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DC Business District First LEED-Certified Community (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-10-09
In the nation's capital, the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) reports it has been named as the US Green Building Council's first world-wide LEED Platinum for Communities certification recipient.

The 43-square block Golden Triangle currently hosts 63 LEED-certified buildings -- representing 42 pct of the total built area in the BID. (Source: Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, citybizlist, 7 Oct., 2019) Contact: Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, Leona Agouridis, Executive Director, (202) 463.3400, feedback@goldentriangledc.com, www.goldentriangledc.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Eficiency,  


CodeGreen Solutions Growing Sustainability Services (Ind. Report)
CodeGreen Solutions
Date: 2019-10-09
NYC-based commercial-scale real estate energy efficiency and sustainability management services firm CodeGreen Solutions is reporting receipt of an investment from Victor Capital Partners private equity firm. The new funds will be used to expand innovation and technology enabled solutions and service offerings, as well as to pursue acquisitions of complementary businesses, according to a release.

CodeGreen provides corporate decarbonization and sustainability strategy and implementation consulting, energy engineering, green building certifications, and ESG data management and reporting services. (Source: Code Green Solutions, PR, 8 Oct., 2019) Contact: CodeGreen Solutions, Adin Meir, Pres., Adam Fisher, (646) 581-9734, afisher@codegreensolutions.com, www.codegreensolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CodeGreen Solutions,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Schneider Pursuing, Delivering Net-Zero CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2019-10-07
Global energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric reports 13 of its buildings globally are now "net-zero carbon" -- carbon neutral through a combination of its Energy Sustainability Services (ESS, )EcoStruxure and digital energy management solutions as enablers to operate with net- zero CO2 emissions.

Schneider Electric aims to drastically cut CO2 emissions from its operations, following a 1.5 degree C trajectory in line with Science-Based Targets. To that end, Schneider Electric reduced CO2 emissions by 130,000 tonnes, a 22 pct decrease (2018 compared to 2017) in just one year.

Schneider Electric has adopted the World Green Building Council's definition of "net-zero carbon buildings" as a building that is highly energy efficient and fully powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources, to achieve net-zero carbon emissions annually in operation.

Schneider Electric has delivered over 30 pct energy savings globally over the past 10 years since the start of its Schneider Energy Action energy efficiency program. In addition, as of October 2019, 45 pct of Schneider Electric's operations are powered with renewable electricity. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, voltimum, 6 Oct., 2019)Contact: Schneider Electric, Kakali Ray, VP Sales, www.schneider-electric.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  Schneider Electric,  Net-Zero Carbon,  Carbon Emissions ,  


WGBC Adds 63 Net-Zero Carbon Bldg. Signatories (Int'l Report)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2019-10-02
The World Green Building Council (WGBC) is reporting 63 new signatories have joined the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment and pledged to ensure their own portfolios of buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030. Additionally, some cities, states and regions have pledged to enact regulations to ensure all new buildings operate at net zero carbon from 2030 and all buildings, including existing, operate at net zero carbon by 2050.

The Commitment positions energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization across global building portfolios, in addition to generating and procuring renewable energy to meet reduced energy demand. The WGBC notes energy efficiency is the most cost effective, best practice approach to ensuring buildings are fit for purpose, future-proofed against climate impacts and, provide healthy and comfortable environments.

Six states and regions as well as 26 cities, including Oslo, Heidelberg and Melbourne. are among the new participants. (Source: World Green Building Council, Oct., 2019)Contact: World Green Building Council, James Drinkwater, www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon,  World Green Building Council,  Net Zero Carbon,  


Pittsburgh Launches High Performance Building Center (Ind. Report)
Green Building Alliance
Date: 2019-09-30
The Green Building Alliance (GBA)T and the UN Economic Council on Europe (UNECE) are reporting an agreement to establish the city of Pittsburgh's International Center of Excellence on High Performance Buildings.

The center will focus on making improvements to the built environment through UNECE's Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings. It will work with global sustainability experts to identify and employ best practices for sustainable building design, construction and policy, and will conduct training programs for architects, engineers, planners and contractors on sustainable design and construction. The center will also provide technical and innovation assistance, and advocate for changes in local and state policies such as building codes, zoning incentives and energy regulations.

Pittsburgh is the second city in the world to participate in the program, following New York's Building Energy Exchange. (Source: Green Building Alliance, Smart Cities, Pittsburgh2030 District, Contact: Pittsburgh2030 District, Jenna Cramer, Exec. Dir., pittsburgh@2030districts.org, www.2030districts.org/pittsburgh; Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Alliance,  Energy Efficiency,  


European Energy Efficient Mortgage in Planning Stage (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-09-27
Meeting in Brussels, the European Mortgage Industry -- including 47 key lending institutions, 17 national, European and International authorities and relevant market stakeholders -- is reportedly preparing to launch an Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative (EEMI) pilot and are mobilizing European and global mortgage markets with a view to channeling private financing to "green" the building stock in the EU and beyond.

The Energy Efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP) Initiative -- led by the European Mortgage Federation-European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC), Ca' Foscari University of Venice, RICS, the Europe Regional Network of the World Green Building Council, E.ON and SAFE Goethe University Frankfurt -- aims to create an energy efficient mortgage through which home purchasers are incentivized to improve the energy efficiency of their building or acquire an already energy efficient property by way of favourable conditions linked to the mortgage.

The assumption is that energy efficiency has a risk mitigation effect for banks as a result of the impact on a borrower's ability to service his/her loan and on the value of the property, a correlation which the EeMAP Initiative will seek to substantiate. (Source: Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative Luca Bertalot, Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative Coordinator , +32 2 285 4035, lbertalot@hypo.org , www.energyefficientmortgages.eu

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Stora Enso Addresses Construction CO2 Emissions (Int'l. Report)
Stora Enso
Date: 2019-09-25
In Stockholm, Stora Enso reports it is participating in the World Green Building Week, the largest annual and global communication campaign on sustainable buildings organized by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

Stora Enso develops and produces solutions based on wood and biomass for a range of industries and applications worldwide, leading in the bioeconomy and supporting our customers in meeting demand for renewable eco-friendly products.

