The new version features more rigorous standards than the previous LEED Volume Program, which was established in 2014. Under the LEED v4 for Core and Shell Volume Program, Prologis "will implement measurable strategies for achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality for its projects in the U.S., Latin America, Canada and Italy."
According to a company release, "The Volume Program streamlines the certification process at a substantially lower cost than would be possible with individual building assessments. Since our initial participation in the 2014 program, we have saved $24 million when compared to the costs for non-Volume certification."
In 2020, Prologis set a goal that 100 pct of new developments and redevelopments will achieve sustainable building certification each year. As of the end of 2019, Prologis had 143 million square feet of sustainably certified space across 397 projects in 18 countries. (Source: Prologis, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Prologis, 415 394 9000, www.prologis.com
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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
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The solar installation is in line with the arena's commitment to net Zero Carbon certification by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), a leading non-profit organization dedicated to advancing sustainable building practices.
The Seattle Arena installation is part of a 250 MW portfolio of commercial and industrial (C&I) solar projects being developed by Unico Solar and Excelsior across North America. (Source: Unico Solar, PR, Mar., 2021)
Contact: International Living Future Institute, www.living-future.org
Excelsior Energy Capital, www.excelsiorcapital.com; Unico Solar, (206) 628-5050, www.unicoprop.com/services/real-estate/solar
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Most of Australia's renewable energy infrastructure is manufactured offshore and imported.
Under its plan, BlueScope "will invest directly in our own plant, but also partner with innovators and entrepreneurs to develop new technology solutions in key industries like renewables, infrastructure, defense, manufacturing and sustainable buildings.
An immediate focus will be supporting the manufacture of wind tower, solar farm, pumped hydro, electricity transmission facilities," according to the BlueScope release.
(Source: BlueScope Steel, ABC News Australia, 15 Nov., 2020) Contact: BlueScope Steel, www.bluescope.com
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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, email@example.com, www.wellcertified.com;
US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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Buildings are responsible for almost 40 pct of global carbon emissions and 50 pct of global material use while 91 pct of people and their families live where air pollution levels exceed World Health Organization limits. People spend 90 pct of their time indoors, so the quality of the indoor environment is of critical importance. By 2050, the global population will increase to 9.8 billion and the world's building stock will double, accelerating devastating environmental, social and economic impacts of the built environment, according to the WorldGBC.
Download the WGBC Sustainable Buildings for Everyone, Everywhere strategy HERE. (Source: World Green Building Council, Sept., 2020)
Contact: World Green Building Council, Cristina Gamboa, CEO , www.worldgbc.org
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Plug Smart installed the facility's original building automation system (BAS) and has since acted as energy and systems advisers and helped select Reliable Controls as the best solution for the next generation of their BAS.
The hotel, which collaborated with Plug Smart to identify innovative energy-saving solutions, reports more than $150,000 in energy savings during a 6-month period when it simultaneously experienced a 1.5 percent increase in occupancy. The project included integrating the complex's electricity, water, steam, and chilled water meters into a dashboard to provide real-time tracking of energy savings goals. (Source: Plug Smart, PR, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact:
Plug Smart, Lucas Dixon, (734) 494-0830, www.plugsmart.com
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The Healthy People in Healthy Places Equals a Healthy Economy strategy promotes the idea that prioritizing the health of people, communities, and the planet is the fastest way to rebuild a healthier, more sustainable economy. USGBC is launching emergency guidance and upgrades to the LEED green building program to ensure that it reflects the realities that buildings, and more importantly, the people inside them, will face in the near future.
Under the new initiative, USGBC will update current LEED strategies in LEED v4.1 that support indoor environmental quality, cleaning, occupant comfort, operations, better materials, and risk management, while finding opportunities to introduce new approaches given the current public health crisis.
