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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,  


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,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


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,  


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,  


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,  


    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,  


    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,  


  • 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,  


  • 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

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


    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,  


    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,  


    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,  


    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

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


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart City,  Energy Efficiency,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  


    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

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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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    O'Hare Air Traffic Control Tower Certified LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the Windy City, the Chicago Aviation Commission reports O'Hare International Airport's South Air Traffic Control Tower has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification for energy efficiency, making among the nation's first air traffic control towers to receive the designation.

    O'Hare has six LEED-certified buildings and over 521,000 square feet of green roofs, more than any other airport in the world. The combination of sustainable features has cut the O'Hare control towers energy consumption by 25 pct and water usage by 40 pct compared to a traditional control tower design, according to the Commission. (Source: City of Chicago, Chicago Aviation Commission, Connect Chicago, 23 April, 2019) Chicago Dept. of Aviation, www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/doa.html Commission; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Minnesota Twins Ballpark LEED Gold Re-certified (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-04-24
    Thanks to continued upgrades to Target Field, the Minnesota Twins have achieved US Green Building Council LEED Gold re-certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. In 2010 Target Field earned LEED Silver for New Construction. Target Field is also the nation’s first sports venue to earn three levels of LEED certification through Arc, the state-of-the art digital platform that uses real-time data to help benchmark, measure and improve sustainability performance.

    The ballpark's environmental stewardship efforts include: a custom-designed Rain Water Recycle System; aggressive recycling and waste-to-energy programs that have kept more than 10,870 tons of waste out of local landfills since 2011; a shared initiative with Delaware North Sportservice to partner with Rock and Wrap It UP!, Inc. to donate more than 10 tons of food to local charities each season; LED light fixtures for field and canopy lighting; and the introduction of compostible beverage cups, plates, trays, utensils and straws. The ballparks has also installed the largest "living wall" in the continental U.S. (Source: BallPark Digest, April, 2019)

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    Atlanta Hospital Wins USGBC LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-04-17
    In Atlanta, the $400 million, 450,000 square-foot Emory University Hospital Tower reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency. Qualifying elements in the design and construction of the Emory University Hospital Tower include:
  • Project site located in close proximity to basic services such as restaurants, stores and public transit to encourage building occupants to walk instead of drive;
  • Low-flow indoor water fixtures reduce water consumption by an estimated 20 PCT;
  • Energy efficient exterior glazing systems allow for daylight to reach core areas throughout the building;
  • Energy efficient features that allow for more than 20 percent energy savings;
  • Over 95 pct of construction waste recycled;
  • Special focus on indoor environmental quality for improving occupant health and well-being of employees;
  • Lead- and mercury-free facility -- Recycling program implemented.

    Emory University now has 34 LEED certified buildings that equal more than 4 million square feet. (Source: Emory University Hospital, PR, AJC, April, 2019) Contact: Emory University Hospital Tower, (404) 712-2000, www.emoryhealthcare.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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  • USGBC Launches LEED v4.1 for City, Community Projects (Ind Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-04-10
    The Washington, DC-headquartered US Green Building Council (USGBC) reports the availability of its new LEED v4.1 LEED green building program for cities, communities and homes.

    The updated rating system is designed to make the decision to implement LEED easier for residential projects and revitalize our approach to the housing market. Through a streamlined and simple approach, LEED credits that have a higher value to home owners and residents are prioritized, such as health and well-being improved comfort, energy and water savings, green and healthy materials. Options have also been added to existing LEED credits that lower both hard and soft costs to achieve certification. And recognizing the unique circumstances of international projects, LEED v4.1 Residential is also now more applicable to international projects.

    For the LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities rating systems, LEED v4.1 expands on the earlier performance based approach to deliver a comprehensive framework to support plan, design, operation and performance management phases of both new and existing cities and communities. The rating systems align with all the UN Sustainable Development Goals and incorporate leadership standards and best practices from complementary systems, like the previously integrated STAR Community Rating System, as well as the PEER, TRUE, EDGE and SITES programs. More than 90 cities and communities around the world, representing more than 45 million people, are LEED-certified based on several factors, including water efficiency, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, materials and resources, quality of life, innovation and regional priorities. (Source: USGBC, PR, April, 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Green Bldg Role in Mitigating Eco Problems Studied (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-04-08
    As part of its Living Standard initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released a new report titled Standard Issue to better gauge how the public feels about issues at the core of the green building community's mission: sustainability and the environment. The report looks at Americans' views on environmental concerns and how the green building industry can be better positioned as a global solution.