"Stora Enso has helped us lead the change towards a building sector that meets the decarbonization goals of the Paris Agreement, addressing both operational and embodied emissions. As a campaign ambassador and advocate for new policies such as the EU's 'Level(s)' framework that seek to mainstream life-cycle assessment, they are evidence to politicians that the sector is ready to deliver net zero carbon," according to James Drinkwater, Director of WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network.

Carbon dioxide emissions from construction materials -- mostly cement and steel -- account for approximately 11 pct of all global emissions. Stora Enso has also supported the creation of the WorldGBC's Bringing embodied carbon upfront report that highlights the importance of emissions from materials.

The World Green Building Council (WGBC) is the world's largest international organisation promoting the practice of sustainable building. Stora Enso Wood Products joined WGBC in 2017. (Source: Stora Enso, PR, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Stora Enso Wood Products Div., Jari Suominen, Div. Head, +43-664-6183907, jari.suominen@stroaenso.com, www.storaenso.com; World Green Building Council, James Drinkwater, www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Building Sustainability,  ,  Stora Enso,  World Green Building Council,  


AIB Announces Plans To Finance "Green" Commercial Buildings.
AIB
Date: 2019-09-25
In Dublin, the Allied Irish Bank (AIB) reports it plans to place €5 billion in "green" commercial building loans over the next five years.

The AIB "green" loans were previously available only to residential homeowners wishing to finance energy efficiency upgrades and similar improvements. However, AIB CEO Colin Hunt says they're now extending the green fund to businesses: (Source: AIB, KFM, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: AIB, Colin Hunt, CEO, +44 011 353 1 771 2424, www.aib.ie

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Sun Life Montreal Bldg. Scores LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2019-09-25
The Canada Green Building Council reports it has awarded LEED Platinum certification (Existing Building) to the Sun Life Building in Montreal. The Sun Life Building is the first century-old building in North America to obtain triple Platinum certification in environmental performance and digital connectivity, having already earned BOMA BEST Platinum certification from BOMA Canada and WIRED Platinum certification from WiredScore.

The 1 million sq-ft, 1914-vintage Sun Life building scored higher than the level required for Platinum certification in the LEED system which measures a building's performance and efficiency in five sectors related to human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, Cdn Consulting Engineer, 24 Sept., 2019)contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres. and CEO, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  Canada Green Building Council,  


IFC's 1st Canadian Green Bond Raises $750Mn (Ind. Report)
International Finance Corporation
Date: 2019-09-09
The World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) is reporting issuance of its first Canadian dollar green bond raised $750 million (Cdn) ($569 million US) for climate-smart business.

The proceeds of the five-year green bond will finance IFC low-carbon investments in green projects, including renewable energy, green buildings, sustainable forestry, and energy efficiency. Approximately half of the investments were from Canadian interests Canadian, followed by Asian (26 pct), EMEA (16 pct) and the Americas (8 pct). IFC issued it firs Green Bond its first issuance in 2010. (Source: IFC, Saur Energy, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Finance Corporation,  Green Bond,  Low-Carbon Energy,  


UCT Stresses Sustainability, Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
Green Building Council South Africa
Date: 2019-08-30
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Properties and Services Department is touting its sustainability plan aimed at reducing reduce energy consumption and achieving close to net-zero carbon emissions not later than 2050. The UCT sustainability plan includes:
  • extensive energy audits of building energy consumption;
  • intensified energy metering and monitoring;
  • improved, automated building management systems
  • energy efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning installations and retrofits;
  • "green" energy efficiency certification on new buildings;
  • replacing diesel powered shuttle transportation with electric buses;
  • solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on rooftops and parking areas -- a feasibility study is presently under way to determine which buildings and locations are most suitable for solar PV installations.

    Over the past 10 years UCT has converted electric hot water boilers in residences to energy-efficient heat pumps, conducted energy audits in some buildings and retrofitted energy-efficient lighting fixtures in one residence.

    In 2012 the university committed to green designs for all new buildings -- independently certified by the Green Building Council South Africa.(Source: Univ. of Cape Town, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: University of Cape Town, www.uct.ac.za; Green Building Council South Africa, +27 86 104 2272, www.gbcsa.org.za

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Kenyan Green Building Rating System Expect in 2020 (Int'l.)
    Architectural Association of Kenya
    Date: 2019-08-30
    The Nairobi-based Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) reports Kenya could have its own "green" buildings rating tool as early as next year. The new rating system would take Kenya's climate, building materials, materials availability and other related issues into account. The new Kenyan tool would cover water conservation, energy conservation, planning areas, design areas, innovation, use of local materials and buildings with historical value.

    Kenya presently uses foreign based green building certification tools like Green Star Rating System, U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Environmental Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE). (Source: Architectural Association of Kenya, Kenya Standard, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Architectural Association of Kenya, Gideon Olawo, Environmental Design Chairman, +254 20 2224806, www.aak.or.ke

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    IFC, Bank Windhoek Introduce Green Building Software (Int'l.)
    International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2019-08-21
    In Namibia, Bank Windhoek and the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) are reporting the joint introduction free to use Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) green building certification system for emerging markets.

    Developed and created by the IFC, EDGE is a measurable way for builders to optimize their designs, leading to a more investment-worthy and marketable product. EDGE helps project design teams and owners identify and assess the most cost-effective ways to incorporate energy and water saving options into nuilding projects.

    In December 2018, Bank Winhoek and IFC collaborated to develop the Bank's Green Bond Framework for the Green Bond. The Bank obtained additional sources of funding for its green lending activities by raising funds in the debt market through a local Green Bond issuance, of which the proceeds will be used solely to finance eligible green projects and assets throughout Namibia. (Source: IFC, Bank Windhoek, New Era, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: Bank Windhoek, www.bankwindhoek.com.na; World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Finance Corporation ,  


    Miami Business School Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-08-21
    Coral Gables and West Palm Beach, FL: (August 19, 2019) In the Sunshine State, the Miami Business School, located on the University of Miami Coral Cables campus, is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for Existing Building Operations & Maintenance (EBOM). The project is the first LEED v4.1 OM higher-education building in the State.

