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In LEED 08.22.2014

Green building and LEED in Taiwan

As a LEED fellow of ours recently quipped, many people who experience a LEED building often say: “There’s something nice about this building that we have never felt before about our previous buildings.” 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.  I had the privilege of touring...

In Industry 08.22.2014

Material Health from Disclosure to Optimization: The Innovation Imperative [DC event Sept...

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, "Material Health from Disclosure to Optimization: The Innovation Imperative." When: Monday, Sept. 8, 12-1:30 pm ET Where: USGBC Headquarters, Washington D.C. -or- as a remote participant Who: Join Stacy Glass, Vice President, Built Environment at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Howard Williams, Senior Vice...

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 Education 08.22.2014

Best 3 courses to grow your sustainability knowledge (August 2014)

You want the best courses and we've got them.  Check out this month's best three courses to grow your sustainability knowledge. 1. Geothermal Heating and Cooling: A Renewable Energy TechnologyLearn how and why geothermal heat pump systems are so incredibly energy efficient. 2. Indoor Environmental Quality through EPA Indoor airPLUS™Learn about this companion to the ENERGY STAR for Homes program to achieve Indoor Environmental Quality in residential projects. 3. LEED Gap Analysis...

In Industry 08.21.2014

Save on the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo

As the healthcare industry sees potential shifts to smaller, decentralized facilities and a greater emphasis on connectivity for patients and caregivers, we are forced to examine the trends in healthcare design as one single movement. Join industry leaders to make valuable connections, obtain critical CE hours for your LEED credential and drive the dialogue on the future of healthcare design. Healthcare Facilities Symposium & ExpoWhen: Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2014Where: Navy Pier, Chicago...

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 Industry 08.22.2014

It’s not just cost savings: LEED certification boosts hotel revenue too

This article was co-authored by Rohit Verma and Matthew Walsman of the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research. We’ve known for some time that LEED certification helps cut operating costs for all kinds of commercial buildings, including hotels. But we wanted to get a handle on whether LEED also could improve revenues for hotels. This is a big issue for the hotel industry, since the top line, which we measure as revenue per available room (RevPAR), is a major measure of a hotel’s...

In Industry 08.21.2014

Understanding federal compliance and the "Guiding Principles"

Working on a project for a federal agency? Odds are, you’re familiar with the Guiding Principles.  United States federal agencies, from EPA to NASA, voluntarily abide by the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Building, a set of standards for building, renovating and operating optimal, efficient buildings. This is one of the reasons why the federal government has been a leader in the green building sphere, with thousands of LEED buildings...

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 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...

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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.