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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 cooperation to develop a green construction code aims to create a comprehensive framework for jurisdictions looking to implement and adopt green building regulations and codes…

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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 “greenness.” There are several LEED rating systems available for different types of projects.  They include: Building Design & Construction (BD+C), Interior Design & Construction (ID+C),…

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GBCI Announces Partnership with Bureau Veritas to Offer Global Certification Services

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the third-party certification body for the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system, and Bureau Veritas SA, a leading global testing, inspection and certification body, recently announced a strategic business partnership. As part of the agreement, Bureau Veritas will facilitate LEED certification on behalf of GBCI for LEED green building projects. “This collaboration with Bureau Veritas helps us take LEED to the next level,” said Rick Fedrizzi, GBCI board member…

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Log Home Builders Specializing in Beetle-Killed Pine & Energy Efficiency

I have had the pleasure of writing about this Colorado company before and its skilled use of beetle-killed pine in some of the homes it builds. For those interested in log homes, or issues involving beetle-kill pine, this is a company worth following. What follows is taken from an old post, just to whet the appetite. We will be writing more about this company soon in our Green Materials Report. Anne-Marie Anderson, co-owner of Jeremiah Johnson Log Homes and Anderson Custom Homes,…

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Green Materials Report: FSC Certified Lumber

This post is part of the Green Materials Report series.  GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green.  Each post focuses on one material.  We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned.  We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings.  Enjoy the series! FSC Certified Lumber…

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Global reports on green building now available

USGBC Launches Real-Time International Green Building Market Briefs

Briefs expand USGBC offerings aimed at green building market transparency on a global scale The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the launch of an expanded online data visualization resource that will allow any user to access aggregated LEED green building project information in the more than 150 countries with LEED projects underway. Following on the successful U.S. state market briefs launched by USGBC in April, the international market briefs detail LEED projects by owner sector, rating system and space type for…

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Report Shows Growth In Demand For Green Homes

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) now estimates that there are as many as 150,000 LEED-certified green housing units worldwide, a number that more than doubled between 2011 and 2012 and continues to grow steadily, according to the organization’s LEED in Motion: Residential report released last week. The report is the latest in USGBC’s popular LEED in Motion series designed to equip readers with the insight and knowledge to understand LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system, and to…

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Maracana Stadium, Brazil

6 World Cup Venues Achieve LEED Certification

This week, in conjunction with the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that several World Cup stadiums have achieved LEED certification, including South America’s largest stadium, Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Originally built and used for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the LEED Silver Maracanã stadium is once again reprising its role by playing host for the final game of the 2014 World Cup. Maracanã will also serve as a major sporting venue for…

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48 More Kohl’s Store Branches Given Green Certification

Kohl’s has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings)  certification for 48 more of its store branches. This brings the number of LEED-certified Kohl’s stores up to 432. That is 37% of their 1,160 stores. Stores that qualify for this certification include Energy Star certification, commitment to green power, waste recycling, water-saving plumbing fixtures and participation in green cleaning and sustainable purchasing practices, according to Kohl’s. Kohl’s is clearly making a significant effort to improve the sustainability…

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Progressive Housing by LAS at Young Harris College

Going through architectural and design school, you are told repeatedly to pick a concept and follow it through. This concept can be a specific design element such as a circle, a play in textures or a fictitious illusion such as dreaming. The architectural team for the redevelopment of the Young Harris College (YHC) found a concept and literally the people that reside there get to follow that concept from a freshman in college through graduation. The new resident halls that…

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LEED vs Green Globes Round 2: Certification Costs

A press release from the Green Building Initiative announces the results of an independent study, funded by GBI, comparing the costs for certifying the same building under Green Globes and LEED. Green Globes Certification is Less Expensive to Achieve than LEED, On Same Project, Drexel University Study Reveals Portland, OR – May 13, 2014 – The Green Building Initiative (GBI) today announced that, according to a recent study completed by Drexel University professor Jeffrey Beard, GBI’s Green Globes certification process…

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Green Parking Garage Certification Now Available

Up until now, parking garages were not able to earn green building certification (LEED does not recognize them).  That has changed this week, though, with the introduction of the Green Garage Certification program by the Green Parking Council. The Green Garage Certification (GGC) program is the first of its kind, recognizing sustainable practices in designing, programming, building, and operating parking garage structures.  Its purpose is to inspire real estate owners, developers, planners, architects, tenants, parking operators, and others to strive toward a…

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LEED vs Green Globes

LEED Versus Green Globes

Last week Greenwash Action released its answer to critics of the LEED green building certification program, administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the US Green Building Council (USGBC).  LEED has been under attack by proponents of the Green Globes certification program, which is administered by the Green Building Initiative. “LEED Exposed” claims that LEED certified buildings may not be as “green” as they claim.  It states that many certified buildings do not meet their energy and water…

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USGBC Announces Top 10 LEED Countries Outside US

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its list of the top 10 countries for LEED outside of the United States, on which India ranked No. 3. The list demonstrates the global reach of the movement that is transforming the built environment into healthy, high-performing structures that benefit the planet and all of its people. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building certification system for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings.  LEED…

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Excellence in Design Awards

Excellence In Green Design Award Winners

ED + C Magazine announced the winners of its 2014 Excellence in Design Awards.  The projects were selected for their green design features from five building sector categories – commercial, residential, educational, government, and institutional.  Starting in May, each month ED + C will allow readers to vote on which projects they think deserved the awards.  The 18 selected green building projects completed in 2013 demonstrate unique sustainable design and innovative strategies. The winners of each category will be explored in greater…

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AIA’s Top Ten 2014 List

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its Top Ten Projects of 2014. In alphabetical order, they are: Arizona State University Student Health Services Building Bud Clark Commons Bushwick Inlet Park Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (EGWW) Gateway Center – SUNY-ESF John and Frances Angelos Law Center Sustainability Treehouse The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters Warroad U.S. Land Port of Entry Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse The Arizona State University Student Health Services is an…

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What Are Health Product Declarations?

Health product declarations (HPDs) provide a full disclosure of the potential chemicals of concern in products by comparing product ingredients to a wide variety of “hazard” lists published by government authorities and scientific associations.  The goal of an HPD is to inform consumers about the types of chemicals that are in the products they install in their buildings. Third-Party Testing Similar to environmental product declarations (EPDs), HPDs are developed and audited by certified third-party testers who follow a protocol in testing…

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