    Energy deficiency and sustainable design features of the 163,885 square foot facility include:

  • the building is 30 pct more energy efficient than the national average of university college buildings;

  • more than 90 pct LED lighting, in-room air quality sensors, audio/visual and tele-presence technology, and automatic window shading;

  • an average of 60 pct of the waste generated is recycled and/or reused;

  • a comprehensive carbon-footprint assessment of student and faculty transportation was completed to help meet transportation needs;

  • indoor air-quality testing was conducted to quantify levels of formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and other harmful chemicals. (Source: Miami Business School, University of Miami, Florida Trends, 19 Aug., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Miami Business School, University of Miami, 305-284-4643, www.bus.miami.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


  • Bank of America Tower Awarded LEED V4 Platinum (Ind. Report)
    Bank of America, US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-08-19
    In Houston, the 35-story, 775,000-RSF AA class Bank of America office building in downtown Houston reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Version 4 (V4) Platinum for Core and Shell -- the US GBC's highest level of green building certification.

    The Bank of America Tower's energy efficiency and environmental features include: daylight harvesting technology; a 40 pct parking reduction; tenant metering; EV charging stations; a rainwater-collecting facade system; a green roof and others. (Source: US Green Building Council, Bank of America, new kerala, 18 Aug., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Bank of America
    Date: 2019-08-19
    Bank of America Tower Earns Nation's 1st LEED V4 Platinum for Core and Shell HOUSTON: The recently named Bank of America Tower, formerly Capitol Tower, was just certified LEED Version 4 (V4) Platinum for Core and Shell by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). V4 is the most stringent LEED version to date and Platinum is the highest level of green building certification offered by the USGBC. Bank of America Tower's LEED V4 Platinum for Core and Shell designation is the first in the United States and the highest scoring in the world. Environmental features include daylight harvesting technology, a 40 percent parking reduction, tenant metering, alternative vehicle charging stations, and a rainwater-collecting facade system. Bank of America Tower is a 35-story, 775,000-RSF AA class office building in downtown Houston. A key feature is the triple-height lobby / public indoor plaza that contains an expansive chef-driven food court, a social stair for gathering and watching live performances, and connects five existing below-grade tunnel connections from adjacent buildings. Atop the 1,360-car parking garage, a 12th-floor landscaped roof garden provides a convenient natural respite for tenants and features native plantings that help manage stormwater runoff. (Source: Bank of America, new kerala, 18 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bank of America news,  USGBC news,  LEED Certification news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Green Building news,  


    Insurer Offers Energy Efficiency, Green Building and Renewables "Green" Bonds (Imd. Report)
    Sun Life
    Date: 2019-08-16
    Toronto-headquartered insurance major Sun Life Financial reports it is the first insurance company globally to issue a sustainability "green" bond -- a $750 million principal amount of Series 2019-1 subordinated unsecured 2.38 pct fixed/floating debentures due in 2029 in Canada.

    According to a statement, the bond is reportedly oversubscribed and two-thirds of the $750 million have been allocated to ESG-focused firms. The sustainability bond will potentially cover investments focused on energy efficiency, green buildings, renewable energy and essential services facilities and equipment. (Source: Sun Life Financial, Canadian Investment Review, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Sun Life Financial, www.sunlife.com/Global/Contact+us?vgnLocale=en_CA

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Green BuildingSustainable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Wells Fargo Touts 2018 Sustainable Financing Record (Ind. Report)
    Wells Fargo
    Date: 2019-08-16
    Denver-headquartered banking giant Wells Fargo & Company reports it provided $23 billion in financing for sustainable energy and related projects 2018, 63 pct of which went toward renewable energy, clean technologies, green buildings and other low-carbon solutions. The company also "played a role" in the Global Climate Action Summit and Bloomberg's Sustainable Business Summit, and became a founding member of the US Sustainable Finance Alliance, according to its sustainability report.

    Wells Fargo claims it has cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 45 pct and has met its 100 pct global electricity needs with renewable energy since 2017. (Source: Wells Fargo, environmental LEADER, 16 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wells Fargo,  Sustainable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Energy Efficient Green Roofs Qualify for New NYC Tax Breaks (Ind. Report)
    Green Roof
    Date: 2019-08-14
    In the Big Apple, a new green-roof tax abatement is giving some building owners an added incentive to create a green space on their roof. The new abatement triples the previous tax break from $5 to $15 per square foot in community districts where sewers overflow during rainstorms and that lack green spaces. The new abatement runs through July, 2024.

    Although initially expensive to install, green roofs absorb stormwater, lower heating and cooling costs and increase a building's energy efficiency and thus reduce carbon emissions. (Source: Nature Conservancy, Public News Service, 14 Aug., 2019) Contact: Nature Conservancy, Emily Nobel Maxwell, NYC Program Director , 212-997-1880, www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/new-york

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nature Conservancy news,  Green Roof news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Green Building news,  


    Frederick, MD, Awarded LEED for Cities Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-08-12
    In Maryland, both the city of Frederick and Frederick County are reporting receipt of LEED Silver certification under the US Green Building Council's LEED for Cities catagory for their commitment to sustainable growth and progress.