    The report found, while three-quarters of respondents said environmental problems are very or somewhat important to them, they do little to address the problems in their own lives, considering it too daunting a task, and do not typically associate green buildings with being part of the solution.

    The research suggests there is a gap between the enormity of the problem and how people seek to address it in their daily lives, and the green building community can mobilize and inspire change by connecting messaging to healthy outcomes for human beings. (Source: US GBC, Construction Specifier, 8 April, 2019) Contact: The Living Standard, https://livingstandard.org/about; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Making the Case for Building to Zero Carbon (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-04-05
    In its recently released Making the Case for Building to Zero Carbon report, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) proves Zero Carbon Buildings offer meaningful greenhouse gas reductions and positive financial returns over a 25-year life-cycle. It also notes the business case for Zero Carbon Buildings is going to get stronger each year due to the rising cost of carbon pollution.

    The report applies carbon reduction measures to seven building types -- low-rise office, mid-rise office, low-rise multi-unit residential, mid-rise multi-unit residential, primary school, big box retail and warehouse -- in the cities of Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.

    The report found that the business case for Zero Carbon Buildings differs relatively little nationwide, despite differences in construction and utility costs, climate, carbon intensity of electricity, and other factors. Each region

    Download the CaGBC Making the Case for Building to Zero Carbon report HERE. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, April, 2019) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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    CDRC Clinic Certified USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-04-03
    In Sacramento, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reports the new 28,100 square-foot Central Health Services building at California State Prison has earned US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification Gold certification for its energy-saving and environmental conservation features that will reduce energy costs by 46 pct. The medical clinic's sustainability features include: clerestory windows for maximum natural light and lower lighting costs; efficient water fixtures that cut indoor water use by 27 pct; recycling or reusing 94 pct of construction waste; low emission adhesives and paints; increased ventilation and high-efficiency filters and fans; and upgrading all systems beyond building code standard for maximum efficiency.

    The health facility is the 61st CDCR-owned facility to be LEED-certified and the 10th to be certified at the Gold level. In 2008, CDCR adopted an environmental sustainability program to reduce emissions and its carbon footprint, to conserve water and to generate energy from renewable sources. (Source: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, PR, corrections.com, 2 April, 2019) Contact: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, www.cdcr.ca.gov; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Ashok Leyland Corp. Office Scores LEED Platinum (Int'l)
    Ashok Leyland
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Chennai, India-based, Hinduja Group's Ashok Leyland, one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in India, reports it has been awarded LEED v4.1 Buildings Operations & Maintenance Platinum certification for its corporate HQ office building. LEED v4.1 is the newest version of the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

    Ashok Leyland is the first office in India and fourth in the world to receive LEED v4.1 Platinum certification. (Source: Ashok Leyland, Reality Fact, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: Ashok Leyland, www.ashokleyland.com/en, US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    St. John Properties Scores 50th LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-03-27
    Baltimore-based commercial building developer St. John Properties reports receipt of its 50th U.S. Green Building Council LEED energy efficiency certification.

    Since initiating its LEED program a decade ago, St. John Properties has developed close to 3 million square feet of Gold, Silver or Certified space throughout Maryland, Utah and Virginia. Nearly every new property constructed by St. John Properties is designed to earn LEED certification, including buildings in Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Utah and Wisconsin. (Source: St.John Properties, Commercial Property Executive, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: St.John Properties, Richard Williamson, Snr. VP, (410) 788-0100, (410) 788-0851-fax, www.sjpi.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Nashville Four Seasons Plans LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    US GBC
    Date: 2019-03-20
    The Four Seasons hospitality chain reports it plans to launch its first property in Tennessee with the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Nashville.

    Groundbreaking for the 236 room, US Green Building Council LEED Gold for new construction certification standard complex is slated for April, 2019. (Source: Four Seasons, Hospitality Design, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Lake Placid forms Climate Smart Community Task Force
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-03-08
    In the Empire State, the Village of Lake Placid Board of Trustees is reporting the formation of a Climate Smart Community Task Force -- a state Department of Environmental Conservation program where municipalities and organizations can earn certification levels based on actions that reduce the effects of climate change and are energy efficient.

