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Tallahassee Scores USGBC LEED Gold for Cities (Ind. Report)
U.S. Green Building Council
Date: 2021-06-07
In the Sunshine State, the state capital City of Tallahassee (pop. 195,000) reports it has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold for Cities certification.

To earn City LEED Gold certification, the City conducted an in-depth, cross-departmental data analysis and evaluation related to its strategic sustainability and resilience efforts. Following the receipt of a partial grant from USGBC in 2019, the city established a team to begin coordinating the certification of the City through the global LEED for Cities program. The following initiatives helped the City earn certification:

  • Integrative Planning -- The City received the maximum number of points available for its comprehensive planning and leadership.

  • Natural Systems and Ecology -- The City was awarded the maximum number of points available for its ecosystem assessment, green spaces availability, natural resource conservation and resilience planning.

  • Transportation and Land Use -- The City was awarded the maximum number of points available for its historical site preservation policies. It also received points for its transportation performance.

  • Water Performance -- The City earned LEED points for its annual water consumption per capita data and progressive water management policies.

  • Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions -- The City was awarded the maximum number of points available for energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management, which included an assessment of Tallahassee’s per capita and total GHG emissions. The City also earned points for its renewable energy generation and declining GHG intensity (GHG relation to GDP). Lastly, the City received the maximum points allowed for its net metering practices.

  • Innovation -- The City received the maximum number of points available for its innovative approaches to advancing sustainability and resiliency.

  • Regional Priority -- The City received regional priority credits for membership and participation in the Capital Area Sustainability Compact, its disaster preparation efforts, initiatives to reduce housing insecurity, as well as the City's significant efforts to protect Wakulla Springs. (Source: City of Tallahassee, June, 2021) Contact: City of Tallahassee, www.talgov.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Green Building Council,  LEED for Cities,  


  • JTA Transportation Hub Wins USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,LEED
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In the Sunshine State, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) reports its 67,000-square-foot multimodal transportation hub -- Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla -- has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

    The JRTC at LaVilla received 63 out of 65 eligible credits for the Build Design and Construction category, which is used for new constructions or major renovations of existing spaces. LEED Gold certification requires between 60-79 credits.

    JRTC at LaVilla facility's energy efficiency LEED qualifying features include: LED lighting complete with occupancy sensors, dimming and daylight harvesting; low-flow plumbing fixtures; energy-efficient HVAC systems; an indoor air quality management plan; heat reflective cool roof; bio-swales, rain gardens and bio-retention areas to pre-treat surface water runoff from the site and reduce water used for irrigation by 50 pct; and other features. (Source: Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), PR, June, 2021) Contact: Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), 904-630-3181, www.jtafla.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Equinix Touts New Data Center Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Equinix, USGBC
    Date: 2021-06-02
    In the Golden State, Redwood City-based Equinix, Inc. , the world's largest digital infrastructure company, is reporting the expected June 30th opening of its SV11 Data Center, the company's newest fuel-cell powered International Business Exchange&trade ; (IBX) data center at its Great Oaks campus in San Jose.

    The $142 million SV11 facility is targeting US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification with an ultra-low design average annual Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.17, a renewable energy procurement strategy and the use of energy-efficient systems throughout. Additionally, with expansion of the current Bloom Energy fuel cells, the campus is planned for 20 MW of capacity, and will be the first time Equinix will use the system as primary generation with utility electrical grid and generators as backup sources. (Source: Equinix Inc., PR, 2 June, 2021) Contact: Equinix, 866-378-4649, support@equinix.com www.equinix.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Bloom Energy,  Energy Storage,  Fuel Cell,  Energy Efficiency,  


    DOE Better Bldgs. Initiative Saves $13.5Bn (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-05-28
    According to a new report released today, the U.S. DOE Better Buildings Initiative, in collaboration with nearly 1,000 businesses, government, and other partners, saved $13.5 billion in energy costs and more than 130 million metric tons of carbon emissions in the past year -- equivalent to the greenhouse gases emitted by 28.2 million vehicles in a single year.

    Since 2011, the Better Buildings Initiative has partnered with public and private sector leaders to make the nation's homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment in energy related upgrades,products and sharing best practices. The 2021 Better Buildings Progress Report outlines the progress and collaboration of Better Buildings partners, which represent more than 30 of the country's Fortune 100 companies, 12 of the top 25 U.S. employers, 12 pct of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, 13 pct of total commercial building space, as well as 17 federal agencies, eight national laboratories, and more than 80 states and local governments.

    DOE also announced launching the Low Carbon Pilot, with more than 50 leading partners, including automakers, food service companies, universities, and local governments, working with DOE to share their experiences, successes, and challenges pursuing low-carbon strategies. The lessons learned help DOE and the broader energy market better understand the dynamics of emissions reduction, energy efficiency, cost savings, and resilience. Find the full list of partners participating in the Low Carbon Pilot HERE

    The DOE has also launched the latest iteration of the L-Prize, a $12 million competition to spur the development of next-generation LED lighting by incentivizing the manufacture and installation of LEDs. The first L-Prize, which was awarded 10 years ago to a LED replacement for the 60-watt bulb, helped lay the groundwork for products that now save Americans $14.7 billion per year in avoided energy costs.

    the Better Buildings Progress Report includes:

  • Financing for Energy Efficiency Projects -- Financial Allies, working with DOE, have extended more than $26 billion to date for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across a range of sectors and communities.

  • Generating Savings through Energy Management -- Partners in the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign closed out 2020 with a projected $95 million savings for participants annually through energy management information system technologies and ongoing monitoring practices.

  • Increasing Public and Private Better Buildings Partnerships -- More than 400 organizations are part of the Better Buildings Residential Network, which has completed nearly 300,000 home energy upgrades in the past year.

  • Recognizing High Performance and Healthy Buildings -- Green Lease Leaders are modernizing leases to spur collaborative action on energy efficiency, cost savings, improved air quality, and sustainability across nearly two billion square feet of building space. This DOE initiative is in partnership with the Institute for Market Transformation.

    Download DOE Better Buildings Initiative details HERE.

    Download the Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 17 May, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Green Building,  US DOE,  Better Buildings Initiative,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • USGBC Names LEED for Cities Prog. Participants (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-05-12
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is reporting selection of 15 cities or counties for its LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program which has contributed more than $1.75 million and helped 56 cities and counties pursue LEED certification since 2017.

    The Program funds are provided to reduce climate change and advance resilience and social equity by measuring and tracking performance using the LEED for Cities rating system. The Program also provides networking opportunities, technical assistance, access to educational resources, membership, registration and LEED certification with the fees waived.

