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LaGuardia Terminal B Lands LEED v4 Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2021-07-21
In the Empire State, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is reporting LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B was awarded LEED v4 Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The certification makes it the first airline terminal in the world to achieve recognition for its sustainability efforts under the more stringent requirements.

To achieve its LEED v4 Gold certification, the airport recycled nearly 100 pct of debris from the Terminal B Garage demolition for the new construction. Additionally, the terminal is designed to achieve more than 43 pct water savings and an 18 pct cut in energy costs. The building achieved energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions by using reduced window glazing area, installing light-colored aluminum membrane roof to reflect solar heat and reduce summer cooling loads, lower lighting power density, deploying daylight controls to adjust artificial lighting levels in response to sunlight, and utilizing solar water heaters.

La Guardia was opened in Queens, New York, on the site of an amusement park in 1939 as the New York Municipal Airport. Playing on the amusement park theme, the airport charged a then curious public 10 cents to park and watch airplanes takeoff and land -- yielding over $900,000 in the airport's second year. The airport is presently raked as the 25th busiest, and one of the worst, airports in the world and has 4 terminals -- A-D. (Source: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, PR, Transportation Today, 21 July, 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,  


DEWA Claims Sixth LEED Green Building Certification (Int'l.)
DEWA, US Green Building Council
Date: 2021-06-28
In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is reporting receipt of the 2021 USGBC Regional Leadership Award from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) -- its sixth green building with LEED ratings.

DEWA’s new headquarters under construction, is slated to be the tallest, largest, and smartest government Net Zero Energy building in the world when completed, according to past DEWA statements. (Source: DEWA, ZAWYA, 27 June, 2021) Contact: DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Thayer, CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


Titan America Cements USGBC Leadership Award (Ind. Report)
Titan America, USGBC
Date: 2021-06-18
Norfolk, Virginia-headquartered heavy building materials supplier Titan America LLC reports its Pennsuco Plant in Florida and its Roanoke Cement Company in Virginia have been awarded 2021 U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Regional Leadership Award for green building and sustainable practices.

Titan America LLC building products include cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete and fly ash beneficiation. Its parent company, Titan Cement International, S.A., headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, is a participant of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, based on companies' commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to support the UN goals. (Source: Titan America, LLC, PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact: Titan America LLC, 757-858-6500, www.titanamerica.com; Titan Cement International, S.A., www.titan-cement.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,  


USGBC Lauds LG for Green Building Commitment (Ind. Report)
USGBC, LG Electronics
Date: 2021-06-14
LG Electronics USA is reporting its North American headquarters campus in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. has received US Green Building Council 2021 LEED Platinum certification.

LG's new $300 million, 350,000 sq-ft building and campus incorporates 50 pc more green space on the 27-acre site, maintained woodlands and wetlands and planted more than 1,500 trees native to New Jersey. The facility features highly efficient LG HVAC technologies to maximize energy conservation and an 85,000-square-foot rooftop array of LG solar modules to generate clean electricity on-site and help reduce carbon emissions. Other award-winning technologies and systems from LG -- including digital signage displays and smart appliances -- are integrated throughout the property.

The LG campus is one of only 10 new construction buildings in the Garden State and one of 894 projects nation-wide to earn LEED Platinum. (Source: LG Electronics USA, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: LG Electronics USA, www.lg.com/us; 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,  LG Electronics,  Green Building,  


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,  


    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,  


    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,  


    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,  

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    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,  


  • 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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  U.S. Green Building Council ,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED,  Energy Efficiency,  SoCalGas,  USGBC,  RNG,  Energy Efficiency,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Earth Advantage,  Green Building Registry,  Energy Efficiency,  


    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,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  USGBC,  ENERGY Star,  BREEAM,  Energy Eddiciency,  


  • 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,  


    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

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


    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

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


    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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  • 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

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    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

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  • Saudi Industrial City Awarded LEED Silver Certification (Int'l.)

    Date: 2020-09-28
    In Saudi Arabia, the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) reports it is the world's first industrial city to receive US Green Building Council (USGBC) Silver level accreditation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

    SPARK aims to be the primary gateway to the regional energy sector. Its technologically-advanced ecosystem offers investors supply-chain efficiency and an ultramodern "plug and play" infrastructure. As well as targeting large corporations, SPARK also caters to small and medium-sized enterprises and provides support through its SPARK SME Hub, creating a tailored microcosm for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). (Source: SPARK, Design Middle-East, 28 Sept., 2020) Contact: King Salman Energy Park, info@SPARK-KSA.com, www.spark-ksa.com


    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)

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    Israel Imposes Mandatory Green Building Standards (Int'l. Report)
    Green Building, Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-09-04
    In Jerusalem, the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) is reporting the passage of new mandatory sustainable construction legislation under which all new buildings will be constructed according to the national green standards, starting March 2022.The new legislation was originally passed in 2005 as a voluntary standard that was periodically updated.