    The program is similar to the US Green Building Council LEED certification program in which Lake Placid participates. Presently, 250 New York ommunities registered in the Climate Smart program. (Source: Village of Lake Placid, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Mar., 2019)Contact: NY Climate Smart Community Task Force, www.dec.ny.gov/energy/53013.html; Village of Lake Placid, www.lakeplacid.com

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    Annapolis Water Treatment Plant Nominated for USGBC Wintergreen Award (Ind. Report)
    United States Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-03-04
    The city of Annapolis, Maryland reports its new water treatment plant is one of nine buildings in Maryland to be nominated as a finalist for a 2019 United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Maryland Chapter Wintergreen Award. The water treatment facility is the largest construction project ever undertaken by the City and its first capital project to receive US Green Building Council LEED Silver Certification.

    The water treatment plant green energy infrastructure work includes: three bio-retention facilities;, a permeable paver parking lot; re-circulators for water efficiency and separation for waste water streams; variable frequency drive pumps for maximum energy effic iency; and a data-driven efficiency system to reduce chemical usage. The facility also includes environmental innovations like a low-impact design, a nationally registered Monarch Butterfly Way Station, bike racks and parking for energy efficient cars. (Source: Eye on Annapolis, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    New CEMEX USA HQ Earn USGBC LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,CEMEX USA
    Date: 2019-03-01
    CEMEX USA is reporting its headquarters building in Houston has been awarded US Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED gold certification.

    The more than 240 000 square-foot of space utilized 20 pct recycled materials and other features to achieve the LEED gold certification. The building accomplished a 52 pct power reduction and all electric equipment meets EPA ENERGY STAR® certification. Water consumption has been reduced by one third with the use of "low-flow" efficient fixtures and nine out of ten work areas receive natural sunlight. (Source: CEMEX, World Cement, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    UMass Boston Facility Attains LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-03-01
    Birmingham, Alabama-based university housing and facilities developer Capstone Development Partners LLC reports University of Massachusetts in Boston residence and dining hall have been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification after exceeding their initial LEED Silver target.

    The sustainable strategies and project attributes that helped the project achieve LEED Gold certification include:

  • The location of the project site on land that is considered a brownfield redevelopment;
  • A 34 pct water savings was achieved by using low-flow showers, faucets, toilets and urinals;
  • An energy cost savings of 26.8 pct was achieved through the implementation of a high performance building envelope, energy recovery units, hot water efficiency and 100 pct LED lighting; and
  • The selection of cool roofing and hardscape materials to reduce the heat island effect.

    Capstone Development Partners has partnered with over 60 public and private colleges and universities and delivered more than 44,000 beds of student housing nationwide. (Source: Capstone Dev. Partners, PRWEB, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Capstone Dev. Partners, Jeff Jones, Principal, www.capdevpartners.com: USGBC,USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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  • IU Claims Three USGBC LEED Gold-Certified Buildings (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-02-27
    The Indiana University Bloomington is reporting receipt of three LEED Gold certifications for buildings in the past few months, bringing the campus total to nine. The School of Public and Environmental Affairs addition, Ray E. Cramer Marching Hundred Hall and Hodge Hall all received gold certification in late 2018 and early 2019, reaffirming the university's commitment to ensuring all new construction receives a minimum LEED Gold certification or higher, as laid out in the IU Bicentennial Strategic Plan.

    Contributing solutions like public transportation access, use of open spaces, water use reduction, efficient mechanical systems, installation of LED lighting, diversion of construction waste from landfills and recycling programs earn LEED certification points. (Source: Inside IU Bloomington, Feb., 2019) Contact: IU Bloominton, (812) 855-4848, www.indiana.edu; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Ontario Leads in Canadian LEED Certified Projects (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council.
    Date: 2019-02-25
    The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual List for Top 10 Countries and Regions has ranked Canada second for LEED certified projects internationally.

