USGBC's top 10 articles in 2015
2015 was a big year for the USGBC community, and for LEED, too. Here are our 10 most popular articles for the year.
- The newest version of LEED Online was made available for LEED 2009 project teams. Here's a Q&A about using the new LEED Online.
- We released a LEED v4 User Guide to help you get to know the newest version of the rating system including both a high-level look into the program as well as a deeper dive into the credits themselves.
- We announced our Top 10 States for LEED in 2014, and shared that 1,662 commercial and institutional projects became LEED certified within the top 10 states in 2014, representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate.
- We also launched an article series that provides an overview of the fundamental elements of LEED, and we discussed things like the difference between a LEED credit, a LEED prerequisite and a LEED point.
- The role of the project team administrator in LEED Online is key to a successful LEED certification, so we shared tips for succeeding as a LEED project administrator.
- We released updated PR guidelines to promote your LEED-certified project, and we shared some ideas to help tell your building’s story.
- We also announced upcoming sunset dates for LEED v2.0/2.2 projects and shared that on June 27, 2015, LEED for New Construction v2.2, LEED for Core and Shell v2.0, LEED for Commercial Interiors v2.0, LEED for Schools v2007 and LEED for Existing Buildings v2008 would be closed for certification.
- We developed a free webinar to learn more about the newest version of the LEED rating system. The live webinar was recorded, so you still have a chance take a tour of LEED v4 to learn how it’s different from LEED 2009, the concepts that it is based on and the tools and resources that support the project team along the way.
- We also introduced the The WELL Building Standard, which is third-party certified by the Green Business Certification Incorporation (GBCI).
- We announced our Top 10 Countries for LEED in 2015, and we shared that nearly 172,000 GSM of space is certified using LEED, and there are currently more than 69,800 commercial and institutional projects representing 1.23 billion GSM of space participating in the green building rating system.
Interested in knowing what articles were popular on social media? Here's how the list rounds out.
- Most shared articles on Facebook: "Efficient buildings help federal energy use get to 40-year low," "Reaching new heights: Dunbar is the highest scoring LEED for Schools-NC project to date," and "Embassy of Finland becomes the first Platinum embassy in the U.S."
- Most shared articles on LinkedIn: "What you need to know to achieve LEED certification in 2015," "Next week: Free introductory webinar on EDGE certification in India," and "LEED O+M: Who says an existing building can't learn new tricks?"
- Most mentioned articles on Twitter: “What is green building?,” “New study concludes with strong evidence of the impact of school design on learning,” and “The nature of LEED: How natural laws inspire and inform green building”
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