The bank noted it is working to measure, manage and reduce the climate risk and impact of its portfolio of clients and to that end is is participating in the development and rollout of the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, a framework that will help it measure the carbon footprint of its lending portfolios. Additionally, Citi is testing the methodology for the 2016 Paris Agreement Capital Transition Assessment, a tool that will enable it to look at its most carbon-intensive sectors and clients and measure their progress toward reducing global warming.
Citigroup is also aiming for a 45 pct CO2 emission reduction reduction in its operations by 2025 from a 2010 baseline and, to that end, aims to only use renewable electricity to power its facilities globally by the end of 2020.
In 2019, Citigroup assets totaled $1.951 trillion, equity totaled
$193 billion and net income came in at
$19.471 billion. (Source: Citigroup, PR, MarketScreener, 29 July, 2020) Contact: Citigroup, www.citigroup.com
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In November, Landsec became the first UK REIT to align its carbon reduction target to a 1.5 degree C pathway of global warming. The externally approved science-based target will see Landsec reduce absolute carbon emissions by 70 pct from a 2014 baseline over the next ten years aimed at becoming a net zero carbon business by 2030.
Landsec is one of the largest real estate companies in Europe with a £12.8 billion portfolio spanning 24 million sq ft of retail, leisure, workspace and residential hubs, with a growing focus on London. (Source: Landsec, Pr, July, 2020) Contact: Landsec, Mark Allen, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7413 9000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.landsec.com; UKGBC, Julie Hirigoyen, email@example.com, www.ukgbc.org
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The project's $13.5 million energy efficiency features include: building envelope and mechanical systems that have cut energy costs 28 pct; landscape water conservation and reuse features;
SUNY New Platz, white reflective TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) membrane roof system with added insulation to improve the R-value; energy efficient LED lighting with motion sensors; proximity to public transportation; water saving plumbing fixtures; and low-VOC emission locally sourced building materials. (Source: School Construction News, July, 2020) Contact: SUNY New Platz, www.newplatz.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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City staff are in the process of prioritizing elements of the plan that can be implemented in its first two years, as well as determining requirements for funding, resources, and ways to track their progress. The strategy is expected be ready for council’s consideration in the fall. (Source: City of Port Moody, TriCity News, 20 July, 2020)
Contact: City of Port Moody, Laura Sampliner, Sustainability Officer, www.portmoody.ca
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The Nova Scotia pilot, which is funded by Natural Resources Canada and NSDEM, plans to enroll 25 buildings in year one, 150 in year two, and 200 in its third year.
By using the free and secure web-based tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, owners of mixed-use, residential, commercial, and institutional buildings can discover the operational efficiencies of their properties, and benchmark against others in the sector to find ways to optimize energy and save money. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, July, 2020) Contact: Canada Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cagbc.org
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The Nova Scotia pilot is funded by Natural Resources Canada and NSDEM, supports building owners The Program plans to enroll 25 buildings in year one, 150 in year two, and 200 in year three.
By using the free and secure web-based tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, owners of mixed-use, residential, commercial, and institutional buildings can discover the operational efficiencies of their properties, and benchmark against others in the sector to find ways to optimize and save money. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, July, 2020)
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Biodesign Institute C, which is also LEED Platinum certified by the US Green Building Council,
is the third building in a set of four ASU scientific complexes focused on bio-inspired research for global impact. The building's sustainability and energy conservation features include: active chilled beams, which permit decoupling of space cooling loads from the required ventilation air; an enhanced run-around loop (ERAL) system in the air handling units; and other energy efficiency features.(Source: ASU, Lab Manager, July, 2020)
Contact: ASU Biodesign Institute C, www.cfo.asu.edu/biodesign-c, USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The $12 million project's LEED qualifying sustainable features include: a rooftop solar panel array. Energy Star rated windows; individual energy efficient HVAC and hot water heater units; low-consumption plumbing fixtures and appliances; and others.
(Source: USGBC, Multi Housing News, 13 July, 2020) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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Previous government-backed green programmes to spur homeowner investment in insulation and other energy-efficiency measures were "shoddily carried out or drew little interest and failed to produce clear energy savings," and have been mostly discontinued, according to a government audit. Now, to revive interest in such efforts and train more people to do the work "we have to do for retrofit what we did about 15 years ago for recycling and waste." About 430,000 new workers are needed to deliver "anything like the level of retrofits that will be required", according to Paul Toyne of the London Sustainable Development Commission.
