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In LEED 08.21.2014

Standard 189.1 + the IgCC + LEED = The Phillips head hammer

I sat there watching my daughter whack away at one of the screws in her toy workbench with a hammer. “Honey, that’s not going to work. Try the screwdriver. You have to use the right tool for the job.” 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 – reminding me not only how lucky I’ve been but also what a jerk of a kid...

In Education 08.20.2014

Introducing USGBC Education Partner Green Building Research Institute

USGBC Education Partners are leaders, trusted voices and reputable providers of green building and sustainability education. You can access their courses on Education @USGBC.  Meet our USGBC Education Partner Green Building Research Institute If someone could only take one of your courses, what should they take? Our new 2014 course series is instructed by over 20 experts who have really captured the importance and relevance of their course topics. I would suggest one of these...

In LEED 08.18.2014

How to clean green

This article is part 4 of a 4 part series on "Greening your college life." Read part 1, part 2 and part 3. As a college student, I know first-hand that it can seem difficult to lead a sustainable life in college. 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. However, even if you live in an older building — and even if you're not in college — it's still possible to...

In Community 08.12.2014

Bioclimatic Design

This article appears in the just-released July/August issue of USGBC+, the new membership magazine of USGBC. Read the full article and browse the entire issue at plus.usgbc.org.  Architects around the world look to the past to introduce bioclimate strategies in designing greener buildings. Some of the best new green buildings are those that challenge our ideas of conventional architecture—but don’t challenge the environment. Building designs that...

In Media 08.21.2014

Leading Building Industry Groups Agree to Streamline Green Building Tool Coordination and...

Move will coordinate Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code and LEED to offer comprehensive system of regulatory and voluntary leadership tools for jurisdictions Washington, D.C. — (Aug. 21, 2014) — The International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announce the signing of a memorandum to collaborate on the development of...

In Community 08.19.2014

Behind the scenes: #USGBCcommutes [Instagram video series]

Last week we invited our staff to participate in a USGBC Instagram video series, answering the question: How do you get to work? Click the images below to check out what they had to say.                                        One part of green buildings that often gets overlooked is how easy it is for occupants to get to and from these spaces via...

In Greenbuild 08.14.2014

Discover Greenbuild 2014 Summits

This year, Greenbuild will feature three unique summits. Greenbuild summits bring together sectors of the green building industry for a day of focused networking, education and inspiration. Affordable Homes and Sustainable Communities SummitTuesday, Oct. 21, 9 am-5:30 pmThe Summit will educate, advance, challenge and inspire those who already are involved in providing green affordable housing and community development, as well as engage those who are just being introduced to this exciting and...

In Greenbuild 08.12.2014

Top 5 reasons to attend the Affordable Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit

What The Affordable Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit convenes a broad spectrum of people working to advance sustainability through community development and affordable housing. Through networking, knowledge sharing and problem solving, we will focus on the singular goal of expediting the economic, social, and ecological health of underserved communities.  Who You + people from diverse sectors and perspectives, such as community and affordable housing developers, government...

In Community 08.21.2014

The Missouri Gateway Chapter stands for green building

Members of the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter recently launched a campaign sharing why they stand for green building. See the photos below to find out why you should stand for green building, too. You can also view the complete album on Facebook.                                                 

In Media 08.18.2014
The LEED Platinum Parkview Green in Beijing. Credit: Dennis Wu

BuildingGreen: Onsite Verification Part of LEED’s Global Vision

This article originally appeared on BuildingGreen.com on Aug. 12, 2014. GBCI will partner with Bureau Veritas to provide global support for LEED certification, with a focus on customer service and rigor. A new partnership between Bureau Veritas S.A. and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) is key to the fulfilling the increasingly global ambitions of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  GBCI, which certifies building projects under USGBC’s LEED Rating System, will...

In Education 08.13.2014

Course preview: Speech Privacy & Sound Masking in Modern Architecture [video]

Education @USGBC is your go-to place for sustainability and green building education. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course: Speech Privacy & Sound Masking in Modern Architecture. In this course you will identify interior design factors that will signal the need for sound masking and approaches to address the issues.

In Education 08.11.2014

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Prasad Vaidya

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

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