    The cities/counties selected for the 2021 program are: Atlantic Beach, Florida; Billings, Montana; Claremont, California; Coral Gables, Florida; Durango, Colorado; Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Houston, Texas; Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; Long Beach, California; Pinellas County, Florida; Racine, Wisconsin; Tempe, Arizona; West Palm Beach, Florida and Wilmington, North Carolina.

    Since launching in 2016, LEED for Cities and Communities has certified more than 120 municipalities. LEED for Cities program details HERE. (Source: US Green Building Council, PR, ay, 2021) 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,  


    BrainBox AI Pilot Reports 25-29 pct Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    BrainBox
    Date: 2021-05-10
    Montreal-headquartered autonomous building technology specialist BrainBox AI reports it has partnered with GWL Realty Advisors to pilot its artificial intelligence (AI) technology in a GWL managed office tower and multi residential property in downtown Toronto.

    BrainBox AI uses deep learning, cloud-based computing, algorithms, and a proprietary process to support a 24/7 self-operating HVAC system that requires minimal human intervention and enables maximum energy efficiency.

    In the pilot project, the office tower saw a preliminary reduction in energy consumption of 29 pct on HVAC, with an expected reduction of its carbon emissions by 218 metric tpy. Accounting for 45 pct of buildings' energy consumption, HVAC systems are one of commercial real estat's leading contributors to energy usage and GHG emissions. The multi-residential building saw a preliminary reduction in energy consumption on HVAC of 25 pct avoiding 180 metric tpy of carbon emissions.

    BrainBox AI was created in 2017 with the goal of redefining building automation through artificial intelligence to be at the forefront of a green building revolution. BrainBox AI's technology is currently impacting over 100,000,000 sq. ft. of real estate across 16 countries. (Source: BrainBox, PR, May, 2021) Contact: BrainBox, 888 585 2630, www.brainboxai.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BrainBox,  Energy Efficiency,  


    USGBC Develops LEED Safety First Credits (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2021-05-03
    As part of its Healthy Economy strategy, the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched LEED Safety First credits that support project teams as they work toward reentry and safe operation. The Safety First Credits were designed to be "agile" and up-datable as more is known about the virus that causes COVID-19.

    Safety First LEED credits are helping building teams provide healthy spaces and assisting with building reentry. The credits outline sustainable best practices that align with public health and industry guidelines related to cleaning and disinfecting, workplace reoccupancy, HVAC and plumbing operations. The credits can be used by LEED projects that are certified or are undergoing certification.

    While all these measures are aimed at supporting how building design and operations can help mitigate the spread of disease, including the virus that causes COVID-19, they are also based on ensuring healthy indoor air and spaces even beyond the effects of a pandemic, and they could help frame future long-term updates to the LEED rating system.

    Download USGBC LEED Safety First details HERE. (Source: US Green Building Council, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: US Green Building Council, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    Safe Foods Scores LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-04-28
    North Little Rock, Arkansas-headquartered Safe Foods Corporation reports its global headquarters and innovation center has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED v4 Silver level of certification.

    Completed in 2019, the Safe Foods project is a complete renovation of a 133,128 square foot building consisting of blending, packaging, and warehousing areas on the first level while the upper levels are reserved for manufacturing, offices, and communal spaces. The LEED Silver certification of Safe Foods project incudes:

  • The installation of low mercury lighting and high-efficiency HVAC systems, saving almost 30 pct in energy costs per year over a comparable building of this size and use.

  • Low flow fixtures throughout the facility reduces the water used every year by 32 pct

  • The utilization of low emitting construction materials throughout

  • The preservation of 492,000 square feet of open space, retention of 93 pct of the existing structure, and others. (Source: Safe Foods, PR, 26 Apr., 2021) Contact: Safe Foods Corp., 501-758-8500, www.safefoods.net; USGBC, www.usgbc.org

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


  • Novus International Awarded LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In the Show Me State, livestock and food processor Novus International Inc. reports its new global headquarters in St. Charles has received the Platinum LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council .

    The 90,000-square-foot building incorporates: under-floor air distribution system, 5,000 square-foot solar array, salvaged and recycled material use in construction, and other energy efficiency features. (Source: Novus International, PR, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Novus International, www.novusint.com; US Green Building Council, www.usgbc.org

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


    Nexii Building Solutions Planning Pittsburgh Plant (Ind. Report)
    Nexii
    Date: 2021-04-26
    Vancouver, British Columbia-based green construction technology specialist Nexii Building Solutions Inc. is reporting plans to construct its sixth plant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the second in the United States. The new plant will also be the first built entirely from Nexii's proprietary, sustainable concrete alternative, Nexiite.

    The Nexiite composite results in the creation of sustainable buildings that are cost-efficient, use less energy and are resilient in the face of climate change. Nexii products are precision manufactured off-site and rapidly assembled on-site, reducing build times and construction costs. (Source: Nexii Building Solutions, PR, 26 Apr., 2021) Contact: Nexii Building Solutions, (778) 926-3944, www.nexii.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nexii Building Solutions news,  Concrete news,  Green Building news,  Sustainable Building news,  


    NASA Nails 2020 Green Bldg Initiative Award (Ind. Report)
    NASA,Green Building Initiative
    Date: 2021-04-23
    The Green Building Initiative (GBI) reports the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) Building 4221 in Huntsville, Alabama has won the 2020 Green Globes Project of the Year Award.

    The building was recognized for its innovative sustainability features that include: a customized stormwater management plan, cistern, and bioswales, stormwater capture and infiltration, reflective roof with a 120kW solar array, improved thermal envelope, high-efficiency glazing, and exterior shading. The project also includes a green cleaning program, temperature and humidity sensors to maintain thermal comfort and day-lighting in 94 pct of occupied space. During construction the project diverted 78 pct of on-site generated construction waste from landfills and 23 pct of the total construction materials contain recycled content from local sources and 92 pct of the lumber used in construction came from FSC-Certified forests.

    GBI is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer dedicated to improving building performance and reducing climate impacts. Founded in 2004, the organization is the global provider of the Green Globes® and federal Guiding Principles Compliance building certification and assessment programs, according to its website. (Source: Green Building Initiative, PR, 23 Apr., 2021) Contact: GBI, info@thegbi.org, www.thegbi.org

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


    USGBC 2021 Green Bldg. Community Survey Released (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,Green Business Certification
    Date: 2021-04-21
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) along with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) have released the results of the 2021 community survey designed to gather actionable feedback that can be used for USGBC and GBCI program development and to understand more about the needs of the green building and business community.