The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) notes the government is looking at whether a home energy-efficiency push should be part of the package of COVID-19 pandemic recovery spending.
Energy efficiency retrofitting work could be pushed forward by measures such as lower property transfer taxes on energy efficient homes and issuing green bonds to fund retraining in retrofitting skills for workers left jobless by the COVID-19 crisis, according to Green Finance Institute director Emma Harvey. (Source: London Sustainable Development Commission, Business Times, Reuters, 4 July, 2020)
Contact: London Sustainable Development Commission, www.london.gov.uk/about-us/organisations-we-work/london-sustainable-development-commission; UK Green Building Council, John Alker, Policy Director, www.ukgbc.org
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Working as part of the wider global Construction Declares movement, Contractors Declare is already engaging with Architects Declare and Engineers Declare to promote a unified strategic approach to lobbying government and driving meaningful and effective change. To that end, Contractors Declare has committed to:
According to Contractors Declare , buildings and construction account for nearly 40 pct of energy-related CO2 emissions while also having a significant impact on natural habitats.
(Source: UK Contractors Declare , PR, June, 2020) Contact: UK Contractors Declare, www.contractorsdeclare.co.uk
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The programme, which is offered in partnership with Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company MASDAR, aims to strengthen knowledge sharing among construction sector stakeholders on the fundamentals of building energy efficiency retrofiting. (Source: Emirate Green Building Council, PR Trade Arabia News, 24 June, 2020) Contact: Emirates GBC, +971 4 346 8244, www.emirategbc.org
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Program participants will receive a personalized scorecard highlighting their building's key energy and GHG performance metrics, access to free educational workshops offered by the city and the Canada Green Building Council and assistance with identifying key building metrics including the creation of an ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager account.
The program is made possible through a financial contribution from the Government of Canada's Department of Natural Resources.
Download Winnipeg Building Energy Disclosure Project Details HERE.
(Source: City of Winnipeg, DCN-JOC News Services June 19, 2020)
Contact: City of Winnipeg, www.winnipeg.ca/Sustainability/BEDP
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The first green initiative incentivizes new and existing development to divert storm water from the sewer system by installing green infrastructure, as well as meeting strict energy and water conservation standards provided in US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines. If the building is built to LEED certifications, it will receive a discount on water and sewer connection fees based on that level of LEED accreditation.
The second initiative is the Flood Overlay Zone Program, which will require new developments in FEMA-designated flood hazard zones to incorporate green infrastructure to help control localized flooding and minimize pollution runoff into local waterways.
New developments will implement green infrastructure, such as rain gardens, green roofs, bioswales, and permeable pavement, to absorb and filter storm water runoff, which will help avoid combined sewage overflows in which sewage and wastewater overflow and pollute local waterways.
(Source: Jersey City, PR, Hudson Reporter, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Jersey City Office of Sustainability, Kate Lawrence, Director(201)-547-4632, www.erseycitynj.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=6189744&pageId=12571658, www.jcmakeitgreen.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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Sixty-two of the 96 Commitment participants are businesses and organisations, and collectively their action alone will reduce more than 3.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions.
Assura, which owns more than 570 primary care buildings in the UK, is committed to ensuring all buildings they own, occupy and/or develop will operate at net zero carbon by 2030, or earlier, the company says.
(Source: Assura plc , PR, 9 June, 2020) Contact: Assura plc, , Jonathan Murphy, CEO, www,assuraplc.com; World Green Building Council, www.worldgbc.org
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The designation marks an important milestone for owners KingSett Capital, Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) and James Richardson & Sons Limited as it is the largest certified Zero Carbon Building in Canada at more than 1.5 million square feet, according to the release.
