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Henrico County Lauded for Energy Efficiency Effort (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council,Virginia Energy Efficiency Council
Date: 2020-06-01
In the Old Dominion State, Henrico County and the University of Virginia are being lauded by the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council and the US Green Building Council for innovation in their efforts to improve energy efficiency in schools, libraries, university construction and government buildings. The two green-building programs received the council's fifth Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards last month.

The county program included building or renovating 16 government buildings and schools to LEED certification standards since 2011, and the county is pursuing certification of LEED Silver or higher on six current projects. The efforts are credited with reducing energy consumption by approximately 30 pct, according to a release. (Source: Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, Richmond BizSense, June, 2020) Contact: Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, 804-464-8233,; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

Virginia Energy Efficiency Awards Announced (Ind. Report)
Virginia Energy Efficiency Council
Date: 2020-05-19
In the Old Dominion State, the Richmond-based Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) reports it has recognized Henrico County and the University of Virginia with its fifth annual Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards.

Henrico County was recognized the construction or renovation of 16 government buildings and schools to LEED certification standards since 2011. The county is also pursuing certification of LEED Silver or higher on six current projects that will cut energy consumption by approximately 30 percent.

The University of Virginia's Delta Force Program was recognized for achieving energy efficiency and for its $17.4 million in energy efficiency projects for a savings of $28.7 million in energy costs and 180,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions since 2009. (Source: VAEEC, NBC12, 17 May, 2020) Contact: VAEEC, Cheslea Mamish, Exec. Dir., 804-464-8233,

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

Pittsburgh U Dorm Earns USGBC LEED Silver Cert. (Ind. Report)
University of Pittsburgh
Date: 2020-03-25
In the Keystone State, the University of Pittsburgh is reporting its $17-million, 170-bed Livingston Alexander House residence hall in Bradford has earned US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification for green construction practices, water and energy efficiency, high-efficiency HVAC and thermal glass and insulation to reduce the building's energy consumption by 30 pct over standard construction.

The 3-story dormitory also utilizes renewable energy, organic compounds and furnishings made from recycled materials. (Source: University of Pittsburgh, PR, 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: University of Pittsburgh, Rhett Kennedy, Dir. Auxiliary Services, 412-624-4141,; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

RenewAire Plant Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-12-04
Waunakee, Wisconsin-based RenewAire reports its 111,000-square-foot, 35 year-old HVAC manufacturing plant has achieved LEED Gold certification in the “Optimize Energy Performance” category in. received 60 out of a possible 110 points for its efforts. Of the 60 points awarded, RenewAire received 14 in the. The ERVs and DOAS processes, which reduce cooling/heating loads and result in smaller chillers and boilers and less refrigerants, earned two points in the refrigerant management category. Other energy performance credits came from LED lighting, which cut lighting costs by 50 pct compared to industrial/office space lighting.

RenewAire has previously received two Green Globes and a LEED Silver certification for its former headquarters, a 32,000-square-foot Madison-based indoor soccer stadium it retrofitted in 2005 for its manufacturing headquarters. (Source: RenewAire, PR, HVAC, Dec., 2019) Contact: RenewAire, Chuck Gates, CEO, (800) 627-4499,; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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RCN Housing Constructed to U.S. Unified Facility Criteria (Ind. Report)
Royal Canadian Navy
Date: 2019-11-18
Montreal-based international engineering and construction firm reports The Royal Canadian Navy's new 12-story Tribute Tower housing facility at CFB Stadacona in Halifax has been awarded Canadian Green Building Council LEED Silver certification.

The $65 million construction contract was awarded to a Design Build Joint Venture partnership of SNC-Lavalin Construction and Aecon Atlantic in 2013 but was constructed by Pomerleau. Architecture and LEED consulting services were provided by A49 of Halifax.

Additionally, SNC-Lavalin collaborated with Texas-based Protection Engineering Consultants to design Tribute Tower in accordance with the United States Unified Facility Criteria (UFC) 4-023-03 standard, making it the first Canadian structure built to this standard. (Source: SNC Lavalin, Daily Commercial News, Contact: SNC Lavalin,; United States Unified Facility Criteria,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SNC-Lavalin ,  LEED Certification,  Canadian Green Building Coucil,  

Twins Win USGBC LEED Silver Sustainability Certification (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Twins , USGBC
Date: 2019-11-01
In the baseball world, the Minnesota Twins are reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification for sustainability. The certification was in recognition of the team organization's contributions to green building and sustainability in the sports industry.

The Twins were the first professional sports franchise to earn LEED Silver for both new construction and operations and maintenance, receiving those distinctions in 2010 and 2011, respectively, following the opening of Target Field and the team's first two seasons in their home ballpark. The Twins earned LEED Gold for facility operations and maintenance in 2017 and was recertified in 2019. (Source: Minnesota Twins, Ballpark Digest, Oct., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

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

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, /

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

Virginia School Board Questions LEED Standards ROI (Ind. Report)
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,

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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,

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Minnesota Twins Ballpark LEED Gold Re-certified (Ind. Report)
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)
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,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

  • 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,

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Leed Gold,  

  • C-PACE Financing for $10Mn Calif. Multi-Unit Project (Funding)
    Date: 2019-01-16
    Campbell, California -headquartered C-PACE project financing developer K2 Clean Energy Capital, LLC,is reporting the closing of a $10 million PACE transaction for a 102-unit multi-family housing development in Oakland -- the largest C-PACE funding for a new construction project in the multi-family sector reported to date by the national PACE organization .

