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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,

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

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

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,

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

O'Hare Air Traffic Control Tower Certified LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
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, Commission; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

NYC Council Poised to Enact Green Buldg. Legislation (Reg & Leg)
NYC Green Building
Date: 2019-04-15
In the Empire State, the New York City Council is scheduled to vote this Thursday on the Climate Mobilization Act, which, among other provisions, would require green retrofits of all commercial buildings 25,000 square feet or larger. The bill would establish the Office of Building Energy and Emissions Performance and set a timeline for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for existing buildings.

Other bills to be votes upon this week would require the city to complete a study on the feasibility of shutting down all 24 gas and oil-burning power plants within city limits, and replacing them with renewables and battery energy storage capacity and green roofs on selected buildings. (Source: NYC Council, Connect New York, 15 April, 2019) Contact: NYC Council,

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

Big Apple Green Roof Opportunities Touted (Ind. Report)
Nature Conservancy
Date: 2019-03-15
In the Empire State, the Nature Conservancy, working with partners in the Green Roof Researchers Alliance, has released a comprehensive estimate of green roofs in New York City. The project merges publicly available data with remote sensing technologies to create data and maps that help better understand this asset and can be used to guide policymaking and city planning.

Green roofs absorb heavy rains, give buildings an extra layer of insulation, increase building energy efficiency, lower carbon footprints, combat urban heat island effect and improve air quality . About 730 buildings covering roughly 40 acres in the Big Apple presently have green roofs.

Download Green Roofs in NYC data HERE. (Source: Nature Conservancy, Mar., 2019) Contact: Nature Conservancy,; Green Roof Researchers Alliance,,

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

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,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

Stamford Health CT's First LEED Certified Hospital (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-12-12
In Conn., Stamford Health reports it has received US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Healthcare Certification for its 650,000-square-foot Stamford Hospital which was completed in 2016. Stamford Health is one of only 86 projects worldwide to be certified under the LEED healthcare system rating. It is also the largest LEED for healthcare certified project in the nation.

In the project, the Stamford Hospital focused on air flow, energy consumption and air quality. The project's LEED qualifying features included:

  • 85 pct of construction debris was recycled;

  • green spaces were maximized, including gardens;

    courtyards and paths to promote healing and provide patient and family respite;

  • green roofing system was implemented to provide a heat island effect, sending less heat into the atmosphere;

  • sustainably sourced materials and products such as certified wood, walls, ceiling, flooring and other components were regional sourced;

  • low-emitting materials, such as environmentally friendly carpets and no noxious flooring material, were installed throughout the building; and

  • an advanced facilities and energy management system was installed. (Source: Stamford Health, PR, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Stamford Health, Stamford Hospital, Michael Smeriglio, Executive Director, Facilities Management,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

  • Denver Rethinks Building Green Roof Regulation (Ind. Report)
    Denver Green Roof
    Date: 2018-11-09
    Following up on our November 8, 2017 coverage, the Denver City Council reports the repeal and replacement of its 2017 building Green Roof requirement. The new regulation requires light-colored cool roofs on new and re-roofed buildings of more than 25,000 sf.

    According to city estimates, the original green roof regulation could have added $193,000 -- about 2.8 pct -- to the construction cost of a five-story office building. The new law could cut that increase in half. Apartment buildings of six floors or less will be exempted from this provision. (Source: Denver City Council, Building Design & Construction, Nov., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,  Denver Green Roof,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Amsterdam Opts for Smart Blue-Green Roof Installations (Int'l)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-10-19
    In Amsterdam, social housing in four city locations are to be fitted with smart blue-green roofs to help protect the buildings from extreme weather conditions, store excess water and generally improve energy. efficiency

    The new roofs, which will be planted on 10,000 square meters of social housing buildings over 3 years, will incorporate a system of sensors and will retain or release water in response to the weather forecast and will be linked in a network.