Scotia Plaza is the head office of the Canada's third largest bank -- the Bank of Nova Scotia with $1,154.02 billion in assets. (Source: KingSett Capital, PR, 4 June,2020) Contact: Canada Canada Green Building Council/Zero Carbon Certification, (866) 941-1184, email@example.com, www.cagbc.org
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The county program included building or renovating 16 government buildings and schools to LEED certification standards since 2011, and the county is pursuing certification of LEED Silver or higher on six current projects. The efforts are credited with reducing energy consumption by approximately 30 pct, according to a release. (Source: Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, Richmond BizSense, June, 2020)
Contact: Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, 804-464-8233, www.vaeec.org; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The Healthy People in Healthy Places Equals a Healthy Economy strategy promotes the idea that prioritizing the health of people, communities, and the planet is the fastest way to rebuild a healthier, more sustainable economy. USGBC is launching emergency guidance and upgrades to the LEED green building program to ensure that it reflects the realities that buildings, and more importantly, the people inside them, will face in the near future.
Under the new initiative, USGBC will update current LEED strategies in LEED v4.1 that support indoor environmental quality, cleaning, occupant comfort, operations, better materials, and risk management, while finding opportunities to introduce new approaches given the current public health crisis.
According to USGBC, refining LEED strategies and providing guidance that clearly communicates the economic, health, and environmental benefits of sustainable buildings, communities and cities to people -- especially during this time of uncertainty -- will be a priority. (Source: USGBC, Env..Energy Leader, 13 May, 2020) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The program is using Energy Star Portfolio Manager software which allows building owners to input and retrieve as well as software developed by OPEN Technologies that is able to compare and visualize the data.
Participants in the program which launched in Jan. include the City of North Vancouver, City of Victoria, District of Saanich and Township of Langley, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and Metro Vancouver.
(Source: Open Green Building Society, Construct Connect, May, 2020)Contact: Open Green Building Society, David Ramslie, Dir., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.opentech.eco; Building Benchmarks BC, www.BuildingBenchmarkBC.ca
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MuseumLab was recently honored with the 2020 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award for Construction Project Rehabilitation work dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant places.
(Source: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, May, 2020) Contact: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Jane Werner, Exec. Dir., 412-322-5058, www.pittsburghkids.org; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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Introduced in 2008, the standard is a collaborative effort between NAHB and the International Code Council (ICC) to provide architects, builders and developers with parameters for designing and constructing homes and remodeling projects to exceed code requirements in areas pertaining to sustainability via third-party certification. In its fourth edition, the standard offers an alternative to the existing points-based system, allowing for certification via a new, mandatory checklist of "green" building practices.
Download copy of the full standards HERE. (Source: National Association of Homebuilders, May, 2020) Contact: National Association of Homebuilders, www.nahb.org
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The building's sustainability features include: solar panels and a passive solar wall system; an open-loop geothermal system; 40,000-litre rainwater cistern and daylight harvesting; 28 electric vehicle chargers, and others.
(Source: The Cora Group, DCN-JOC News Services , 28 April, 2020) Contact: Cora Group, Adrian Conrad, COO, (519) 570-2672, www.coragroup.com; Canada Green Building Council/Zero Carbon Certification, (866) 941-1184, email@example.com, www.cagbc.org
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Viridiant provides consulting, education and certification for people seeking to add environmentally friendly, clean and energy efficient components for new or existing buildings.
The acquisition included the transfer of grant funding that was provided by the ConseRVAtion Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Richmond, and other existing assets. (Source: Viridiant, PR, Richmond Business Sense, 23 April, 2020) Contact: Viriant, 804-225-9843, www.viriant.org; Richmond Region Energy Alliance, 804-525-7653, www.rrea-va.org
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The University earned 60 credits in nine categories including the use of sustainable materials and resources, water efficiency, energy, innovation in design and indoor environmental quality, among several other areas. Throughout the construction of the project, more than 20 pct of the building materials consisted of post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content and more than 20 pct of materials were manufactured or harvested regionally. (Source: University of Notre Dame, PR, 20 April, 2020) Contact: University of Notre Dame, www.und.edu; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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According to the company's statement, the green loans will be used for financing or refinancing the development, investment, and acquisition of green buildings that achieve or are expected to achieve either a Green Mark Gold PLUS certification from the Building & Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) or US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.
The statement also notes CapitaLand will purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) from the solar energy generated from over 21,000 solar panels installed atop CapitaLand's six industrial properties in Singapore.
