LEED articles http://www.usgbc.org/articles/LEED en How a hotel chain led green buildings in India http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-hotel-chain-led-green-buildings-india <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Prasanto Kumar Roy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">20 Nov 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/hotel-in-india-c_0.png?1416500027" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><a href="http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1478482">This article first appeared on Cisco's Technology News Site, The Network.&nbsp;</a></em></p> <p>When Hillary Clinton landed in New Delhi in 2009, she drove from the airport to <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/itc-green-centre" target="_blank">ITC Green Center</a>, a building in the satellite town of Gurgaon.</p> <p>That building, which she called &ldquo;a monument to the future,&rdquo; is the headquarters of the hotels division of Kolkata-based conglomerate ITC.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-hotel-chain-led-green-buildings-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-hotel-chain-led-green-buildings-india#comments LEED Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:13:47 +0000 5056327 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED project spotlight: Ušće Shopping Mall http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-project-spotlight-u%C5%A1%C4%87e-shopping-mall <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Nov 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-shopping-malls-b_0.png?1416420074" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s an easy decision to pursue LEED when you&rsquo;re the building owner and it&rsquo;s your building. But what happens when your building is a shopping mall? Suddenly, it&rsquo;s not just your decision, and you need to convince your tenants to pursue LEED.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-project-spotlight-u%C5%A1%C4%87e-shopping-mall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-project-spotlight-u%C5%A1%C4%87e-shopping-mall#comments LEED Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:01:14 +0000 Joseph Crea 5052332 at http://www.usgbc.org New offerings for LEED v4 projects http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-offerings-leed-v4-projects <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-logo_0_0.png?1416358099" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Can&rsquo;t decide between LEED v4 and LEED 2009?</p> <p>USGBC recently announced that it was moving the registration deadline of LEED 2009, allowing users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016. The original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was June 27, 2015.</p> <p>Extending to October 2016 gives LEED users and members of the green building industry additional time to prepare for LEED v4, the latest version of LEED, which features increased rigor and multiple updates.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-offerings-leed-v4-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-offerings-leed-v4-projects#comments LEED Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:48:19 +0000 Taryn Holowka 5049546 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED reviewer compass: Understanding the logic behind a review decision http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-reviewer-compass-understanding-logic-behind-review-decision <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">17 Nov 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-reviewer-b_1.png?1416257257" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever wondered what goes into a LEED certification review decision?<span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>All reviewers work from the same set of principles,&nbsp;<span>when applying the LEED requirements to a wide diversity of project types. Below are some things to keep in mind when preparing to submit your LEED project for review.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-reviewer-compass-understanding-logic-behind-review-decision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-reviewer-compass-understanding-logic-behind-review-decision#comments LEED Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:47:37 +0000 Micah Silvey 5044056 at http://www.usgbc.org Lighting your way to a more energy-efficient home http://www.usgbc.org/articles/lighting-your-way-more-energy-efficient-home <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Nov 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/cfl_lightbulb_0.png?1415808679" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is the third installment in a series of tips and best practices for making your home more sustainable. Read the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/5-behavioral-changes-you-can-make-live-greener-home" target="_blank">first article</a> and the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/take-control-your-homes-energy-use-programmable-thermostats" target="_blank">second article</a>.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/lighting-your-way-more-energy-efficient-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/lighting-your-way-more-energy-efficient-home#comments LEED Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:11:18 +0000 Hannah Wilber 5016815 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED in Motion: Retail — Kohl's spotlight http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-motion-retail-%E2%80%94-kohls-spotlight <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Nov 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/retail-kohls_0.jpg?1415804112" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>430+ LEED-certified stores</em></p> <p><span>Kohl&rsquo;s is committed to being a leading environmentally responsible retailer. LEED is one way they put this commitment into practice. An active member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2007, Kohl&rsquo;s utilizes USGBC&rsquo;s LEED rating systems to guide best practices in the design, construction and operations of more than 1,100 stores and corporate facilities. To date, Kohl&rsquo;s has more than 430 LEED-certified locations, which amounts to 35,616,240 square feet of LEED-certified space. </span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-motion-retail-%E2%80%94-kohls-spotlight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-motion-retail-%E2%80%94-kohls-spotlight#comments LEED Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:55:11 +0000 Jennifer Easton 5016461 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED professionals at a glance: November 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-november-2014 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedprofessionals_7_0.png?1415736599" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEED professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of six LEED professional credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and they contribute expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them?</p> <p>Don't have a credential yet?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials">Learn more about how to become a LEED professional &raquo;</a></p> <p><em>Hover over the charts below for a dynamic experience.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-november-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-november-2014#comments LEED Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:09:59 +0000 Robb Tufts 5013176 at http://www.usgbc.org Understanding USGBC's Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines to tell your LEED story http://www.usgbc.org/articles/understanding-usgbcs-trademark-policy-and-branding-guidelines-tell-your-leed-story <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">11 Nov 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="2792" height="1283" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/11-06-2014_trademark_policy-02_0.png?1415730122" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We created our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/usgbc-trademark-policy-and-branding-guidelines" target="_blank">Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines</a> to help you use our brand assets consistently and correctly. The guidelines include&nbsp;common uses and misuses of USGBC&rsquo;s brand assets, including trademarks and logos.</p> <p>We're counting on you to help reinforce our brand by applying these guidelines carefully. Have questions? Contact USGBC&rsquo;s Marketing Department at <a href="mailto:marketing@usgbc.org" target="_blank">marketing@usgbc.org</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/understanding-usgbcs-trademark-policy-and-branding-guidelines-tell-your-leed-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/understanding-usgbcs-trademark-policy-and-branding-guidelines-tell-your-leed-story#comments LEED Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:22:02 +0000 Ashley Katz 5012731 at http://www.usgbc.org Selecting a LEED rating system but need help choosing? Discover LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/selecting-leed-rating-system-need-help-choosing-discover-leed <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Nov 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/discover-leed-a_1.png?1415655104" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="s1">Looking to pursue LEED certification but don&rsquo;t know where to begin? Check&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">out our new interactive <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/discoverleed/" target="_blank">Discover LEED</a> experience to get started.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/discoverleed/" target="_blank"><span class="s1"><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1415632621-30748-9941/discoverleed.png" /></span></a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/selecting-leed-rating-system-need-help-choosing-discover-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/selecting-leed-rating-system-need-help-choosing-discover-leed#comments LEED Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:31:43 +0000 Ashley Katz 5009240 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED User Groups: Connecting with attendees at Greenbuild 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-user-groups-connecting-attendees-greenbuild-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 Nov 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedusergroupsgreenbuild_0.jpg?1415222331" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This year I spent much of my time at Greenbuild working with our LEED User Groups&mdash;and it was fantastic!</p> <p>In case you&rsquo;re not familiar with the User Groups, they are collaborative peer networks with the common goal of working together and with USGBC to share best known practices for green buildings in their sector, to collaborate on how LEED can be more applicable to their use type, and lead the way for greater adoption and efficiency.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-user-groups-connecting-attendees-greenbuild-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-user-groups-connecting-attendees-greenbuild-2014#comments Industry Wed, 05 Nov 2014 21:18:51 +0000 Emily Neagle 4992833 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED in Motion: Retail — Target spotlight http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-motion-retail-%E2%80%94-target-spotlight <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 Nov 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/retail-target_0.jpg?1415200241" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>143 LEED-certified stores</em></p> <p><span>For Target, sustainability is a principle that drives the decisions made across the company, and LEED has been a </span><span>key component of Target&rsquo;s corporate sustainability initiatives. </span><span>As the most widely-recognized sustainability rating system, LEED has provided an ideal platform through which Target has been able to quantify and validate specific sustainability commitments, and share those successes with guests, team members, and the community. </span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-motion-retail-%E2%80%94-target-spotlight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-motion-retail-%E2%80%94-target-spotlight#comments LEED Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:10:41 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4991674 at http://www.usgbc.org Making history at the AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-history-att-park-home-san-francisco-giants <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 Nov 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/att_sunset_panorama_0.jpg?1415199487" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last Wednesday (Oct. 29), the San Francisco Giants were named Major League Baseball's 2014 World Series Champions, clinching their third Series in five years by defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in a thrilling Game 7 win.</p> <p>Led by the record-breaking performance of Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, the Giants became just the second National League team to win three World Series in five years, and the first since the 1940s.</p> <p>Their historic performance makes the case that a new dynasty has been established at AT&amp;T Park.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-history-att-park-home-san-francisco-giants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-history-att-park-home-san-francisco-giants#comments LEED Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:58:07 +0000 Sarah Buente 4991636 at http://www.usgbc.org Green tools for federal compliance assessment http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-federal-compliance-assessment <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Nov 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greentoolsebook_3_0.png?1415139592" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We know that no two companies are the same, and each has its own unique culture, needs, goals and processes.&nbsp;With that in mind, we want to make LEED work for you.</p> <p><span><span>Whether you're connected to the project from the building owner/manger side or you're a green building service provider offering expertise that helps the project towards sustainability, we have an offering meant to help you reach your goals efficiently.</span></span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-federal-compliance-assessment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-federal-compliance-assessment#comments LEED Tue, 04 Nov 2014 22:19:51 +0000 Selina Holmes 4989310 at http://www.usgbc.org Benefits of Green Homebuilding http://www.usgbc.org/articles/benefits-green-homebuilding <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Nov 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Rob Moody" alt="Photo credit: Rob Moody" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_homes.png?1375888497" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1650" height="1275" title="Apartment Rent Premiums by Attribute" alt="Apartment Rent Premiums by Attribute" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Apt.%20Rent%20Premiums%20by%20Attribute.JPG?1373475102" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Benefits of LEED-Certified Homes: Savings, Value, Well-Being, Trusted</strong></p> <p>Homes don’t merely have an outsized impact on our personal lives, they are also a critical piece of the broader building industry. The National Association of Home Builders reports that as of the first quarter of 2014, housing contributed $2.47 trillion to gross domestic product.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/benefits-green-homebuilding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/benefits-green-homebuilding#comments Media Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:31:01 +0000 2604930 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED certification update: October 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-update-october-2014 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-article-header_px_1_0_0_0.png?1415111041" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in October 2014, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news. Be sure to check out the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects">LEED project directory</a>&nbsp;for a closer look at LEED projects in your area and around the world.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-update-october-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-update-october-2014#comments LEED Tue, 04 Nov 2014 14:24:01 +0000 Christopher Gray 4987378 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED in Motion: Retail — Nike spotlight http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-motion-retail-nike-spotlight <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/retail-nike_0.jpg?1414617361" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nike Store: Buenos Aires, Argentina</p> <p><em>LEED for Commercial Interiors: Gold Certified January 2013 </em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-motion-retail-nike-spotlight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-motion-retail-nike-spotlight#comments LEED Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4974350 at http://www.usgbc.org Five ways to follow the chain: How to know if a business is green http://www.usgbc.org/articles/five-ways-follow-chain-how-know-if-business-green <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">28 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenchain_0.png?1414526761" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>We all have our favorite places to browse, to hangout, to eat and to splurge. We have our favorite products that we reach for day after day. </span></p> <p><span>But how are we, as consumers, to know what our favorite brands are up to behind the scenes, and if they&rsquo;re walking the walk, rather than just talking the talk about sustainability?</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/five-ways-follow-chain-how-know-if-business-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/five-ways-follow-chain-how-know-if-business-green#comments Industry Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:06:01 +0000 Aline Peterson 4971377 at http://www.usgbc.org Your LEED project is certified! Here's how you can start promoting it http://www.usgbc.org/articles/your-leed-project-certified-heres-how-you-can-start-promoting-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_41095354-leed-plaque_0.png?1414437659" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Once your LEED project has earned certification, it&rsquo;s likely that you&rsquo;ll want to tell the world, and you should. LEED certification benefits your bottom line and underscores your sustainability efforts. </span></p> <p><span>It&rsquo;s a cause for celebration!</span></p> <p>Take the first step and request to receive a formal certificate of recognition, and you can choose to order LEED plaques and certificates.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/your-leed-project-certified-heres-how-you-can-start-promoting-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/your-leed-project-certified-heres-how-you-can-start-promoting-it#comments LEED Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:20:59 +0000 Dean DiPietro 4968545 at http://www.usgbc.org Green tools for LEED service providers http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-leed-service-providers <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">27 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greentoolsebook_2_0.png?1414419881" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We know that no two companies are the same, and each has its own unique culture, needs, goals and processes.&nbsp;With that in mind, we want to make LEED work for you.</p> <p>Whether&nbsp;you're connected to the project from the building owner/manger side or you're a green building service provider offering expertise that helps the project towards sustainability, we have an offering meant to help you reach your goals.</p> <p>Check out the options below that will help you enhance your business and apply LEED&nbsp;efficiently.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-leed-service-providers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-leed-service-providers#comments LEED Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:24:41 +0000 Selina Holmes 4967290 at http://www.usgbc.org Just released LEED in Motion: Retail—Building a better global marketplace http://www.usgbc.org/articles/just-released-leed-motion-retail-building-better-global-marketplace <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-in-motion-retail_0.png?1414068207" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The global marketplace, our world&rsquo;s unfathomably vast network of goods and services, cash and currency, has always been about much, much more than money alone.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/just-released-leed-motion-retail-building-better-global-marketplace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/just-released-leed-motion-retail-building-better-global-marketplace#comments LEED Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:43:26 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4949055 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC announces plan for new Supply Chain Optimization Group http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-plan-new-supply-chain-optimization-group <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/clock-70189_1280_0.png?1413927032" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today, from the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/materialsandhumanhealthsummit" target="_blank">Materials and Health Summit</a> at the annual <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home" target="_blank">Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a>, USGBC announced the forward plan for the newly constituted Supply Chain Optimization Working Group.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-plan-new-supply-chain-optimization-group" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-plan-new-supply-chain-optimization-group#comments LEED Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:30:31 +0000 Taryn Holowka 4943551 at http://www.usgbc.org What’s new for LEED for Neighborhood Development? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whats-new-leed-neighborhood-development <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/nd_0.png?1413833742" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve always said that LEED is more than a collection of credits&mdash;it&rsquo;s a system supported by a suite of built-in support mechanisms. In the case of LEED v4 for Neighborhood Development, we&rsquo;ve redesigned the supporting infrastructure to further strengthen the rating system.</p> <p>The result is a new approach to certification for LEED ND project teams supported by an updated set of tools:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whats-new-leed-neighborhood-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whats-new-leed-neighborhood-development#comments LEED Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:35:42 +0000 Adam Maynard 4940206 at http://www.usgbc.org Become a LEED Integrative Process Working Group member: Call open through Nov. 23 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-integrative-process-working-group-member-call-open-through-nov-23 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/iparticle-01_0.png?1413833600" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The USGBC call is now open for self-nominations of qualified volunteers to serve on the Integrative Process Working Group.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/committees/volunteer-opportunities/ipwg-call" class="button">Apply today through Nov. 23, 2014</a></strong></p> <p><em>To be eligible, applicants must be employees of a USGBC<span>&nbsp;</span><span>member organization</span></em><em>.<span>&nbsp;</span>The working group will need representation from companies with expertise in facilitation, project coordination and stakeholder engagement.<span>&nbsp; </span></em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-integrative-process-working-group-member-call-open-through-nov-23" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-integrative-process-working-group-member-call-open-through-nov-23#comments LEED Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:33:20 +0000 Sara Cederberg 4940211 at http://www.usgbc.org The (LEED) doctor is in! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-doctor <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/10-17-2014-leed-doc-is-in-_d__0.jpg?1413805568" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Get answers to your burning LEED questions on site&nbsp;at the USGBC at Greenbuild booth (#2101). We'll have LEED subject matter experts on hand to tackle all of your queries. Learn more about the topics below during our office hours:&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>LEED Dynamic Plaque</strong><br />Wednesday, Oct. 22, 9:00-11:00 am</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>International</strong>&nbsp;<br />Thursday, Oct. 23, 9:00 am-1:00 pm</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>LEED v4</strong><br />Thursday, Oct. 23, 3:00-5:00 pm</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-doctor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-doctor#comments Greenbuild Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:46:08 +0000 Ashley Katz 4938929 at http://www.usgbc.org About LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/about-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed.png?1345822096" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>What is LEED?</strong> <a href="/leed">LEED</a>, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. </p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/about-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/about-leed#comments Media Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:25:13 +0000 2604113 at http://www.usgbc.org Alternative Compliance Paths continue to localize LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/alternative-compliance-paths-continue-localize-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedacps_0.png?1413482786" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEED is the only globally&nbsp;consistent green building rating tool. This consistency provides a platform to share best practice in building around the world. But because environmental and climate conditions, codes, standards and laws vary in different places, we have developed Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) to recognize those differences while achieving&nbsp;the same credit intent and&nbsp;requirements. These credit options are available for commercial projects pursuing LEED 2009 versions of the rating systems.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/alternative-compliance-paths-continue-localize-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/alternative-compliance-paths-continue-localize-leed#comments LEED Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:06:25 +0000 Scot Horst 4933311 at http://www.usgbc.org The LEED Dynamic Plaque proves that design makes the difference http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-dynamic-plaque-proves-design-makes-difference <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leeddynamicplaquefastco_0.jpg?1413470026" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Design is defined as &ldquo;an intentional purposeful plan.&rdquo; To me, that always has meant that the quality of the design has to do with the dimensions that it addresses. The better the design, the greater the dimensions. Good design is beautiful and functional but also responsible and natural. Great design is transformational.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-dynamic-plaque-proves-design-makes-difference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-dynamic-plaque-proves-design-makes-difference#comments LEED Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:33:46 +0000 Scot Horst 4932802 at http://www.usgbc.org Green tools for LEED users: LEED apps and the LEED Dynamic Plaque http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-leed-users-leed-apps-and-leed-dynamic-plaque <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">16 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greentoolsebook_1_0.png?1413466754" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We know that no two companies are the same, and each has its own unique culture, needs, goals and processes.&nbsp;With that in mind, we want to make LEED work for you.</p> <p>Whether&nbsp;you're connected to the project from the building owner/manger side or you're a green building service provider offering expertise that helps the project towards sustainability, we have an offering meant to help you reach your goals.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-leed-users-leed-apps-and-leed-dynamic-plaque" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-leed-users-leed-apps-and-leed-dynamic-plaque#comments LEED Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:39:14 +0000 Selina Holmes 4932550 at http://www.usgbc.org New LEED BD+C 2009 ACPs released for Europe http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-leed-bdc-2009-acps-released-europe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedineurope_0.jpg?1413398236" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>In February 2014, USGBC contacted Sweden Green Building Council (SGBC) and other European members of the LEED International Roundtable to introduce a work project to create Europe-specific Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED BD+C 2009. </span></p> <p><span>This was something that SGBC could really get behind: At that time, we had over 50 ongoing projects using LEED BD+C 2009. This presented a significant opportunity to define guidance that could smooth the path to certification over the coming years. </span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-leed-bdc-2009-acps-released-europe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-leed-bdc-2009-acps-released-europe#comments LEED Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:37:16 +0000 Sue Clark 4931081 at http://www.usgbc.org Celebrating the impact of our LEED Fellows and one another http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-impact-our-leed-fellows-and-one-another <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_25300364_0.png?1413398121" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every year, <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild</a> brings our community together and it provides a unique opportunity to reflect on each of the ways we all have an impact on the future of green building.&nbsp;</p> <p>I have recently been privileged to witness this tremendous impact as I have reviewed the 2014 LEED Fellow nominee application packages&mdash;and the evidence of this influence is overwhelming.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-impact-our-leed-fellows-and-one-another" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-impact-our-leed-fellows-and-one-another#comments Community Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:35:21 +0000 Nicholas Firmand 4931058 at http://www.usgbc.org Discounts on LEED publications at Greenbuild 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/discounts-leed-publications-greenbuild-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">14 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bd_c-ref-guide-feature-image-3_0.png?1413317618" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for study materials for the updated LEED Green Associate exam? Or perhaps you need a LEED 2009 or v4 reference guide?</p> <p>You'll find these and more at <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild 2014</a> in the Merchandise Booth.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/discounts-leed-publications-greenbuild-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/discounts-leed-publications-greenbuild-2014#comments LEED Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:13:37 +0000 Selina Holmes 4928238 at http://www.usgbc.org Greenbuild 2014 session spotlight: Transforming Markets through Data Collaboration http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-2014-session-spotlight-transforming-markets-through-data-collaboration <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/people_b_0.jpg?1413316852" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Imagine being able to readily access and interpret human health and environmental attributes of any building product&mdash;ingredient lists, health and ecosystem hazards, life cycle data, assessments, and more. Making specification and purchasing decisions that prioritize health and benefit the environment would be a lot easier.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-2014-session-spotlight-transforming-markets-through-data-collaboration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-2014-session-spotlight-transforming-markets-through-data-collaboration#comments LEED Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:00:52 +0000 Ashley White 4928226 at http://www.usgbc.org Q&A: How I utilize the LEED Dynamic Plaque http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-how-i-utilize-leed-dynamic-plaque <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">13 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leeddynamicplaque_qa_0.png?1413231710" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&rsquo;ve got the visually pleasing <a href="http://http://www.leedon.io/" target="_blank">LEED Dynamic Plaque</a>, USGBC&rsquo;s groundbreaking building performance platform, mounted on the wall of your LEED-certified building. Now what?</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-how-i-utilize-leed-dynamic-plaque" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-how-i-utilize-leed-dynamic-plaque#comments LEED Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:21:50 +0000 Soren Horst 4926215 at http://www.usgbc.org Test drive the new LEED Online platform at Greenbuild 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/test-drive-new-leed-online-platform-greenbuild-2014 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedonlineroadgrb_0_0.jpg?1413236506" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The newest version of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.usgbc.org/leedonline.new/" target="_blank">LEED Online</a>&nbsp;was built to provide project teams with a faster, more streamlined experience.</p> <p>Join us at&nbsp;<a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild 2014</a>&nbsp;for a free interactive session where we&rsquo;ll take a tour of the new system, show attendees how to register and work within a project, and also provide an opportunity for you to create their own test projects.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/test-drive-new-leed-online-platform-greenbuild-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/test-drive-new-leed-online-platform-greenbuild-2014#comments LEED Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:41:46 +0000 Selina Holmes 4926369 at http://www.usgbc.org Staying relevant with the LEED Dynamic Plaque http://www.usgbc.org/articles/staying-relevant-leed-dynamic-plaque <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leeddynamicplaque_1_0.jpg?1412966002" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is an article in praise of good design, better performance, and the best of innovation at USGBC.</p> <p>This is about the <a href="http://leedon.io" target="_blank">LEED Dynamic Plaque</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/staying-relevant-leed-dynamic-plaque" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/staying-relevant-leed-dynamic-plaque#comments LEED Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:33:21 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4921531 at http://www.usgbc.org 5 reasons it's worth it to become a LEED professional http://www.usgbc.org/articles/5-reasons-its-worth-it-become-leed-professional <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">9 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/people_a_0.jpg?1412871816" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As anyone who has attempted to negotiate our current economy can easily attest, this is a very difficult, and often times confusing, time period to embark on a professional career.</p> <p>Our economy is changing rapidly, and career paths that were available for generations are either disappearing, or are otherwise undergoing serious transformations based on the development of new technologies and the pressures ushered in by economic globalization.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/5-reasons-its-worth-it-become-leed-professional" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/5-reasons-its-worth-it-become-leed-professional#comments LEED Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:23:36 +0000 Christopher Gray 4919503 at http://www.usgbc.org Green tools for LEED users: Support options http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-leed-users-support-options <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greentoolsebook_0_0.png?1412822331" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We know that no two companies are the same, and each has its own unique culture, needs, goals and processes.&nbsp;With that in mind, we want to make LEED work for you.</p> <p>Whether you're connected to the project from the building owner/manger side or you're a green building service provider offering expertise that helps the project towards sustainability, we have an offering meant to help you enhance your business and help apply LEED efficiently.</p> <h3>Support</h3> <p>If you're looking for support with your LEED project, we have two options available:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-leed-users-support-options" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-leed-users-support-options#comments LEED Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:38:51 +0000 Selina Holmes 4918456 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED professionals at a glance: October 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-october-2014 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEEDProfessionals.png?1412821812" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEED professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of six LEED professional credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and they contribute expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them?</p> <p>Don't have a credential yet?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials">Learn more about how to become a LEED professional &raquo;</a></p> <p><em>Hover over the charts below for a dynamic experience.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-october-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-october-2014#comments LEED Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:30:23 +0000 Robb Tufts 4918440 at http://www.usgbc.org Onondaga Community College buildings earn LEED Gold certification http://www.usgbc.org/articles/onondaga-community-college-buildings-earn-leed-gold-certification <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/fedrizzi-students-whitney_3_0.png?1412799074" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Onondaga County is a place known for perfect fall days, but October 7th was an exceptional day when Onondaga Community College (OCC) welcomed Rick Fedrizzi to our campus for a <a href="http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/10/onondaga_community_college_to_receive_energy_efficiency_awards_for_newest_buildi.html" target="_blank">presentation of two LEED Gold plaques</a> for our new SRC Arena and Events Center and the other for the Academic II building.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/onondaga-community-college-buildings-earn-leed-gold-certification" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/onondaga-community-college-buildings-earn-leed-gold-certification#comments LEED Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:11:14 +0000 Sean Vormwald 4917930 at http://www.usgbc.org India and the first LEED EB Platinum K-12 school: Pathways School Gurgaon http://www.usgbc.org/articles/india-and-first-leed-eb-platinum-k-12-school-pathways-school-gurgaon <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/indiaschool_0.jpg?1412795145" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/pathways-school-gurgaon" target="_blank">Pathways School Gurgaon</a> is the first school serving all grades K-12 in the world to achieve LEED-EB Platinum certification from USGBC. Among all educational facilities worldwide&nbsp;who have achieved this top distinction,&nbsp;which includes only one high school and a small number of university projects,&nbsp;Pathways is the highest rated.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hear from Prashant Jain, director of Sarla Holdings Private Limited which owns Pathways.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/india-and-first-leed-eb-platinum-k-12-school-pathways-school-gurgaon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/india-and-first-leed-eb-platinum-k-12-school-pathways-school-gurgaon#comments LEED Wed, 08 Oct 2014 19:05:45 +0000 Joseph Crea 4917834 at http://www.usgbc.org Half the planet’s animals are gone, and how buildings can (and must) help http://www.usgbc.org/articles/half-planet%E2%80%99s-animals-are-gone-and-how-buildings-can-and-must-help <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/blackwaterrefugemd_0.jpg?1412688673" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I was shocked to read in the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/30/weve-killed-off-half-the-worlds-animals-since-1970/" target="_blank">Washington Post</a> last week that roughly half of the world's vertebrate (and non-human) animals have vanished since 1970.&nbsp; Goodness knows how many had been lost before we started counting.&nbsp; &ldquo;The main culprits?&rdquo; the article reads, are &ldquo;exploitation (i.e. overfishing and overhunting), and habitat degradation.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/half-planet%E2%80%99s-animals-are-gone-and-how-buildings-can-and-must-help" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/half-planet%E2%80%99s-animals-are-gone-and-how-buildings-can-and-must-help#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:31:13 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 4915237 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED certification update: September 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-update-september-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">6 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="601" height="309" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-article-header_px_1_0.png?1412626552" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in September 2014, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news. Be sure to check out the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects">LEED project directory</a>&nbsp;for a closer look at LEED projects in your area and around the world.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-update-september-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-update-september-2014#comments LEED Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:15:51 +0000 Christopher Gray 4914123 at http://www.usgbc.org Green tools for LEED users: Project certification options http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-leed-users-project-certification-options <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GreenToolsEbook.png?1412295121" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We know that no two companies are the same, and each has its own unique culture, needs, goals and processes.&nbsp;With that in mind, we want to make LEED work for you.</p> <p><span><span><span>Whether</span>&nbsp;you're connected to the project from the building owner/manger side or you're a green building service provider offering expertise that helps the project towards sustainability, we have an offering meant to help you reach your goals.</span></span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-leed-users-project-certification-options" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-tools-leed-users-project-certification-options#comments LEED Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:53:33 +0000 Selina Holmes 4907557 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED addenda release: October 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-release-october-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/addenda_0_0.jpg?1412191327" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The October 1st quarterly addenda to the LEED rating systems and reference guides are now available.&nbsp;This release includes addenda for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009.</p> <p>To view the changes:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-release-october-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-release-october-2014#comments LEED Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:22:07 +0000 Marta Drzymala 4906423 at http://www.usgbc.org New modules for the LEED web-based reference guide http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-modules-leed-web-based-reference-guide <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/v-4_web_article_header_v2-01_0_0.png?1412190860" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the launch of LEED v4, USGBC introduced a new format for the LEED reference guides: web-based.</p> <p>Integrated into the&nbsp;<a href="http://http://www.usgbc.org/credits" target="_blank">LEED credit library</a>, this resource combines all of the information in the hard copy/pdf versions of the guides with additional videos, tutorials and templates. It was built so that we could continuously add to it, making it a resource that continues to grow.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-modules-leed-web-based-reference-guide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-modules-leed-web-based-reference-guide#comments LEED Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:14:20 +0000 mdrzymala 4906420 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED ACPs now available for South America http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-acps-now-available-south-america <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="601" height="309" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-article-header1_px_0.png?1412170366" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC has worked closely with members of the LEED International Roundtable in South America to develop Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED 2009 BD&amp;C projects in South America.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-acps-now-available-south-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-acps-now-available-south-america#comments LEED Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:32:46 +0000 Sean Fish 4905678 at http://www.usgbc.org When consumers talk, businesses listen http://www.usgbc.org/articles/when-consumers-talk-businesses-listen <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/consumer_0.jpg?1412169899" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>These days, I often hear my peers complaining about a perceived lack of agency. For example, midterm elections are predicted to have little affect on partisan gridlock in Congress, and despite a massive public outcry, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/09/17/349243335/3-7-million-comments-later-heres-where-net-neutrality-stands" target="_blank">net-neutrality is still at risk</a> of becoming a thing of the past. The power of the vote and the voice, I am told, is just not what it used to be.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/when-consumers-talk-businesses-listen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/when-consumers-talk-businesses-listen#comments LEED Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:24:59 +0000 Hannah Wilber 4905670 at http://www.usgbc.org Affordable Green Neighborhood Grant Recipients Announced http://www.usgbc.org/articles/affordable-green-neighborhood-grant-recipients-announced <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">30 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014b_2_0.png?1412085153" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington, D.C. &ndash; (Sept. 30, 2014) &ndash; The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced today the 11 projects selected for the 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods (AGN) grant program.</p> <p>Each of these neighborhood redevelopment projects are pursuing certification under USGBC&rsquo;s LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system and are notable for their planned affordable housing, compact design, commitment to green building and sites located near transit or other existing amenities.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/affordable-green-neighborhood-grant-recipients-announced" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/affordable-green-neighborhood-grant-recipients-announced#comments Media Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:52:32 +0000 Marisa Long 4903672 at http://www.usgbc.org Federal Guiding Principles for new construction and major renovations http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-guiding-principles-new-construction-and-major-renovations <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">29 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/guidingprinciples3_0.jpg?1412002915" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are two sets of Federal Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings,</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-guiding-principles-new-construction-and-major-renovations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-guiding-principles-new-construction-and-major-renovations#comments LEED Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:01:55 +0000 Melissa Gallagher-Rogers 4901324 at http://www.usgbc.org Update: LEED for Homes v2008 energy requirements http://www.usgbc.org/articles/update-leed-homes-v2008-energy-requirements <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/homes-feature-v2_0.jpg?1411758677" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Beginning on Oct. 1, 2014, newly registering LEED Homes projects are required to meet new energy requirements.</em></p> <p>Earlier this year,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-approve-leed-homes-update">USGBC members voted in favor of an update to the LEED for Homes v2008 energy requirements</a>, addressing changes made to energy codes over the last three years in the residential construction market sector. This update does not impact LEED Midrise projects.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/update-leed-homes-v2008-energy-requirements" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/update-leed-homes-v2008-energy-requirements#comments LEED Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:11:16 +0000 Asa Foss 4898715 at http://www.usgbc.org Rick around the world: LEED highlights from Italy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-around-world-leed-highlights-italy <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rickfedrizzi-italy_0.png?1411755567" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With a last name like Fedrizzi, it&rsquo;s hard to claim that I&rsquo;m not just a little biased when it comes my admiration for LEED buildings in Italy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Today I am honored to deliver the closing keynote speech for <a href="http://www.rebuilditalia.it/">REbuild</a>, a meeting and conference dedicated to furthering the important work of sustainable building, and the perfect way to end <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-celebrates-world-green-building-week-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">World Green Building Week</a>.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-around-world-leed-highlights-italy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-around-world-leed-highlights-italy#comments LEED Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:19:26 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4898618 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. federal government takes first step in guiding agencies in the use of LEED v4 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-federal-government-takes-first-step-guiding-agencies-use-leed-v4 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/treasury_0_0.jpg?1411741839" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The General Services Administration (GSA) has recently released its review of LEED v4, showing that the newest version of our green building rating system has significant alignment with federal sustainability and green building requirements.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-federal-government-takes-first-step-guiding-agencies-use-leed-v4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-federal-government-takes-first-step-guiding-agencies-use-leed-v4#comments LEED Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:30:39 +0000 Taryn Holowka 4898265 at http://www.usgbc.org Stop by the LEED Certification Work Zone at Greenbuild 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/stop-leed-certification-work-zone-greenbuild-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/general_a_0.jpg?1411567057" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have questions about a LEED project review or the LEED certification process in general? &nbsp;</p> <p>Visit the <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Events/LEEDCertificationWorkZone" target="_blank">LEED Certification Work Zone</a>&nbsp;at Greenbuild 2014 to meet one-on-one with LEED project reviewers to discuss questions about specific projects or about LEED requirements in general.</p> <h3>2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</h3> <p><strong>New Orleans, LA, Morial Convention Center</strong></p> <p><strong>Where</strong>: Room 260-262</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/stop-leed-certification-work-zone-greenbuild-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/stop-leed-certification-work-zone-greenbuild-2014#comments LEED Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:57:36 +0000 Sarah Alexander 4893780 at http://www.usgbc.org Common questions about LEED certification in India http://www.usgbc.org/articles/common-questions-about-leed-certification-india <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/qanda_0.png?1411566556" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>India ranks third globally for countries outside of the U.S. with the most LEED-certified space, with nearly 12 million square meters,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-releases-ranking-top-10-countries-leed-outside-us">according to a report released by USGBC this year</a>.</p> <p>Since <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-expanded-support-leed-green-building-program-india" target="_blank">USGBC announced its expanded support of LEED in India</a>, we've been getting a few questions about what this actually means.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/common-questions-about-leed-certification-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/common-questions-about-leed-certification-india#comments LEED Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:49:15 +0000 Joseph Crea 4893762 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED certification update: August 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-update-august-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="601" height="309" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-article-header_px_0.png?1411055661" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in August 2014, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news.</p> <p>Be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects">LEED project directory</a> for a closer look at LEED projects in your area and around the world.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-update-august-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-update-august-2014#comments LEED Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:54:20 +0000 Christopher Gray 4886354 at http://www.usgbc.org Guide to Materials and Human Health at Greenbuild 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/guide-materials-and-human-health-greenbuild-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">17 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/health_materials_leed-01_1_0.png?1410980859" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Interested in the impact buildings have on human health? <a href="https://greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home" target="_blank">Greenbuild 2014</a>&nbsp;is packed with events dedicated to this topic.</p> <h3>Here is your go-to guide for human health events at Greenbuild 2014.</h3> <p><strong>Pre-conference events:&nbsp;</strong>Arrive early and jump start the human health conversations with one of these pre-conference events.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/guide-materials-and-human-health-greenbuild-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/guide-materials-and-human-health-greenbuild-2014#comments Greenbuild Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:07:39 +0000 Larissa Oaks 4885037 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Announces 12 Winners of its LEED Earth Campaign http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-12-winners-its-leed-earth-campaign <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">16 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014d_0_0_0_0.png?1410898567" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;</span><strong><em>Countries selected previously had no LEED buildings</em></strong></p> <p><span>Washington, D.C. &mdash; (Sept. 16, 2014) &mdash; The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that 12 countries now have their very first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building. Previously, LEED did not exist in these countries.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-12-winners-its-leed-earth-campaign" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-12-winners-its-leed-earth-campaign#comments Media Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:16:06 +0000 Marisa Long 4883598 at http://www.usgbc.org Studies Reveal Growing Demand for LEED-Credentialed Professionals Across Building Sector http://www.usgbc.org/articles/studies-reveal-growing-demand-leed-credentialed-professionals-across-building-sector <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014c_0_0_0_0_0.png?1410816728" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong><span>&nbsp;&mdash; (Sept. 15, 2014) &mdash; Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the results of a study of job postings from across the United States, revealing that demand for the LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and LEED Green Associate credentials grew 46 percent over a 12-month period.</span><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/studies-reveal-growing-demand-leed-credentialed-professionals-across-building-sector" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/studies-reveal-growing-demand-leed-credentialed-professionals-across-building-sector#comments Media Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:32:07 +0000 Marisa Long 4881824 at http://www.usgbc.org Federal Guiding Principles for existing buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-guiding-principles-existing-buildings <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">11 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/guidingprinciples2_0.jpg?1410469184" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are two sets of Federal Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings,</p> <ol> <li>one set for existing buildings, and &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>one set for&nbsp;new construction.</li> </ol> <p>With over 500,000 facilities representing more than 3 billion square feet of space,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbdg.org/references/fhpsb.php" target="_blank">the Federal Government is the largest landlord and energy consumer in the U.S.</a>&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-guiding-principles-existing-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-guiding-principles-existing-buildings#comments LEED Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:59:43 +0000 Melissa Gallagher-Rogers 4878056 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Dynamic Plaque: Finalist in Fast Company's 2014 Innovation By Design Awards http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-dynamic-plaque-finalist-fast-companys-2014-innovation-design-awards <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">11 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ideo_leed_location3_0.jpg?1410441915" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're excited to announce that the <a href="http://leedon.io" target="_blank">LEED Dynamic Plaque</a> is a finalist in Fast Company's 2014 <a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/section/innovation-by-design-awards-2014" target="_blank">Innovation By Design Awards</a>, among 53 honorees that include Disney, Google, Nike and <em>The New York Times.&nbsp;</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-dynamic-plaque-finalist-fast-companys-2014-innovation-design-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-dynamic-plaque-finalist-fast-companys-2014-innovation-design-awards#comments LEED Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:25:15 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4877418 at http://www.usgbc.org Ready for a faster, more streamlined LEED certification process? Start here. http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ready-faster-more-streamlined-leed-certification-process-start-here <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/recognizingexcellence_0.jpg?1409923764" /> </div> </div> </div> <h3><strong><span>Getting to certification more quickly</span></strong></h3> <p><span>No one likes delays or surprises in a LEED review. We've made great strides at improving the timeliness and accuracy of our reviews, and we're working toward even quicker turnaround and more predictable results. We know that strong, organized submittals = faster certification process.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ready-faster-more-streamlined-leed-certification-process-start-here" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ready-faster-more-streamlined-leed-certification-process-start-here#comments LEED Fri, 05 Sep 2014 13:29:23 +0000 Dror Karni 4870324 at http://www.usgbc.org ENERGY STAR adds multifamily buildings to constellation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-star-adds-multifamily-buildings-constellation <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EnergyStarMultifamilyv2.gif?1409767289" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was co-written by <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/bryan-howard/0010237321" target="_blank">Bryan Howard</a> and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/dan-winters/0010830314" target="_blank">Dan Winters</a>.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-star-adds-multifamily-buildings-constellation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-star-adds-multifamily-buildings-constellation#comments LEED Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:05:24 +0000 Bryan Howard 4867855 at http://www.usgbc.org Certify multiple buildings with LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/certify-multiple-buildings-leed <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/multiplebuildings_0.png?1409665753" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you know that <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LEEDworks&amp;src=typd" target="_blank">#LEEDworks</a> in bulk? In addition to individual building certification, LEED also includes certification paths structured for organizations seeking certification for multiple buildings.</p> <p>You have two options for certifying multiple buildings:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/certify-multiple-buildings-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/certify-multiple-buildings-leed#comments LEED Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:49:13 +0000 Selina Holmes 4865650 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet the LEED Dynamic Plaque http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-leed-dynamic-plaque <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">29 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed_dynamic_plaque_1_0.jpg?1409321279" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>I&rsquo;ve had the good fortune of meeting with a lot of our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/members" target="_blank">member companies</a> this summer at a series of leadership receptions around the country. At these events, I&rsquo;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 &ndash; it takes quite a few minutes to simply touch on all the amazing things happening at USGBC.