    According to the Ministry, Israel has roughly 1.3 million buildings, 450 of which hold green certification. An additional 1,000 are currently being examined, and another 50 comply with the US Green Building Council's LEED rating systems or BREEAM, the internationally recognized comprehensive and holistic environmental assessment method with over 2,250,000 registered projects and 565,000+ certified buildings in more than 83 countries. (Source: Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection, Xinhua, Sept., 2020) Contact: Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ran Avraham, Green Building Unit Head, www.sviva.gov.il/English/Pages/HomePage.aspx: BREEAM, www.breeam.com; USGBC LEED, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    India's SRK Scores LEED Platinum Certification (Int'l. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2020-08-30
    In India, Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt reports its SRK House, the 2,25 million sq. ft. crafting unit of one of the largest diamond companies, has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification -- the US GBC’s highest rating for sustainable and environment-friendly building operations .

    SRK House scored 86 points out of 100 in LEED certification eligibility eith energy efficiency initiatives that included: addressing the increasing demand of energy due to growth with the ISO 50002 Energy Audit; improved waste management practices; increased use of renewable energy sources; increased recycling; energy benchmarking; regular CIO2 disinfection for the indoor areas ; Natural Cooling through out; low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation; rainwater harvesting and other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives and features. (Source: SRK House, PR, Instore Mag., 25 Aug., 2020)

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    India's SRK Scores LEED Platinum Certification (Int'l. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2020-08-26
    In India, Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt reports its 2,25 million sq. ft. SRK House diamond manufacturing unit has scored US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for energy efficient, sustainable and environment-friendly building operations.

    SRK House scored 86 points out of 100 in LEED certification eligibility with energy efficiency initiatives that included: addressing the increasing demand of energy due to growth with the ISO 50002 Energy Audit; improved waste management practices; increased use of renewable energy; increased recycling; energy benc-hmarking; regular CIO2 disinfection for the indoor areas; natural cooling and lighting; low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation; rainwater harvesting and other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives and features. (Source: SRK House, PR, Instore Mag., 25 Aug., 2020) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Shree Ramkrishna Exports, +91 261 404 0544, www.srkexport.com

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    ICD Brookfield Place Scores LEED Platinum Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Brookfield Properties,USGBC
    Date: 2020-08-24
    In Dubai, real estate services firm Brookfield Properties reports its ICD Brookfield Place building has achieved US Green Building Council (UEGBC) LEED® Platinum certification for green building design, construction, operations and performance. ICD Brookfield Place is the tallest and largest office building in the EMEA region to achieve the rating, and is among the top 20 of the world's largest LEED® Platinum projects.

    The 53-story, 1.1 million square foot office and retail complex in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is designed to be energy efficient and minimize its ecological footprint, and has reduced its energy consumption by 28 pct above industry standards. (Source: ICD Brookfield, MENAFN , 22 Aug., 2020) Contact: Brrokfield Properties, www.brookfieldproperties.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Greensboro N.C. Earns LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-08-05
    In North Carolina, the City of Greensboro is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Silver®certification for its sustainability efforts. The City began the process in May 2019 when it was one of 15 US cities to receive a grant to participate in the USGBC LEED for Cities and Communities Program, supported by Bank of America.

    Throughout the LEED certification process, the City worked to track and verify performance on a wide variety of sustainability indicators including energy, water, transportation, education, health and more. LEED for Cities provides a consistent rating system and independently verified data analysis, allowing comparison with local, regional and global peer cities.

    LEED-certification helps Greensboro advance City Council's goal of becoming a leading city in resilience, sustainability and energy independence, and to meet or exceed the state's commitment to address climate change and transition to clean, renewable energy. (Source: City of Greensboro, City News Release, 5 Aug., 2020) Contact: City of Greensboro , David Parrish, City Manager, www.greensboro-nc.gov

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    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

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    ASU Biodesign Institute C Scores Sustainability Award (Ind. Report)
    Arizona State University
    Date: 2020-07-13
    In Tempe, Arizona State University (ASU), home of the world's first school of sustainability and the first university-issued sustainability degree, reports its new $120 million Biodesign Institute C R&D center has been awarded Lab Manager magazine's Excellence in Sustainability prize, part of the first annual Lab Design Excellence Awards.

    Biodesign Institute C, which is also LEED Platinum certified by the US Green Building Council, is the third building in a set of four ASU scientific complexes focused on bio-inspired research for global impact. The building's sustainability and energy conservation features include: active chilled beams, which permit decoupling of space cooling loads from the required ventilation air; an enhanced run-around loop (ERAL) system in the air handling units; and other energy efficiency features.(Source: ASU, Lab Manager, July, 2020) Contact: ASU Biodesign Institute C, www.cfo.asu.edu/biodesign-c, USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    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

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    Jersey City NJ Encourages Green Sustainable Dev. (Ind. Report)
    Jersey City
    Date: 2020-06-12
    In the Garden State, Jersey City officials are touting the Sustainability Incentive Program (SIP), a voluntary dual-pronged approach to development designed to reduce pollution while promoting sustainable development.

