Founder and CEO of IES, it still has a long way to go in the next ten years. With stricter code compliance regulations such as Title 24 coming into place and voluntary rating systems like LEED v4 and ASHRAE Standard 189 introducing more stringent performance based pre-requisites, it is...

In Education 07.9.2015

Introducing USGBC Education Partner Qatar Green Building Council

USGBC Education Partners are leaders, trusted voices and reputable providers of green building and sustainability education. You can access their courses on Education @USGBC.  Meet our USGBC Education Partner Qatar Green Building Council If someone could only take one of your courses, what should they take? Sustainability Practices During Construction What is your organization doing to pursue sustainability? Being a Green Building Council, entails you with a serious...

In Industry 07.7.2015

Passing the torch

This article was originally published on Huffington Post. Read the original version. Over the past few months, as I sat contemplating one of the biggest decisions of my life—whether to announce that my time as head of USGBC was sunsetting, and that in a year- and-a-half I would enter an exciting new chapter of life during which I would start tackling any number of the projects on my still-robust wish list—I remained torn right up to the very end.  But then one morning out of...

In LEED 07.7.2015

LEED for Homes: International market update

A home is more than just shelter: homes are the most important buildings in our lives. We think that every building should be a green building—but especially homes. Why? LEED homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home. Using less energy and water means lower utility bills each month.  LEED for Homes is available for building design and construction projects for single family homes and...

In Media 07.9.2015

Jane Henley joins USGBC's Global Market Development Team

Former chief of the World Green Building Council to promote green building market transformation throughout Asia Washington, DC - (July 9, 2015) –  USGBC announced today that Jane Henley, former chief executive officer of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), has come on board as a senior advisor to provide strategic guidance on global market development efforts in Asian markets. Head of the WorldGBC for more than five years, Henley made significant strides in the ongoing...

In Community 07.9.2015

Register today to attend the Midsummer Night’s Green

The event of the summer is just one week away! A Midsummer Night’s Green brings together the most influential, most connected, and most informed people in green building in the Washington metro area—and you can be among them! What can you expect? Fabulous networking (with these folks), refreshing cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a photo station, monumental views, and excitement as we look ahead to hosting Greenbuild in November.  A Midsummer Night...

In Industry 07.7.2015

Pioneers of PEER: City of Chattanooga (feat. David Wade & John Kelly) [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. This week, we present a true pioneer of PEER,...

In LEED 07.7.2015

LEED Certification Update: June 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in June 2015, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news.  Be sure to check out USGBC's LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED trends around the world. Certification Level Projects Certified Square Footage Certified...

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