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-leed-dynamic-plaque" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-leed-dynamic-plaque#comments LEED Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:07:59 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4863212 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED helps Singapore leverage new government investments of $100 million in energy efficient technologies http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-helps-singapore-leverage-new-government-investments-100-million-energy-efficient-techn <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">29 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedsingapore_0.jpg?1409319707" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In Singapore today, a number of companies are building and acquiring data centers to support their business activity. As a result, the Singapore government <a href="http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/govt-invest-s100m-research-energy-efficiency" target="_blank">recently announced</a> 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.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-helps-singapore-leverage-new-government-investments-100-million-energy-efficient-techn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-helps-singapore-leverage-new-government-investments-100-million-energy-efficient-techn#comments LEED Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:41:47 +0000 Mahesh Ramanujam 4863200 at http://www.usgbc.org Green homes for the masses: why everyone deserves a healthy, sustainable residence http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-homes-masses-why-everyone-deserves-healthy-sustainable-residence <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">27 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/affordablehomes_0.jpg?1409145540" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few weeks back I presented the case for <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-should-you-care-if-your-home-green" target="_blank">why you should care whether or not your home is green</a>, highlighting <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es501489u?journalCode=esthag" target="_blank">a recent study</a> from the Harvard School of Public Health on the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ).</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-homes-masses-why-everyone-deserves-healthy-sustainable-residence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-homes-masses-why-everyone-deserves-healthy-sustainable-residence#comments LEED Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:19:00 +0000 Hannah Wilber 4860526 at http://www.usgbc.org Green building and LEED in Taiwan http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-and-leed-taiwan <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/img_5713_0.png?1408753001" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a LEED fellow of ours recently quipped, many people who experience a LEED building often say: <em>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s something nice about this building that we have never felt before about our previous buildings.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>LEED buildings bring a harmony between the natural and indoor worlds. They become part of the natural habitat, serving as places of health, comfort and productivity while reinforcing the necessity of green buildings for the world of tomorrow.  </p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-and-leed-taiwan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-and-leed-taiwan#comments LEED Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:16:40 +0000 Mahesh Ramanujam 4855432 at http://www.usgbc.org Material Health from Disclosure to Optimization: The Innovation Imperative [DC event Sept. 8] http://www.usgbc.org/articles/material-health-disclosure-optimization-innovation-imperative-dc-event-sept-8 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">22 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/health_materials_leed-01_0.png?1408718664" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Join us remotely or in person at the USGBC headquarters in Washington D.C. for the next event in USGBC's ongoing LEED, Materials and Health series, "<a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/material-health-from-disclosure-to-optimization-the-innovation-imperative-tickets-12607113215" target="_blank">Material Health from Disclosure to Optimization: The Innovation Imperative</a>."</p> <p><strong><span>When:&nbsp;</span></strong>Monday, Sept. 8,&nbsp;12-1:30 pm ET</p> <p><strong><span>Where:&nbsp;</span></strong><span>USGBC Headquarters, Washington D.C. -or- as a remote participant</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/material-health-disclosure-optimization-innovation-imperative-dc-event-sept-8" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/material-health-disclosure-optimization-innovation-imperative-dc-event-sept-8#comments Industry Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:44:24 +0000 David Marcus 4854556 at http://www.usgbc.org Standard 189.1 + the IgCC + LEED = The Phillips head hammer http://www.usgbc.org/articles/standard-1891-igcc-leed-phillips-head-hammer <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/righttool_articleheader_v1_0.jpg?1408635640" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I sat there watching my daughter whack away at one of the screws in her toy workbench with a hammer. &ldquo;Honey, that&rsquo;s not going to work. Try the screwdriver. You have to use the right tool for the job.&rdquo; It was one of those seemingly endless, for me, number of parenting moments where what was at the time unwanted, pestering advice from my own mom or dad comes slamming back into my consciousness &ndash; reminding me not only how lucky I&rsquo;ve been but also what a jerk of a kid I must have been.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/standard-1891-igcc-leed-phillips-head-hammer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/standard-1891-igcc-leed-phillips-head-hammer#comments LEED Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:40:39 +0000 Brendan Owens 4853126 at http://www.usgbc.org How to clean green http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-clean-green <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/cleaning_0.png?1408367834" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part 4 of a 4 part series on "Greening your college life." Read <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-be-power-saver" target="_blank">part 1</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-improve-air-quality" target="_blank">part 2</a> and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-create-composting-station" target="_blank">part 3</a>.</em><br />&nbsp;<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-clean-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-clean-green#comments LEED Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:17:14 +0000 Emma Pettit 4847731 at http://www.usgbc.org How to create a composting station http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-create-composting-station <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/composting_0.png?1407762713" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part 3 of a 4 part series on "Greening your college life." Read <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-be-power-saver" target="_blank">part 1</a> and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-improve-air-quality" target="_blank">part 2</a>.</em><br />&nbsp;<br />As a college student, I know first-hand that it can seem difficult to lead a sustainable life in college.&nbsp;Dorm buildings are often less energy efficient, recycling options might be limited, and students don't have extra money to splurge on eco-friendly products.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-create-composting-station" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-create-composting-station#comments LEED Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:11:52 +0000 Emma Pettit 4837373 at http://www.usgbc.org Who's talking about the LEED Dynamic Plaque? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whos-talking-about-leed-dynamic-plaque <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leeddynamicplaque_0.jpg?1407431322" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The LEED Dynamic Plaque, our building performance monitoring and scoring platform, is making waves in the news. Read on to find out what the media have to say about this game-changing tool &mdash; and visit&nbsp;<a href="http://leedon.io/" target="_blank">leedon.io</a>&nbsp;to learn more and get your own!&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whos-talking-about-leed-dynamic-plaque" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whos-talking-about-leed-dynamic-plaque#comments LEED Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:08:42 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4833589 at http://www.usgbc.org What is green building? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-green-building <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">6 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/whatisgreenbuildingarticle_0.jpg?1407336297" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What is green building? It's a simple question that we get a lot here at USGBC, but not one where it's always easy to find a simple answer.&nbsp;</p> <h3>The definition of green building</h3> <p>Green building is a holistic concept that starts with the understanding that the built environment can have profound effects, both positive and negative, on the natural environment, as well as the people who inhabit buildings every day. Green building is an effort to amplify the positive and mitigate the negative of these effects throughout the entire life cycle of a building.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-green-building#comments LEED Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:44:57 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4831891 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED project certification update: July 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-project-certification-update-july-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">6 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/14831636603_64ba419120_k_0.jpg?1407333461" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in July 2014, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news. Be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects">LEED project directory</a> for a closer look at LEED projects in your area and around the world.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-project-certification-update-july-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-project-certification-update-july-2014#comments LEED Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:57:41 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4831824 at http://www.usgbc.org Brazil on the rise: LEED's growth in Latin America http://www.usgbc.org/articles/brazil-rise-leeds-growth-latin-america <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/lim_brazil_0.jpg?1407262717" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today we have released another report in our popular LEED in Motion series. <a href="http://go.usgbc.org/brazil" target="_blank">LEED in Motion: Brazil</a> details green building activity and momentum in the nation that is the fifth largest market for LEED-certified projects outside of the U.S.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/brazil-rise-leeds-growth-latin-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/brazil-rise-leeds-growth-latin-america#comments LEED Tue, 05 Aug 2014 18:18:37 +0000 Joseph Crea 4830828 at http://www.usgbc.org Project spotlight: Sterling Alvarado Student Housing at San Diego http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-sterling-alvarado-student-housing-san-diego <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/img_5393_sanb3_0.png?1407245085" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>USGBC's new, free report,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://go.usgbc.org/homes" target="_blank"><em>LEED in Motion: Residential</em></a><span>,&nbsp;highlights the numbers, knowledge and resources you need to keep pace with the rapidly growing green residential market.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><strong><a href="http://go.usgbc.org/homes" target="_blank">Download the full report</a>&nbsp;for more interviews and project highlights from best and brightest minds in the industry.&nbsp;</strong></span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-sterling-alvarado-student-housing-san-diego" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-sterling-alvarado-student-housing-san-diego#comments LEED Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:24:45 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4830214 at http://www.usgbc.org How to improve air quality http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-improve-air-quality <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/air-quality_0.png?1407158698" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part 2 of a 4 part series on "Greening your college life." Read <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-be-power-saver" target="_blank">part 1</a>.</em><br />&nbsp;<br />As a college student, I know first-hand that it can seem difficult to lead a sustainable life in college.&nbsp;Dorm buildings are often less energy efficient, recycling options might be limited, and students don't have extra money to splurge on eco-friendly products.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-improve-air-quality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-improve-air-quality#comments LEED Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:24:58 +0000 Emma Pettit 4828690 at http://www.usgbc.org Understanding the 40/60 rule when choosing between LEED rating systems http://www.usgbc.org/articles/understanding-4060-rule-when-choosing-between-leed-rating-systems <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/40-60-rule_0.png?1406928965" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wondering what to do when choosing a rating system isn't as simple as black and white?</p> <p>LEED v4 addresses 21 different types of buildings and spaces, but how do you know which one to choose when you've got a mixed use space?</p> <p>Enter the 40/60 rule. This model provides&nbsp;guidance for making a decision when several rating systems appear to be appropriate for a project.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/understanding-4060-rule-when-choosing-between-leed-rating-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/understanding-4060-rule-when-choosing-between-leed-rating-systems#comments LEED Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:36:05 +0000 4827318 at http://www.usgbc.org Third Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge: Registration opens Sept. 2 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/third-annual-campus-rainworks-challenge-registration-opens-sept-2 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/eparainwaterdrop-01_0.jpg?1406928583" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>EPA has just launched its third annual <a href="http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/crw_challenge.cfm" target="_blank">Campus RainWorks Challenge</a>, a green infrastructure design challenge for college and university students.</p> <p>Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design boards, a project narrative, and a letter of support describing a proposed green infrastructure project for a location on their campus.</p> <p>Teams will compete in one of two design categories:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/third-annual-campus-rainworks-challenge-registration-opens-sept-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/third-annual-campus-rainworks-challenge-registration-opens-sept-2#comments Industry Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:29:42 +0000 Theresa Backhus 4827325 at http://www.usgbc.org Why do we care if your home is green? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-do-we-care-if-your-home-green <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">30 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/121107_duvivier_0605_final_0_0.jpg?1406726629" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>The great <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a> recently noted that &ldquo;our homes play the biggest role in our lives. They bookend our days&hellip; Imagine if all people started their days from a sustainable home, with a native awareness of efficiency and efficacy; of better health and resilience. Imagine if we used our homes as the base camp for healthy living, in every aspect of our lives&hellip; They could be the touchstone for being mindful of sustainability for our present and future.&rdquo;</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-do-we-care-if-your-home-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-do-we-care-if-your-home-green#comments LEED Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:23:49 +0000 Hannah Wilber 4823873 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED v4 Rating System Selection Guidance http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rating-system-selection-guidance <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/selection-guidance_0.png?1406665590" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've decided to pursue LEED v4, but you're looking for some guidance to select a rating system before you register your project. <em>Looking for LEED 2009 Rating System Selection Guidance?<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-2009-rating-system-selection-guidance"> Access</a>.</em></p> <p>Here's how to use the guidance below:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rating-system-selection-guidance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rating-system-selection-guidance#comments LEED Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:26:29 +0000 4823326 at http://www.usgbc.org How to be a power saver http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-be-power-saver <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">28 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/power-saver_0.png?1406556333" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part 1 of a 4 part series on "Greening your college life."</em><br />&nbsp;<br />As a college student, I know first-hand that it can seem difficult to lead a sustainable life in college.&nbsp;Dorm buildings are often less energy efficient, recycling options might be limited, and students don't have extra money to splurge on eco-friendly products.</p> <p>However, even if you live in an older building &mdash; and even if you're not in college &mdash; it's still possible to make a difference and have a positive environmental impact.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-be-power-saver" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-be-power-saver#comments LEED Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:05:33 +0000 Emma Pettit 4820814 at http://www.usgbc.org China: Three companies, three tales of leadership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/china-three-companies-three-tales-leadership <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/maheshchinaarticle_0.jpg?1406236470" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With each visit I make to China I continue to stand in awe of the presence of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> and the leaders behind it.</p> <p>After my second trip to China this year, I can assure you that LEED is alive and well.&nbsp;This is because true market leaders have continued to raise the bar when it comes to quality, sustainable buildings.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/china-three-companies-three-tales-leadership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/china-three-companies-three-tales-leadership#comments LEED Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:14:30 +0000 Mahesh Ramanujam 4818237 at http://www.usgbc.org The essential LEED Green Associate cheat sheet http://www.usgbc.org/articles/essential-leed-green-associate-cheat-sheet <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ga-cheat-sheet_c_0.jpg?1406217980" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've decided to pursue the LEED Green Associate professional credential, but you aren't sure how to start preparing for the exam.</p> <p>Review this cheat sheet for a description of exam content areas, which include task domains and knowledge domains.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/essential-leed-green-associate-cheat-sheet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/essential-leed-green-associate-cheat-sheet#comments LEED Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:06:20 +0000 Nora Knox 4817729 at http://www.usgbc.org GreenBiz: What makes the LEED Dynamic Plaque a game-changer? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbiz-what-makes-leed-dynamic-plaque-game-changer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IDEO_LEED_Location3.jpg?1406049285" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article originally appeared on GreenBiz.com on July 22, 2014.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbiz-what-makes-leed-dynamic-plaque-game-changer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbiz-what-makes-leed-dynamic-plaque-game-changer#comments LEED Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:15:12 +0000 Adam Sledd 4811983 at http://www.usgbc.org What you need to know if you want to achieve LEED certification in 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-you-need-know-if-you-want-achieve-leed-certification-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/calendar_0.png?1405954684" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for a LEED review to be completed this year, or before Greenbuild?</p> <p>If so, be sure to submit for review on time! See below for application deadlines based on typical review timelines.</p> <h3><strong>Deadlines to submit for review and achieve certification in 2014</strong></h3> <p>The following deadlines apply to all commercial rating systems (not including LEED Volume), and assume that no appeal review is necessary. Appeal reviews typically take 20-25 business days, expedited appeal reviews are on a 10-business day timeline.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-you-need-know-if-you-want-achieve-leed-certification-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-you-need-know-if-you-want-achieve-leed-certification-2014#comments LEED Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:58:04 +0000 Dean DiPietro 4810366 at http://www.usgbc.org Confessions of a USGBC tour guide http://www.usgbc.org/articles/confessions-usgbc-tour-guide <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2101-l-street_0.png?1405695834" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As an 11-year USGBC veteran and headquarters tour guide, you could say I've developed an affinity for our space.</p> <p>Check out my Q&amp;A to get the inside scoop&nbsp;on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/usgbc-headquarters" target="_blank">USGBC headquarters</a>&nbsp;tour program.</p> <p><span></span><strong>Q. Why does USGBC have a tour program?<br /></strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/confessions-usgbc-tour-guide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/confessions-usgbc-tour-guide#comments LEED Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:03:54 +0000 Ana Leilani Ka'ahanui 4807850 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC's guide to your vacation [Maps] http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-guide-your-vacation-maps <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/new-york-feature_0.png?1405693532" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vacation season is in full swing!</p> <p>Take a look at our city maps on <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/usgbc/" target="_blank">Pinterest</a> to plan a visit to some of the best LEED certified spots in a few of America&rsquo;s favorite cities. (Click the maps below to view on Pinterest).</p> <hr> <p><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/usgbc/usgbc-san-francisco/" target="_blank"><strong>San Francisco</strong></a></p> <p>SF is a top city for green building, so take a look at these unique attractions!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-guide-your-vacation-maps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-guide-your-vacation-maps#comments LEED Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:25:31 +0000 Allison Carr 4807773 at http://www.usgbc.org Why should you care if your home is green? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-should-you-care-if-your-home-green <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">17 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/lim_articleheader-01_2__0.jpg?1405609850" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to play a little word association? Come on, indulge me, it will only take a few seconds.</p> <p>Ready?</p> <p>Here's your word: <strong>home</strong>. Close your eyes and think about the words and imagery that come to mind as you toss this word around in your brain.</span></p> <p>So, what did you think up?</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-should-you-care-if-your-home-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-should-you-care-if-your-home-green#comments LEED Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:10:50 +0000 Hannah Wilber 4806737 at http://www.usgbc.org Q&A: Building materials in India http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-building-materials-india <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">17 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="Varanasi silk weaving facility by David Adjaye" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/varanasi-facility-david-adjaye_0.png?1405604985" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEED Fellow, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/deepa-sathiaram/0000012166" target="_blank">Deepa Sathiaram</a>,&nbsp;has worked on over 450 LEED projects in India and over 50 LEED projects globally.</p> <p>Hear what she has to say about how she got to where she is in her career and what she thinks about the development of healthy building materials in India.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. How has your background led you to your current work?</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-building-materials-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-building-materials-india#comments LEED Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:49:45 +0000 Joseph Crea 4806592 at http://www.usgbc.org Video: What is LEED? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-what-leed <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">16 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed_articleheader_b_0.jpg?1405534439" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices across the globe.</span><br /><br /><span>Watch our video to learn more about how LEED promotes better buildings and places that complement our environment and enhance our communities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tlVseOWToL4?wmode=Opaque" width="650" height="535"></iframe></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-what-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-what-leed#comments LEED Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:13:59 +0000 Ana Leilani Ka'ahanui 4805704 at http://www.usgbc.org Introducing The LEED O+M Starter Kit http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-leed-om-starter-kit <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEEDO%2BMstarter-01.png?1405613684" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&rsquo;ve just completed a spectacular new LEED building, with its fine-tuned design and cutting-edge technologies. The team worked together perfectly (even the subcontractors), all of your synergistic strategies came together seamlessly, and the plaque ceremony was even attended by the governor!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-leed-om-starter-kit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-leed-om-starter-kit#comments LEED Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:02:30 +0000 Christopher Davis 4804283 at http://www.usgbc.org In the Know with Maggie and Joe: Top 5 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe-top-5 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/maggie_and_joe_pic-1-3_0.jpg?1405435243" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Much has been happening with LEED on the international front so let's begin with the the top five things you must know, courtesy of Maggie and Joe.</p> <p><strong>1. LEED and India</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe-top-5" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe-top-5#comments LEED Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:40:43 +0000 Joseph Crea 4803872 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Green Associate exam: What to expect at Prometric http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-associate-exam-what-expect-prometric <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedga_build_article_0.jpg?1405434502" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="page" title="Page 8"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span>The LEED Green Associate demonstrates a solid understanding of green building principles and practices.&nbsp;Here's what you can expect at the testing center, Prometric.</span></p> <h3><span>Arrival</span></h3> <p><span>We recommended that you arrive at the Prometric at least 30 minutes prior to your exam appointment. If you arrive at the test site after your scheduled exam time you will lose your seat.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-associate-exam-what-expect-prometric" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-associate-exam-what-expect-prometric#comments LEED Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:28:22 +0000 Nora Knox 4803854 at http://www.usgbc.org Rebuilding for resilience: Q&A with Make It Right's Tom Darden http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rebuilding-resilience-qa-make-it-rights-tom-darden <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">14 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/make-it-right-new-orleans_0.png?1405359498" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC's new free report,&nbsp;<a href="http://go.usgbc.org/homes" target="_blank"><em>LEED in Motion: Residential</em></a>,&nbsp;highlights the numbers, knowledge and resources you need to keep pace with the rapidly growing green residential market.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://go.usgbc.org/homes" target="_blank">Download the full report</a>&nbsp;for more interviews and project highlights from best and brightest minds in the industry.&nbsp;</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rebuilding-resilience-qa-make-it-rights-tom-darden" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rebuilding-resilience-qa-make-it-rights-tom-darden#comments LEED Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:38:18 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4802638 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED in India Q&A with LEED Fellow Deepa Sathiaram http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-india-qa-leed-fellow-deepa-sathiaram <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/deepa_leed_fellow-01_0.png?1404999947" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/deepa-sathiaram/0000012166" target="_blank">Deepa Sathiaram</a>, LEED Fellow and executive director of&nbsp;En3 Sustainability Solutions&nbsp;Pvt. Ltd., has worked on over 450 LEED projects in India and over 50 LEED projects globally.</p> <p>What's Deepa's key takeaway from all of this experience? <em>"LEED sets a benchmark of excellence in performance which you do not get, nor will you get, with other standards. That puts you on a completely different level."</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-india-qa-leed-fellow-deepa-sathiaram" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-india-qa-leed-fellow-deepa-sathiaram#comments LEED Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:45:46 +0000 Joseph Crea 4798620 at http://www.usgbc.org International market briefs: Get your green building data from around the world http://www.usgbc.org/articles/international-market-briefs-get-your-green-building-data-around-world <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Intl_Market-Brief_670x308.png?1404936610" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As USGBC looks overseas to foster further momentum in our mission to transform the built environment, we are&nbsp;excited to announce our latest real-time data platform: <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/advocacy/country-market-brief" target="_blank">international market briefs</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/international-market-briefs-get-your-green-building-data-around-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/international-market-briefs-get-your-green-building-data-around-world#comments LEED Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:10:33 +0000 Cecilia Shutters 4798081 at http://www.usgbc.org Recycling around the office at USGBC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/recycling-around-office-usgbc <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">8 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_97701021_0.png?1404845160" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For most of us, recycling is second nature, and when given the opportunity, we choose to put our paper products, cans or bottles, in the recycling bin. But recycling can occasionally become a burden, when we have items that we're not sure about or when there's not a recycling stream available.</p> <p>One reason that recycling can be a challenge is the lack of a uniform process across private and public spaces, cities, states and even countries. The process is different depending on where you live or work, and which waste/recycling service provider your building employs.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/recycling-around-office-usgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/recycling-around-office-usgbc#comments LEED Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:46:00 +0000 Nora Knox 4796560 at http://www.usgbc.org Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School: Where “Every Day is Earth Day” http://www.usgbc.org/articles/eleanor-roosevelt-elementary-school-where-%E2%80%9Cevery-day-earth-day%E2%80%9D <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">8 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/eleanor-roosevelt-picture_0.png?1404829265" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many schools claim to have a commitment to sustainability, but few do quite like <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/eleanor-roosevelt-elem-school" target="_blank">Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School</a> in Morrisville, Pa.</p> <p>Two years ago, the school underwent a massive renovation that included upgrading 56,000 square feet of existing space as well as adding a 28,000 square foot wing that with a new library, classrooms, and an entry pavilion. Efficient air conditioning was also added, parking lots were remodeled and a new playground was constructed.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/eleanor-roosevelt-elementary-school-where-%E2%80%9Cevery-day-earth-day%E2%80%9D" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/eleanor-roosevelt-elementary-school-where-%E2%80%9Cevery-day-earth-day%E2%80%9D#comments LEED Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:21:04 +0000 Emma Pettit 4796145 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Green Associate exam: The basics http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-associate-exam-basics <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">8 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedga_gain_article_0.jpg?1404828305" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="page" title="Page 6"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>The LEED Green Associate demonstrates a solid understanding of green building principles and practices.&nbsp;Here are the basics about the exam.</p> <h3>Exam Development</h3> <p><span>All LEED exams are developed and regularly updated by a global network of Subject Matter Experts and meet the specifications of a job analysis. </span></p> <p><span>The exams assess your abilities at three hierarchical cognitive levels: recall, application and analysis. </span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-associate-exam-basics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-associate-exam-basics#comments LEED Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:05:05 +0000 Nora Knox 4796097 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Online now available for LEED India Projects http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-online-now-available-leed-india-projects <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/107_suzlononeearth_exterior_0.png?1404776785" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As part of USGBC&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-expanded-support-leed-green-building-program-india" target="_blank">ongoing, expanded support</a> for LEED in India, LEED projects in India can now register in <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/leedonline.new/" target="_blank">LEED Online</a>.</p> <p>LEED Online has recently been improved to streamline your experience. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-new-leed-online" target="_blank">Learn more</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-online-now-available-leed-india-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-online-now-available-leed-india-projects#comments LEED Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:46:24 +0000 Joseph Crea 4795602 at http://www.usgbc.org In the Know with Maggie and Joe http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe-0 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/maggie_and_joe_pic-1_0.jpg?1404763410" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We know. It&rsquo;s been ages since we've connected with our fellow readers but Maggie, my office wife and copilot, has not stopped nagging me to get a post up. So here we are!</p> <p>Since it's been some time we&rsquo;ll jump right in, but first some breaking news:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe-0#comments LEED Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:03:30 +0000 Joseph Crea 4795235 at http://www.usgbc.org New solutions for neighborhoods across the globe http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-solutions-neighborhoods-across-globe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/1024px-smog_in_dehli_edited_0.jpg?1404414846" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-neighborhood-development-v2009-current-version">LEED for Neighborhood Development</a>&nbsp;version 2009 are <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-2009-nd-global-acp-reference-guide-supplement" target="_blank">now available</a>. ACPs allow LEED to be more flexible and applicable to a wide range of building projects across the globe.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-solutions-neighborhoods-across-globe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-solutions-neighborhoods-across-globe#comments LEED Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:14:06 +0000 Emily Loquidis 4791888 at http://www.usgbc.org Locally yours: Improving LEED in East Asia http://www.usgbc.org/articles/locally-yours-improving-leed-east-asia <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CXIA2572.png?1404697840" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the <a href="http://ap.haworth.com/home/resources/spaces/showrooms/showroom?showroomid=5620e315-fde5-68ba-a63e-ff0000389ef0" target="_blank">Haworth showroom in Parkview Green</a> you immediately notice the colorful d&eacute;cor and cutting-edge workspace design that brings a unique experience at every turn. And after just a few minutes in the space, you also begin to realize that natural daylight is filling the showroom floor. But what you don&rsquo;t see is that Haworth went the extra distance to make this showroom a leader in green interiors.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/locally-yours-improving-leed-east-asia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/locally-yours-improving-leed-east-asia#comments LEED Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:03:09 +0000 Mika Kania 4790043 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC releases LEED v4 ACPs for Canada http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-releases-leed-v4-acps-canada <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="1200" height="552" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/vancouver_0.png?1404242191" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As our friendly neighbors to the north celebrate Canada Day, today we are excited to release Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED v4 projects in Canada. Developed by Canada GBC, these ACPs underscore LEED&rsquo;s regional and local applicability by recognizing leading Canadian local standards and practices in LEED. CaGBC and its committees played a key rule in creating solutions that allow greater flexibility in LEED.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-releases-leed-v4-acps-canada" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-releases-leed-v4-acps-canada#comments LEED Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:16:31 +0000 Sean Fish 4789322 at http://www.usgbc.org Announcing a LEED Earth Winner: Venezuela http://www.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-leed-earth-winner-venezuela <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_leedearth_0.png?1404235523" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="1200" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Break_Room.jpg?1404235543" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="1200" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Cafeteria_1.jpg?1404235557" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1200" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Ground_Floor.jpg?1404235567" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="778" height="1166" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/PV_Array.jpg?1404235581" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="1200" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Terrace_0.jpg?1404235613" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1166" height="778" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Waiting_Hall.jpg?1404235630" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Workstations1__Cover_Photo_.jpg?1404235642" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1200" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Workstations2.jpg?1404235655" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Located on a former industrial site in Caracas, VEPICA Sede &mdash; the new headquarters of VEPICA &mdash; began as a simple renovation project, and ended up becoming an amazing example of sustainable development for the country, as the first LEED-certified project in Venezuela and the most recent winner of USGBC&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leedearth" target="_blank">LEED Earth campaign</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-leed-earth-winner-venezuela" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-leed-earth-winner-venezuela#comments LEED Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:22:51 +0000 Joseph Crea 4789187 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED addenda update: July 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-update-july-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">30 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/addenda.jpeg?1404223110" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The July 1st quarterly addenda to the LEED rating systems and reference guides are now available.&nbsp;This release includes addenda for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009.</p> <p>View the changes:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-update-july-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-update-july-2014#comments LEED Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:29:22 +0000 4788791 at http://www.usgbc.org Web-based reference guide features new modules http://www.usgbc.org/articles/web-based-reference-guide-features-new-modules <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">30 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/v-4_web_article_header_v2-01.png?1404165814" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the launch of LEED v4, USGBC also introduced a new format for the LEED reference guides &mdash; web-based.</p> <p>Integrated into the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits" target="_blank">LEED credit library</a>, the web-based reference guide combines all of the information in the PDF versions of the guides with additional videos, tutorials and templates. It was built so that we could continuously add to it, which makes it a resource that continues to grow.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/web-based-reference-guide-features-new-modules" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/web-based-reference-guide-features-new-modules#comments LEED Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:01:46 +0000 4788342 at http://www.usgbc.org Eleven buildings, 25 million kWh of electricity saved: 2014 EBie Awards http://www.usgbc.org/articles/eleven-buildings-25-million-kwh-electricity-saved-2014-ebie-awards <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">30 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Web-Banner-for-awards.png?1404136414" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Urban Green Council's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ebies.org/Index" target="_blank">EBie Awards</a>&nbsp;recognize improved environmental performance in existing buildings among&nbsp;building operators, facilities managers, owners, engineers, retro-commissioning agents and other professionals&nbsp;who conceived and implemented the work.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/97961876" width="500" height="281"></iframe></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/eleven-buildings-25-million-kwh-electricity-saved-2014-ebie-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/eleven-buildings-25-million-kwh-electricity-saved-2014-ebie-awards#comments LEED Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:50:27 +0000 Jonathan Walsh 4787146 at http://www.usgbc.org Elephants, LEED and limitless potential http://www.usgbc.org/articles/elephants-leed-and-limitless-potential <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">27 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/elephant-trails.png?1403875489" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you ask my friends to describe who I "am" for you, I'm willing to bet their answer will mention that I have a thing for elephants.&nbsp;Not surprisingly, it's almost impossible these days to read anything about elephants that doesn't mention their current plight in the face of increasingly widespread poaching, which always makes for rather heavy reading.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/elephants-leed-and-limitless-potential" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/elephants-leed-and-limitless-potential#comments LEED Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:22:25 +0000 Hannah Wilber 4785019 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC members approve LEED for Homes update http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-approve-leed-homes-update <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Homes_feature-01.jpg?1403806832" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The final results of the LEED v2008 Homes Energy Update ballot are in with a final tally of 88% in favor of the rating system update &mdash; exceeding our&nbsp;goal of 66.7%.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here's the category breakdown for the results:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-approve-leed-homes-update" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-approve-leed-homes-update#comments LEED Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:17:20 +0000 Asa Foss 4783630 at http://www.usgbc.org 3 courses that you need to take (June 2014) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/3-courses-you-need-take-june-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/home-office-336378_1280.png?1403795877" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hungry for more green building knowledge?</p> <p>Check out this month's top three courses.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>1.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/speech-privacy-sound-masking-modern-architecture-4751677" target="_blank">Speech Privacy &amp; Sound Masking in Modern Architecture</a></strong><br /><span>Identify interior design factors that will signal the need for sound masking and approaches to address the issues.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/3-courses-you-need-take-june-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/3-courses-you-need-take-june-2014#comments LEED Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:09:41 +0000 Nora Knox 4783349 at http://www.usgbc.org Exploding demand for LEED credentials among employers http://www.usgbc.org/articles/exploding-demand-leed-credentials-among-employers <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/credentials-research.png?1403795453" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>A new study of job postings from across the country indicates that demand for <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials#ga" target="_blank">LEED Green Associates</a> and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials#ap" target="_blank">LEED APs</a> has grown 46% in the last 12 months.&nbsp;And a 12-month scan of U.S. job listings found 9,033 available jobs that specifically require a LEED credential (Burning Glass Technologies, Labor/Insight, 2014).</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/exploding-demand-leed-credentials-among-employers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/exploding-demand-leed-credentials-among-employers#comments LEED Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:03:28 +0000 Erin Emery 4783332 at http://www.usgbc.org Video: Make It Right rebuilds to LEED Platinum in New Orleans http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-make-it-right-rebuilds-leed-platinum-new-orleans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_makeitright.jpg?1403532646" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/family_at_home_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans_credit_MAX_COLLINS.jpg?1403532816" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="666" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/children_outside_bikes_and_houses_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans.jpg?1403532829" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="667" height="1000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/children_on_eco_playground_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans_credit_GREG_RHOADES.jpeg?1403532836" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/child_in_front_of_home_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans.jpg?1403532844" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Make_It_Right_homes_at_night_credit_Alexei_Levedev.jpg?1403532860" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="770" height="1000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Frank_Gehry_Home_Exterior_credit_Chad_Chenier.jpg?1403532874" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="667" height="1000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/interior_shot_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans_credit_JAMES_EWING.jpg?1403532886" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="667" height="1000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Executive_Director_Tom_Darden_headshot.jpg?1403532903" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We visited New Orleans with&nbsp;<a href="http://makeitright.org/" target="_blank">Make It Right</a>, an organization that builds healthy, high-efficient and safe homes for people and communities in need.</p> <p>Forty percent of LEED for Homes units fall into the affordable housing sector, and you can see 100 of them, brought to fruition by Make It Right, on display in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-make-it-right-rebuilds-leed-platinum-new-orleans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-make-it-right-rebuilds-leed-platinum-new-orleans#comments Industry Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:15:07 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4777449 at http://www.usgbc.org Collaborators, not competitors - the case for dual certification in China http://www.usgbc.org/articles/collaborators-not-competitors-case-dual-certification-china <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">23 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_china_061914.jpg?1403532813" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hello from China.</p> <p>I have spent the last couple of weeks traveling all across Asia with my USGBC colleagues, finding inspiration at every stop. Throughout the trip, I've had time to reflect on where green building is today and where it is headed in the future. &nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/collaborators-not-competitors-case-dual-certification-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/collaborators-not-competitors-case-dual-certification-china#comments LEED Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:11:30 +0000 Mahesh Ramanujam 4777433 at http://www.usgbc.org Talking eligibility. What does it take to be a LEED professional? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/talking-eligibility-what-does-it-take-be-leed-professional <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">23 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/pro_reviewer.png?1403533001" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span><span>Are you interested in becoming a LEED professional but you're not sure if you're eligible?</span></span></p> <p>Here's the good news &mdash; you <em>are</em> eligible!</p> <p>Wondering how that's possible?&nbsp;</p> <p>USGBC offers two categories of LEED professionals:&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/talking-eligibility-what-does-it-take-be-leed-professional" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/talking-eligibility-what-does-it-take-be-leed-professional#comments LEED Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:10:41 +0000 Nora Knox 4777440 at http://www.usgbc.org Free download: New USGBC report plots the growth of green homes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-download-new-usgbc-report-plots-growth-green-homes <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LiM_articleheader-01_2__1_.jpg?1403186772" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="373" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/map-1d_7__1_.jpg?1403186804" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="388" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/map-2d_9__1_.jpg?1403186812" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://go.usgbc.org/homes"><em><span>LEED in Motion: Residential</span></em></a><span> highlights the numbers, knowledge and resources you need&nbsp;</span>to keep pace with the rapidly growing green homes market. In it, you'll find key statistics on&nbsp;the size and growth of the green residential market, a deep dive in to LEED for Homes&nbsp;numbers, a close look at the human health aspects of homebuilding, and much more.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-download-new-usgbc-report-plots-growth-green-homes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-download-new-usgbc-report-plots-growth-green-homes#comments LEED Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:02:44 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4773399 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building 101: What is LEED? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-what-leed <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/101_GreenBuilding-7_0.png?1403120542" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><em>Need a quick refresher on green building basics? This is our "Green Building 101" series that we'll publish throughout the month. We'll visit topics that form the foundation of our understanding of green building today.</em></em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-what-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-what-leed#comments LEED Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:42:38 +0000 Tiffany Coyle 4772531 at http://www.usgbc.org Video: Get started with Education @USGBC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-get-started-education-usgbc <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/education.png?1402596111" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc" target="_blank">Education @USGBC</a>&nbsp;is the one-stop shop for managing your staff's professional development and continuing education needs.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_YZpqqTDi3U" width="600" height="494" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-get-started-education-usgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-get-started-education-usgbc#comments LEED Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:54:50 +0000 Josephine Nguyen 4761609 at http://www.usgbc.org New tools for LEED v4 O+M projects http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-tools-leed-v4-om-projects <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_96625413-2.jpg?1402581728" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEED is more than a set of requirements, it&rsquo;s a comprehensive program supported by a suite of tools and resources. With LEED v4, in addition to working on the rating systems, USGBC also focused a great deal of attention on the customer experience. And the development process did not end with LEED v4 being launched. We are still looking for new ways to add support for project teams.</p> <p><strong>Plan and policy templates</strong>&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-tools-leed-v4-om-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-tools-leed-v4-om-projects#comments LEED Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:01:32 +0000 Megan Sparks 4761268 at http://www.usgbc.org EMSI: 100 LEED Certified Projects and Counting http://www.usgbc.org/articles/emsi-100-leed-certified-projects-and-counting <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">11 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EMSI_s_Shanghai_Office.jpg?1402519933" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The other day I had the honor of presenting <a href="http://www.emsi-green.com.cn/ " target="_blank">EMSI</a>&mdash;a long-time partner of USGBC&rsquo;s&mdash;with a LEED plaque for their 100th LEED-certified building in mainland China and Singapore.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/emsi-100-leed-certified-projects-and-counting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/emsi-100-leed-certified-projects-and-counting#comments LEED Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:54:15 +0000 Mahesh Ramanujam 4760074 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building 101: What is indoor environmental quality? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-what-indoor-environmental-quality <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">11 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/101_GreenBuilding-7.png?1402505712" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><em>Need a quick refresher on green building basics? This is our "Green Building 101" series that we'll publish throughout the month. We'll visit topics that form the foundation of our understanding of green building today.</em></em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-what-indoor-environmental-quality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-what-indoor-environmental-quality#comments LEED Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:54:37 +0000 Tiffany Coyle 4759524 at http://www.usgbc.org Greater China becomes the second largest market for LEED outside the U.S. http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greater-china-becomes-second-largest-market-leed-outside-us <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">9 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED-in-China_Cover.png?1402345313" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>With 1,961 LEED-registered and -certified projects over 2,000 LEED professionals and the first LEED v4 certified project, Greater China is leading the green building market as the second largest region for LEED in the world outside the U.S. according to our new report, <em><a href="http://go.usgbc.org/china.html" target="_blank">LEED in Motion: Greater China</a></em></span><span>.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greater-china-becomes-second-largest-market-leed-outside-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greater-china-becomes-second-largest-market-leed-outside-us#comments LEED Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:26:18 +0000 Joseph Crea 4756085 at http://www.usgbc.org Improving materials selection through chemical hazard assessment [DC Event June 16] http://www.usgbc.org/articles/improving-materials-selection-through-chemical-hazard-assessment-dc-event-june-16 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">9 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LMH_feature.jpg?1402322723" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>&ldquo;Increasing transparency and scientific understanding around the health impacts of building materials is unquestionably a timely and complex topic.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/improving-materials-selection-through-chemical-hazard-assessment-dc-event-june-16" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/improving-materials-selection-through-chemical-hazard-assessment-dc-event-june-16#comments LEED Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:03:40 +0000 David Marcus 4755309 at http://www.usgbc.org What does Prometric have to do with my LEED professional exam? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-does-prometric-have-do-my-leed-professional-exam <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/prometric-testing.jpg?1401902695" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Prometric is the testing administration company that administers the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/credentials" target="_blank">LEED professional credential exams</a>.</p> <p>Prometric operates a global test center network with over 8,000 testing sites in 160 countries. That means you can take a LEED professional exam <em>almost</em> anywhere in the world.</p> <p>This is the most important thing for you to know:&nbsp;<strong>Prometric handles all details of your exam administration and scheduling.</strong></p> <p>Here are the moments when you should interact with Prometric.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-does-prometric-have-do-my-leed-professional-exam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-does-prometric-have-do-my-leed-professional-exam#comments LEED Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:20:06 +0000 Nora Knox 4748224 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building 101: Sustainable materials and resources http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-sustainable-materials-and-resources <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/101_GreenBuilding-6.png?1401900701" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><em>Need a quick refresher on green building basics? This is our "Green Building 101" series that we'll publish throughout the month. We'll visit topics that form the foundation of our understanding of green building today.