U.S. Green Building Council
Please upgrade your browser. This site requires a newer version to work correctly. Read more
In Industry 05.24.2016

Last chance to secure early adopter pricing for SITES

Early adopter pricing for SITES expires next Tuesday, May 31—take advantage of this offer and register your project today! Any project that registers between now and May 31 will save $1,500 on paid registration and registration/certification bundle fees. For USGBC and ASLA members, that means that registration will only be $1,000!  If you have a project that you know will be pursuing SITES in the future, it’s to your advantage to register now....

In LEED 05.24.2016

Honor your achievements in green home building: The 2015 LEED Homes Awards

The deadline to enter the 2015 LEED Homes Awards is fast approaching. Don’t miss an opportunity to showcase your achievements in residential green building by submitting your nomination by this Friday, May 27, 2016.  The annual LEED Homes Awards recognize developers, homebuilders and projects that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the residential green building marketplace. Awards are given to best-in-class multi- and single-family residential and affordable housing...

In Industry 05.19.2016

Learn about EDGE in our free and engaging course

Have 30 minutes to spare?  Want to learn all about EDGE? Take our new, free and engaging course: Introduction to EDGE. An innovation of International Finance Corporation, EDGE is a green building certification system focused on making new residential and commercial buildings more resource-efficient. EDGE comprises a web-based software application, a global standard and a certification system. GBCI administers EDGE certification in nearly 120 countries around the world and is...

In Industry 05.19.2016

Education at Greenbuilding Brasil 2016

The seventh Greenbuilding Brasil International Conference and Expo will take place August 9–11, 2016, at the São Paulo Expo in São Paulo, Brazil. The Greenbuilding Brasil expo will be co-located with the High Design–Home and Office Expo, an international high-end furniture exhibition with solutions for architecture and interior design projects. From an inspiring education program to networking opportunities to an expansive expo hall, you will not want to miss...

In International 05.24.2016

LEED Earth Project Pioneers: India’s first LEED v4 Platinum building

USGBC’s mission is to bring the environmental and human health benefits of green buildings to all, and it is committed to accelerating the adoption of LEED in new and existing markets.  LEED Earth offers certification at no cost to the first Platinum project in any country to certify using the newest version of LEED (v4). It also offers free certification to the first project to be LEED-certified in one of the more than 100 countries where LEED has yet to take root.  The LEED...

In Center for Green Schools 05.20.2016

LEED Lab: Your ticket to a career in sustainability

One of the biggest draws of the LEED Lab course is that it prepares students far beyond just giving them an understanding of LEED and green building projects—it actually prepares them to succeed in 21st century sustainability careers. In the LEED Lab course, students participate in the entire LEED O+M process, choosing one building on their campus that they work toward certifying. In the process, students learn valuable skills applicable to any professional field. But LEED...

In International 05.19.2016

Colombia GBC develops ACP for naturally ventilated projects

Over May 18–19, the ConstruVerde conference is taking place in Bogota, Colombia. In tandem with this, USGBC presents this interview with Cristina Gamboa, CEO of Colombia GBC. Naturally ventilated buildings are, at their core, sustainable. When designed correctly, they utilize their orientation and surroundings to breathe like a living being, thereby requiring fewer energy-intensive systems. The problem is that until now, LEED hasn’t been looking at some naturally ventilated...

In Center for Green Schools 05.18.2016

LEED Lab in action: UCSB project certifies under LEED v4 O+M

As one of the greenest campuses in the country, the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) is deeply committed to fostering a culture of sustainability. Green building is a top priority at UCSB: all new buildings on campus must certify to LEED Gold, and UCSB is a leader in certification for existing buildings. In total, UCSB has nearly 70 LEED-certified buildings, totaling more than 2.6 million gross square feet of certified space. UCSB’s path to a sustainable future for all...

In International 05.24.2016

Kick off Green Apple Day in Latin America

Join USGBC and SUMe on Monday, June 6 for a one-hour webcast to kick off Green Apple Day of Service 2016 in Latin America. When: Monday, June 6, 11:00 a.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. Mexico Daylight Time On this call, you will Hear from members of the green building community in Mexico who have organized successful Green Apple Day of Service events over the past four years. Get ideas for sustainability service projects you can implement in your community. Learn about all the resources available...

In LEED 05.19.2016

New LEED pilot credit establishes Integrative Process for Health Promotion

Protecting human health by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change has been a focus of the green building movement since its inception. With changing weather patterns and matured understanding of the relationship between climate change and health, the need for climate change mitigation and adaptation could not be more evident. However, in addition to the macro-level positive health impacts attributed to green building, there is increased recognition of the more...

In LEED 05.19.2016

From the Help Center: Regional Priority Credits 101

At the USGBC Help Center, our goal is to quickly connect you with answers addressing a wide range of topics, including LEED, professional exams and project tools. Some of our most popular questions revolve around Regional Priority (RP) Credits—what exactly are they, and how can a LEED project apply for one? Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about the RP credits. We also encourage you to submit questions to the Help Center if you can’t find what...

In Community 05.18.2016

Green building boosts the economy [USGBC+ May/June 2016]

This article was originally published as "The 'New' Deal" in the May/June issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. 3.35 million. Keep that number on hand, in case anybody suggests that the aims of sustainability are incompatible with economic growth. It’s the number of U.S. jobs—according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study, conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton—that will owe their existence to green building by 2018...