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Chicago Skyscraper Rises to USGBC Platinum Energy Efficiency Certification (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2020-01-10
Following up on our November 9, 2018 coverage, in the Windy City, Equity Office, the U.S. office arm of private-equity giant Blackstone Group, reports its 1974-vintage, 110-story Willis Tower -- fka the Sears Tower -- has became the largest building in the U.S. to reach the US Green Building Council's LEED Platinum certification for energy efficiency. The building received a $500 million energy efficiency and sustainability upgrade in 2018.

As previously reported, the building scored LEED Gold in 2018. In moving up to Platinum, building efficiency was improved via upgrades to heating and cooling systems, hot water generators, lighting, plumbing and an ongoing major overhaul of the elevator systems which make more than 46,000 trips daily and serve about 5.8 million people every year. (Source: USGBC, Star Tribune, 19 Dec., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Willis Tower,  Energy Efficiency,  US Green Building Council,  LEED Platinum,  


Skyscraper Rises to Platinum Energy Efficiency Cert. (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-12-20
In the Windy City, Equity Office, the U.S. office arm of private-equity giant Blackstone Group, reports its 1974-vintage, 110-story Willis Tower -- fka the Sears Tower – has became the largest building in the U.S. to reach the US Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification for energy efficiency.

As previously reported , the building scored LEED Gold in 2018. In moving up to Platinum, building efficiency was improved via upgrades to heating and cooling systems, hot water generators, lighting, plumbing and an ongoing major overhaul of the elevator systems which make more than 46,000 trips daily and serve about 5.8 million people every year. (Source: USGBC, Star Tribune, 19 Dec., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Univ. of Illinois-Urbana Certified LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-11-20
The University of Illinois - Urbana is reporting receipt of its 21st US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for its recently completed $98 million Electrical and Computer Engineering Building. The UI campus claims 4 Platinum, 10 Gold and 7 Silver certified buildings.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Building was cited for: sustainable site development; construction and waste management; water savings; energy efficiency; materials selection; a $3 million rooftop solar array with 950 panels; stormwater storage system; passive heating and cooling features; and various other energy efficient features. (Source: University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette, 18 Nov., 2019) Contact: 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 Efficiency,  


First San Diego Office Bldg. LEED Platinum Certified (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2019-10-23
In the Golden State, Block D, downtown San Diego's first multi-tenant commercial office building to be constructed in more than a decade, has been certified LEED Platinum by the USGBC. The six-story, 60,000-square-foot mixed-use Makers Quarter building is the first to hold this designation in downtown San Diego. (Source: Connect California, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Teknion NY Double Platinum Certified (Ind. Report)
Teknion,USGBC
Date: 2019-10-18
In the Big Apple, furniture design firm Teknion Corp. is reporting its 15,514 square foot New York City showroom located at 641 Avenue of the Americas has achieved WELL Gold certification from The International WELL Building Institute and LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The New York property is Teknion's fourth to achieve WELL certification, and its second showroom this year. The New York showroom is also Teknion’s twelfth LEED certified showroom. (Source: Teknion, Woodworking Network, 16 Oct., 2019) Contact: Teknion, www.teknion.com; International WELL Building Institute, 646.883.5001, 646.607.1058, info@wellcertified.com, www.wellcertified.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Actiu HQ Awarded WELL v2, LEED Platinum Cert. (Int'l. Report)
USGBC,Well Building
Date: 2019-10-16
Castalla (Alicante), Spain-headquartered furniture design and manufacturer Actiu reports it has become the fifth office complex in the world to receive the Well v2 Platinum certification and the first in the world to hold both WELL v2 Platinum and US Green Building Council LEED Platinum.

The WELL v2 Platinum Certification, granted by the Well Building Institute (IWBI) and audited at Actiu by CBRE, accredits, through a rating system for buildings and communities, to what extent these spaces have been built to ensure the health and well-being of its occupants.

This accreditation, together with the one achieved in 2017 when the company's headquarters in Castalla consolidated its LEED Platinum Certification (before that, LEED Gold in 2011) due to its Technology Park's sustainable architecture, has made it the first industry in the world to gain these two international awards. (Source: Actiu, infurma, International Habitat News, Oct., 2019) Contact: Actiu, +34 966 560 670 www.actiu.com/en; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; International WELL Building Institute, +646.883.5001, +646.607.1058, info@wellcertified.com, www.wellcertified.com

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


Manila Hosts First Zero-Carbon Certified Office Bldg (Int'l.)
Zero-Carbon
Date: 2019-10-14
In Manila, ARTHALAND Corp. is reporting its 31-story Century Pacific Tower office building has been accredited as "green and sustainable" with EDGE Zero Carbon certification from International Finance Corp. (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.