    Survey respondents see many opportunities stemming from the challenges of 2020, including the focus on health. Members see more demand for buildings to promote a healthy environment for occupants and more people understand the link between buildings and the environment, and how the connection impacts individual health and wellness. The largest opportunity identified through the survey is greater consumer demand for buildings to promote a healthy environment for occupants (35 pct). The connection the general public is making about the impact sustainability has on health and wellness (24 pct) and the importance of increased monitoring of indoor air quality (22 pct) were also identified as opportunities.

    The biggest pain points, the survey found, due to the pandemic are economic. No single pain point stands out, but the top issues relate to costs and reduced occupancy with financial pressures and tight budgets (23 pct), increased operational costs for health and safety protocols (22 pct), as well as a remote workforce (22 pct) and reduced/no occupancy (21 pct). The pandemic has also put a spotlight on indoor air quality with that being both the most important issue for the industry due to the pandemic and the biggest way to increase public trust in buildings.

    Download the USGBC and GBCI community survey 2021 report HERE. (Source: USGBC, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: USGBC, wwwusgbc.org; GBCI, www.gbci.org

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


    WashREIT Announces $350 Mn of Green Bonds for Eligible Green Bldgs Achieving BREEAM Certification (Ind. Report)
    BREEAM
    Date: 2021-04-21
    In Washington, DC, commercial and residential landlord WashREIT has announced an expansion of its $350 million Green Bond Framework for eligible green projects, including eight multifamily assets acquired in 2019. WashREIT intends to achieve BREEAM In-Use Very Good certifications for the majority of its real estate assets. Green Bond proceeds will be allocated to buildings that achieve BREEAM certification to address energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy projects.

    BREEAM is the world's leading sustainability assessment methodology for master-planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It recognizes and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction, through performance in operation, to refurbishment. BREEAM does this through third party certification of the assessment of an asset's environmental, social and economic sustainability performance, according to its website.

    WashREIT owns and operates 43 properties includes nearly 7,000 multifamily apartment units and approximately 3.4 million square feet of commercial space in Washington, DC.

    The global green bond market expected to exceed $ 1 trillion by the end of 2021. (Source: WashREIT, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: WashREIT, 202.774.3200, www.washreit.com; BREEAM USA, 415-747-5152, breeamusa@bregroup.com www.breeam.com/usa

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


    PEG Wins ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award (Ind. Report)
    PEG LLC, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2021-04-14
    Fairfax, Virginia-based energy efficiency, engineering, environmental, and management consulting firm PEG, LLC reports it has received the 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA and the U.S. DOE for the fifth consecutive year.

    PEG specializes in building energy performance, green building program compliance, building diagnostics, environmental and code compliance, thermal performance, HVAC design and operation, and construction defect.

    ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses avoid more than $450 billion in energy costs and achieve 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. (Source: PEG, LLC, PR, 13 Apr., 2021) Contact: PEG LLC, JoAnn Spence, President and CEO , www.pegenv.com: DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


    PSU $4.6Bn Endowment Aims for Net-zero Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Penn State University
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In the Keystone State, the Penn State University Office of Investments has announced it will eliminate greenhouse gas emissions associated with underlying investments, but not necessarily divesting fossil fuels, in Penn's $4.6 billion endowment by 2050.

    The goal supports efforts outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to reduce the world's net anthropogenic emissions to zero by 2050. This announcement builds upon Penn State's annual Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 report, released on Dec. 1, 2020, which summarized the University's latest progress in environmental sustainability made from 2019 to 2024 with a commitment to achieve a 100 pct carbon-neutral campus by 2042.

    Penn State has reduced its overall carbon emissions by 37.2 pct since 2009 and "greened" its physical footprint with 27 buildings achieving US Green Building Council LEED certification, 34 buildings having green roofs, and 14 acres of open space having been added through the creation of Penn Park. In 2020, the University signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the construction of two new solar energy facilities which will offset 75 pct of both the academic campus and the University of Pennsylvania Health System's electricity consumption through renewable energy. (Source: Penn State University, PR, The Pennsylvanian, Apr., 2021) Contact: Penn State University, 814-865-6528, www.bursar.psu.edu/endowments

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New-Zero Carbon Emissions,  


    ITC Windsor First LEED Zero Carbon Certified Hotel (Int'l.)
    USGBC
    Date: 2021-04-05
    India's "responsible luxury" hotel chain ITC Hotels reports its ITC Windsor Hotel in Bengaluru is the first hotel in the world to achieve LEED Zero Carbon certification from the US Green Building Council. ITC Hotels also notes its has more USGBC Platinum Certified Properties than any other hotel chain in the world.(Source: ITC Hotels, USGBC, PR, 1 April, 2021) Contact: ITC Windsor Hotel, www.itchotels.com/in/en/itcwindsor-bengaluru; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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

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


    Bay State Governor Inks Climate Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
    Mass. Climate Change
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Following up on our Jan. 6th coverage, Bay State Gov. Charlie Baker (D) has signed into law climate legislation committing Massachusetts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, establish interim emissions goals between now and the middle of the century, adopt energy efficiency standards for appliances, authorize another 2,400 MW of offshore wind power and address needs in environmental justice communities.

    The new law requires that greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 be at least 50 pct lower than 1990 emissions, and that 2040 emissions be at least 75 pct lower and that 2050 emissions be at least 85 pct below 1990 emissions. The remaining 15 pct will be achieved through carbon sequestration and carbon banking.

    The bill also requires the Department of Public Utilities to consider emissions reductions on an equal footing as its considerations of power generation reliability and affordability within 90 days, that the governor appoint three green building experts to the Board of Building Regulations and Standards, and that the administration establish the first-ever greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for the home energy efficiency program MassSave. (Source: Various Media, Sentinal Herald, 27 Mar., 2021)Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Charlie Baker,  Climate Change,  MassSave,  


    UK Green Homes Grant Funding Scheme Gets the Chop (Int'l. Report)
    UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2021-03-29
    In London, the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced its £1.5 billion Green Homes Grant voucher scheme, which was launch launched last July, will close on Wednesday, 31 March. The scheme will be replaced with a £ 300 million national home energy upgrades and low carbon heating program.

    The scheme, previously due to run until March next year, offered households grants of up to £5,000 -- £10,000 for those on low incomes -- to pay for insulation or low-carbon heating. More than 123,000 grant applications were made in February but only 28,000 vouchers issued and just 5,800 energy efficiency measures installed. (Source: UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), PR, Morning Star, 28 Mar., 2021) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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


    Mass. Climate Legislation Stresses Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
    Energy Eficiency
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Following up on our Jan. 6th coverage, Bay State Gov. Charlie Baker (D) has signed into law climate legislation committing Massachusetts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, establish interim emissions goals between now and the middle of the century, authorize another 2,400 MW of offshore wind power and address needs in environmental justice communities.

