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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, […]

June 4th

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 […]

May 19th

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

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 […]

April 28th

Schilling Green II Certified LEED-CS Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council

Schilling Green II, a Class A office building located at 225 Schilling Circle in Hunt Valley, has been certified LEED-CS Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – a testament to the building’s resource conservation, energy efficiency and optimal indoor air-quality. This designation means a workplace that is healthier for the environment. According to a mounting body of research, it also means a workplace that is healthier for employees and a company’s bottom line.

April 10th

Is Houston Solar Ready?

“Is Houston Solar Ready?” is a four-page collaborative review that presents a review of the technological implementations in Houston homes, schools and commercial buildings. It also presents case studies and a record of the successes the community has had and challenges facing the use of solar energy along the Texas Gulf Coast.

March 16th

Greenbuild NEXT 2011 Launches with Opening Plenary

The world largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, GreenBuild 2011 started with an opening plenary at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. Some of the guest speaker included, NY Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Thomas Friedman, who spoke about the necessity of green revolution. Friedman recalls the year of 1979 as the year on path of consumption and the 2008 Economic crisis as the wake-up call of the downward spiral we the world have created. Ending with a call to action, Friedman said, "The challenge we have today is that we must become the regeneration."

October 6th

Highlights of Greenbuild NEXT 2011 in Toronto, Canada

I arrived in Toronto, Canada this afternoon for Greenbuild 2011 called Greenbuild NEXT. This is the first time the biggest green building expo/conference is held outside the United States. Although the conferences has started today, I will not do a full coverage of the expo until tomorrow. As I took the public transpo to my […]

October 4th

Sports Stadiums Looking To Go LEED

With stadiums in most major cities, sports occupy a huge part of American life and culture. So it is great to see some of these stadiums embracing green ideals by trying to acquire LEED certification. Two new stadiums being constructed will seek LEED certification: the new NFL stadium being built in Los Angeles, and the new Marlins stadium being built in Miami. There are also a host of current stadiums that have achieved LEED certification.

September 28th

Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification

One of the  most famous buildings in the world now has a new claim to fame. New York City’s Empire State Building has just received LEED Gold certification for existing buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council. While it isn’t the tallest building in the world to receive LEED certification, it is the tallest in […]

September 19th

Taipei 101 is World’s Tallest Green Building

It’s a common saying that size doesn’t matter, but nobody told the people who built the Taipei 101 tower that. The 1,666 foot tall building has just become the world’s tallest green building by achieving LEED Platinum certification in the Existing Building Operation and Maintenance category from the U.S. Green Building Council. Not only is this now the tallest building to receive LEED certification, it is also the largest scale building with a total area of 1.6 million square feet and the green building with the most tenants at 90.

August 29th

Pittsburgh Skyscraper To Be Greenest In The World

PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. recently announced that it plans to construct the world’s most environmentally friendly skyscraper. Once complete in 2015, the Tower at PNC Plaza will serve as PNC’s executive offices. The approximately 40 story building will be located at the same Pittsburgh intersection where PNC has been headquartered for more than 150 years. The approximately 800,000 square foot Tower at PNC Plaza will […]

June 6th