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In LEED 08.7.2014

Who's talking about the LEED Dynamic Plaque?

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 — and visit leedon.io to learn more and get your own!  EDC: LEED: From predicted to measured performance The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a striking visual display that answers a complex question: “How is my building performing today?” Since “building performance”...

In LEED 08.6.2014

LEED project certification update: July 2014

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 LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area and around the world. Rating System Projects Certified Square Footage Certified New Construction 173 16.5 million Commercial Interiors 68 2.8 million Core and Shell 36 10.3 million Existing Buildings...

In LEED 08.5.2014

Project spotlight: Sterling Alvarado Student Housing at San Diego

USGBC's new, free report, LEED in Motion: Residential, highlights the numbers, knowledge and resources you need to keep pace with the rapidly growing green residential market.  Download the full report for more interviews and project highlights from best and brightest minds in the industry.  The Dinerstein Companies, the developers behind the Sterling Alvarado project, strived to create a new, modern student housing project for nursing students at San Diego State...

In LEED 08.1.2014

Understanding the 40/60 rule when choosing between LEED rating systems

Wondering what to do when choosing a rating system isn't as simple as black and white? 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? Enter the 40/60 rule. This model provides guidance for making a decision when several rating systems appear to be appropriate for a project.  Step 1: Assign a rating system to each square foot or square meter of the building Step 2: Choose the most appropriate...

In Community 08.7.2014

Time to roll up our sleeves: Read the July/August issue of USGBC+ magazine

This piece by Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 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.    I recently visited Salt Lake City’s Public Safety Building, one of the largest net-zero buildings in our nation. That tour reinforced for me that the buildings where we live, work, and play have a profound impact...

In Community 08.5.2014

Want to win $10,000?

Save money and increase the value of your home with improvements that make a difference. If you had $10,000 to invest in your home, would you install an energy-saving cool roof with a lifetime warranty? Or maybe you’d benefit more from low maintenance fiber-cement siding? As all homeowners know, there are many ways to invest. For the fourth consecutive year, we're teaming up with Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle to present the $10,000 Save Money, Save...

In Community 08.4.2014

Vote now for the Best of Building Awards

Nominations have been submitted. Now it’s time to vote for the finalists in our Best of Building Awards. Voting will take place from August 4-22, 2014.*  The Best of Building Awards celebrates the year's best green products, projects, organizations and individuals making impact in green building. Recognize the best of the best in the categories of Non-profit, Professional Services, Energy Service Provider/Utility, Greenbuild Exhibitor, Products, LEED Certified Projects,...

In Industry 08.1.2014

Third Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge: Registration opens Sept. 2

EPA has just launched its third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design challenge for college and university students. 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. Teams will compete in one of two design categories: Demonstration Project category, which calls for proof-of-concept level designs for a particular...

In LEED 08.6.2014

What is green building?

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.  The definition of green building 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...

In LEED 08.5.2014

Brazil on the rise: LEED's growth in Latin America

Today we have released another report in our popular LEED in Motion series. LEED in Motion: Brazil details green building activity and momentum in the nation that is the fifth largest market for LEED-certified projects outside of the U.S. Released in conjunction with the Greenbuilding Brasil 2014 conference in Sao Paulo, LEED in Motion: Brazil notes that the nation is home to 871 LEED-registered and -certified projects, representing 24 million gross square meters. The report provides...

In LEED 08.4.2014

How to improve air quality

This article is part 2 of a 4 part series on "Greening your college life." Read part 1. 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 make a difference...

In Advocacy and policy 08.1.2014

USGBC supports key resilience legislation with the new PREPARE Act

Today, I joined Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA) in a press conference call he hosted to introduce his new bipartisan legislation, the PREPARE Act (Preparedness and Risk management for Extreme weather Patterns Assuring Resilience). Joining several co-sponsors, Cartwright introduced the bill in the House on July 31, 2014. The PREPARE Act makes us smarter, stronger and safer in the face of these increasing extreme weather events. We’ve all seen the tragic costs these events are having on...

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