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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 Media 07.31.2014

GBCI and Bureau Veritas Announce Strategic Business Partnership

Move Will Facilitate LEED Certification Process and Support Green Building in Global Hubs Washington, D.C. — (July 31, 2014) — Today, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the third-party certification body for the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system, and Bureau Veritas SA, a leading global testing, inspection and certification body, announced a strategic business partnership. As part of the agreement, Bureau Veritas will...

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...

In Advocacy and policy 07.31.2014

Homeowner views on energy codes

A recent market research study revealed that Idahoans value energy efficiency. In fact, 65% of them favor energy codes that are consistent with national standards, but less than half trust the State of Idaho to adopt the right energy efficiency standards for Idahoans. The reasons for supporting energy codes are primarily financial. The monthly operating costs are the top driver of whether someone supports energy codes. Additional key motivators include the beliefs that energy code...

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 08.1.2014

How you can match your career with your convictions

What makes Emerging Professionals (EPs) the future of USGBC? This is a quick story about how I’m matching my career and my convictions, and how you can, too! My EP journey started several years ago when I volunteered at a USGBC-Georgia Chapter event and met a fellow EP who invited me to an upcoming event. I went from attending a few EP events, to playing a volunteer role on the EP committee, to becoming chair of the EP group in Atlanta. Over time, I met amazing volunteers in Atlanta...

In LEED 07.30.2014

Why do we care if your home is green?

The great Rick Fedrizzi recently noted that “our homes play the biggest role in our lives. They bookend our days… Imagine if all people started their days from a sustainable home, with a native awareness of efficiency and efficacy; of better health and resilience. Imagine if we used our homes as the base camp for healthy living, in every aspect of our lives… They could be the touchstone for being mindful of sustainability for our present and future.” In typical...

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