The first in the world, the Arthaland building was recognized for its projected savings of 45 pct in energy consumption, 64 pct in water use, and 34 pct incorporation of embodied energy in materials, surpassing the benchmark of 20 pct less use for each category. The Arthaland building is now the country's only triple-certified project Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE), LEED Platinum and green building system BERDE five-star ratings since it opened in 2018. (Source: Arthaland, Business Mirror, Oct., 2019) Contact: Arthaland Corp., +63 2 8403 6910, www.arthaland.com.ph; International Finance Corp., www.ifc.org; BERDE, www.berdeonline.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Finance Corp.,  


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,  


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,  


Moda Center First Arena to Earn LEED O+M Platinum Certification
USGBC
Date: 2019-08-30
August 29, 2019 Portland’s Moda Center is the first arena to receive LEED O+M (v4.1) Platinum Certification, a major milestone in the greening of sports. The facility is part of a 30-acre sports and entertainment district on the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. It includes the 19,393-seat Moda Center and 12,888-seat Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter’s Chris McGowan says, “We are very proud to be the first existing professional sports arena to receive LEED Platinum certification. Nine years ago, we were the first existing arena to achieve LEED Gold status, and we continue to innovate and develop our sustainable processes and procedures to provide a healthy, sustainable arena for our community.” The green effort includes turning food waste into soil used throughout the Rose Quarter campus, contributing to the one million pounds of material diverted from landfills annually. After every event, crews sort through every bag of waste and put materials into appropriate streams. (Source: ConnectCRE, 28 Aug., 2019)

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


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,  


  • 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

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


    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,  


    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

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


    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

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


    Citigroup Green Bond to Support Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
    Citigroup
    Date: 2019-01-30
    US banking giant Citigroup Inc is touting its initial €1 billion ($1.14 billion) "green" bond offering aimed at financing renewable energy and other environmental projects including energy efficiency, green buildings, sustainable transportation, water quality and conservation.

    The projects will be supported as part of Citi's 2015, $100-billion (€87.6 billion) environmental finance goal which aims to lend and facilitate $100 billion over 10 years towards environmental activities leading to a low-carbon economy.

    Citigroup owns or leases over 57 million square feet of real estate in over 7,900 properties including its new NYC global headquarters currently under construction to LEED Platinum energy efficiency certification standards. (Source: Citigroup, Renewables, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: Citigroup Inc., www.citigroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Citigroup,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  Green Bond,  


    Kilroy Bldg Wins USGBC TRUE Zero Waste Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Los Angeles-based Kilroy Realty Corp (KRC)is reporting the US Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded its 350 Mission Street property TRUE Zero Waste Certification at the gold level. The 455,340 square feet property is the largest single commercial property in the world to achieve TRUE Zero Waste certification and is also the first commercial building in San Francisco to do so. The property is currently LEED Platinum, ENERGY STAR and Fitwel certified.

    All About Waste provided consulting services related to the project and representatives from the Green Building Certification Institute did the onsite performance verification. (Source: Kilroy Realty, PR, 22 Jan, 2019) Contact: Kilroy Realty, Sara Neff, VP Sustainability, (310) 481-8449, sneff@kilroyrealty.com, www.kilroyrealty.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    UC Berkeley Claims "Greenest Academic Building" (Ind. Report)
    UC Berkeley,USGBC
    Date: 2019-01-18
    The University of California, Berkeley reports it's Haas School of Business Chou Hall has received both US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification and TRUE Zero Waste certification from Green Business Certification Inc., making it the "greenest academic building in the nation."

    The TRUE Platinum Zero Waste certification is a result of efforts to divert more 90 pct of Chou's landfill waste. TRUE Zero Waste certification levels include Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. To achieve TRUE Platinum, the team earned 69 out of the 70 credits ranging from: composting food scraps, tracking the purchase of environmentally preferred products, providing employees with access to zero-waste training, and reducing the use of hazardous waste chemicals. (Source: University of California Berkeley, American School & University, Jan., 2019) Contact: TRUE Zero Waste, www.true.gbci.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UC Berkeley,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  WELL Certification,  


    CHP Plant Slashes SUNY Campus Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
    ESF SUNY
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In the Empire State, the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse reports it is saving over $520,000 a year on heat and electricity with a high-performance combined-heat-and-power system (CHP) fueled by natural gas and wood pellets, and designed to capture waste energy for heating buildings.