CapitaLand holds 16 properties in Singapore, China, Belgium, India, and four business parks in India that are fully or partially powered by renewable energy. (Source: CapitaLand, MERCOM India, 16 April, 2020) Contact: CapitaLand Group, Andrew Lim, CFO, www.capitaland.com/international/en.html#menu-lang-main
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency, Green Building,
The bonds will be listed on Euronext Amster
Operated by the Schiphol Group. (Source: Royal Schiphol Group, CAPA, April 10, 2020) Contact: Royal Schiphol Group, www.schiphol.nl/en/schiphol-group
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According to the report, in 2018 the final energy demand for buildings increased by 1 pct since 2017 and by 7 pct since 2010. The International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2019 notes the improvement of the energy intensity rate has slowed down to 1.2 pct in 2018, less than half the average rate since 2010. Specifically, cooling of living spaces represents by now the energy consumed with the most rapid increase since 2010.
Download the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction reportHERE. (Source: World Green Bulding Council, MarketScreener, 14 April, 2020) Contact: World Green Building Council, [startylink]www.worldgbc.org/thecommitment[endlink],
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The 5-story building, which meets the highest level of seismic criteria, is on track track to achieve full seven-petal Living Building Challenge certification performance standard established by the Seattle-based International Living Future Institute (ILFI).
The building will include: a five-story vacuum-flush composting waste system, the first urinal-to-fertilizer system, and a photovoltaic-powered battery storage system with a two-way power connection with the city's grid; a 71,000-gallon rainwater collection system that will allow the building to meet 100 pct of its water needs through on-site collection and treatment; a 133 kW on-site rooftop solar array and an 195 kW off-site array that combined will enable the building to produce more than 5 pct of its energy needs over the course of a year.
The PAE Living Building is expected to consume 18.6 kilo-BTUs per square foot per year -- by comparison, 40.8 kilo-BTUs per square foot per year is consumed by new built-to-code Portland office buildings. The building is aiming for net-zero energy upon completion.
(Source: ZGF Architects, Architects Newspaper, 10 April,2020)
International Living Future Institute, 206 223 2028, www.living-future.org; PAE Engineers, www.pae-engineers.com; ZGF Architects, www.zgf.com
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The report provides historical information with future market forecasts and trends, revenue growth patterns market shares and demand and supply and other factors relevant to the Global Green Buildings market.
Find in-depth report information HERE. Report purchase information HERE
(Source: Adroit Market Research, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Adroit Market Research,
Ryan Johnson, 972-362- 8199, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.adroitmarketresearch.com
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The 3-story dormitory also utilizes renewable energy,
organic compounds and furnishings made from recycled materials.
(Source: University of Pittsburgh, PR, 23 Mar., 2020)
Contact: University of Pittsburgh, Rhett Kennedy, Dir. Auxiliary Services, 412-624-4141, www.pitt.edu;
US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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A typical ecobrick is filled with 250 small size chip packets or 56 shopping plastic bags and weighs an average of 600 grams. The plastic filled bottles are used as fillers usedEcobricks are used to fill space and reduce the amount of concrete required in non-load-bearing parts of a building.
The building is designed to meet Deloitte's commitment the energy efficiecy and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. (Source: Ecobrick Exchange, Creemers Eng. News, Mar.,2020) Contact: Ecobrick Exchange, Ian Dommisse , email@example.com, ecobrickexchange.org; United Nations Sustainable Development, www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org
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The updated ZCB-Design guides the design of new buildings, as well as the retrofit of existing structures. ZCB-Performance provides a framework for verifying buildings have achieved zero carbon and must be revisited annually. ZCB Standard v2 updates focus on these key components:
These updates are designed to eliminate carbon outputs, while also being flexible enough for zero carbon buildings to reach the mainstream. The updates also provide the guidance for more owners and developers to build to zero now and as part of their plans for the future. (Source: CaGBC Website, 2020) Contact: CaGBC, Thomas Mueller, CEO and President, (866) 941-1184, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cagbc.org
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The USGBC recognized the company for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in the following categories: water efficiency, energy use and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, location and transportation.
