arc Online Platform Will Drive Green Building Performance

A new online platform, arc, announced at this year’s Greenbuild conference, will allow buildings to measure their energy performance against several green building rating systems, benchmark energy use against similar buildings, and make improvements. LEED-certified buildings can use arc to improve and benchmark against other certified buildings around them. Buildings that have not certified yet will be able to use arc to make incremental sustainability improvements and eventually achieve LEED certification. “The LEED rating system revolutionized the design, construction and…

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Celebrate World Green Building Week 2016

World Green Building Week is the annual opportunity for Green Building Councils, their members, and leaders from around the world to showcase to everyone how their actions and leadership are helping to deliver green buildings in their own countries, and to celebrate the positive outcomes they lead to. This year’s event will be held the week of September 26-October 2, 2016. The theme for the week is “Change Your Perspective,” an evolution of Better Build Green, which was introduced at COP21 in…

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Aluminum – The ABCs of Green Building Materials

Used in a wide variety of ways in the building construction market, aluminum is a very versatile green building material, especially when it’s recycled. Everything from huge external building structures to delicate window blinds can be manufactured from this lightweight, durable, and corrosion-resistant metal. Doors, windows, and awnings are popular products made from this material, as well as parking canopies, warehouses, and other commercial outbuildings. Solar panels typically rely on low-weight aluminum framing components in solar installations on residential and commercial…

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LEED Homes Award Winners for 2015 Announced

USGBC announced the recipients of its annual LEED Homes Awards, which recognize projects, architects, developers and homebuilders who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in the residential green building marketplace. “Homes represent a critical piece of the buildings industry and our daily life,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “We applaud these amazing honorees for their significant contribution to greening the residential sector by implementing strategies that positively impact the environment and enhance the health and well-being of…

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Minneapolis City Center NFL Showcase: Finishing Touches Take Place On US Bank Stadium

We have enjoyed following the vision and ensuing work leading to the development of US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, now scheduled to open this August. Here is the most important item to keep in mind about this project: we’re not just looking at a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium replacing the old Hubert Humphrey Metrodome. Here the $1.1 billion investment involves a new kind of product for a sporting franchise and a government. This new-fangled stadium product represents the savvy evolution…

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Study Shows LEED-ND Fails To Provide Affordable Housing

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) by Nicola Szibbo, PhD, a planner with the City and County of Honolulu, found that only 40 percent of LEED-ND certified projects included affordable housing. With very little incentive in the credit structure, many developers choose not to include affordable housing, and there are no consequences for doing so. LEED-ND is a green certification program for neighborhood developments, sponsored by the US Green Building Council, the association that…

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Delta Americas Opens LEED Platinum & Net Zero Headquarters

Delta, a global specialist in power and thermal management solutions, announced opening its new Americas headquarters in Fremont, California. The facility was designed to meet LEED Platinum and net zero standards. According to press information, this 180,000 square-foot facility is a testament to Delta’s commitment to sustainability. Over 1,000 MWh of electricity is expected to be generated per year through Delta’s solar photovoltaic power system. Additionally, the new building features a geothermal heating and cooling system that reduces HVAC energy consumption…

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RELi Resiliency Standards Complement LEED Certification

Doug Pierce is the senior project engineer at Perkins + Will. Over the past 2 1/2 years, he has developed what he calls the RELi resiliency standards as the chief investigator for the Washington, D.C.-based Capital Markets Partnership. “Resiliency is the next step in the entire green ecological design framework,” said Pierce, who is based in Minneapolis. “It’s important because over the past 30 years, we have not acted with foresight relative to the science on climate change or the…

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LEED certified parking structure

LEED Helps Companies Show Corporate Responsibility

The world’s top-performing companies are prioritizing sustainability as part of their corporate responsibility efforts, and a majority of them are using LEED to help them achieve their goals, according to a survey released by the U.S. Green Building Council. The study looked at Fortune 200 companies, most of them users of LEED and members of USGBC. “We launched LEED 15 years ago so that the world’s leading businesses would have a tool that would deliver the immediate, measureable results they need…

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LEED recognizes Living Building Challenge credits

LEED to Recognize Living Building Challenge Credits

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that it will recognize energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge (the Challenge) green building system within the LEED green building program. Projects achieving the energy and water requirements in Living Building Challenge will be considered as technically equivalent to LEED. “USGBC and the International Living Future Institute, developers of the Living Building Challenge, share a common commitment and goal to transform the way we design, build and operate our buildings,”…

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People Are the Key to Energy Efficiency

Click Green reports that research conducted by Washington State University shows people are key to energy efficiency and that educating them about the features of the buildings they work in is needed to maximize those savings. The research is the result of a meeting WSU graduate Julia Day went to one day in an office designed to be lit by sunlight. But the blinds were closed and the lights turned on. Why? Because furniture in the room was blocking access to…

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USGBC Wins Environmental Award From United Nations

The US Green Building Council has won the United Nations’ top environmental award, the Champions of the Earth award for Entrepreneurial Vision. The award is usually given to an individual, but the organization is being specially honored for its “outstanding contribution to sustainable building through its LEED green building rating system.”   Champions of the Earth Champions of the Earth is the United Nations’ flagship environmental award, which was launched in 2005, and it recognizes outstanding visionaries and leaders in…

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What Is LEED? – Innovation and Regional Priority Credits

This is the eighth and final post in a series on the LEED green building rating system. The first post provided an Introduction to LEED, and the remaining posts looked at each of the six credit categories: Sustainable Sites, Location and Transportation, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. We hope you have enjoyed the series!   Innovation Credits This credit is worth 1-5 points. Projects can earn additional credits for innovations in green building. There…

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LEED Dynamic Plaque Provides Real-Time LEED Ratings

Digital plaque provides up-to-the-minute energy and water use, and provides a current LEED Rating for the building For those who wonder whether green buildings stay green after they are designed and built, the US Green Building Council is providing a chance for them to see for themselves. The new LEED Dynamic Plaque is available to projects who have already achieved LEED certification and wish to know how they are performing in real-time. According to USGBC, “The LEED Dynamic Plaque assesses…

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USGBC Extends LEED 2009 Registration

Earlier this week, the US Green Building Council announced that it would extend the life of LEED 2009. Projects can still register under the 2009 version until October 31, 2016. The original cut-off date was set to be June 15, 2015, but resounding feedback from LEED users led to the decision.   LEED v4 LEED v4, the most recent version, has been available for a little over a year. It has increased the rigor of the program, as more and…

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What Is LEED? – Indoor Environmental Quality

This is the seventh post in a series on the LEED green building rating system. The first post provided an Introduction to LEED, the second looked at the Sustainable Sites credit category, the third at the Location and Transportation credits, the fourth at Water Efficiency, the fifth at the Energy and Atmosphere credits, and the sixth at Materials and Resources.   Indoor Environmental Quality The quality of the air on the inside of a building is important to all the occupants, as it can contribute to illness…

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What Is LEED? – Materials and Resources

This is the sixth post in a series on the LEED green building rating system. The first post provided an Introduction to LEED, the second looked at the Sustainable Sites credit category, the third at the Location and Transportation credits, the fourth at Water Efficiency, and the fifth at the Energy and Atmosphere credits.   Materials and Resources What materials are used, where they come from, how they are made, and how they are disposed of are instrumental in determining how green a project is. Using…

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