    The CHP system generates 60 pct of the campus' heat, 20 pct of its electric power, and is a key component that allowed us to achieve LEED Platinum for the Gateway Center which houses the CHP facility which is credited with cutting the campus carbon footprint by 24 pct.(Source: SUNY ESF, PR, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: SUNY ESF, David C. Amberg, Intrim Pres., Joshua Arnold, Dir, Energy Management, Utilities, (315)470-6500, www.esf.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  Carbon Emissions,  CHP,  Energy Efficiency,  


    NYU Touts Sustainability, Energy Efficiency Efforts (Ind. Report)
    New York University
    Date: 2018-09-28
    In the Big Apple, New York University (NYU) has announced the formation of a new working group to carry out new measures to make NYU more sustainable. The effort is expected to include the installation of the university'sfirst rooftop photovoltaic array, capital commitments to make NYU buildings more energy efficient, and others.

    Over 90 pct of NYU's energy consumption is building-related. Accordingly, the University is committing $3 to $4 million per year to ensure that all significant NYU construction projects will be LEED certified, targeting Silver certification as a minimum. NYU currently has 11 buildings that are certified LEED Platinum, Gold, or Silver.

    Since 2007, NYU has reduced its emissions by 30 pct. for annual reduction of 59,000 metric tons of carbon. The school has also pledged to achieve a 50 pct reduction by 2025 and carbon neutrality by 2040.

    (Source: New York University, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: NYU, John Beckman, (212) 998-6848, Cecil Scheib, NYU Sustainability Lead, www.nyu.edu

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


    Infosys Mysuru Campus Recognized for Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Infosys,USGBC
    Date: 2018-09-17
    The Indian business technology consultancy Infosys campus in Mysuru, India, reports receipt of the LEED EBOM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design–Existing Building Operation & Maintenance) Platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Infosys now has 18.25 million sq ft of the highest LEED rated green buildings -- 16.9 million sq ft. are LEED Platinum rated and 1.35 million sq ft. GRIHA 5-star (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) rated buildings.

    According to the release, the Mysuru campus efficiency improvements included: large-scale retrofit projects in existing buildings, the complete re-engineering of chiller plants, air handling units, building management system retrofit, UPS retrofit, lighting retrofit, smart water meters, groundwater injection systems to reduce water consumption and harvest rainwater, a solar-powered automated green house dryer capable of treating 3.5 tpd of sewage sludge, a biogas plant to treat food waste, and a focused harnessing of renewable energy. (Source: Infosys, The Hindu, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact:Infosys, www.infosys.com: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    UC Santa Barbara Lauded for Efficiency, Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    UC Santa Barbara
    Date: 2018-08-29
    The 2018 Sustainable Campus Index has tagged the University of California Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara) as a top performer in three categories of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2018 Sustainable Campus Index. The annual index ranks the nation's most sustainable colleges and universities, as measured by AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

    Highlighting innovative and high-impact sustainability initiatives from STARS-rated institutions -- UCSB holds a STARS Gold rating for sustainability impact areas related to academics, engagement, operations and administration.

    In existing buildings and new construction, UCSB is committed to the US Green Building Council's LEED green building rating system with more than 278,000 square feet currently certified as either LEED Platinum or Gold. UCSB also has an indoor air quality policy, a green cleaning policy and is ranked fifth, earning 69 pct, compared to an average of just 16.9 pct for institutions of comparable size in sustainable investments.

    AASHE's STARS is the leading tool for measuring higher education sustainability performance. With nearly 800 participating institutions, it is the most thoroughly vetted and extensively tested system of its kind. (Source: UC Santa Barbara, Sept., 2018) Contact: UC Santa Barbara, Shelly Leachman, (805) 893-8726, shelly.leachman@ucsb.edu, www.ucsb.edu; AASHE, Meghan Fay Zahniser , Sustainable Campus Exec. Dir., https://stars.aashe.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  Sustainability,  Energy Eficiency,  


    640,000 Sq-Ft LA Tower Wins USGBC LEED Platinum Cert. (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-08-15
    In Los Angeles, the 640,000-square-foot Heitman 10100 Santa Monica office tower has earned LEED Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council rating system for Existing Buildings.

    The 1971 vintage, 26-story building was recognized for lowering its electrical consumption by 21 pct since 1998 and cutting its water consumption by 3.7 million gpy since 2010. The buildings sustainability features include a monthly landfill diversion of 68 pct through recycling and composting of over 2,000 pounds per month. The building was previously awarded LEED Gold certification. (Source: USGBC, Commercial Property Executive, Aug., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    First GREEN Bank Wins LEED Platinum for Sustainability (Ind Report)
    First GREEN Bank
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In the Sunshine State, Orlando-based First GREEN Bank is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED ID+C Retail v4 Platinum Certification for its downtown Orlando headquarters. The designation recognizes the highest level of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

    The USGBC LEED rating system is widely seen as the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance, and energy efficiency.