    The legislation also calls for the governor to: appoint three green building experts to the Board of Building Regulations and Standards; adopt energy efficiency standards for appliances; and establish the first-ever greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for the home energy efficiency program MassSave. (Source: Various Media, Sentinal Herald, 27 Mar., 2021)Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor; MassSave, (866) 527-7283, www.masssave.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  MassSave news,  Charlie Baker news,  


    Harvard Bldg. Complex LEED, Living Building Certified (Ind. Report)
    Harvard,USGBC, Living Building Challenge
    Date: 2021-03-19
    In the Bay State, Harvard University reports it's new 544,000 square-foot Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) in Allston has been awarded US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification. The complex also received the Living Building Challenge Petal certification.

    The certifications are in line with the university's Sustainability Plan to be fossil-fuel neutral by 2026 and fossil-fuel free by 2050. (Source: Harvard University, Harvard Crimson, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: Harvard University, Heather A. Henriksen, Office of Sustainability, www.green.harvard.edu; Living Building Challenge, www.living-future.org; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Harvard University,  US Green Building Council,  LEED,  Living Building Challenge,  


    Palm Coast Community Center Scores LEED Silver Cert. (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In the Sunshine State, the city of Palm Coast -- pop. 81,000 -- reports its recently expanded 21,000 square feet Community Center has received US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification for environmental sustainability and resource efficiency. The project earned LEED qualifying points for:
  • Location and Transportation -- surrounding density and diverse uses, bicycle facilities, reduced parking footprint, green vehicles;

  • Sustainable Sites -- construction activity pollution prevention, site assessment, open space, rainwater management, heat island reduction (reduce effects on human and wildlife habitats by reducing the impact of heat retaining components);

  • Water Efficiency -- outdoor water use reduction, indoor water use reduction, building-level water metering;

  • Energy and Atmosphere -- fundamental commissioning and verification, minimum energy performance, building-level energy metering, fundamental refrigerant management, optimize energy performance, enhanced commissioning (verifying the training of the staff and testing to operate the energy and water systems), enhanced refrigerant management (reduce ozone depletion by minimizing the emission of harmful compounds), green power and carbon offsets (100 pct of the total building energy consumption is offset by the use of renewable energy sources);

  • Materials and Resources -- storage and collection of recyclables, construction and demolition waste management planning, building life-cycle impact reduction (reuse or salvage at least 25 pct of the materials for the building), product disclosure and optimization -- environmental product declarations (utilize products and materials that have environmental, economical, and socially preferred life-cycle impacts), product disclosure and optimization -- material ingredients (Install materials that have a minimum level of recycled content), construction and demolition waste management (reduce construction waste that is disposed of in landfills);

  • Indoor Environmental Quality -- minimum IAQ performance, environmental tobacco smoke control, enhanced IAQ strategies (utilize mechanically and naturally ventilated ideals to promote occupant comfort), low-emitting materials (reduce concentrations for chemical contaminants), construction IAQ management plan (promote the well-being of the construction workers during construction), thermal comfort (provide multiple controls of the mechanical system to the building occupants), interior lighting (provide multiple controls of the lighting to the building occupants);

  • Innovation -- achieved a higher level of low-emitting materials and use of environmentally sensitive cleaning products to maintain the building;

  • Regional Priority Credits -- surrounding density and diverse uses (extra credit granted on the location of the project), thermal comfort (extra credit granted on the location of the project). (Source: City of Palm Coast, Palm Coast Observer, Mar., 2021) Contact: City of Palm Coast, www.palmcoastgov.com; USGBC, www.usgbc.org

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


  • UKGBC Renewable Energy Procurement and Carbon Offsetting Guidance for Net Zero Carbon Buildings Report (Details Attached)
    UKGBC
    Date: 2021-03-10
    In London, the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has published Renewable Energy Procurement and Carbon Offsetting Guidance for Net Zero Carbon Buildings to provide clarity for the property and construction industry on the procurement of high-quality renewable energy and carbon offsets for net zero buildings and organisations.

    The new guidance includes a set of principles which should be used to evaluate the quality of renewable energy procurement routes, including how to create additionality -- driving a material increase in the UK's renewable energy capacity.

    Download Renewable Energy Procurement and Carbon Offsetting Guidance for Net Zero Carbon Buildings details HERE. (Source: UKGBC, insight, 9 Mar., 2021) Contact: UKGBC, Alastair Mant, info@ukgbc.org, www.ukgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UKGBC,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ottawa Rail Station Recognized for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-03-10
    Canadian rail carrier VIA Rail Canada reports its heritage building and flagship railway station in Ottawa has been awarded Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) LEED Gold v4.1 certification for Operations and Maintenance for Existing Buildings.

    As part of its certification process, the VIA Rail Station lowered energy and water consumption, waste diversion, and completed various other energy efficiency upgrades and improvements beginning in 2019 and ended in 2020 (Source: VIA Rail, Construction Canada, 9 Mar., 2021) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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

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


    Siemens Ensures Zurich Airport Complex Sustainability, Energy Efficiency (Int'l. Report))
    Siemens
    Date: 2021-03-08
    Siemens is reporting the 30,000 sq-meter Circle at Zurich Airport, six-building building complex has been awarded the Swiss Minergie Certificate and US Green Building LEED Platinum certification, the USGBC's highest sustainability label.

    Siemens installed over 30,000 energy efficiency and sustainability components in the building including: heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) components to ensure an optimized climate throughout the complex; "smart" fully automated and optimized building automation systems; and an end-to-end solution for the reliable supply of electricity. Power to the complex is supplied through approximately 1,000 meters of busbars from the main low-voltage supply systems. Integrated measuring devices make the power flows transparent, enabling operators to identify areas of potential savings. A total of 600 air circuit breakers and molded case circuit breakers are used in the main low-voltage distribution system and in the busbar tap-off units. The circuit breakers feature selective tripping, which contributes to a reliable energy supply and infrastructure. (Source: Siemens, PR, XNX Today, 8 Mar., 2021) Contact: Siemens, www.siemens.com/smart-infrastructure

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    CIBC Joins Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (Ind. Report)
    CIBC
    Date: 2021-02-26
    Following up on our 16 Dec, 2020 coverage, in Toronto, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) reports it has joined the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), an initiative led by the financial industry to develop a harmonized global standard to measure and disclose the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of loans and investments. Using jointly developed GHG accounting methodologies will help the bank align its targets with the Paris Climate Agreement, according to the bank release.