    The C-PACE financing will fund multiple measures including roofing & insulation, HVAC systems, energy-efficient LED lighting, water efficiency, seismic measures and will contribute to the project goal of obtaining LEED Silver or Gold certification. (Source: K2 Clean Energy Capital, PR, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: C -PACE,; K2 Clean Energy Capital LLC, Stephen Tsu, co-founder and Managing Director , Jonathan Pickering, Managing Director,,

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    Wyndham HQ Wins LEED Gold Recertification (Ind. Report)
    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, US GReen Building Council
    Date: 2018-10-26
    New Jersey-based Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold recertification for the company's headquarters in Parsippany, N.J. The Wyndham headquarters building won its first LEED Silver Certification for Corporate Interiors in 2010, a second Silver certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) in 2013, and this recent Gold EBOM recertification, which was earned through water reduction, green cleaning and indoor air quality management.

    Wyndham achieved Gold LEED recertification through site related credits that included: open habitat and biodiversity protection; storm water management; water efficient landscaping and related improvements. Over the past five years, the Wyndham headquarters building also improved its score for energy efficiency through the U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR program.

    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is the world's largest hotel franchising company, with nearly 9,000 hotels across more than 80 countries on six continents. (Source: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, PR, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Mary Falvey, CEO,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; ENERGY STAR,,

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

    EQUATE HQ Awarded Kuwait's 1st LEED Silver Certification (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-21
    In Kuwait, the EQUATE Group, a global producer of petrochemicals and the world's second largest producer of Ethylene Glycol, reports it new headquarters has been awarded Kuwait's first LEED-Silver Building Design & Construction (BD+C) certification for its compliance with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED program.

    EQUATE's 16,500 square-meter headquarters building conserves energy consumption by reducing water usage by 36 pct, utilizing solar energy to generate around 8 pct of the total building consumption, and achieving energy cost savings of 26 pct. (Source: Equate, PR, albawaba, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Equate,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

    Notre Dame Facilities Win USGBC LEED Gold Status (Ind. Report)
    University of Notre Dame,USGBC
    Date: 2018-03-16
    In South Bend, Indiana, the University of Notre Dame reports its newly constructed Flaherty Hall and Dunne Hall residences have been awarded USGBC LEED Gold certification for energy efficiency. The two new buildings each consume 28 pct less energy for heating and cooling, than similar buildings.

    The buildings incorporate high-efficiency faucets, showerheads and toilets, and consume about 45 - 50 pct less water than a similar new building. Both buildings sourced more than one-third of the building materials locally and used materials with more than 20 pct of recycled content. All materials, such as paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, flooring systems and agrifiber products were certified as low-emitting.

    Since 2011, the University of Notre Dame has earned eight LEED gold certifications, three LEED silver certifications and multiple other LEED certifications. (Source: University of Notre Dame, ProudGreenBuilding, USGBC, Mar., 2018) Contact: University of Notre Dame,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

    ezStorage Scores First Self-Storage Project LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-02-28
    Columbia, Maryland-headquartered ezStorage Corporation is reporting receipt of USGBC LEED Silver level certification for its Burtonsville self-storage location under USGBC's LEED v4 BD+C: Warehouse and Distribution Center rating system.

    The Burtonsville location, which was constructed from the ground up to meet LEED v4 requirements, is ezStorage's 3rd location to receive a LEED certification. (Source: USGBC, ezStorage Corp., PR, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: ezStorage, (443) 539-3000,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

    Penn State Landmark Awarded LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
    US GBC
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In University Park, Penn State University reports it recently renovated iconic Steidle Building has earned US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification. The building as designed and constructed by renowned U.S. architect Charles Klauder in 1929.

    Steidle Building improvements -- which helped secure LEED Silver certification -- include: implementation of energy-efficient systems; structural improvements; extensive use of recycled materials; HVAC occupancy sensors; LED lighting with occupancy sensors and ability to self-adjust based on natural light; double glazed windows; increased interior and exterior wall and roof insulation insulation; low-flow energy-efficient fume hoods and snorkels; and others. (Source: Penn State News, Jan., 2018) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

    Edmonton NHL Arena Scores Canadian LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-01-05
    On the Canadian Prairies, the city of Edmonton's Rogers Place arena reports it has recently became the first National Hockey League (NHL) facility in Canada to achieve Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) LEED Silver certification. The Rogers Place and its adjacent facilities were designed and constructed to meet LEED Silver energy efficiency certification including developmental density, community connectivity, and alternative transportation. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, ProudGreenBuilding, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184,,

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

    Santa Monica College PhysEd Center Wins USGBC Platinum (Ind. Report)
    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,; USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  

    Ketchum Hotel Scores LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-12-13
    The 99-room Limelight Hotel in downtown Ketchum, Idaho, reports it has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency and sustainability.