    The first green initiative incentivizes new and existing development to divert storm water from the sewer system by installing green infrastructure, as well as meeting strict energy and water conservation standards provided in US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines. If the building is built to LEED certifications, it will receive a discount on water and sewer connection fees based on that level of LEED accreditation.

    The second initiative is the Flood Overlay Zone Program, which will require new developments in FEMA-designated flood hazard zones to incorporate green infrastructure to help control localized flooding and minimize pollution runoff into local waterways. New developments will implement green infrastructure, such as rain gardens, green roofs, bioswales, and permeable pavement, to absorb and filter storm water runoff, which will help avoid combined sewage overflows in which sewage and wastewater overflow and pollute local waterways. (Source: Jersey City, PR, Hudson Reporter, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Jersey City Office of Sustainability, Kate Lawrence, Director(201)-547-4632, www.erseycitynj.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=6189744&pageId=12571658, www.jcmakeitgreen.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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

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

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    USGBC Launches Global Economic Recovery Strategy (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-05-15
    The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced a new strategy intended to leverage LEED -- and the communities implementing the rating system -- to support buildings and neighborhoods in a post-pandemic world.

    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.

  • Introduce new LEED strategies and launch new pilot credits to support social distancing, nontoxic surface cleaning, air quality, and infection monitoring.

  • Form CEO Advisory Councils to advise and support USGBC's CEO on how the organization, its programs, and the building and construction industries can prioritize sustainability in a post-pandemic world.

  • Accelerate the implementation of its USGBC Equity program to better address the social, health, and economic disparities within communities.

  • Call for ideas and perspectives from the broader market on how LEED and healthy spaces can evolve given the current public health crisis.

  • Adapt a review process for LEED and other green business certification programs, and amend its LEED process to incorporate the lessons learned.

  • Publish a series of best practice guidance reports to help project teams assist their occupants as they re-enter their spaces.

    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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  • 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

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    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

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    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

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  • 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

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    San Ramon, Calfif. Retail Center Scores LEED Platinum Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-04-13
    In the Golden State, the City Center Bishop Ranch retail center in San Ramon reports receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for energy efficiency. LEED qualifying features, programs and improvements include:
  • Promoting water efficiency and biodiversity by planting drought-tolerant and native plants throughout the center's landscaping and using reclaimed water for all landscaping.

  • Installing water-efficient fixtures that allow the center to use 36 pct less water indoors than typical buildings of the same size.

  • Reducing energy use by 48 pct compared to typical outdoor lifestyle/retail buildings of the same size -- equal to 1,112 metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Acquiring 25 pct of the building's energy from a solar PV array.

  • Diverting 98 pct of the center's construction and demolition waste from landfills through recycling or salvaging and using regionally sourced and recycled materials used in construction.

  • Incorporating zero or low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) finish materials (Source: City Center Bishop Ranch, USGBC, Danville San Ramon News, 12 April, 2020) Contact: City Center Bishop Ranch, www.citycenterbishopranch.com US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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

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

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    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

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    Ill. County Participating in LEED for Cities and Communities Sustainability Program (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2020-03-09
    In Illinois, the Kane County Dept. of Resource Management reports the county is one of 20 agencies nationwide -- and the only one in Illinois -- awarded a US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED for Cities and Communities program grant to tackle larger-scale energy efficiency and sustainability objectives with help from regional partners.

    The LEED for Cities and Communities program offers participants access to a performance platform, educational tools and professional liaison to support LEED certification, according to the USGBC website.

    The grant program, which also receives support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, allows county leaders to measure how their sustainability efforts fare both internally and globally. The program provides an award package to communities that have shown commitment in addressing climate change, resilience and social equity.

    Each recipient receives an annual silver membership to the Green Building Council; registration and certification review fees in the LEED Cities and Communities program; access to the Arc platform that encourages improvement and benchmarking; and the availability of online educational resources, project management tools and monthly conference calls. (Source: US BC, Daily Herald, 7 Mar., 2020) Contact: Kane County Resource Management, Jessica Mino, Management Coordinator, 630-208-8665, minojessica@co.kane.il.us​, www.county ofkane.org; USGBC LEED for Cities and Communities Program, www.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems/leed-for-cities, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Tampa Participating in USGBC Climate Change Program (Ind, Report)
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-02-28
    In the Sunshine State, the city of Tampa (pop. 400,000 +-) reports it has been selected by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its 2020 LEED for Cities and Communities Grant Program aimed at accelerating progress on resiliency, social equity and climate change planning.

    The program provides climate change and resiliency educational resources, data, performance bench marks and establishes a peer network for increased communications and idea sharing. More than 100 cities and communities worldwide have already participated in the program. (Source: City of Tampa, FLAPOL, 26 Feb., 2020) Contact: US Green Building Council. LEED for Cities and Communities Program, www.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems/leed-for-cities, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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