    In 2019, CIBC committed $150 billion in support of environmental and sustainable finance activities by 2027 and has to date achieved 28 pct of this goal. The bank also issued the climate-related disclosure report Building a Sustainable Future aligned with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.

    In 2020, CIBC issued a $500 million(US), five-year green bond to help finance new and existing green projects, assets, and businesses that mitigate the risks and effects of climate change. These include renewable energy, green buildings, clean transportation, natural resource conservation, biodiversity conservation, energy efficiency, and pollution prevention and control. Also in 2020, CIBC ranked among the top-tier of global banks for climate change action by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

    CIBC, which recently became the first Canadian bank to join RMI's Center for Climate-Aligned Finance, has more than 10 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients and $768.545 billion (Cdn) in total assets. (Source: CIBC, Website News, Feb., 2021) Contact: CIBC, Nima Ranawana, 647-456-4556, nima.ranawana@cibc.com, www.cibc.com; Partnership for Carbon Accounting, www.carbonaccountingfinancials.com

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    Philippines Office Portfolio Achieves Net-Zero Emissions (Int'l.)
    AboitizPower,Philippine Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-02-22
    In Manila, Philippine Green office developer NEO reports it has achieved net-zero carbon energy by using 100-pct renewable energy from AboitizPower's Cleanergy.

    NEO holds a 5-star certification under the Advancing Net Zero Philippines (ANZ PH) program, which verifies a development's net-zero carbon energy emissions. The property manager earned the ANZ PH certifications for three of its office buildings under the ANZ PH pilot program and anticipates receiving the same 5-star certifications for the remaining four buildings of its portfolio.

    The ANZ PH program is the Philippine Green Building Council's (PhilGBC) rating scheme to assess a building's energy performance in line with the global campaign Advancing Net Zero of the World Green Building Council.

    The NEO office portfolio, which are all rated 5 stars under the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) certification system, also won outstanding awards from the Department of Energy during the 2020 Energy Efficiency Green Building Awards last December. (Source: NEO, Manila Times, 20 Feb., 2021) Contact: NEO, Raymond Rufino , CEO, www.facebook.com/NEOOfficePh; AboitizPower, +63 2 8-886-2800 Fax No. +63 2 8-817-3560, www.aboitizpower.com; Philippine Green Building Council, www.philgbc.org

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    Philippines Office Portfolio PhilGBC Certified (Int'l. Report)
    Philippine Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-02-22
    In Manila, Philippine Green office developer NEO reports it has achieved net-zero carbon energy by using 100-pct renewable energy and holds a 5-star certification under the Philippine Green Building Council's (PhilGBC) Advancing Net Zero Philippines (ANZ PH) program. The ANZ PH rating scheme assess a building's energy performance in line with the global campaign Advancing Net Zero of the World Green Building Council.

    The NEO office portfolio, which are all rated 5 stars under the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) certification system, also won outstanding awards from the Department of Energy during the 2020 Energy Efficiency Green Building Awards last December. (Source: NEO, Manila Times, 20 Feb., 2021) Contact: NEO, Raymond Rufino , CEO, www.facebook.com/NEO; Philippine Green Building Council, www.philgbc.org

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    USGBC Announces Top 10 States for Green Building (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-02-10
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED green building with Massachusetts leading the country in 2020 with the most certified square feet per capita.

    Across the top states, more than 60 pct of certifications were office, healthcare, higher education and K-12 projects.

    This year, USGBC also released a ranking of states with the most LEED professionals with California taking the top spot. Collectively, the 2020 rankings represent 1,171 certified LEED buildings and spaces, and more than 100,000 green building workers.

    "If we are to rebuild an economy that supports our health and our planet, we must lead with changing the way we design and build," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC. "Last year was a stark reminder that the quality of our buildings impacts the quality of our life. Looking ahead, people want to trust that the spaces they occupy are good for them and their communities, and LEED has always been a tool to support those goals. Now is the time to ensure that every building is LEED certified as that is the only way we are accomplishing our goals of access to healthy, green buildings, homes and spaces."

    While offices, education and healthcare projects accounted for a majority of certifications, warehouses, distribution centers, multifamily and retail projects represented almost 20 pct. Also, almost half of all projects were certified Gold, indicating a commitment to a high level of certification.

    Top 10 States for LEED Green Building in 2020 are: Massachusetts, Washington, Illinois, Colorado, New York, Maryland, California, Virginia, Texas and Nevada in that order. (Source: US Green Building Council, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    SD Bill Would Kill Green-Building Standard (Reg & Leg)
    South Dakota Bureau of Administration
    Date: 2021-02-05
    In Pierre, South Dakota Sen. Ryan Maher (R) has introduced Senate Bill 134 that id passed would scrap the state's "green building standard" building code for new construction on state lands -- including buildings on college campuses -- on the grounds that the codes ran up building project costs and stymie efforts to slim down the state college system's budget. The new Bill 134 would over ride 2008 state legislation requiring public buildings seek a LEED Silver certification for sustainability.

    According to the Senator, "We aren't accomplishing anything other than spending a tremendous amount of money and government oversight and time wasted." By way of illustration, Maher noted the state spent over $480,000 to plant native grass that he said was eventually removed as the grass "looks like weeds."

    Since 2008, the S.D. Bureau of Administration has sought silver or higher LEED certification for any new build or renovation project north of $500,000 that exceeds 5,000 square feet. Nearly 70 state construction projects have achieved LEED status over the last decade. (Source: S.D. Bureau of Administration, Mitchell Republic, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: S.D, State Sen. Ryan Maher, www.sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Profile/1819/Detail; SD Bureau of Administration, www.boa.sd.gov

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    Greater Victoria 2030 District Pushing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    2030 District
    Date: 2021-01-25
    In British Columbia, a new sustainability organization Greater Victoria 2030 District, part of North American network of cities, working to reduce emissions by promoting the concept of green buildings to significantly reduce the region's carbon footprint.

    Greater Victoria 2030 District is part of a North American movement that gives property managers resources and guidance to retrofit existing buildings with energy efficiency features, as an investment and marketability tool, one that also addresses climate change.

    Members commit to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct over 2007 levels by 2030. That means encouraging and helping property owners and managers create bench-marking reports, set efficiency targets, and create long-term plans to improve their building's performance in 10 to 15 years.

