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In Media 02.10.2015
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The Business Case for Green Building

Overall Trends The top two reasons for building green: client demand (35%) and market demand (33%).1 The global green building market grew in 2013 to $260 billion, including an estimated 20 percent of all new U.S. commercial real estate construction. This trend is expected to intensify in the coming years, both in the US and internationally.2 Commercial building owners and managers will invest an estimated $960 billion globally between now and 2023 on greening their existing built...

In Industry 02.9.2015

LEED for everything? Mapping out 2014’s Top 10 States for LEED

USGBC has just announced its 2014 Top 10 States for LEED, which highlights the states around the country that are at the forefront of sustainable building design and transformation. The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2014. The per capita approach to this list provides a snapshot of the impact that LEED activity has on the lives of a state’s residents over the course of a...

In LEED 02.9.2015

LEED certification update: January 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in January 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...

In Community 02.6.2015

Sundas Moien Rasool: 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 Center for Green Schools 02.10.2015

An update from Georgia: Cheers for green schools

The USGBC Georgia Chapter is excited about the turnout and feedback from the Second Annual High Performance Healthy Schools Recognition Day at the State Capitol on Feb. 5, 2015. The event brought out over 180 people interested in the schools in Georgia. They were district personnel, principals, teachers, and students, as well as legislators. Senator Margaret Kaiser presented two resolutions that had been approved by the Georgia House of Representatives. Senator Nan Orrock presented a...

In Education 02.9.2015

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer William Holness

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 William Holness Who's your employer? CBRE What's your position? Sustainable Buildings Advisor What's your favorite...

In Advocacy and policy 02.6.2015

Legislators announce bipartisan effort to advance school efficiency

This week, members of the U.S. Representatives reaffirmed their commitment to advancing school efficiency policy. Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA), Chris Gibson (NY), and Peter Welch (VT) re-introduced the bipartisan Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act.  This legislation might sound familiar to frequent readers. It was passed out of the House Energy and Committee and the by the House of Representatives last year. The bill would require the Secretary of Energy to...

In Advocacy and policy 02.5.2015

What does green building have to do with the clean power plan?

On December 1, 2014, USGBC submitted comments to EPA on its proposed Clean Power Plan, also known as the 111(d) rule. The proposed rule would, for the first time, regulate carbon emissions from the nation’s single largest source -- existing fossil fuel power plants. The plan’s benefits could be huge:  the proposed rule is projected to cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent by 2030—the equivalent of emissions from 150 million cars. Public health...

In LEED 02.10.2015

Understanding complex credits in LEED certification

In the LEED certification process, LEED registered projects have the option of an appeal review stage which provides one additional round of review and allows teams to: submit supplementary information, amend the application, or add new credits not previously attempted During this stage, GBCI reviews the pending or newly submitted prerequisites and credits, and reconsiders any anticipated credits or prerequisites for which information has changed since the return of the final review. The fee...

In LEED 02.9.2015

LEED O+M: Who says an existing building can't learn new tricks?

What is LEED O+M? Meet the LEED solution for existing buildings everywhere. Existing buildings hold incredible promise—many older buildings around the world are inefficient and resource-depleting. With some keen attention to building operations, that can be turned around drastically by using LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M). Consider that it can take up to 80 years to make up for the environmental impacts of demolishing an existing building and constructing a new...

In Media 02.6.2015

Fannie Mae Rewards LEED-Certified Multifamily Properties with a Lower Interest Rate

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 6, 2015) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that Fannie Mae will reward multifamily properties with a green building certification, such as LEED, with a lower interest rate. USGBC’s LEED green building rating system is one of several recognized certifications including ENERGY STAR® and Enterprise’s Green Communities Criteria. For these certified properties, Fannie Mae is now granting a 10 basis point reduction in the...

In LEED 02.5.2015

Tips to succeeding as a LEED project administrator

The role of the project team administrator in LEED Online is key to a successful LEED certification. The best project team administrators are proactive with their team and GBCI, are detail-oriented, and apply a robust quality control process to their project documentation, which results in high quality submissions.  Follow these tips to be a successful administrator. Know your project. Even if you’re not responsible for every last detail of the project, it’s important that you...

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