(Source: Albermarle Corp., Mar., 2020) Contact: Albemarle Corporation , Luke Kissam, CEO, 225-388-7402, www.albemarle.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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Canada's buildings are a top contributor to carbon emissions, and updates to the ZCB Standard reflect the urgent need for change. Today, building operations represent 17 pct of Canada's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, or closer to 30 pct when embodied carbon from construction and materials are factored in.
CaGBC's made-in-Canada ZCB Standard provides the industry with a zero-carbon approach that works for any type of new or existing building. Version 2 draws on learnings from over 20 real-world ZCB-projects. These projects demonstrate that the industry is ready to raise the bar on expanded requirements for embodied carbon and energy efficiency. At the same time, Version 2 aims to get more buildings to zero, faster, by providing more options for different design strategies and by recognizing high-quality carbon offsets when necessary.
These updates balance the rigour needed to meaningfully eliminate carbon, while also being flexible enough for zero-carbon buildings to reach the mainstream. Since the ZCB Standard launched in 2017, CaGBC has proven through real-world projects and research, that zero- carbon buildings are technically and financially viable today -- across a wide spectrum of building types including schools, offices, multi-residential, commercial, and even industrial buildings. The updates provide the guidance for more owners and developers to build to zero now and as part of their plans for the future.
ZCB Standard v2 provides two pathways for any type of building to get to zero-carbon. ZCB-Design guides the design of new buildings, as well as the retrofit of existing structures. ZCB-Performance provides a framework for verifying buildings have achieved zero- carbon and must be revisited annually.
ZCB Standard v2 updates focus on these key components:
(Source: Canada Green Building Council, PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Peter Whitred, Senior Manager, Green Building Programs, Thomas Mueller, Pres. and CEO, (866) 941-1184, email@example.com, www.cagbc.org;
Zero Carbon Building Standard, www.CaGBC.org/zerocarbon
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The LEED for Cities and Communities program offers participants access to a performance platform, educational tools and professional liaison to support LEED certification, according to the USGBC website.
The grant program, which also receives support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, allows county leaders to measure how their sustainability efforts fare both internally and globally. The program provides an award package to communities that have shown commitment in addressing climate change, resilience and social equity.
Each recipient receives an annual silver membership to the Green Building Council; registration and certification review fees in the LEED Cities and Communities program; access to the Arc platform that encourages improvement and benchmarking; and the availability of online educational resources, project management tools and monthly conference calls. (Source: US BC, Daily Herald, 7 Mar., 2020) Contact: Kane County Resource Management, Jessica Mino, Management Coordinator, 630-208-8665, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.county ofkane.org; USGBC LEED for Cities and Communities Program, www.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems/leed-for-cities, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The 10-year green bond -- Africa's largest and South Africa's first offshore green bond issuance -- is compliant with the International Green Bond Principles and will enable Standard Bank Group's Sustainable Finance Business Unit to on-lend to and finance climate-smart projects in South Africa such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, water efficiency and green buildings.
(Source: IFC, 2 Mar., 2020) Contact: IFC, www.ifc.org; Standard Bank of South Africa, Nigel Beck, Sustainable Finance, www.standardbank.co.za
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The University's pledge exceeds the carbon reduction targets of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh. Pitt's progress toward carbon neutrality will be shared via a newly created online "sustainability dashboard" updated by the University Office of Sustainability. (Source: University of Pittsburgh, PR 28 Feb., 2020) Contact: University of Pittsburgh, Office of Sustainability, Dr. Aurora Sharrard, Dir., (412) 624-5122, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
The program provides climate change and resiliency educational resources, data, performance bench marks and establishes a peer network for increased communications and idea sharing.
More than 100 cities and communities worldwide have already participated in the program. (Source: City of Tampa, FLAPOL, 26 Feb., 2020)
Contact: US Green Building Council. LEED for Cities and Communities Program, www.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems/leed-for-cities, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The Living Village unit, which will meet the requirements of the International Living Future Institute Living Building Challenge, will incorporate solar energy, on-site waste recycling, rainwater capture and use, and various other energy efficient technologies and features.
Upon completion, the project will be the world's largest living building residential complex and the first Living Building Challenge project in the state and in the Ivy League.
The Living Building Challenge is a green building certification program and sustainable design framework that visualizes the ideal for the built environment.
