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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,  


    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,  


    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

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


    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

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


    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

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


    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

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


    Michelin Wins LEED Green Building Certification (Ind. Report)
    Michelin, US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-10-07
    Greenville, South Carolina-based tire manufacturing giant Michelin North America, Inc. reports its southeast distribution center in Woodruff, S.C. has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficient materials, zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells solution to power its material handling lift trucks, and other energy efficiency features.

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Association (EIA) buildings account for roughly 40 pct of national CO2 emissions. LEED-certified buildings have 34 pct lower CO2 emissions, consume 25 pct less energy and 11 pct less water, and have diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills, according to the USGBC. (Source: Michelin North America, Inc., PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Michelin North America, www.michelinman.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Auburn Arts Center Scores USGBC Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-10-05
    In Alabama, Auburn University reports its Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification. The Center's energy efficiency and sustainability features include:
  • Reduced construction waste and pollution;

  • Reinforced use of public transportation, bicycles and fuel-efficient vehicles;

  • Improved storm water management for Auburn University and the city of Auburn through reduced rainwater surface runoff;

  • Reduced water and energy usage achieved with the use of high-efficiency fixtures and equipment and innovative building design;

  • Use of local and/or recyclable materials, and others. (Source: Auburn University, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Auburn University, Office of Communications and Marketing, www.auburn.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


  • Dubai Financial Centre Awarded LEED Gold Cert. (Int'l. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2020-09-11
    In Dubai, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Gate Avenue has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold accreditation and Green Building Certification Inc. for energy efficiency and building excellence from integrative design to human health to material use.

    DIFC LEED qualifying features included: water conservation fixtures; extensive recycled content -- including concrete, steel and glass; energy efficient lighting; occupancy sensors; CO2 sensors; and others. (Source: Design Middle East, 10 Sept., 2020)

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


    SUNY New Paltz Innovation Hub Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    SUNY New Platz, USGBC
    Date: 2020-07-27
    In the Empire State, the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz is reporting it's new, 2-story, 19,500 sq-ft Engineering Innovation Hub (EIH) building has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification.

    The project's $13.5 million energy efficiency features include: building envelope and mechanical systems that have cut energy costs 28 pct; landscape water conservation and reuse features; SUNY New Platz, white reflective TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) membrane roof system with added insulation to improve the R-value; energy efficient LED lighting with motion sensors; proximity to public transportation; water saving plumbing fixtures; and low-VOC emission locally sourced building materials. (Source: School Construction News, July, 2020) Contact: SUNY New Platz, www.newplatz.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SUNY New Platz,  USGBC,  LEED Gold,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Council Rock Schools Score Energy Efficiency Funds (Funding)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In the Keystone State, Council Rock School District in Newton reports receipt of a $1,641,916 matching-fund grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority's Alternative and Clean Energy High Performance Building program. The money will be used to upgrade portions of two schools to USGBC LEED Gold certification for greater energy efficiency reduced energy costs.

    The planned energy saving features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water fixtures, occupancy-based temperature and lighting, an 85 kW solar PV array, and an improved thermal envelope.

    The High Performance Building Program provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to underwrite the cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of high performance buildings across Pennsylvania. The program is managed within the DCED Office of Business Financing. (Source: Newton Patch, 14 July, 2020) Contact: Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority Alternative and Clean Energy High Performance Building program, dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/energy-programs; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  


    DC Affordable Community Scores USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-07-13
    In Washington, DC, City View, a three-story, 58-unit affordable community in the Anacostia neighborhood has received U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification.

    The $12 million project's LEED qualifying sustainable features include: a rooftop solar panel array. Energy Star rated windows; individual energy efficient HVAC and hot water heater units; low-consumption plumbing fixtures and appliances; and others. (Source: USGBC, Multi Housing News, 13 July, 2020) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Pittsburgh's MuseumLab Exhibiting USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-05-06
    In the Keystone State, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh reports the city's adjacent new MuseumLab has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED® Gold certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

    MuseumLab was recently honored with the 2020 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award for Construction Project Rehabilitation work dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant places. (Source: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, May, 2020) Contact: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Jane Werner, Exec. Dir., 412-322-5058, www.pittsburghkids.org; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Univ. of Notre Dame Scores LEED Gold Certifications (Ind. Report)
    Notre Dame
    Date: 2020-04-20
    In Indiana, the University of Notre Dame is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for the design, construction and operation of the three 830,000 sq-ft buildings surrounding Notre Dame Stadium -- Duncan Student Center, Corbett Family Hall and O’Neill Hall.