    A partnership between the Building Owners and Managers Association of B.C., City of Victoria, District of Saanich and UVic, Greater Victoria 2030 District has a wide variety of properties on its list including municipal and provincial office buildings. (Source: Greater Victoria 2030 District, PR, Website, Saanich News, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Greater Victoria 2030 District, Cora Hallsworth, Manager, www.2030districts.org/greater-victoria; 2030 Districts Network, Dave Low, davelow@2030districts.org, www.2030districts.org

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    Tata Steel, CII Developing "Green Steel" (Int'l. Report)
    Tata Steel
    Date: 2021-01-06
    India's Tata Steel is reporting a collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Green Business Centre and relevant steel sector stakeholders to develop the GreenPro Label framework for steel rebars with the lowest environment impact. GreenPro Ecolabeled products are guaranteed to be made to the highest sustainability and quality standards and are recognized in Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) green building rating system.

    To date, more than 125 building products and materials manufacturing companies have adopted GreenPro Ecolabel for more than 1,800 products for Green Building construction.

    Buildings and construction together account for nearly 36 pct of global energy use and 39 pct of energy related CO2 emissions. Embodied carbon accounts for 11 pct of the building’s emissions and is primarily from materials like steel, cement, concrete, glass, according to CII. (Source: Tata Steel, CII Green Business Centre, Jan., 2021) Contact: CII Green Business Centre, +91 40 4418 5111, www.greenbusinesscentre.com; Tata Steel, www.tatasteel.com

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    Ontario Ice Arena Scores Zero-Carbon Bldg. Certification (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-01-06
    In Ottawa, Ontario, the AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex reports it is the first Zero Carbon Building Performance Standard Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building certified arena. Modern Niagara, a Canadian mechanical, electrical, building services, and integrated building technology company, partnered with AMPED on the initiative.

    The arena is recognized for its energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures, reduced overall energy consumption, intelligent building automation, on-site renewable energy power generation, and replacing all fossil fuel consuming equipment on-site, such as gas-fired rooftop units, hot water heaters and the ice rink dehumidifier. (Source: AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex, Canada Green Building Council, 4 Jan., 2021 ) Contact: AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex, (613) 822-9000, www.ampedsportslab.com; Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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    USGBC Incorporates RNG in LEED Rating System (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2020-12-21
    In the Golden State, SoCalGas has praised the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for including the use of RNG in the latest beta version of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.

    With the new system, a project may utilise RNG to earn LEED points by capturing and using biogas on-site, sourcing biogas from a third party, or purchasing biogas to store in the project's own storage system. The RNG can be used for heating, hot water, and cooking in commercial buildings, and for stoves, dryers, water heaters, fireplaces and heating in homes. (Source: SoCalGas, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; SoCalGas, Jeff Walker, VP Customer Solutions, www.socalgas.com

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    CIBC Ranked Among Top Banks for Climate Change Action (Int'l.)
    CIBC, CDP
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In Toronto, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) reports receipt of a score of A- from the CDP (fka the Carbon Disclosure Project). Improving from a B rating in 2019, this score demonstrates CIBC's progress in environmental performance and reporting. The score also places CIBC among the highest ranking Canadian financial institutions and the top-tier of global banks. As part of CIBC's commitment to support environmental sustainability initiatives, the bank's actions include:
  • In 2020, increased its GHG emissions intensity target for operations to 20 pct over eight years (using 2018 as a baseline).

  • In 2020, issued a USD $500 million, five-year green bond to help finance new and existing green projects, assets, and businesses that mitigate the risks and effects of climate change. These include renewable energy, green buildings, clean transportation, natural resource conservation, biodiversity conservation, energy efficiency, and pollution prevention and control.

  • In 2019, announced a target of mobilizing $150 billion in environmental and sustainable finance activities by 2027.

  • In 2019, issued the climate-related disclosure report Building a Sustainable Future aligned with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.

  • In 2019, set new targets to source 100 pct of its electricity from renewable sources and become carbon neutral by 2024.

    Toronto-headquartered CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with 10 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients and $768.545 billion (Cdn) in total assets. (Source: CIBC, PR, 14 Dec., 2020) Contact: CIBC, www.cibc.com/en/about-cibc/corporate-responsibility/environment.html; CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

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  • Green Building Registry, RESNET Partner on HERS Data (Ind. Report)
    Earth Advantage
    Date: 2020-12-16
    Earth Advantage®, Inc. and RESNET are reporting a partnership to help deliver green and energy-efficient home data through the Green Building Registry® (GBR). Historically, important information on a home such as energy ratings, third-party building certifications or renewable power production estimates (solar panels) has not been included in For Sale listings. Thousands of dollars of value could be lost because trustworthy data was not available for a listing agent and potential buyers to react to at the time of sale. That lack of data has also prevented appraisers and lending institutions from accounting for those market reactions, according to the release.

    Since 2017, GBR has provided green home data to the public and real estate multiple listing services. The DaaS (Data as a Service) platform provides verified data directly from sources such as U.S. DOE, ENERGY STAR Home Energy Scores, US Green Building Council LEED for Homes, National Green Building Services (NGBS), solar data, and other third-party verification programs. Nationwide values for the HERS Index, a scoring system for home energy performance administered by RESNET will now be included in GBR for the entire U.S..

    The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills, according to RESNET's website. (Source: Green Building Registry, PR, Website, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: Green Building Registry, Meg Garabrant , 503.310.9138 x62, meg@greenbuildingregistry.com, www.greenbuildingregistry.com; Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET, Steve Baden, Exec. Dr., www.resnet.us; Earth Advantage, David Heslam, Exec. Dir., www.earthadvantage.org

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    NEST Increasing Green Bldg., Energy Efficiency Investments (Int'l.)
    NEST Pension
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In the UK, the £12 billion NEST workplace pension scheme reports plans to ramp up its investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency upgrades and green buildings in a bid to slash the carbon footprint of its portfolio, more than half of which will be within 'climate aware' strategies from February 2021.

    Working with Northern Trust Asset Management, the firm plans to tilt investment in companies based on a score calculated on energy efficiency, alternative energy, and green building, while reducing investment in companies with large oil or gas reserves, and those with high carbon intensity.

    As part of its 2050 net-zero strategy, NEST plans to roughly double its investment in emerging market equities from around £480 million to an estimated £930 million while reducing investments in fossil fuels and carbon-intensive firms. The move will take Nest's investments in dedicated "climate-aware" strategies to almost £8 billion from February 2021. (Source: NEST Pensions, PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact{ NEST, +44 0 300 0200 393, www.nestpensions.org.uk

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    Edmonds College Science Bldg. Earns LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-12-11
    Edmonds College in Lynnwood, Washington ,reports its recently completed Science, Engineering & Technology building has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification in recognition of the building's energy efficiency and sustainability.

