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In LEED 03.24.2014

Introducing the LEED Innovation Catalog

In addition to the LEED credit categories we’re all familiar with (Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency…you know the drill), LEED has always reserved a few points for Innovation – things that aren’t part of the rating system but are right at home in a green building certification program. Over the years we’ve seen some really intriguing (and innovative) ideas brought forward by project teams, and these ideas have earned the projects a point in LEED. But how do we...

In Industry 03.21.2014
The LEED Platinum Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Credit: Wikimedia Common

Friday Roundup: Platinum for Oregon Convention Center, wooden skyscrapers?

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips: Green building: Oregon Convention Center raises its profile, Portland Business Journal. It’s the third certification for the LEED Platinum Oregon Convention Center, which also earned LEED Silver in 2008 and LEED Certified in 2004. Why the White House Is Spending Millions to Promote Wood Skyscrapers, Gizmodo. Wood is an extraordinary renewable building material — and USGBC rewards its use in LEED projects. Front Group Takes...

In Industry 03.19.2014

Certification matters, same-cost LEED buildings, city market briefs

To build upon Joe’s “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns” from last week, one “known known” is that third-party verification and certification matters: My colleague Fleming Roberts’ blog post, “Trust but verify: Why LEED certification matters,” answers the age-old question, “why certify?” We all know that you can’t manage what you don’t measure. Sustainable design intent is wonderful, but that’s...

In Industry 03.18.2014

Upcoming webinar: Can Cellular Based Metrics Improve Commute Assessments?

Join USGBC and StreetLight Data for a webinar to learn more about whether cellular based metrics can improve commute assessments. 2:00–3:00 pm EDTThursday, March 27, 2014RSVP Travel behavior associated with commercial office buildings has far-reaching environmental, health and business impacts.  Under many circumstances, occupant and visitor travel constitute the largest single contributor to environmental impacts of commercial office buildings. In addition, commute choices...

In Advocacy and policy 03.24.2014

New reporting initiative helps federal agencies continue their green building leadership

U.S. federal government agencies were some of the earliest adopters of LEED. Over the years, we have seen the federal government build, retrofit and operate some amazing green buildings. To date, the federal government has certified 1,031 buildings to LEED, and another 3,000-plus projects are in the LEED certification pipeline. But with shrinking budgets and numerous requirements on their plates, these agencies need help to streamline their reporting as much as possible. Federal buildings are...

In LEED 03.20.2014

Happy first day of spring — Bring on the daylighting

Ah spring — a time of longer days, warming temperatures and budding flora. And it all officially starts today, regardless of Pax, Titan, or Wiley telling us otherwise... Have you ever noticed that you feel better on sunny days? It’s not all in your head. Trust me. Heres's the evidence. Access to increased sunlight has been shown to have positive impacts on both human behavior and health, because it reinforces our circadian rhythms (otherwise known as your body’s clock). Having...

In LEED 03.19.2014

LEED, materials and health: Discussions at Berkeley

What happens when you gather 76 passionate and informed professionals in a room to discuss challenges and opportunities at the intersection of health, materials, and the built environment? Progress. That’s how I felt at the end of the day on Thursday, February 20, when USGBC, the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry and the USGBC Northern California Chapter jointly hosted a full day event on that topic. Speakers and panelists representing the fields of design, construction, product...

In Center for Green Schools 03.18.2014

Who's counting? Center for Green Schools 2013 metrics

In 2013, the Center for Green Schools reached further, leveraged greater and invested more than we ever have. How do we know? We are maniacal about tracking our work – whether it be the number of people we engage, the number of resources we distribute or the way people talk about our work in the media, their social networks or in surveys. We welcome you to take a look at our 2013 Year-End Report Card.  The one-page infographic shows how we performed in the context of the goals...

In LEED 03.24.2014

The down and dirty of the LEED Professional exam

The LEED Professional exams, for both the LEED Green Associate and the LEED AP with specialty, accurately assess your ability to carry out the responsibilities of an individual supporting LEED certification.  What else? All LEED Professional exams are valid and reliable. This means the exam is able to measure what it is supposed to measure, and it accurately measures a candidate’s skills.  The basics All LEED exams assess candidates’ abilities at three hierarchical...

In Industry 03.20.2014

Webinar: "Strategies for success" in China

Selling American Energy Efficiency Products & Services in China In this webinar series experts will provide a step-by-step introduction to China’s energy efficiency (EE) market segments and appropriate business development strategies for American firms. Learn from the on-the-ground, expert perspectives in this integrated and targeted series designed to prepare you for China’s market. Webinar sessions Webinar 1: April 8, 5 pm PST USA (April 9, 8 am China): Are there real...

In LEED 03.19.2014

Your LEED Professional exam is this month. Are you ready?

You've spent the last few months preparing for your LEED Green Associate or LEED AP with specialty exam. Here's what you should know to make sure your exam day goes as planned. One month before Ensure that your first name and last name in your usgbc.org account matches the identification you will present at the test center. If your names do not match, you will not be allowed to test and you will forfeit your exam fee. A week before Confirm that your exam is scheduled for the correct date,...

In Industry 03.17.2014

Celebrating green buildings on the Emerald Isle

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’re taking a look at some of the LEED green buildings in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Collectively, the two states have seven LEED-certified projects representing 1.1 million square feet, with another 32 projects representing 2.8 million square feet in the pipeline for certification. In Belfast, Northern Ireland, Bombardier’s wing manufacturing and assembly facility is LEED Gold, certified in 2013. Designed by USGBC Platinum member URS...

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