    Canada has the largest number of certified projects outside the U.S. with 3,254, according to the Canada Green Building Council. Ratings by province are Ontario, 3,015; Quebec, 1,643; British Columbia, 1,571; Alberta, 1,194; Atlantic Canada, 378; Manitoba, 282; Saskatchewan, 129; and Territories, 24. (Source: USGBC, Feb., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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    Snomish PUD Pledges Energy Efficiency, Green Energy (Ind. Report)
    Snohomish County Public Utility District
    Date: 2019-02-25
    In Everett, Washington, the Snohomish County Council reports it has unanimously approved transitioning to 100 pct "clean, renewable" energy for government operations by 2045. To that end, the Council has committed to reducing energy consumption through retrofits, upgrades to LED lighting, improved energy efficiency and the installation of solar panels with energy storage capacity on county buildings. The PUB will also develop a clean energy plan and adopting a construction policy that will require all new county facilities be built to US Green Building Council LEED gold energy efficiency standards. The PUD resolution also calls for establishing a fund to pay for energy conservation retrofits and upgrades.

    To tackle the county's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, the transportation sector according to the resolution, the county plans to develop a policy to build a "green" vehicle fleet.

    The move was proposed and supported by the Snohomish County chapter of The Climate Reality Project, Sierra Club, 350 Everett and the statewide group Environment Washington.

    Snohomish County is the fifth government in Washington state to set a goal of 100 pctclean energy, after Edmonds, Whatcom County, Bellingham and Spokane, according to Environment Washington. (Source: Snohomish County Public Utility District, HeraldNet, Everett, Washington, 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: Snohomish County Public Utility District, www.snopud.com

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    Calif. Prison Clinic Wins USGBC LEED Gold Cert. (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-02-22
    In Sacramento, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reports the new 28,100 square-foot Central Health Services building at California State Prison has earned US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification Gold certification for its energy-saving and environmental conservation features that will reduce energy costs by 46 pct. The medical clinic's sustainability features include:

  • clerestory windows that allow more natural light into the building to reduce electrical lighting needs and energy costs;

  • efficient water fixtures that cut indoor water use by 27 pct;

  • recycling or reusing 94 pct of construction waste, nearly eliminating use of landfills;

  • use of adhesives, coatings and paint with low levels of smog-forming organic compounds;

  • increased ventilation and high-efficiency filters to increase the flow of fresh air;

  • upgrading all systems beyond standards required by building codes to maximize efficiency of the systems.

    The health facility is the 61st CDCR-owned facility to be LEED-certified and the 10th to be certified at the Gold level. In 2008, CDCR adopted an environmental sustainability program to reduce emissions and its carbon footprint, to conserve water and to generate energy from renewable sources. (Source: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, PR, corrections.com, 21 Feb, 2019) Contact: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, www.cdcr.ca.gov; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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  • Illinois College Facility Wins LEED Platinum Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-02-20
    The 42,000 square-foot Science & Engineering Building on the Grayslake, Ill., campus of the College of Lake County reports it has been LEED Platinum certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

    The facility, which opened in January 2018, houses mechatronics, photonics and chemistry classrooms and laboratories and is College of Lake County's first LEED Platinum building.

    The facility's energy efficiency -- sustainability features include: photovoltaic solar panels, green roofs of planted vegetation, a geothermal heating and cooling system and energy efficient fume hoods in chemistry labs. Other features include LED lighting and daylight harvesting to reduce the need for electrical lighting. The building's rainwater recovery system collects rain in an underground tank and uses it for waste flushing and reduces potable water use by 41 pct.

    Overall, the Science & Engineering Building is designed to reduce building energy use by 66 pct compared with a standard science building of similar size. (Source: College of Lake County, American School and University, Feb., 2019) Contact: College of Lake County, www.clcillinois.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Univ. of Colorado CASE Bldg Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-02-15
    In Boulder, the University of Colorado is reporting its recently opened Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification

    The latest recognition brings to 27 the total number of CU Boulder buildings with LEED certification either for new construction or major renovations.

    CASE building LEED qualifying features include: electrochromic glass that self-dims as sun exposure increases, minimizing heat gain and glare; strategic building layout to maximize campus green space; LED lighting throughout; low-flow plumbing features; 67 pct of construction waste diverted from landfills; HVAC and envelope designed to provide a comfortable thermal environment, and others. (Source: University of Colorado, PR, Feb., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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