</em></em></p> <p>Setting goals for using sustainable materials and resources is an important step of the green&nbsp;building process. &ldquo;Reduce, reuse, recycle&rdquo; may seem like a critical component of this work:&nbsp;clearly, reducing consumption is critical, and reusing and recycling waste are important&nbsp;strategies.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-sustainable-materials-and-resources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-sustainable-materials-and-resources#comments LEED Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:50:38 +0000 Tiffany Coyle 4748163 at http://www.usgbc.org The even bigger LEED Study Guide sale: 70% off http://www.usgbc.org/articles/even-bigger-leed-study-guide-sale-70 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/70percent-sale.png?1401809428" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Prepare for your&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-tips-leed-v4-professional-exam" target="_blank">LEED 2009 professional exam</a>&nbsp;with our discounted publications.</p> <p><strong>LEED 2009 Study Bundles and Study Guides (hard copy only) NOW 70% off!</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/store/resource/study-guides" target="_blank" class="button">Shop now</a></strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/even-bigger-leed-study-guide-sale-70" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/even-bigger-leed-study-guide-sale-70#comments LEED Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:33:02 +0000 Nora Knox 4744898 at http://www.usgbc.org O+M: Initial certification or recertification? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/om-initial-certification-or-recertification <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/recertification.jpg?1401808246" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Confused about the difference between initial certification for existing buildings and recertification? Consider these scenarios:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>A.</strong> Acme Inc. has been in their building for the last 10 years. They've made significant upgrades to their facilities and are looking to certify their performance initiatives through LEED. Their building has never been certified before.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/om-initial-certification-or-recertification" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/om-initial-certification-or-recertification#comments LEED Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:14:44 +0000 Tiffany Coyle 4744856 at http://www.usgbc.org Composting at USGBC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/composting-usgbc <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/compost.png?1401731609" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here at <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/usgbc-headquarters" target="_blank">USGBC headquarters</a> we have three streams for waste:&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Waste (landfill)</li> <li>Recyclable materials</li> <li>Compostable materials&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p><em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits/mr21" target="_blank">Learn more about solid waste management requirements in LEED</a>.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/composting-usgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/composting-usgbc#comments LEED Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:52:38 +0000 Nora Knox 4743286 at http://www.usgbc.org Sunset date extension for LEED EB 2.0 projects http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sunset-date-extension-leed-eb-20-projects <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/sunset.jpg?1401457131" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Article updated on June 6, 2014</em></p> <p>The certification deadline for projects registered under the LEED for Existing Buildings v2.0 rating system, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-certification-policy-manual">originally scheduled for May 31, 2014</a><span><span>,</span></span> has been extended to August 31<sup>st</sup>, 2014.</p> <p><strong>Next steps:</strong></p> <p>You have two options for your LEED EB 2.0 project &ndash; either action must be complete by August 31, 2014.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sunset-date-extension-leed-eb-20-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sunset-date-extension-leed-eb-20-projects#comments LEED Fri, 30 May 2014 13:35:08 +0000 Selina Holmes 4739358 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED registration close and sunset dates http://www.usgbc.org/articles/registration-close-and-sunset-dates <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/timer.png?1401456909" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Updated November 18, 2014</em></p> <p>Continuous improvement—it&rsquo;s in our DNA and what drives LEED to evolve along with technology and the needs of the marketplace. </p> <p>As new versions of the rating systems are introduced, earlier versions are phased out so that we are constantly pushing for the transformation we aspire to.</p> <p>At any given point, LEED rating systems are either:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/registration-close-and-sunset-dates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/registration-close-and-sunset-dates#comments LEED Fri, 30 May 2014 13:30:09 +0000 Selina Holmes 4739354 at http://www.usgbc.org Good to know: Minimum program requirements for LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-know-minimum-program-requirements-leed <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">29 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/minimum.png?1401388272" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's pretty simple - all projects applying for LEED certification <span style="color: #000000;">must</span> meet a set of minimum program requirements (MPRs). If a project doesn&rsquo;t meet the MPRs, it&rsquo;s not eligible for LEED&nbsp;certification. As you determine if LEED is right for your project, become familiar&nbsp;with these basic project requirements and know that they determine project eligibility&nbsp;for LEED.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-know-minimum-program-requirements-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-know-minimum-program-requirements-leed#comments LEED Thu, 29 May 2014 18:29:06 +0000 4738117 at http://www.usgbc.org I've got a question! Taking a LEED professional exam http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ive-got-question-taking-leed-professional-exam <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">29 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/QandA.png?1401375265" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We often get asked questions about our LEED professional credentials.</p> <p>We want to make things as easy as possible, so here are some answers to our recent most frequently asked questions (FAQs).</p> <p><strong>Q. What is the difference between the LEED Green Associate and and LEED AP?</strong></p> <p>A. USGBC offers two types green building professional credentials.&nbsp;The 1) <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials/leed-ga/overview">LEED Green Associate</a>&nbsp;and the 2) <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leedap">LEED AP</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ive-got-question-taking-leed-professional-exam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ive-got-question-taking-leed-professional-exam#comments LEED Thu, 29 May 2014 14:57:45 +0000 Nora Knox 4737797 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building 101: What makes a site sustainable? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-what-makes-site-sustainable <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">28 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/101_GreenBuilding-5.png?1401296850" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Need a quick refresher on green building basics? This is our "Green Building 101" series that we'll publish throughout the month. We'll visit topics that form the foundation of our understanding of green building today.</em></p> <h3><span>What is a sustainable site plan?</span></h3> <p>A sustainable site plan takes into account the impact of the building on the surrounding environment and it's intended occupants.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-what-makes-site-sustainable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-what-makes-site-sustainable#comments LEED Wed, 28 May 2014 17:05:35 +0000 Tiffany Coyle 4736118 at http://www.usgbc.org Become a USGBC Pro Reviewer & get free green building education http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-usgbc-pro-reviewer-get-free-green-building-education <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">27 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/pro-reviewer.png?1401198204" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span thread="1400796438449" class="thread">Are you an active</span><span class="s2">&nbsp;LEED </span>AP or LEED Green Associate&nbsp;with strong general&nbsp;knowledge, or&nbsp;deep subject matter expertise, in LEED or green building<span class="s2">? &nbsp;</span></p> <p>If so, we want you to become a Pro Reviewer!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-usgbc-pro-reviewer-get-free-green-building-education" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-usgbc-pro-reviewer-get-free-green-building-education#comments LEED Tue, 27 May 2014 13:45:40 +0000 Nora Knox 4733504 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED 2009 Study Guides on sale http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-2009-study-guides-now-sale <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEEDPubSale_0.jpg?1400858855" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The clock is ticking, and you have less than a month to take a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-tips-leed-v4-professional-exam" target="_blank">LEED 2009 professional exam</a>.</p> <p><strong>Save 30% on LEED 2009 Study Bundles and Study Guides (hard copy only).</strong></p> <p>Click the images below to view the publications, or <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/store/resource/study-guides" target="_blank">visit the store</a>.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-2009-study-guides-now-sale" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-2009-study-guides-now-sale#comments LEED Fri, 23 May 2014 15:25:04 +0000 Nora Knox 4730585 at http://www.usgbc.org Why high performance green buildings are the best http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-high-performance-green-buildings-are-best <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">22 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/701-bishop.png?1400765326" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>By greening our&nbsp;built environment the green building industry can deliver on large-scale economic priorities such as climate change mitigation, energy security, resource conservation and job creation, long-term resilience and quality of life.</p> <p>Today, green buildings can be delivered at a price comparable to conventional buildings, investments can be recouped through operational cost savings, and workplaces can become more productive with the right design features.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-high-performance-green-buildings-are-best" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-high-performance-green-buildings-are-best#comments LEED Thu, 22 May 2014 13:24:26 +0000 Nora Knox 4727696 at http://www.usgbc.org Top 3 courses you need to take this month (May 2014) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-3-courses-you-need-take-month-may-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Edu-usgbc.png?1400699096" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking to grow your green building knowledge?</p> <p>Check out this month's top three courses.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>1.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/4604854?share=no&amp;uid=738334" target="_blank">How to calculate and apply for LEED Heat Island Effect Roof credit</a></strong><br />Gain helpful information and guidance on how to submit for the LEED Heat Island Effect Roof credit.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-3-courses-you-need-take-month-may-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-3-courses-you-need-take-month-may-2014#comments LEED Wed, 21 May 2014 19:03:52 +0000 Nora Knox 4726601 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building 101: How does water efficiency impact a building? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-how-does-water-efficiency-impact-building <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/101_GreenBuilding-3.png?1400692056" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><em>Need a quick refresher on green building basics? This is our "Green Building 101" series that we'll publish throughout the month. We'll visit topics that form the foundation of our understanding of green building today</em>.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-how-does-water-efficiency-impact-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-how-does-water-efficiency-impact-building#comments LEED Wed, 21 May 2014 17:04:13 +0000 Tiffany Coyle 4726319 at http://www.usgbc.org Making things right is in Tom Darden’s blood http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-things-right-tom-dardens-blood <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">20 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Billes_home_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans.jpg?1400595611" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="667" height="1000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/children%20on%20eco%20playground%20Make%20It%20Right%20New%20Orleans%20credit%20GREG%20RHOADES.jpeg?1400595625" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3264" height="2448" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Make%20It%20Right%20playground%20in%20New%20Orleans%20credit%20Make%20It%20Right.jpg?1400595635" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="768" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Shigeru%20Ban%20home%20green%20roof%20Make%20It%20Right%20New%20Orleans.jpg?1400595645" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2048" height="1363" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/children%20outside%20bikes%20and%20houses%20Make%20It%20Right%20New%20Orleans.jpg?1400595656" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3264" height="2448" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Make%20It%20Right%20playground%20in%20New%20Orleans%20credit%20Make%20It%20Right_0.jpg?1400595671" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="768" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/solar%20installation%20Make%20It%20Right%20New%20Orleans.jpg?1400595690" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="683" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Trahan%20home%20Make%20It%20Right%20New%20Orleans.jpg?1400595703" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In moments of candor I admit I happened upon the cause of sustainability almost by accident.&nbsp; As a young man, I had always been a corporate guy from a corporate town doing (for the most part) whatever it was my corporate bosses wanted me to do.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-things-right-tom-dardens-blood" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-things-right-tom-dardens-blood#comments LEED Tue, 20 May 2014 14:17:46 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4724087 at http://www.usgbc.org Study tips: LEED v4 professional exam http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-tips-leed-v4-professional-exam <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/study-tips.png?1400183970" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/have-you-met-leed-v4">LEED v4 is here</a>, and beginning in June 2014 <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-credential-exams-coming-june-2014" target="_blank">LEED professional exams will evolve</a> to reflect the the LEED v4 rating system.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here's a quick refresh on how this will play out for the&nbsp;LEED Green Associate, BD+C, ID+C and O+M exams (exams for Homes and ND will feature v4 content in 2015):</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-tips-leed-v4-professional-exam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-tips-leed-v4-professional-exam#comments LEED Thu, 15 May 2014 19:53:38 +0000 Nora Knox 4718754 at http://www.usgbc.org 51 reasons to head to the mall this weekend http://www.usgbc.org/articles/51-reasons-head-mall-weekend <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/12971299965_cf4930965c_o.jpg?1400182435" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If your kids are like mine, there was a moment in time when it suddenly became a thing to spend time at the mall. As a buildings guy with a family in Syracuse, I have always understood the appeal of the mall. It offers comfortable indoor space, opportunities for socialization as people shop, stroll, and dine together. It&rsquo;s a central and generally safe meeting place.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/51-reasons-head-mall-weekend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/51-reasons-head-mall-weekend#comments LEED Thu, 15 May 2014 19:31:27 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4718719 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building 101: Why is energy efficiency important? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-why-energy-efficiency-important <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">14 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/101_GreenBuilding-2.png?1400090792" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Need a quick refresher on green building basics? This is our "Green Building 101" series that we'll publish throughout the month. We'll visit topics that form the foundation of our understanding of green building today.</em></p> <h3><span>What is energy efficiency?</span></h3> <p>Using&nbsp;less energy to accomplish the same&nbsp;amount of work.&nbsp;Getting the most&nbsp;work per unit of energy is often&nbsp;described as a measure of energy&nbsp;intensity. Common metrics for&nbsp;buildings and neighborhoods include&nbsp;energy use per square foot and use per&nbsp;capita.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-why-energy-efficiency-important" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-why-energy-efficiency-important#comments LEED Wed, 14 May 2014 18:05:31 +0000 Tiffany Coyle 4714710 at http://www.usgbc.org The secret to getting ahead is getting started! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/secret-getting-ahead-getting-started <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">13 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/banner-v2.png?1400008604" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Mark Twain once said &ldquo;The secret to getting ahead is getting started&rdquo; but we all know that the first step is often the hardest. </span></p> <p><span>The </span><span><a href="http://tracker-plus.co.uk/index.php?p=learn-more&amp;s=leed_prices">Tracker Plus</a></span><span> team has been working closely with our partners at USGBC to support project teams in setting down the foundations for success in their LEED certification. </span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/secret-getting-ahead-getting-started" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/secret-getting-ahead-getting-started#comments LEED Tue, 13 May 2014 19:12:22 +0000 Ben Cartmell 4713098 at http://www.usgbc.org Majority of LEED Projects in Sweden Pursue the Highest Classes of LEED Certifications According to New Report http://www.usgbc.org/articles/majority-leed-projects-sweden-pursue-highest-classes-leed-certifications-according-new-repo <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014c.png?1399992901" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><span>LEED in Motion: Sweden Notes Country is Likely to See a 33 Percent Increase in Certified Projects in 2014</span></em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/majority-leed-projects-sweden-pursue-highest-classes-leed-certifications-according-new-repo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/majority-leed-projects-sweden-pursue-highest-classes-leed-certifications-according-new-repo#comments Media Tue, 13 May 2014 14:56:02 +0000 Joseph Crea 4712567 at http://www.usgbc.org The residential question: Homes, Midrise, or New Construction? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/residential-question-homes-midrise-or-new-construction <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Residential_Question.png?1399930169" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether it's single family or multifamily development, two floors or 18 floors - these are factors that come into play when choosing the right rating system for your residential project. But we've heard from many of you out in the real world that it's been a tough call trying to choose the *right* rating system. So, let's go over some details to help guide your understanding of the rating systems:</p> <p><strong>Recognize the factors at play.</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/residential-question-homes-midrise-or-new-construction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/residential-question-homes-midrise-or-new-construction#comments LEED Mon, 12 May 2014 21:28:22 +0000 Tiffany Coyle 4711571 at http://www.usgbc.org Get involved: LEED, Materials and Health Event Series http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-involved-leed-materials-and-health-event-series <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/arleneblum_kaiser.jpg?1399911512" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As part of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/initiatives/grants/materials-health">LEED, Materials, and Health Initiative</a>, USGBC is convening a series of events to drive the industry conversation towards more informed decisions impacting human and environmental health. The events, which include lunch lectures and more in-depth meetings and workshops, address critical issues such as ingredient transparency, materials selection and assessment, innovation, professional training, and materials data infrastructure.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-involved-leed-materials-and-health-event-series" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-involved-leed-materials-and-health-event-series#comments LEED Mon, 12 May 2014 16:15:12 +0000 Ashley White 4710899 at http://www.usgbc.org China, green buildings and human health: The time to act is now http://www.usgbc.org/articles/china-green-buildings-and-human-health-time-act-now <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/china_feature.jpg?1399911102" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In China, a country that defines global leadership, there is visible indication that we have stressed Mother Nature far beyond her limits. It is time to bring equilibrium to business and environment, to productivity and people, to leadership and legacy &mdash; the principles that influenced the creation of LEED.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/china-green-buildings-and-human-health-time-act-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/china-green-buildings-and-human-health-time-act-now#comments LEED Mon, 12 May 2014 16:10:06 +0000 Mahesh Ramanujam 4710878 at http://www.usgbc.org How to match LEED 2009 rating systems to LEED v4 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-match-leed-2009-rating-systems-leed-v4 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">9 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2009_to_v4-02.png?1399660339" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/v4">launch of LEED v4</a>, you may have noticed that we changed how we talk about the rating systems. While it can seem a little confusing, we're here to help. Let's take a look at the 2009 rating systems on the left and then filter them through our special <em>v4 lens</em>. Here's what we get:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-match-leed-2009-rating-systems-leed-v4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-match-leed-2009-rating-systems-leed-v4#comments LEED Fri, 09 May 2014 18:29:09 +0000 Tiffany Coyle 4708493 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED and ISO 50001 ACPs: Recognizing leadership in energy management http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-and-iso-50001-acps-recognizing-leadership-energy-management <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">8 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/iso.jpg?1399582210" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC has released a new pathway in LEED by recognizing ISO 50001: 2011-&nbsp;<em>Energy Management Systems</em>&nbsp;in USGBC&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-existing-buildings-v2009-current-version">LEED rating system for existing buildings.</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-and-iso-50001-acps-recognizing-leadership-energy-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-and-iso-50001-acps-recognizing-leadership-energy-management#comments LEED Thu, 08 May 2014 20:48:50 +0000 Emily Loquidis 4707115 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building 101: What is an integrated process? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-what-integrated-process <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/101_GreenBuilding.png?1399482431" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><em>Need a quick refresher on green building basics? This is our "Green Building 101" series that we'll publish throughout the month. We'll visit topics that form the foundation of our understanding of green building today.</em></em><em>.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-what-integrated-process" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-101-what-integrated-process#comments LEED Wed, 07 May 2014 17:09:42 +0000 Tiffany Coyle 4705025 at http://www.usgbc.org Now available: Free translated study guides http://www.usgbc.org/articles/now-available-free-translated-study-guides <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/translation-2.png?1399478540" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Updated June 15, 2014: These resources are no longer available.</em></p> <p>Taking the LEED Green Associate or LEED AP with specialty exam?</p> <p>Translated study guides (LEED 2009) are now available for <em><strong>free</strong></em>.&nbsp;Study with our comprehensive LEED Green Associate and LEED AP study guides.</p> <p>Get your LEED education direct from the source, and prepare for your LEED professional exam in Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.</p> <p><strong>Arabic</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/now-available-free-translated-study-guides" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/now-available-free-translated-study-guides#comments LEED Wed, 07 May 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Nora Knox 4704895 at http://www.usgbc.org Outstanding projects around the world http://www.usgbc.org/articles/outstanding-projects-around-world <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED_Intl_Header_2.jpeg?1399320284" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>LEED projects can be found in over 140 countries and territories around the world and on six out of seven continents &mdash; there are no LEED projects in Antarctica, but you never know what the future holds.</span>&nbsp;</p> <h4><strong><span>East Asia</span></strong></h4> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1399305200-7848-5026/Haworth_Showrrom.jpg" width="670" /></p> <p><span>Haworth Showroom in the Parkview Green (Beijing, China), the first project in the world to certify under LEED v4, the latest version of LEED</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/outstanding-projects-around-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/outstanding-projects-around-world#comments LEED Mon, 05 May 2014 20:01:05 +0000 Selina Holmes 4701737 at http://www.usgbc.org Top 10 countries for LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-countries-leed <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED_Intl_Header-06%5B2%5D.jpeg?1399319475" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>LEED projects can be found in over 140 countries and territories around the world and on six out of seven continents &mdash; there are no LEED projects in Antarctica, but you never know what the future holds.</span></p> <p><span>To provide a better view of LEED&rsquo;s impact globally, we&rsquo;ve ranked the top 10 countries for LEED outside of the U.S.. Looking at the gross square meters of certified space around the globe, we came up with the list below.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-countries-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-countries-leed#comments LEED Mon, 05 May 2014 19:45:43 +0000 Selina Holmes 4701706 at http://www.usgbc.org Maturing the market one EPD at a time http://www.usgbc.org/articles/maturing-market-one-epd-time <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EPD_Aarticle_feature_image-01.jpg?1399064616" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the past decade, building industry professionals have worked to transform our industry &mdash; minimizing the negative impacts and maximizing the positive impacts associated with buildings.&nbsp;USGBC&rsquo;s launch of LEED v4 in November 2013 marked the next step in the transformation journey the buildings industry has been engaged in since the inaugural version of LEED was released in 2000.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/maturing-market-one-epd-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/maturing-market-one-epd-time#comments LEED Fri, 02 May 2014 21:00:43 +0000 Sarah Buffaloe 4698844 at http://www.usgbc.org Good to know: Green building incentive strategies http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-know-green-building-incentive-strategies-0 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_incentives.png?1399049844" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the most effective and more popular strategies to encourage green building is to incentivize the market through financial or structural incentives. Rewarding developers or homeowners who practice green building techniques spurs innovation and demand for green building technologies.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-know-green-building-incentive-strategies-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-know-green-building-incentive-strategies-0#comments LEED Fri, 02 May 2014 16:54:47 +0000 4698478 at http://www.usgbc.org Free course: Introduction to LEED v4 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-course-introduction-leed-v4 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/free-course.png?1398976402" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The next version of LEED is here.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s important for us that you feel prepared to succeed &mdash; so we&rsquo;re offering a free course, which explores key concepts and strategies of LEED v4.</p> <p><a href="http://go.usgbc.org/free-course.html" target="_blank" class="button">Watch the course</a></p> <p>In this course experts will share background on the development of LEED v4, what it means for project teams, the structure of rating system, and how its flexibility lends itself to wider use.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-course-introduction-leed-v4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-course-introduction-leed-v4#comments LEED Thu, 01 May 2014 20:31:25 +0000 Nora Knox 4697308 at http://www.usgbc.org A tree grows in Helsinki http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tree-grows-helsinki <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rick_helsinki.jpg?1398697996" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To millions of Americans, a U.S. embassy building is a little like one of our national parks or maybe the public library. Even though these places are rarely top-of-mind, nor do we use them on a regular basis, there is comfort in knowing they exist.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s more, to many Americans the presence of such things on the public landscape says something far greater about how they view themselves and the society in which they find themselves privileged to live. </p> <p>I know. I&rsquo;m one such guy.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tree-grows-helsinki" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tree-grows-helsinki#comments LEED Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:10:21 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4691963 at http://www.usgbc.org Three featured courses in Education @USGBC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/three-featured-courses-education-usgbc <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/online-education.jpg?1398432472" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Education @USGBC is full of a variety of courses, all available to help you grow your green building knowledge.</p> <p>Today we&rsquo;re excited to share three of our top courses.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/three-featured-courses-education-usgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/three-featured-courses-education-usgbc#comments LEED Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:26:56 +0000 Nora Knox 4688408 at http://www.usgbc.org The little LEED building that could: South Sudan’s first LEED-certified building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/little-leed-building-could-south-sudan%E2%80%99s-first-leed-certified-building <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">16 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/JUBA_1.JPG?1397672860" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2464" height="1632" title="External facade of new World Bank Country Office in Juba, South Sudan" alt="External facade of new World Bank Country Office in Juba, South Sudan" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/JUBA_1-2.JPG?1397672880" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2464" height="1632" title="External facade of new World Bank Country Office in Juba, South Sudan" alt="Courtyard of new World Bank Country Office in Juba, South Sudan" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/JUBA_2.JPG?1397672888" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2464" height="1632" title="Covered walkway within the World Bank Country Office compound in Juba, South Sudan" alt="Covered walkway within the World Bank Country Office compound in Juba, South Sud" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/JUBA_3.JPG?1397672897" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The World Bank building in South Sudan had its challenges. The site was located in an area with no electricity supply, access to local building materials were few and far between, not to mention that during the design and entire construction period the client for the building was based in Washington D.C., the architect in Kenya, the sustainability consultant in India, and the water consultant in Ethiopia.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/little-leed-building-could-south-sudan%E2%80%99s-first-leed-certified-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/little-leed-building-could-south-sudan%E2%80%99s-first-leed-certified-building#comments LEED Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:24:32 +0000 Joseph Crea 4673799 at http://www.usgbc.org GRESB: Bringing sustainability to the capital market http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gresb-bringing-sustainability-capital-market <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">16 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_99967352.jpg?1397665498" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="497" height="258" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/RealEstateValueChain.png?1397665544" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="577" height="248" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SustainabilityReporting.png?1397665564" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), launched its 2014 Survey. The release marks the fifth consecutive year that GRESB has been working to provide institutional investors with timely and actionable information about property companies and private equity funds.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gresb-bringing-sustainability-capital-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gresb-bringing-sustainability-capital-market#comments LEED Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:23:55 +0000 Nils Kok 4673534 at http://www.usgbc.org Our 21st year http://www.usgbc.org/articles/our-21st-year <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">14 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/hbd-usgbc.jpg?1397506265" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Turning 21 years old marks an important right of passage, at least here in the U.S. You&rsquo;re now officially old enough to do a few things you were probably already doing anyway.<span>&nbsp;</span>Hopefully, now that you can do them legally, you&rsquo;ve also figured out how to do them more responsibly.<span>&nbsp;</span>That&rsquo;s the idea, anyway.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/our-21st-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/our-21st-year#comments LEED Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:09:27 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4669537 at http://www.usgbc.org Know we're back! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-were-back <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">14 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Maggie_and_Joe_Pic-1-2.jpg?1397502118" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We know. "In The Know" took a several week long &mdash; unannounced &mdash; hiatus. Maggie and I apologize, but we have been working on a number of international efforts that have kept us occupied!</p> <p>In short, we&rsquo;re back, so is <a href="http://blogs.amctv.com/mad-men/photo-galleries/mad-men-season-7-episode-photos/#/0" target="_blank">Mad Men</a>,&nbsp;and we have a tremendous amount to share in the coming weeks.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-were-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-were-back#comments LEED Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:40:26 +0000 Joseph Crea 4669371 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council Announces 2013 LEED for Homes Award Winners http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-2013-leed-homes-award-winners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_20.jpeg?1397144982" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong> &mdash; (April 10, 2014) &mdash; The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named the recipients of the 2013 LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers and homebuilders that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in residential green building. The award categories recognize innovative multi- and single-family projects, production builders, affordable housing projects and developers, an overall commitment to LEED for Homes and Project of the Year.</p> <p>Winners for this year include:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-2013-leed-homes-award-winners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-2013-leed-homes-award-winners#comments Media Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:51:17 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4662912 at http://www.usgbc.org Green neighborhoods for all in Milwaukee’s Westlawn Gardens http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-neighborhoods-all-milwaukee%E2%80%99s-westlawn-gardens <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">9 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_westlawn.jpg?1397055462" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="480" height="359" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/WLGgardens-2.jpg?1397055532" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="5783" height="4133" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/01_Westlawn_Gardens_Brian_Tomaino-2.jpg?1397055537" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="5184" height="3831" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/09_Westlawn_Gardens_Brian_Tomaino.jpg?1397055546" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee has proven that sustainable, supportive and healthy communities aren&rsquo;t limited to the nation&rsquo;s top zip codes or tony neighborhoods.&nbsp; The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/westlawn-revitalization">Westlawn Gardens</a>&nbsp;redevelopment project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has earned the highest level of certification for any LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) built project for redeveloping a severely distressed public housing project into an award winning, mixed-income community.&nbsp; The Housing Authority&r<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-neighborhoods-all-milwaukee%E2%80%99s-westlawn-gardens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-neighborhoods-all-milwaukee%E2%80%99s-westlawn-gardens#comments LEED Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:55:39 +0000 Casey Studhalter 4661181 at http://www.usgbc.org Senior Materials Research Fellows share their Insights http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senior-materials-research-fellows-share-their-insights <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">8 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Mats_health-01.jpg?1396979138" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As part of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/initiatives/grants/materials-health">LEED, Materials and Health Initiative</a>, six Senior Materials <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc%E2%80%99s-senior-materials-research-fellows">Research Fellows</a> have joined the team to help deepen the&nbsp;understanding around the effect of materials ingredients on the health&nbsp;of those who interact with the built environment.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senior-materials-research-fellows-share-their-insights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senior-materials-research-fellows-share-their-insights#comments LEED Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:44:23 +0000 Ashley White 4659343 at http://www.usgbc.org 3 billion square feet — but who's counting? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/3-billion-square-feet-%E2%80%94-whos-counting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/counting.jpg?1396977449" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At USGBC, we've had no shortage of notable milestones of late. Beyond the launch of LEED v4 in November, an extraordinary accomplishment that's poised to push the green building industry to new heights, we also certified our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-certifies-20000th-leed-commercial-project" target="_blank">20,000th commercial project in December</a> and crossed the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-certifies-50000th-green-housing-unit-under-leed-homes" target="_blank">50,000 LEED-certified homes</a> mark in January.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/3-billion-square-feet-%E2%80%94-whos-counting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/3-billion-square-feet-%E2%80%94-whos-counting#comments LEED Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:19:55 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4659288 at http://www.usgbc.org Three Billion Square Feet of Green Building Space LEED®-Certified http://www.usgbc.org/articles/three-billion-square-feet-green-building-space-leed%C2%AE-certified <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_19.jpeg?1396970886" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: left;"><em><strong> Major milestone for the global green building industry</strong> </em></p> <p><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong> &mdash; (April 8, 2014) &mdash; The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that 3 billion square feet of green construction space has earned LEED&reg; certification around the globe.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/three-billion-square-feet-green-building-space-leed%C2%AE-certified" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/three-billion-square-feet-green-building-space-leed%C2%AE-certified#comments Media Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:29:21 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4659060 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED committee self-nominations close on April 10 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-committee-self-nominations-close-april-10 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_60351645-1-2.jpg?1396894230" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A reminder for those interested in working with volunteer experts in the development and maintenance of the LEED rating system:</p> <p>The current LEED Committee Call for Volunteers is scheduled to close on&nbsp;<strong>Thursday</strong>,<strong>&nbsp;April 10th at 5:00 pm PST</strong>. This call seeks professionals with specific expertise related to the Pilot Credit Library Working Group, Implementation Advisory Committee, six Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) and one residential seat on the Technical Committee.</p> <p>More information is available at the following pages:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-committee-self-nominations-close-april-10" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-committee-self-nominations-close-april-10#comments LEED Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:08:46 +0000 Christopher Law 4657808 at http://www.usgbc.org You’re a LEED Professional: Now what? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/you%E2%80%99re-leed-professional-now-what <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/credential-article-5.png?1396877646" /> </div> </div> </div> <h3>You did it! Congratulations!</h3> <p>You decided to become a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/credentials" target="_blank">LEED professional</a>, you took the exam, and passed!</p> <h3>Now what?</h3> <h4>Earn CE hours to fulfill your credential maintenance</h4> <p>Under the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP), you are required to maintain your credential by fulfilling continuing education requirements every two years.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/you%E2%80%99re-leed-professional-now-what" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/you%E2%80%99re-leed-professional-now-what#comments LEED Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:32:32 +0000 Nora Knox 4657206 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED addenda update: April 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-update-april-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/addenda-2.jpg?1396538880" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>April 1st quarterly addenda to the LEED rating systems and reference guides are now available.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are two ways to view the changes:</p> <ul> <li>visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-interpretations">the database</a>&nbsp;and search by 4/2/2014</li> <li>visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits">credit library</a>&nbsp;and select the "Interpretations&rdquo; tab within each credit</li> </ul> <p><strong>INTERPRETATIONS:</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-update-april-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-update-april-2014#comments LEED Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:26:29 +0000 4652826 at http://www.usgbc.org New credit substitutions and pilots http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-credit-substitutions-and-pilots <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Gradient_arrows2.jpg?1396461441" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In January, we published&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/use-v4-credits-your-v2009-project/">an article on credit substitutions</a>. Based on interest, we now have additional substitutions available for LEED for Homes and Multifamily Midrise, as well as a new pilot alternative compliance path for the Materials and Resources credit category:</p> <p><strong>Materials and Resources Pilot Alternative Compliance Path: Pilot ACP 84 (new)</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-credit-substitutions-and-pilots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-credit-substitutions-and-pilots#comments LEED Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:54:47 +0000 Batya Metalitz 4651653 at http://www.usgbc.org Now available: LEED v4 candidate handbooks http://www.usgbc.org/articles/now-available-leed-v4-candidate-handbooks <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/handbooks.jpg?1396370546" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Starting on June 30, 2014, the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams will evolve for the LEED v4 rating system&nbsp;&mdash; and the candidate handbooks are now available to help you prepare.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/now-available-leed-v4-candidate-handbooks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/now-available-leed-v4-candidate-handbooks#comments LEED Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:40:40 +0000 Nora Knox 4650065 at http://www.usgbc.org Sneak peak: Sample questions for the LEED v4 credential exams http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sneak-peak-sample-questions-leed-v4-credential-exams <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">31 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/credential-article-4.png?1396272034" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the launch of LEED v4, new LEED v4 professional credential exams will be released on June 30, 2014. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-credential-exams-coming-june-2014" target="_blank">Learn more</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the v4 exams, each item will have two test specification attributes: knowledge and task attributes.</p> <h3>Want to know more?</h3> <p>Check out the sample questions below to get a sense for the type of content that will be tested. (Answers are followed by an asterisk).</p> <p><strong>Sample questions from the v4 Green Associate exam</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sneak-peak-sample-questions-leed-v4-credential-exams" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sneak-peak-sample-questions-leed-v4-credential-exams#comments LEED Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:19:24 +0000 Nora Knox 4647923 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED goes local through recognizing Regional Priorities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-goes-local-through-recognizing-regional-priorities <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rp_feature.png?1395768477" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Until recently, if you worked on LEED 2009 projects outside of the U.S., you probably noticed that the Regional Priority (RP) credits were the same everywhere. Over the past year, members of the&nbsp;<a href="http://http/www.usgbc.org/committees/international">LEED International Roundtable</a>&nbsp;have been working hard to change this through identifying RP credits for their countries. &nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-goes-local-through-recognizing-regional-priorities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-goes-local-through-recognizing-regional-priorities#comments LEED Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:24:56 +0000 Sean Fish 4640793 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Fellow 2014: Application Period Guide http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-fellow-2014-application-period-guide <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_leedfellow_0.png?1395756089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="600" height="265" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Fellow-Diagram.png?1395771288" /> </div> </div> </div> <h3>The LEED Fellow designates the most exceptional professionals in the green building industry, and it is the most prestigious designation awarded by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). </h3> <h3><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learn-how-become-leed-fellow" target="_blank">Learn more</a>.</h3> <h2><strong>Who should be involved?</strong></h2> <p>During the application phase, the nominee, the nominator, the LEED project admin (or other project team member), and the four endorsers should all upload their own documents.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-fellow-2014-application-period-guide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-fellow-2014-application-period-guide#comments LEED Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:59:39 +0000 4640370 at http://www.usgbc.org Introducing the LEED Innovation Catalog http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-leed-innovation-catalog <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/innovation.png?1395695475" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In addition to the LEED credit categories we&rsquo;re all familiar with (Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency&hellip;you know the drill), LEED has always reserved a few points for Innovation &ndash; things that aren&rsquo;t part of the rating system but are right at home in a green building certification program. Over the years we&rsquo;ve seen some really intriguing (and innovative) ideas brought forward by project teams, and these ideas have earned the projects a point in LEED.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-leed-innovation-catalog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-leed-innovation-catalog#comments LEED Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:09:53 +0000 Batya Metalitz 4639691 at http://www.usgbc.org The down and dirty of the LEED Professional exam http://www.usgbc.org/articles/down-and-dirty-leed-professional-exam <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/credential-article.png?1395668209" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials" target="_blank">LEED Professional</a> exams, for both the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials/leed-ga/overview" target="_blank">LEED Green Associate</a> and the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leedap" target="_blank">LEED AP with specialty</a>, accurately assess your ability to carry out the responsibilities of </span><span style="font-size: 13px;">an individual supporting LEED certification.&nbsp;</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/down-and-dirty-leed-professional-exam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/down-and-dirty-leed-professional-exam#comments LEED Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:23:36 +0000 Nora Knox 4638437 at http://www.usgbc.org Happy first day of spring — Bring on the daylighting http://www.usgbc.org/articles/happy-first-day-spring-%E2%80%94-bring-daylighting <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">20 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/daylight-article.png?1395342679" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah spring &mdash; a time of longer days, warming temperatures and budding flora. And it all officially starts today, regardless of <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/winter-storm-names-2013-2014-20131001" target="_blank">Pax, Titan, or Wiley</a> telling us otherwise...</p> <p>Have you ever noticed that you feel better on sunny days? It&rsquo;s not all in your head. Trust me.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/happy-first-day-spring-%E2%80%94-bring-daylighting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/happy-first-day-spring-%E2%80%94-bring-daylighting#comments LEED Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:10:17 +0000 Selina Holmes 4635211 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED, materials and health: Discussions at Berkeley http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-materials-and-health-discussions-berkeley <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="668" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GRB13_HealthSummit-1.jpg?1395254417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-art-videos"> <div class="field-label">Videos:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-1" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/89105548?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-2" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/89105549?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-3" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/89105550?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-4" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/89105547?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>What happens when you gather 76 passionate and informed professionals in a room to discuss challenges and opportunities at the intersection of </span><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/initiatives/grants/materials-health"><span>health, materials, and the built environment</span></a><span>? <strong>Progress.</strong></span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-materials-and-health-discussions-berkeley" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-materials-and-health-discussions-berkeley#comments LEED Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:38:52 +0000 David Marcus 4631889 at http://www.usgbc.org Your LEED Professional exam is this month. Are you ready? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/your-leed-professional-exam-month-are-you-ready <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/credential-article3.png?1395236663" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've spent the last few months preparing for your LEED Green Associate or LEED AP with specialty exam. Here's what you should know to make sure your exam day goes as planned.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/your-leed-professional-exam-month-are-you-ready" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/your-leed-professional-exam-month-are-you-ready#comments LEED Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:43:14 +0000 Nora Knox 4631420 at http://www.usgbc.org Guide: USGBC San Diego brings sustainability to non-profits http://www.usgbc.org/articles/guide-usgbc-san-diego-brings-sustainability-non-profits <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Green_Assistance_Program.jpg?1394656483" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for a new way to bring green building education to your community? The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/usgbc-san-diego-chapter">USGBC San Diego Chapter&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;Green Assistance Program is bringing sustainable design strategies to non-profits in Balboa Park, allowing the organizations to turn building energy and cost savings into new funding streams for community-focused programs.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/guide-usgbc-san-diego-brings-sustainability-non-profits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/guide-usgbc-san-diego-brings-sustainability-non-profits#comments Community Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:26:45 +0000 Renee Daigneault 4621546 at http://www.usgbc.org In the Know with Maggie & Joe http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-joe <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Maggie_and_Joe_Pic-1.jpg?1394630998" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Time to know some of the green building and LEED <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiPe1OiKQuk">“known knowns!”</a></span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-joe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-joe#comments Industry Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:26:36 +0000 Joseph Crea 4620854 at http://www.usgbc.org Become a LEED committee member! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-committee-member <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_60351645-1.jpg?1394479263" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you considered volunteering with LEED?</p> <p>LEED committee volunteers play a critical role in developing and maintaining the LEED rating system. The U.S. Green Building Council is holding an open call for self-nominations of qualified applicants to serve as members of LEED committees and working groups. The following groups are seeking new members:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-committee-member" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-committee-member#comments LEED Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:22:52 +0000 Christopher Law 4618218 at http://www.usgbc.org Interested in becoming a LEED Green Associate or LEED AP? What you need to know http://www.usgbc.org/articles/interested-becoming-leed-green-associate-or-leed-ap-what-you-need-know <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/credetial-article2.png?1394464858" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've made up your mind. You're ready to step up your game and become a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials" target="_blank">LEED professional</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Here's what you need to know about the application:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/interested-becoming-leed-green-associate-or-leed-ap-what-you-need-know" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/interested-becoming-leed-green-associate-or-leed-ap-what-you-need-know#comments LEED Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:25:10 +0000 Nora Knox 4617738 at http://www.usgbc.org Coming soon: Translation aids for LEED credential exams http://www.usgbc.org/articles/coming-soon-translation-aids-leed-credential-exams <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/translation.png?1394212992" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEED&rsquo;s impact resonates on a global stage, and its adopters, advocates and practitioners are growing more diverse every day. </p> <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">There are LEED projects and LEED professionals in nearly 200 countries. To serve this demand, GBCI has translated several study resources and exams for the LEED professional credentials into Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and French. </span></p> <p><strong>Exam translation aid availability</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/coming-soon-translation-aids-leed-credential-exams" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/coming-soon-translation-aids-leed-credential-exams#comments LEED Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:19:09 +0000 Nora Knox 4614751 at http://www.usgbc.org GBIG Fundamentals: Project Transparency, Market Context, and Timelines http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gbig-fundamentals-project-transparency-market-context-and-timelines <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gbig_insights_2_0.png?1394201451" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This is the first in a series of blog posts detailing features of the Green Building Information Gateway. Subsequent blog posts will dive deeper into specific applications to help users get the most out of their experience with GBIG.org.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gbig-fundamentals-project-transparency-market-context-and-timelines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gbig-fundamentals-project-transparency-market-context-and-timelines#comments LEED Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:11:18 +0000 Mira Panek 4614466 at http://www.usgbc.org A new mantra: LEED ON http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-mantra-leed <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">6 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEEDON-2.jpg?1394142814" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="783" height="1044" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Alison.jpg?1394142843" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="783" height="1044" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Rebecca.jpg?1394142860" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="783" height="1044" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/beth.jpg?1394142868" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="783" height="1044" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/george.jpg?1394142874" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="783" height="1044" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/AL_0.jpg?1394142882" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beginning this month, you&rsquo;ll notice leaders from across the building industry peering out from magazine pages, newspapers, usgbc.org and around the web in our new ad series. Their message?