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In Advocacy and policy 04.4.2014

Tax vote brings good news for green building

On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee took an important move in advancing draft legislation that would renew a series of tax breaks that expired at the end of last year. The “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act;” passed the committee on a voice vote. The EXPIRE Act includes a number of important elements that will continue to enhance the efficiency of the building industry, particularly to the existing Energy Efficiency Commercial Building Tax...

In LEED 04.3.2014

LEED addenda update: April 2014

April 1st quarterly addenda to the LEED rating systems and reference guides are now available.  There are two ways to view the changes: visit the database and search by 4/2/2014 visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit INTERPRETATIONS: Twenty new LEED Interpretations (10368—10382), including 15 for Homes and Multifamily Midrise were published. Some highlights: Demonstrating compliance for residential Interior Design...

In Community 04.2.2014

We're here to help

There have been a lot of changes around here lately. LEED v4 has launched, and it’s bolder, more specialized, and designed for a better user experience. We introduced a new and improved LEED Online, which allows you to streamline your LEED project management experience, organize your work, and engage with your whole team. LEED professional credential exams are coming, which will feature LEED v4 content. Our new online learning platform, Education @USGBC, makes it easy to grow your...

In Advocacy and policy 03.28.2014

DC to World: We mean green (and it’s code now, too)

Good morning, Washington. Today marks the culmination of almost two years of work and thousands of hours of volunteer time to make the District of Columbia, once again, a national leader in better, greener buildings. The USGBC-National Capital Region Chapter had this to say about the DC Green Construction Code: “This is a landmark achievement in the history of green buildings.” Our CEO, Rick Fedrizzi said, “It’s a proud day for the District of Columbia, its residents and...

In Media 04.3.2014

International Well Building Institute and Green Building Certification Institute Announce...

Global certification provider for the LEED Green Building Rating System to deliver third-party certification for the WELL Building Standard New York, NY (April 3, 2014) – The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) today announced a formal collaboration that will streamline how LEED and WELL work together and demonstrate that green building and health and wellness go hand in hand. As a fundamental...

In Center for Green Schools 04.2.2014

The Whole-School Sustainability Framework

This past Saturday, in her address at the National Green Schools Conference in Sacramento, our fearless leader Rachel Gutter inspired the crowd of green schools supporters to leave the conference as ONE VOICE, ONE MOVEMENT. As she pointed out, this imperative to speak with unity is why we think the Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program is so important. And it is also why, at the conference, we released The Whole-School Sustainability Framework, a complement to the...

In LEED 04.1.2014

Now available: LEED v4 candidate handbooks

Starting on June 30, 2014, the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams will evolve for the LEED v4 rating system — and the candidate handbooks are now available to help you prepare. The last day to take the credential exams with LEED v2009 content will be June 15, 2014. The first day to take the exams with the new LEED v4 content will be June 30, 2014. No tests will be administered in between these dates. LEED v4 candidate handbooks Click the images below to access each...

In Community 03.28.2014

Freebie Friday: What will your desktop be wearing this season?

Is your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone looking a little... well... tired? We have a remedy! Download our free USGBC device wallpaper, and get ready for a quick pick me up every time you open your screen. And check back often—we’ll be offering new wallpapers and other freebies throughout the year. Any wallpaper designs you’d like to see? Let us know in the comments. 1680x1050 2560x1440 Mobile Tablet

In Media 04.3.2014

2016 Greenbuild Annual Conference & Expo to Take Place in Los Angeles

2016 Greenbuild Annual Conference & Expo to Take Place in Los Angeles Washington, D.C. — (Apr. 3, 2014) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Hanley Wood announced today that the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will move from San Diego, Calif. to Los Angeles, Calif. The announcement came during the Clinton Global Initiative’s 21st Century Infrastructure and Innovation for a Resilient Economy event, where Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti...

In LEED 04.2.2014

New credit substitutions and pilots

In January, we published an article on credit substitutions. Based on interest, we now have additional substitutions available for LEED for Homes and Multifamily Midrise, as well as a new pilot alternative compliance path for the Materials and Resources credit category: Materials and Resources Pilot Alternative Compliance Path: Pilot ACP 84 (new) LEED v2009 project teams can now use the LEED v4 Materials and Resources credits, which have changed significantly to incentivize environmental...

In LEED 03.31.2014

Sneak peak: Sample questions for the LEED v4 credential exams

With the launch of LEED v4, new LEED v4 professional credential exams will be released on June 30, 2014. Learn more.  In the v4 exams, each item will have two test specification attributes: knowledge and task attributes. Want to know more? Check out the sample questions below to get a sense for the type of content that will be tested. (Answers are followed by an asterisk). Sample questions from the v4 Green Associate exam 1. When applying for innovation credits, a project team Cannot...

In Industry 03.28.2014
The 2nd Ring Road in Beijing. Credit: Pedronet via Flickr

Healthy buildings and healthy people: The next generation of green building

Remarks delivered by USGBC COO Mahesh Ramanujam at the Tenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New Technologies and Products Expo in Beijing on March 28. Good afternoon. My name is Mahesh Ramanujam, and I am president of the Green Building Certification Institute and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Green Building Council. It is an honor to be standing here with you at the Tenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New...

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