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In LEED 06.30.2014

Eleven buildings, 25 million kWh of electricity saved: 2014 EBie Awards

The Urban Green Council's EBie Awards recognize improved environmental performance in existing buildings among building operators, facilities managers, owners, engineers, retro-commissioning agents and other professionals who conceived and implemented the work.  The eleven 2014 finalists saved 30 million gallons of water, 25 million kilowatt hours of electricity, and affected 14 million square feet of property in existing buildings—that was the hard part. Earlier...

In Industry 06.27.2014

Designing for Disaster with USGBC Platinum level member company ASSA ABLOY

Designing for Disaster, a new exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., showcases the critical role of building design and construction in protecting against hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes and other dangers. Resilience is a key tenet of the green building movement and USGBC’s work. Building to anticipate threats, hazards and disasters helps foster stronger, safer communities that are better equipped to withstand both anticipated and...

In Greenbuild 06.26.2014

Why we exhibit at Greenbuild — the best expo ever

For the last seven years, my company, Bradley Corporation has been a loyal exhibitor at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Greenbuild is the best expo because it provides a platform for Bradley to showcase our water conservation products among the industry’s newest manufacturing innovations, recycled materials, and award-winning product designs. Greenbuild attendees are awesome. They are highly engaged in the sustainable building industry, and they are well informed. So for...

In Greenbuild 06.25.2014

New Greenbuild 2013 Sustainability Report celebrates green achievements

At Greenbuild 2013 the green building community came together to participate in 200 educational sessions, build a city of 700 booths in the expo hall, and dance to the likes of Bon Jovi. All of this networking, learning, and celebrating resulted in 115,875 pounds of trash, 3,559 gallons of fuel used for shuttles, and 26,655 square feet of signage. But, it also led to 4,592 pounds of food donated locally, engagement with 25 hotels on sustainability practices and one new adventure playground...

In Greenbuild 06.27.2014

Apply today for a scholarship to attend Greenbuild 2014

Year after year, the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo provides an extraordinary opportunity to get involved with the green building movement.  Today, USGBC is excited to announce scholarship opportunities to attend Greenbuild 2014. Scholarships are available for students, emerging professionals, faith leaders, community developers and non-traditional professionals.  Scholarships are competitive, and preference is given to those with a...

In LEED 06.26.2014

USGBC members approve LEED for Homes update

The final results of the LEED v2008 Homes Energy Update ballot are in with a final tally of 88% in favor of the rating system update — exceeding our goal of 66.7%.  Here's the category breakdown for the results: 96% approval from those in the user category 88% approval from those in the general interest category 70% approval from those in the producer category Beginning on Oct. 1, 2014, newly registering projects will be asked to meet the new requirements. The credit library...

In LEED 06.26.2014

Exploding demand for LEED credentials among employers

A new study of job postings from across the country indicates that demand for LEED Green Associates and LEED APs has grown 46% in the last twelve months. And a 90-day scan of U.S. job listings found 9,033 available jobs that specifically require a LEED credential (Burning Glass Technologies, Labor/Insight, 2014). USGBC recently surveyed hundreds of current employers of LEED credential holders about the value of the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP. The work of these organizations spans...

In Industry 06.25.2014

How green is overtaking the commercial property market

In 2010, I analyzed the uptake of “green” certification in the U.S. commercial property market, explaining the differences in diffusion across markets and over time. But during the past four years, much has happened. The economy started to recover (in most places), and construction has picked up again. Also, the appetite for energy efficiency and sustainability in the real estate sector hasn’t abated — Google now gives 344,000,000 hits for a simple search on “green...

In Industry 06.27.2014

New report: Building professionals are prioritizing human health

Building industry professionals and owners are placing increasing attention on health in design and construction plans according to a new SmartMarket report by McGraw Hill Construction. USGBC was a contributing partner to the report.  The report, “The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings: The Market Drivers and Impact of Building Design on Occupant Health, Well-Being and Productivity,” finds that over 70% of commercial architects and residential interior designers,...

In LEED 06.26.2014

3 courses that you need to take (June 2014)

Hungry for more green building knowledge? Check out this month's top three courses. 1. Speech Privacy & Sound Masking in Modern ArchitectureIdentify interior design factors that will signal the need for sound masking and approaches to address the issues. 2. Solar for StartersThe importance and fundamentals of solar along with analyzing the practical aspects, promises and challenges of solar energy. 3. Making Healthy Places – Healthy SchoolsThis self-paced reading...

In Community 06.25.2014

Membership 101

Membership is the heart and soul of USGBC. And with USGBC membership there's something for everyone. What types of membership are available? As a corporate member, your organization joins a national community of tens of thousands of USGBC member organizations and their millions of employees. Our members are working everyday to design, construct, maintain and operate green buildings throughout the world. As a chapter member, you join a local community of individuals who are...

In Media 06.24.2014

USGBC Conference and Events Team Earns New Certification for Sustainable Event Management

Washington, D.C. — (June 24, 2014) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that its Conference and Events team has earned certification under ISO 20121: 2012, a new standard signifying excellence in sustainable event planning and management. “As the leading voice in the movement toward a sustainable built environment, USGBC has a responsibility to set a strong example for the meetings and events industry in planning and running the most sustainable events...

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is transforming the way we design, build, maintain and operate our buildings, homes and communities.

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.