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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 […]

November 5th

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 […]

October 21st

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 […]

October 15th

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Recognized By BREEAM

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has been recognized by green building rating system BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) for its ability to allow the construction industry to responsibly source forest products. Their efforts to make one of the greenest building elements- wood!- even greener are definitely worth taking notice of! According to the […]

September 30th

What is LEED? – Energy and Atmosphere

This is the fifth 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, and the fourth at Water Efficiency.   Energy and Atmosphere Improving energy efficiency is one […]

September 23rd

John Perlin Series: Five Major Breakthroughs in Solar Energy – Part II

I am pleased  to post this second in a series of solar energy  articles from John Perlin, based on his ground breaking book, Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy. Perlin discusses the major breakthroughs in solar energy over the millennia. Second Major Breakthrough – Solar Architecture and Solar Cities The second major breakthrough […]

September 22nd

USGBC Members Select Best of Building Awards Winners

This is the inaugural year of The Best of Building Awards, which celebrate the year’s best products, projects, organizations and individuals making an impact in green building. Nominees and winners were selected exclusively by the members of USGBC, a vibrant and diverse community of nearly 13,000 of the world’s leading organizations invested in sustainability. “USGBC’s […]

September 22nd

LEED is in High Demand in Today’s Job Market

Have you ever wondered if becoming a LEED Accredited Professional, or Green Associate, was really worth the effort? “Will it help me get a job?,” you wonder. According to a press release from the US Green Building Council, the demand for LEED accredited applicants in the North American job market has actually increased – by […]

September 16th

What Is LEED? – Water Efficiency

This is the fourth 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, and the third at the Location and Transportation credits. Water Efficiency Fresh, drinkable water is a precious commodity that is only available in a limited supply. […]

September 11th

What is LEED? – Location and Transportation

This is the third post in a series on the LEED green building rating system.  The first post provided an Introduction to LEED, and the second looked at the Sustainable Sites credit category. Location and Transporation The LEED Location and Transporation category of credits is based on where the project is located, its connectibility to […]

September 3rd

What Is LEED? – Sustainable Sites

This is the second post in a series on the LEED green building rating system.  The first post provided an introduction to LEED. Sustainable Sites The first category of LEED prerequisites and credits has to do with the location and piece of land the project is built on.  LEED Sustainable Sites credits deal with protecting […]

August 27th

Exterior Sheathing System Improves Energy Efficiency

Composite Panel Building Systems announced the introduction of a new sheathing system that can improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings and homes, as well as new construction projects.  The C-SIS exterior sheathing system combines insulation, an air/water barrier, structural components, and a water drainage plane into a compact panel that can be installed easily […]

August 26th

Agencies Announce Partnership to Develop Green Construction Code

The International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced last week the signing of a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the LEED green building program. The unprecedented […]

August 25th

Treehouse in Memorial City, Both are More than a Name Suggests

As cities re-develop and re-define themselves in new urban and sustainable ways, mixed-used mini-cities are becoming popular oasises in the midst of traditional metropolitan areas. In Houston, Texas, one of such, ‘city-with-in-a-city’ exists and is called Memorial City. It is 7.6 million SF of a place that intertwines the living, shopping, working and play parts […]

August 23rd

What is LEED? – Introduction

This is the first post in a series about the LEED rating system for green buildings.   LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  It is a green building certification program that requires a third-party to review, judge, and certify a project as meeting certain mandatory requirements and reaching a certain level of […]

August 21st