    The First GREEN Bank project implemented practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in the areas of water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The team also focused on innovation in design and, the new component for LEEDv4, location and transportation. (Source: First GREEN Bank, PR 31 July, 2018) Contact: First GREEN Bank, www.firstgreenbank.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    USF Warehouse Laboratory Earns LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,University of South Florida St. Petersburg
    Date: 2018-07-25
    In the Sunshine State, the University of South Florida (USF) St. Petersburg reports its 10,500 square-foot Warehouse Laboratory complex has been awarded USGBC LEED Platinum certification. The Warehouse Laboratory is the first building in the USF System to receive Platinum Certification and the fourth building at USF St. Petersburg to earn LEED certification. The Science and Technology building, the University Student Center and Lynn Pippenger Hall all received LEED Gold Certification in recent years. (Source: University of South Florida St. Petersburg, PRN, 23 July, 2018) Contact: University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Matthew Cimitile, (727) 873-4840, mcimitile@mail.usf.edu, www.usfsp.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    First New Winery to Earn LEED Platinum Announced (Ind. Report)
    Silver Oak Cellars
    Date: 2018-07-18
    In California's Napa Valley wine region, Silver Oak Cellars reports it has earned US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for its new Alexander Valley facility -- the first commercial winery in the world to attain the green-building program's highest level of recognition in the category of "new construction." Silver Oak's scored LEED Platinum in the "existing building" category in 2016.

    Demand for sustainably produced wines has increased over the past five to 10 years, according to research group Wine Opinions.

    The new Silver Oaks winery employs: "membrane bioreactors" that treat water used in the winemaking processes for a 4,700 gpd savings; more than 2,500 solar panels with battery energy storage capacity equal to 5 pct of the facility's energy requirements. Silver Oak earned credits toward certification by using salvaged, recycled and locally sourced materials to meet significant percentages of building costs. Silver Oak will also submit to auditing for the Living Building Challenge, a rigorous sustainable-design certification program for which a building must demonstrate it meets its performance goals over 12 months (Source: Silver Oak Cellars, Wine Spectator, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Silver Oak Cellars, www.silveroak.com: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Dubai Marina Tower Awarded LEED Gold Certification (Int'l)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In Dubai, the Landmark Group reports it office tower in Dubai Marina has scored US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification in the new construction type category.

    Landmark Tower, which was designed and constructed as a high-performance building, is now among 16 buildings in Dubai who have received Gold LEED Certification under LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C): New Construction, Ver 3.

    The tower's energy efficiency feature include: an overall carbon footprint savings of approximately 1,332 metric tpy -- typical buildings power consumption ranges between 160 Kwh/sqm to 200 Kwh/sqm compared to Landmarks consumption of 113 Kwh/sqm/year; water consumption is 40 pct lower than International Plumbing Council standards; double layered clinical grade MERV 13 filters improve air quality as they remove bacteria, allergens and odour used to maintain the Tower's indoor air quality; automated lighting controlling systems with daylight harvesting and intelligent elevators with energy regenerative motors; toilets with dual flush system and water taps with sensors are also used in the building to avoid water wastage; automated BMS (building management system) throughout the day, and others.

    There are 15 LEED Platinum and 86 LEED Gold projects in the UAE under various LEED rating systems. (Source: Landmark Group, USGBC, Various Mewdia, 3 June, 2018) Contact: Landmark Group, +971-45174000, www.landmarkgroup.com/int/en/home; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Pittsburgh Environmental Center Wins Living Building Certification (Ind. Report)
    Frick Environmental Center,Green Building Alliance,USGBC
    Date: 2018-05-18
    In the Keystone State, Pittsburgh's Frick Environmental Center (FEC) educational center reports it has been awarded Living Building Certification from the Seattle-based Living Future Institute. A project of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh, the FEC is the first municipally-owned building in the U.S. to achieve this designation, according to the project's architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson..

    Completed in 2016, the 16,000-sf FEC facility is one of 21 buildings worldwide to score Living Building certification, and only the second in Pennsylvania. FEC is one of the first to meet Building Challenge designation under v2.1, which requires a building to produce as much energy as it consumes annually, eliminate toxic and harmful chemicals, and collect and treat its own water.

    A net-zero building, the FEC incorporates solar and geothermal energy to use 40 pct less energy compared to buildings of the same size in the same region. The center is also US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certified for energy efficiency and is a recipient of the Green Building Alliance Wood Design Award from WoodWorks, and an Education Facility Design Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). (Source: Construction Specifier, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Frick Environmental Center, (412) 586-4576, www.pittsburghparks.org/frick-environmental-center; Living Future Institute, (206) 273-2028, https://living-future.org

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


    DEWA, GBCI Ink Dubai Green Building, Energy Efficiency MoU (Int'l)
    Green Business Certification Inc
    Date: 2018-05-14
    In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Washington, DC-headquartered Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), an independent organization that recognizes excellence in green business industry performance and practice in 160 countries.