According to USGBC, refining LEED strategies and providing guidance that clearly communicates the economic, health, and environmental benefits of sustainable buildings, communities and cities to people -- especially during this time of uncertainty -- will be a priority. (Source: USGBC, Env..Energy Leader, 13 May, 2020) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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"Today millions of us are living, working and learning in LEED-certified buildings around the world. These spaces are using less energy and water, mitigating the environmental burden on their communities, saving money and offering the people who occupy them a better quality of life. This latest milestone demonstrates how the global green building community is delivering on the vision we set forth more than 20 years ago with better buildings and spaces that equal better lives," said USGBC Pres. Mahesh Ramanujam. (Source: USGBC, 17 Nov., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The center will focus on making improvements to the built environment through UNECE's Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings. It will work with global sustainability experts to identify and employ best practices for sustainable building design, construction and policy, and will conduct training programs for architects, engineers, planners and contractors on sustainable design and construction. The center will also provide technical and innovation assistance, and advocate for changes in local and state policies such as building codes, zoning incentives and energy regulations.
Pittsburgh is the second city in the world to participate in the program, following New York's Building Energy Exchange.
(Source: Green Building Alliance, Smart Cities, Pittsburgh2030 District, Contact: Pittsburgh2030 District, Jenna Cramer, Exec. Dir., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.2030districts.org/pittsburgh; Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org
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Stora Enso develops and produces solutions based on wood and biomass for a range of industries and applications worldwide, leading in the bioeconomy and supporting our customers in meeting demand for renewable eco-friendly products.
"Stora Enso has helped us lead the change towards a building sector that meets the decarbonization goals of the Paris Agreement, addressing both operational and embodied emissions. As a campaign ambassador and advocate for new policies such as the EU's 'Level(s)' framework that seek to mainstream life-cycle assessment, they are evidence to politicians that the sector is ready to deliver net zero carbon," according to James Drinkwater, Director of WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network.
Carbon dioxide emissions from construction materials -- mostly cement and steel -- account for approximately 11 pct of all global emissions. Stora Enso has also supported the creation of the WorldGBC's Bringing embodied carbon upfront report that highlights the importance of emissions from materials.
World Green Building Council (WGBC) is the world's largest international organisation promoting the practice of sustainable building. Stora Enso Wood Products joined WGBC in 2017. (Source: Stora Enso, PR, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Stora Enso Wood Products Div., Jari Suominen, Div. Head,
+43-664-6183907, email@example.com, www.storaenso.com; World Green Building Council, James Drinkwater, www.worldgbc.org
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The BEA Initiative was launched by The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Johnson Controls (JCI) to increase awareness and adoption of building energy efficiency programs.
The Initiative aims to build market awareness and action on local government leadership by example, particularly in the developing world, local benchmarking and sustainable building certification and labeling approaches, innovative financing to support efficiency investments and distributed energy systems at the building and community scale. (Source: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, Aug., 2019) Contact: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, DEWA CEO, www.dubaisce.gov.ae
; World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com;
Building Efficiency Accelerator Initiative, www.buildingefficiencyaccelerator.org
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One expert who has been working at the heart of this topic is Gonzalo Pinto Quijano, an architect specializing in sustainable buildings at Acciona. As part of the EU project BRESAER, he has helped design and test a pioneering lightweight structural mesh to boost the energy-performance building facades.
The BRESAER building mesh system is modular and flexible, allowing it to adapt to different climatic conditions and architectural constraints. The lightweight structural mesh allows other components to be easily integrated into an energy efficient building facade .
Download BRESAER system details HERE. (Source: UN Cordis, Aug., 2019) Contact: UN Cordis, www.cordis.europa.eu; BRESAER, www.bresaer,eu
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The challenge is marked by a growing number of municipalities who have proclaimed June 5 as BUILT GREEN Day. This reflects the growing concern faced by public and private industry on climate change and the heightened expectations of the municipality's role in addressing this social problem. In response to meeting environmental targets, all orders of government are developing climate mitigation strategies, while for those working in the residential building industry, increased energy performance and other regulations continue to change.
The increased stringency of codes and standards is driving costs up for the industry -- the unintended consequence is the further deterioration of housing affordability. With the intersection of these two social problems, there is possibility for further collaborative actions between government and industry collaboration that considers the environment, costs, and the pace of change given realizing sustainability targets requires the support of private industry.
