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(no subject) [Jun. 4th, 2009|08:20 pm]
Promoting the LEED green building system.

Curious, is anyone planning to test under the new LEED?

I've been considering for weeks now, am thinking about taking the plunge.  Of course I wished I had made up my mind weeks ago so I could have taken the test under the old system.

Regardless, I'd like some pointers in testing preparation material?

What did you use etc?
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So surprised this is dead? [Mar. 4th, 2009|06:20 am]
Promoting the LEED green building system.

Isn't anyone else cramming to get in under the 2.2 deadline?

I sure wish I could toss around EA with some folks!
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from the member newsletter [Jul. 9th, 2007|04:02 pm]
Promoting the LEED green building system.

Letter from Tom Hicks, USGBC Vice President of LEED

Dear USGBC members,

I would like to share with you some exciting developments regarding the LEED rating system. As the number of LEED certified and registered buildings climbs towards 8000, the market has provided us with information, ideas and feedback on the LEED process. As part of USGBC’s dedication to the continually evolving LEED, I am pleased to update you on four initiatives that are currently underway at the Council. These initiatives will help us make LEED more flexible and adaptive while also maintaining its technical rigor. The four initiatives that are currently underway include:

Harmonizing and Aligning LEED Rating SystemCollapse )

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LEED will always strive to inspire our market leaders to innovation and deliver the immediate and measurable results they need. And with these four initiatives in place, we will be that much closer to realizing our goal of a sustainable built environment within a generation.


Tom Hicks
Vice President, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council
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Top Ten Green Projects [Apr. 27th, 2007|03:29 pm]
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The American Institute of Architects has highlighted 10 buildings it considers the best of the breed. The group is trying to demonstrate the possibility of creating sustainable, environmentally friendly architecture that dramatically reduces energy use and thus minimizes "carbon footprint"--the amount of carbon dioxide gas, which contributes to global warming, that the buildings generate.

The buildings include a federal courthouse, a middle school, science labs and a Connecticut water purification facility. But they share a common theme, says the American Institute of Architects' Henry Siegel.

"They use smart design, rather than expensive technology, to achieve their green goals. This is really becoming mainstream," says Siegel, vice chair of the organization's environmental committee. "All architecture firms are interested in this. People are seeing this is not a technology issue but a design issue, and to do a lot of these things correctly at the design process doesn't cost anything."

Why bother? Because, good design can save both the environment and money. The U.S. Department of Energy says that conventional buildings in the U.S eat up 71% of the country's electricity output and are responsible for 38% of the U.S.' carbon dioxide emissions, equal to the combined total emissions of Japan, France and the U.K.

And as these buildings demonstrate, it's often not brand new technology that's needed, but rather an attention to details of the design that can make the biggest difference. For instance, orienting the building's windows and open spaces to make better use of natural daylight lessens the need for electric lights. Some buildings use natural ventilation, including "cooling towers" to capture and redirect natural breezes into the space. Many make use of "solar chimneys," an ancient building technique that creates sun-heated shafts of air which rise up and out of the building, sucking cooler air in from below and creating a natural ventilation.

Smart use of roof overhangs provide sun shade for windows that helps lessen heat inside the building and reduces the need for electricity-guzzling air conditioning, while still allowing in natural light. Green gardens on the rooftops provide insulation, further reducing the need for temperature controls inside. Many of the building capture rainwater or deep sea water for use in thermal cooling systems.

The savings can be substantial. A study prepared for the Massachusetts Technology council found that buildings credited with "LEED" status (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)--a designation given by the U.S. Green Building Council based on how well a green building reduces its energy use and environmental impact--use on average 25% to 30% less energy than conventional buildings and cost, on average, only 2% more to build. Most of the buildings on this list reduce energy consumption by far more, in some cases 80%. And they do this, Siegel notes, without sacrificing an aesthetic appeal; they are, in short, pretty cool looking buildings.

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(no subject) [Apr. 21st, 2007|10:09 am]
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At the moment I'm taking a class exploring a potential new USGBC standard, the Living Building Challenge. Conceived as a possible next step beyond LEED, the LBC is a set of prerequisites one must meet, very much pass/fail, all or nothing. No points are given and there is no degree of achievement. Either the building meets the challenge or it doesn't. The metrics are as yet vague or I'd give more info to you, but the basic idea is to create a stringent standard.