    Under the MoU, the two organizations will collaborate on building energy efficiency and related issues using the US Green Building Council's LEED Platinum certification standards and programs.

    The MoU supports DEWA's efforts to achieve the Demand Side Management Strategy to reduce electricity and water use by 30 pct by 2030, and the Carbon Abatement Strategy to cut carbon emissions by 16 pct by 2021. (Source: DEWA, Dubai Government Media Office, 13 May, 2018) Contact: Green Business Certification Inc., www.gbci.org; Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.ae; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Green Business Certification Inc.,  DEWA,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    Bentley Univ. Arena Awarded LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2018-05-09
    In the Bay State, Bently University reports its new, multipurpose Bentley Arena has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

    The 76,000 ft2 Bentley Arena's sustainable features include: a 504 kilowatt rooftop solar array; technology that captures heat generated from the rink's ice-making equipment to heat water throughout the building; high-efficiency LED lighting with smart, motion-detecting controls; ice-making and air conditioning systems that use zero CFC-based refrigerants; high-efficiency plumbing fixtures; 50 pct of wood used in the building is sourced from certified sustainable forests;and used locally sourced and/or recycled building materials. (Source: Bentley University, Celebrity Access, May, 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Bentley University, www.bentley.edu

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


    CA Vehicle Emissions Test Center Touted (Ind. Report)
    California Department of General Services
    Date: 2018-03-05
    In Sacramento, the California Department of General Services (DGS) reports it has awarded the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) new Southern California Consolidation vehicle emissions testing and research facility to the design-build team of Hensel Phelps, ZGF, and Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

    The $368 million, 19-acre project in Riverside near the University of California, Riverside campus, will be one of the largest and most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world. It will also be the world's largest true zero net energy facilities and is being built to US Green Building Council LEED Platinum specifications.

    The facility will include test cells for analysis of heavy-duty vehicles, an advanced chemistry laboratory, workspace for accommodating new test methods for future generations of vehicles, space for developing enhanced onboard diagnostics and portable emissions measurement systems, education areas, a media center, flexible conference areas, and a large public auditorium. The facility and campus will be designed and built to reach the highest possible levels of measured sustainability, with the intention to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council and will also meet the state's CALGreen Tier 2 threshold for overall sustainability and energy efficiency. (Source: California Department of General Services, Automotive Testing Technology, March 1, 2018) Contact: California Department of General Services, (916) 376-5000, www.dgs.ca.gov/dgs/home.aspx; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  Vehicle Emissions,  California Air Resources Board,  


    Houston Advanced Research Center Wins LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    Houston Advanced Research Center
    Date: 2018-02-14
    In the Lone Star State, the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) reports it has been awarded LEED platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), pushing the center a step closer to becoming a Net Zero Energy Building.

    The key sustainable elements that contributed to the LEED platinum rating include:

  • Water stewardship -- Rainfall runoff from the roof and parking lot of HARC is directed toward vegetated bioswales. The bioswales feature native and water smart plants and run adjacent to the preserved forest habitats. Natural and restored habitats facilitate landscape regeneration. Low-flow water fixtures in the building are calibrated to reduce potable water use.

  • Energy efficiency -- The facility features geothermal heat exchange, a high-performance building envelope and rain screen, appropriately sized mechanical and air distribution systems, and daylighting and rooftop solar photovoltaics.

  • Materials reduction -- Building design seeks to lessen the carbon footprint of the structural systems, as well as minimize layers of finished materials where possible; exposed structure and polished concrete floors are examples of strategies employed. Thirty-one pct of building materials were locally sourced and building finishes were low in volatile organic compound (VOC) content, and 88 pct of waste generated during construction was recycled.

    HARC is a nonprofit research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air and water issues. (Source: HARC, USGBC, ProudGreenBuilding,Daily Telescope, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Houston Advanced Research Center, Lisa Gonzalez, Pres., CEO, (281) 364-6000, www.harcresearch.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Houston Advanced Research Center,  LEED Platinum,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  


  • Virginia Environmental Center LEED Platinum Certified (Ind. Report)
    Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) Environmental Center
    Date: 2018-01-17
    In the Old Dominion State, Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) Environmental Center reports receipt of the US Green Building Council's LEED Platinum Certification for new construction energy efficiency. The center is the first building in the city of Alexandria and Fairfax County to achieve LEED Platinum.