Built Green Canada works with its builders to support the successful certification of their builds, assist them in meeting compliance requirements, while its programs' four levels of certification offer industry a means to voluntarily stay ahead of code and incrementally improve in preparation to be net-zero energy ready for 2030 regulations.
Though some municipalities are exclusively focused on energy performance, Built Green's programs are complementary as they take a more holistic approach that may reduce the load on civic infrastructure including water, power, and waste. Built Green recognizes municipalities may not be able to favour one program over another and therefore encourages municipalities to include its programs, alongside others, as an option to endorse.
Meanwhile, Built Green Canada has partnered with the Green Builder® Coalition to bring the first performance-based water rating to Canada through the water conservation section of their builder programs. Though parts of Canada, and the world, are increasingly experiencing droughts, and freshwater ecosystems are shown to be under stress, water conservation in the residential building industry has not received the attention energy efficiency has, though they are both connected and significant. The Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS) is based on measurable parameters, along with a scoring scale that considers indoor and outdoor water use, reuse via rainwater, greywater and blackwater catchment calculations.
Built Green Canada is an industry-driven, national, non-profit organization offering programs for residential building. Since its inception, builders have worked with Built Green to complete over 32,750 certified homes represented in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario -- including the units in multi-storey projects, the total is over 36,090. At the end of 2018, the cumulative impact of these single family certified homes translated into more than half a million (588,505.29) tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions saved (up to December 31, 2018). (Source: Built Green Canada, PR, June, 2019)
Contact: Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, CEO, (855) 485- .0920, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.builtgreencanada.ca
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The acquisition will expand Delta IoT-enabled smart green solutions for sustainable buildings and cities, building automation, energy management, commercial and industrial LED lighting, surveillance and indoor environmental quality systems.
(Source: Delta Electronic, 3 June, 2019) Contact: Delta Electronics, www.deltaww.com, www.delta-americas.com; Amerlux, www.amerlux.com
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The project, which will incorporate 28 homes with each possessing a 6KW solar array and a 20KWh energy automation system, is certified by the Passive House Institute United States in Chicago to maximize energy gains and minimize energy losses. Each residence will produce, store and intelligently manage the home's power throughout the day and night without sacrificing comfort. The homes are capable of becoming independent of the grid during high-cost periods of the day, avoiding the use of high carbon intensive peak power and minimizing stress on the utility grid.
Evolutionary Home Builders will initiate the development of the community which is claimed to be the most sustainable passive home community in the US. (Source: Sonnen, Evolutionary Home Builders, Smart Energy, 27 May, 2019) Contact: Passive House Institute US, (312) 561-4588, email@example.com, www.phius.org; Sonnen, Blake Richetta, Snr. VP, sonnen U.S. operations, www.sonnenusa.com
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The HQ building design incorporates smart technologies by EDGE that record data and automate the building's features and functions, including Internet of Things (IoT) systems enabling the building to learn from occupants' behaviors and remember their preferences.
(Source: Unilever, PR May, 2019) Contact: Unilever, Catherine Reynolds
(201) 894-7760, www.unileverusa.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The notable local winners included Henrico-based NBJ Architecture, Sustainable Design Consulting LLC, which received this year's Visionary Award recognizing leadership in sustainable buildings and communities, as well as University of Richmond student Jennifer Kearney, winner of the Next Generation Award for her work educating fellow students on waste reduction and energy and water conservation.
Hollyport Ventures, Christiansburg-based Community Housing Partners, and Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity were also honoured.
(Source: Viridiant, 6 May, 2019) Contact: Viridiant, board president Bryan Manga 804-225-9843, www.viridiant.org
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Copenhagen International School (CIS) is a unique building project, for which it has been a pleasure for me and my former colleagues, Miriam Sanchez and Vickie Aagesen to work on. This cooperation also included Karin Kappel from Solar City Denmark, who have carried out amazing work in promoting best practice BIPV architecture since 2004, and Gate21, engaged as a collaborator in relation to the ForskVE realisation.
For Kuben Management, I hope that winning the Active House award will support the idea of working with the Active House standard in practice because it has many benefits and it is not costly to work with. In relation to ForskVE, it has been possible to include several Active House labelled projects in the Danish sustainable building database which can now be viewed in English at www.bæredygtigebygninger.dk.