    The University earned 60 credits in nine categories including the use of sustainable materials and resources, water efficiency, energy, innovation in design and indoor environmental quality, among several other areas. Throughout the construction of the project, more than 20 pct of the building materials consisted of post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content and more than 20 pct of materials were manufactured or harvested regionally. (Source: University of Notre Dame, PR, 20 April, 2020) Contact: University of Notre Dame, www.und.edu; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    American University Buildings Score LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    America University,USGBC
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In Washington DC, American University is reporting four buildings on its East Campus have received US Green Building Council (USGBC)LEED Gold certification for their sustainable design and construction. To qualify for LEED Gold status, East Campus incorporated the following elements:
  • 100 pct of the buildings receive their power from green electricity;

  • 97 pct of on-site construction waste was diverted from landfill;

  • the East Campus buildings are 27 pct more energy-efficient than standard buildings;

  • 21 pct of materials used in its construction was locally sourced;

  • buildings incorporate 13,000 square feet of green roofs;

  • computerized thermostats to regulate temperature, providing optimum air quality and thermal comfort;

  • buildings use sealants, paints, and furniture with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs);

  • state-of-the-art HVAC systems;

  • ultra-low-flow faucets, toilets, and urinals use 43 pct less water than standard buildings, and various other energy efficient features and amenities.(Source: American School & University, 14 April, 2020) Contact: America University, www.american.edu; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


  • Singapore's CapitaLand Borrows $282Mn for Green Buildings (Int'l.)
    CapitaLand
    Date: 2020-04-17
    Singapore-headquartered CapitaLand reports it has secured a 4-year, S$400 million ($282.65 million) in green loan funding from the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC)to increase its green assets and enhance its global property portfolio by 2030.

    According to the company's statement, the green loans will be used for financing or refinancing the development, investment, and acquisition of green buildings that achieve or are expected to achieve either a Green Mark Gold PLUS certification from the Building & Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) or US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

    The statement also notes CapitaLand will purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) from the solar energy generated from over 21,000 solar panels installed atop CapitaLand's six industrial properties in Singapore. CapitaLand holds 16 properties in Singapore, China, Belgium, India, and four business parks in India that are fully or partially powered by renewable energy. (Source: CapitaLand, MERCOM India, 16 April, 2020) Contact: CapitaLand Group, Andrew Lim, CFO, www.capitaland.com/international/en.html#menu-lang-main

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


    Albemarle Awarded USGBC LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    Albemarle Corporation
    Date: 2020-03-13
    North Carolina-based specialty chemicals industry leader Albemarle Corporation is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for its headquarters 141,000 square-foot expansion project in Charlotte.

    The USGBC recognized the company for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in the following categories: water efficiency, energy use and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, location and transportation. (Source: Albermarle Corp., Mar., 2020) Contact: Albemarle Corporation , Luke Kissam, CEO, 225-388-7402, www.albemarle.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


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

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

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


    Rutgers Engineering Hall Rated USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    Rutgers University,USGBC
    Date: 2019-12-23
    In the Garden State, Piscataway-based Rutgers University reports its 106,000 sq-ft Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering -- Busch campus, was recently awarded LEED™ Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

    The Richard Weeks Hall energy efficiency features include: energy cost savings of 29 pct through solar orientation and superior envelop design; mechanical systems include active chilled beams; ventilation with 100 pct outdoor air with energy recovery; occupancy controled LED lighting; a 38 pct reduction of potable water use; diversion of 97 pct of construction waste from landfills, and other energy efficiency and sustainability features. (Source: Rutgers University, School Construction News, 18 Dec., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


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

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

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


    RenewAire Plant Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    RenewAire,USGBC
    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, www.renewaire.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,  


    Empower HQ Being Constructed to LEED Gold Standard (Int'l Report)
    LEED Gold,USGBC
    Date: 2019-11-11
    In Dubai, Empower, the district cooling service is reporting construction is underway on its $76.2 million headquarters in Al Jaddaf.

