LEED certification system eclipses 100K commercial building mark

Sources: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Auditors for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program have registered and certified more than 100,000 commercial facilities across the globe. LEED certification is present pacing more than 2.6 million square feet of space daily, the group notes, signifying how project teams and owners are going “above and beyond to ensure a building is designed, constructed, operated and performing to the highest level of sustainability.”

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LEED rating system development goes nimble

Sources:  U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

USGBC has announced a call for proposals to solicit feedback and concepts for the next version of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the 20-year-old green building rating program whose most recent update was released in April. The standard is revised through a continuous improvement process, USGBC challenging the building sector to be more resource efficient and sustainable with each new version.

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Group behind LEED alternative logs record two-year growth

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) has elected its 2019 Board of Directors, led by Stimson Lumber Co. Vice President of Sales and Pacific Northwest Association of Rail Shippers President Tim Atkinson, who succeeds outgoing chairman Rich Mitchell, managing principal architect of Mackenzie. The latter is based in Portland, Ore., along with GBI and Stimson. Atkinson takes the reins following the largest two-year growth period in the group’s history, during which staff and members supported more than 465 building projects that earned third-party assessment and certification through the Green Globes and federal Guiding Principle Compliance (GPC) programs. Atkinson has served on the GBI Board of Directors since 2013 and assumes the chairman’s post after a two-year term as treasurer.

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NRMCA begins harnessing data to update Industry Wide-EPD

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

NRMCA is updating the Industry-Wide Environmental Product Declaration to address evolving requirements producer members confront when project owners or design teams apply Life Cycle Assessment criteria or request EPD submittals, often in conjunction with LEED v4 green building certification. 

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Greenbuild 2017: Materials selection, carbon emissions reduction, Boston backdrop

Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.

The annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will take place November 8-10 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Informa Exhibitions anticipates 25,000 attendees from the commercial and residential professional, architect, building owner and operator, student and educator ranks.

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Technology underpins green building, community performance measurements

Sources: Green Building Certification Inc., Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A new technology company will host a digital platform allowing any project or property expanse—from individual building to entire community or city—to measure improvements aligned with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, and benchmark against itself and neighboring certified projects or property groupings. Arc Skoru Inc. will support goals of LEED-administering Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and parent U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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BASF tops LEED v4-compliant Manufacturer Inventory Reports providers

Sources: BASF Construction Chemicals, Cleveland; CP staff

BASF Construction Chemicals and Performance Materials divisions in North America can provide design and engineering professionals reports satisfying requirements for Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Material Ingredients, Option 1. The company’s Product Compliance Management Process was recently certified by a third-party organization, GreenCircle Certified LLC, to ensure independent authentication of environmental claims.

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LEED catalyst issues sustainable landscape development credential


U.S. Green Building Council affiliate Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) has unveiled SITES Accredited Professional. The new credential establishes a common framework to define the profession of sustainable landscape design and development and provides landscape professionals the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise and commitment to the practice. The SITES system is a comprehensive program for developing sustainable landscapes that aligns land development and management with innovative sustainable design.

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Boral clads ICF-built Proud Green Home of Louisville

FOOTER PHOTOS: Pohl Rosa Pohl Architects

Boral USA recently provided 35,000-plus bricks from its Terre Haute, Ind., plant for The Proud Green Home of Louisville, part of the sustainable Norton Commons community in Kentucky’s largest city. Known as Su Verde (Italian for ‘About Green’), the deep green project was designed by architect Clive Pohl of Lexington, Ky.-based Pohl Rosa Pohl, and constructed by Louisville’s Sy Safi of UberGreen Spaces & Homes.

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