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LEED Dynamic Plaque Coming to a Building Near You

January 11, 2016 by Chris Cheatham

With LEED Dynamic Plaques starting to appear in building lobbies it is a good time to understand this new U.S. Green Building Council platform. It is a whole lot more than a 7 lb. display unit.[read more]

Revealed: the Top 10 Countries for LEED Green Building Certification in 2015 [infographic]

...outside the USA.

There are LEED projects in more than 150 countries and territories, representing every continent except for Antarctica. LEED is being used in highly industrialized nations and newly developing ones, and is helping to demonstrate the enormous power and potential of the emerging green economy. Here are the top 10 countries outside the USA.[read more]

Leaders Turn to LEED in the Sichuan Province of China

Vanke HQ, Shenzhen

In late June, a delegation from the Sichuan Province of China took time out of their busy schedules while touring the U.S. to visit the USGBC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and discuss sustainable development in their region. The bulk of the meeting was focused on how to define a green building and educate the public.[read more]

India’s Massive Construction Industry to Get the EDGE on Green Building

EDGE certified

The green building certification system, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), is now available for the building industry in India, under the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). By helping to push India’s massive construction market forward, it hopes to mainstream green buildings to help counter climate change.[read more]

Which Country Has the Most LEED-Rated Green Homes Outside of the U.S. and Canada?

A green LEED home

Data reveals current LEED for Homes registrations and certifications to date outside of the U.S. and Canada using the LEED BD&C: Homes and Multifamily Lowrise and LEED BD&C: Multifamily Midrise rating systems. You'll be surprised which country comes top![read more]

Should We Mandate Standards for Design (As Now) or Real-Life Performance?

July 9, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Some things never get off the drawing board....

Do we achieve better results in planning and design by making laws to govern behaviour or setting standards that work on the drawing board? While the latter has proven to be easier for governing bodies in many cases, the former can be built on what we actually have rather than an idea of what could occur.[read more]

California: Leading the Way on Green and Well-Performing Buildings

3,500 LEED-certified buildings!

Green building has long been part of California’s approach to a wide array of energy, water, environment, and development priorities. There are more than 3,500 LEED-certified green buildings in the state, totalling over 500 million square feet of real estate. Over 14 percent of the entire state building portfolio is LEED certified.[read more]

How EU Financial Capital, Italy's Lombardy Region, Is Embracing the LEED Building Efficiency Standard

Aiming high

A tour of some of the more recently completed (or soon-to-be completed) LEED structures in Lombardy in Italy, a thriving area, with industries from agriculture and livestock to heavy and light manufacturing, not to mention fashion mecca Milan. LEED is flourishing there.[read more]

2030 Districts: Communities Collaborating to Reach Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance

June 26, 2015 by GBIG Insight

The plan

If buildings are a major contributor to climate change, then what’s the solution? Reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions, of course. For almost a decade, The 2030 Challenge has provided an inspirational, measurable goal for properties to reach for – and measures for figuring out how we’re doing.[read more]

Big Office Buildings In 'First Tier' U.S. Cities Still in the Lead on Being Green

June 26, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Minneapolis remains ahead of other cities

The 2015 Green Building Adoption Index cover finds that buildings going green is primarily a “first tier city phenomenon” and much more common in large office buildings, than it is in small office buildings. Minneapolis took the top spot once again, with more than 70% of all office space considered ‘green’.[read more]

The Key Market Drivers for China’s Better Built Environment

On tour of Chinese buildings

In May, I had the privilege to travel to China to promote LEED and WELL as key market drivers for China’s built environment. We were greatly excited by the enthusiasm of the leaders in China using LEED and looking to incorporate WELL into their built environment. Building and human performance is very much alive in China.[read more]

How To Retrofit the Most Efficient Lighting and LEED Approval

USGBC HQ's open plan office

USGBC's headquarters recently underwent a major lighting upgrade and we're sharing it with you so you can see how easy it is. Our new lighting includes a Digital Lighting Management system, or DLM, and the product family includes a complete line of control devices. Also, here's how LEED v4 addresses lighting.[read more]