    The 10-story mixed use office and residential building will be constructed to US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold Certification standard and is expected to be inaugurated in Q1 of 2021. (Source: Empower, MEP, 10 Nov., 2019) Contact: Empower, www.empower.ae; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Dubai Empower,  Energy Efficiency LEED Gold,  Energy Efficiency,  


    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, www.usgbc.org

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


    Miami Business School Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-08-21
    Coral Gables and West Palm Beach, FL: (August 19, 2019) In the Sunshine State, the Miami Business School, located on the University of Miami Coral Cables campus, is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for Existing Building Operations & Maintenance (EBOM). The project is the first LEED v4.1 OM higher-education building in the State.

    Energy deficiency and sustainable design features of the 163,885 square foot facility include:

  • the building is 30 pct more energy efficient than the national average of university college buildings;

  • more than 90 pct LED lighting, in-room air quality sensors, audio/visual and tele-presence technology, and automatic window shading;

  • an average of 60 pct of the waste generated is recycled and/or reused;

  • a comprehensive carbon-footprint assessment of student and faculty transportation was completed to help meet transportation needs;

  • indoor air-quality testing was conducted to quantify levels of formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and other harmful chemicals. (Source: Miami Business School, University of Miami, Florida Trends, 19 Aug., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Miami Business School, University of Miami, 305-284-4643, www.bus.miami.edu

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


  • Vanderbilt Scores LEED Gold for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Vanderbilt,US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Tennessee reports its engineering and science building and Eskind Biomedical Library have been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for environmental initiatives and energy efficiency. Twenty other buildings on the Vanderbilt campus are LEED certified.

    The university with 12,600 students is launching a comprehensive plan aimed at reducing its environmental footprint, sourcing 100 pct of its power needs from renewable energy, and achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2050. (Source: Vanderbilt University, CleanLink, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Vanderbilt University, (615) 322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Alexandria Tightens Green Bldg, Efficiency Standard (Ind. Report)
    Alexandria, Green Building
    Date: 2019-06-28
    In the Old Dominion State, the Alexandria city council reports approval of an update to the city's 2009 Green Building Policy requiring new developments to have a 20 pct reduction in energy consumption, 29 pct reduction in water use and 3 pct cut in green gas emissions, compared to developments abiding by the 2009 standards.

    The policy update features:: increased minimum certification for projects requiring a development site plan or development special use permit; priority performance points for certification; and enhanced public development standards. The first refers to the certification levels outlined in different third-party rating systems for green building standards. The city sets specific benchmark requirements for three systems -- US Green Building Council LEED, Green Globes and EarthCraft.

    The new policy sets higher standards for public development than private development, although requirements for both types increased from those outlined in the 2009 policy. Public developments must now meet LEED Gold standards while private developments must meet LEED Silver stands. Projects not using the LEED system will need to meet the equivalent in Green Globes, EarthCraft or another third-party rating system. The new standards come into force in March, 2020. (Source: Alexandria City Council. Alexandria Times, 27 June, 2019) Contact: Alexandria City Council, (703) 746-4500, /www.alexandriava.gov/Council

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    Atlanta's State Farm Arena Scores USGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    USGBC,LEED Certification
    Date: 2019-06-21



    Virginia School Board Questions LEED Standards ROI (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-06-14
    In the Old Dominion State, the Richmond Free Press reports the Richmond Public Schools' COO Darin Simmons has advised the Richmond School Board that Huguenot High and three other schools that are under construction to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold standard has not resulted in "significant" savings.

    The schools are now projected to cost a collective $148 million, or $38 million more than originally estimated. The board was told that adhering to the lesser LEED Silver standard would add 8 pct to the cost, or about $12 million. Eliminating LEED standards in the construction would save possibly $3 million of that because money would still need to be spent energy efficient doors, windows and lighting. All three schools are to be equipped with solar energy panels, now seen as more effective in cutting energy costs than building to LEED standards. The buildings are slated to open in 2020. (Source: Richmond Free Press, Jeremy Lazarus, 14 June, 2019) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Bronx Passive House Project World's Largest (Ind. Report)
    Passive House
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In the Big Apple, Park Avenue Green, a new $48.4 million 15-story, 154-unit mixed-income community development in the South Bronx is being lauded as the largest Passive House certified project in North America.

