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USGBC Launches Real-Time LEED Information Site

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently launched its new online data visualization resource that highlights real-time green building data for each state in the U.S. and Washington, D.C. The enhanced state market briefs — highlighting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects, LEED-credentialed professionals and USGBC membership in each state — provide green building advocates and the general public a look into LEED’s impact within any U.S. state. The dynamic market briefs for each state were created to supply green building advocates with on-the-ground information to…

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Arizona State University Health Services

AIA Top Ten Green Buildings for 2014

The American Institute of Architects Committee On The Environment has announced its top ten green buildings for 2014. In its 18th year, the award’s winners highlight the unique synergy between the built and the natural environment. Arizona State University Student Health Services, Tempe, Arizona Lake|Flato Architects + Orcutt|Winslow The Arizona State University (ASU) Health Services Building is an adaptive reuse project that transformed the existing sterile and inefficient clinic into a clearly organized, efficient, and welcoming facility. The building’s energy performance is…

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Radio Flyer Headquarters

Radio Flyer HQ Earns LEED Platinum

Radio Flyer Inc’s company headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, has earned LEED Platinum certification, the company announced this week. Focused on environmentally sustainable practices, the certification acknowledges the key design decisions made on the project, including the renovation of existing warehouse space, dedicated recycling areas, and geo-thermal heating and cooling systems. “Our mission is to create awesome kids products that inspire outdoor active play, so it just makes sense that we work to do our part to improve the environment,” said…

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What is Life Cycle Assessment?

Life cycle assessment (LCA) looks at the environmental impacts of a building material over the entire life of the material, from extraction to disposal. LCA attempts to quantify these impacts for the purpose of comparing materials or buildings. What is measured? LCA is a scientific study of the environmental inputs and outputs to a building material, product, or a whole building throughout its life. Several environmental effects are studied in each assessment, including: Use of fossil fuels Use of non-renewable…

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What Are Environmental Product Declarations?

Environmental product declarations (EPDs) are the present and future of green building. They allow stakeholders to accurately assess the environmental impacts of the materials and equipment that go into their buildings. EPDs are often called the equivalent of nutrition labels for the built industry.   What are EPDs? Environmental product declarations are detailed reports on the environmental impact of products from a cradle-to-grave perspective. Life-cycle analysis (LCA) allows third-party testing organizations to determine the environmental consequences of a product, from the extraction…

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LPL Financial Opens San Diego Net-Zero Energy Office Tower

LPL Financial today announced the opening of its new net-zero energy San Diego headquarters, Tower II at La Jolla Commons. The company reports this facility is the largest net-zero energy commercial office building in the U.S. The 13-story, 415,000-square-foot office tower demonstrates a company commitment to sustainability and social responsibility, incorporating sophisticated available green technologies, health, and wellness benefits for its employees. The tower uses three fuel cells to convert biogas into carbon-neutral electricity that will allow the building to…

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Emerson LA Grand Opening

A week-long series of events—starting with a ticketed gala on Saturday, March 8—will celebrate the grand opening of Emerson Los Angeles (ELA), a spectacular new academic and residential facility that will enable the College to significantly expand its contribution to the city and to the entertainment and communication industries. Guests scheduled to attend the gala include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, 13th District Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Tom Bergeron P ’12 (Dancing With the Stars), Jennifer Coolidge ’85 (Two Broke Girls, Legally…

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Vepica’s New Headquarters Awarded First LEED Certification in Venezuela

It is exciting to learn of companies like Vepica taking leadership roles in the quest for sustainability and a cleaner planet. Vepica’s new offices in Caracas, Venezuela, were recently awarded LEED Silver Certification for its new headquarters, featuring the largest solar panel installation in the country. Vepica, a leading global energy-industry engineering company and ENR Top 225 International Design Firm, announced today that its state-of-the-art, 82,000-square-foot, five-story new headquarters was recently awarded LEED® Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).…

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University of Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory Phase 2 Renovation Completed

Phase 2 of the renovation of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory (MMPL) – originally built in 1955 as a living memorial to honor the men and women of the University of Michigan community who lost their lives in World War II service – is now complete. In addition to a renovation of the existing building’s second level as research laboratories, Phase 2 also included the design and construction of a new building addition that houses the University of Michigan Energy Institute…

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Israel's First LEED Platinum Building Underway: A Living Laboratory for Environmental Studies

Tel Aviv University is building a new school for the Porter School of Environmental Studies that might become Israel’s first LEED-NC Platinum building. Tina Casey from CleanTechnica and I visited the building and got an introductory lecture from Dr. Arie Nesher, the Professional Director of the school. Nesher gave us a tour of the building as it is being constructed, saying that Tel Aviv University is trying to be proactive in responding to current trends. “Enrollment is declining,” he said.…

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Green Globes Gains GSA Recommendation

The Green Building Council’s Leadership LEED system is no longer the only program the General Services Administration (GSA) endorses for federal building construction and renovation; now there is Green Globes. The Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes has received a recommendation from the GSA during a scheduled review of the building certification system. Government construction is no longer confined to a single certification – news that is riling company CEOs and environmentalists alike. The GSA recommends new or renovated buildings gain…

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NRG Energy Installs 49th Solar Frame to Complete Levi’s Stadium Suite Tower Roof

Solar installation will help 49ers meet net zero energy performance during home games NRG Energy, Inc. and the San Francisco 49ers today announced a construction milestone – the completion of phase one of the solar installation at Levi’s Stadium, the future home of the 49ers. This significant step will help Levi’s Stadium to become the first stadium that is home to an NFL team to have sustainability and LEED certification standards incorporated into its design and architecture The 49 solar frames…

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Environmental Group Honours A Power Company For Environmental Stewardship?

The Electric Power Board (EPB), was honoured by the Sierra Club environmental group for the highly energy-efficient design of its headquarters building in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In June, the 7-year-old building finally received LEED certification, which is for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. “EPB’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people. For us, improving the quality of life in our building made sense,” according to Elizabeth Hammitt, EPB’s administrator for environmental policy. To EPB, that entailed water…

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VENICE UNIVERSITY EXCEEDED HARVARD AND US TREASURY The Venetian Gothic palace overlooking the Grand Canal received the prestigious certification from the U.S. Green Building Council Ca’ Foscari, Venice University’s headquarter, is the oldest LEED-certified building on the planet. The Venetian Gothic palace, built in 1453 on the Grand Canal, exceeded two American buildings, Fay House at Harvard and the U.S. Treasury Building, both erected in the 19th century. LEED is the protocol developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and…

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Guest Post: Tax Credits & Deductions for LEED Energy-Efficient Building

Whether you are thinking about constructing a new building, you have already entered the planning and design stages for your building, or you are renovating a building, you understandably want to take a closer look at what it takes for your building to qualify for LEED certification. This is a special type of certification that may qualify your building for money-saving tax credits and deductions. By taking a closer look at what is required to earn this certification and what…

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LED Lighting Technology Becoming Standard for LEED Footprints

No matter who spins it, sustainable LEED construction has captured the attention of many people, impacting the design of everything from HVAC systems to building envelopes, from renewable energy use to LED (light-emitting diodes) lighting. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, has significantly impacted thinking about how our buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe. This construction is extremely beneficial to the environment and our society as a whole. It will help improve…

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