    A few of the facility's sustainability highlights include:

  • 13 pct of the building's total energy use comes from renewable energy sources;
  • 24 pct of its construction products were derived from recycled materials; and
  • 36 pct reduction in potable water use. (Source: Alexandria Renew Enterprises Environmental Center, USGBC, ProudGreen Building, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: AlexRenew, Karen Pallansch, CEO, (703) 549-3381, https://alexrenew.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


  • NYC 10 Hudson Yards Awarded LEED Platinum Status (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-01-05
    In the Big Apple, the largest private real estate development in U.S. history, Oxford Properties Group's 18 million-square-foot, 52-story, 10 Hudson Yards project in Manhattan, is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council's highest rating for sustainable buildings -- Platinum Certification.

    The $20 billion mixed-use property sustainability and energy efficiency features include: 1.2 MW of gas-fired micro turbines that generate power and hot and chilled water twice as efficiently as traditional systems; storm water retention tank that harvests rainwater for irrigating the property’s terrace landscaping; 100 pct raised flooring for improved temperature control and cleaner air; an operation and energy control center that coordinates building performance, and other features. (Source: USGBC, Commercial Property Exec., 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: 10 Hudson Yards, Related Hudson Yards LLC, L. Jay Cross, Pres., 212-801-1000, www.relatedusa.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Santa Monica College PhysEd Center Wins USGBC Platinum (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2017-12-15
    In the Golden State, Santa Monica College reports its new Core Performance Center physical education facility has scored US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Platinum certification in the New Construction category.

    The new 63,500-square foot, three-story Core Performance Center, which features a fitness center, modern dance studios, classrooms, athletic locker rooms, offices and a climbing wall, was awarded the highest points on the USGBC scorecard "for innovation and regional priority." It also won top scores in energy and atmosphere, indoor environmental quality and water efficiency, which is provided by a closed-loop, central cooling plant.

    The CPC is the college's first LEED Platinum-rated building, with two others -- the Information Technology Building and the Humanities and Social Services Building (HSS) -- holding LEED Silver status. (Source: Santa Monica Lookout, 12 Oct., 2017) Contact: Santa Monica College, www.surfsantamonica.com; USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  


    Infomart Data Center Wins USGBC LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,Infomart Data Center
    Date: 2017-11-01
    Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale data center provider, reports its Portland, Oregon data center has achieved U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum® certification, the highest rating offered by the USGBC. The facility is the first data center in the state to win LEED certification.

    Infomart Portland achieved LEED Platinum certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The facility uses Direct Access rights to source hydro-electric power from the Bonneville Power Administration and has cut its CO2 emissions by 96 pct when compared to the national utility average. Infomart Portland claims a 99 pct efficient Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.16 in full economization mode, 100 pct aisle containment, and natural cooling methods to run the facility at least 70 pct of the year. (Source: Infomat Data Centers, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Informat Data Centers, www.infomartdatacenters.com; USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    CARB Touts New UC Riverside Emissions Testing HQ (Ind. Report)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2017-10-30
    In the Golden State, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports the groundbreaking of its $419 million joint southern California headquarters and research and testing facility that will also be the board's Southern California headquarters at University of California Riverside.

    The 380,000-square-foot "state-of-the-Art" facility will be certified LEED Platinum, as well as the nation's single largest net-zero energy structure, according to CARB. Construction is slated to get underway in February. (Source: UC Riverside, California ARB, UCR Today, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: UC Riverside, Richard Chang, (951) 827-5893, rchang@ucr.edu; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  UC Riverside,  



    Date: 2017-10-29
    California Air Resources Board Breaks Ground on Facility at UCR UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony for the California Air Resources Board’s test and research facility. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) broke ground Friday on a key $419 million research and testing facility that will also be the board’s Southern California headquarters.

    The Air Resources Board played an instrumental role in uncovering the emissions defeat device installed by German car manufacturer Volkswagen on some of its vehicles, resulting in a worldwide scandal. The 380,000-square-foot square facility has been billed as state-of-the-art and will be certified LEED Platinum, considered the highest level of energy efficiency for building standards. The building will also be the nation’s single largest net-zero energy structure, according to CARB, which means it will produce as much energy as it uses. Solar panels on the rooftop and over the parking lot will supply at least 3.5 megawatts of electricity. Construction at the site is slated to begin in February. (Source: UC Riverside, California ARB, UCR Today, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: UC Riverside, Richard Chang, (951) 827-5893, rchang@ucr.edu


    PepsiCo HQ Awarded USGBC LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,C1S Group
    Date: 2017-10-27
    Dallas-headquartered engineering and construction firm C1S Group reports it has begun energy efficiency related LEED standard renovation to multinational snack food and beverage giant PepsiCo's Purchase, New York, headquarters. Scheduled work includes electrical and mechanical systems, flooring, carpeting, lighting, ceiling, HVAC systems, among other renovations to meet US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification standards that are expected to save PepsiCo $215,000 per year in energy costs. Before the work began, the facility had an Energy Star score of 89.