    Developed by Omni New York LLC, Park Avenue Green completes a two-phase development that started with Morris Avenue Apartments, a neighboring LEED Gold-certified community. To ensure that the project met Passive House standards, the firm brought in Bright Power, a Manhattan-based energy consultant. Meeting Passive House standards increased construction cost approximately 5 pct, according to the developer. (Source: Omni New York LLC, Commercial Property Exec., 16 May, 2019) Contact: International Passive House Association, www.passivehouse-international.org

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    India's ReNew Power Claims LEED Gold Certification (Int'l Report)
    USGBC,ReNew Power
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In the Sub-Continent, independent power producer ReNew Power Ltd. reports receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for energy efficiency and sustainable construction at the company's ReNew Hub corporate office in New Delhi.

    The ReNew Hub corporate office energy efficiency features include: CFC free refrigerants in the HVAC system; water efficient plumbing features that have cut water consumption by half; waste segregation measures; the use of eco-friendly cleaning materials; and other features.

    ReNew Power Limited develops, builds, owns and operates utility scale wind and solar energy projects as well as distributed solar energy projects that generate energy for commercial and industrial customers. (Source: ReNew Power, PR, May, 2019) Contact: ReNew Power Limited, Ms. Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.renewpower.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Chubb's Bermuda HQ LEED Credentials Reaffirmed (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-01-24
    The Chubb Building in Hamilton is the first in Bermuda to be twice recertified as Leed Gold by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The building first received Leed Gold certification under the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system in 2011.

    In 2017, the building was recertified when Chubb became one of the first companies in North America to use the Leed Dynamic Plaque to manage the building's energy efficiency and environmental performance.

    The Leed Dynamic Plaque calculates and displays the building's performance across five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. Other green initiatives that contributed to the re-certification include: energy-efficient LED lights, electric car charging stations, a trash audit and waste recycling program and others. Chubb notes that since 2011 it has cut the Bermuda building's energy consumption 28 pct.

    Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurer. (Source: Chubb, PR, Royal Gazette, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Chubb, Colin Brown, Bermuda VP facilities and Leed project manager, 441-295-5200, https://www.chubb.com/bm-en/contact.../chubb-bermuda-international-contacts.aspx

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    Maui's Westin Nanea Resort Claims LEED Gold Cert. (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-01-21
    In the Aloha State, the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas Ka'anapali resort hotel reports that with receipt of the US Green Building Council's LEED GOLD certification for new construction it is now "officially one of the most eco-friendly resort properties on Maui."

    The LEED rating system was specifically designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to guide the development of more sustainable buildings. (Source: Westin Nanea Ocean Villas Ka'anapali, Maui Times, 18 Jan., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Vanderbilt Engineering, Science Bldg Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-01-18
    In Nashville, Tenn., private research university Vanderbilt is reporting its Engineering and Science Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

    The Engineering and Science Building houses the university's most energy efficient lab space. During the initial design phase of the building, 3D modeling was used to evaluate conditions of the site such as orientation, heat gain from windows, natural light, and others to ensure optimized design. Other green design elements that helped achieve its LEED status include:

  • 20' tall enthalpy wheels to transfer heat and humidity, conditioning the fresh air intake with exhaust air leaving the building;
  • Chilled beams supplied by hot and cold water used to condition spaces which is more efficient than conditioning with air systems;
  • A 10,000 gallon cistern to capture rain water for irrigation;
  • Sunshading frit on glass to optimize natural solar light and to also help prevent bird strikes;
  • LED energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors;
  • Flexibility of design to allow different lab type use over time as well as lab renovations without major mechanical systems rework;
  • Clean room energy reduction through occupancy and particle sensors to decrease system use when not needed. (Source: Vanderbilt University, PR, 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: Vanderbilt University, 615-322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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  • Philadelphia Eagles Football Stadium Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-12-14
    In the City of Brotherly Love, the Philadelphia Eagles football club is reporting its home stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, has scored US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