</p> <h2><strong>LEED ON.</strong></h2> <p><span>What does it mean? Well, pardon our redundancy, but it&rsquo;s about <em>lead</em>ership!</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-mantra-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-mantra-leed#comments LEED Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:55:18 +0000 Taryn Holowka 4613763 at http://www.usgbc.org Part 3: Challenges and opportunities (2010-present) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/part-3-challenges-and-opportunities-2010-present <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/StoryLEED-03.png?1394118254" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>To celebrate the release of our list of the </em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-releases-top-10-states-nation-leed-green-building"><em>Top 10 States For LEED</em></a><em>, we&rsquo;re posting our narrative of the history of LEED&rsquo;s development, originally released at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in November 2013, in three parts on USGBC.org.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/part-3-challenges-and-opportunities-2010-present" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/part-3-challenges-and-opportunities-2010-present#comments LEED Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:10:33 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4613055 at http://www.usgbc.org Become a LEED Fellow in 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-fellow-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED_Fellows_article.png?1394029981" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you interested in becoming a LEED Fellow? Your time is now.</p> <p>The U.S. Green Building Council call for nominations of qualified applicants is now open for the 2014 class of LEED Fellows.</p> <p>What does it take to be a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials/leed-fellow" target="_blank">LEED Fellow</a>?&nbsp;</p> <p>Nominees must have:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-fellow-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-fellow-2014#comments LEED Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:33:49 +0000 Nicholas Firmand 4609152 at http://www.usgbc.org In the Know with Maggie and Joe http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Maggie_and_Joe_Pic_0.jpg?1393874448" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Joe and I will be bringing you the top global green building highlights from each week. Sign up to ensure you&rsquo;re &ldquo;in the know!&rdquo;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe#comments Industry Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:17:11 +0000 Maggie Comstock 4606660 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC’s Senior Materials Research Fellows http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc%E2%80%99s-senior-materials-research-fellows <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HiRes.jpg?1393873655" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As part of the LEED, Materials, and Health Initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council has engaged a team of scientific experts to conduct synthetic research and advise USGBC staff on the health-related aspects of building materials. These six Senior Materials Research Fellows are advancing the technical dialog on issues related to materials science, toxicology, green chemistry, risk assessment, and information technology through publishing and convening events.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc%E2%80%99s-senior-materials-research-fellows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc%E2%80%99s-senior-materials-research-fellows#comments LEED Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:04:10 +0000 Ashley White 4606629 at http://www.usgbc.org 5 things to know about Education @USGBC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/5-things-know-about-education-usgbc <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Q_A.png?1393864745" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're looking to grow your green building knowledge Education @USGBC is how to do it.</p> <p>Want to know more? Here are our top five FAQs.&nbsp;</p> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3>What is Education @USGBC?</h3> <p><strong>ANSWER:</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/5-things-know-about-education-usgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/5-things-know-about-education-usgbc#comments LEED Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:35:39 +0000 Melanie Share 4606325 at http://www.usgbc.org Part 2: A green building explosion (2003-2009) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/part-2-green-building-explosion-2003-2009 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/StoryLEED-02.png?1393515680" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>To celebrate the release of our list of the </em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-releases-top-10-states-nation-leed-green-building"><em>Top 10 States For LEED</em></a><em>, we&rsquo;re posting our narrative of the history of LEED&rsquo;s development, originally released at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in November 2013, in three parts on USGBC.org.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/part-2-green-building-explosion-2003-2009" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/part-2-green-building-explosion-2003-2009#comments LEED Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:42:22 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4597535 at http://www.usgbc.org Top Research: High performance building benefits and investment costs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-research-high-performance-building-benefits-and-investment-costs <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gbig_insights_2.png?1393363300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the most common questions posed by real estate professionals is, &ldquo;What are the benefits of pursuing a LEED rating, and what are the marginal investment requirements necessary to attain these benefits?&rdquo;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-research-high-performance-building-benefits-and-investment-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-research-high-performance-building-benefits-and-investment-costs#comments LEED Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:03:37 +0000 Dan Winters 4593574 at http://www.usgbc.org A new economy, a new LEED building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-economy-new-leed-building <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="424" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ADRIS_daylight_view.png?1393018706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="942" height="732" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ADRIS_interieur_01.jpg?1393018720" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="942" height="732" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ADRIS_interieur_02.jpg?1393018731" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2400" height="1800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/01_6.jpg?1393018747" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2168" height="1565" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/02_0.jpg?1393018747" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: From Burundi to Honduras, South Sudan to Ukraine&mdash;LEED certified buildings are quickly propagating in all corners of the globe. Since June 2013, USGBC&rsquo;s LEED Earth campaign has facilitated the uptake of green buildings in 15 countries in which LEED was previously absent&mdash;Bahamas, Bahrain, Burundi, Croatia, Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Serbia, South Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine and Venezuela. The interesting stories of these pioneer projects will be shared on the USGBC blog as well as through profiles on GBIG.&nbsp;</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-economy-new-leed-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-economy-new-leed-building#comments LEED Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:36:18 +0000 Joseph Crea 4589546 at http://www.usgbc.org The residential project's guide to the new LEED Online http://www.usgbc.org/articles/residential-projects-guide-new-leed-online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LO_guide_res.png?1393002743" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>If your project is using LEED for Homes (2008), Midrise Pilot (2010), Homes (v4), or Multifamily Midrise (v4), here's how to use the new <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leedonline" target="_blank">LEED Online</a> to register and certify your projects.</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/residential-projects-guide-new-leed-online" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/residential-projects-guide-new-leed-online#comments LEED Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:12:51 +0000 4588830 at http://www.usgbc.org Why today’s best is the jumping off point for tomorrow’s goals http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-today%E2%80%99s-best-jumping-point-tomorrow%E2%80%99s-goals <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons user johnthescone" alt="Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons user johnthescone" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/363334300_48f3c30f66_b.jpg?1392996827" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&rsquo;ve got the Olympics on my mind. In addition to indulging in the theatre of the absurd that the live tweets about &ldquo;<a href="http://www.upi.com/blog/2014/02/06/Reporters-dangerous-face-water-tweet-from-Sochi-hotel-makes-her-a-viral-sensation/5211391704804/">dangerous face water</a>&rdquo; in Sochi afford, I&rsquo;ve been having fun getting ready to watch a few world records fall.<span>&nbsp; </span>Watching world records fall, even in sports I know very little about, is fascinating to me.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-today%E2%80%99s-best-jumping-point-tomorrow%E2%80%99s-goals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-today%E2%80%99s-best-jumping-point-tomorrow%E2%80%99s-goals#comments LEED Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:35:23 +0000 Brendan Owens 4588894 at http://www.usgbc.org From a simple idea to a several-hundred-billion-dollar industry http://www.usgbc.org/articles/simple-idea-several-hundred-billion-dollar-industry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/StoryLEED-01.png?1392920777" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>To celebrate the release of our list of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-releases-top-10-states-nation-leed-green-building">Top 10 States For LEED</a>, we&rsquo;re posting our narrative of the history of LEED&rsquo;s development, originally released at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in November 2013, in three parts on USGBC.org. </em></p> <p><strong>Part 1: From a Simple Idea to a Several-Hundred-Billion-Dollar Industry</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/simple-idea-several-hundred-billion-dollar-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/simple-idea-several-hundred-billion-dollar-industry#comments LEED Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:50:36 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4587753 at http://www.usgbc.org Video: Kimberly-Clark Professional's LEED Platinum plaque ceremony http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-kimberly-clark-professionals-leed-platinum-plaque-ceremony <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/KCP-LEED-Platinum-14.jpg?1392837793" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="900" height="600" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/KC_04.jpeg?1392837803" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="900" height="600" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/KC_05.jpeg?1392837814" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've heard of Kleenex, you're familiar with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/kimberly-clark-corporation" target="_blank">Kimberly-Clark: the Platinum-level USGBC member company</a> behind many mainstream personal care products, from Huggies to Cottonelle. Kimberly-Clark Professional focuses on products for exceptional workplaces, including their own.</p> <p>Recently, we celebrated their achievement of LEED Platinum for their Building 100 office, an existing building here in Roswell, Georgia.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-kimberly-clark-professionals-leed-platinum-plaque-ceremony" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-kimberly-clark-professionals-leed-platinum-plaque-ceremony#comments LEED Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:26:16 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4584140 at http://www.usgbc.org Road trip across the Top 10 States for LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/road-trip-across-top-10-states-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/TOP10_Roadtrip.jpg?1392822000" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A lot can happen in a day &mdash;&nbsp;let alone 365 of them. And in the case of green building that took place in the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-releases-top-10-states-nation-leed-green-building" target="_blank">Top 10 States for LEED</a>, those 365 days brought us certifications for 1,777 commercial and institutional projects representing 226.8 million square feet of real estate.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/road-trip-across-top-10-states-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/road-trip-across-top-10-states-leed#comments LEED Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:19:26 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4583777 at http://www.usgbc.org Infographic: Top 10 States for LEED in 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-10-states-leed-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Top10_2013_1.jpg?1392729207" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Check out the states that are at the forefront of sustainable building design and transformation!</p> <p>The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2013. </p> </p> <p><img src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Top10States-2013_v5.png" /></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-10-states-leed-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-10-states-leed-2013#comments LEED Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:15:14 +0000 4582173 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Releases the Top 10 States in Nation for LEED Green Building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-releases-top-10-states-nation-leed-green-building <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_14.jpeg?1392726064" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1440" height="1581" title="300 North LaSalle in Chicago, LEED Platinum. Credit: Peter Aaron" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/300%20North%20LaSalle%20Signature%20Photo.jpg?1392726270" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2808" height="1305" title="Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, LEED Gold. Credit: David Seide" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Daytime%20exterior_high%20res2.jpg?1392726739" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3600" height="2700" title="NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Md., LEED Gold. Credit: Alan Karchmer" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NOAA%20CWCP.jpg?1392726797" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1050" height="698" title="Skanska office in Rockville, Md., LEED Gold. Credit: Skanska USA" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DSC_0010.JPG?1392726867" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3600" height="2400" title="1776 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, Va., LEED Platinum. © RTKL.com/David Whitcomb" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/_TTS6800.jpg?1392727077" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4031" height="2304" title="Robinson &amp; Merhige U.S. Courthouse in Richmond, Va., LEED Silver. Credit: US General Services Administration, MidAtlantic Region" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/RichmondPaperweight.jpg?1392727137" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4672" height="3104" title="Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke, LEED Platinum. Credit: Helen Hill" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/mghpcc-exterior.jpg?1392727199" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4016" height="6016" title="Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse in Manhattan, LEED Silver. Credit: Timothy Schenck" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/TMarshall_Ext01.jpg?1392727302" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1500" height="1000" title="DPR Construction Newport Beach, Calif., office, LEED Gold. Credit: Victor Muschetto Photography" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DPR_Newport_Beach_Victor%20Muschetto%20Photography.jpg?1392727384" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4146" height="2400" title="Lands End Lookout in San Fancisco, LEED Platinum. Credit: Michael David Rose" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/17_landsend_Michael%20David%20Rose.jpg?1392727584" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1500" height="959" title="SFJAZZ Center in San Fancisco, LEED Gold. Credit: Henrik Kam" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SFJAZZ%20Center%20Exterior%20photo%20Henrik%20Kam.jpg.jpeg?1392727629" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="467" title="UC Santa Barbara Ocean Science Education Building, LEED Gold. Credit: Tony Mastres, UC Santa Barbara" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/OSEB_108.jpg?1392727695" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="667" height="1000" title="Edith Green - Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland, Ore., LEED Platinum. ©Nic Lehoux " alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EdithGreenWendellWyatt.jpg?1392727778" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1500" height="598" title="New Sandy High School in Sandy, Ore., LEED Gold. Credit: Josh Partee" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SaHS%2003-N-elev-sunrise-wide.jpg?1392830686" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2545" height="1430" title="Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston, N.C., LEED Gold. Credit: Mother Earth Brewing" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Brewery%20Buliding%20Exterior%20G%20and%20G.jpg?1392727843" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="952" height="1428" title="Duke Energy Center in Charlotte, N.C., LEED Platinum. © 2014 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. Used with permission." alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DEC%20Sept%202010.jpg?1392727871" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1500" height="998" title="Facebook Forest City Datacenter in Forest City, N.C., LEED Gold. Credit: Facebook" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Facebook_Forest_City.jpg?1392727982" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="6144" height="4096" title="Fort Collins Museum of Discovery in Fort Collins, Colo., LEED Platinum. Credit: James Ray Spahn" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Discovery29_front%20entry.jpg?1392728041" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2000" height="1295" title="Wayne Aspinall Federal Office Building in Grand Junction, Colo., LEED Platinum. Credit: Kevin Reeves" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GO_GSA-WayneAspinall_Ext_06.jpg.jpeg?1392728101" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4857" height="3152" title="Aulani, A Disney Resort &amp; Spa in Kapolei, Hawaii, LEED Silver. Credit: Aulani, A Disney Resort &amp; Spa - ©Disney" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Aulani%20Resort%20Photo.jpg?1392728182" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="5100" height="3400" title="Hickam Air Force Base F-22 repair facility hangar in Hawaii, LEED Gold. ©Douglas Peebles Photography" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/_T1A8551.jpg?1392728426" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1800" height="1200" title="American Academy of Neurology Headquarters in Minneapolis, LEED Certified. Credit: American Academy of Neurology/ESG Architects/George Heinrich" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/American_Academy_Neurology_Ext-08.jpg?1392728500" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1800" height="1188" title="Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity in Northfield, Minn., LEED Gold. Credit: Lara Swimmer" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LS20111017_WeitzCtrCreativ_001.jpg?1392728566" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2957" height="3960" title="Fifty South Sixth in Minneapolis, LEED Gold. Credit: Hines" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/50%20South%20Six%20Sig%20Shot.jpg?1392728682" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><em>Illinois leads among all states in 2013; mid-Atlantic region of Washington, D.C, Maryland and Virginia tops list </em></strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-releases-top-10-states-nation-leed-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-releases-top-10-states-nation-leed-green-building#comments Media Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:07:10 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4582166 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet international Green Raters Emre and Berkay from Turkey http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-international-green-raters-emre-and-berkay-turkey <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">13 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenrater_turkey.jpg?1392313772" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="324" height="349" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EMRE_ILICALI.png?1392313781" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="577" height="697" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Berkay_Somali.PNG?1392313796" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Is the insulation in your home installed correctly to save on energy bills?&nbsp;Does your home have a properly functioning ventilation system to improve indoor air quality?&nbsp;Is your HVAC equipment sized to ensure the comfort of your family?</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-international-green-raters-emre-and-berkay-turkey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-international-green-raters-emre-and-berkay-turkey#comments LEED Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:58:03 +0000 Mika Kania 4572342 at http://www.usgbc.org Chevrolet ‘credits’ schools for clean energy leadership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chevrolet-%E2%80%98credits%E2%80%99-schools-clean-energy-leadership <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons user Fields of View" alt="Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons user Fields of ViewCourtesy Flickr Creative Com" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/6806494361_825f9d5eba_b.jpg?1392243151" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Colleges and universities across the United States are pledging to <a href="http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/about/mission-history">reduce their carbon emissions</a><span>.</span> There&rsquo;s a clean energy revolution happening in communities across the country and a lot of ingenuity and commitment behind it.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chevrolet-%E2%80%98credits%E2%80%99-schools-clean-energy-leadership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chevrolet-%E2%80%98credits%E2%80%99-schools-clean-energy-leadership#comments LEED Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:56:57 +0000 4571476 at http://www.usgbc.org Everyone has a plan--until they get punched in the face http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everyone-has-plan-until-they-get-punched-face <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/iestap.jpg?1392066057" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 13px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 15px;">Those are the words of former heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson. I think Mike could have been reflecting on how planning gets you half way there, but it&rsquo;s the ability to then manage and adapt your plan that ultimately determines success.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 13px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">But then again; maybe he was just talking about punching people in the face.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everyone-has-plan-until-they-get-punched-face" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everyone-has-plan-until-they-get-punched-face#comments LEED Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:56:49 +0000 Nicola Hilliard 4565639 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED v4 credential exams coming June 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-credential-exams-coming-june-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-exam_0.jpg?1391798357" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>Updated May 15: Exams for the LEED Green Associate, BD+C, ID+C and O+M will feature v4 content in June. Exams for Homes and ND will feature v4 content in 2015.</strong></em></p> <p><em>LEED Professional Credential Exams to feature v4 content and project experience assessment on June 30</em></p> <p>The LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams will evolve for the LEED v4 rating system this June.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-credential-exams-coming-june-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-credential-exams-coming-june-2014#comments LEED Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:30:03 +0000 Erin Emery 4563026 at http://www.usgbc.org The 2014 EBie Awards are here http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2014-ebie-awards-are-here <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_ebie.jpg?1391789393" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now in its third year, <strong>The EBie Awards</strong>&trade; are a national juried competition created by Urban Green Council, USGBC New York, to celebrate measurable performance improvements in Existing Buildings (thus the EB-bies) and the people who make them happen. We expect 2014 to be our best effort yet, with the support of USGBC and chapters across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Submissions are due <strong>March 20</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Find out more by watching the<strong> EBie video!</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2014-ebie-awards-are-here" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2014-ebie-awards-are-here#comments Industry Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:00:08 +0000 4562738 at http://www.usgbc.org Latest version of LEED recognized in Dutch policy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/latest-version-leed-recognized-dutch-policy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/iStock_000024827036.jpg?1391718734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="900" height="808" title="Gerrit....who was successful in getting LEED in Dutch policy" alt="Gerrit....who was successful in getting LEED in Dutch policy" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Gerrit-Jan%20Teunissen%5B1%5D%5B1%5D_1.jpg?1391718759" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An individual taking on his or her municipal or national government does not have to look like <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuELNDw-gOU">this</a>.</p> <p>Consider LEED AP Gerrit-Jan Teunissen, and how he successfully petitioned the Netherlands government to expand the criteria for a subset of the tax code that now recognizes the use of the latest version of LEED launched just last year.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/latest-version-leed-recognized-dutch-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/latest-version-leed-recognized-dutch-policy#comments LEED Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:14:19 +0000 Joseph Crea 4561990 at http://www.usgbc.org “Super” Bowls, Fields, Stadiums, Arenas: Where we play has a huge opportunity to be green http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Csuper%E2%80%9D-bowls-fields-stadiums-arenas-where-we-play-has-huge-opportunity-be-green <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons user Anthony Quintano" alt="Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons user Anthony Quintano" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SuperBowl.jpg?1391614478" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I had floor seats to the Syracuse-Duke game at the Carrier Dome Friday (hands down best basketball game EVER), and like virtually every other person on the planet, I did watch some of the Super Bowl, even though as anyone who knows me, knows I&rsquo;m no &ldquo;Stat Boy.&rdquo;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Csuper%E2%80%9D-bowls-fields-stadiums-arenas-where-we-play-has-huge-opportunity-be-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Csuper%E2%80%9D-bowls-fields-stadiums-arenas-where-we-play-has-huge-opportunity-be-green#comments LEED Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:31:41 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4559750 at http://www.usgbc.org Time to vote on LEED Homes (v2008) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/time-vote-leed-homes-v2008 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/v4homes_ballot_open.png?1391463650" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Homes 2008 Ballot is officially open! Vote now and make your voice heard.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How do you vote?</strong></p> <p>If you joined the consensus body (registered to vote) in September and you&rsquo;re employed by a USGBC national member who has remained in good standing, you&rsquo;ll receive an email with instructions and a direct link to our voting page. There you&rsquo;ll be able to cast your ballot on the update to the Homes v2008 language through the month of February.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/time-vote-leed-homes-v2008" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/time-vote-leed-homes-v2008#comments LEED Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:40:55 +0000 Asa Foss 4555352 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED: Value of a Market Signal http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-value-market-signal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gbig_insights_0.png?1391194705" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The final day of Greenbuild 2013 closed with a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/live.aspx" target="_blank">talk</a>&nbsp;from&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nate_Silver" target="_blank">Nate Silver</a>, an American statistician and #1 best selling author of &ldquo;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/books/review/the-signal-and-the-noise-by-nate-silver.html?pagewanted=all"><em>The Signal and the Noise</em></a>&rdquo;.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-value-market-signal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-value-market-signal#comments LEED Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:58:25 +0000 Dan Winters 4552520 at http://www.usgbc.org The first LEED homes in Greater China http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-leed-home-greater-china-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="No. 98 of Nanhexia, Guangling in the Yanzhou District of China’s Jiangsu Province" alt="No. 98 of Nanhexia, Guangling in the Yanzhou District of China’s Jiangsu Provinc" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_chinahome_0.jpg?1391025177" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1642" height="2000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/BPR-Nightview-Entrance.jpg?1391025190" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2000" height="1874" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/BPR-Nightview-Aerial.jpg?1391025202" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="480" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/P5300255.JPG?1391025220" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="480" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/P5300216.JPG?1391025227" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="480" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/P5300179.JPG?1391025237" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="480" height="640" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/P5300175.JPG?1391025253" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="480" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/P5300165.JPG?1391025260" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The rapid urbanization of China is arguably the most environmentally significant human project on the planet. As China continues to grow, green buildings&mdash;indeed, a cross section of green buildings&mdash;is key to its continued future and in line with the country&rsquo;s larger goals of a greener, healthier China. What better structure to help achieve this goal than a green home? Recently, pioneers of green buildings have successfully certified the first LEED homes in Greater China giving families environmentally sound, healthier and affordable spaces to live.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-leed-home-greater-china-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-leed-home-greater-china-0#comments LEED Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:47:11 +0000 Mika Kania 4549640 at http://www.usgbc.org Introducing the new LEED Online http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-new-leed-online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_leedonline_1.jpg?1390848364" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Smart, streamlined and simple: experience the new LEED Online</strong></p> <p>We&rsquo;ve come a long way since the days of submitting for certification using 3-ring binders. LEED v4 projects will be the first to experience the <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/leedonline">new LEED Online platform</a> with streamlined documentation and process. Spend your time achieving credits, not documenting them.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-new-leed-online" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-new-leed-online#comments LEED Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:46:03 +0000 Rukesh Samarasekera 4545083 at http://www.usgbc.org Shanghai Green Building Incubator: Your entryway into China's robust green building market http://www.usgbc.org/articles/shanghai-green-building-incubator-your-entryway-chinas-robust-green-building-market <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_incubator_1.png?1389996163" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The U.S. Green Building Council has teamed up with Shanghai Industrial Finance Investment Co. Ltd (SHIF)to offer USGBC members services through a green building technology incubator in Shanghai, China. If your company has ever considered expanding its business into China, this could be an important next step. The environmental imperatives, business trends, and governmental mandates in China signal great opportunity and China is in fact, the world&rsquo;s third largest market outside of the U.S. for LEED projects.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/shanghai-green-building-incubator-your-entryway-chinas-robust-green-building-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/shanghai-green-building-incubator-your-entryway-chinas-robust-green-building-market#comments Industry Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:02:43 +0000 4530870 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED v2008 Homes energy update: Road to ballot http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v2008-homes-energy-update-road-ballot <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">16 Jan 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/homes_ballot.jpg?1389891745" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>The results are in and the LEED Homes v2008 energy update has passed ballot. Beginning on Oct. 1, 2014, newly registering projects will be asked to meet the new requirements. The credit library and LEED Online will be updated automatically. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-approve-leed-homes-update">Learn more</a>.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v2008-homes-energy-update-road-ballot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v2008-homes-energy-update-road-ballot#comments LEED Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:02:51 +0000 Asa Foss 4526973 at http://www.usgbc.org A bit of advice for GBI’s new CEO: How to improve Green Globes’ sorry reputation and lack of market uptake http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bit-advice-gbi%E2%80%99s-new-ceo-how-improve-green-globes%E2%80%99-sorry-reputation-and-lack-market-uptake <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Jan 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_advice.jpg?1389390202" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We hear that Jerry Yudelson has a brand new job as the latest head of the Green Building Initiative (GBI). Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, it has 35 organizational members (of which more then half are either timber, chemical or plastics affiliates) and a staff of 11 employees/contractors &ndash; it&rsquo;s not exactly clear. What is clear, though, is that they haven&rsquo;t hired a new president as much as they&rsquo;ve hired a new sales-person-in-chief, who&rsquo;s now in charge of putting lipstick on their floundering, imported rating system.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bit-advice-gbi%E2%80%99s-new-ceo-how-improve-green-globes%E2%80%99-sorry-reputation-and-lack-market-uptake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bit-advice-gbi%E2%80%99s-new-ceo-how-improve-green-globes%E2%80%99-sorry-reputation-and-lack-market-uptake#comments LEED Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:43:45 +0000 Roger Platt 4514356 at http://www.usgbc.org Use v4 credits on your v2009 project http://www.usgbc.org/articles/use-v4-credits-your-v2009-project <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_v4_2_2009_credits_1.jpg?1389363467" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Excited to start using LEED v4, but not sure you&rsquo;re ready to make the switch on your existing projects? Now you can substitute some of your v2009 credits for v4 credits. Here&rsquo;s how:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/use-v4-credits-your-v2009-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/use-v4-credits-your-v2009-project#comments LEED Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:17:47 +0000 Batya Metalitz 4513450 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and human health http://www.usgbc.org/health <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Current News </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Jan 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/health_option.jpg?1388778916" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC has started exploring how to clearly link the market transformation that the green building movement has inspired to its opportunity to create an equally&nbsp;transformational&nbsp;impact on human health. In&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/health-human-right-green-building-can-help">Health is a Human Right. Green Building Can Help</a>, a report from USGBC&rsquo;s Green Building &amp; Human Health Summit in early 2013, we examine ways to promote and protect human health in relation to the built environment. &nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/health#comments Industry Fri, 03 Jan 2014 19:56:08 +0000 4492896 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Addenda and Interpretations Update: January 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-and-interpretations-update-january-2014 <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Resource/Link List </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Jan 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/addenda.jpg?1388771311" /> </div> </div> </div> <h2>January 1st quarterly addenda to the LEED rating systems and reference guides are now available. Use the credit library to access the new LEED Interpretations.</h2> <h3>INTERPRETATIONS</h3> <p>There are 71 new LEED Interpretations (10292, 10298&mdash;10367), including 65 for Homes and Multifamily Midrise (1003<span>&mdash;</span>10367). Here are some highlights:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-and-interpretations-update-january-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-and-interpretations-update-january-2014#comments LEED Fri, 03 Jan 2014 17:49:24 +0000 4492512 at http://www.usgbc.org Getting to know LEED: Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-building-operations-and-maintenance-om <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Know_RatingSystems-04.png?1396374414" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Existing buildings hold incredible promise. Many older buildings around the world are energy hogs and water sieves. With some keen attention to building operations, that can be turned around drastically by using LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M). Consider that it can take up to 80 years to make up for the environmental impacts of demolishing an old building and constructing a new one, even if the resulting building is extremely energy efficient.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-building-operations-and-maintenance-om" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED Wed, 01 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 4650157 at http://www.usgbc.org Getting to know LEED: Neighborhood Development http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-neighborhood-development <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Know_RatingSystems-06.png?1396377839" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Is your local grocery store within walking distance&hellip;and is there a sidewalk for you to trek there safely? Does your neighborhood boast high-performing green buildings, parks and green space? Do bikes, pedestrians and vehicles play nicely together on the road? LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) was engineered to inspire and help create better, more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods. It looks beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities. Why? Because sprawl is a scary thing. Here&rsquo;s the antidote. </span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-neighborhood-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED Wed, 01 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 4650158 at http://www.usgbc.org Getting started with Homes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-started-homes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/started_homes_0.png?1401478731" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've made the big decision&mdash;you're going to pursue LEED certification using the Homes rating system. Now it's time to get your ducks in a row.</p> <p>We offer many resources for LEED project teams to get you started on the right foot. Here are the tools and resources that can help you succeed with your project.&nbsp;</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">General resources</h2> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-started-homes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-started-homes#comments LEED Wed, 01 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 4740017 at http://www.usgbc.org Getting to know LEED: Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-interior-design-and-construction-idc <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Know_RatingSystems-02.png?1396374323" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As humans, we spend 90% of our time indoors. We&rsquo;re of the mindset that time should be spent in spaces that allow us to breathe easy, give us views of nature and daylight, and make us healthier and more productive. LEED for Interior Design and Construction (LEED ID+C) enables project teams, who may not have control over whole building operations, the opportunity to develop indoor spaces that are better for the planet and for people.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-interior-design-and-construction-idc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED Wed, 01 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 4650159 at http://www.usgbc.org Getting started with ND http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-started-nd <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/started_nd.png?1401479793" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've made the big decision&mdash;you're going to pursue LEED certification using the Neighborhood Development rating system. Now it's time to get your ducks in a row.</p> <p>We offer many resources for LEED project teams to get you started on the right foot. Here are the tools and resources that can help you succeed with your project.&nbsp;</p> <h2>General resources</h2> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-started-nd" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-started-nd#comments LEED Wed, 01 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 4740045 at http://www.usgbc.org Getting to know LEED: Building Design and Construction (BD+C) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-building-design-and-construction-bdc <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Know_RatingSystems-01.png?1396374372" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When designing and constructing a new building project, project teams are left with a choice: the option to build an innovative green building from the ground-up, or maintain the status quo by creating a water-guzzling, energy-wasting traditional structure. We&rsquo;re in favor of the former. LEED for Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C) provides a framework for building a holistic green building, giving you the chance to nail down every sustainability feature, maximizing the benefits. <span>&nbsp;</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-building-design-and-construction-bdc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED Wed, 01 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 4650160 at http://www.usgbc.org Getting to know LEED: Homes Design and Construction http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-homes-design-and-construction <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rating_systems_homes.png?1398959630" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A home is more than just shelter: homes are&nbsp;the most important buildings in our lives. We think that every building should be a green building &ndash; 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. And in many markets, certified green homes are now selling quicker and for more money than comparable non-green homes.&nbsp;Some of the most important buildings in the world use LEED.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-homes-design-and-construction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED Wed, 01 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 4696792 at http://www.usgbc.org Getting started with ID+C http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-started-idc <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/started_idc.png?1401479911" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've made the big decision&mdash;you're going to pursue LEED certification using the Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) rating system. Now it's time to get your ducks in a row.</p> <p>We offer many resources for LEED project teams to get you started on the right foot. Here are the tools and resources that can help you succeed with your project.&nbsp;</p> <h2>General resources</h2> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-started-idc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-started-idc#comments LEED Wed, 01 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 4740051 at http://www.usgbc.org Getting started with O+M http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-started-om <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/started_om.png?1401480011" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've made the big decision&mdash;you're going to pursue LEED certification using the Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) rating system. Now it's time to get your ducks in a row.</p> <p>We offer many resources for LEED project teams to get you started on the right foot. Here are the tools and resources that can help you succeed with your project.&nbsp;</p> <h2>General resources</h2> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-started-om" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-started-om#comments LEED Wed, 01 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 4740054 at http://www.usgbc.org Getting started with BD+C http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-started-bdc <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/started_bdc_0.png?1401479442" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've made the big decision&mdash;you're going to pursue LEED certification using the Building Design and Construction (BD+C) rating system. Now it's time to get your ducks in a row.</p> <p>We offer many resources for LEED project teams to get you started on the right foot. Here are the tools and resources that can help you succeed with your project.&nbsp;</p> <h2>General resources</h2> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-started-bdc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-started-bdc#comments LEED Wed, 01 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 4726645 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council Certifies 20,000th LEED Commercial Project http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-certifies-20000th-leed-commercial-project <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_12.jpeg?1387559098" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Plant in Knoxville, Tenn., Secures Distinction</em></p> <p><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong> &mdash; (Dec. 20, 2013) &mdash; The movement for healthier, high-performing buildings has reached a new milestone, as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) issued the 20,000th LEED certification for a commercial project.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-certifies-20000th-leed-commercial-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-certifies-20000th-leed-commercial-project#comments Media Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:05:52 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4467085 at http://www.usgbc.org 2013: It's a wrap http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-its-wrap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_2013wrap_1.png?1387550849" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I experienced my first Greenbuild this year and had no idea what to expect. As the manager of our international marketing and communication efforts, I found it to be an exhilarating experience. A whirlwind of passion, activity and commitment.</p> <p>At USGBC we often speak about how LEED is global language. A language that allows us to distribute intelligence throughout the world. A language that allows us to compare how a LEED-certified building in Beijing is performing with one in Dubai, or Chicago.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-its-wrap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-its-wrap#comments LEED Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:47:29 +0000 Joseph Crea 4466686 at http://www.usgbc.org Education @USGBC is here http://www.usgbc.org/articles/education-usgbc-here <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_eduatusgbc_1.jpg?1387497189" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The next evolution in green building education has begun. Education @USGBC is a new platform featuring world-class courses and educational content related to sustainability and LEED. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education">It is available for purchase now</a>, with access beginning January 1.</p> <p>Advance your knowledge of green building, and connect and collaborate with leading practitioners around the world – online, anytime. Education @USGBC is the launch pad for our collective growth, innovation and leadership, giving us the momentum we need to continue our transformative work.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/education-usgbc-here" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/education-usgbc-here#comments Industry Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:53:09 +0000 Erin Emery 4466047 at http://www.usgbc.org Making history in present tense http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-history-present-tense <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Dec 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ArticleHeader.jpg?1387561716" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The thing about Washington, D.C. is that it’s filled with historically significant buildings. From the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, from the Old Stone House to the Willard Hotel, it seems every building inside the District has stature, either because of its age, its design, or because history was actually made there.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-history-present-tense" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-history-present-tense#comments LEED Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:52:32 +0000 Mahesh Ramanujam 4465558 at http://www.usgbc.org Have you met LEED v4? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/have-you-met-leed-v4 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_hellov4_0.png?1387400010" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEED v4 &ndash; a new, sophisticated way of taking projects to the next level. With a built-in suite of tools and resources, LEED v4 was developed with project teams in mind.</p> <p><strong>LEED Online<br /></strong>Be one of the first to experience the new look and functionality. Projects that register for LEED v4, including Homes and Multifamily projects, have access to a newly updated LEED Online platform.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.usgbc.org/leedonline" target="_blank">Register a project &raquo;</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/have-you-met-leed-v4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/have-you-met-leed-v4#comments LEED Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:47:53 +0000 4460932 at http://www.usgbc.org Materials and Human Health Summit Recap http://www.usgbc.org/articles/materials-and-human-health-summit-recap <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Dec 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-art-article"> <div class="field-label">Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> . </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_healthsummit13.jpg?1387393664" /> </div> </div> </div> <blockquote> <p>"The Materials &amp; Human Health Summit was a great&nbsp;opportunity to connect the dots between the people, knowledge and systems&nbsp;empowering&nbsp;the&nbsp;building&nbsp;industry&nbsp;to innovate&nbsp;and build healthier products and places."<em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&mdash;&nbsp;Anne Less, Mary Davidge Associates.&nbsp;Anne has led the Healthy Materials team for Google&rsquo;s Real Estate &amp; Workplace Services organization</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/materials-and-human-health-summit-recap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/materials-and-human-health-summit-recap#comments Greenbuild Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:08:12 +0000 Sara Cederberg 4460705 at http://www.usgbc.org GAF gets LEED v4 ready at Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gaf-gets-leed-v4-ready-greenbuild <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GAFWayne.jpg?1389193480" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>By Martin Grohman, Director of Sustainability, GAF</em></p> <p>Just a few weeks ago, the GAF team traveled to Philadelphia, Pa. for the Greenbuild Conference &amp; Expo. The GAF booth was really buzzing with activity this year! In fact, our presence at Greenbuild has grown every year, as it has become increasingly strategic for us to reach the green building marketplace and this year was no exception. To top it off, we recently became one of very few manufacturers to be USGBC Platinum members.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gaf-gets-leed-v4-ready-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gaf-gets-leed-v4-ready-greenbuild#comments Greenbuild Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:16:01 +0000 4457084 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED v4 material ingredients market opportunities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-material-ingredients-market-opportunities <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Research </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">13 Dec 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_cradle.jpg?1386963186" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're investigating the best ways to increase the production and demand of products with publicly disclosed ingredient profiles and demonstrated track records of product improvement to insure our project teams are prepared for LEED v4. Our goal is to make&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2616399?return=/credits/new-construction/v4/material-%26-resources">MR Credit Building Product Disclosure and Optimization &ndash; Material Ingredients</a>&nbsp;a &ldquo;gimme&rdquo; by the end of 2014.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-material-ingredients-market-opportunities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-material-ingredients-market-opportunities#comments LEED Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:33:43 +0000 Sara Cederberg 4453106 at http://www.usgbc.org Ohio Leads the Nation with 100 LEED-Certified Public Schools and Hundreds More in the Pipeline http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ohio-leads-nation-100-leed-certified-public-schools-and-hundreds-more-pipeline <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_11.jpeg?1386766221" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><em>Ohio LEED schools save energy, money and resources and are healthier for students and faculty</em></strong></p> <p>Washington, D.C. &mdash; (Dec. 11, 2013)&mdash; Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recognizes the state of Ohio and the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) on the LEED&reg; certification of the 100th public school building in the state. Ohio leads the country with more LEED-certified public schools than any other state, with hundreds more in the LEED pipeline.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ohio-leads-nation-100-leed-certified-public-schools-and-hundreds-more-pipeline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ohio-leads-nation-100-leed-certified-public-schools-and-hundreds-more-pipeline#comments Media Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:51:27 +0000 Marisa Long 4444312 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC’s New Report Demonstrates Impact, Transformative Power of LEED Green Building Rating System http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-new-report-demonstrates-impact-transformative-power-leed-green-building-rating-syst <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_10.jpeg?1386614532" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEED in Motion: Impacts and Innovation<em> is the third and final report in the 2013 series</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-new-report-demonstrates-impact-transformative-power-leed-green-building-rating-syst" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-new-report-demonstrates-impact-transformative-power-leed-green-building-rating-syst#comments Media Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:47:14 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4441075 at http://www.usgbc.org An oasis in the desert http://www.usgbc.org/articles/oasis-desert <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">27 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo Credit: Paul Trafford via Flickr Creative Commons" alt="Photo Credit: Paul Trafford via Flickr Creative Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Qatar.jpg?1385568107" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>As an arid country growing like few others in the world despite its desert climate,&nbsp;</span>leaders in Qatar have achieved a sense of urgency and big-picture understanding about sustainability that, at times, can make other countries appear to be dragging their heels.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/oasis-desert" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/oasis-desert#comments LEED Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:02:35 +0000 Mahesh Ramanujam 4420278 at http://www.usgbc.org New USGBC report released at Greenbuild discusses LEED's impacts and innovations http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbc-report-released-greenbuild-discusses-leeds-impacts-and-innovations <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Research </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED_Report_3_ImpactsInnovations_COVER-01.jpg?1385061641" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-motion-impacts-and-innovation" target="_blank"><strong>Download the report</strong></a>, LEED in Motion: Impacts and Innovation - exclusively for USGBC members.</em></p> <p>Which LEED credit do 98% of LEED for New Construction projects pursue?</p> <p>USGBC's third LEED in Motion report, Impacts and Innovation, details key impact areas and results of the thousands of projects that are utilizing the LEED rating system, as well as innovation highlights related to LEED and green building technologies and innovations.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbc-report-released-greenbuild-discusses-leeds-impacts-and-innovations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbc-report-released-greenbuild-discusses-leeds-impacts-and-innovations#comments LEED Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:21:10 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4404626 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of LEED: In loving memory http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-leed-loving-memory <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Series_20years-in-loving-memory-01.jpg?1385044829" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every year since 2001 I have attended Greenbuild as part of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/remembering-malcom-lewis-usgbc-board-member-and-green-building-visionary">Malcolm Lewis</a>&rsquo;s team from CTG. Malcolm was an innovator, instigator, guru and wise man of the green building movement. And nobody loved Greenbuild more than Malcolm. Like a kid in a candy shop, Malcolm was bright eyed with enthusiasm about all the information to learn, all the opportunities to create, and most importantly, all the friends to embrace.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-leed-loving-memory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-leed-loving-memory#comments Community Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:41:07 +0000 Heather Rosenberg 4402286 at http://www.usgbc.org The newest version of LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/newest-version-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedv4_launch_0.jpg?1384964819" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEED v4 introduces a unified LEED experience for the entire world to share &ndash; one that offers flexibility for all green building projects, with new market sectors and global best practices built-in.</p> <p><strong>Impressive impacts.