    The City of Frederick's sustainability plan includes; targeting sustainability, carbon reduction, disaster preparedness, electrical vehicles, stream restoration, historic preservation, composting and recycling initiatives, as well as the watershed master plan and Frederick Community Action Agency services. The city of 65,000 +- residents is also purchasing renewable energy credits and continues to upgrade its lights to LEDs. (Source: City of Frederick, Md., Pr, Com. Property Exec., 10 Aug., 2019) Contact: City of Frederick, www.cityoffrederick.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Sustainability,  


    USGBC Reports LEED Residential Market Growth (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-08-09
    In its recently released LEED in Motion: Residential report, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) notes that green, LEED-certified homes have grown 19 pct since 2017 and are at an all-time high with nearly 500,000 single family, multifamily and affordable housing LEED-certified units globally -- with more than 400,000 units in the U.S. with California leading the pack with 40,000 LEED certified residential units, followed by Texas with more than 24,500.

    LEED-certified homes use an average of 20 to 30 pct less energy than a traditional home, with some home owners reporting up to 60 percent savings. (Source: US Green Building Council, PR, Boston Real Estate Times, Aug., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    American Water HQ Wins LEED Platinum Certification (Ind. Report)
    American Water
    Date: 2019-08-07
    In the Garden State, water and waste utility American Water reports receipt of US Green Building Council LEED is has been awarded LEED Platinum certification for its new corporate headquarters building in Camden, NJ. Notable environmentally friendly and energy efficient building features include:
  • A water reuse system, providing water for the building toilets and landscaping;

  • LED lighting through the building and solar shades on the windows to maximize the use of natural light;

  • High-efficiency glass windows to reduce the heat impact inside the building;

  • Low-flow toilets, sinks and showers to reduced water usage;

  • High-efficiency HVAC systems to reduce energy consumption.

    American Water's new headquarters is the first and only building in Camden, NJ to be certified LEED Platinum. (Source: American Water, PR, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: American Water, Susan Story, CEO, www.amwater.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Ontario Commits $5Mn to Cross Laminated Timber Plant (Ind. Report)
    Element5
    Date: 2019-07-31
    The Ontario government reports it will invest almost $5 million to support development of the province's first fully automated cross laminated timber (CLT) plant. The proposed $32 million plant is being planned for St. Thomas, Ontario by Element5 which has operations in Toronto, Montreal and Ripon, Quebec. The company specializes in design, engineering and fabrication for environmentally friendly and energy efficient timber-based construction.

    The Ontario government committed to increasing the use of timber in the home building industry through its Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan and the Housing Supply Action Plan. (Source: Canadian Consulting Engineer, 30 July, 2019) (Source: Element5, Frank Dottori, 888-670-7713, info@elementfive.co, www.elementfive.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    USGBC, New Buildings Institute Ink Cooperation MOU (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2019-07-29
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Portland, Oregon-based New Buildings Institute (NBI) report the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing the organization's relationship and defining parameters on how the two organizations will work together to advance energy efficiency in net zero buildings. The agreement is focused on joint activities by USGBC and NBI intended to:
  • Improve capability of building industry professionals to deliver high-performance, zero energy and zero emissions buildings, as well as buildings that are optimized for grid interactions.

  • Drive increased numbers of zero (and net zero) energy, zero emissions and LEED Zero-certified buildings.

  • Extend adoption of stretch energy codes, and improve code compliance and enforcement.

  • Enhance social equity, public health and resilience associated with energy and energy systems and communicate these achievements through platforms like USGBC's Living Standard campaign.

    USGBC and NBI missions are closely aligned and reflected in their collective efforts to advance zero energy buildings and support grid integration over the past five years, according to the USGBC. (Source: USGBC, NBI, PR, July, 2019) Contact: NBI, Ralph DiNola, CEO, (503) 761-7339, (503) 968-6160 - fax, www.newbuildings.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Buildings Institute ,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Canon Canada HQ Awarded LEED® Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-07-22
    Brampton, Ontario-headquartered digital imaging specialist Canon Canada Inc reports it has been awarded the Canada Green Building Council’s LEED®, Gold certification for New Construction and Major Renovations 2009 certification for its corporate headquarters. . Canon Canada collaborated with Colliers Project Leaders and architects Moriyama & Teshima to construct the building which features:
  • Energy reduction and efficiency is built-in to the building's lighting and cooling/heating systems, with LED lighting that helps to save approximately 70 to 80% of energy (compared with traditional 60W incandescent lights) and building systems are set to shut off after hours to help reduce energy.

  • Natural light and solar-adaptive shading help to maximize daylight in the office while minimizing glare and solar heat, simultaneously aiding in the regulation of lighting and temperature.

  • Rooftop greywater collection system helps save 20%of the building's annual domestic city water usage (the equivalent of 4.5 million bottles of water); the water is reused for flushing and irrigation.

  • Energy-saving office technologies like Canon's own multifunction devices and display projectors automatically power down to minimize energy consumption in all meeting and copier rooms.

  • A sophisticated kitchen digestion system helps divert and reduce organic waste from landfills.

  • Encouraging employees to reduce carbon emissions by offering premium parking for green vehicles, employees that carpool as well as sheltered bicycle parking.

  • Employees and the surrounding residential community enjoy an expansive community green space, including a pond and recreational path, 6,000 drought-resistant shrubs and 200 drought-resistant trees to promote the area's wildlife biodiversity.

  • Phasing out the sale single-use plastic water bottles and plastic straws has begun at the headquarters and at all Canon Canada's 13 office locations across the country by the end of 2019. (Source: Cannon Canada, CNW, 22 July, 2019) Contact: Canon Canada, www.cannon.ca ; Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, President and CEO (CaGBC) and GBCI Canada

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  LEED Certification news,  Canada Green Building Council news,  


  • CAT Offerings Green Building MSc Degree Program (Int'l Report)
    UK Centre for Alternative Technology
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In Powys, Wales, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is offering a new building design and energy efficiency degree program to help tackle the environmental impacts of buildings and the construction industry.

    The MSc Green Building program, which starts this September and now open for applications, allows students to specialize in sustainable construction, providing a broad overview of climate change and environmental degradation, and exploring the range of effective solutions.