    The stadium's energy efficiency and LEED qualifying feature include: operating 100 pct on clean energy, motion controlled LED lighting and HVAC, diverting 99 pct of waste from landfills, a comprehensive on-site anaerobic digestion composting program, the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products, and phasing out plastics at concession stands. The facility also produces one-third of its annual power needs from its 11,108 solar panels and 14 wind turbines and sources its remaining remaining energy by purchasing credits from suppliers that use renewable energy. The stadium owners also created a 6.5-acre forest in Bensalem and planted 5,900 trees with help from the Conservation Fund and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. (Source: Lincoln Financial Field, Inquirer, philly.com, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Milton Ont. Hospital Expansion LEED Gold Certified (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-11-23
    In Toronoto, PCL Constructors Canada, Inc. (Toronto) is reporting the recently completed Milton (Ontario) District Hospital (MDH) expansion has been awarded Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC Gold certification for its 330,000 sq. ft. expansion.

    Gold certification reflects the considerable energy efficiency and sustainable features that went into the design and construction of the expansion, including:

  • more than 86 pct of construction and demolition waste diverted from landfill;
  • high efficiency faucets, toilets, showers and urinals installed to reduce water consumption;
  • low-VOC materials including paints, adhesives, coatings, sealants and flooring;
  • mechanical systems that do not use ozone depleting refrigerants to cool the building;
  • automated window shades and building systems for thermal comfort;
  • a combination of vegetated "green" roof and reflective roofing materials;
  • designated electric vehicle and low-emitting and alt fuel vehicle parking.

    PCL is a Toronto-based group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. (Source: PCL Constructors Canada, Inc., PR, Nov 23, 2018) Contact: PCL Constructors Canada, Inc., Angela Taylor, Buildings Div. Group Head, www.plc.com; Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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  • Willis Tower Touts $500Mn Sustainability Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-11-09
    In the Windy City, the Willis Tower -- fka Sears Tower -- owned and managed by EQ Office reports it has earned the US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification. The 110 story building is currently undergoing a $500 million plus renovation, the biggest restorative transformation in the building's 43-year history.

    The Willis Tower upgrades include:

  • Installation of high-efficiency lighting systems with improved controls to reduce energy consumption, including the building's newly renovated LED antenna lighting system;

  • Improvements to the building's HVAC exhaust and return fan dampers, which along with the new building automation management system, will enable the operating team to better control temperatures in the building and reduce energy usage;

  • Introduction of all new air media, fan gearboxes and fan blades, along with the installation of new variable frequency drives to all four of the building's cooling towers. The modernization will supply the chillers with lower temperature condensing water, resulting in an approximate 20 percent savings on the electric energy consumed by the cooling towers;

  • Installation of low flow high efficiency units on more than 450 sinks, 650 toilets and urinals, saving approximately 11 million gpy of water consumption and reducing the building's water usage by 30 pct;

  • Replacement of all the building's automatic transfer switches, enhancing the integrity of its electrical infrastructure. (Source: EQ Office, PR, Nov. 7, 2018) Contact: EQ Office, www.eqoffice.com; USGBC Willis Tower, www.willistower.com

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  • Wynn Las Vegas Joins EPA Green Power Partnership (Ind. Report)
    EPA Green Power Partnership
    Date: 2018-10-31
    In the Silver State, Wynn Las Vegas resort is reporting acceptance into the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership, a collective of organizations that are voluntarily leading innovation and the production and use of efficient green energy in America.

    The Wynn announcement follows on the heels of the Wynn Solar Facility, a new 160-acre solar complex dedicated to generating renewable energy to power the Las Vegas resort. Combined with 103,000 square feet of on-site rooftop solar panels, Wynn Las Vegas is creating and using more than 45 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 25 percent of the resort's electric load.

    Wynn Las Vegas becomes the largest Green Power Partner in the hotel industry in the nation and remains dedicated to increasing sustainable design practices, creating and sourcing renewable energy, energy efficiency and exceeding US Green Building Council LEED Gold Building Certification standards.

    The Green Power Partnership aims to increase the use of green energy and advance the green power market. The 1,500-strog partnership -- which counts Microsoft, Intel, Bank of America, Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Starbucks among its members -- voluntarily uses nearly 53 billion kWh of green power annually. (Source: Wynn Las Vegas, PR, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wynn Las Vegas, www.wynnlasvegas.com; EPA Green Power Partnership, www.epa.gov/greenpower

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