Tag: USGBC


Election Day 2014 in which Republicans made big gains in Congress and statehouses across the country portends huge business opportunities for green building. As more conservative legislative bodies look to enact environmental and energy policies while driving up growth without Read more…


The U.S. Green Building Council has announced that projects will still be able to register under the current LEED 2009 through October 31, 2016. News of the extension of LEED 2009 began circulating this week and is being heralded and Read more…


On July 1st the U.S. Green Building Council released a change to LEED classifying electronic cigarettes as a form of tobacco smoking for the purposes of the smoking prohibitions of the LEED Environmental Quality Prerequisite 2, Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Read more…


Revocation of LEED Certification is the title of the largest section within the U.S. Green Building Council’s Guide to LEED Certification: Commercial. The more than 2,800 word section consumes over 3 pages of the 7 page guide; far more words Read more…


USGBC proudly boasts that LEED v4 has 80% fewer forms when compared to LEED 2009. Not only are there fewer fields to document with the removal of low value content, but the user experience is further improved including by removing Read more…


The U.S. Green Building Council is about to announce that there are more than 3 Billion square feet of LEED certified commercial and institutional building. Three Billion! That is a three followed by nine zeros or three thousand millions. In Read more…


With construction projects facing deadlines to be eligible for tax credits, drop dead dates to meet contractual obligations and otherwise needing to obtain LEED certification by December 31st, submission deadlines to the Green Building Certification Institute are fast approaching. Appreciate Read more…


Last week, this blog reported that appeals have been taken from the vote to adopt LEED v4 in a post titled, “Appeals Filed in Latest Revision to LEED – What Will USGBC Do?.” That blog posted ended, “Look for the Read more…


At least 2 appeals have been taken from the vote to adopt LEED v4. On July 2, 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council announced that its membership had voted to adopt LEED v4, the next update to the world’s most Read more…


As the world becomes more and more environmentally aware, several industries are increasing their focus on improving their ‘green’ factor, including the construction sector. LEED is helping to lead the way. What is LEED? LEED – or Leadership in Energy Read more…


Although connecting energy efficiency programs and private capital may seem like an ideal partnership, program managers from New York and Pennsylvania have found it is challenging to achieve competitive investment ratings for energy efficiency loan portfolios. Jeff Pitkin and Keith Read more…


“Winter is coming.” This is the common refrain in the popular book, Game of Thrones, in which kings vie to take over lands. As I thought about the green building policy mess of 2012, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons Read more…


Opening day for baseball has finally arrived and MLB officially has its third LEED certified ball park. Miller Park in Milwaukee joins AT&T Park (San Francisco) and Target Field (Minneapolis) in an all-star lineup of energy conscious Major League facilities. Read more…


For much of 2011, my focus has been the Destiny USA project. This should not come as a surprise to readers who waded through my thirteen posts on the topic. I had planned to not write about the Destiny USA Read more…

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