    As well as providing a deep understanding of sustainable design principles and sustainable materials, the course covers the selection and use of materials, energy flows, site selection and preparation phases, waste management and project management. Regulatory and legal requirements and the social, political and economic aspects of green building are also explored. (Source: Centre for Alternative Technology, Dr Adrian Watson, Head of Graduate School of the Environment, +44 (0) 1654 705950, www.cat.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GreenBuilding,  Energy Efficiency,  


    San Mateo Reviewing Green Building, Efficiency Codes (Ind. Report)
    San Mateo,Green Building
    Date: 2019-07-15
    In the Golden State, the city of San Mateo (pop. 105,000 +-) is considering new construction energy efficiency incentives to encourage new construction developers to electrify their buildings, install solar panels, expand EV charging capacity and other initiatives in an effort to increase energy efficiency, cur energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Ordinances slated for review include two options for builders of new construction to reduce natural gas consumption within their developments. By either building an all-electric structure at the minimum efficiency required by the state's energy code or designing a mixed-fuel building using natural gas and electricity at a higher efficiency level, developers can meet the proposed reach code for electrification, according to a staff report.

    For single-family and duplex projects, builders can either construct all-electric buildings or design a mixed-fuel building 15 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which officials estimate could save builders $5,300 in construction costs as compared to a mixed-fuel home. An all-electric design for homes is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 50 pct in most cases as compared to a mixed-fuel design, according to the report.

    The proposed ordinance for office buildings would require builders to design an all-electric building or a mixed-fuel development 10 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which could involve using windows less prone to heat, natural sunlight and occupancy sensors. An all-electric office building designed to meet the 2019 state code is estimated to cost $57,300 less to construct compared to a comparable mixed-fuel building, according to the city council's report.

    If adopted by the San Mateo city council and the California Energy Commission, the new codes will come into force Jan. 1, 2020. (Source: City of San Mateo, Daily Journal, July, 2019) Contact: City of San Mateo, Andrea Chow, Sustainability Analyst, www.cityofsanmateo.org/477/Building

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    TRCA Touts New Energy Efficient HQ Building (Ind. Report)
    Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
    Date: 2019-07-12
    In Ontario, Canada, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority which manages the city of Toronto's watershed and ravine system in an effort to ensure that the ongoing effects flooding and water pollution and climate change are mitigated, is reporting the ground breaking for a new, energy efficient "state of the art" headquarters building.

    The building will be an eco-friendly structure with the highest "green" certifications and low-carbon footprint. The building is aiming for Canada Green Building Council )CaGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification as well as WELL Building certification. (Source: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Downsview Advocate, 11 July, 2019) Contact: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, 416-661-6600, info@trca.on.ca, www.trca.ca; Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org; International WELL Building Institute, 646.883.5001, 646.607.1058, info@wellcertified.com, www.wellcertified.com

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    Sudbury Considering Green Building Incentives (Ind. Report)
    City of Sudbury
    Date: 2019-07-10
    The Northern Ontario city of Sudbury Council is reported to be considering a motion that if passed would direct city staff to "produce a report in the third quarter of 2019 describing steps required to introduce incentives, such as rebates equivalent to a portion of development charges paid, for green development (energy efficiency) initiatives for multi-residential and non-residential buildings."

    The city of 165,000 +- residents recently announced it was reducing by one-half several development charges for select multi-unit residential buildings. Council also voted to incentivize the construction of energy efficient homes of less than 1,000 square feet. The city said "It is hoped that developers will incorporate green building technologies into new builds in order to reduce future CO2 emissions." (Source: City of Sudbury, Sudbury Star 8 July, 2019) Contact: City of Sudbury, 705-671-2489, www.greatersudbury.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    State Dept. Awards Green Bldg Systems Support Contract (Ind. Report)
    Jacobs Engineering,USGBC
    Date: 2019-07-10
    Dallas-headquartered Jacobs Engineering reports it has been awarded a four-year, $25 million contract to provide commissioning services to the Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OSO).

    Under the contract, Jacobs will offer engineering expertise to help OBO understand building system requirements, address issues and observe energy efficiency. Work will also support the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program that provides standards for environmentally-friendly buildings.(Source: Jacobs Engineering, ExecutiveBiz, July, 2019) Contact: Jacobs Engineering, Steven J. Demetriou, CEO, Pankaj Duggal,, Snr. VP, GM Buildings, Infrastructure and Advanced Facilities, 214.638.0145, www.jacobs.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    LA Touts Sustainability pLAn 2019 Climate Plan (Ind. Report)
    LosAngeles
    Date: 2019-07-10
    In the Golden State, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is touting his Sustainability pLAn 2019, a "Green New Deal" to help the city of approximately 4 million residents deal with climate change.

    The Los Angeles Green New Deal is intended to: reduce by 50 pct the number of census tracks lacking equity and environmental parity; create a $100,000,000 Transformative Climate Communities program; include an "Equity and Environmental Justice Impact Statement" in official City reports; and analyze the LADWP budget for environmental equity metrics. The program calls for both mitigation and/or adaptation measures to climate change impacts and will be folded into all other area climate emergency plans covering: energy and climate; climate change preparedness; green buildings; transportation; air Quality; environmental justice; urban greening; green economy; and others.

    Additionally, Los Angeles City Council is creating a new Office of Climate Emergency Mobilization that will in turn will create a Climate Emergency Commission, hire a director for the new Climate Emergency Mobilization Office, and draft a Climate Emergency Declaration.

    Download the Sustainability pLAn 2019 HERE. (Source: City of Los Angeles, City Watch, July, 2019)

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    Vanderbilt Scores LEED Gold for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Vanderbilt,US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Tennessee reports its engineering and science building and Eskind Biomedical Library have been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for environmental initiatives and energy efficiency. Twenty other buildings on the Vanderbilt campus are LEED certified.

    The university with 12,600 students is launching a comprehensive plan aimed at reducing its environmental footprint, sourcing 100 pct of its power needs from renewable energy, and achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2050. (Source: Vanderbilt University, CleanLink, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Vanderbilt University, (615) 322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


    UK Architects Aim for Zero Carbon Built Environment (Int'l)
    Royal Institute for British Architects
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In the UK, the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) reports it is developing a five-year action plan to support the creation of a zero carbon built environment and to develop "measurable actions" to improve green standards and practices within the architecture profession in support of the UK's target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050..