    The smart roofs project is a partnership between the city of Amsterdam, the water company Waternet, green roof companies Polderdak and Rooftop Revolution, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, housing corporations Stadgenoot, Ymere and De Key, and roof maintenance company Consolidated. The project is being funded by €4.8 million from the EU. (Source: City of Amsterdam, Smart Cities World, 18 Oct., 2018)

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

    Denver Task Force Fine-Tunes Green Roof Ordinance (Ind. Report)
    Denver Green Roof
    Date: 2018-10-08
    Following up on our November 8, 2017 coverage, the citizen-led ballot measure Denver Green Roof Initiative mandating the implementation "green roofs" on existing buildings and new construction is under review.

    The November ordinance assembled provisions from existing legislation in other cities while ignoring Denver's different climate, lack of rain, extreme sun, the city's building code and other Denver specific issues. To address these issues, the city created a Green Roof Review Task Force charged with proposing an amended ordinance that would clarify and improve the mechanics of the original initiative while still obtaining its intended environmental benefits.

    Under the existing ordinance, owners of existing buildings are disincentivized from replacing roofs in need of repair due to limited compliance pathways and the costs associated with those few options.

    To address and corrects these and other related green roof issues, the task force has presented a proposal that exceeds the environmental benefits possible under the existing ordinance and allows for multiple cost-efficient compliance alternatives not available under the present ordinance. The proposal provides an opportunity to creatively combine green space, solar, energy efficiency and certification methods to suit the needs of individual projects. (Source: City of Denver, Colorado Real Estate Journal, October 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,  Energy Efficiency,  Denver Green Roof,  

    UK Starbucks West London Store Wins LEED Certification (Int'l)
    LEED Certification
    Date: 2018-08-06
    Last week in West London, UK, coffee retail giant Starbucks is reporting its newly-opened drive-thru outlet at Willow Tree Lane Retail Park in Yeading, has achieved LEED certification.

    The coffee shop's built-in sustainability features include: a living green roof packed with plants; a zone-controlled heat pump and energy-efficient LED lighting; heavy insulation for energy conservation; EV charging stations; and others. Additionally, all waste material generated through the construction of the store was diverted from landfill and sent for recycling. (Source: Starbucks,, Aug., 2018)

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

    Vancouver Pursuing Green Roof Policy (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-07-27
    In British Columbia, Canada, the City of Vancouver city council reports it has approved plans to develop a "green roof" policy that could require some new buildings to include rooftop grasses or gardens.

    Green roofs can absorb rain and help reduce combined sewage overflows, absorb greenhouse gasses and help mitigate climate change, and clean the air of pollutants. Vancouver city staff will develop a green roof policy in consultation with industry and the community. (Source: City of Vancouver, Toronto Star, 27 July, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,  

    Waterloo U. Wins Zero-Carbon Green Building Award (Ind. Report)
    Canada GReen Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-20
    The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)reports reports Cora Group's "evolv1" project at the University of Waterloo in Ontario has been awarded the the CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Award. The Cora Group project is a commercial multi-tenant office building now under construction.

    A project fact sheet notes the building's sustainability elements included: a ventilation system that meets a defined threshold for thermal energy demand intensity; onsite renewable energy systems that provide a minimum of 5 pct of building energy consumption; maximized day-lighting opportunities; the building is oriented to minimize heat gain, using sustainable materials and high-performance building systems; and green roofs on 50 pct of the roofs throughout the campus. The facility achieved LEED Gold certification. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, DCN News services, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184,

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

    Glasgow Office Building Lauded for Green Credentials (Int'l)
    Green Building
    Date: 2018-04-11
    In Scotland, the Green Organization is reporting an eight-story mixed-use building on the Queen Street site of the former Bank of Scotland Building in Glasgow has been recognized with a Scottish Green Apple Environment Silver award.

    Constructed in 2015, the building features a concave facade of curtain wall glazing; a green roof consisting of a Sedum planting system which is designed as a wildlife habitat; a complete wet and dry waste recycling system; and other energy efficient features. The building is being recognized as one of Scotland's greenest and most sustainable office buildings. (Source: Project Scotland, April, 2018) Contact: The Green Organization, +44 01933 665591,

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

    Green Roof Performance Tool Launched (Ind. Report)
    Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
    Date: 2018-04-11
    Over the past five years Green Roofs for Healthy Cities -- and more recently the Green Infrastructure Foundation -- have been working to establish a set of performance criteria and metrics that apply to green roofs and walls -- the Living Architecture Performance Tool (LAPT).

