Browsing the "U.S. Green Building Council" Tag

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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 […]

February 1st

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

Invesco Purchases LEED Platinum Arlington Building For $90M

Invesco Real Estate, an Atlanta-based company, purchased the office complex at 1776 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, West Virginia for $90 million, or $650 per square foot for a total 139,394 square feet. This is the first property under the current US Green Building Council’s Core & Shell certification program to receive LEED Platinum certification in Arlington. The […]

August 7th

San Diego Airport Receives LEED Platinum Certification

NORESCO’s Sustainability Services group guided a Green Build terminal expansion at SDIA (San Diego International Airport), earning it a LEED (Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design) Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC®), which is the highest LEED certification there is. That means that relatively speaking, this is a stupendously energy-efficient structure! NORESCO managed […]

June 30th

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 […]

May 16th

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 […]

March 5th

LEED Case Study: Ashland Youth Center

The building serves as an educational model for sustainable building, as it is expected to become the first Alameda County building to receive the coveted LEED Platinum designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. From top to bottom, the designers featured green elements including a vegetated green roof, integrated roof-top photo-voltaic panels, rain gardens, natural ventilation, extensive north-facing glazing for art and activity rooms, and south-facing building recesses and projections providing shade. To reach the LEED Platinum recognition, product selection was crucial, and choosing Crossville’s tiles for interior and exterior applications provided not only the aesthetic features but also the sustainable requirements in product manufacturing to support LEED.

June 7th

Princeton Review Publishes Free Guide to Green Schools in U.S and Canada

Prospective college students are increasingly counting environmental responsibility among their criteria for choosing a school. In order to serve that need, the college review company The Princeton Review, in conjunction with the U.S. Green Building Council, has put out a list of 308 schools in the U.S. and three in Canada that meet their criteria as “green colleges.” The 2011 version of that book was released on April 20 and is offered for free online.

May 12th

Eastern Michigan University’s Science Building Strives for Silver LEED Certification

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is making their improved science building LEED certified through changes such as a green roof and a radiant cooling system. The $90 million dollar energy-efficient renovation of the Mark Jefferson Science Building should ring the building up to Silver LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. One of the most impressive renovations is the design of a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS).

March 2nd

US Green Building Council to Honor Hospitality Design Challenge Winners

USGBC, the Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) have admirably joined together to sponsor the Sustainable Suite Design Competition. The goal of this hospitality design contest is to help drive green design practices within the hotel industry. This competition provides an ideal platform for professional (and student) teams internationally […]

November 17th