</strong></p> <p>Increased thresholds in energy, water, waste and indoor environmental quality ensure that LEED v4 projects are driving the goals of green building farther than ever. The new Location and Transportation credit category tackles new territory, enabling LEED v4 buildings to advance sustainable communities and land use.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/newest-version-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/newest-version-leed#comments LEED Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:26:59 +0000 4395965 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED v4, the Newest Version of LEED Green Building Program Launches at USGBC’s Annual Greenbuild Conference http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-newest-version-leed-green-building-program-launches-usgbc%E2%80%99s-annual-greenbuild-confe <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">20 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Featured_GRB12_0_1_1.png?1384948943" /> </div> </div> </div> <em>122 projects across the globe projects already using new LEED system</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-newest-version-leed-green-building-program-launches-usgbc%E2%80%99s-annual-greenbuild-confe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-newest-version-leed-green-building-program-launches-usgbc%E2%80%99s-annual-greenbuild-confe#comments Media Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:03:43 +0000 Marisa Long 4394343 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: LEED then and now http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-leed-then-and-now <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Open Position </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_thennow.png?1384872329" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="378" height="480" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/1-Nidus.jpg?1384872329" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="639" height="426" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2-KAUST.jpg?1384872382" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1756" height="925" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/3-Eskenazi.jpg?1384872435" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have a vivid memory of an architecture professor telling me that thinking about sustainability was a waste of time &ndash; no one outside academia would bother with that kind of silly obsession. This was Missouri in the 1990s, when a gallon of gas cost less than a dollar and &ldquo;green&rdquo; was a paint color. I stubbornly pushed onward despite the disparagement &ndash; as I am prone to doing &ndash; and ultimately discovered that jobs in green building did, in fact, exist.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-leed-then-and-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-leed-then-and-now#comments Community Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:45:29 +0000 Mara Baum 4388729 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: LEED recollections http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-leed-recollections <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Open Position </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/20yrs_recollections.png?1384786449" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series of&nbsp;stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building&nbsp;triumphs.&nbsp;Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we&nbsp;reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.</em></p> <p>Fun stuff, this birthing of a significant market transformation process. The 1990-decade was an energizing period for green building. There were so many issues to address and very little money to do so.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-leed-recollections" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-leed-recollections#comments Community Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:54:10 +0000 Bill Reed 4386248 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: The Woo-hoo gang http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-woo-hoo-gang <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_woohoo.png?1384785877" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series of&nbsp;stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building&nbsp;triumphs.&nbsp;Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we&nbsp;reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.</em></p> <p>The epiphany that changed my life happened quite accidentally in 1994 when, as the incoming national president-elect of the American Society of Interior Designers I was asked to attend an early membership meeting of the USGBC.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-woo-hoo-gang" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-woo-hoo-gang#comments Community Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:44:37 +0000 Penny Bonda 4386228 at http://www.usgbc.org Green building without the 'green premium' http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-without-green-premium <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SMUCebulaHall_03_DaneGregoryMeyer.jpg?1384551479" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When <a href="http://www.stmartin.edu/">Saint Martin&rsquo;s University</a> set out to construct a new building to house its engineering program, one thing was clear: this was an opportunity to make a bold statement about the timeless relevance of the University&rsquo;s long-held values to our 21<sup>st&nbsp;</sup>century world.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-without-green-premium" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-without-green-premium#comments LEED Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:38:55 +0000 Zella Kahn-Jetter 4378669 at http://www.usgbc.org Building what you preach: A journey to LEED Double Platinum http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-what-you-preach-journey-leed-double-platinum <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HQ-Flags-Hires.jpg?1384458841" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it came time to plan our new headquarters in New Jersey, many new prospects were upon us. Sustainability is embedded into the core of BASF&rsquo;s business and brand, so we knew we&rsquo;d have the opportunity to demonstrate how <a href="http://construction.basf.us/">BASF drives sustainable solutions</a>. How could we do that? By creating an open and collaborative workplace with LEED Platinum distinction.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-what-you-preach-journey-leed-double-platinum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-what-you-preach-journey-leed-double-platinum#comments LEED Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:56:31 +0000 Erik Palmer 4376284 at http://www.usgbc.org Case of déjà vu: Two LEED Platinum ceremonies 5 years apart http://www.usgbc.org/articles/case-d%C3%A9j%C3%A0-vu-two-leed-platinum-ceremonies-5-years-apart <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Dell Children&#039;s Medical Center garden. Credit: Seton Healthcare Family" alt="Dell Children&#039;s Medical Center garden. Credit: Seton Healthcare Family" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DCMCCT3towersgarden.jpg?1384357402" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On a beautiful October afternoon in Austin, Texas, Seton Healthcare Family associates and guests celebrated another world&rsquo;s first achievement for Dell Children&rsquo;s Medical Center of Central Texas. The W.H. and Elaine McCarty South Tower is the first project in the world to achieve LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) Platinum certification. Dell Children&rsquo;s executives welcomed guests and recognized community partners and project team consultants for their contributions.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/case-d%C3%A9j%C3%A0-vu-two-leed-platinum-ceremonies-5-years-apart" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/case-d%C3%A9j%C3%A0-vu-two-leed-platinum-ceremonies-5-years-apart#comments Community Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:52:51 +0000 Michele Van Hyfte 4371542 at http://www.usgbc.org Habitat Connect and Learn at Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/habitat-connect-and-learn-greenbuild <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/sspc83_0.png?1384352886" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC is proud to support habitat and open space protection.<span>USGBC has teamed up with&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nfwf.org/">The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation</a><span>&nbsp;(NFWF) to&nbsp;</span>release a new pilot credit, SSpc83: Pilot ACP for Site Development &ndash; Protect or Restore Habitat.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits/sspc83">SSpc83</a>, allows a new pathway for projects to achieve offsite land use mitigation.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/habitat-connect-and-learn-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/habitat-connect-and-learn-greenbuild#comments LEED Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:28:06 +0000 Sam Glass 4371424 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council Announces 2013 Class of LEED Fellows http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-2013-class-leed-fellows <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press%20release%20img_10.jpeg?1384275806" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Washington, D.C. &mdash; (Nov. 12, 2013) &mdash; Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the LEED Fellows Class of 2013. The LEED Fellows program recognizes exceptional contributions to the green building community as well as significant achievements within a growing community of LEED Professionals.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-2013-class-leed-fellows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-2013-class-leed-fellows#comments Media Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:04:03 +0000 Mallory Shelter 4369883 at http://www.usgbc.org New Credentials account now available http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-credentials-account-now-available <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NewCredentialAccount.jpg?1383755470" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;re excited to announce the latest enhancements to your credential experience.</p> <p>Now you can manage your LEED credentials, view or report credential maintenance activities, and register for an exam on usgbc.org.</p> <p>Check out these highlights:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-credentials-account-now-available" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-credentials-account-now-available#comments Industry Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:34:13 +0000 Erin Emery 4323473 at http://www.usgbc.org NFWF & USGBC: Working together to protect the great outdoors http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nfwf-usgbc-working-together-protect-great-outdoors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_nfwf_1.jpg?1383246336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/whoopingcranes1_0.jpg?1383246292" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="374" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Florida-Panther-6531.jpg?1383246297" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To solve the problems that threaten the survival of America&rsquo;s wildlife and their habitats, we need to explore creative partnerships that bring new resources to the challenge. That&rsquo;s why the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to welcome the U.S. Green Building Council as a vital new partner in the conservation effort. USGBC has built an international reputation for promoting voluntary programs that catalyze green building around the world.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nfwf-usgbc-working-together-protect-great-outdoors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nfwf-usgbc-working-together-protect-great-outdoors#comments Initiatives LEED Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:05:35 +0000 David ONeill 2775835 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED for Homes v2008 update: Public comment, voter registration period open now http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-homes-v2008-update-public-comment-voter-registration-period-open-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/homesopenforpubliccomment_1.jpg?1382996090" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In August, USGBC <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/homes-2008-update-public-comment-open-now">held a comment period</a> for proposed updates to the minimum energy requirements in the LEED for Homes v2008 program. These changes, in response to the significant energy code changes within the residential construction market over the past several years, will ensure that projects certified using the 2008 version of LEED for Homes remain at the forefront as leaders in green building design and construction.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-homes-v2008-update-public-comment-voter-registration-period-open-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-homes-v2008-update-public-comment-voter-registration-period-open-now#comments LEED Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:34:50 +0000 Mika Kania 2773282 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: LEED stays out front, first v4 certification http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-leed-stays-out-front-first-v4-certification <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The skyline of Portland, Ore., home to 202 LEED-certified projects. Credit: razvan.orendovici via Flickr" alt="The skyline of Portland, Ore., home to 202 LEED-certified projects." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Portland.jpg?1382737230" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/198549-clash-of-the-green-giants">Clash of the green giants</a>, <em>Portland Tribune</em>. This feature takes an in-depth look at why LEED is the world&rsquo;s premier system for guiding the design, construction and operation of green buildings.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-leed-stays-out-front-first-v4-certification" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-leed-stays-out-front-first-v4-certification#comments Industry Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:41:44 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2772832 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Green Building Program Remains Preferred Rating System for Use in Federal Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-building-program-remains-preferred-rating-system-use-federal-buildings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_5.jpeg?1382731284" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington, D.C., (Oct. 25, 2013) &ndash;&nbsp;The General Services Administration (GSA) concluded again today that the U.S. Green Building Council&rsquo;s (USGBC) LEED green building rating system can and should be used in government buildings to advance energy efficiency and to save taxpayers&rsquo; money. GSA issued its recommendation today based on the findings of the EISA &sect;436(h) Ad-Hoc Review Group on Green Building Certification Systems.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-building-program-remains-preferred-rating-system-use-federal-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-building-program-remains-preferred-rating-system-use-federal-buildings#comments Media Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:03:28 +0000 Marisa Long 2772806 at http://www.usgbc.org The case for habitat protection - benefits to the economy and human health http://www.usgbc.org/articles/case-habitat-protection-benefits-economy-and-human-health <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_conservation_0.jpg?1382648937" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Building green is one of the most important tenets in creating a sustainable future. In less than fifteen years, LEED has grown from a vision among a small group of committed environmentalist to a global force that certifies thousands of green buildings per year. Perhaps one reason for LEED&rsquo;s rapid growth is that green building is embraced by individuals of all walks of life, and across the political spectrum.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/case-habitat-protection-benefits-economy-and-human-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/case-habitat-protection-benefits-economy-and-human-health#comments Initiatives Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:08:57 +0000 Sam Glass 2772548 at http://www.usgbc.org Deadlines to achieve LEED certification by 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/deadlines-achieve-leed-certification-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_87150476.jpg?1382535181" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you looking for your project certification to be awarded in 2013? As the end of the year approaches, we've outlined the deadlines for application submissions for both Standard and Expedited reviews.</p> <p>The following tables apply to all commercial rating systems (not including LEED Volume). These timelines also assume that no Appeal review is necessary. Appeal reviews typically take 20 business days, and Expedited Appeal reviews are on a 10-business day timeline.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/deadlines-achieve-leed-certification-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/deadlines-achieve-leed-certification-2013#comments LEED Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:34:17 +0000 Dean DiPietro 2772011 at http://www.usgbc.org Study: Extra costs minimal for LEED-certified hospitals http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-extra-costs-minimal-leed-certified-hospitals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="666" height="308" title="The LEED Gold Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, one of the subjects of the hospital study. Credit: Wikimedia Commons " alt="The LEED Gold Rush University Medical Center in Chicago." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/RUMC-Tower-01042012.jpg?1382465703" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Gail Vittori co-authored this article with Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP, Perkins+Will, and Breeze Glazer, LEED AP, Perkins+Will.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-extra-costs-minimal-leed-certified-hospitals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-extra-costs-minimal-leed-certified-hospitals#comments LEED Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:20:04 +0000 Gail Vittori 2771819 at http://www.usgbc.org Notice: My Credentials account downtime http://www.usgbc.org/articles/notice-my-credentials-account-downtime <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc-gbci-announcement.jpg?1382560808" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Article updated Nov. 4</em></p> <h2><strong>If you're a LEED professional, please note that your My Credentials account will be unavailable from Monday, Oct. 28 to Tuesday, Nov. 5 while we make exciting new updates.</strong></h2> <p>During this time you won't be able to record any CE hours.</p> <p>If you need assistance please contact us at&nbsp;<span>1-800-795-1747.</span></p> <p>We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience during this time.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/notice-my-credentials-account-downtime" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/notice-my-credentials-account-downtime#comments Industry Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:24:08 +0000 Erin Emery 2771358 at http://www.usgbc.org Last chance to earn a specialty credential http://www.usgbc.org/articles/last-chance-earn-specialty-credential <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/pol-article_0.jpg?1382361582" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is your last chance to earn a specialty credential for free without taking the exam.</p> <p>LEED APs without a specialty can upgrade to a BD+C, ID+C or O+M specialty, with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials/leed-ap/upgrade" target="_blank">USGBC&rsquo;s Principles of LEED</a> webinar series&nbsp;<span>(only available through Oct. 27, 2013)</span>.&nbsp;</p> <p><span>This free six-hour webinar series satisfies the upgrade requirements for your LEED AP with specialty credential.</span><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials/leed-ap/upgrade" target="_blank"><br /></a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/last-chance-earn-specialty-credential" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/last-chance-earn-specialty-credential#comments Industry Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:19:42 +0000 Erin Emery 2771357 at http://www.usgbc.org Insights wanted: Building Information Modeling (BIM) survey now open http://www.usgbc.org/articles/insights-wanted-building-information-modeling-bim-survey-now-open <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc-research-opportunity_0.jpg?1381890926" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have 15 minutes?</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/insights-wanted-building-information-modeling-bim-survey-now-open" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/insights-wanted-building-information-modeling-bim-survey-now-open#comments Industry Wed, 16 Oct 2013 02:34:03 +0000 Ashley Katz 2769566 at http://www.usgbc.org Week two: high density, low-flow http://www.usgbc.org/articles/week-two-high-density-low-flow <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/waterless-urinal.jpg?1381415910" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally published in EcoBuilding Pulse on October 5, 2013.</em></p> <p><strong>We learn about Sustainable Sites and Water Efficiency in this week&rsquo;s installment of two editors&rsquo;s journey toward becoming LEED Green Associates.</strong></p> <p>By Deane Madsen<br />&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/week-two-high-density-low-flow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/week-two-high-density-low-flow#comments Industry Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:39:00 +0000 2768183 at http://www.usgbc.org Team Las Vegas heats it up at the 2013 Solar Decathlon Competition http://www.usgbc.org/articles/team-las-vegas-heats-it-2013-solar-decathlon-competition <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">8 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_desertsol.jpg?1381242773" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="534" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/desertsol0.jpg?1381242784" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="534" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/desertsol1.jpg?1381242795" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="534" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/desertsol2.jpg?1381242806" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="534" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/desertsol3.jpg?1381242814" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="534" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/desertsol4.jpg?1381242824" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>The U.S. Department of Energy is holding this year&rsquo;s Solar Decathlon in the Orange Country Great Park in Irvine, California, from October 3&ndash;13. The Solar Decathlon is a biennial international competition that challenges twenty collegiate and university student-led teams to design and build solar-powered net-zero homes that are affordable, energy-efficient, and aesthetically appealing.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/team-las-vegas-heats-it-2013-solar-decathlon-competition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/team-las-vegas-heats-it-2013-solar-decathlon-competition#comments LEED Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:34:11 +0000 Suzanne Hoorya Trabia 2767609 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED credit for your garden http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-credit-your-garden <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How To: Tutorials/Best Practice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_garden.jpg?1381156382" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="747" title="The Catalyst Partners LEED-NC v2.2 platinum certified building in Grand Rapids, MI. Certification was complete prior to the availability of Pilot Credit 82. There are 5 raised beds, a pumpkin and watermelon patch, and a beehive on site. Staff alternates the care of the garden and shares the bounty with the adjacent residential neighborhood." alt="Catalyst Partners LEED-NC v2.2 platinum certified building" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Garden1.jpeg?1381156401" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="747" title="The design team is pursuing Pilot Credit 82 for the project. The market has 6,000 square feet of greenhouse space with a portion currently dedicated to food production. Current plans are for the food to be sold onsite, through the produce vendor, by the greenhouse operator and sold wholesale to the first floor food vendors." alt="Grand Rapids Downtown Market" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Garden2.JPG?1381156411" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have a green thumb and a green building project? Then, LEED pilot credit <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2743606?return=/pilotcredits" target="_blank">SSpc82: Local Food Production</a> is for you! Whether the project is growing food onsite or supporting an off-site farm, it could be rewarded for the intrinsic value of local food production.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-credit-your-garden" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-credit-your-garden#comments LEED Mon, 07 Oct 2013 14:35:38 +0000 Theresa Hogerheide 2767244 at http://www.usgbc.org Much ado about organizational overviews http://www.usgbc.org/articles/much-ado-about-organizational-overviews <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/green-associate-publications.jpg?1380902524" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally published in EcoBuilding Pulse on September 25, 2013.</em></p> <p><strong>After the first week of studying, we&rsquo;re fairly certain we know what this exam is really about.</strong></p> <p>By&nbsp;Hallie Busta<br />&nbsp;<br /><span>For all of their boldface text and colorful highlighting, the study materials that the USGBC recommends to those preparing for its Green Associate exam don&rsquo;t hesitate to plunge into the nitty-gritty of LEED and the USGBC. So far, that level of detail is proving to be both cumbersome and reassuring.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/much-ado-about-organizational-overviews" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/much-ado-about-organizational-overviews#comments Industry Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:02:42 +0000 2766811 at http://www.usgbc.org Protecting America the Beautiful: How LEED helps save nature and habitat http://www.usgbc.org/articles/protecting-america-beautiful-how-leed-helps-save-nature-and-habitat <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Case Study </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_yellowstonesunrise.jpg?1380893293" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Written by Jason Hartke and Sam Glass</em></p> <p>In part, the environmental movement grew out of the great ideas of naturalists who were committed to the goals of nature conservation and habitat protection. Famous documentarian Ken Burns produced an amazing PBS series on the history of our national parks, calling them &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Best Idea.&rdquo; Today, many land conservation groups carry on this mission of protecting <em>America the Beautiful</em> and all of our stunning natural areas and the precious fauna and flora that call it home.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/protecting-america-beautiful-how-leed-helps-save-nature-and-habitat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/protecting-america-beautiful-how-leed-helps-save-nature-and-habitat#comments LEED Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:28:43 +0000 Jason Hartke 2766766 at http://www.usgbc.org Sustainability from the Austrian Alps to the Pacific Coast http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sustainability-austrian-alps-pacific-coast <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="(c) Solar Decathlon Team Austria" alt="(c) Solar Decathlon Team Austria" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_teamaustria.jpg?1380737952" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="668" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Team_Austria_-_LISI_Pictures__4_.jpg?1380737997" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="669" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Work_in_Progress__1_.jpg?1380738009" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="668" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Work_in_Progress__6_.jpg?1380738022" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="668" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Work_in_Progress__10_.jpg?1380738044" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Work_in_Progress__11_.jpg?1380738059" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="668" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Work_in_Progress__15_.jpg?1380738069" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="749" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Work_in_Progress__16_.jpg?1380738107" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="668" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Work_in_Progress__17_.jpg?1380738122" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Team Austria's home ready to compete in the 2013 Solar Decathlon</strong></p> <p>As you stroll through the verdant green foothills of the Austrian Alps, you'll be inspired by not only the quaint farm houses and pastures, but also number of solar panels on the south facing barn roofs. Austria has a long tradition of sustainability and is well known in Europe as a dynamic leader in renewable energy and sustainability. It's therefore no surprise that we jumped at the chance to enter the 2013 Solar Decathlon in California!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sustainability-austrian-alps-pacific-coast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sustainability-austrian-alps-pacific-coast#comments LEED Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:43:34 +0000 Benjamin Marcus Jones 2766307 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Addenda Update: October 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-update-october-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_addenda_0.png?1380651365" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Quarterly interpretations and addenda to the LEED 2009 rating systems and reference guides are now available. Use the </strong><a href="http://new.usgbc.org/credits?utm_source=USGBC.org+Subscriptions&amp;utm_campaign=b633bdd591-Direct_LEED_Technical_Update_March_20133_27_2013&amp;utm_medium=email">credit library</a><strong> to access updated rating system language and interpretations.</strong></p> <p><strong>INTERPRETATIONS</strong></p> <p>This quarter, we published 13 new LEED Interpretations (#10283-10291, 10293-10296). Highlights include:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-update-october-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-update-october-2013#comments LEED Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:16:06 +0000 2765955 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC’s Webinar Subscription — now 75% off http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-webinar-subscription-%E2%80%94-now-75 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Webinar_Sale_75.jpg?1380646436" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Get your LEED education in online, on demand, and direct from the makers of LEED &mdash; with&nbsp;USGBC's Webinar Subscription.</p> <p>Did you know, the USGBC Webinar Subscription is the best place to access the most comprehensive coverage about LEED v4? Courses now available include:</p> <p><a href="http://usgbc.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=21420" target="_blank">A USGBC Webinar Series: LEED 252: Introduction to LEED v4</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-webinar-subscription-%E2%80%94-now-75" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-webinar-subscription-%E2%80%94-now-75#comments Industry Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:55:12 +0000 Nora Knox 2765924 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Professional Credential exams to feature LEED v4 material http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professional-credential-exams-feature-leed-v4-material <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-exam.jpg?1380311006" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>Updated May 15: Exams for the LEED Green Associate, BD+C, ID+C and O+M will feature v4 content in June. Exams for Homes and ND will feature v4 content in 2015.</strong></em></p> <p>The LEED Professional Credential exams for the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty designations will feature LEED v4 material beginning on June 30, 2014.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professional-credential-exams-feature-leed-v4-material" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professional-credential-exams-feature-leed-v4-material#comments LEED Fri, 27 Sep 2013 19:43:31 +0000 Erin Emery 2765310 at http://www.usgbc.org The no-excuses guide: Earn your LEED Credential in 3 easy steps http://www.usgbc.org/articles/no-excuses-guide-earn-your-leed-credential-3-easy-steps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/earn-credential.jpg?1380208859" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you want to earn a LEED professional credential but don&rsquo;t know where to begin?</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t get any easier than this step-by-step guide to the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/no-excuses-guide-earn-your-leed-credential-3-easy-steps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/no-excuses-guide-earn-your-leed-credential-3-easy-steps#comments LEED Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:20:59 +0000 Erin Emery 2764974 at http://www.usgbc.org Green fast food http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-fast-food <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_greenfastfood.jpg?1380139866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="718" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenfastfood_1.jpg?1380139880" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="712" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenfastfood_2.jpg?1380139889" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="674" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenfastfood_3.jpg?1380139898" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="682" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenfastfood_4.jpg?1380139908" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="750" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenfastfood_5.jpg?1380139917" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week in Beijing, China I had the honor of presenting Yum! Brands Inc. with a LEED Gold plaque for their first LEED certified fast food restaurant in the nation&rsquo;s capital. The restaurant is a local KFC that is impressive both inside and out with several green building strategies that will not only enhance the experience for customers, but also for the delighted staff I had the pleasure to meet.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-fast-food" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-fast-food#comments LEED Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:12:28 +0000 Mahesh Ramanujam 2764522 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Professionals at a Glance: September 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-september-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="LEED Professionals at a Glance" alt="LEED Professionals at a Glance" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_ProfessionalsGlance.png?1363294191" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>[Part of an ongoing series capturing statistics on LEED Professionals]</em></p> <p>LEED Professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of seven LEED Professional Credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and contribute their expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them?</p> <p>Don't have a credential yet? <a href="/leed/credentials">Learn more about how to get accredited &raquo;</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-september-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-september-2013#comments LEED Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:33:39 +0000 Robb Tufts 2758174 at http://www.usgbc.org Why I’m taking the LEED Green Associate exam http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-i%E2%80%99m-taking-leed-green-associate-exam <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_ga1.jpg?1379688861" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally published in EcoBuilding Pulse on September 18, 2013.</em></p> <p><strong>Two editors take an eight-week journey down the path to LEED accreditation.</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-i%E2%80%99m-taking-leed-green-associate-exam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-i%E2%80%99m-taking-leed-green-associate-exam#comments Industry Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:54:22 +0000 2757867 at http://www.usgbc.org Combining wetland restoration with stormwater management http://www.usgbc.org/articles/combining-wetland-restoration-stormwater-management <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Program Overview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMGP0272_Dockside_Biofiltration.jpg?1379529278" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Communities large and small rely on water sources. Development has been historically concentrated near water bodies to take advantage of this vital resource, yet constant use has led to deterioration of these fragile ecosystems. Wetlands, rivers, lakes, and streams are important to human health, but also act as health indicators of surrounding ecosystems.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/combining-wetland-restoration-stormwater-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/combining-wetland-restoration-stormwater-management#comments LEED Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:35:09 +0000 Alexander Berger 2757495 at http://www.usgbc.org Closing out pilot credits http://www.usgbc.org/articles/closing-out-pilot-credits <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">16 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_pilot_test.png?1379362342" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Several changes are being made to the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/pilotcredits">Pilot Credit Library</a> this fall. There are multiple pilot credits closed to new registrations, and we are introducing a new alternative compliance path: <strong>Pilot Credit 83: Alternative Compliance Path for SSc Site Development- Protect or Restore Habitat</strong>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/closing-out-pilot-credits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/closing-out-pilot-credits#comments LEED Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:12:48 +0000 Batya Metalitz 2756931 at http://www.usgbc.org CNU Charter Award latest accolade for LEED-ND project http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cnu-charter-award-latest-accolade-leed-nd-project <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_mariposa.jpg?1378397887" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Praise continues to pour in for the Mariposa LEED for Neighborhood Development project as the construction process reaches the halfway point. The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) awarded an honorable mention to the Denver, Colorado development during this year&rsquo;s Charter Awards selection process.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cnu-charter-award-latest-accolade-leed-nd-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cnu-charter-award-latest-accolade-leed-nd-project#comments Initiatives Thu, 05 Sep 2013 16:18:44 +0000 Katherine Jones 2754750 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED in Motion, now in Spanish http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-motion-now-spanish <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_leedaccion.png?1377803112" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our newly released report, LEED in Motion: People and Progress, or <em>LEED en Acci&oacute;n: Personas y Progreso, </em> is now available in Spanish. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-en-accion-personas-y-progreso"><strong>Download the report &raquo;</strong></a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-motion-spanish-press-release" target="new">Read the Spanish release »</a></strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-motion-now-spanish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-motion-now-spanish#comments Media Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:06:42 +0000 2753527 at http://www.usgbc.org Project Spotlight: Re-certification of Adobe SF 601 Townsend http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-re-certification-adobe-sf-601-townsend <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_adobe_0.jpg?1377197710" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>"The greenest building is the one that is already built," remarked architect Carl Elefante. The greenest of the green, then, might be that fine old structure saved from the wrecker's ball and brought up to the state of the art in energy efficiency and all of the other attributes of "greenness." 601 Townsend Street in the South-of-Market district of San Francisco is one such building. Designed by the noted firm of Sutton &amp; Weeks for the Pacific Steel and Hardware Company, the three-story, brick building was completed in 1905, just in time to survive the 1906 earthquake.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-re-certification-adobe-sf-601-townsend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-re-certification-adobe-sf-601-townsend#comments LEED Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:55:13 +0000 2751880 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Buildings and Human Health http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-and-human-health <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Program Overview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HumanHealth_2.png?1376580383" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC has started exploring how to clearly link the market transformation that the green building movement has inspired to its opportunity to create an equally&nbsp;transformational&nbsp;impact on human health. In&nbsp;&ldquo;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/health-human-right-green-building-can-help"><span class="s1">Health is a Human Right. Green Building Can Help</span></a>,&rdquo;&nbsp;a report from USGBC&rsquo;s Green Building &amp; Human Health Summit in early 2013, we examine ways to promote and protect human health in relation to the built environment.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-and-human-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-and-human-health#comments LEED Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:27:59 +0000 2750431 at http://www.usgbc.org Pioneering new opportunities in new frontiers http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pioneering-new-opportunities-new-frontiers <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">14 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_earth_mauritius.png?1376494020" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I come from an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean famous for its beautiful beaches and the 1.2 million inhabitants from various parts of the world. Mauritius, my country, forms part of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which have serious vulnerabilities due to the effects of climate change. I was blessed to live close to nature all my life. It has allowed me to develop a deep connection to my local environment and the planet, for that matter.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pioneering-new-opportunities-new-frontiers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pioneering-new-opportunities-new-frontiers#comments LEED Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:27:35 +0000 Tony Lee Luen Len 2749989 at http://www.usgbc.org Become a Green Rater: Take our Greenbuild pre-conference training http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-green-rater-take-our-greenbuild-pre-conference-training <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/vandemusser-residence.jpg?1376422360" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials/certificates/green-raters">Green Raters</a> provide in-the-field verification services at each and every LEED for Homes Project.</p> <p>The residential LEED Rating Systems include LEED for Homes and Multifamily Mid-rise Rating Systems. This pair of rating systems is unique because projects pursuing certification are verified onsite by a LEED for Homes Green Rater.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-green-rater-take-our-greenbuild-pre-conference-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-green-rater-take-our-greenbuild-pre-conference-training#comments Greenbuild Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:34:16 +0000 Jennifer Owens 2749801 at http://www.usgbc.org A message from Rick: LEED is looking forward http://www.usgbc.org/articles/message-rick-leed-looking-forward <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The LEED Platinum Swaner EcoCenter in Park City, Utah. Credit: caffeine and malice via Flickr" alt="The LEED Platinum Swaner EcoCenter in Park City, Utah." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SwanerEcocenter.jpg?1376346829" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'd be hard put to call this latest skirmish about LEED's effectiveness a raging battle; it strikes me as being typical of the&nbsp;passionate dialogue that has gotten us to where we are today. It&rsquo;s people like the thousands of LEED committee volunteers and USGBC members who vote to continually raise the bar with LEED and, more importantly, those who use LEED on their projects every day. These are the people who have been most responsible for LEED becoming the global standard.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/message-rick-leed-looking-forward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/message-rick-leed-looking-forward#comments Community Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:39:16 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2749574 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED goes on vacation: California dreamin' http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-goes-vacation-california-dreamin <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_leedhollywood_0.jpg?1376335568" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, California!&nbsp;Home to pristine beaches, lush forests, and vibrant cities, California is a vacationers paradise.&nbsp;Often lauded for its&nbsp;progressive environmental policy, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-how-golden-state-became-green-building-leader">commitment to LEED</a> and its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-greenbuild-international-conference-and-expo-kicks-san-francisco">Greenbuilld hospitality</a>,&nbsp;its diversity of LEED-certified vacation destinations should not be overlooked.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-goes-vacation-california-dreamin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-goes-vacation-california-dreamin#comments LEED Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:19:13 +0000 Ashley Katz 2749531 at http://www.usgbc.org National Stormwater Calculator is live http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-stormwater-calculator-live <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_stormwater_0.jpg?1375994683" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>EPA&rsquo;s National Stormwater Calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States. Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.&nbsp;It is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property, including:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-stormwater-calculator-live" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-stormwater-calculator-live#comments LEED Thu, 08 Aug 2013 20:37:03 +0000 2749059 at http://www.usgbc.org Changes to required signatory on credit forms http://www.usgbc.org/articles/changes-required-signatory-credit-forms <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_signatories_0.jpg?1375907161" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In our continued effort to streamline the LEED certification process, the required signatories have been relaxed in the LEED 2009 credit forms (versions 3.0 through 6.0).&nbsp; With the primary goal of reducing the burden on project teams, the forms were modified to allow any team member completing the form to verify the signatory statements, regardless of their designated role in LEED Online.&nbsp; This change applies to&nbsp;<strong>all</strong>&nbsp;previously designated Owner and Non Owner required signatories.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/changes-required-signatory-credit-forms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/changes-required-signatory-credit-forms#comments LEED Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:31:15 +0000 Batya Metalitz 2748709 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Facts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-facts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_leedfacts.png?1351187932" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>The <a href="/leed">LEED Green Building Program</a>: Spurring Growth in Sustainable Building, Design and Construction in the U.S. and Across the Globe</strong></p> <p><strong>FACT: To earn LEED certification, projects choose LEED points based on the environmental and occupant benefits they are looking for. </strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-facts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-facts#comments Media Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:32:48 +0000 2622901 at http://www.usgbc.org More options for LEED projects interested in demand response http://www.usgbc.org/articles/more-options-leed-projects-interested-demand-response <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Announcement; Program Overview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_drppnevada_0.jpg?1375471528" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4853" height="5967" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NVEnergy_Service_area_map_0.jpg?1375471599" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Meet the two newest members of the DRPP team.</strong><br /> The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/tools/pilot-credits/demand-response">Demand Response Partnership Program (DRPP)</a> is a collaborative effort that unites the demand and supply side of the energy grid with the goal of increasing participation in smart grid and demand response programs. Today we&rsquo;re proud to announce our two newest members.<br /> <strong>NV ENERGY</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/more-options-leed-projects-interested-demand-response" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/more-options-leed-projects-interested-demand-response#comments LEED Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:27:11 +0000 Heather Langford 2747907 at http://www.usgbc.org Homes 2008 update: Public comment is open now http://www.usgbc.org/articles/homes-2008-update-public-comment-open-now <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: James Cridland on Flickr" alt="Photo credit: James Cridland on Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_homescomment.jpg?1375388405" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC is addressing the changes made to energy codes over that last three years in the residential construction market sector with an update to the current version of LEED for Homes (2008). The first step in this process is a public comment period, <strong>open now through September 16, 2013</strong>, that presents all changes to the public for review and feedback.</p> <h4>View the credit open for comment</h4> <p>This update effects&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits/homes/v2008.2-draft">EA credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance</a>&nbsp;in two ways.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/homes-2008-update-public-comment-open-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/homes-2008-update-public-comment-open-now#comments LEED Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:20:55 +0000 Mika Kania 2747672 at http://www.usgbc.org New report: 4.3 million people live and work in LEED-certified buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-report-43-million-people-live-and-work-leed-certified-buildings <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Research; Report </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-all-url-website"> <div class="field-label">URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/we-estimate-43-million-people-live-and-work-leed-certified-buildings" target="_blank">http://www.usgbc.org/articles/we-estimate-43-million-people-live-and-work-leed-certified-buildings</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_PeopleProgress.jpg?1375380756" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><a href="/resources/leed-motion-people-and-progress">Download the report</a></strong>, LEED in Motion: People and Progress - exclusively for USGBC members.</p> <p>Are you one of 4.3 million?</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-report-43-million-people-live-and-work-leed-certified-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-report-43-million-people-live-and-work-leed-certified-buildings#comments LEED Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:13:34 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2747641 at http://www.usgbc.org 200 years of LEED (or 20 historic buildings you probably didn’t know were green) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/200-years-leed-or-20-historic-buildings-you-probably-didn%E2%80%99t-know-were-green <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Photo Essay; Lists </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_200yrleed.jpg?1375367484" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>No, that&rsquo;s not a typo. Here at USGBC we may be celebrating our 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary, but the buildings that have achieved LEED certification embody a history that stretches far deeper into the past than 1993. In fact, we recently certified the oldest LEED buildings both in the United States (<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/balancing-preservation-and-energy-efficiency">Fay House at Harvard University</a>, built in 1807) and in the world (<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/oldest-leed-certified-building-world">a Venetian Gothic palazzo from 1453!</a>).</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/200-years-leed-or-20-historic-buildings-you-probably-didn%E2%80%99t-know-were-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/200-years-leed-or-20-historic-buildings-you-probably-didn%E2%80%99t-know-were-green#comments LEED Thu, 01 Aug 2013 14:32:10 +0000 Christopher Davis 2747395 at http://www.usgbc.org Healthy, high-performance healing environment earns 2nd 'world first' rating http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-high-performance-healing-environment-earns-2nd-world-first-rating <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The LEED Platinum South Tower at Dell Children&#039;s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Credit: Marc Swendner, Seton Healthcare Family" alt="The LEED Platinum South Tower at Dell Children&#039;s Medical Center in Austin, Texas" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DellChildrensMedicalCenterExpansion%5B1%5D.jpg?1375979171" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It takes an extraordinary effort to become the world&rsquo;s first LEED Platinum certified hospital. But it takes an extraordinarily dedicated team with an unwavering commitment to sustainability to do it twice. Our team is proud to announce that Dell Children&rsquo;s Medical Center of Central Texas, a member of the Seton Healthcare Family, is now first in the world &mdash; twice &mdash; for LEED certification achievements. Its <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/dell-childrens-mcct-bt-3">Third Bed Tower addition</a>, now named the W.H.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-high-performance-healing-environment-earns-2nd-world-first-rating" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-high-performance-healing-environment-earns-2nd-world-first-rating#comments LEED Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:59:43 +0000 Michele Van Hyfte 2746994 at http://www.usgbc.org Available now: LEED v4 education http://www.usgbc.org/articles/available-now-leed-v4-education <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_v4webinars_0.jpg?1375218614" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to know more about LEED v4 and the concepts it&rsquo;s built on? This year, USGBC will release three separate webinar series to help prepare you for success, starting with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2772813"><strong>Introduction to LEED v4</strong></a>.&nbsp;The first webinar series is offered free of charge and includes two sessions:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/available-now-leed-v4-education" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/available-now-leed-v4-education#comments LEED Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:08:37 +0000 Julia Feder 2746726 at http://www.usgbc.org Here's to 20 years of keeping LEED creative http://www.usgbc.org/articles/heres-20-years-keeping-leed-creative <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/20years_leedcreative_0.png?1375212581" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series of&nbsp;stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building&nbsp;triumphs.&nbsp;Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we&nbsp;reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.</em><br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/heres-20-years-keeping-leed-creative" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/heres-20-years-keeping-leed-creative#comments Community Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:32:33 +0000 Joan Darvish-Rouhani 2746677 at http://www.usgbc.org Updates to LEED for Homes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/updates-leed-homes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Project: Pearl Place Photo: Courtesy of Avesta Housing" alt="Project: Pearl Place Photo: Courtesy of Avesta Housing" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_homesupdate_713.jpg?1374862124" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Continuous improvement ensures that the LEED rating systems stay relevant in a time when policies, technologies and the needs of the industry are constantly changing.&nbsp;In the last three years, residential construction energy codes rapidly have become more stringent, a trend we anticipate will continue.&nbsp;The updates in LEED v4 (the newest version of LEED for Homes) respond to these changes, and now USGBC aims to update the 2008 version of LEED for Homes by beginning an official update process.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/updates-leed-homes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/updates-leed-homes#comments LEED Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:11:24 +0000 Corey Enck 2746070 at http://www.usgbc.org In praise of LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/praise-leed <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adam Friedberg and Kirstin Weeks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_arup.jpg?1374782585" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="note"><strong><em><a href="http://www.arupconnect.com/2013/07/24/in-praise-of-leed/">This article first appeared on ArupConnect, the online magazine of Arup in the Americas</a>. About the authors:&nbsp;Adam Friedberg is a senior consultant in Arup's New York office.&nbsp;Kirstin Weeks is a senior specialist in our San Francisco office.</em></strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/praise-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/praise-leed#comments LEED Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:08:20 +0000 2745907 at http://www.usgbc.org 5 types of people you want on your LEED project team http://www.usgbc.org/articles/5-types-people-you-want-your-leed-project-team <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Do you have the right personalities to get the job done?" alt="Do you have the right personalities to get the job done?" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/5-Types-of-People.png?1374780634" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The journey to achieving LEED certification&mdash;at any level&mdash;begins and ends with a team. Assembling a strong LEED project team is crucial to the project&rsquo;s success and it&rsquo;s important to be as inclusive as possible from the start.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/5-types-people-you-want-your-leed-project-team" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/5-types-people-you-want-your-leed-project-team#comments LEED Thu, 25 Jul 2013 19:34:42 +0000 Rukesh Samarasekera 2745889 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: Pioneers on the path http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-pioneers-path <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/20yrs_pioneers.png?1374697748" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series of&nbsp;stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building&nbsp;triumphs.&nbsp;Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we&nbsp;reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.</em><br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-pioneers-path" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-pioneers-path#comments LEED Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:29:08 +0000 Donna McIntire 2745643 at http://www.usgbc.org From Norway to the world http://www.usgbc.org/articles/norway-world <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/janehenley.jpg?1374689473" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I always enjoy my visit to the States. As the CEO of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.worldgbc.org/">World Green Building Council</a>, I continue to be amazed at the passion and enthusiasm in the U.S. for greening the built environment.&nbsp; This energy was very much present during my travels to Washington, D.C. this week.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/norway-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/norway-world#comments Industry Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:19:41 +0000 Jane Henley 2745597 at http://www.usgbc.org CoStar finds higher value in LEED certified apartment buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/costar-finds-higher-value-leed-certified-apartment-buildings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="&lt;a href =&quot;http://www.usgbc.org/projects/eco-modern-flats&quot; target=&quot;blank&quot;&gt; Eco Modern Flats&lt;/a&gt;, a multi-family project, in Fayetteville, AR - Photo by Timothy Hursley" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ecomodernflats-exterior-12_copy.jpg?1374604660" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Location, location, location... and LEED.</p> <p>Apartment developers spend countless hours attempting to determine the features and attributes that will contribute the most to the value of their buildings, or the premium they can charge for rents. Decisions about the design, features or location of an apartment building are many times dictated by the attribute that will result in the highest returns.