    LAPT is a 110-credit system that covers the wide range of potential performance benefits and ties into and builds upon existing rating systems such as LEED and SITES. The program aims to improve the performance of living architecture systems by ensuring that they meet minimum standards, and act as a guide for future policy making, project design, installation, and maintenance.

    LAPT is designed to provide the following benefits:

  • Design, installation, maintenance professionals and building owners/developers can use it to maximize potential benefits, identify synergies, ensure long-lasting living architecture projects by strengthening maintenance practices, improve branding and marketing, and integrate living architecture projects into buildings;
  • Policy makers can adopt the LAPT (in whole or part) to inform regulatory or incentive programs, outsource expertise and compliance and ensure living architecture policies are effective by maximizing public benefits;
  • Product manufacturers can develop new products, innovate, or market existing high-performing products to help maximize benefits and achieve LAPT credits. (Source: Green Infrastructure Foundation , Living Architecture Monitor, April, 201) Contact: Green Infrastructure Foundation,; Green Roofs for Healthy Cities,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Infrastructure Foundation,  

  • Denver Approves Green Roof Legislation (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2017-11-22
    Following on our November 8th coverage, the city of Denver, Colorado, has approved the Green Roof Initiative requiring buildings of 25,000 square feet or more to devote a portion of their rooftops to vegetation beginning on Jan. 1, 2018. Denver is one of the first U.S. cities to require green roofs.

    According to University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning Assist. Prof. Leila Tolderlund, "There really are a lot of pre-made modular green roof systems that meet EPA minimum requirements. Green roofs are more expensive to build than conventional roofs, but they tend to last four to five years longer than conventional flat roofs." (Source: Denverite, 21 Nov., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,  

    ABB Montreal Campus Wins CaGBC LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
    ABB,Canadian Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-11-22
    In Montreal, ABB reports that the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) has certified its Campus Montreal with the LEED Silver accreditation.

    To qualify for LEED certification, the ABB campus incorporate natural light throughout, features open concept flexible working spaces, green garden certified furniture, ergonomic and height adjustable work stations, eleven green walls, increased recycling capabilities including shared compost and garbage bins, low water consumption toilets, efficient heating and cooling including the re-circulation of over 2 MW of heat generated through testing activities, and energy efficient LED motion detection lighting in most of the structure. The building exterior incorporates three green roofs and a white roof (to reduce the absorption of heat), EV charging stations, bike racks for employees and visitors and a preferred parking program for carpooling and hybrid vehicles. (Source; ABB Canada, Nov., 2017) Contact: ABB Canada, Nathalie Pilon, President ,; Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  ABB,  

    Denver Voters Pondering "Green" Roof Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Green Roof
    Date: 2017-11-08
    In Colorado, Denver voters are considering the Denver Green Roofs Initiative -- Initiated Ordinance 300 -- that if passes would require all buildings greater than 25,000 square feet dedicate a portion of their rooftop to green space or a combination of green space and solar panels. Buildings between 25,000 and 49,999 square foot would have to set aside 20 pct of the rooftop while buildings 50,000 to 99,999 square feet would have to set aside 30 percent and so on up to 60 percent for buildings 200,000 square feet and larger.

    The owners of existing buildings could get a waiver and pay a fee in lieu of installing a green roof at the time of roof replacement if their building was not engineered to withstand the additional weight of a green roof. (Source: Builder, Various Media, Denverite, 6 Nov., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,  Solar. Energy Efficiency,  

    Vancouver Convention Centre Goes Double Platinum (Ind. Report)
    Vancouver Convention Center
    Date: 2017-10-13
    It has been nearly nine years since the West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre opened its doors, and it is still making waves for its high standard of green building design. In British Columbia, the expansion wing of the Vancouver Convention Center reports it has been awarded LEED Platinum certification, version 4, for existing buildings operation and maintenance. The new certification is in addition to the Convention Center's 2010 new construction Platinum certification.