    The $41 million building met rigorous standards for sustainability metrics including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy use and eddiciency, indoor environmental quality and more. Gold LEED is the second highest LEED rating level a building can achieve. (Source: Edmonds College, PR, 10 Dec., 2020) Contact: Edmonds College, www.edmonds.edu

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    Green Bonds Support Hungarian Bldg. Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    GTC Real Estate Development Hungary
    Date: 2020-12-07
    Globe Trade Centre's Hungarian subsidiary, GTC Real Estate Development Hungary is reporting issuance of 792 senior unsecured 10-year term Green Bonds with a nominal value of approximately €140,000 and a total value of roughly €110 million. The bonds are to be amortised at 10 pct per annum starting from the seventh year.

    Bond proceeds are to be used to finance and refinance acquisitions and the construction or refurbishment of buildings to meet BREEAM , LEED and other recognized efficiency standards.

    GTC manages a real estate portfolio of 45 commercial buildings in Poland, Budapest, Bucharest, Belgrade, Zagreb and Sofia and has a retail and office development pipeline of around 354,000 sqm, of which 66,000 sqm is currently under construction, according to the release. (Source: GTC Real Estate, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: GTC Real Estate Development Hungary, +48 22 16 60 700, www.gtc.hu

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    UK-IFC Supports Indian Energy Efficient Housing Finance (Int'l.)
    International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2020-12-07
    The Washington, DC-based International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is reporting an agreement with Aavas Financiers Ltd, a retail, affordable housing mortgage lender, and Aavas Foundation to help boost green housing opportunities and scale green housing finance in India. The agreement is expected to encourage the demand for and construction of green buildings and is in line with Indian government's "Housing for All" program.

    The project, which aims to increase the scale of energy efficient green construction and mortgage finance, is also being supported by the UK-IFC market accelerator for green construction (MAGC) Program -- a partnership between IFC and the Government of the United Kingdom. (Source: International Finance Corporation, PR, Economic Times, 7 Dec., 2020) Contact: International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org; Aavas Financiers, www.aavas.in

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    NAIT Innovation Centre Earns CaGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-12-04
    In Edmonton, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is reporting its Productivity and Innovation Centre has achieved LEED Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

    The building's LEED qualifying features include: green cleaning supplies and housekeeping program; low emissions paint, surfaces and floor coverings; low-flow plumbing fixture that deliver 30 pct reduction in water consumption; 90 pct of construction waste recycled; solar panel arrays; 40 pct reduction in energy costs, and others. (Source: NAIT, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: NAIT, 780.471.6248, techlife@nait.ca, www.nait.ca; Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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    SFU Sustainable Energy School Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    sdu, cANADA gREEN bUILDING cOUNCIL
    Date: 2020-12-04
    In Burnaby, British Columbia, Simon Fraser University (SFU) School of Sustainable Energy Engineering reports it recently completed 220,000 sq-ft Surrey Campus building has earned Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) LEED Gold certification for sustainable design and operations.

    The five-storey building incorporates 330 precast white cement panels with reflective surfaces organized around the light filled atrium and live trees at varying levels. The building incorporates various LEED qualifying energy efficiency features and underground parking, modern wet and dry teaching labs, classrooms, study spaces, faculty offices, meeting rooms and a 400-seat lecture hall. The project was partially funding through the federal government's Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) and matched by the Province of British Columbia. (Source: Simon Fraser University, PR, Construction Business, 1 Dec., 2020) Contact: Simon Fraser University, Larry Waddell, Chief Facilities Officer, www.sdu.ca; Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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    Unlocking Delivery of Net-Zero Carbon Buildings (Guide Attached)
    UK Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-11-30
    The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has released the attached 21-page guide to help construction firms overcome barriers to creating net-zero carbon buildings.

    The guide identifies 17 barriers to decarbonisation that constrain projects at different stages of the development lifecycle as well as advice and case studies on overcoming hurdles from initial concept to the building's handover and usage.

    The guide covers: the need to integrate net-zero goals into the building design; financial tips including new financing mechanisms; ways to assess whole-life costs; advice on stakeholder engagement; plus ways to capitalise on innovation and new materials.

    Download the Unlocking the Delivery of Net Zero Carbon Buildings guide HERE. (Source: UKGBC, Website, Nov., 2020) Contact: UKGBC, Alastair Mant, info@ukgbc.org, www.ukgbc.org

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    Smart City Finance Framework Launched in Singapore (Int'l)
    United Overseas Bank
    Date: 2020-11-25
    In Singapore, United Overseas Bank (UOB) reports the launch of its UOB Smart City Sustainable Finance Framework (UOBSCSFF) to make sustainable financing more accessible to companies contributing to the creation of smart cities. Aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the UOB framework is supported through the Monetary Authority of Singapore's Green and Sustainability-Linked Loan Grant Scheme.

    UOB's framework sets out the criteria the Bank's corporate and institutional clients must meet when accessing a range of products, from green or sustainability-linked loans and trade finance facilities to other sustainable banking products. These criteria include requiring the company to have a clear sustainability strategy and objectives, to achieve their sustainability performance targets and to use the proceeds to further their sustainability agenda.

    Under the framework, business must also be able to demonstrate how their commitment to renewable energy, green building construction, improved energy efficiency, green transportation, sustainable water and waste management and/or climate change adaptation. The new grant scheme will cover up to $100,000 of a borrower's expenses in validating the green and sustainability credentials of a loan over a three-year period. Such costs are incurred for example in obtaining external reviews and reporting on the sustainability impact of the loan. Additionally, the scheme will support banks when they develop frameworks that will provide standardised criteria and processes for green and sustainable financing.