    The hotel's LEED qualifying sustainable features and practices include: heat-rejecting technology to block solar gain and reduce air conditioning; extensive use of recycled materials throughout, including roof, carpeting and ceramic tiles as well as FSC-certified reclaimed wood; the use of environmentally safe cleaning supplies, and others. (Source: Limelight Hotel, Hotel Management, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: Limelight Hotel, Mark Vogele, project manager,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  

    Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Scores LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-12-11
    In Alabama, Chance Partners, developer of the Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Downtown reports the hotel has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver Certification.

    The 91 guest room hotel scored LEED Silver status through incorporation of a highly reflective TPO roof which reduces the hotel's heat island effect, installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout to cut water consumption by at least 35 pct compared to LEED baseline metrics. Additionally, the hotel's energy model design reduces energy costs over 28 pct compared to ASHRAE 90.1-2007 baseline. The hotel's construction is composed of 35 pct recycled material and 44 pct regionally sourced materials and received credit for incorporating public transportation access with the hotel's location in downtown Tuscaloosa. (Source: Chance Partners, LLC, PR, 8 Dec., 20170 Contact: Chance Partners,; USGBC,

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

    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,,

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    Kent State Univ. Sciences Bldg. Expects LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,Kent State University
    Date: 2017-09-18
    In the Buckeye State, Kent State University is touting the opening of its new $2 million Integrated Sciences Building at the university's science mall in Kent, Ohio. The 66,000-square-foot, open design Integrated Sciences Building building is slated to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver sustainable design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. (Source: Kent State Univ.,, 13 Sept., 2017) Contact: Kent State Univ., www.kent.edi/cas; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

    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,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

    Toronto Hospital Awarded for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Toronto Hydro,Michael Garron Hospital
    Date: 2017-09-15
    In Toronto, the Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) has received $200,000 in incentive funding from the municipal power utility Toronto Hydro for achieving excellent energy savings and contributing to Ontario's conservation targets with its new, upgraded cooling tower system which will be constructed to LEED silver certification standards.

    The hospital reports will continue to work in partnership with Toronto Hydro to ensure site preparations for the new patient care tower meet energy efficiency standards. (Source: Toronto Hydro, Inside Toronto, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Toronto Hydro, Joe Bile, Manager of Conservation Demand Management Program Delivery and Business Development, (416) 542-8000,; Michael Garron Hospital, (416) 461-8272,; Canada Green Building Council Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184,

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

    Watertown Mass. Examines Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    Watertown Mass., USGBC
    Date: 2017-09-11
    In the Bay State, the Watertown Town Council is considering major changes in energy efficiency standards that would require new buildings in all Watertown commercial corridors to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard.

    Currently, the town only requires projects to attain LEED Silver if they fall under the Regional Mixed-Use District (RMUD) and need site plan review. Meanwhile, mixed-use developments in several other commercial districts need to be certifiable for the less-rigorous LEED Bronze standard. The benchmark for mandatory LEED compliance will likely still be for buildings that need site plan review, rather than smaller projects. According to Magoon, the Department of Community Development and Planning will craft language for an amendment requiring the LEED Silver standard citywide. (Source: Wicked Local Watertown. 7 Sept, 2017) Contact: Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning, Steve Magoon, Director of Community Development and Planning,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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

    Whirlpool Wins LEED Green Building Certifications (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-08-21
    Benton Harbor, Michigan-headquartered Whirlpool Corporation reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED® Certification for two of its recent building projects. The company's North American HQ Riverview Campus won LEED Gold certification for Phase 3 of its development, and the Global Headquarters building scored LEED Silver certification. These are Whirlpool's 14th and 15th LEED-certified projects totaling more than 9.4 million square-feet since 2009.

    Energy efficient features include; ultra low-flow washroom fixtures and faucets to reduce water usage; a central heating and cooling plant with a building management system; high-efficiency interior and exterior lighting; extensive green space; waste recycling; facilites to encourage low carbon transportation, and other initiatives. alternative transportation (Source: Whirlpool Corporation, PR, 17 Aug., 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,; Whirlpool Corp., (292) 923-5000,

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

    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,; Florida Green Building Coalition , Exec. Dir., C.J. Davila, (407) 777-4914,

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    1858 Vintage Bucknell Building Scores LEED Silver (Ind. Report)
    Bucknell University,USGBC
    Date: 2017-07-24
    In Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Bucknell University reports its second-oldest on campus building -- Roberts Hall constructed in 1858 -- has been awarded US GReen Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency. According to the university, energy consumption dropped by 30 pct with the recently completed building restoration, addition of central air conditioning and extensive energy related upgrades. The work included the almost complete replacement of the building's exterior walls, new metal roofing, all new plumbing with low-flow fixtures, new double-paned, argon-filled vwindows, new HVAC, LED Lighting and occupancy sensors, smart thermostats and others. Roberts is the eighth LEED certifield building on the Bucknell campus. (Source: Bucknell University, 20 July, 2017) Contact: Bucknell University,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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