The idea of working with performance documentation has always been a part of the Active House approach and with the demands for this in the EU Building Directive, it has become increasingly relevant, and something that will be supported by the development towards more digitalisation in buildings.
CIS is a good example of a school building with an emphasis on a healthy indoor climate, which had a strong focus in the design process, also based on special demands from the builder, f.ex. when it comes to using decentralised ventilation systems. This is in a scenario where bad indoor climate issues are not uncommon in Danish schools. It is our hope that the qualities documented in the online Active House radar will help to ensure a continuous focus on the indoor climate.
I agree that homebuyers can use Active House documentation to help them secure quality but also due to the reasonably low costs to use it. Good advice would be to try to cooperate with other sustainable building quality systems. In the Nordic countries, f.ex. have the Nordic Swan Label which one of the leading contractors (NCC), uses for all their housing projects.
My advice for the future is to really focus on new and unique projects, which support the green transition, and to work with engaged builders, such as what we witnessed with the CIS building. CIS is a really good example of what a determined builder can do in practice. Here, the driving force was one of the board members of the school who at the same time was a designer and secured full-scale BIPV Mock-Ups on the actual building site to identify the best possible BIPV design (in cooperation with the experienced BIPV manufacturer, Solar Lab). This actually led to the withdrawal of the architect (C.F. Møller), for a short period, due to risks they saw in connection to the use of completely new technology for almost all facades. In the end, they came back and was deeply engaged in securing the qualities in practice of many of the technical and architectural solutions. (Source: European Green Cities, Open Access Government, 11 April, 2019) Contact: European Green Cities, Peder Vejsig Pedersen, +45 2046 6755,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Active House, www.activehouseroofsandfacades.com, www.activehouse.info
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According to the report, improved energy efficiency and performance of buildings presents a win-win-win opportunity, reducing stress on the electricity network, offering bill savings, supporting a least-cost pathway to a zero carbon built environment, and improving health and resilience outcomes for households and businesses.
The National Construction Code is a ready-made policy instrument to influence the operational energy use of new buildings and major renovations. The Code regulates the building envelope and fixed equipment, including heating and cooling equipment, lighting and hot water. Built to Perform shows that setting strong energy standards for new buildings in the Code could, between now and 2050, reduce energy bills by up to $27 billion, cut energy network costs by up to $12.6 billion and deliver at least 78 million tonnes of cumulative emissions savings.
The ASBEC report was produced with the support of the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, the RACV and dozens of building industry and government partners. The project has been delivered in partnership with CSIRO, Energy Action (EA), Strategy. Policy. Research. (SPR) and the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong (UOW). (Source: ASBEC, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: ASBEC, Suzanne Toumbourou, Exec. Dir., (02) 8006 0828, email@example.com, www.asbec.asn.au; ClimateWorks Australia, www.climateworksaustralia.org
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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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Oneonta is partnering with SUNY Polytechnic Institute and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to establish goals and best practices for the program, which is supported by a two-year grant of $900,000, part of nearly $6 million awarded to SUNY campuses by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to train more workers in the state's clean-energy sector.
The initiative will also develop an in-house capacity of LEED associated professionals to certify new and existing campus buildings across the State University system. After the three-year pilot program, a SUNY Green Building Technology Learning Center will be developed to expand training SUNY-wide.
The specialized courses will lead to a new Sustainable Building Design certificate offered through the Geography and Environmental Sustainability department.
As previously reported, SUNY College at Brockport, New York, offers a similar program.
(Source: State University of New York College at Oneonta , Daily Star, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: State University of New York College at Oneonta, (607) 436-3500, https://suny.oneonta.edu
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JLL exceeded its existing targets at the end of 2017, and reported annual performance highlights including:
The new targets established in the Building a Better Tomorrow program include:
JLL will also strengthen partnerships with various external organizations, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Global Compact, Green Building Councils, and others.
According to UN estimates, real estate accounts for about 40 pct of the world's energy consumption and a third of all carbon emissions. (Source: JLL, PR, June, 2018) Contact: JLL, Christian Ulbrich, CEO,
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