    The second Platinum accolade is based on its operations relating to waste management, energy efficiency, indoor water use reduction, and facility maintenance and renovations. With the new certification, the convention center is now the first double LEED Platinum convention center in the world.

    The convention center boasts a six-acre green roof, a restored marine habitat, a black water treatment plant that recycles grey and black water for toilet flushing and green roof irrigation, a seawater heating and cooling system, floor-to-ceiling windows for maximum natural light, and local wood materials harvested in a sustainable manner. (Source: Vancouver Convention Center, Daily Hive, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Vancouver Convention Center, BC Pavilion Corporation, Ken Cretney, President and CEO,; Canada Green Building Council Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CaGBC,  LEED Certification,  

    Pfister Installs Solar Net Zero Energy Maryland School (Ind. Report)
    Pfister Energy
    Date: 2017-03-15
    Baltimore-based national solar energy installer Pfister Energy reports it was chosen to help create the first net zero energy school in Maryland. Wilde Lake Middle School's solar plan was designed to work with remote energy controls and other energy management solutions to offset onsite power consumption and eliminate reliance on the grid.

    The school's new solar arrays are expected to produce over 826,000 kWh in the first year and over 19 million kWh over a 25-year period.

    Pfister Energy provides turnkey renewable energy systems for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities, with an emphasis on building-integrated applications. Services include the design, procurement, installation, commissioning and maintenance of photovoltaics, solar thermal, LED lighting, natural daylighting, wind power, solar lighting, green roofing, geothermal, rainwater harvesting and fuel cell systems. (Source: Pfister Energy, PR, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: Pfister Energy, (973) 653-9880,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pfister Energy,  Net Zero Energy,  

    UMN Claims Carbon Emissions Cutting Success (Ind. Report)
    University of Minnesota, American Universities and Colleges Presidents Climate Commitment
    Date: 2017-02-10
    The University of Minnesota in Duluth reports it has cut its nearly 640,000 metric tons of emissions in 2008 to 492,121 metric tons in 2016, and is halfway to meeting its goal of reducing campus carbon emissions 50 percent by 2020.

    The university's Twin Cities Campus Sustainability Committee has outlined the following strategies to reduce energy consumption by 2050: creating a combined power and heat plant; upgrading building energy management systems, implementing green building standards for new construction and reducing laboratory energy; installation of LED lights; and installation of more building green roofs. the school also plans to target energy consumption by laboratories which use 60 pct of the University's energy.

    The University of Minnesota is a member of the American Universities and Colleges Presidents Climate Commitment to achieve carbon neutrality across all the University's campuses by 2050. (Source: University of Minnesota, 9 February 2017) Contact: University of Minnesota, Shane Stennes, Dir. of Sustainability,; American Universities and Colleges Presidents Climate Commitment,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Universities and Colleges Presidents Climate Commitment,  

    SDSU Student Union Scores LEED Double Platinum (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-01-30
    In the Golden State, the San Diego State University administration is touting the school's Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union building as one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world. With the achievement of US Green Building Council LEED Double Platinum status, the student union building is one fewer than two dozen Double Platinum certified facilities worldwide.

    The Aztec Student Union LEED Double Platinum certified building incorporates "green roof" that helps reflect sunlight and heat away from the building, high-efficiency LED bulbs, solar panels that generate nearly 16 pct of the building's energy requirements, low-flow faucets and toilets that use 40 pct less water than outlined in the LEED baseline, and other energy efficient features. (Source: San Diego State University, Times of San Diego, 27 Jan., 2017) Contact: San Diego State University Student Union,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  

    Zurich Insurance HQ Awarded LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,LEED Certification
    Date: 2016-10-03
    In Schaumburg, Illinois, insurance giant Zurich North America reports that its new, 783,800 sq-ft headquarters building has received Platinum Certification by the US Green Building Council. the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

    The building was awarded the LEED Platinum certification, the highest rating available, for the its environmental sustainability initiativesthat include multiple green roofs, energy efficient technologies, rainwater harvesting and re-use, accommodations for electric and low-emitting vehicles and native landscape with more than 600 trees on 40 acres. (Source: (Source: Zurich NA, USGBC, 3 Oct., 2016)Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  USGBC,  

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