    Project highlights include:

  • 85 pct of construction waste was recycled during renovation;
  • total greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 1,230 tpy of per year;
  • an alternative transportation program was implemented, eliminating 34 pct of total commuting trips through vanpools, employee use of public transportation and fuel-efficient vehicles;
  • high efficiency indoor water fixtures were installed throughout the facility reducing consumption by 41 pct. (Source: C1S Group, Construction & Demolition Recycling, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: C1S Group, (972) 386-7005, https://c1sinc.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


  • 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, www.bcpavco.com; Canada Green Building Council Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CaGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    priMED Centre Scores CaGBC LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    priMED Medical Products,CaGBC
    Date: 2017-10-13
    Edmonton, Alberta-headquartered global medical product manufacturer, priMED Medical Products, Inc. (priMED) reports it has been awarded Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification for the priMED Mosaic Centre -- the northernmost net-zero energy commercial building in the world.

    In addition to its water efficiency, material selection and innovative design, the priMED Mosaic Centre includes: multi-media conference rooms, "huddle" spaces, a 12 meter Living Wall, electric vehicle charging stations, an exterior garden and courtyard and other features. (Source: primed, Newswire, 10 Oct., 2017 Contact: priMED Medical Products, David Welsh, President and CEO, (780) 497-7600, www.primed.ca; Canada Green Building Council Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

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


    Amber Trails Tagged Canada's Greenest School (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-10-09
    The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools named the newly-constructed,, 78,000 square-foot Amber Trails Community School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the winner of the annual CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competition. The CaGBC Greenest School jury is comprised of green building industry experts from across the country.

    The school achieved more than a 50 pct reduction in water use, more than 68 pct in energy savings and a lower carbon footprint with a combination of geothermal heating and cooling, radiant floor heating, low-flow fixtures and other initiatives. The school received LEED Platinum certification in 2016, and won the CaGBC's Excellence in Green Building for New Construction award in May 2017.. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, Oct., 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, CaGBC , Thomas Mueller, CEO, Pres., , (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

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


    Toyota's Plano Texas HQ Earns LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    Toyota,USGBC
    Date: 2017-09-25
    In the Lone Star State, Toyota Motor North American (TMNA) headquarters campus in Plano reports it has achieved U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Platinum certification -- the most widely used green building rating system in the world. The new Toyota HQ campus is the largest commercial LEED Platinum project in Texas, to date.

    The 100-acre campus incorporates renewable energy, repurposed rainwater, recycling, sustainable landscaping and other LEED qulifying energy efficiency features. (Source: Toyota Noryh America, PR, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: Toyota North America, Amanda Roark, (469) 292-2636, www.toyota.com; USGBC Texas Chapter, Jonathan Kraatz, Exec. Dir., (214) 571-9244, www.usgbc.org

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


    Citigroup Pledges 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2020 (Ind. Report)
    Citigroup
    Date: 2017-09-22
    NYC-headquartered financial services giant Citigroup reports it will be powered by 100 pct renewable energy by 2020. The company is looking at onsite power generation, power purchase agreements and renewable energy credits to help reach its goal.

    Citigroup owns or leases over 57 million square feet of real estate in over 7,900 properties including its new NYC global headquarters currently under construction to LEED Platinum energy efficiency certification standards.

    Citi is joining the global "R100" initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP and part of the We Mean Business Coalition. (Source: Citigroup, Energy Mgr., Other Media, 19 Sept., 2017)Contact: Citigroup Inc., www.citigroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Citigroup,  


    Historic San Francisco Office Bldg. Earns LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    US GBC
    Date: 2017-09-18
    In San Francisco, the national commercial real estate firm Swig Company reports its historic San Francisco Mills Building and two adjacent properties have been awarded LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Mills Building is thought to be the oldest commercially-owned, multi-tenant building in the Bay Area to be awarded the USGBC certification.

    The Mills Building energy efficient features include: plumbing system to reduce water consumption; an indoor air quality program; green cleaning policies; low-energy LED lighting and sensor automation features; recycling and composting; electric vehicles charging stations and other features. (Source: The Swig Co,, Commercial Property Exec., 14 Sept., 2017) Contact: Swig Co., (415) 291-1100, www.swigco.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Delta Americas HQ Wins CBE Livable Buildings Award (Ind. Report)
    Delta Americas ,UC Berkley's Center for the Built Environment
    Date: 2017-09-06
    Fremont, California-headquartered power and thermal management solutions specialist Delta Americas is reporting its headquarters building has been honored by UC Berkley's Center for the Built Environment (CBE), earning an Honorable Mention in its 2017 Livable Buildings Award program.