    The grant scheme will defray up to 60 pct of the banks' expenses, capped at $120,000 for such green and sustainability-linked loan frameworks. This amount will cover expenses to engage service providers to develop frameworks, obtain external reviews and report on the loans originated under the framework. Furthermore, it will defray by 90 pct the expenses incurred by banks to develop frameworks specifically targeted at SMEs and individuals, capped at $180,000 per framework.(Source: United Overseas Bank, PR, 24 Nov., 2020) Contact: United Overseas Bank, www.uobgroup.com; Monetary Authority of Singapore, +65 6225 5577, +65 6229-9229 -- fax, (212) 809 1900 -- US Office, www.mas.gov.sg

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    Partnership Accelerates Green Building Certifications (Ind. Report)
    USDGBC, ENERGY Star
    Date: 2020-11-20
    Dublin-based Wattics Energy Management Ltd. and Washington, DC-headquartered US Green Building Council affiliate Arc Skoru, are touting the recent integration of the two software platforms that together will deliver the following features and benefits:
  • Automate building data collection and management to monitor, improve, and steer toward energy efficiency certification;

  • Leverage real-time data monitoring toward a project's performance score in ARC -- eg. electricity, water, gas, air quality data, GHG data, etc.;

  • Scale green building certification for large building portfolios;

  • Analyze and compare performance across building portfolios and/or individual buildings within a portfolio;

  • Compare the performance of certified buildings to non-certified buildings and determine US Green Building Council LEED, ENERGY Star, BREEAM and other third party certification "readiness" for buildings

    The software platform enables the collection, management, and analysis of utility/IoT/sub-meter data to conduct energy audits, forecast savings, benchmark building portfolios and analyse KPIs, measure and verify efficiency and renewable energy projects, analyse tariffs and create sustainability reports at scale.

    The ARC platform allows buildings, city and community projects to collect data, manage and benchmark progress, measure impact and improve sustainability and calculates a performance score based on global building data and action-oriented strategies across five categories, including energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. (Source: Wattics Ltd, PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: Wattics Energy management, Antonio Ruzzelli, CEO, Amy Ryan, +353 1 415 1241, amy.ryan@wattics.com, www.watics.com; Arc Skoru, Dave Witek, COO, www.arcskoru.com

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  • Univ, Illinois Venue Designed for LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-11-18
    The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has released the architecture firm LMN Architects and Booth Hansen's USGBC LEED Gold certification qualifying design for a new 135,000 sq-ft Computer, Design, Research, and Learning Center.

    Construction is slated to get underway in Spring 2021 for completion in Spring, 2023. (Source: University of Illinois-Chicago, School Construction News, 17 Nov., 2020) Contact: University of Illinois-Chicago, 312-996-7000, www.uic.edu; LEED, US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Property RiskFootprint Now Part of USGBC LEED Process (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, COastal Risk
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Geospatial modeling, data analytics, and risk assessment technology specialist Coastal Risk Consulting (CRC) reports it is partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to deliver a RiskFootprint™ for buildings, communities and cities that provides a climate risk analysis. The service will integrate with LEED's vulnerability to physical climate risks.

    Coastal Risk's automated assessments add to a project's due diligence and risk management. The RiskFootprint Dashboard and property-specific RiskFootprint Reports are an important part of a rigorous underwriting process and research-driven market analysis. The RiskFootprint Dashboard provides customers with a secure web portal, an interactive map of the US, and portfolio spreadsheet scoring for 14 columns of risk. This includes 6 current flood risks, 4 current, natural hazard risks (wind, tornado, earthquake and wildfire), and 4 future (2050) climate change impacts (tidal/sea level rise, extreme heat, extreme rainfall, and risk of drought). Contact: Coastal Risk Consulting, RiskFootprint, Albert Slap, Pres., www.riskfootprint.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Vanderbilt Scores USGBC Leadership Award (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, Vanderbilt University
    Date: 2020-11-13
    In Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University has been honored with a 2020 Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council for achievements in green building and its commitment to creating a healthy, sustainable future. The university was among 10 companies, projects and individuals across the nation to be spotlighted during the Greenbuild Virtual conference on Nov. 12.

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, known as LEED, has become the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of energy efficient, high-performance sustainable buildings.

    The Vanderbilt campus has 21 LEED certified buildings, as well as WELL and PETAL projects. WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, while PETAL is a green business certification program for making organizations sustainable and healthy.

    Examples of Vanderbilt's sustainable architecture includes six "green roofs" that cut building energy consumption, urban heat island effects, improve storm water management, increase roof longevity and improve aesthetics, according to the release. (Source: Vanderbilt University News, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Vanderbilt University, Mike Perez, Chief Faccilities officer in the Division of Administration, 615-322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu; 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

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    RiskFootprint Now Part of USGBC LEED Cert. Process (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, Coastal Risk
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Geospatial modeling, data analytics and risk assessment technology specialist Coastal Risk Consulting (CRC) reports it is partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to deliver a RiskFootprint™ climate risk analysis for buildings, communities and cities. The service will integrate with LEED, Arc and GBCI rating systems to help assess a project's vulnerability to physical climate risks.

    Coastal Risk's automated assessments add to a project's due diligence and risk management. The RiskFootprint Dashboard and property-specific RiskFootprint Reports are an important part of a rigorous underwriting process and research-driven market analysis.

    The RiskFootprint Dashboard provides customers with a secure web portal, an interactive map of the US, and portfolio spreadsheet scoring for 14 columns of risk. This includes 6 current flood risks, 4 current, natural hazard risks (wind, tornado, earthquake and wildfire), and 4 future (2050) climate change impacts (tidal/sea level rise, extreme heat, extreme rainfall, and risk of drought). (Source: COastal Risk Consulting, PR, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Coastal Risk Consulting, RiskFootprint, Albert Slap, Pres., www.riskfootprint.com; LEED,US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org;

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    CenterPoint Raises $250Mn for Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    CenterPoint Properties
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Oak Brook, Illinois-headquartered industrial real estate company CenterPoint Properties is reporting closure of its inaugural $250 million green bond issuance.

    The bond proceeds will be used to finance projects such as green building construction, the development and operational maintenance of green buildings and to acquire new, refurbished, or existing buildings that receive LEED, ENERGY STAR® and other industry-leading certifications. Bond proceeds will also be used to fund energy-efficient projects within the company's current portfolio, including operational enhancement and other sustainable maintenance. (Source: CenterPoint Properties, PR, Mercom, 3 Nov., 2020) Contact: CenterPoint Properties, (630) 586-8000, www. centerpoint.com; LEED,US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; US DOE, ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    Aramark Global HQ Awarded USGBC LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    Aramark,US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Philadelphia-headquartered food services and facilities provider Aramark Corp. is reporting its global headquarters office space in Philadelphia has scored US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for sustainable workspace design and construction.

    Specific LEED qualifying sustainability highlights include:

  • Water saving fixtures that reduce water consumption by 35 pct;
  • Efficient LED lighting that decreases lighting power density to 40 pct below code;
  • Over 90 pct of all appliances hold Energy Star certifications;
  • Locally sourced and manufactured materials and certified Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) wood used throughout;
  • 75 pct of waste construction materials were diverted from landfills; and others. (Source: Aramark Corp., PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Aramark Corp., www.aramark.com; LEED, US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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