    According to RIBA, the built environment is responsible for around 40 pct of the UK's total carbon footprint, and shifting to lower or zero carbon buildings is seen as critical for reducing the country's net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century. The Ethics and Sustainable Development Action Plan will aim to drive rapid improvements in industry standards and practice, government and intergovernmental policy and regulation, and in RIBA's own carbon footprint, the industry body said. Proposed green metrics include developing the whole-life net zero carbon standard for a building, as well as standard reporting metrics for energy and performance evaluation "where guidance is available.” (Source: RIBA, Business Green, 1 July, 2019)Contact: RIBA, Bew Derbyshire, Pres., +44 118 987 4900, www.architecture.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building news,  


    Israeli University Claims Energy-Saving Hempcrete (Int'l)
    Ben-Gurion University
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is touting development of "Hempcrete" (lime-hemp concrete), an energy efficient and environmentally friendly concrete consisting of hemp plant chips, lime and clay.

    According to the university release, the use of Hempcrete allows better green buildings with energy production savings and effective insulation properties.

    The researchers found that different Hempcrte formulations functioned better in relation to environmental -- humidity and temperature -- conditions and compared to conventional building materials. (Source: Ben-Gurion University, Xinhua, 1 July, 2019)Contact: Ben-Gurion University www.in.bgu.ac.il

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    Alexandria Tightens Green Bldg, Efficiency Standard (Ind. Report)
    Alexandria, Green Building
    Date: 2019-06-28
    In the Old Dominion State, the Alexandria city council reports approval of an update to the city's 2009 Green Building Policy requiring new developments to have a 20 pct reduction in energy consumption, 29 pct reduction in water use and 3 pct cut in green gas emissions, compared to developments abiding by the 2009 standards.

    The policy update features:: increased minimum certification for projects requiring a development site plan or development special use permit; priority performance points for certification; and enhanced public development standards. The first refers to the certification levels outlined in different third-party rating systems for green building standards. The city sets specific benchmark requirements for three systems -- US Green Building Council LEED, Green Globes and EarthCraft.

    The new policy sets higher standards for public development than private development, although requirements for both types increased from those outlined in the 2009 policy. Public developments must now meet LEED Gold standards while private developments must meet LEED Silver stands. Projects not using the LEED system will need to meet the equivalent in Green Globes, EarthCraft or another third-party rating system. The new standards come into force in March, 2020. (Source: Alexandria City Council. Alexandria Times, 27 June, 2019) Contact: Alexandria City Council, (703) 746-4500, /www.alexandriava.gov/Council

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


    Armstrong Fluid Tech Inks Net-Zero Bldg Commitment (Ind Report)
    Armstrong Fluid Technology
    Date: 2019-06-28
    Toronto, Ontario-based international HVAC specialist Armstrong Fluid Technology reports it has signed on to the World Green Building Council Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment positioning energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization across global portfolios. Signatories to the Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment pledge to reach net-zero carbon operating emissions within their portfolios by 2030.

    To meet this commitment, Armstrong will: implement energy efficiency measures to lower electricity and fossil fuel consumption; generate renewable energy on-site; and procure renewable generated electricity and carbon offsets.

    The WGBC pledge calls for cities, states and regions to require all new buildings to operate at net-zero carbon from 2030, and all buildings, including existing buildings, operate at net-zero carbon by 2050. In addition to generating and obtaining renewable energy to meet reduced energy demand, the Commitment positions energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization. (Source: Armstrong Fluid Technology, PR, The News, 27 June, 2019) Contact: Armstrong Fluid Technology, Charles Armstrong, CEO, (416) 755-2291, info@armstrongfluidtechnology.com, www.armstrongfluidtechnology.com; World Green Building Council, Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council www.worldgbc.org/advancing-net-zero-status-report-2019

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon,  Energy Efficiency,  World Green Building Council,  


    Humber College Building Zero Carbon Design Certified (Ind Report)
    CsGBC
    Date: 2019-06-21
    Toronto, Ontario's Humber College reports its newly retrofitted NX building has been awarded Zero Carbon Building Design Certification by the Canada Green Building Council -- the first such certification in Canada. With the retrofit, the North Campus building will use 70 pct less energy than previously consumed, making it the college’s most energy efficient building, and one of the most energy efficient in North America, according the the Canada Creen Building Council.

    Energy efficiency work on the NX building included: a complete envelope retrofit that is highly insulated and airtight; new triple-pane windows; energy efficient LED lighting upgrades; HVAC systems upgrades; the addition of a new 25kW Solar PV system.

    The work, which was undertaken by BIRD Construction, is slated for completion this summer. (Source: CaGBC, PR, Humber College, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org; Humber College, (416) 675-3111, www.humber.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  CaGBC,  


    150 Green Bldg. Certified Apts. Completed in Miami (Ind. Report)
    Green Building
    Date: 2019-06-19
    Affordable housing developer Housing Trust Group (HTG) is reporting completion of Princeton Park, a new, $36 million, 150-unit affordable housing community consisting of four buildings in south Miami-Dade County, Florida.

    All residential buildings in Princeton Park complex are National Green Building Certified and offer energy star appliances and other energy efficient features, as well as access to services and programs, including literacy training, family support coordinators, employment assistance, health and wellness services, and extracurricular activities such computer classes, game and movie nights and other events. . (Source: Housing Trust Group, PR, 19 June, 2019) Contact: Housing Trust Group, Rieger, President and CEO, (305) 663-3543, www.htgf.com; Contact: Florida Green Building Coalition, www.floridagreenbuilding.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Virginia School Board Questions LEED Standards ROI (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-06-14
    In the Old Dominion State, the Richmond Free Press reports the Richmond Public Schools' COO Darin Simmons has advised the Richmond School Board that Huguenot High and three other schools that are under construction to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold standard has not resulted in "significant" savings.