&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/costar-finds-higher-value-leed-certified-apartment-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/costar-finds-higher-value-leed-certified-apartment-buildings#comments LEED Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:39:13 +0000 Kelsey Mullen 2745329 at http://www.usgbc.org A demand for LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/demand-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="307" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_CNdemandleed-1_0.jpg?1374178076" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last year when traveling to China, USGBC COO Mahesh Ramanujam&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-global-reinvention">saw first-hand</a>&nbsp;the growing passion amongst the Chinese for green buildings, LEED in particular. A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-ongoing-compact-china">recent trip to China</a>&nbsp;just a few weeks ago confirmed that enthusiasm in China for LEED continues to soar.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/demand-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/demand-leed#comments LEED Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:08:29 +0000 Joseph Crea 2744460 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC’s Webinar Subscription — now 50% off http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-webinar-subscription-%E2%80%94-now-50 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Webinar_Sale.jpg?1374165137" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fulfilling your CMP is easier than ever with USGBC's Webinar Subscription.</p> <p>Get your LEED education in online, on demand, and direct from the makers of LEED. Plus, your CE hours will be reported to GBCI and AIA on your behalf.</p> <p>Also, did you hear that <a href="/articles/usgbc-membership-says-yes-leed-v4">LEED v4 has passed</a>?&nbsp;The USGBC Webinar Subscription is the best place to access the most comprehensive coverage about v4, with new LEED v4 content being added through the end of the year.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-webinar-subscription-%E2%80%94-now-50" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-webinar-subscription-%E2%80%94-now-50#comments LEED Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:33:13 +0000 Nora Knox 2744409 at http://www.usgbc.org Project Spotlight: UMass Research and Education Greenhouse http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-umass-research-and-education-greenhouse <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Interview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">17 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_umassLab.jpg?1374086130" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The greenhouses are efficient research machines. Two houses of high-tech glass and steel enclose a series of research compartments, each capable of maintaining a separate experimental environment. Sophisticated, automated controls modulate sunlight, artificial lighting, temperature, humidity, irrigation, and fertilization, adapting the interior environment in response to the sun, wind, and weather. The houses maximize plant growth while providing an open, flexible environment for botany research and instruction.<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-umass-research-and-education-greenhouse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-umass-research-and-education-greenhouse#comments LEED Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:35:37 +0000 2744198 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Professionals at a Glance: July 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-july-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="LEED Professionals at a Glance" alt="LEED Professionals at a Glance" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_ProfessionalsGlance.png?1363294191" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>[Part of an ongoing series capturing statistics on LEED Professionals]</em></p> <p>LEED Professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of six LEED professional credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and contribute their expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them?</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-july-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-july-2013#comments LEED Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:09:29 +0000 Robb Tufts 2743959 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED goes on vacation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-goes-vacation <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Survey </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED_passport.jpg?1373918521" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>School is out and summer is in full swing, and we want to know&mdash;what are your vacation plans?&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-goes-vacation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-goes-vacation#comments LEED Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:02:08 +0000 Ashley Katz 2743715 at http://www.usgbc.org Bringing together the Big Four http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bringing-together-big-four <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="625" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/jwynne_home-1.jpg?1373637399" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>II joined the Southwest Florida Branch of USGBC’s Florida Gulf Coast Chapter in 2011 with a particular enthusiasm for improving our community’s appreciation of the true value of greener real estate. I’m a realtor in one of America’s hottest residential marketplaces, and recently earned my <a href="http://www.greenresourcecouncil.org/why-use-nar-green-designee">NAR Green Designee</a> – a realtor’s credential for understanding the green home marketplace.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bringing-together-big-four" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bringing-together-big-four#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:06:56 +0000 Tony Richardson 2743256 at http://www.usgbc.org Attention Veterans! Take the LEED Professional exam for free http://www.usgbc.org/articles/attention-veterans-take-leed-professional-exam-free <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">11 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_veteransexam.jpg?1373572300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking to give yourself a career edge or qualify for a green job? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses the cost of the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP credential exams for U.S. military veterans, eligible dependents and reservists.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/attention-veterans-take-leed-professional-exam-free" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/attention-veterans-take-leed-professional-exam-free#comments LEED Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:51:47 +0000 Erin Emery 2743130 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC's ongoing compact with China http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-ongoing-compact-china <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MRandFangming-1.jpg?1373566109" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As pioneers in the green building movement, the U.S. and China continue to seek common ground on developing sustainable solutions for the built environment. Indeed, China's leadership has demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting green buildings in China, and USGBC is committed to learning from the region and supporting local leaders so that green buildings will flourish and benefit China.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-ongoing-compact-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-ongoing-compact-china#comments LEED Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:12:01 +0000 Joseph Crea 2743113 at http://www.usgbc.org ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions team learns the value of LEED credentials http://www.usgbc.org/articles/assa-abloy-door-security-solutions-team-learns-value-leed-credentials <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ASSA-ABLOY-Blog-Header_FINAL.png?1373301066" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Working as an account manager with USGBC member companies, ambitious goals for sustainability in the built environment never come as a surprise, nor do they ever cease to impress me. <a href="http://www.assaabloy.com/en/com/">ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions</a> (ASSA ABLOY DSS) is no exception. ASSA ABLOY DSS has been engaged with USGBC for many years, but I've only recently been working with them since they renewed as a Platinum Member under our new membership structure.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/assa-abloy-door-security-solutions-team-learns-value-leed-credentials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/assa-abloy-door-security-solutions-team-learns-value-leed-credentials#comments Industry Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:31:21 +0000 Emily Neagle 2742044 at http://www.usgbc.org Balancing preservation and energy efficiency http://www.usgbc.org/articles/balancing-preservation-and-energy-efficiency <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Fay House at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study" alt="Fay House at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Harvard_Radcliffe_Fay_House_1.jpeg?1373033560" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study recently achieved LEED-NC v3 Gold certification for its renovation of the <a href="http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/schlesinger-library/blog/fay-house-reopens-after-renovations"><strong>historic Fay House</strong></a>, making it the oldest LEED certified building in the United States (the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/oldest-leed-certified-building-world">oldest LEED building in the world</a> was built in 1453 and is located in Venice, Italy).<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/balancing-preservation-and-energy-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/balancing-preservation-and-energy-efficiency#comments LEED Fri, 05 Jul 2013 14:14:49 +0000 Andrea Trimble 2741787 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC membership says YES to LEED v4 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-membership-says-yes-leed-v4 <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="We&#039;re excited that LEED v4 has passed ballot! Are you?" alt="We&#039;re excited that LEED v4 has passed ballot! Are you?" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/v4_yes.png?1372777284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3987" height="4001" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEEDv4Ballot_slideshow1_0.jpg?1372777408" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3987" height="4001" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEEDv4Ballot_slideshow2_0.jpg?1372777433" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>The newest version of the LEED green building rating system closes ballot and moves toward an official market launch at Greenbuild.</em></p> <p>I am pleased to announce that the final results of the LEED v4 ballot are in. To pass, the rating systems needed 66.7% of the vote to be in favor of the new system. With a final tally of 86%, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-v4-passes-ballot-and-will-launch-fall">we met our goal</a> and more! This includes:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-membership-says-yes-leed-v4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-membership-says-yes-leed-v4#comments LEED Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:04:55 +0000 Joel Todd 2741213 at http://www.usgbc.org #LEEDWorks – the green building community has spoken http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leedworks-%E2%80%93-green-building-community-has-spoken <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi boldly states &quot;LEED works&quot;" alt="USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi boldly states &quot;LEED works&quot;" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_leedworks.png?1372776116" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>LEED works. It's working to protect the environment. It's working to save you money. It's working to build better and stronger communities. And it works because of you.</em></p> <p>Today, because of your work, LEED takes a significant step forward in its critical role of driving a more sustainable built environment.  With the overwhelming <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-v4-passes-ballot-and-will-launch-fall">passage of LEED v4</a>, our community once again embraced leadership and paved the way for the next generation of green building.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leedworks-%E2%80%93-green-building-community-has-spoken" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leedworks-%E2%80%93-green-building-community-has-spoken#comments LEED Tue, 02 Jul 2013 14:43:57 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2741204 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC’s LEED v4 Passes Ballot and Will Launch This Fall http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-v4-passes-ballot-and-will-launch-fall <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_1.jpeg?1372777124" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>The newest version of the LEED® green building rating system moves toward an official market launch at Greenbuild</strong></em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-v4-passes-ballot-and-will-launch-fall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-v4-passes-ballot-and-will-launch-fall#comments Media Tue, 02 Jul 2013 13:41:39 +0000 Marisa Long 2741186 at http://www.usgbc.org New Options in LEED Address Unique Challenges Posed by European Built Environment http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-options-leed-address-unique-challenges-posed-european-built-environment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_0_0_2.jpeg?1372707645" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Solutions for Europe developed by European technical experts.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-options-leed-address-unique-challenges-posed-european-built-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-options-leed-address-unique-challenges-posed-european-built-environment#comments Media Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:41:51 +0000 Joseph Crea 2740987 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC to Offer Free Certification for First Platinum Projects to Use Next Generation of LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-offer-free-certification-first-platinum-projects-use-next-generation-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_0_0_1.jpeg?1372450642" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington, D.C. &mdash; (June 28, 2013) &mdash; In an effort to accelerate sustainable development around the world, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creators of the LEED&reg; green building rating system, is adding a new layer to its LEED Earth campaign to offer free LEED certification to the first Platinum projects that certify using the new version of LEED. This new component will encourage and reward optimum, cutting-edge green building practices globally.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-offer-free-certification-first-platinum-projects-use-next-generation-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-offer-free-certification-first-platinum-projects-use-next-generation-leed#comments LEED Fri, 28 Jun 2013 20:19:56 +0000 Joseph Crea 2740666 at http://www.usgbc.org Health is a human right — green building can help http://www.usgbc.org/articles/health-human-right-%E2%80%94-green-building-can-help <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">28 Jun 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_humanhealth.png?1372428689" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today we released “<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/health-human-right-green-building-can-help">Health is a Human Right. Green Building Can Help</a>,” a report from USGBC’s Green Building &amp; Human Health Summit earlier this year that explores ways to promote and protect human health in relation to the built environment. More than 100 people contributed to the robust conversation, and we’ve attempted to summarize their thoughtful comments here.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/health-human-right-%E2%80%94-green-building-can-help" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/health-human-right-%E2%80%94-green-building-can-help#comments LEED Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:12:55 +0000 Howard Frumkin 2740582 at http://www.usgbc.org New pilot credits http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-pilot-credits <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">27 Jun 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_pilot_new.png?1372366586" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Several new and interesting pilot credits have been added to the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/pilotcredits">LEED Pilot Credit Library</a> in the past few months, many proposed by USGBC members.</p> <p>Here are some of the new pilot credits available to your projects:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-pilot-credits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-pilot-credits#comments LEED Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:56:34 +0000 Batya Metalitz 2740460 at http://www.usgbc.org The oldest LEED-certified building in the world http://www.usgbc.org/articles/oldest-leed-certified-building-world <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Sede Centrale, LEED-EBOM. Photo by: Università Ca&#039; Foscari Venezia (http://www.unive.it/) " alt="Sede Centrale, LEED-EBOM. Photo by: Università Ca&#039; Foscari Venezia (http://www.u" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_Ca_Foscari.jpg?1372180533" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earning LEED certification is a major achievement. Earning LEED certification for a Venetian Gothic palazzo built in 1453 and overlooking the Grand Canal is... wow.</p> <p>Cities like Venice are a window to the past. You know this if you've ever cracked a history textbook or travel guide, caught Rick Steves or Anthony Bourdain gallivanting the canals on cable, or been lucky enough to visit and see its magnificence for yourself.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/oldest-leed-certified-building-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/oldest-leed-certified-building-world#comments LEED Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:16:05 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2739635 at http://www.usgbc.org An Indianapolis neighborhood plans its future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/indianapolis-neighborhood-plans-its-future <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Jun 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_indianapolis.jpg?1372166752" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="563" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IndianapolisSlideshow_1.jpg?1372166777" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="750" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IndianapolisSlideshow_2.jpg?1372166791" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Real estate projects may have slowed over the past few years, but there is a great example in Indianapolis of one development corporation's use of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems/neighborhoods">LEED for Neighborhood Development</a> (LEED-ND), coupled with patience and persistence, to realize their goals. In mid-June a group of USGBC Board members had the chance to tour the community and witness key features of the rating system in action. We were very impressed!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/indianapolis-neighborhood-plans-its-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/indianapolis-neighborhood-plans-its-future#comments Initiatives Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:28:05 +0000 Ken Potts 2739589 at http://www.usgbc.org Webcast Watch: Register for LEEDuser's free LEED-ND live webcast http://www.usgbc.org/articles/webcast-watch-register-leedusers-free-leed-nd-live-webcast <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_webinarND.png?1372093210" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Join LEEDuser on <strong>June 27 at 1:30 p.m. ET</strong> for&nbsp;<em>Welcome to the Green Neighborhood: Getting Started with LEED-ND,</em>&nbsp;a free webcast featuring LEED Faculty member Eliot Allen and LEEDuser's Tristan Roberts. Allen and Roberts will answer your burning questions about LEED for Neighborhood Development, discuss the business case, and tackle everything from project&nbsp;eligibility&nbsp;to tips for navigating international requirements.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/webcast-watch-register-leedusers-free-leed-nd-live-webcast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/webcast-watch-register-leedusers-free-leed-nd-live-webcast#comments LEED Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:02:06 +0000 2739368 at http://www.usgbc.org Project Spotlight: Intel Ocotillo Campus http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-intel-ocotillo-campus <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo by Jason Wise" alt="Photo by Jason Wise" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_intel.jpg?1371751592" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Look inside.</strong></em><span></p> <p>Intel's slogan is more than just corporate branding&mdash;it also perfectly defines their approach to the LEED certification of their Ocotillo Semiconductor Manufacturing Campus, which earned LEED Silver as an existing building in 2011.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-intel-ocotillo-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-intel-ocotillo-campus#comments LEED Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:07:09 +0000 2738927 at http://www.usgbc.org Greener options for the manufacturing sector http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greener-options-manufacturing-sector <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_LMUG.jpg?1371502226" /> </div> </div> </div> <style> .views-field-field-res-hosted-audio-fid embed{ width:200px; } </style> <div class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-field-all-html-code-value"> <div class="field-content"></div> </div> <div class="views-field-field-all-url-website-url"> <span class="field-content"></span> </div> <div class="views-field-field-res-embed-audio-embed"> <span class="field-content"></span> </div> <div class="views-field-field-res-hosted-audio-fid"> <span class="field-content"></span> </div> </div> <style> .views-field-field-res-hosted-audio-fid embed{ width:200px; } </style> <div class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first views-row-last"> <div class="section"> <img class="left shadowed" src="/sites/all/themes/usgbc/lib/img/resource-icons/placeholder-books.gif" alt=""> <h4 class="sub-compact"><a href="/resources/leed-user-group-industrial-facilities-charter-document">LEED User Group: Industrial Facilities Charter Document</a></h4> <p class="small" style="clear: both;"></p> </div> </div> <p>Behind every achievement or milestone, there&rsquo;s a leader. In this case, it&rsquo;s a group of them. USGBC is excited to announce that we&rsquo;ve been working with a dedicated group of industry professionals from the manufacturing sector to create more opportunities for greener, healthier, more efficient manufacturing facilities.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greener-options-manufacturing-sector" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greener-options-manufacturing-sector#comments LEED Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:53:06 +0000 Rhiannon Jacobsen 2738148 at http://www.usgbc.org Experiencing success as a LEED Professional http://www.usgbc.org/articles/experiencing-success-leed-professional <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pam Mendez </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-professional.jpg?1371150489" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In May 2011, I graduated from Farmingdale State College with a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in engineering. Prior to graduation, I was an intern at a consulting engineering firm. I was confident that through my internship I would be offered a fulltime position upon graduating, but unfortunately I was not.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s when I realized I needed to differentiate myself from other recent graduates.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/experiencing-success-leed-professional" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/experiencing-success-leed-professional#comments LEED Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:08:21 +0000 2737570 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC: Doug Gatlin http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-doug-gatlin <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Meet USGBC&#039;s VP of LEED &amp; Product Management, Doug Gatlin" alt="Meet USGBC&#039;s VP of LEED &amp; Product Management, Doug Gatlin" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_MeetDoug.png?1371148190" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>What's your name and title at USGBC?</strong></p><p class="p1">Doug Gatlin,&nbsp;VP, LEED &amp; Product Management</p> <p><strong>How long have you been at USGBC?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>I joined the staff at USGBC in early 2006, back when there were only a few hundred LEED-certified projects, LEED was just a toddler then, and the staff organization was about 40 people.<br /><br /><strong>Where's your hometown?</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-doug-gatlin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-doug-gatlin#comments Community Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:33:10 +0000 2737556 at http://www.usgbc.org First Look: LEED v4 reference guides http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-reference-guides <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_firstlook3.png?1370982047" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">Quick - what&rsquo;s the first thing that comes to mind when you want to understand a credit? The reference guide. It's like the rating system content is your trusty automobile and the reference guide is your owner's manual that helps you figure out how to use everything.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-reference-guides" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-reference-guides#comments LEED Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:21:38 +0000 Selina Holmes 2737146 at http://www.usgbc.org "HACK-ing" LEED project experience http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hack-ing-leed-project-experience <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc1-1.jpg?1370882754" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking for more experience.&rdquo;
&nbsp;</p> <p>

Those five gut-wrenching words are the bane of every entry-level professional seeking gainful employment. It&rsquo;s the classic chicken-and-egg scenario that all young graduates face -- how does one gain experience without an opportunity to gain said experience? 

</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hack-ing-leed-project-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hack-ing-leed-project-experience#comments LEED Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:46:16 +0000 Brett Dioguardi 2736592 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED in new and existing markets http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-new-and-existing-markets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_leedearth.png?1375797523" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEED Earth is a new campaign designed to bring <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed">LEED</a>, the most widely recognized and used green building certification program, around the world.</p> <p>We are offering free LEED certification to the first projects to certify in the over 100 countries (See Below) where LEED currently does not exist. Additionally, LEED Earth is offering free LEED certification to the first Platinum project—in any country--to certify using the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/v4">newest version of LEED</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-new-and-existing-markets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-new-and-existing-markets#comments LEED Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:47:30 +0000 Joseph Crea 2735606 at http://www.usgbc.org First Look: LEED v4 online learning component http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-online-learning-component <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_firstlook2.png?1370375911" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-art-videos"> <div class="field-label">Videos:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-5" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/64582040?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series that USGBC is using to give the LEED community a first look at the tools and resources we’ve developed to support those using LEED.</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-online-learning-component" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-online-learning-component#comments LEED Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:02:33 +0000 Dara Zycherman 2735475 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Lab sets the course for campus EB:O+M certification http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-sets-course-campus-ebom-certification <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEEDLab_image.jpg?1370351560" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Over the past year, USGBC and GBCI have collaborated with The Catholic University of America (CUA) on a pilot interdisciplinary studio -- coined the LEED Lab. The goal of this collaboration was to test a course concept where students are engaged in and facilitating LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations &amp; Maintenance on campus. Faculty partner Patricia Andrasik shares her thoughts on the experience. </em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-sets-course-campus-ebom-certification" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-sets-course-campus-ebom-certification#comments LEED Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:13:52 +0000 Patricia Andrasik 2735360 at http://www.usgbc.org Case Study by Colorado State: Learning Gate Community School http://www.usgbc.org/articles/case-study-colorado-state-learning-gate-community-school <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo by Debbie Smith" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_learninggateCU.jpg?1370268269" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Miss Patti stood on the porch of the administration building for the small charter school. For nearly 20 years she had worked hard to bring environmental education to the children in west central Florida, and this ten building school was one large step in that mission. Every day 200 children attend classes taught by passionate instructors in old ranch-home style buildings at <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/learning-gate-community-school">Learning Gate Community School</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/case-study-colorado-state-learning-gate-community-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/case-study-colorado-state-learning-gate-community-school#comments LEED Mon, 03 Jun 2013 14:05:56 +0000 David Marcus 2735126 at http://www.usgbc.org Vote for LEED v4: Ballot is open http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-leed-v4-ballot-open <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_ballot_vote.png?1370014368" /> </div> </div> </div> <h2>The LEED v4 Ballot is officially open! Vote now and make your voice heard.&nbsp;</h2> <h3>How do you vote?</h3> <p>If you joined the consensus body (registered to vote) in April and you&rsquo;re employed by a USGBC national member who has remained in good standing, you&rsquo;ll receive an email with instructions and a direct link to our voting page. There you&rsquo;ll be able to cast your ballot on the newest update to the LEED rating systems through the month of June.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-leed-v4-ballot-open" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-leed-v4-ballot-open#comments LEED Fri, 31 May 2013 16:48:22 +0000 2734811 at http://www.usgbc.org Cradle to Cradle Institute is betting $250K that you can innovate healthier products for the home http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cradle-cradle-institute-betting-250k-you-can-innovate-healthier-products-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Make_it_Right_home.jpeg?1370013650" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>More people worry about chemicals of concern in our environment than ever before, and it&rsquo;s starting to change how manufacturers are thinking about building materials and products that enter our homes.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cradle-cradle-institute-betting-250k-you-can-innovate-healthier-products-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cradle-cradle-institute-betting-250k-you-can-innovate-healthier-products-home#comments Industry Fri, 31 May 2013 15:24:40 +0000 Stacy Glass 2734808 at http://www.usgbc.org Nearly 100 Building Projects Test the Next Version of LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nearly-100-building-projects-test-next-version-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img.jpeg?1369943911" /> </div> </div> </div> <p align="center"><strong><em>Global projects represent a variety of building types, including schools, universities, healthcare facilities, office spaces and residential buildings</em></strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nearly-100-building-projects-test-next-version-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nearly-100-building-projects-test-next-version-leed#comments Media Thu, 30 May 2013 19:59:22 +0000 2734604 at http://www.usgbc.org Heading Back to China http://www.usgbc.org/articles/heading-back-china <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="668" height="307" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Why_LEED_to_Top_Chinese_Media_Compressed_1_.JPG?1369934514" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.asiapacsummit2013.uli.org/templates/eec/APSummit_Report.pdf">report</a> by the <a href="http://www.uli.org/">Urban Land Institute</a>, the world&rsquo;s urban population will almost double by 2050, from 3.3 billion to 6.4 billion, with Asia carrying the&nbsp;greatest&nbsp;proportion. &nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/heading-back-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/heading-back-china#comments LEED Thu, 30 May 2013 17:23:14 +0000 Joseph Crea 2734518 at http://www.usgbc.org What is the Demand Response Partnership Program? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-demand-response-partnership-program <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_drppoverview.jpg?1369853291" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>DRPP is more than a funny sounding acronym. The Demand Response Partnership Program (DRPP) is a program started by USGBC and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.edf.org/">Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)</a>&nbsp;to bring the building and energy communities together, and to increase participation in demand response programs.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-demand-response-partnership-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-demand-response-partnership-program#comments LEED Wed, 29 May 2013 18:49:54 +0000 2734162 at http://www.usgbc.org Health care, LEED and healing the planet http://www.usgbc.org/articles/health-care-leed-and-healing-planet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The LEED Gold-certified Kaiser Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro, Ore. Credit: Kaiser Permanente " alt="The LEED Gold-certified Kaiser Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro, Ore. Credit" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/WMC2%5B1%5D.jpg?1369845378" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="631" height="640" title="Left to right: Andrew McCulloch, president, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region; Elaine Aye, principal, Green Building Services: Willy Paul, executive director of capital projects, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region; Don Orndoff, SVP National Facilities Services, Kaiser Permanente; Janet O&#039;Hollaren, assistant administrator, chief quality and safety officer, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Westside%20LEED.jpg?1369845598" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, the U.S. Green Building Council joined <a href="https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/html/kaiser/index.shtml">Kaiser Permanente</a> in Hillsboro, Ore., to put a LEED Gold plaque on our Westside Medical Center. &nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/health-care-leed-and-healing-planet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/health-care-leed-and-healing-planet#comments LEED Wed, 29 May 2013 16:44:25 +0000 Donald Orndoff 2734085 at http://www.usgbc.org First Look: LEED v4 online forms (part 2) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-online-forms-part-2 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_firstlook1.png?1369166042" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome back to the LEED v4 first look series, where we&rsquo;re giving you a sneak preview at the new or updated tools and resources that are part on the LEED v4 program. Everything that we&rsquo;ve done has been based on the great feedback we&rsquo;ve received from a number of sources including LEED volunteers, participants in the LEED v4 Beta (who are actually certifying projects using the LEED v4 credits and tools) and other LEED practitioners.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-online-forms-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-online-forms-part-2#comments LEED Tue, 28 May 2013 15:48:37 +0000 Sara Cederberg 2733826 at http://www.usgbc.org The LEED Certification Work Zone is coming to AIA http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-work-zone-coming-aia <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Image by AIA" alt="Image by AIA" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_aia13conf.png?1369418892" /> </div> </div> </div> <div>Have questions about your LEED project? Come see us at the&nbsp;<a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/convention-home.aspx">2013 AIA Conference</a>&nbsp;in Denver. For the third consecutive year, the&nbsp;<a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/certification-work-zone-scheduler-aia-2013/">LEED Certification Work Zone</a>&nbsp;will be at AIA. The Work Zone is where green building practitioners can meet in person with LEED Reviewers. Here you'll be able to discuss your projects, have your questions about the certification process answered and learn more about LEED v4.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-work-zone-coming-aia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-work-zone-coming-aia#comments LEED Fri, 24 May 2013 18:11:03 +0000 Sarah Alexander 2733227 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED v4 Twitter Chat Q&A: Recap http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-twitter-chat-qa-recap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/TwitterBlogHeaderImage_1b%5B1%5D.png?1369330418" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thank you to everyone who followed our @USGBC twitter handle yesterday afternoon as our VP of LEED Technical Development, <a href="/people/brendan-owens/0000005362">Brendan Owens</a>, answered your questions on all things v4. It was an info-packed hour, full of great questions and conversation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-twitter-chat-qa-recap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-twitter-chat-qa-recap#comments LEED Thu, 23 May 2013 17:45:50 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2732923 at http://www.usgbc.org How much can your community save with smarter growth? (Hint: More than you think!) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-much-can-your-community-save-smarter-growth-hint-more-you-think <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo courtesy of Nashville Gulch" alt="Photo courtesy of Nashville Gulch" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_smartgrowth.jpg?1369228994" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Governments across the country are increasingly turning to &ldquo;smart growth&rdquo; as smart policy, and a new study reveals the dollars and cents behind these policy decisions. In Smart Growth America&rsquo;s latest report, <a href="http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/building-better-budgets"><em>Building Better Budgets: A National Examination of the Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Development</em></a>, SGA compiles the first national survey on the local government savings from smart growth measures.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-much-can-your-community-save-smarter-growth-hint-more-you-think" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-much-can-your-community-save-smarter-growth-hint-more-you-think#comments LEED Wed, 22 May 2013 13:24:35 +0000 Casey Studhalter 2732627 at http://www.usgbc.org First Look: LEED v4 online forms http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-online-forms <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_firstlook1.png?1369166042" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEED v4 is more than just credits and requirements. With this update, USGBC has taken a deeper look at the tools and resources that support the program. We've reached out to the marketplace for feedback on what&rsquo;s working and what&rsquo;s not the so we could make improvements that help these tools operate as designed. The information we&rsquo;ve gathered through conversations with LEED practitioners, the LEED v4 Beta program and even in public comment periods has helped us identify ways to save project teams time.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-online-forms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-online-forms#comments LEED Tue, 21 May 2013 19:54:11 +0000 Sara Cederberg 2732477 at http://www.usgbc.org Watch the trailer for "Water Blues, Green Solutions" http://www.usgbc.org/articles/watch-trailer-water-blues-green-solutions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_waterblues.jpg?1368824140" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Water is a limited resource, essential for life. Just as we recognize the value of water, it is important to recognize the value of natural systems to store and maintain clean, fresh water and to sustain biodiversity and wildlife.</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/watch-trailer-water-blues-green-solutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/watch-trailer-water-blues-green-solutions#comments LEED Fri, 17 May 2013 20:55:42 +0000 2731540 at http://www.usgbc.org Project Spotlight: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-salt-river-fields-talking-stick <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Salt River Fields at Talking Stick | LEED Gold | Photo by Blake Marvin" alt="Salt River Fields at Talking Stick | LEED Gold | Photo by Blake Marvin" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_saltriver.jpg?1368735822" /> </div> </div> </div> <h2 class="kicker">The first LEED Gold spring training facility is setting records! Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, spring training home to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies, set single-game&nbsp;attendance&nbsp;records this past spring. Now in its third season, the combined&nbsp;attendance&nbsp;climbed to 300,000 D-backs and Rockies fans,&nbsp;the third-highest ever for a two-team complex.</h2> <h2 class="kicker">Not only have fans been rolling in, so have the accolades. Named 2011 Ballpark of the Year, the Scottsdale, Ariz.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-salt-river-fields-talking-stick" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-salt-river-fields-talking-stick#comments LEED Thu, 16 May 2013 20:25:07 +0000 2731339 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED v4 Development – the Road to Ballot http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-development-%E2%80%93-road-ballot <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_roadballot.jpg?1368564978" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever wondered what happens between the last public comment period and ballot? There are quite a few steps involved in closing the development process (when rating system changes are made based on marketplace feedback) and opening ballot.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-development-%E2%80%93-road-ballot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-development-%E2%80%93-road-ballot#comments LEED Tue, 14 May 2013 20:56:23 +0000 Christina Macken 2730850 at http://www.usgbc.org Leveraging the Cultural Influence of Sports to Advance Green Building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leveraging-cultural-influence-sports-advance-green-building <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_ga_sports.jpeg?1368213838" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="628" title="American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/American_Airlines_Arena__Miami__FL__jjron_29.03.jpg?1368213973" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="667" title="Amway Center, Orlando, FL | LEED Gold | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Amway Center, Orlando, FL | LEED Gold | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Amway_Center.jpg?1368213980" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="433" title="AT&amp;T Park, San Francisco, CA | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="AT&amp;T Park, San Francisco, CA | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ATT_Sunset_Panorama.jpg?1368213987" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="664" title="Marlins Park, Miami, FL | LEED Gold | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Marlins Park, Miami, FL | LEED Gold | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Marlins_First_Pitch_at_Marlins_Park__April_4__2012_.jpg?1368213996" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="666" title="Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Miller_Park0001.jpg?1368214007" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="750" title="Nationals Park, Washington D.C. | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Nationals Park, Washington D.C. | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Nationals_Park_181.jpg?1368214043" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="749" height="341" title="Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Philips_Arena.jpg?1368214050" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="561" title="Rose Garden Arena, Portland, OR | LEED Gold | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Rose Garden Arena, Portland, OR | LEED Gold | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/RoseGardenArenaS.jpg?1368214056" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="712" title="Soldier Field, Chicago, IL | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Soldier Field, Chicago, IL | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Soldier_Field__Chicago.jpg?1368214063" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="750" title="Target Field, Minneapolis, MN | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Target Field, Minneapolis, MN | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Target_Field_April_2010.jpg?1368214073" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="534" title="Toyota Center, Houston, TX | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Toyota Center, Houston, TX | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Toyota_Center_entr.jpg?1368214079" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Culture has been influenced by the sporting world for decades. Throughout the 20th century, fans mobilized around athletes to oppose war, support civil rights and promote disease awareness. The sports industry today is as influential as ever, with 58 percent of Americans self-identifying as sports fans, offering a robust platform for green building education and advocacy.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leveraging-cultural-influence-sports-advance-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leveraging-cultural-influence-sports-advance-green-building#comments LEED Fri, 10 May 2013 19:32:24 +0000 William Nutt 2729855 at http://www.usgbc.org Have questions about LEED v4? We have answers. http://www.usgbc.org/articles/have-questions-about-leed-v4-we-have-answers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/TwitterBlogHeaderImage_1-1.png?1368130823" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you an energy&nbsp;technical&nbsp;solution provider wondering how you can help LEED projects&nbsp;achieve&nbsp;the new Demand Response credit? &nbsp;Are you a&nbsp;practitioner who wants to know why air testing is valued at two points when the flush-out is valued at 1 point for the EQ: Indoor Air Quality Assessment credit? Or perhaps you're a building owner who wants to know overall how the changes in the water credit category of LEED v4 will effect your existing building's&nbsp;pursuit&nbsp;of LEED.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/have-questions-about-leed-v4-we-have-answers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/have-questions-about-leed-v4-we-have-answers#comments LEED Thu, 09 May 2013 20:21:21 +0000 Selina Holmes 2729636 at http://www.usgbc.org Infographic: LEED in the World http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-leed-world <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Feature_LEEDIntl_Infographic.jpg?1367608610" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC has created a new infographic, "LEED in the World," which lists the current number of both registered and certified LEED projects across the globe by gross square meters in different regions, and ranks the top 10 countries for green building. <br /><br />The numbers show the explosive growth of the green building movement beyond North America, demonstrating the growing global consensus about the worldwide imperative to green the built environment. <p> <p>(Figures are as of April 2013.)<p> <img src="/sites/default/files/LEEDIntl_Infographic_052013_v4.jpeg"/><br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-leed-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-leed-world#comments LEED Fri, 03 May 2013 19:19:03 +0000 2727385 at http://www.usgbc.org Infographic: LEED in Motion http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-leed-motion <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/USGBC_LEEDinfographic_vert_670_1.jpg?1367263381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC has released a&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/Zw3ECL" target="_blank">new infographic</a>&nbsp;to illustrate how the LEED green building rating system has contributed to the growth of an entire global industry devoted to creating a sustainable built environment.</p> <p>The infographic, &ldquo;LEED in Motion: Driving the Green Building Industry,&rdquo; is a visual depiction of the many facets of LEED, the voluntary, market-based program developed by USGBC that has changed the way our society thinks about buildings and their role in global environmental stewardship.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-leed-motion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-leed-motion#comments LEED Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:23:34 +0000 2724803 at http://www.usgbc.org Project Spotlight: ECOModern Flats http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-ecomodern-flats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo by Adaptive Creative" alt="Photo by Adaptive Creative" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ecomodernflats-interior-05_0.jpg?1366899232" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>ECO Modern Flats is sustainable living made attainable. The project not only transformed a formerly dilapidated property, but also changed the way that people in the region think about multi-family property. &ldquo;ECO Modern Flats raised the bar for what people expect of a multi-family development in Northwest Arkansas,&rdquo; said&nbsp;Linda K. Smith, the Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council&mdash;Arkansas Chapter. &ldquo;It has energy and water conservation, but also unique architecture and interior design. It is an outstanding project.&rdquo;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-ecomodern-flats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-ecomodern-flats#comments LEED Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:16:00 +0000 2722983 at http://www.usgbc.org Get your LEED publications up to 50% off http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-your-leed-publications-50 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEEDPubSale.jpg?1366828031" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Working on a LEED project? Or preparing for the LEED Green Associate or LEED AP with specialty exam? As the developer of LEED, USGBC is your source for LEED and green building education.</p> <p>Get your hard copy LEED Reference Guides and other publications up to 50% off! <strong><a href="/store" class="more-link" >Shop the sale</a></strong><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-your-leed-publications-50#comments Industry Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:31:50 +0000 Nora Knox 2722701 at http://www.usgbc.org What would you re-do if you won the $25,000 Save Money, Save Energy Home Makeover Sweepstakes? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-would-you-re-do-if-you-won-25000-save-money-save-energy-home-makeover-sweepstakes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="In celebration of green energy saving techniques and in support of green living, we&#039;re giving away a home makeover! " alt="In celebration of green energy saving techniques and in support of green living," src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bhg%20sweepstakes%20blog_v3.jpg?1366812924" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Would you makeover a kitchen or bathroom using low flow fixtures? What about more energy efficient replacement windows or lighting? Maybe even low maintenance fiber-cement siding or a Cool roof with a lifetime warranty?</strong></p> <p>Whichever option you choose, one thing is for sure, as home renovations go, $25,000 makes a big difference!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-would-you-re-do-if-you-won-25000-save-money-save-energy-home-makeover-sweepstakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-would-you-re-do-if-you-won-25000-save-money-save-energy-home-makeover-sweepstakes#comments LEED Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:18:19 +0000 Ashley Katz 2722499 at http://www.usgbc.org Top Three Tips: How to Renew Your LEED Credential Like a Pro http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-three-tips-how-renew-your-leed-credential-pro <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/renew-like-a-pro.jpg?1366645566" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.”</em> — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-three-tips-how-renew-your-leed-credential-pro" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-three-tips-how-renew-your-leed-credential-pro#comments LEED Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:12:59 +0000 2718761 at http://www.usgbc.org First LEED for Healthcare Certification in the Country Complete http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-leed-healthcare-certification-country-complete <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Group Health Puyallup Medical Center in Puyallup, Wash., LEED Gold. Credit: Sozinho Imagery" alt="The Group Health Puyallup Medical Center in Puyallup, Wash., LEED Gold. Credit: " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/exterior.jpg?1366316128" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>No buildings impact the health of their occupants more directly than healthcare facilities, but the existing LEED rating systems weren’t designed specifically to record and reward green medical buildings. With the first building now certified under the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems/healthcare">LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) rating system</a>, the industry has its first case study in the Group Health Puyallup Medical Center.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-leed-healthcare-certification-country-complete" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-leed-healthcare-certification-country-complete#comments LEED Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:34:20 +0000 Elizabeth Powers 2717518 at http://www.usgbc.org New and Improved Way to Certify Multiple Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-and-improved-way-certify-multiple-buildings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/multiple_buildings.jpg?1366127260" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2005, USGBC developed the application guidance for <a href="/leed/certification/programs/campus">multiple buildings and buildings on a campus</a>. Since then, we’ve continued to refine and expand both the document and the supporting tools. </p> <p>The newest update includes two key features.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-and-improved-way-certify-multiple-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-and-improved-way-certify-multiple-buildings#comments LEED Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:47:54 +0000 Melissa Gallagher-Rogers 2715956 at http://www.usgbc.org Continuing Education Q&A with Thornton Tomasetti http://www.usgbc.org/articles/continuing-education-qa-thornton-tomasetti <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/FiveCrescentDrive_LEEDPlatinum.jpg?1366057092" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.thorntontomasetti.com/">Thornton Tomasetti</a> provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity. Founded in 1956, today Thornton Tomasetti is a 700-person organization of engineers, architects and other professionals collaborating from offices across the world.</p> <p><em>Thanks to <a href="/people/amy-hattan/0010711369">Amy Seif Hattan</a> and <a href="/people/rachel-michelin/0010220309">Rachel Michelin</a> for participating in this Q&A.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/continuing-education-qa-thornton-tomasetti" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/continuing-education-qa-thornton-tomasetti#comments LEED Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:53:17 +0000 2715548 at http://www.usgbc.org “Missing Manual” Answers LEED FAQs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cmissing-manual%E2%80%9D-answers-leed-faqs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/manualmissing.png?1365795299" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><Strong>New report from LEEDuser compiles key addenda, Interpretations, and FAQs in one easy reference.</strong></p> <p>Keeping up with LEED isn’t always easy. Since LEED 2009 was launched, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has issued a variety of addenda, LEED Interpretations, and guidance documents that offer important clarifications or new compliance paths for key credits. The collective knowledge of the LEED community on how LEED reviewers are applying some of the more nuanced LEED requirements has also grown.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cmissing-manual%E2%80%9D-answers-leed-faqs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cmissing-manual%E2%80%9D-answers-leed-faqs#comments LEED Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:33:11 +0000 Tristan Roberts 2714916 at http://www.usgbc.org New Ways to Save Water in LEED v4 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-ways-save-water-leed-v4 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/95725101_0aa9d7297a_z.jpg?1365514807" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally posted on <a href="http://www.edcmag.com/articles/94999-new-ways-to-save-water-in-leed-v4" target="new">edc magazine online</a> on April 5, 2013.</em></p> <p>The LEED rating system has introduced highly efficient toilets, urinals and entire irrigation systems to thousands of buildings—measures that will continue to be a focus of the next version of LEED. Mission accomplished? Not quite. LEED v4 expands those water-savings targets to appliances, cooling towers, commercial kitchen equipment and other areas that consume a huge proportion of water in many buildings.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-ways-save-water-leed-v4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-ways-save-water-leed-v4#comments LEED Tue, 09 Apr 2013 13:42:59 +0000 Corey Enck 2712947 at http://www.usgbc.org The Private Sector uses LEED and so should the Federal Government http://www.usgbc.org/articles/private-sector-uses-leed-and-so-should-federal-government-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/USGBC_LEEDinfogrpahic_master%5B1%5D_0.jpg?1365453489" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s simple, really. There’s nothing else like LEED to advance green building, whether you are a Fortune 100 company or the U.S. General Services Administration. If you’re serious about saving money, saving energy, reducing water, improving indoor air quality, making better material choices, and driving innovation, then LEED is the best choice, bar none. There’s nothing else even close.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/private-sector-uses-leed-and-so-should-federal-government-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/private-sector-uses-leed-and-so-should-federal-government-0#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:41:14 +0000 Lisa Stanley 2712652 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Interpretations and Addenda http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-interpretations-and-addenda <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="LEED Interpretations Database" alt="LEED Interpretations Database" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_interpretations.png?1365429537" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We’re working to make LEED easier to use, and over the next few months, you’ll notice several improvements to <a href="/leed/developing-leed/interpretations">LEED Interpretations</a> and rating system and reference guide addenda. The first step: we’re unveiling a new platform. </p> <p>Welcome to our simplified, searchable <a href="/leed-interpretations">database</a> housing all the LEED Interpretations and addenda you need for your project in one central location.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-interpretations-and-addenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-interpretations-and-addenda#comments LEED Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:50:17 +0000 2712291 at http://www.usgbc.org It Was 20 Years Ago Today. http://www.usgbc.org/articles/it-was-20-years-ago-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HBD_USGBC.jpg?1365277433" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a few minutes I'll board a plane for Rome, where I'll attend the board meeting of the World Green Building Council. WGBC is 94 councils strong today, each one modeled on USGBC, which was the first council. And it was birthed 20 years ago today.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/it-was-20-years-ago-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/it-was-20-years-ago-today#comments Industry Sat, 06 Apr 2013 19:48:46 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2712050 at http://www.usgbc.org Improving the Building Product Supply Chain, One LEED Volunteer at a Time http://www.usgbc.org/articles/improving-building-product-supply-chain-one-leed-volunteer-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Credit: Ruin Raider via Flickr" alt="Credit: Ruin Raider via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/4310264824_e0706ab9de_b.jpg?1365010542" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC has just announced that it is establishing a group of 11 to 15 volunteers to serve as a working group that will determine how to best implement Option 3 of the <a href="http://new.usgbc.org/node/2616399?return=/credits">Material Ingredients</a> credit proposed for LEED v4. The call for self-nominations of applicants posted April 1 to the <a href="http://new.usgbc.org/committees/volunteer-opportunities/miscowg-call">volunteer opportunities</a> page on the USGBC website, and USGBC will accept applications through May 1.