(Source: Yale Divinity School, Greenwich Time, 18 Feb., 2020) Contact: International Living Future Institute Living Building Challenge, 206 223 2028,
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The study, now in its 13th edition, surveyed 400 energy and facility management executives in the U.S. and found:
Review the 2019 Energy Efficiency Indicator
report HERE. (Source: Johnson Controls, Feb., 2020) Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, VP Sustainability, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com
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The top LEED state is Colorado, followed by Illinois, Mass., New York, Hawaii, Maryland , Virginia, Minnesota, Oregon and California in that order. (Source: US Green Building Council, Jan., 2020)Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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Illinois certified 3.85 square feet of LEED space per resident in 2019, representing 121 projects and more than 49.3 million gross square feet of space.
The Top 10 list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects certified throughout 2019. (Source: US Green Building Council, RE Journals, 23 Jan., 2020)Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The study reveals both customer demand and perceptions about performance are driving green engagement. Most builders believe that the top factors influencing consumer decisions about whether to invest in a green home are concerns about cost and performance, with related issues -- like their return on investment and the quality of the home -- following close behind. However, most builders and remodelers say it's a careful balance of production with demand. Lack of market demand was cited as the top reason why many companies are not ramping up their green building. Forty-two pct of single-family and 31 pct of multifamily builders reported doing no green projects at all.
Cost is also a major influencer in the green building market. However, 70 pct of single-family home builders believe that their customers will pay more for a green home, suggesting that many home buyers understand the benefits of green.
(Source: National Association of Home Builders, Jan., 2020) Contact: National Association of Home Builders, www.nahb.org
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Participants will receive detailed energy and carbon performance data and a clear picture of how their building's performance relative to similar buildings. This information will help them make more informed decisions on capital investments, upgrades and energy efficiency rebates.
The pilot was developed by OPEN Green Building Society with funding from Natural Resources Canada and BC Hydro. (Source: Building Benchmark BC, HPAC, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: Building Bench,ark BC, www.BuildingBenchmarkBC.ca
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Details of the new energy performance targets include a trajectory of targets starting from current best practice with tightening targets every five years up to 2035, at which time offices aiming to be net-zero should be operating at the energy performance standards that will be needed by 2050.
Download the Net Zero Carbon: Energy Performance Targets for Offices report HERE.
Download Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition HERE.
Source: UKGBC, Facilities Management Journal, Jan., 2020) Contact: UKGBC, Richard Twinn, Senior Policy Advisor, www.ukgbc.org
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According to its website, the plan focuses on various areas -- energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable development, clean transportation, land and water management, forest and open land management, green buildings, education and outreach -- all of which are crucial to Missoula's climate mitigation and resiliency efforts.
Download Climate Resiliency Plan details HERE and HERE
(Source: Climate Smart Missoula, 8KPAX, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: Climate Smart Missoula, 406-926-2847, www.missoulaclimate.org
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As previously reported, the building scored LEED Gold in 2018. In moving up to Platinum, building efficiency was improved via upgrades to heating and cooling systems, hot water generators, lighting, plumbing and an ongoing major overhaul of the elevator systems which make more than 46,000 trips daily and serve about 5.8 million people every year. (Source: USGBC, Star Tribune, 19 Dec., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The widely recognized LEED green building rating system, which is available for virtually all building and interior space types, provides a framework for highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.
Certification signifies a building has gone above and beyond to ensure it is designed, constructed, operated and performing to the highest level of sustainability.
(Source: US Green Buildings Council, Green Buildings, NEREJ, Dec., 2019)Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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According to the GCAP overview, Vancouver aims to cut community-based greenhouse gas emissions to 5 pct below 1990 levels, even though the city's population has jumped 27 pct and jobs have increased more than 18 pct. Vancouver secured 93 pct of it's electric power from British Columbia-based renewable sources. The city has implemented the greenest building code in North America, stresses energy efficiency and other measures aimed at encouraging and support a low-carbon economy and addressing climate change.
Download the Greenest City Action Plan HERE. (Source: City of Vancouver, CBC, 3 Jan., 2020) Contact: City of Vancouver, (604) 873-7000, www.vancouver.ca
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