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(no subject) [Jan. 4th, 2007|07:32 pm]
Promoting the LEED green building system.

Upcoming LEED Workshops

You can register online now for any one of these upcoming workshops:

Integrated Design and LEED Documentation
01.30.07 – Chicago, IL (1:30pm-5:30pm)

LEED 101: Getting Started with Green
01.30.07 – Chicago, IL (8:30am-12:30pm)
02.13.07 – St. Paul, MN (8:30am-12:30pm)
02.14.07 – Arlington, VA (8:30am-12:30pm)

LEED for General Contractors/Construction Managers
01.26.07 – Raleigh, NC (8:30am-12:30pm)

LEED for Product Manufacturers
01.31.07 – Dallas, TX (8:30am-12:30pm)

Using LEED for New Construction on Healthcare Projects
02.13.07 – St. Louis, MO (12:30pm-4:30pm)
02.13.07 – Sacramento, CA (8:30am-12:30pm)
04.17.07 – Chicago, IL (8:30am-12:30pm)

Technical Reviews

LEED for New Construction
01.18.07 – Long Island, NY
01.23.07 – Arlington, VA
01.23.07 – Boston, MA
02.01.07 – Chesapeake, VA
02.02.07 – Las Vegas, NV
02.09.07 – San Francisco, CA
02.20.07 – Chicago, IL
02.23.07 – Orange, CA
02.24.07 – Omaha, NE
02.26.07 – Miami, FL
03.09.07 – Ft Wayne, IN
03.21.07 – Downey, CA
03.28.07 – Salt Lake City, UT
04.12.07 – Syracuse, NY
04.25.07 – Boston, MA

LEED for Commercial Interiors
01.23.07 – San Jose, CA
02.13.07 – Cincinnati, OH
04.25.07 – Sacramento, CA

LEED for Existing Buildings
01.18.07 – St. Paul, MN
01.25.07 – Boston, MA
02.13.07 – Cleveland, OH
03.13.07 – Chicago, IL
04.25.07 – Pittsburgh, PA

Visit www.usgbc.org/Education for more information.
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(no subject) [Jan. 3rd, 2007|08:45 pm]
Promoting the LEED green building system.

from the USGBC member newsletter:

Looking Ahead:
Challenges and Opportunities in the New Year
Taking action on climate change is at the top of USGBC's agenda.

What a year! We have a lot to celebrate as 2006 comes to an end, such as our more than 7,200 members, 670 LEED certified projects, and 5,000+ LEED registered projects. Not to mention the 87 states, cities, and federal agencies that have adopted or have incentives for LEED, and the 13,500 people from all over the world who attended the 2006 Greenbuild Conference in Denver. Green building is hitting the mainstream--you can hardly open a newspaper these days without reading about it. But that doesn't mean our work is finished—far from it. It means we must work even harder, because now we have the potential to truly make a difference.

Reaching that potential has never been more important: scientists estimate that we have only ten years before the damage from global climate change is too great to be undone. We know that CO2 emissions are a primary cause of climate change, and we know that the building sector is responsible for almost half of those emissions. The good news is that we also know LEED buildings can reduce C02 emissions by 50%. Right now, today, we have an unprecedented opportunity to make an immediate, measurable impact on climate change.

That's why USGBC is putting climate change at the top of our agenda. At Greenbuild, we launched an aggressive 8-step action plan which includes specific proposals to further improve the energy performance of LEED buildings and make greater reductions in C02 emissions. The plan also encourages greater adoption of LEED standards by giving free registration under LEED for Existing Buildings for all LEED for New Construction and Core & Shell certified projects, and by offering free certification to all LEED Platinum projects. We’re also partnering with organizations including Autodesk®, Enterprise Community Partners, BOMA, and ASID on new technology and education programs for professionals across the entire industry.

Those 5,000 LEED buildings aren't enough. We need all our new offices, homes, schools, and hospitals to be LEED certified, and we need to renovate our existing buildings to LEED standards. We have ambitious goals: by 2010, there will be 100,000 LEED certified commercial buildings, and 1 million LEED homes. By 2020, we want to see 1 million LEED certified commercial buildings, and 10 million LEED homes.

We can't do it alone. USGBC's members are the reason the transformation of the built environment is underway, and with your leadership we will keep up the momentum. Working together, I know that we can meet the immense challenge ahead of us, and build a healthy sustainable future for us all. Happy New Year, and we look forward to working with you in 2007.

-Rick Fedrizzi
President, CEO & Founding Chairman, USGBC
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A quick plug... [Dec. 8th, 2006|09:48 am]
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Alison Kwok, one of the main forces for this sort of thing at the University of Oregon, is on the cusp of releasing a new book entitled The Green Studio Handbook: Environmental Strategies for Schematic Design The official release date is December 18th. I've seen a copy and from all I took in it looks to be the sustainability equivalent of Allen and Iano's Architect's Studio Companion. This could be a really handy reference work.
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(no subject) [Dec. 6th, 2006|07:26 pm]
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The DC city council voted to make Washington, DC the first major city to require private developers to adhere to LEED standards — a requirement that would force all commercial development of 50,000 square feet or more to meet the standards by 2012. From the article: "For the most part, the building council's standards don't mandate that a project incorporate specific features. Rather, they award credits in categories such as site selection, energy and water efficiency, and materials. A building must amass a certain number of credits to be certified."

plus: images of usgbc staff in their new office.
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Denver green build [Nov. 18th, 2006|09:36 pm]
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Anyone else go to Green Build?
What were your favorite parts?
Least favorites?

+ I loved the opening lecture and the EBG form.
+ http://www.pharosproject.net/
- My least favorite was the people there just for marketing reasons and those same people throwing glass and aluminum cans in the garage when the recycling was right there.
- Seeing all the products that just claimed to be sustainable.
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leed platinum for residential [Nov. 17th, 2006|11:20 pm]
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Article in the November issue of Dwell magazine.
A fantastic house by Ray Kappe (founder of SCI-Arc) for LivingHome.
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(no subject) [Nov. 12th, 2006|10:59 pm]
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Greenbuild 2006 starts this week! Thousands of green building industry professionals will be coming together to learn about the latest advancements in green building design, construction, project financing and building management.

If you haven't already planned to attend, start planning for next year! Greenbuild 2007 will be hosted in Los Angeles, CA October 17-19, 2007.
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(no subject) [Nov. 9th, 2006|11:38 am]
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Following up to yesterday's post about joining your local chapter... Non-US citizens can go to the World Green Building Council to find their own national organizations that are promoting the design and construction of green buildings.
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(no subject) [Nov. 8th, 2006|09:42 am]
Promoting the LEED green building system.
If you're in the US, and you'd like to get more involved with LEED at the local level, I would recommend joining a local USGBC Chapter.

You can find a list of Chapters here.
You can fill out an application here.
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GSA Says LEED "Most Credible" Rating System [Nov. 7th, 2006|01:43 pm]
Promoting the LEED green building system.
Inside Green Business, September 26, 2006

In a major boost to the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) system for rating the environmental performance of buildings, the General Services Administration (GSA) which operates as the federal government's landlord has issued a report that found the council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system to be the most credible among five systems evaluated.

That conclusion will likely have a major impact on the growing green building market because the federal government is one of the largest owners and operators of commercial buildings, so the government's endorsement of a particular ranking system could establish a de facto standard for the industry.

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