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/improving-building-product-supply-chain-one-leed-volunteer-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/improving-building-product-supply-chain-one-leed-volunteer-time#comments LEED Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:40:27 +0000 Sara Cederberg 2710317 at http://www.usgbc.org Members: Register now to vote for LEED v4 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/members-register-now-vote-leed-v4 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/v4_member_ballot%5B1%5D.jpg?1364831508" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-art-videos"> <div class="field-label">Videos:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-6" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/63106724?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>The LEED v4 Ballot is right around the corner. Want to vote? Register between April 1-30.</strong></p> <p><strong>Who can register to vote?</strong><br /> All employees of USGBC national member organizations with membership in good standing since March 1, 2013. Membership should remain in good standing through the ballot period this summer. Be sure to <a href="/ballot">register</a> first. </p> <p>After registering, you'll have access to the LEED v4 webcast series on LEED v4, which begins on April 10. Webcast topics include:</p> <ul> <li>LEED v4 Introduction</li> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/members-register-now-vote-leed-v4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/members-register-now-vote-leed-v4#comments LEED Mon, 01 Apr 2013 15:51:53 +0000 Selina Holmes 2708320 at http://www.usgbc.org Happy Birthday LEED! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/happy-birthday-leed-0 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/selina-holmes/0010367076">Selina Holmes</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">30 Mar 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HBD_LEED_3.jpg?1364747669" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thirteen years ago, on March 30, 2000, LEED went from being an idea to a fully functioning rating system. Who could have known that this idea would turn into a global green building movement, with more than 1.5 <strong>million</strong> square feet of LEED space certifying every day? Who would have imagined that the program would grow to include over <strong>184,000 LEED credentialed professionals</strong> and over <strong>51,000</strong> projects participating in LEED, making up 9.7 billion square feet of construction space?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/happy-birthday-leed-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/happy-birthday-leed-0#comments LEED Sat, 30 Mar 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Selina Holmes 2707656 at http://www.usgbc.org Fulfilling Your CMP is Easier Than Ever with USGBC's Webinar Subscription http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fulfilling-your-cmp-easier-ever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_Webinar_2013.jpg?1364239065" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Updated August, 26, 2014: The USGBC Webinar Subscription is no longer available for purchase. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education">Review USGBC's other education offerings.</a></em></p> <p>Get your LEED and green building education with USGBC's Webinar Subscription — online, on demand and direct from the makers of LEED. </p> <p>Access USGBC webinars to complete your LEED credential maintenance requirements. Plus, your CE hours will be reported to GBCI and AIA on your behalf.</p> <p>Purchase USGBC's 2013 Webinar Subscription.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fulfilling-your-cmp-easier-ever#comments LEED Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:25:06 +0000 Nora Knox 2705652 at http://www.usgbc.org Good News for Owners of Energy Star and LEED Homes: Efficient Homes Less Likely to Default http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-news-owners-energy-star-and-leed-homes-efficient-homes-less-likely-default <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="308" title="The Kantor Residence, LEED Platinum. Photo by Nate Kantor." alt="The Kantor Residence, LEED Platinum. Photo by Nate Kantor." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DSC00491_0_0.jpg?1363880766" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday a <a href="http://imt.org/resources/detail/home-energy-efficiency-and-mortgage-risks" target="new">“Home Energy Efficiency and Mortgage Risks”</a> report released by the <a href="http://www.ccc.unc.edu/" target="new">University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Community Capital</a> and the <a href="http://www.imt.org/" target="new">Institute for Market Transformation</a> (IMT) provided investors a solid data-driven insight – <strong>those who build and own efficient homes are good credit risks.</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-news-owners-energy-star-and-leed-homes-efficient-homes-less-likely-default" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-news-owners-energy-star-and-leed-homes-efficient-homes-less-likely-default#comments Industry Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:48:07 +0000 Bryan Howard 2702538 at http://www.usgbc.org Project Spotlight: The Westory Recertification http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-westory-recertification <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Westory Recertification Photo by Eric Burka" alt="The Westory Recertification Photo by Eric Burka" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_spotlight_Westory.jpg?1363707792" /> </div> </div> </div> <h2 class="kicker">Located only two blocks from the White House, the Westory is an historic building in downtown DC set apart from the city landscape by its Beaux Arts architecture. In 1989, the building was renovated into the 12-story, 273,111-square-foot commercial office building that we know today.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-westory-recertification" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-westory-recertification#comments LEED Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:08:29 +0000 2701647 at http://www.usgbc.org The ‘Naked’ Facts of LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%98naked%E2%80%99-facts-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG01999-20130319-0656%5B2%5D_0.jpg?1363727603" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2048" height="1536" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG02000-20130319-0656%5B2%5D_0.jpg?1363727418" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2048" height="1536" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG01998-20130319-0655%5B2%5D_0.jpg?1363727622" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1936" height="2592" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/view.jpg?1363785008" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2592" height="1936" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/conference.jpg?1363785207" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1936" height="2592" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/activity.jpg?1363785242" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2592" height="1936" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/The%20Top%20Tree%20Villa.jpg?1363785411" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With LEED projects in 135 countries around the world, it is safe to say, LEED is everywhere. Even on 60 acres of bamboo forest and white tea plantations in China.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%98naked%E2%80%99-facts-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%98naked%E2%80%99-facts-leed#comments Industry Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:14:45 +0000 Jennivine Kwan 2701797 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Professionals at a Glance: March 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-march-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="LEED Professionals at a Glance" alt="LEED Professionals at a Glance" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_ProfessionalsGlance.png?1363294191" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>[Part of an ongoing series capturing statistics on LEED Professionals]</em></p> <p>LEED Professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of seven LEED Professional Credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and contribute their expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them?</p> <p>Don't have a credential yet? <a href="/leed/credentials">Learn more about how to get accredited &raquo;</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-march-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-march-2013#comments Industry Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:11:45 +0000 Robb Tufts 2700044 at http://www.usgbc.org Preserving Historic Green Neighborhoods http://www.usgbc.org/articles/preserving-historic-green-neighborhoods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title=" LEED for Neighborhood Development and Historic Preservation (Photo Credit: SyracuseCoe)" alt=" LEED for Neighborhood Development and Historic Preservation (Photo Credit: Syra" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_historicnd.gif?1362519542" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Historic preservation is a green building strategy. A new guidance manual, <a href="/resources/leed-neighborhood-development-and-historic-preservation"><em>LEED for Neighborhood Development and Historic Preservation</em></a>, outlines strategies (and reasoning) geared towards helping project teams incorporate historic resources into their developments. This new recourse connects reuse and rehabilitation of historic resources with energy, water, waste, and infrastructure efficiency.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/preserving-historic-green-neighborhoods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/preserving-historic-green-neighborhoods#comments LEED Tue, 05 Mar 2013 21:45:11 +0000 Adam Maynard 2696642 at http://www.usgbc.org Refinements in Materials & Resources http://www.usgbc.org/articles/refinements-materials-resources <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="LEED v4 and Refinements in Materials &amp; Resources" alt="LEED v4 and Refinements in Materials &amp; Resources" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_MR.jpg?1362154208" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1500" height="1800" title="Life cycle of a product" alt="Life cycle of a product" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/product_lifecycle.jpg?1362156391" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We are in the midst of a really exciting time for LEED and USGBC. LEED v4 will be balloted in June of this year and in the time we have leading up to that point, USGBC is taking every moment to make sure the system is fully usable and the program has been thoroughly tested.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/refinements-materials-resources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/refinements-materials-resources#comments LEED Fri, 01 Mar 2013 16:10:41 +0000 Brendan Owens 2695202 at http://www.usgbc.org D.C. Mayor Unveils Landmark Sustainability Plan, Creates Model for Other Cities to Follow http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dc-mayor-unveils-landmark-sustainability-plan-creates-model-other-cities-follow <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DC%20kickoff%203.jpg?1361487015" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="507" height="408" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DC%20kickoff%20nate%202%20copy.jpg?1361487077" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>“I remain fully committed to the goal I first stated in July of 2011, that we will make the District of Columbia the healthiest, greenest city in the nation...this is my promise to everyone.”</strong> – Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, February 20, 2013</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dc-mayor-unveils-landmark-sustainability-plan-creates-model-other-cities-follow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dc-mayor-unveils-landmark-sustainability-plan-creates-model-other-cities-follow#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:59:08 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2690807 at http://www.usgbc.org Taking a close look at the federal government’s spending on real estate http://www.usgbc.org/articles/taking-close-look-federal-government%E2%80%99s-spending-real-estate <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: SGA" alt="Photo credit: SGA" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_SGA_report.jpg?1361480560" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>The following is a guest post by Alex Dodds, Online Communications Manager at <a href="http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/">Smart Growth America.</a></em></p> <p>The biggest real estate investor in the United States isn’t Donald Trump, and it’s not a private equity firm.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/taking-close-look-federal-government%E2%80%99s-spending-real-estate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/taking-close-look-federal-government%E2%80%99s-spending-real-estate#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:53:20 +0000 2690723 at http://www.usgbc.org More Than a Decade of High-Performing Buildings: Out Now in EDC's February Issue http://www.usgbc.org/articles/more-decade-high-performing-buildings-out-now-edcs-february-issue <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EDC-Westory-Building.png?1361459891" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's note: Browse the <a href="http://digital.bnpmedia.com/publication/?i=145171">February issue of </em>EDC</a>, <em>the official magazine for the LEED Professional - and preview the piece "<a href="http://www.edcmag.com/articles/94885-leed-more-than-a-decade-of-high-performing-buildings">LEED: More Than a Decade of High-Performing Buildings</a>" by Brendan Owens below. <a href="http://www.edcmag.com/LEED">Sign up today</a> to get your free digital edition of EDC.</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/more-decade-high-performing-buildings-out-now-edcs-february-issue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/more-decade-high-performing-buildings-out-now-edcs-february-issue#comments LEED Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:21:11 +0000 2690645 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED v4 Public Comment: Refining the system http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-public-comment-refining-system <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_leedquotes.png?1361396115" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We want to thank you for your contribution to the development of LEED v4. With the ballot only four months away, we are taking every moment to make sure the rating systems are fully usable and the program has been thoroughly tested.</p> <p>The last step in the development process is <strong>one final public comment period, <em>open March 1 – March 31, 2013</em></strong>. This comment period will focus on refinement (both in the credit language and in calculations) and provides the public with one last chance to give feedback on the system before the member vote in June.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-public-comment-refining-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-public-comment-refining-system#comments LEED Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:36:43 +0000 2677984 at http://www.usgbc.org Prepare now to vote on LEED v4 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-now-vote-leed-v4 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_MemberBallot.png?1361299254" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is a very important time for the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED and the thousands of volunteers around the world who have contributed to the LEED green building certification program. <a href="/v4"><strong>LEED v4</strong></a>, the newest update to the rating system, will be up for ballot this June.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-now-vote-leed-v4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-now-vote-leed-v4#comments LEED Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:19:51 +0000 Christina Macken 2669705 at http://www.usgbc.org Project Spotlight: Edy Ridge E.S. & Laurel Ridge M.S. http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-edy-ridge-es-laurel-ridge-ms <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="Edy Ridge E.S. &amp; Laurel Ridge M.S. Photo by Gary Wilson" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Feature_EdyRidgeLaurelRidge.jpg?1360880328" /> </div> </div> </div> <h2 class="kicker">Hot, flat and crowded. Sherwood School District needed more space for its increasing student body. Growing pains led to the design and construction of Edy Ridge Elementary School and Laurel Ridge Middle School, a LEED Gold project in the outskirts of Portland, Oregon.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-edy-ridge-es-laurel-ridge-ms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-edy-ridge-es-laurel-ridge-ms#comments LEED Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:30:00 +0000 2650708 at http://www.usgbc.org Military Facilities Reap Huge Benefits From Using LEED, Says Independent Study http://www.usgbc.org/articles/military-facilities-reap-huge-benefits-using-leed-says-independent-study <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="LEED Platinum Community Emergency Services Station. Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District " alt="LEED Platinum Community Emergency Services Station. Photo credit: U.S. Army Corp" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/8026297324_fb5c4ce001_c.jpg?1360946977" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>New research confirms LEED helps the government save<br /> taxpayers money and meet environmental objectives</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C. – (Feb. 15, 2013) – Today the Department of Defense released the findings of an independent report on energy efficiency and sustainability standards used by the Pentagon for military construction. The report strongly affirmed the value of LEED-certified high performing buildings to America’s military and U.S. taxpayers.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/military-facilities-reap-huge-benefits-using-leed-says-independent-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/military-facilities-reap-huge-benefits-using-leed-says-independent-study#comments Media Fri, 15 Feb 2013 16:56:25 +0000 Marisa Long 2655439 at http://www.usgbc.org A Mid-Rise Project: Fourth Street Family Apartments http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mid-rise-project-fourth-street-family-apartments <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/fourth_street_aerial.jpg?1360270561" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The LEED for Homes Multi-Family Mid-Rise rating system (Mid-Rise) was created to address the needs of multi-family buildings taller than four stories. Like LEED for Homes, it requires inspections and diagnostic testing, such as for duct leakage and air infiltration.</p> <p>Mid-Rise is currently in pilot with 38,204 units registered. <a href="http://new.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems/homes">Learn more &raquo;</a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mid-rise-project-fourth-street-family-apartments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mid-rise-project-fourth-street-family-apartments#comments LEED Thu, 07 Feb 2013 21:02:18 +0000 Jeff Oberdorfer 2649315 at http://www.usgbc.org GSA On the Right Track with Green Buildings and LEED: Now’s Your Chance to Help Them Stay There http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa-right-track-green-buildings-and-leed-now%E2%80%99s-your-chance-help-them-stay-there <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Credit: Texasgopvote.com via flickr" alt="Credit: Texasgopvote.com via flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/5486339201_5385d1767b_z.jpg?1360158510" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earlier today, GSA released a <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/02/05/2013-02408/sequence-24-findings-of-the-eisa-436h-ad-hoc-review-group-on-green-building-certification-systems"> request for information </a> (RFI), publicly lauding the value of green building rating systems like LEED and asking for additional input into important issues that could help GSA accelerate and improve its green building work. With the direction laid out in today’s RFI, it looks like GSA is on the right track to continue its success.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa-right-track-green-buildings-and-leed-now%E2%80%99s-your-chance-help-them-stay-there" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa-right-track-green-buildings-and-leed-now%E2%80%99s-your-chance-help-them-stay-there#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:07:03 +0000 Jason Hartke 2648811 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED for Neighborhood Development and the 2013 CNU Charter Awards http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-neighborhood-development-and-2013-cnu-charter-awards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_CNU.png?1359474386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="958" height="639" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MAP_MC%20Aerial%20View%20After.jpg?1359474452" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="686" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MAP_MC%20rendering.jpg?1359474461" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="1447" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MAP_Orion.jpg?1359474468" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Each year the <a href="http://www.cnu.org" target="_blank">Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)</a> recognizes excellence in urban design through its <a href="http://cnuawards2013.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">Charter Awards</a>. The program recognizes “outstanding architectural, landscape, and urban designs built in harmony with their physical and social contexts.” Winning projects embody the characteristics walkable, sustainable, and vibrant places at all scales – from vast, interconnected urban regions to well-designed buildings and city blocks.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-neighborhood-development-and-2013-cnu-charter-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-neighborhood-development-and-2013-cnu-charter-awards#comments LEED Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:53:52 +0000 2640875 at http://www.usgbc.org A Reflective Recipe for LEED: A Dash of Archimedes, a Smidge of Mead, a Pinch of Jobs… http://www.usgbc.org/articles/reflective-recipe-leed-dash-archimedes-smidge-mead-pinch-jobs%E2%80%A6 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jason-hartke/0010084786">Jason Hartke</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: iStockphoto" alt="Photo credit: iStockphoto" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/iStock_000016799951Small.jpg?1359391603" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There have been many before us who have provided insight into the formula for creating positive change, paving the road through action and articulating ideas that catalyze and lessons that ignite. Their contributions resonate today and continue to instill in us the feeling and spirit of what’s needed to successfully drive market transformation.</p> <p>Reflecting on some of these ideas, I’ve put together my recipe of great thinking that in many ways has influenced, guided, propelled or inspired LEED and its remarkable, flexible, market-based approach to creating change.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/reflective-recipe-leed-dash-archimedes-smidge-mead-pinch-jobs%E2%80%A6" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/reflective-recipe-leed-dash-archimedes-smidge-mead-pinch-jobs%E2%80%A6#comments LEED Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:13:16 +0000 Jason Hartke 2640624 at http://www.usgbc.org New and Updated Pilot Credits http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-and-updated-pilot-credits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/pilot-credits-update.jpg?1359063534" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The LEED Pilot Credit Library has been updated with 10 new, and 14 modified, pilot credits. There are now 46 active pilot credits available for LEED project team use under IDc1/IOc1. <a href="/pilotcredits" class="more-link">View all pilot credits</a></p> <p><strong>New pilot credit ideas for testing</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-and-updated-pilot-credits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-and-updated-pilot-credits#comments LEED Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:39:17 +0000 Batya Metalitz 2640122 at http://www.usgbc.org Infographic: Top Ten States for LEED in 2012 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-ten-states-leed-2012 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Top10_2012-v3.jpg?1359056622" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="padded"><img src="/sites/all/assets/section/images/Infographic-Top-10-LEED-2012.png" /></div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-ten-states-leed-2012#comments LEED Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:44:01 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2640078 at http://www.usgbc.org Top 10 States for LEED in 2012: Who Moved Up? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-states-leed-2012-who-moved <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Top10_2012-v2.jpg?1359042653" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At USGBC, we believe it’s important to highlight the places that are leading the way in establishing the healthiest possible environments for their citizens to live, work and play.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-states-leed-2012-who-moved" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-states-leed-2012-who-moved#comments LEED Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:20:10 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2639925 at http://www.usgbc.org Using LEED for Good http://www.usgbc.org/articles/using-leed-good <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_3081_2cover.png?1358369980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1280" height="853" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_3075_2.jpg?1358369994" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s not everyday you see President Clinton &amp; Kobe Bryant together holding a <a href="/leed">LEED</a> plaque. But this Monday was no ordinary day. </p> <p>Monday marked the grand opening of Step Up on Vine: LEED Platinum, permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless in Hollywood, owned by the non-profit organization <a href="http://www.stepuponsecond.org/">Step Up On Second</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/using-leed-good" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/using-leed-good#comments LEED Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:25:40 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2636458 at http://www.usgbc.org Life Cycle & LEED: Out Now in EDC's January Issue http://www.usgbc.org/articles/life-cycle-leed-out-now-edcs-january-issue <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EDCjan.png?1357761303" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's note: Browse the <a href="http://www.edcmag.com/publications/3">January issue of EDC</a>, the official magazine for the LEED Professional - and preview the piece "<a href="http://www.edcmag.com/articles/94837-life-cycle-and-leed">Life Cycle &amp; LEED</a>" by Joel Ann Todd below. <a href="http://www.edcmag.com/LEED">Sign up today</a> to get your free digital edition of EDC. </em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/life-cycle-leed-out-now-edcs-january-issue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/life-cycle-leed-out-now-edcs-january-issue#comments LEED Wed, 09 Jan 2013 19:59:04 +0000 2635201 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Addenda and Interpretations Update: January 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-and-interpretations-update-january-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_leedupdate_01012013.png?1357333179" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The January 1st quarterly addenda to the LEED 2009 reference guides and latest LEED Interpretations are now available. The fastest way to see all changes is to search by 1/1/2013 in the database. <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/leedinterpretations/LILanding.aspx" class="more-link">Search for entries</a> </p> <p>This quarter, we published 16 new Interpretations (#10259- 10274). Highlights include:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-and-interpretations-update-january-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-and-interpretations-update-january-2013#comments LEED Fri, 04 Jan 2013 21:00:59 +0000 2634438 at http://www.usgbc.org Across a Portfolio, Vornado Takes LEED to a New Level http://www.usgbc.org/articles/across-portfolio-vornado-takes-leed-new-level <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/emily-kirk-willson/0010578588">Emily Kirk Willson</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="1101 17th St. NW, part of Vornado Realty Trust&#039;s Washington, D.C., portfolio." alt="1101 17th St. NW, part of Vornado Realty Trust&#039;s Washington, D.C., portfolio." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/1101%2017th%20copy%5B5%5D.jpg?1355768141" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.vno.com/">Vornado Realty Trust</a>, one of the largest owners and managers of commercial real estate in the United States, recently achieved LEED certification at 30 properties in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/across-portfolio-vornado-takes-leed-new-level" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/across-portfolio-vornado-takes-leed-new-level#comments LEED Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:26:36 +0000 Emily Kirk Willson 2632314 at http://www.usgbc.org Green School Facts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-school-facts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_Feature.png?1355766225" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>FACT: LEED-certified schools are designed to save energy, water and money. The operations and maintenance of a building are critical components to ensuring ongoing building performance.</strong></p> <p>Whether it’s a school, a data center or an office building, proper operation and maintenance of any green building is critical to ensure ongoing, long-term LEED performance.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-school-facts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-school-facts#comments LEED Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:46:42 +0000 Ashley Katz 2632309 at http://www.usgbc.org With End of Oil in Sight, Saudi Arabia’s LEED Community is Vision of Sustainable Future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/end-oil-sight-saudi-arabia%E2%80%99s-leed-community-vision-sustainable-future <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/anica-landreneau/0010030272">Anica Landreneau</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="A building on the KAPSARC campus. Photo credit: HOK" alt="A building on the KAPSARC campus. Photo credit: HOK" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DSC_0382%5B1%5D%5B2%5D.JPG?1355517714" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Given the recent revelations that <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-09-04/saudi-arabia-may-become-oil-importer-by-2030-citigroup-says">Saudi Arabia may be running out of oil</a>, and that <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/business/u-s-overtake-saudi-arabia-top-oil-producer-1C6983978">the U.S. is poised to surpass the kingdom as an oil producer</a>, it is no surprise that the kingdom is looking at ways to diversify its economy and its energy future.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/end-oil-sight-saudi-arabia%E2%80%99s-leed-community-vision-sustainable-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/end-oil-sight-saudi-arabia%E2%80%99s-leed-community-vision-sustainable-future#comments LEED Fri, 14 Dec 2012 20:54:22 +0000 Anica Landreneau 2632116 at http://www.usgbc.org Small Communities Experience Big Benefits When Governments Commit to ‘Leadership with LEED’ http://www.usgbc.org/articles/small-communities-experience-big-benefits-when-governments-commit-%E2%80%98leadership-leed%E2%80%99 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jeremy-sigmon/0010079884">Jeremy Sigmon</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="307" title="Photo credit: eli brown via Flickr" alt="Photo credit: eli brown via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/4586753929_daa6795969_b.jpg?1355172520" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In <a href="https://new.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-study-explores-positive-impact-green-government-buildings">my last blog post</a>, I reported on a recent study that explores the amazing “spillover” effects of green public building policies in California. A prominent global economy in and of itself, California continues to provide a fertile test bed to see how a history of leadership on issues like green building policy lays the foundations for a transforming market.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/small-communities-experience-big-benefits-when-governments-commit-%E2%80%98leadership-leed%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/small-communities-experience-big-benefits-when-governments-commit-%E2%80%98leadership-leed%E2%80%99#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:49:42 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2631095 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC & Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School Announce Two Resources to Help Local Governments Create Sustainable Neighborhoods http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-land-use-law-center-pace-law-school-announce-two-resources-help-local-governments-cre <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/ashley-katz/0010048511">Ashley Katz</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Sophie Lambert" alt="Photo credit: Sophie Lambert" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_TGMrelease.jpg?1354901950" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dec. 7, 2012 (Washington, D.C. &amp; White Plains, N.Y.) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School today announced two new free resources — the <a href="/resources/technical-guidance-manual-sustainable-neighborhoods">Technical Guidance Manual for Sustainable Neighborhoods</a> and the <a href="/resources/neighborhood-development-floating-zone">Neighborhood Development Floating Zone</a> — to help local governments leverage the <a href="/leed/rating-systems/neighborhoods">LEED for Neighborhood Development</a> rating system as a sustainability tool.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-land-use-law-center-pace-law-school-announce-two-resources-help-local-governments-cre" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-land-use-law-center-pace-law-school-announce-two-resources-help-local-governments-cre#comments Media Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:45:37 +0000 Ashley Katz 2630388 at http://www.usgbc.org A Quantum Leap Forward for a Pre-War Existing Building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/quantum-leap-forward-pre-war-existing-building <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/10_130W12_dbox.png?1354815440" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>by COOKFOX</em></p> <p>We want to share the news that on Monday, December 3rd, The Rudin Family was honored at Global Green USA’s 13th Annual Sustainable Design Awards with the Green Building Design award for the redevelopment of One Thirty West 12th Street. For more information on the event you can visit <a href="http:/www.globalgreen.org/nyawards">Global Green’s page</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/quantum-leap-forward-pre-war-existing-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/quantum-leap-forward-pre-war-existing-building#comments LEED Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:39:55 +0000 2630134 at http://www.usgbc.org Ask Jeremy: How do Regional Priority (RP) credits work? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ask-jeremy-how-do-regional-priority-rp-credits-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: dsearis via Flickr" alt="Photo credit: dsearis via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/4907496860_8db4036685_b.jpg?1354725018" /> </div> </div> </div> Happy December, everyone! As a member of USGBC’s Technical Customer Service team, my goal is to help project teams understand LEED programs. In this installment of our “Ask Jeremy” series, I’ll be discussing how Regional Priority (RP) credits work and how to look up which RP credits are available. I’ll also be answering other common questions we receive regarding the RP credit program. USGBC developed RP credits to incentivize the achievement of credits that address geographically specific environmental priorities.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ask-jeremy-how-do-regional-priority-rp-credits-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ask-jeremy-how-do-regional-priority-rp-credits-work#comments LEED Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:33:00 +0000 Jeremy Muenz 2629906 at http://www.usgbc.org Become a LEED Committee Member: Call Open through Dec 7 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-committee-member-call-open-through-dec-7 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_committeecall-08.png?1354659461" /> </div> </div> </div> <h4>Are you interested in contributing to the future of LEED?</h4> <h5>Your time is now.</h5> <p>The U.S. Green Building Council call is now open for self-nominations of qualified applicants to serve as members of LEED Committees. These volunteers play a critical role in developing and maintaining the LEED rating system.</p> <p>The following committees are seeking new members:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-committee-member-call-open-through-dec-7" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-committee-member-call-open-through-dec-7#comments LEED Tue, 04 Dec 2012 22:24:53 +0000 2629767 at http://www.usgbc.org Harvard Study Explores Positive Impact of Green Government Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-study-explores-positive-impact-green-government-buildings <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jeremy-sigmon/0010079884">Jeremy Sigmon</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: El Frito via Flickr" alt="Photo credit: El Frito via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/4524444398_44acdecaa1_b.jpg?1354549732" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What came first, the chicken or the egg? Is it the availability of charging stations that has slowed the growth of the electric car, or has it been the sluggish growth of the electric car market that has stifled investment in charging stations? In 1986, two researchers coined the term “excess inertia” to describe this market coordination challenge where inaction spurs inaction and waits patiently for a spark.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-study-explores-positive-impact-green-government-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-study-explores-positive-impact-green-government-buildings#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 03 Dec 2012 15:54:37 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2629321 at http://www.usgbc.org San Francisco Announces Green Certifications in Official Property Records http://www.usgbc.org/articles/san-francisco-announces-green-certifications-official-property-records <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Dan Geiger, USGBC-NCC &amp; Phil Ting, City of SF. Credit: USGBC – Northern California Chapter" alt="Dan Geiger, USGBC-NCC &amp; Phil Ting, City of SF. Credit: USGBC – Northern Ca" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ncc_dangeiger%5B1%5D.jpg?1354308098" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>San Francisco, CA</em>. I had the pleasure of participating in an important press conference today highlighting San Francisco’s continuing leadership in green building public policy.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/san-francisco-announces-green-certifications-official-property-records" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/san-francisco-announces-green-certifications-official-property-records#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:57:21 +0000 Dan Geiger 2628969 at http://www.usgbc.org A Closer Look at LEED Automation: COMNET Energy Modeling Portal Saves Time and Ensures Quality of LEED Energy Data http://www.usgbc.org/articles/closer-look-leed-automation-comnet-energy-modeling-portal-saves-time-and-ensures-quality-le <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/dimitri-contoyannis/0000068878">Dimitri Contoyannis</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Credit: COMNET" alt="Credit: COMNET" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/model%5B1%5D.png?1354299016" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While energy modeling analyses have become increasingly important to driving energy performance within the green building industry, the efficiency of transferring the resulting data is still fairly poor. In particular, filling out LEED Online template forms represents significant time for design teams and present opportunities for errors as data is manually sorted and transcribed, sometimes several times throughout a project’s lifespan.</p> <p>That’s why we built the COMNET Energy Modeling Portal, one of the first LEED automation tools to hit the market.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/closer-look-leed-automation-comnet-energy-modeling-portal-saves-time-and-ensures-quality-le" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/closer-look-leed-automation-comnet-energy-modeling-portal-saves-time-and-ensures-quality-le#comments LEED Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:42:22 +0000 Dimitri Contoyannis 2628928 at http://www.usgbc.org 2012 LEED for Homes Award Recipients Announced http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2012-leed-homes-award-recipients-announced <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EW_12_0.jpg?1352737603" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_0154.JPG?1358449703" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>USGBC recognizes excellence in the green residential building community at its Greenbuild Conference &amp; Expo in San Francisco</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2012-leed-homes-award-recipients-announced" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2012-leed-homes-award-recipients-announced#comments Media Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:35:25 +0000 Marisa Long 2625541 at http://www.usgbc.org A Better Credential Experience is Here http://www.usgbc.org/articles/better-credential-experience-here <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/erin-emery/0010599433">Erin Emery Hartz</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedcredentials1.png?1352569236" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of LEED’s greatest strengths is its ability to evolve and improve along with the industry, continuously raising the bar on green building practice.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/better-credential-experience-here" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/better-credential-experience-here#comments LEED Sat, 10 Nov 2012 17:41:04 +0000 Erin Emery 2625350 at http://www.usgbc.org Recertification Guidance for Existing Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/recertification-guidance-existing-buildings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo: Unico Properties" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_feature_recert.png?1352473804" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s here! </p> <p>The <a href="/resources/leed-existing-buildings-operations-amp-maintenance-recertification-guidance">LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Recertification Guidance</a> is now available. This new document is the first of several steps USGBC is taking to establish a clear LEED recertification program for projects that have achieved certification under any version of the <a href="/leed/rating-systems/existing-building">LEED for Existing Buildings rating systems</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/recertification-guidance-existing-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/recertification-guidance-existing-buildings#comments LEED Fri, 09 Nov 2012 15:37:11 +0000 2625209 at http://www.usgbc.org Neighborhoods Go Green Exhibit Open Nov 5 to Dec 14 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/neighborhoods-go-green-exhibit-open-nov-5-dec-14 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_ngg.png?1352228496" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3538" height="2380" title="Neighborhoods Go Green! Scaling Up Sustainability Exhibit" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NGG-2.jpg?1352234733" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3916" height="2634" title="Neighborhoods Go Green! Scaling Up Sustainability Exhibit" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NGG-3.jpg?1352234785" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3916" height="2634" title="Neighborhoods Go Green! Scaling Up Sustainability Exhibit" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NGG-4.jpg?1352234854" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3766" height="2533" title="Neighborhoods Go Green! Scaling Up Sustainability Exhibit" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NGG-7_0.jpg?1352236088" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4288" height="2848" title="Neighborhoods Go Green! Scaling Up Sustainability Exhibit" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/AIA_ND%20023_0.jpg?1352236504" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4288" height="2848" title="Neighborhoods Go Green! Scaling Up Sustainability Exhibit" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/AIA_ND%20041.jpg?1352236800" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><a href="/initiatives/events/neighborhoods-go-green">NEIGHBORHOODS GO GREEN! </a></strong> is a travelling exhibition that explores the construction and certification of green neighborhoods. By thinking on a larger scale, we can reorganize the places we live and work and dramatically reduce the impact of our lives on our neighborhoods&mdash;and on planet Earth.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/neighborhoods-go-green-exhibit-open-nov-5-dec-14" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/neighborhoods-go-green-exhibit-open-nov-5-dec-14#comments LEED Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:20:09 +0000 2624683 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Members in Support of LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-support-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_leedquotes%5B1%5D.png?1351535028" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="960" height="441" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Featured-01_0.png?1351538871" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="960" height="441" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Featured-02_0.png?1351538903" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="960" height="441" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Featured-03_0.png?1351539024" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="960" height="441" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Featured-04_0.png?1351539037" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="960" height="441" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Featured-05_1.png?1351539051" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="960" height="441" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Featured-06_0.png?1351539062" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>"LEED certification in buildings benefits the environment and the bottom line. LEED certified buildings in San Francisco and around the country are saving money and increasing their property value while reducing their overall environmental footprint,” says Melanie Nutter, Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment. “Since buildings contribute 53% of greenhouse gas emissions in San Francisco, it is essential that we address inefficiencies in the built environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-support-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-support-leed#comments LEED Mon, 29 Oct 2012 19:10:19 +0000 2623321 at http://www.usgbc.org Fact Check with USGBC's Brendan Owens: USA Today http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fact-check-usgbcs-brendan-owens-usa-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="Credit: Roanoke College" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/silverplaque.png?1351194304" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There’s a lot not to like about the <em>USA Today</em> articles written by Thomas Frank and posted earlier this week. To be fair however, there is some to like as well. And, just to put it out there, my list of things that could be better in <a href="http://usgbc.org/leed">LEED</a> is a whole lot longer than Tom’s – trying to fix them is why I work here.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fact-check-usgbcs-brendan-owens-usa-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fact-check-usgbcs-brendan-owens-usa-today#comments LEED Thu, 25 Oct 2012 19:47:26 +0000 Brendan Owens 2622934 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Issues Statement in Response to USA Today Piece http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-issues-statement-response-usa-today-piece <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_usgbcnote%5B1%5D.png?1351191524" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1396" height="642" title="Photo courtesy of Gary Wilson Photo/Graphic" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Featured-01.png?1351197798" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1396" height="642" title="Photo courtesy of Jim Schafer Location Photography" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Featured-02.png?1351198481" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1396" height="642" title="Photo courtesy of Francisco Diez" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Featured-03.png?1351198823" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1396" height="642" title="Photo courtesy of Mark File/Proximity Hotel" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Featured-04.png?1351198884" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1396" height="642" title="Photo courtesy of RB+B Architects, Inc." alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Featured-05.png?1351198915" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1396" height="642" title="Photo courtesy of Steven Hall for Hedrich Blessing" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Featured-06.png?1351198955" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Related articles:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://new.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-statement-response-usa-today-news-article">USGBC's Oct. 24 Statement in Response to </em>USA Today<em> Article</a></li> <li><a href="https://new.usgbc.org/articles/fact-check-usgbcs-brendan-owens-usa-today">Fact Check with USGBC's Brendan Owens</a></li> <li><a href="https://new.usgbc.org/articles/leed-facts">Myths vs. Facts on LEED</a> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Statement from Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO &amp; Founding Chair</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-issues-statement-response-usa-today-piece" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-issues-statement-response-usa-today-piece#comments LEED Thu, 25 Oct 2012 19:00:54 +0000 Ashley Katz 2622914 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Statement in Response to USA Today News Article http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-statement-response-usa-today-news-article <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_USGBCnote.png?1351091759" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington, DC – (Oct. 24, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) issued a statement in response to the <em>USA Today</em> piece that ran today about the organization and its LEED green building program.</p> <p>USGBC is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to sustainable building design and construction. Its mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-statement-response-usa-today-news-article" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-statement-response-usa-today-news-article#comments LEED Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:16:09 +0000 2622688 at http://www.usgbc.org New Alternative Compliance Paths Now Available for International LEED Projects http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-alternative-compliance-paths-now-available-international-leed-projects <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ACP-release.png?1351012741" /> </div> </div> </div> <p align="center"><em>Refined and expanded paths provide added flexibility, options for international projects pursuing LEED green building certification</em> <p>Washington, DC – (Oct. 23, 2012) – A new set of Global Alternative Compliance Paths, or Global ACPs, are now available for all commercial projects pursuing LEED green building certification using the 2009 versions of the rating systems. Global ACPs offer a flexible method for projects around the world to demonstrate compliance with the LEED credits that are traditionally more challenging for projects outside of the U.S. </p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-alternative-compliance-paths-now-available-international-leed-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-alternative-compliance-paths-now-available-international-leed-projects#comments Media Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:20:41 +0000 Ashley Katz 2622524 at http://www.usgbc.org A Closer Look at Materials & Resources in LEED v4 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/closer-look-materials-resources-leed-v4 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">11 Oct 2012</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_v4_mr.png?1349967955" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2400" height="1050" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MR_MAP.jpg?1349966782" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>“LEED has the power to connect people and pull them in, no matter where they are starting from.”</strong><br /> <cite>Scot Horst, Senior Vice President, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council</cite></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/closer-look-materials-resources-leed-v4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/closer-look-materials-resources-leed-v4#comments LEED Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:16:45 +0000 2618996 at http://www.usgbc.org New Concepts in LEED v4 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-concepts-leed-v4 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/nadav-malin/0000038731">Nadav Malin</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/people/paula-melton/0010694065">Paula Melton</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/tristan-roberts/0010005362">Tristan Roberts</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/demandresponse.png?1349727055" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>By Nadav Malin, Paula Melton, and Tristan Roberts</em></p> <p><em>This <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2012/10/2/New-Concepts-in-LEED-v4">article</a> appears in full on BuildingGreen.com</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-concepts-leed-v4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-concepts-leed-v4#comments LEED Mon, 08 Oct 2012 20:11:18 +0000 Nadav Malin 2618402 at http://www.usgbc.org New on USGBC.org: Using the LEED Language Glossary http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbcorg-using-leed-language-glossary <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/glossary.png?1349470329" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to language in technical material like the <a href="http://usgbc.org/leed">LEED rating system</a>, users from novice to expert may find themselves asking the question, “What exactly are they talking about?” Words you use in everyday conversation may appear in places where their contextual meaning isn’t exactly clear.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbcorg-using-leed-language-glossary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbcorg-using-leed-language-glossary#comments Community Fri, 05 Oct 2012 20:46:35 +0000 Paul Best 2618165 at http://www.usgbc.org About LEED v4 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/about-leed-v4 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1637" height="977" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ImpactCategories.jpg?1349903371" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>We use LEED as our instrument of collective expression in the world for people who are doing something to improve the planet through the built environment. LEED is an instrument of common expression; that’s a beautiful thing.”</strong><br /> <cite>Scot Horst, Senior Vice President, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council</cite></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/about-leed-v4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/about-leed-v4#comments LEED Wed, 03 Oct 2012 19:58:18 +0000 2616857 at http://www.usgbc.org New on USGBC.org: LEED Credit Library http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbcorg-leed-credit-library <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedhowto.png?1349290596" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know the problem – you want to know about a <a href="/leed">LEED</a> credit, so you search through the USGBC website and dig up a PDF of the rating system. After scrolling through you find the credit you’re looking for and go to work. But wait – does this credit have addenda changes? What version is this? Where’s the LEED Online form? Isn’t there a guidance document? What do the reviewer tips say? And where’s that reference guide I bought? More digging, more searching, and who knows if you got it all?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbcorg-leed-credit-library" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbcorg-leed-credit-library#comments Community Wed, 03 Oct 2012 19:29:46 +0000 Batya Metalitz 2616841 at http://www.usgbc.org Translating Ideas in to Action: Fifth Public Comment for LEED v4 Launches http://www.usgbc.org/articles/translating-ideas-action-fifth-public-comment-leed-v4-launches <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/scot-horst/0000020400">Scot Horst</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedv4-background-1_0.jpg?1349207618" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Friends,</p> <p>A colleague recently remarked, “In the last ten years, who has changed the most? Look at textiles, automobiles – none has changed as much as the building industry! You can see the influence of <a href="/leed">LEED</a> in every major market in the world.” I couldn’t agree with her more. </p> <p>Documents that reflect a shared vision have sometimes changed the course of history. Usually the document with the greatest impact was influenced by many individuals, from drafters of initial texts to translators and interpreters of national constitutions.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/translating-ideas-action-fifth-public-comment-leed-v4-launches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/translating-ideas-action-fifth-public-comment-leed-v4-launches#comments LEED Tue, 02 Oct 2012 19:52:41 +0000 Scot Horst 2616590 at http://www.usgbc.org Fifth Public Comment Period Now Open for Update to USGBC’s LEED Green Building Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fifth-public-comment-period-now-open-update-usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-green-building-program <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED.png?1349290017" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>LEED v4 draft raises the bar, drives innovation; balances increased technical rigor with market readiness</em></p> <p>Washington, DC – (Oct. 2, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced the opening of the fifth public comment period for the proposed update to its LEED green building program. The comment period, which will close on Dec. 10, enables the building community to view the most recent draft of the rating systems and provide comments where any substantive changes have been made.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fifth-public-comment-period-now-open-update-usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-green-building-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fifth-public-comment-period-now-open-update-usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-green-building-program#comments Media Tue, 02 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2616824 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Addenda and Interpretations Update http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-and-interpretations-update <p>The Oct. 1 quarterly addenda to the LEED 2009 rating systems and reference guides and latest LEED Interpretations are now available: <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/leedinterpretations/LILanding.aspx">Search for entries</a>. The fastest way to see all changes is to search by 10/1/2012 in the database. </p> <p>This quarter, we published 34 new Interpretations (#10225-10258). Highlights include: <ul> <li>Melamine! (#10251)</li> <li>Process loads in manufacturing facilities! (#10237)</li> <li>Parking Garages! (update to #10079)</li> </ul> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-and-interpretations-update" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-and-interpretations-update#comments LEED Mon, 01 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Sara Cederberg 2617147 at http://www.usgbc.org Hospital Energy Efficiency Gets Some Help From Capitol Hill http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hospital-energy-efficiency-gets-some-help-capitol-hill <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/melissa-gallagher-rogers/0010098326">Melissa Gallagher-Rogers</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Healthcare-photo-1.jpg?1348672711" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you were asked to visualize your ideal place for healing from illness or injury, what comes to mind? A peaceful, bright space with lots of daylight? Beautiful views of nature or access to the outdoors? Plenty of roomfor visiting family and friends? A comfortable setting where you aren’t too hot or too cold?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hospital-energy-efficiency-gets-some-help-capitol-hill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hospital-energy-efficiency-gets-some-help-capitol-hill#comments LEED Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:28:13 +0000 Melissa Gallagher-Rogers 2615205 at http://www.usgbc.org Three Things You Need To Know About Energy Data and LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/three-things-you-need-know-about-energy-data-and-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="Photo credit: cariliv via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/windpower.jpg?1346959354" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Reducing the costs and environmental impacts of excessive energy use is the focus of owners, investors, occupants, policy makers, and many other stakeholders.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/three-things-you-need-know-about-energy-data-and-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/three-things-you-need-know-about-energy-data-and-leed#comments LEED Thu, 06 Sep 2012 19:24:15 +0000 Chris Pyke 2610973 at http://www.usgbc.org Faciliteq Tour Shows Nevada Senator Potential For Existing Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/faciliteq-tour-shows-nevada-senator-potential-existing-buildings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/FAC.jpg?1346440748" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2048" height="1536" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/FAC3.jpg?1346440818" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2048" height="1536" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/FAC1.jpg?1346441015" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Wednesday, Nevada's <a href="http://www.usgbcnv.org/resources/Documents/profiles/faciliteq.pdf">Faciliteq building</a> opened its doors to Senator Dean Heller (NV) and <a href="http://www.usgbcnv.org/">USGBC Nevada Chapter</a> leaders as part of a tour that will hopefully inspire upgrades to other existing buildings in the state.