    The schools are now projected to cost a collective $148 million, or $38 million more than originally estimated. The board was told that adhering to the lesser LEED Silver standard would add 8 pct to the cost, or about $12 million. Eliminating LEED standards in the construction would save possibly $3 million of that because money would still need to be spent energy efficient doors, windows and lighting. All three schools are to be equipped with solar energy panels, now seen as more effective in cutting energy costs than building to LEED standards. The buildings are slated to open in 2020. (Source: Richmond Free Press, Jeremy Lazarus, 14 June, 2019) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Built Green Canada Issues Sustainable Bldg Challenge (Ind. Report)
    Built Green Canada
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Concurrent with National Environment Week, Built Green Canada announces its sixth annual challenge to municipalities across the country to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable building practices, to challenge municipalities to encourage green building, and to highlight those builders leading the way.

    The challenge is marked by a growing number of municipalities who have proclaimed June 5 as BUILT GREEN Day. This reflects the growing concern faced by public and private industry on climate change and the heightened expectations of the municipality's role in addressing this social problem. In response to meeting environmental targets, all orders of government are developing climate mitigation strategies, while for those working in the residential building industry, increased energy performance and other regulations continue to change.

    The increased stringency of codes and standards is driving costs up for the industry -- the unintended consequence is the further deterioration of housing affordability. With the intersection of these two social problems, there is possibility for further collaborative actions between government and industry collaboration that considers the environment, costs, and the pace of change given realizing sustainability targets requires the support of private industry.

    Built Green Canada works with its builders to support the successful certification of their builds, assist them in meeting compliance requirements, while its programs' four levels of certification offer industry a means to voluntarily stay ahead of code and incrementally improve in preparation to be net-zero energy ready for 2030 regulations.

    Though some municipalities are exclusively focused on energy performance, Built Green's programs are complementary as they take a more holistic approach that may reduce the load on civic infrastructure including water, power, and waste. Built Green recognizes municipalities may not be able to favour one program over another and therefore encourages municipalities to include its programs, alongside others, as an option to endorse.

    Meanwhile, Built Green Canada has partnered with the Green Builder® Coalition to bring the first performance-based water rating to Canada through the water conservation section of their builder programs. Though parts of Canada, and the world, are increasingly experiencing droughts, and freshwater ecosystems are shown to be under stress, water conservation in the residential building industry has not received the attention energy efficiency has, though they are both connected and significant. The Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS) is based on measurable parameters, along with a scoring scale that considers indoor and outdoor water use, reuse via rainwater, greywater and blackwater catchment calculations.

    Built Green Canada is an industry-driven, national, non-profit organization offering programs for residential building. Since its inception, builders have worked with Built Green to complete over 32,750 certified homes represented in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario -- including the units in multi-storey projects, the total is over 36,090. At the end of 2018, the cumulative impact of these single family certified homes translated into more than half a million (588,505.29) tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions saved (up to December 31, 2018). (Source: Built Green Canada, PR, June, 2019) Contact: Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, CEO, (855) 485- .0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca, www.builtgreencanada.ca

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    Finnish Cities Project Addresses Old Bldg Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Helsinki,Smart City
    Date: 2019-06-07
    In Finland, six housing construction companies in the cities of Helsinki (pop. 631,700) and Vantaa (pop. 217,000) are piloting an Internet of Thing- (IoT-) based solution to inpoyve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption in blocks of older flats.

    The project's participating builders installed IoT sensors on several older buildings. Data from the sensors will be analyzed and used to identify the most cost-effective ways of increasing the buildings energy efficiency and thus cut the buildings energy consumption and costs.

    The pilot is part of the Climate-friendly Housing Companies joint venture project between the City of Helsinki, the City of Vantaa, the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) and the Green Building Council Finland.

    The project will run until the end of 2020 and will publish a digital guide for housing companies. The project is funded by the 6Aika programme, a joint strategy focusing on sustainable urban development of Finland's six largest cities. (Source: City of Helsinki, Climate-friendly Housing Companies, Smart Cities World, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Climate-friendly Housing Companies, info@forumvirium.fi, www.forumvirium.fi/en/climate-friendly-housing-companies-energy-efficiency-through-data-utilisation

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    World GBC Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment Tops 50 Signatories (Ind. Report)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-05-31
    The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) reports 50 organizations have now signed up to the Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment and pledged to ensure their individual portfolios of buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030.

    The pledge also calls for cities, states and regions to require all new buildings operate at net-zero carbon from 2030, and all buildings, including existing buildings, operate at net-zero carbon by 2050.

    In addition to generating and obtaining renewable energy to meet reduced energy demand, the Commitment positions energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization.

    The WorldGBC's Advancing Net Zero Status Report 2019 details efforts to take on the challenge of decarbonizing the global building stock, and highlights leadership action from global businesses, governments and NGOs tthe goal of: certifying nearly 390 buildings globally as net zero carbon; raising awareness through advocacy activities of the urgency and achievability of net zero carbon buildings; and developing industry capacity through educational programmes and industry events.

    Download Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment details HERE. (Source: World Green Building Council, Canadian Architect, 30 May, 2019) Contact: World Green Building Council, Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council www.worldgbc.org/advancing-net-zero-status-report-2019

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    Hong Kong "Green Bond" Looking to Raise $1Bn (Int'l Report)
    Hong Kong
    Date: 2019-05-22
    Reuters is reporting the former British colony of Hong Kong is looking to raise $500 million to $1 billion through a five-year "green bond" issuance that will help establish Hong Kong as a "green finance" center for investment in "environmentally friendly" projects.

    The bond is the first to be issued under Hong Kong's HK$100 billion ($12.74 billion) green bond program to fund projects around clean transportation, air quality improvement and green buildings.

