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In Community 03.30.2015

St. Louis congregations green their houses of worship

Over 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. come from the building sector. Anywhere there is a building, there is an opportunity to measure its energy use and make changes to conserve energy, save money, improve building occupant experience, and protect the environment. This is huge opportunity to make a difference—in our homes, our workplaces, our schools and our houses of worship. For many congregations, saving energy can mean more than a lower energy bill. From Catholic to...

In Industry 03.27.2015

Regional trade shows bring a world of knowledge into one’s own backyard

It’s almost time for DesignColumbus, Central Ohio’s annual educational event and expo. The DesignColumbus story is similar to that of many trade shows across the U.S. Hosted by the USGBC-Central Ohio Chapter (USGBC-COH) and the Construction Specifications Institute Columbus Chapter, DesignColumbus continues to grow. Here the DesignColumbus planning committee talks to Doug Widener, Director, Community Advancement at the USGBC, about the regional trade show trend. Regional trade shows...

In LEED 03.26.2015

Top 10 states project profile: Bently Union Square

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental and social justice. This...

In LEED 03.25.2015

New research: In California’s unyielding drought, green buildings can help

This article was originally published on GBIG Insight. Read on Insight. Yesterday, the USGBC Northern California Chapter and its partners hosted the 12th annual Water Conservation Showcase in San Francisco, CA. It was filled to the brim with exhibitors, green building professionals, students, water systems engineers, government representatives, concerned citizens, and more. The impressive attendance was no surprise, of course, since every day in the news the outlook for California...

In LEED 03.27.2015

Upcoming sunset dates for LEED v2.0/2.2 projects

The continuing evolution of LEED plays a key role in how we ensure that LEED remains up to date and a symbol of excellence. As new versions of LEED are released, previous versions are retired or “sunset”—keeping the newest projects paired with the latest and best version of the rating system. On June 27, 2015, the following rating systems will be closed for certification, or sunset. LEED for New Construction v2.2 LEED for Core and Shell v2.0 LEED for Commercial Interiors v2.0...

In Industry 03.27.2015

Health and wellness in green buildings and communities in China

This week the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) formally introduced the WELL Building Standard in China. It comes at a time when the Chinese people are faced with an increased environmental awareness and they are looking for solutions to improve their quality of life. WELL, which complements green building rating programs such as LEED, Three Star and BREEAM, is a system that focuses on human health and wellbeing in...

In Industry 03.26.2015

Attend the upcoming event: Securing America’s Energy Future

You're invited to join leaders from the energy, defense and technology sectors to discuss and debate innovative solutions for securing the country’s energy resources at Securing America's Energy Future, hosted by the Washington Post. This live event will explore threats to national security, including cyber attacks, as well as efforts to mitigate the effects of natural disasters on the energy ecosystem. Learn more about the event. April 2, 2015, 8:30 – 10:30 amCharlie Palmer...

In Community 03.25.2015

Tiffany Pupa forges a sustainable path for Michigan State University

This month, Tiffany Pupa was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers, which is a volunteer leader whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement. Tiffany serves as the president of USGBC Students at Michigan State University. Tiffany has dedicated countless hours towards transforming the USGBC Students group into a social learning group for many students to realize and advocate for the benefits of sustainable practices on campus at MSU...

In LEED 03.27.2015

LEED ID+C credits and points

This article is part of a series that provides an overview of the fundamental elements to LEED. In our previous article, we listed the prerequisites, credits, and points in the LEED O+M rating system. Today we’re going to go over LEED v4 for Interior (LEED ID+C). This rating system addresses the following project types: Retail Hospitality Commercial Interiors On average the EPA estimates, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, and that air can be up to 100 times more...

In LEED 03.26.2015

The making of an icon: TAIPEI 101 reaches for new heights by pursuing LEED v4

When TAIPEI 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world originally certified in 2011 as LEED Platinum under LEED O+M for Existing Buildings, it was big news.   But today the big news just got bigger. Not content to rest on their laurels, Taipei Financial Center Corporation announced its intent to recertify, and the project team plans to do so using the newest version—LEED v4 for Existing Buildings certification, and pursue platinum for this honor as well. With this one act,...

In Center for Green Schools 03.26.2015

LEED Lab in action: University of California, Santa Barbara

During the 2014-2015 academic year, 22 students from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are participating in a multi-term LEED® Lab™course, working to certify UCSB's Student Resource Building (SRB) under EB: O+M. The team is led by Cassidy Green and Brandon Kaysen, both LEED APs and UCSB alumni, and includes a diverse array of undergraduate and graduate students from several disciplines at UCSB. These students have joined together to learn the ins-and-outs of LEED and...

In LEED 03.25.2015

LEED review comments: A closer look

If you have ever submitted a LEED project for certification, you are familiar with the Review Report in LEED Online that captures all the comments, educational notes and clarification requests from your LEED reviewer.  LEED review comments are designed to present a standardized and consistent method of communicating sometimes-complex technical issues with project teams across thousands of LEED projects in over 135 countries around the globe. These comments are the primary way that...

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is transforming the way we design, build, maintain and operate our buildings, homes and communities.

Better buildings are our legacy. USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, and works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.