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/faciliteq-tour-shows-nevada-senator-potential-existing-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/faciliteq-tour-shows-nevada-senator-potential-existing-buildings#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:40:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2610262 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Recertification: One Illinois High School’s Sustainability Journey http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-recertification-one-illinois-high-school%E2%80%99s-sustainability-journey <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/david-marcus/0010707355">David Marcus</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Aug 2012</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/stevenson.jpg?1345831181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="768" height="602" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Interior_0.jpg?1345831583" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2256" height="1496" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/FrontLawn%5B1%5D.jpg?1345831599" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-art-videos"> <div class="field-label">Videos:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-7" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/48033605?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>What do you remember about high school? Is it cars, dates, and sports? Or maybe after-school clubs and applying to college? For some of the students of <a href="https://new.usgbc.org/projects/adlai-e-stevenson-high-school" target="blank">Adlai E. Stevenson high school</a> in Lincolnshire, Ill., their high school memories will include implementing transportation surveys, stormwater calculations, occupant comfort surveys, and energy audit walkthroughs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-recertification-one-illinois-high-school%E2%80%99s-sustainability-journey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-recertification-one-illinois-high-school%E2%80%99s-sustainability-journey#comments LEED Fri, 24 Aug 2012 18:46:21 +0000 David Marcus 2609147 at http://www.usgbc.org Columbia’s Manhattanville Campus: A Model of Sustainable Neighborhood Development http://www.usgbc.org/articles/columbia%E2%80%99s-manhattanville-campus-model-sustainable-neighborhood-development <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_manhattanville_08202012.jpg?1345493514" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="480" height="640" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Full%20Build%20Site%20Plan%20w-no%20560%20and%20PS.JPG?1345493514" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://neighbors.columbia.edu/pages/manplanning/index.html" target="new">Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus expansion</a> in West Harlem recently achieved Stage 1 Platinum certification under the LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot rating system. The 17 acre site, a former industrial neighborhood, was targeted for redevelopment by university officials tasked with addressing one of the great challenges facing many institutions of higher education today: how to effectively grow its physical identity as it looks to expand its educational offerings.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/columbia%E2%80%99s-manhattanville-campus-model-sustainable-neighborhood-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/columbia%E2%80%99s-manhattanville-campus-model-sustainable-neighborhood-development#comments LEED Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:59:40 +0000 2608371 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED: A Global Reinvention http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-global-reinvention <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Chinese art of bian lian - or &quot;face-changing&quot; with masks. " alt="The Chinese art of bian lian - or &quot;face-changing&quot; with masks. " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Chinaupgraded.jpg?1345486788" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3931" height="2621" title="Bian Lian in Shanghai" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/0AFL9323.JPG?1345061022" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4084" height="2723" title="Bian Lian in Shanghai" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/0AFL9325.JPG?1345061044" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="308" title="The USGBC team in Shanghai. " alt="The USGBC team in Shanghai. " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/China.jpg?1345487018" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>“Invent because you must.”</p> <p>Tom Sachs’ <a>adage</a> is a fitting mantra for our International vision for LEED. As the market and the passion for LEED grows around the world, we must re-invent USGBC in the context of the global landscape. There are new destinations ripe with green building potential, and emerging markets from Berlin to Budapest.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-global-reinvention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-global-reinvention#comments LEED Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:56:22 +0000 Mahesh Ramanujam 2607745 at http://www.usgbc.org Policymakers Imagine a Contributing Role for 130+ Million (Greener) Homes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/policymakers-imagine-contributing-role-130-million-greener-homes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_20120810_sigmon.jpg?1345500500" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even in a still struggling economy, green building policymaking continues. To celebrate some of the impressive progress this year, USGBC partnered with the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (<a href="http://www.ncel.net/" target="new">NCEL</a>) to convene key state lawmakers in Chicago this past Tuesday during the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures (<a href="http://www.ncsl.org/" target="new">NCSL</a>).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/policymakers-imagine-contributing-role-130-million-greener-homes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/policymakers-imagine-contributing-role-130-million-greener-homes#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2608293 at http://www.usgbc.org The Value of Green Labels in the California Housing Market http://www.usgbc.org/articles/value-green-labels-california-housing-market <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Zeck Butler Architects" alt="Photo credit: Zeck Butler Architects" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenhomes_0.jpg?1344372000" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="878" height="687" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/image002_0.jpg?1344372616" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When shopping for a new car, one of the most prominent features on display is the miles-per-gallon (MPG) usage of the vehicle. There is an <a href="http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/homes/rea14.shtm">EnergyGuide label</a> for dishwashers, clothes washers and other appliances, and an Energy Star label for the most efficient appliances. But when buying a home, there is usually no information on its energy efficiency — which is strange, considering the substantial impact that monthly expenditures on electricity, gas and water have on disposable income.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/value-green-labels-california-housing-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/value-green-labels-california-housing-market#comments LEED Tue, 07 Aug 2012 20:47:31 +0000 Nils Kok 2606660 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC To Co-Host National Affordable Green Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit at Greenbuild with Institute for Professional and Executive Development, and Enterprise Community Partners http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-co-host-national-affordable-green-homes-sustainable-communities-summit-greenbuild-ins <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press%20release%20img_0.jpg?1344270448" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington, DC – (Jul. 31, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced it will co-host the National Affordable Green Homes &amp; Sustainable Communities Summit with the Institute for Professional and Executive Development (IPED) - an affiliate of Nixon Peabody LLP and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise). The two-day summit will take place Nov. 13 – 14, 2012 in San Francisco, Calif. at the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org" target="_new">Greenbuild International Conference &amp; Expo</a>, the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-co-host-national-affordable-green-homes-sustainable-communities-summit-greenbuild-ins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-co-host-national-affordable-green-homes-sustainable-communities-summit-greenbuild-ins#comments Greenbuild Tue, 31 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2605794 at http://www.usgbc.org The Business Case for Green Building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/business-case-green-building <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Benjamin Benschneider" alt="Photo credit: Benjamin Benschneider" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/PressKit_Business.jpg?1345150128" /> </div> </div> </div> <strong>FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDING OWNERS</strong><br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/business-case-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/business-case-green-building#comments LEED Media Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:47:38 +0000 2604908 at http://www.usgbc.org Two Billion or Bust: LEED Square Footage Tips the Scales http://www.usgbc.org/articles/two-billion-or-bust-leed-square-footage-tips-scales <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Manhattan, New York" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NYC_0.jpg?1344280466" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever been to New York, NY? Picture the island of Manhattan in your mind (<a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=google+maps+manhattan&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=0x89c2588f046ee661:0xa0b3281fcecc08c,Manhattan,+New+York,+NY&amp;gl=us&amp;ei=37ESUJ_nD87uiQKIyoCgBw&amp;ved=0CAkQ8gEwAA">or Google’s</a>). Now multiply that by three. Or, picture the entire District of Columbia.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/two-billion-or-bust-leed-square-footage-tips-scales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/two-billion-or-bust-leed-square-footage-tips-scales#comments LEED Fri, 27 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Brendan Owens 2606161 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED-Certified Building Stock Swells to Two Billion Square Feet Worldwide http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certified-building-stock-swells-two-billion-square-feet-worldwide <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press%20release%20img.jpg?1344270336" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Healthy, high-performing buildings continue to crop up in every corner of the world</em></p> <p>Washington, DC &ndash; (July 26, 2012) &ndash; The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced that the total footprint of commercial projects certified under its LEED green building program surpassed two billion square feet. An additional seven billion square feet is currently in the pipeline across the globe as registered projects.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certified-building-stock-swells-two-billion-square-feet-worldwide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certified-building-stock-swells-two-billion-square-feet-worldwide#comments Media Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:40:36 +0000 Ashley Katz 2604309 at http://www.usgbc.org More Than 1,200 Businesses and Organizations Commend GSA for Using LEED to Support Innovation and Save Taxpayer Dollars http://www.usgbc.org/articles/more-1200-businesses-and-organizations-commend-gsa-using-leed-support-innovation-and-save-t <p>Washington, DC – (July 25, 2012) – More than 1,200 leading businesses and organizations representing a wide array of industries across all 50 states today sent a letter asking the General Services Administration (GSA) to continue to use the LEED green building rating system to advance innovation in construction and save taxpayer dollars.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/more-1200-businesses-and-organizations-commend-gsa-using-leed-support-innovation-and-save-t" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/more-1200-businesses-and-organizations-commend-gsa-using-leed-support-innovation-and-save-t#comments Media Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:43:30 +0000 Ashley Katz 2604088 at http://www.usgbc.org Letter: USGBC & More Than 1200 Signatories Ask GSA to Continue to Use LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/letter-usgbc-more-1200-signatories-ask-gsa-continue-use-leed <div class="field field-type-link field-field-all-url-website"> <div class="field-label">URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://new.usgbc.org/articles/letter-usgbc-x-signatories-ask-gsa-continue-use-leed/" target="_blank">https://new.usgbc.org/articles/letter-usgbc-x-signatories-ask-gsa-continue-use-leed/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GSA_letter.jpg?1343164503" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>July 25, 2012</p> <p>Acting Administrator Daniel Tangherlini<br /> U.S. General Services Administration<br /> One Constitution Square<br /> 1275 First Street, NE<br /> Washington, DC 20417</p> <p>Dear Acting Administrator Tangherlini,</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/letter-usgbc-more-1200-signatories-ask-gsa-continue-use-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/letter-usgbc-more-1200-signatories-ask-gsa-continue-use-leed#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:00:00 +0000 2603942 at http://www.usgbc.org Support for LEED and Sustainability: Briefing at the Capitol http://www.usgbc.org/articles/support-leed-and-sustainability-briefing-capitol <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="L to R: Mason Statham of Yates Construction, Congressman Dold, Gary Holtzer of Hines, and Jason Hartke, USGBC" alt="L to R: Mason Statham of Yates Construction, Congressman Dold, Gary Holtzer of H" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/doldnewwebsite.jpg?1342815079" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEED for Business: No, it’s not a new rating system – but rather, the pulse of every LEED rating system. LEED has become an instrumental tool for businesses, from commercial construction companies to global financial firms to your <a href="http://www.starbucks.com/responsibility/environment/green-building">favorite coffee shop</a>. Forty-eight companies in the Fortune 100 use LEED certification to reduce operating and energy costs, and nearly 1,300 product manufacturers are USGBC members. Why?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/support-leed-and-sustainability-briefing-capitol" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/support-leed-and-sustainability-briefing-capitol#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:16:55 +0000 Bryan Howard 2603432 at http://www.usgbc.org Speak Up for LEED: Spurring Job Growth & Innovation for Over a Decade http://www.usgbc.org/articles/speak-leed-spurring-job-growth-innovation-over-decade <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Bob Mical " alt="Photo credit: Bob Mical" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/colors.jpg?1342803127" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If 10 years ago, someone had told you that a consumer desire to buy paints that don’t emit harmful fumes (also known as VOCs) would jeopardize the jobs of decent, hard working Americans, would you have believed them? If they had predicted that 10 years in the future, low-emitting paint, carpets and adhesives, would not only be widely available but also considered by many industry practitioners as standard rather than specialty products, would you have believed them? For me, it’s honestly tough to say.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/speak-leed-spurring-job-growth-innovation-over-decade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/speak-leed-spurring-job-growth-innovation-over-decade#comments LEED Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:19:02 +0000 Brendan Owens 2603372 at http://www.usgbc.org Plano Environmental Education Center: A City's Symbol for Sustainability http://www.usgbc.org/articles/plano-environmental-education-center-citys-symbol-sustainability <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gary Olp </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Plano Environmental Education Center. Photo Credit: Mark Olsen" alt="Plano Environmental Education Center. Photo Credit: Mark Olsen" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/plano.jpg?1342708598" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's curious how times change. During the ‘80s, I heard about how the city of Plano was a rapidly growing example of Dallas sprawl. It was looked upon as a scourge of urban revitalization. But by the millennium, Plano had evolved to become simply the northern edge of a growing greater Dallas metropolitan area.</p> <p>And just as the city’s reputation changed in this context, so did its commitment to environmentally-friendly practices. This is the story of how a green building in Plano, TX has become a symbol for the city’s ever-increasing commitment to sustainability.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/plano-environmental-education-center-citys-symbol-sustainability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/plano-environmental-education-center-citys-symbol-sustainability#comments Industry Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:37:03 +0000 Gary Olp 2603138 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Is Private, Voluntary, Transparent and Democratic http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-private-voluntary-transparent-and-democratic <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED_pressrelease.jpg?1342632853" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington, DC – (July 18, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today applauded the creation of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition by the American Chemistry Council and others, noting that, after 20 years, it was significant that the representative groups were finally engaging in conversation about the critical importance of green, high performance buildings for America. In response to the announcement of the new coalition, Roger Platt, Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law at USGBC released the following statement:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-private-voluntary-transparent-and-democratic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-private-voluntary-transparent-and-democratic#comments Media Wed, 18 Jul 2012 17:34:18 +0000 Ashley Katz 2602952 at http://www.usgbc.org Healthy, Sustainable Interior Design: A Conversation with ASID http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-sustainable-interior-design-conversation-asid <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="USGBC&#039;s green office digs in Washington, DC" alt="USGBC&#039;s green office digs in Washington, DC" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ASIDblog.jpg?1342016614" /> </div> </div> </div> <h2>We're surrounded by interior design.</h2> <p>Take a look around you: For those of you reading this blog from your office, coffee shop down the street, or living room at home, everything from your overhead lighting to flooring represents a design decision. Given that we spend upwards of 90 percent of our time indoors, these decisions matter - and can have profound effects on our health and the environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-sustainable-interior-design-conversation-asid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-sustainable-interior-design-conversation-asid#comments Industry Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:23:51 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2601429 at http://www.usgbc.org Occupant Empowerment: Creating a Culture of Sustainability with LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/occupant-empowerment-creating-culture-sustainability-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Less power, more occupant empowerment. Photo credit: Public Domain Photos" alt="Less power, more occupant empowerment. Photo credit: Public Domain Photos" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/articles-featureplug.jpg?1346181031" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I hear people say it all the time: “Buildings don’t use energy, people do.” So then I ask myself: Why has the idea of engaging with building occupants fallen by the wayside?...Despite the fact that it’s one of the most cost-effective ways to minimize energy consumption and save money? I wish I could provide a simple answer to that question, but the reality is that influencing occupants to modify their behavior to meet the sustainability goals of a building and/or an organization is far from straightforward.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/occupant-empowerment-creating-culture-sustainability-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/occupant-empowerment-creating-culture-sustainability-leed#comments LEED Fri, 29 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Lonny Blumenthal 2609606 at http://www.usgbc.org Hospitality Development Update: Moving Towards LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hospitality-development-update-moving-towards-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Courtyard Marriott in Portland, Ore." alt="Courtyard Marriott in Portland, Ore." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/hotel_0.jpg?1346180409" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Green construction starts have increased by 50% in the past two years, and now represent 25% of all new construction today, according to a study by McGraw Hill. Green and sustainable construction initially had a slow start for the hospitality industry, but now seem to be gaining momentum. Today, there are 141 LEED-certified hotels and nearly 1,200 more that are registered with the intent to certify upon completion. </p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hospitality-development-update-moving-towards-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hospitality-development-update-moving-towards-leed#comments Industry Thu, 28 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2609605 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Members and Stakeholders Speak at the GSA Listening Session http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-and-stakeholders-speak-gsa-listening-session <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gsalistening_0.jpg?1347035646" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know from grade school, college, and maybe even your Ph.D program that an A+ is no easy feat.</p> <p>Federal agencies know that, too: GSA recently received an <a href="http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/06/epa-gsa-perfect-students-sustainability/56303/">A+ on the OMB scorecard</a>.&nbsp;The <a href="http://www.gsa.gov/graphics/admin/GSA.pdf">statistics speak for themselves</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-and-stakeholders-speak-gsa-listening-session" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-and-stakeholders-speak-gsa-listening-session#comments Industry Tue, 26 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Melissa Gallagher-Rogers 2609604 at http://www.usgbc.org Existing Buildings = The 99% http://www.usgbc.org/articles/existing-buildings-99 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="National Geographic Headquarters in Washingington, D.C." alt="National Geographic Headquarters in Washingington, D.C." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EBs99.jpg?1346182251" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's hard to overstate the potential (and necessity) of greening our existing building stock. Buildings account for 73% of electricity consumption in the U.S. and 38% of CO2 emissions. Can you imagine the dent we can make with added efficiency in this sector - environmentally and economically? Plus, existing buildings are all around us. Chances are, you're inside of a building (an existing one) as you read this blog entry - talk about an accessible opportunity.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/existing-buildings-99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/existing-buildings-99#comments Industry Mon, 25 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2609597 at http://www.usgbc.org Transforming Buildings, Even the Little Ones: 20,000 LEED-certified Homes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-buildings-even-little-ones-20000-leed-certified-homes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="KAPSARC Villa B-19 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabi by SK Engineering &amp; Construction" alt="KAPSARC Villa B-19 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabi by SK Engineering &amp; Construction" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/homes.jpg?1340242823" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>20,000: No, I’m not talking leagues under the sea. I’m talking LEED-certified homes.</p> <p>That’s right: I’m particularly proud to announce that <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/News/LEED%20for%20Homes%2020k.pdf">we’ve certified over 20,000 LEED for Homes units</a>. </p> <p>It’s interesting to look at a sampling of the projects we’ve certified in just the past couple of weeks to see the reach and versatility of LEED in the residential space:</p> <ul> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-buildings-even-little-ones-20000-leed-certified-homes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-buildings-even-little-ones-20000-leed-certified-homes#comments LEED Wed, 13 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Nate Kredich 1735138 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Homes Continue to Grow Across the U.S http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-homes-continue-grow-across-us-0 <p><em>LEED for Homes surpasses 20,000 certified home milestone</em></p> <p>Washington, DC – (June 13, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced that more than 20,000 homes across the U.S. have earned certification through the LEED for Homes program. LEED for Homes is a national voluntary certification system that provides guidance and verification that homes are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and healthy for occupants.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-homes-continue-grow-across-us-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-homes-continue-grow-across-us-0#comments Media Wed, 13 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2605737 at http://www.usgbc.org Important News About LEED 2012: A Message from Rick Fedrizzi http://www.usgbc.org/articles/important-news-about-leed-2012-message-rick-fedrizzi <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedv4.jpg?1346183627" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To USGBC members and LEED users:</p> <p>The amazing volunteers on all our LEED committees have been working extremely hard for the past 3+ years to get LEED 2012 ready for launch. The continuous evolution of LEED is made possible through hard work, and these committed technical experts undertake this work because they have a passion for USGBC’s commitment to market transformation and they see LEED as the best tool to help us get there. We are all deeply in their debt.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/important-news-about-leed-2012-message-rick-fedrizzi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/important-news-about-leed-2012-message-rick-fedrizzi#comments LEED Mon, 04 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 1735142 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Announces Changes to LEED 2012 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-changes-leed-2012 <p><em>Changes address revised delivery and ballot schedule</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-changes-leed-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-changes-leed-2012#comments Media Mon, 04 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2605786 at http://www.usgbc.org Creating Green, Affordable Neighborhoods: Get Funded, Get Educated, Get Started http://www.usgbc.org/articles/creating-green-affordable-neighborhoods-get-funded-get-educated-get-started The benefits of green building and smarter neighborhood planning and design should be available to everyone, regardless of household income level. We know that green communities foster good health through walkable streets, transit connectivity and proximity to resources. Green building and infrastructure reduce carbon emissions and conserve energy and resources. Collectively, these green neighborhood features drive community costs down and create cohesive, active settings. Shouldn’t everyone have access to green neighborhoods? Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/creating-green-affordable-neighborhoods-get-funded-get-educated-get-started" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/creating-green-affordable-neighborhoods-get-funded-get-educated-get-started#comments Initiatives Fri, 01 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Casey Studhalter 1735143 at http://www.usgbc.org If Betty White Were a Green Building... http://www.usgbc.org/articles/if-betty-white-were-green-building <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo by Alan Light" alt="Photo by Alan Light" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bettywhite.jpg?1340244129" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Perhaps you've heard the idea that "the greenest building is the one already built." Our friends in the historic preservation movement use this phrase to argue that tearing down an existing building and starting from scratch wastes a lot of materials and energy.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/if-betty-white-were-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/if-betty-white-were-green-building#comments LEED Tue, 15 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Christopher Davis 1735253 at http://www.usgbc.org A Toast to LEED: Volume Program Brings Industry Leaders Together http://www.usgbc.org/articles/toast-leed-volume-program-brings-industry-leaders-together <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="USGBC&#039;s Rick Fedrizzi and Scot Horst raise a toast to LEED Volume participants" alt="USGBC&#039;s Rick Fedrizzi and Scot Horst raise a toast to LEED Volume participants" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/volume.jpg?1340245270" /> </div> </div> </div> What happens when Kohl’s Department Stores, Wells Fargo, and Subway Restaurants walk in to a room? At the USGBC offices, it means a great conversation on green building is about to ensue – among some of the foremost business leaders in sustainability. Last month, we were thrilled to welcome participants in our LEED Volume Program to USGBC’s Washington, DC headquarters for full-day orientation seminars to kick-off their journey in scaling up with LEED.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/toast-leed-volume-program-brings-industry-leaders-together" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/toast-leed-volume-program-brings-industry-leaders-together#comments LEED Fri, 11 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 1735255 at http://www.usgbc.org Harvard Achieves a Record 75 LEED Certifications http://www.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-achieves-record-75-leed-certifications <p>Harvard University recently achieved an important green building milestone: our 75th LEED certification, representing over 2.4 million square feet of our campus in LEED New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance and Homes systems.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-achieves-record-75-leed-certifications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-achieves-record-75-leed-certifications#comments LEED Mon, 07 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 1735258 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Hotel Case Study: The Shore Hotel Santa Monica http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-hotel-case-study-shore-hotel-santa-monica <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/hotelcasestudy.jpg?1340246225" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It doesn’t take a luxurious property (or budget) to build in sustainability, but the <a href="http://shorehotel.com/">Shore Hotel Santa Monica</a> is a strong example of how luxury and green building can work hand in hand in the hospitality industry. I’ve profiled elements of the Shore Hotel, Santa Monica’s newest boutique hotel to combine LEED with luxury.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-hotel-case-study-shore-hotel-santa-monica" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-hotel-case-study-shore-hotel-santa-monica#comments LEED Fri, 04 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kal Wellman 1735259 at http://www.usgbc.org Well Worth the Sleepless Nights: Fourth Public Comment Period for LEED 2012 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/well-worth-sleepless-nights-fourth-public-comment-period-leed-2012 <p>Earlier this week, USGBC announced a Fourth Public Comment period for LEED 2012, running from May 1 – 15. While we’re not particularly looking forward to the upcoming sleepless nights required to keep things on schedule, staff is excited about other aspects of this upcoming comment period.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/well-worth-sleepless-nights-fourth-public-comment-period-leed-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/well-worth-sleepless-nights-fourth-public-comment-period-leed-2012#comments LEED Mon, 23 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 1735271 at http://www.usgbc.org My Vampire Pad in Frankfurt and the Youngest LEED AP in Germany http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-vampire-pad-frankfurt-and-youngest-leed-ap-germany <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Old town Frankfurt: Who would guess it&#039;s hiding my all-black hotel?" alt="Old town Frankfurt: Who would guess it&#039;s hiding my all-black hotel?" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/frankfurt.jpg?1340251154" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>My time in Frankfurt had a rather interesting start. </p> <p>For those of you who haven't been there, at first glance, Frankfurt is a very conservative, very straight-laced, finance-focused town. So, it came as quite a pleasant juxtaposition that my home base in Frankfurt was a cool boutique hotel that I can only describe as a trendy vampire pad…with a bird fetish.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-vampire-pad-frankfurt-and-youngest-leed-ap-germany" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-vampire-pad-frankfurt-and-youngest-leed-ap-germany#comments LEED Tue, 17 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jennivine Kwan 1735273 at http://www.usgbc.org Among the Canals of Amsterdam http://www.usgbc.org/articles/among-canals-amsterdam <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Cradle to cradle project in the Netherlands" alt="Cradle to cradle project in the Netherlands" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/amsterdam.jpg?1340251710" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is the story of how I almost drank a 45 euro shot of Japanese whiskey, why I fell in love with Amsterdam, and the Dutch LEED AP - who, through his friendship and sincere passion for LEED - has touched my heart and validated&nbsp;for me&nbsp;yet again the transformational power that is LEED.</p> <p>I’ll start with the LEED AP.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/among-canals-amsterdam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/among-canals-amsterdam#comments LEED Wed, 11 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jennivine Kwan 1735275 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED and Life in the City of Lights: Paris http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-and-life-city-lights-paris <p>My job fascinates me. Obviously because I get to visit interesting places, but more importantly, because of that delicious curl of anticipation that comes with facing large groups of strangers (yes, I actually enjoy this) and the thrill of discovery that comes with getting to know people. Who among them will be that passionate local advocate I'm looking for to unite the LEED community in that country? Is that lady by the window in the green skirt a technical expert with a rare specialization? How has LEED transformed the lives of those I meet? Hmmm, where did she buy those shoes!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-and-life-city-lights-paris" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-and-life-city-lights-paris#comments LEED Fri, 06 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jennivine Kwan 2609581 at http://www.usgbc.org Next Steps for LEED 2012: Q&A with Chrissy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-steps-leed-2012-qa-chrissy <p>It takes a lot to finalize a new <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2360" target="_blank">LEED rating system</a>: A lot of time (years), a lot of public comments (over 19,000), and a lot of steps in the process (hence this explanatory entry). With the closing of third public comment, now seems a particularly good opportunity to focus on a fundamental piece of LEED 2012’s evolution - <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2602" target="_blank">the ballot period</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-steps-leed-2012-qa-chrissy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-steps-leed-2012-qa-chrissy#comments LEED Tue, 03 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Christina Macken 2609572 at http://www.usgbc.org Happy Birthday, LEED! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/happy-birthday-leed <p>12 years, 12,000 commercial projects. Don’t forget to raise a pint or stick a candle in that cupcake to celebrate the market force that is green building - and of course, to celebrate all of the amazing, thoughtful, ground-breaking projects that have brought us here. We'd love if you share your favorite LEED project in celebration of this milestone in the comments.</p> <p>Happy birthday LEED!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/happy-birthday-leed#comments LEED Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Brendan Owens 2609568 at http://www.usgbc.org “Like TurboTax for LEED” - GSA Launches Building Portfolio Management System http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9C-turbotax-leed%E2%80%9D-gsa-launches-building-portfolio-management-system <p>One of the nation’s <a href="http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/100000">largest public real estate organizations</a> is launching a new building portfolio management system, designed to benchmark performance in sustainable building operations across its portfolio - roughly 375 million square feet.</p> <p>Game on. </p> <p>“Our new management information system is like TurboTax for LEED certification”, said David Gray, Sustainability Manager at GSA.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9C-turbotax-leed%E2%80%9D-gsa-launches-building-portfolio-management-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9C-turbotax-leed%E2%80%9D-gsa-launches-building-portfolio-management-system#comments LEED Thu, 29 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2609567 at http://www.usgbc.org Introducing 12,000: A Milestone for LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-12000-milestone-leed <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ashley Katz </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">28 Mar 2012</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Source: Bernard Freeman, Division of Engineering Chief for the SW Region USFWS" alt="Source: Bernard Freeman, Division of Engineering Chief for the SW Region USFWS" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/anahuacblog.jpg?1332952075" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Twelve years after the first LEED certifications in 2000, today we announced the <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=18681">12,000th commercial project</a> has been certified (!). Without a doubt, this calls for celebration: If you've worked on one of these 12,000 LEED-certified projects, we invite you to join the conga line forming around our headquarters in Washington, DC (please call ahead, though). Thank you for tipping the green building scales to 12,000 - and thank you for your commitment to building better, healthier, greener buildings.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-12000-milestone-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-12000-milestone-leed#comments LEED Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:20:18 +0000 Jennifer Easton 1732001 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED 2012 and Hospitality: One More Reason to Party at the Holiday Inn http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-2012-and-hospitality-one-more-reason-party-holiday-inn <p>Nothing makes for a good old fashioned hotel party quite like the efficient use of cooling tower water and improved outdoor air intake flow rates. Not enough to quench your party-going thirst? How about some building-level energy and water meters to liven up the occasion?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-2012-and-hospitality-one-more-reason-party-holiday-inn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-2012-and-hospitality-one-more-reason-party-holiday-inn#comments LEED Thu, 22 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kal Wellman 2609299 at http://www.usgbc.org Hungry for Data: LEED Targets Data Centers http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hungry-data-leed-targets-data-centers-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Corey Enck </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-art-article"> <div class="field-label">Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Quick: How did you get to our blog? Did you click on a link via Twitter, or see the article pop up in your RSS reader? However you arrived here, you probably used around 180 KB of data to load this webpage.</p> <p>Though somewhat intangible, and certainly not of upmost concern to most of us and our rapid-fire browsing, data requires huge amounts of energy to process. Data centers power our appetite for data at all hours of the day. They are the physical embodiments of our everyday data usage – using Google or Yahoo! to search the most recent March Madness upset, posting photos of a recent vacation to Facebook, loading an app on the new iPad 3 - and like every other <a class="keyword" href="/glossary/term/5597">structure</a>, they can (and should) be built green. </p> <p>For that reason, we’ve adapted <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=18577">LEED for New Construction</a> and <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=18579">LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations &amp; Maintenance</a> to the particular needs of data centers to ensure that new construction and facility retrofits can successfully pursue and apply LEED.</p> <p>What makes data centers such a unique project type? Data centers have very few occupants, and they are huge energy users: a data center can use as much energy as a small town (really). Whereas a typical building is designed to meet heating and cooling needs for occupant comfort, a data center must provide massive cooling power for its servers. Water use is also a key target area for data centers, if the facility utilizes water for cooling. These specific building needs are built in to the data center adaption for LEED. </p> <p>Recently, there’s been a surge of LEED-certified data centers: Among them, Facebook, Yahoo!, Internap and QTS. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150385588936731">Facebook’s first energy efficient, LEED Gold data center</a> in Prineville, Ore. uses 70 percent less water for cooling purposes than an average data center. <a href="http://www.apple.com/environment/progress/">Apple’s LEED Platinum data center</a> in Maiden, NC, utilizes outside air cooling so that facility chillers can be turned off 75 percent of the time. All of these projects are leading the way in how we think about this project sector.</p> <p>By bringing data centers into the suite of LEED rating systems, we’re removing barriers so that even more data facilities can participate in LEED and build sustainably. Read more about the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2601">adaptations for data centers</a> and other market tracks, and be sure to weigh in on these changes to LEED in <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2360">public comment</a>, now open until Mar. 27.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="475" height="264" title="Facebook&#039;s LEED-certified data center in Prineville, Ore. " alt="Facebook&#039;s LEED-certified data center in Prineville, Ore. " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Facebookdatacenter_0.jpg?1332356386" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Quick: How did you get to our blog? Did you click on a link via Twitter, or see the article pop up in your RSS reader? However you arrived here, you probably used around 180 KB of data to load this webpage.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hungry-data-leed-targets-data-centers-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hungry-data-leed-targets-data-centers-0#comments LEED Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:02:01 +0000 Corey Enck 1731749 at http://www.usgbc.org EDC named the Official Magazine for the LEED ® Professional http://www.usgbc.org/articles/edc-named-official-magazine-leed-%C2%AE-professional <p>Written by Michelle Hucal, LEED AP<br /> Associate Publisher, EDC</p> <p>Troy, Mich. -- Environmental Design + Construction (EDC) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named EDC "The Official Magazine for the LEED® Professional." This exciting news has developed from a 15-year partnership between EDC and USGBC. EDC will now be available for free to all 96,000+ LEED APs with specialty and LEED Green Associates.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/edc-named-official-magazine-leed-%C2%AE-professional" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/edc-named-official-magazine-leed-%C2%AE-professional#comments Media Tue, 20 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2605806 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council Announces the LEED Green Building Program to Recognize Energy Credits from BREEAM http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-leed-green-building-program-recognize-energy-credits-br <p><em>Announcement is focused on existing buildings and streamlines the building certification process in Europe</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-leed-green-building-program-recognize-energy-credits-br" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-leed-green-building-program-recognize-energy-credits-br#comments Media Fri, 16 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2605853 at http://www.usgbc.org May I Borrow Your Jumper Cables? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/may-i-borrow-your-jumper-cables <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lauren Riggs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="500" height="375" title="Jumpstarting energy efficiency in older buildings" alt="Jumpstarting energy efficiency in older buildings" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/jumpercables.jpg?1332356882" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>“May I borrow some jumper cables?” The brick building asked the building next door. The brick building’s energy use was out of control; It needed to kick-start its efficiency. The building next door answered with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=18563">Energy Jumpstart</a>, the new pilot prerequisite in USGBC’s <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2104">Pilot Credit Library</a>. USGBC hopes that this pilot can act as a set of jumper cables to stir up a segment of the buildings market that has the potential to make huge energy efficiency gains.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/may-i-borrow-your-jumper-cables" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/may-i-borrow-your-jumper-cables#comments LEED Fri, 16 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Lauren Riggs 1731750 at http://www.usgbc.org It Doesn't stop at the LEED Certification Plaque: Why Ongoing Building Performance Tracking Matters http://www.usgbc.org/articles/it-doesnt-stop-leed-certification-plaque-why-ongoing-building-performance-tracking-matters <p>It has become <a href="http://www.costar.com/News/Article/Case-for-Green-Buildings-Grows-Stronger-for-Owners-Occupants/127092?ref=/News/Article/Case-for-Green-Buildings-Grows-Stronger-for-Owners-Occupants/127092&amp;src=rss">widely accepted across the commercial real estate world</a> that LEED certification has the potential to add value by presenting a number of benefits including higher rental yields, lower vacancy rates, reduced operating costs and improved employee productivity. The extraordinary growth of LEED over the past decade is clear evidence of this industry-wide understanding.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/it-doesnt-stop-leed-certification-plaque-why-ongoing-building-performance-tracking-matters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/it-doesnt-stop-leed-certification-plaque-why-ongoing-building-performance-tracking-matters#comments LEED Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kal Wellman 2609292 at http://www.usgbc.org We Asked, You Answered: #LEED2012 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/we-asked-you-answered-leed2012 <p>Last Thursday, many of you – architects, writers, USGBC chapter members, activists, consultants – joined me <a href="http://twitter.com/rickfedrizzi" target="_blank">on Twitter</a> for a live tweet-up on LEED 2012. It was a doozy – and I mean that in the best way. Your questions were thought-provoking and interesting, spanning from building performance to market transformation to the cost of LEED. Thanks to your participation, we covered a lot of ground in one fast-paced hour.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/we-asked-you-answered-leed2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/we-asked-you-answered-leed2012#comments LEED Tue, 13 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2609291 at http://www.usgbc.org A Green Building Opportunity: Three Million Strong http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-opportunity-three-million-strong <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Doug Gatlin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Empire State Building, LEED Gold" alt="Empire State Building, LEED Gold" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/empirestate.jpg?1332357186" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s a great time to be an existing building.</p> <p>First: President Obama released last year’s <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/lane-burt-director-technical-policy-u.html">Better Buildings Initiative</a>, focusing financing opportunities on commercial retrofits. </p> <p>Then: USGBC reported that LEED for Existing Buildings project square footage <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/green-retrofits-on-rise-leed-for.html">surpassed new construction</a> projects.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-opportunity-three-million-strong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-opportunity-three-million-strong#comments Industry Mon, 12 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Doug Gatlin 1731752 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED 2012: Why Now? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-2012-why-now <p>LEED is a living document. Its evolution is critical to the transformation of the buildings industry, connecting the market to innovative ways of thinking about the design, construction and operation of green buildings. The power of LEED is its ability to transform.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-2012-why-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-2012-why-now#comments LEED Fri, 09 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Doug Gatlin 2609287 at http://www.usgbc.org New and Updated Credits Introduced into LEED Pilot Credit Library http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-and-updated-credits-introduced-leed-pilot-credit-library <p><em>Library provides a proving ground for LEED users to guide the improvement of LEED rating system</em></p> <p>Washington, DC – (Mar. 2, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) next update to the LEED green building program, LEED 2012, will include various updates to credits within the LEED Pilot Credit Library. As a flexible, interactive mechanism for testing proposed credits in the marketplace, the Pilot Credit Library gathers real-time feedback on credit usability and ability to meet a credit's intent.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-and-updated-credits-introduced-leed-pilot-credit-library" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-and-updated-credits-introduced-leed-pilot-credit-library#comments Media Fri, 02 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2605858 at http://www.usgbc.org FEMA Administrator Fugate Applauds Green Building as a Cornerstone of the Resiliency Agenda http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fema-administrator-fugate-applauds-green-building-cornerstone-resiliency-agenda <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Maggie Comstock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate" alt="FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/fugate.jpg?1332359395" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-art-videos"> <div class="field-label">Videos:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-8" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/37815679?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday, Administrator of the <a href="http://www.fema.gov/">Federal Emergency Management Agency</a> (FEMA) <a href="http://www.fema.gov/about/bios/wfugate.shtm">Craig Fugate</a> delivered a rousing speech on the role green building can play to ensure resilient communities for a changing planet. Fugate served as the keynote speaker of the second installment of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2604">National Leadership Speaker Series on Resiliency and Security in the 21st Century</a> at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fema-administrator-fugate-applauds-green-building-cornerstone-resiliency-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fema-administrator-fugate-applauds-green-building-cornerstone-resiliency-agenda#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 01 Mar 2012 19:49:56 +0000 Maggie Comstock 1731754 at http://www.usgbc.org How Will You Impact LEED 2012? Third Public Comment Period Opens Mar. 1 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-will-you-impact-leed-2012-third-public-comment-period-opens-mar-1 <p>Are you an architect? A facilities manager? A building owner?</p> <p>How about a professional working in a big city high-rise? A father with kids in elementary school? An unabashed shopaholic?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-will-you-impact-leed-2012-third-public-comment-period-opens-mar-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-will-you-impact-leed-2012-third-public-comment-period-opens-mar-1#comments LEED Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Doug Gatlin 2609282 at http://www.usgbc.org Third Public Comment Period for Update to USGBC’s LEED Green Building Program to Open Next Month http://www.usgbc.org/articles/third-public-comment-period-update-usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-green-building-program-open-next-month <p><em>LEED 2012 draft focuses on providing a simple-to-use, technically advanced and more robust system</em></p> <p>Washington, DC – (Feb. 13, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced that the third public comment period for the proposed 2012 update to its LEED green building program will open Mar. 1, 2012. The comment period, which will close on Mar. 20, marks the start of the LEED 2012 program delivery process.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/third-public-comment-period-update-usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-green-building-program-open-next-month" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/third-public-comment-period-update-usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-green-building-program-open-next-month#comments Media Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2605872 at http://www.usgbc.org Army to Congress: LEED Doesn’t Cost More http://www.usgbc.org/articles/army-congress-leed-doesn%E2%80%99t-cost-more-1 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="426" title="Fort Carson is piloting net-zero energy, water, and waste--and expects to meet that target by 2020." alt="Fort Carson is piloting net-zero energy, water, and waste--and expects to meet t" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/FortCarsonSolarArray.jpg?1328304973" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Army is still going for Gold and Platinum despite recent legislation calling a halt to LEED spending.</p> <p>The federal government has been one of the biggest supporters of LEED certification in the last few years, with the General Services Administration (GSA) requiring basic LEED certification for all federal buildings starting in 2003 and then <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2010/11/24/LEED-Gold-Now-Required-for-Federal-Buildings/">upping that requirement to LEED Gold in 2010.</a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/army-congress-leed-doesn%E2%80%99t-cost-more-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/army-congress-leed-doesn%E2%80%99t-cost-more-1#comments LEED Fri, 03 Feb 2012 21:43:12 +0000 1730554 at http://www.usgbc.org Leading with LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leading-leed <p>Earlier this month, USGBC launched its first of seven 2012 advocacy campaigns initiatives. The aim of the kick-off <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=10853">Leadership with LEED</a> campaign is to grow green building and expand the use of LEED.</p> <p>Why?</p> <p>Shouldn't all government buildings, funded with taxpayer money, be built or retrofitted to a higher standard? Aren't buildings that are less costly to operate, longer lasting, and beneficial to the communities in which they're located a priority?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leading-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leading-leed#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 31 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Matt Pearce 2608551 at http://www.usgbc.org Chicago Can Share Best Practices for a Green Economy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chicago-can-share-best-practices-green-economy <p>Chicago: Home of the Cubs, the Blues Brothers, deep-dish pizza, and more LEED-certified municipal buildings than any other city in the U.S.(Not to mention Chicago ranks #1 in total square footage of LEED space, and the entire state of Illinois ranks third in the country on a <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/top-10-states-for-leed-green-buildings.html">per-capita basis</a>).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chicago-can-share-best-practices-green-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chicago-can-share-best-practices-green-economy#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Doug Widener 2608559 at http://www.usgbc.org At Treasury, Green is Our Favorite Color – But We'll Take (LEED) Gold! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/treasury-green-our-favorite-color-%E2%80%93-well-take-leed-gold <p>When you think about a “green” building, you probably don’t picture a centuries-old National Historic Landmark that’s lined with columns and made of thousands of tons of granite.</p> <p>Well, maybe that’s about to change. I'm pleased to announce that the Treasury Building – which dates back to the 19th century and is located right next door to the White House – received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at a ceremony today in our historic Grant Room.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/treasury-green-our-favorite-color-%E2%80%93-well-take-leed-gold" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/treasury-green-our-favorite-color-%E2%80%93-well-take-leed-gold#comments LEED Thu, 26 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2608569 at http://www.usgbc.org Top 10 States for LEED Green Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-states-leed-green-buildings-0 <p>Today, USGBC released its <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/News/Top%2010%20States_Jan2012_FINAL.pdf">top 10 list of states</a> with the most LEED-certified building square footage per capita. The District of Columbia leads the nation, with more than 31 square feet of LEED-certified space per person in 2011, and Colorado is the leading state, with 2.74 square feet per person in 2011. Other top states include Illinois, Virginia and Washington, with 2.69, 2.42 and 2.18 square feet of LEED-certified space per person, respectively.</p> <p>See the full rankings below:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-states-leed-green-buildings-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-states-leed-green-buildings-0#comments LEED Thu, 19 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2608566 at http://www.usgbc.org Every Penny Counts: Tracking Building Performance to Save Money and Resources http://www.usgbc.org/articles/every-penny-counts-tracking-building-performance-save-money-and-resources-0 <p>In today's economy, every penny counts. And as building owners and facility managers know all too well, every penny adds up. When the lights in your 30-story office building are left on an extra hour each day, or the brutal summer heat requires an extra blast of air conditioning, your energy consumption escalates and so does your utility bill. That's precisely why building owners and facility managers are starting to "listen" to their buildings to ensure optimal operations.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/every-penny-counts-tracking-building-performance-save-money-and-resources-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/every-penny-counts-tracking-building-performance-save-money-and-resources-0#comments LEED Fri, 06 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Lauren Riggs 2608531 at http://www.usgbc.org Every Penny Counts: Tracking Building Performance to Save Money and Resources http://www.usgbc.org/articles/every-penny-counts-tracking-building-performance-save-money-and-resources <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-art-videos"> <div class="field-label">Videos:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-9" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/21084358?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>In today's economy, every penny counts. And as building owners and facility managers know all too well, every penny adds up. When the lights in your 30-story office building are left on an extra hour each day, or the brutal summer heat requires an extra blast of air conditioning, your energy consumption escalates and so does your utility bill. That's precisely why building owners and facility managers are starting to "listen" to their buildings to ensure optimal operations.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/every-penny-counts-tracking-building-performance-save-money-and-resources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/every-penny-counts-tracking-building-performance-save-money-and-resources#comments LEED Fri, 06 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Lauren Riggs