    "Green bond" issuance worldwide to date this year stands at $41.3 billion, $12 billion of which was raised in Asia. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, May, 2019)

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    Survey Notes Increased Energy Efficiency Spending (Int'l Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2019-05-20
    In its 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey, Johnson Controls noted more than half of global organizations planned to increase spending on energy efficiency over next 12 months -- 2019. The survey of nearly 2,000 facility and energy management executives from 20 countries found that 57 pct of organizations in the U.S. and 59 pct of global organizations planned to increase investment in energy efficiency, smart building measures including building controls and building systems integration at a greater rate than more traditional energy efficiency measures in 2019.

    Survey organizations identify greenhouse gas footprint reduction, energy cost savings, energy security and enhanced reputation as key drivers of investment fueling growth in green, net zero energy and resilient buildings. Building controls improvements were cited as the most popular investment energy efficiency related investments.

    In Johnson Control's 2008 survey, under 10 pct of respondents had a certified "green" building and only 34 pct planned to certify new construction projects to a recognized green standard. In 2018, 19 pct of U.S. organizations have already achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities, and 53 pct plan to in the future. Globally, 14 pct of organizations have achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities and 44 pct plan to in the future.

    The survey also notes a year-over-year increase in net-zero energy goals, with 61 pct of U.S. organizations extremely or very likely to have one or more facilities that are nearly zero, net zero or positive energy/carbon in the next ten years.(Source: Johnson Controls, Building Design & Construction, Nov., 2018)Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, VP Global Sustainability, www.linkedin.com/in/clay-nesler-171a133, www.johnsoncontrols.com/corporate-sustainability/reporting-and-policies/business-and-sustainability-report/environmental-leadership/sustainable-solutions, www.johnsoncontrols.com

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    Unilever HQ Scores LEED Platinum for Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Counci, LEED Certification
    Date: 2019-05-17
    Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-headquartered consumer goods giant Unilever North America reports it headquarters building has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification sustainable buildings. he project was also recognized by the New Jersey Business & Industry Associate New Good Neighbor Award in support of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 pct while doubling its business.

    The HQ building design incorporates smart technologies by EDGE that record data and automate the building's features and functions, including Internet of Things (IoT) systems enabling the building to learn from occupants' behaviors and remember their preferences. (Source: Unilever, PR May, 2019) Contact: Unilever, Catherine Reynolds MediaRelations.USA@unilever.com, (201) 894-7760, www.unileverusa.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    India's ReNew Power Claims LEED Gold Certification (Int'l Report)
    USGBC,ReNew Power
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In the Sub-Continent, independent power producer ReNew Power Ltd. reports receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for energy efficiency and sustainable construction at the company's ReNew Hub corporate office in New Delhi.

    The ReNew Hub corporate office energy efficiency features include: CFC free refrigerants in the HVAC system; water efficient plumbing features that have cut water consumption by half; waste segregation measures; the use of eco-friendly cleaning materials; and other features.

    ReNew Power Limited develops, builds, owns and operates utility scale wind and solar energy projects as well as distributed solar energy projects that generate energy for commercial and industrial customers. (Source: ReNew Power, PR, May, 2019) Contact: ReNew Power Limited, Ms. Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.renewpower.com

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    Uruguayan Winery Wins USGBC LEED Silver for Efficiency (Int'l)
    USGBC, Bodega Garzon
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Bodega Garzon, a 500-acre boutique winery in Uruguay claims to the first sustainable winery outside North America to be awarded US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification.

    Throughout the LEED-certification process, the winery reportedly received the highest possible scores in water efficiency and design innovation. The facility uses 100 percent non-potable water for irrigation and implemented original wastewater technologies. The winery also features a green roof with native species, a rainwater harvesting and reuse system; and high-efficiency HVAC with heat recovery for energy efficiency. (Source: Bodega Garzon, Commercial Property Exec, May, 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    MGM Springfield Casino Wins LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Boston, MGM Resorts International reports its MGM Springfield is the world's first gaming resort to win US Green Building Council LEED platinum-level energy efficiency certification for new construction.

    MGM Resorts noted the installation of a new 1.13-MW solar array was "a significant enabler" of the LEED platinum rating. The solar canopy is expected to generate more than 1,600 mWh of electricity and reduce the casino's annual carbon footprint by the equivalent of 410 metric tons of CO2. Other LEED qualifying features include: a rainwater collections system that provides all the water used for landscaping on the property; 50 electric vehicle charging stations and more. (Source: MGM, USGBC, MetroWest Daily News, 12 May, 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    VA. Firms Lauded with Viridiant Green-Building Awards (Ind. Report)
    Viridiant
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond nonprofit Viridiant, administers of the EarthCraft brand of green-building programs, has named its 10th annual Sustainable Leadership Award winners for environmentally friendly and sustainable "green" building practices.

    The notable local winners included Henrico-based NBJ Architecture, Sustainable Design Consulting LLC, which received this year's Visionary Award recognizing leadership in sustainable buildings and communities, as well as University of Richmond student Jennifer Kearney, winner of the Next Generation Award for her work educating fellow students on waste reduction and energy and water conservation. Hollyport Ventures, Christiansburg-based Community Housing Partners, and Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity were also honoured. (Source: Viridiant, 6 May, 2019) Contact: Viridiant, board president Bryan Manga 804-225-9843, www.viridiant.org

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    GBCA Upgrades Building Green Star Ratings (Int'l. Report)
    Green Building Council of Australia
    Date: 2019-05-01
    In the Land Down Under, with more than 2250 projects under its belt the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) reports it is evolving its Green Star rating system and encouraging the built environment to achieve greater energy savings and net-zero carbon emissions.

    To that end, GBCA is honing in on carbon emissions to encourage a net-zero carbon future for the built environment, harnessing renewable energy and low-emissions technologies, offset and/or reduce the use of fossil fuels in buildings, and encouraging building developers and owners a to consider a building's total energy and environmental impact. For example, new credits will encourage a holistic approach to address and minimize a building's impact on neighboring buildings. (Source: Green Building Council Australia, InfraStructure, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au

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