    The LEED Platinum certified net-zero-energy HQ building's sustainable design and high quality-of-life properties were instrumental in its receiving the honor.

    Based on its calculated energy usage in 2016, the HQ building's Energy Use Intensity (EUI) achieved 21.6, indicating the facility saved 90 pct more energy than traditional buildings (Average EUI: 212)*1. In July of this year, the building achieved full net-zero operation, with its solar energy generation surpassing consumption.

    The Delta America Headquarters utilizes many of Delta's own technologies, such as its solar PV inverters, energy-savings variable frequency drives, elevator power regeneration technologies, a wireless outdoor LED lighting system, InfraSuite Datacenter infrastructure solutions, electric vehicle charging solutions, and building automation management and Delta Energy Online software. In 2016, Delta was recognized by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) for its Climate Change Leadership Level. (Source: Deltas America, PR, IBN, 31 Aug., 2017) :Contact: Deltas America, M.S. Huang, Pres., www.deltaww.com; UC Berkley Center for the Built Environment, (510) 642-4950, cbe@berkeley.edu, www.cbe.berkeley.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UC BerkleyCenter for the Built Environment,  Delta Americas ,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Washington D.C. World's First Platinum LEED City (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2017-09-06
    In Washington, D.C., the Office of the Mayor and the US Green Building Council are reporting the nation's capital city, Washington D.C., is the first city in the world to receive LEED for Cities Platinum Leadership Certification -- the highest award the USGBC bestowes upon cities.

    Washington, D.C. had a total of 120 LEED-certified projects and more square feet of LEED space per capita than any state in 2016. Per resident, the District had 29.04 certified gross square footage of green buildings in 2016, compared to top state Massachusetts' 3.73 certified gross square footage per capita.

    D.C. has also adopted Climate Ready DC, a plan to help the city deal with the consequences of climate and severe weather patterns. (Source: Washington D.C. Office of the Mayor, USGBC, Sept., 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org Washington D.C. Office of the Mayor, https://mayor.dc.gov

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


    CEI HQ Wins LEED Platinum for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Coastal Enterprises Inc,USGBC
    Date: 2017-08-16
    Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI) reports that its new headquarters in Brunswick, Maine has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for commercial building energy-efficiency and sustainability.

    The CEI building energy efficiency features include energy-efficient lighting, heating, cooling and mechanical systems, insulation, and a rooftop solar array that generate more than half of the buildings electric power. The CEI headquarters is the sixth new commercial project in Maine to receive a LEED platinum designation. (Source: Coastal Enterprises Inc., Portland Press, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Coastal Enterprises Inc., (207) 504-5900, www.ceimaine.org; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Manatee Earns Fla. Green Building First (Ind. Report)
    Florida Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-08-14
    In the Sunshine State, Manatee County reports it is the first county in Florida to earn LEED Platinum certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition. In 2011 the county earned LEED Silver certification.

    Among the programs noted by the FGBC in Manatee County are the county's use of an energy efficient downtown chiller plant, a transition to single-stream recycling as the Manatee Library, expansion of the county's "green practices" staff, cutting city landfill energy costs and the launch of numerous other energy efficiency initiatives and projects. (Source: Manatee County, SRQ, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: US Green Building Council, Manatee County , Diana Robinson, Energy Manager, (941) 784-4501, www.mymanatee.org; Florida Green Building Coalition , Exec. Dir., C.J. Davila, (407) 777-4914, floridagreenbuilding.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification. Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Independence Utilities Center Earns LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    Burns & McDonnell
    Date: 2017-07-24
    In the Show Me State, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) reports it has awarded LEED Platinum certification for energy efficiency and water conservation to the Independence (Missouri) Utilities Center. The Kansas City-based firm Burns & McDonnell delivered architectural, engineering and construction services for a full-scale renovation of the 47,500 square-foot building which was completed in October 2016. The building has also been recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as a winner of a Capstone Award in the green design category.

    Key additions and energy efficiency improvements include: new wall and roof insulation, thermal windows, aluminum exterior panels and sun shades, a "cool" white roof to reduce heat gain; high efficiency HVAC and new LED lighting; rooftop solar array and wind turbine capable of providing 15 pct of the building's annual energy needs; improved ventilation; energy recovery; heat pump; and others. The combination of systems makes the building 51 pct more efficient than a comparable baseline building. (Source: Burns & McDonnell, PR, 20 July, 2017)Contact: Burns & McDonnell, www.burnsmcd.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  

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