As much as I love that LEED has been and continues to be adopted by builders and clients, it can be gamed to one degree or another. For example, Museum Place in Portland has been LEED certified without any consideration of stormwater and very little done in the interest of energy efficiency beyond current code requirements. Most points came from the location of the building itself in the relatively dense urban setting and the fact that it was a pre-existing structure, things the developer was doing anyway. While I in no way want to diminish the fact that the developer did a good thing in building where they did, given that they were going to anyway how does this move us forward in any meaningful way? And should we accept this as a victory for LEED, or maybe a victory over LEED? As well, it's possible to build a LEED certified McMansion. Not easy, maybe, but the system is forgiving enough that some practices that are particularly questionable don't rule out a fairly high certification. Is a LEED Gold home built on virgin wetlands a good thing?

So my question is this: Given what you know of LEED, and of competing metrics, what would you change? And how might those changes alter the current enthusiasm for the systems adoption?
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Choosing LEED-NC or LEED-CI [Mar. 30th, 2007|04:01 pm]
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I am trying to figure out which way to take this project I am working on and your advice would be appreciated.
Project: Existing 7 story building in downtown Portland, OR. It will be two levels of restaurant/bar and 5 levels of condos.
Problem: To use LEED-NC or LEED-CI

From what I understand so far, by running though the CI guidebook, is that the project wouldn't receive credit for the shell and mechanical improvements to the building because those project would yet be completed. Site points would also be lost.
By going with NC the project gains points from reusing the building, site, and other major renovations done to the building. Multi-family projects are always annoying to figure out where they fit in the LEED system.
Seems like NC is the way to go here but I am looking for others' advice on the matter after looking through all the articles I have found.

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david suzuki at greenbuild member day [Feb. 26th, 2007|08:07 pm]
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David Suzuki's speech from USGBC Member Day 2006 is now available online for download.
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(no subject) [Feb. 14th, 2007|09:37 pm]
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Green buildings need more incentives in U.S.
By Nick Carey and Ilaina Jonas Wed Feb 14, 12:09 PM ET

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - When it opens next year, the 54-story Bank of America Tower in New York will be the most environmentally friendly office building in the United States.

It will produce most of its energy at an on-site cogeneration plant. It will capture and reuse waste water and rainwater. And it uses recycled materials in its construction.

The building is the latest in a trend toward office buildings that use less energy and cause less global warming. But developers say that trend is being held back by insufficient government support.

Seventeen U.S. states and 59 cities including New York and Chicago offer incentives for green buildings or require certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

That, and demand from tenants, has led to a boom in green buildings, said Rick Fedrizzi, founder of the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit group that issues the LEED certification.

Five years ago, it was hard to get developers to focus on environmentally friendly building. "Now, I get three calls a day from CFOs asking about what we do," Fedrizzi said. The council's green building rating system has gone from relative obscurity to a mark of prestige.

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LEED Study Groups [Jan. 22nd, 2007|02:12 pm]
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Has anyone set up a group to get together and study for the LEED exam? It seems to me that this might be a good way to prepare if you aren't working in an environment where you are dealing with LEED or with LEED-accredited professionals on a day-to-day basis.

I've also heard of practice exams that people have used; does anyone have links or information about that?
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Some Feed Plugs [Jan. 5th, 2007|11:53 am]
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I have set up a few syndicated feeds in LiveJournal and located some others that bring blogs on green building and technology topics to LJ. I'm looking for other blogs to set up RSS syndication for them as well, and I'd appreciate any other suggestions for ones you have to pass along.

ecofriend_org - EcoFriend - Latest news, reviews and suggestions for great consumer products which are environmentally responsible.

ecogeek_org - EcoGeek - EcoGeek monitors and explores the current explosion in technology designed to mitigate our impact on the environment. We report tirelessly on clean tech, but we also dig deeper, providing analysis and criticisms as well as reportage.

Disclosure: I'm a contributing writer for EcoGeek.org, and they have sponsored my membership at LJ in part in order for me to be able to set up feeds to some of these blogs.

insidegreentech - Inside Green Tech - Daily technology & business developments in biofuel, solar, fuel cells, wind, water, and more.

sustainablog - Sustainablog - Sustainablog is dedicated to news, information and personal meanderings related to environmental and economic sustainability, green and sustainable business, and environmental politics.

treehuggerrss - TreeHugger - TreeHugger is a fast-growing web magazine, dedicated to everything that has a modern aesthetic yet is environmentally responsible. Our influential audience stops by frequently to check out the latest news, reviews and recommendations for modern yet green products and services. Consumers also rely on the directory to help facilitate their buying processes. TreeHugger is the most effective way for them to find well designed products that are also ecologically sensitive.
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