MANUFACTURERS – MAY 2020

The Roanoke Cement Co. Troutville, Va., campus has earned Gold certification under the TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) rating system. Administered by Green Business Certification Inc., TRUE helps facilities define, pursue and achieve zero waste goals while becoming more resource efficient.

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ORGANIZATIONS – SEPTEMBER 2019

The Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association’s Emerging Leaders Academy has assembled and delivered new bicycles for near 100 Fort Worth children. Launched in 2016, the Emerging Leaders Academy is a rigorous three-year program designed as a platform for personal and professional development for members of the aggregate, concrete and cement industries. It provides engaging coursework dedicated to developing leadership skills and offers accredited industry leader certification.

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ORGANIZATIONS – AUGUST 2019

The National Precast Concrete Association is promoting the inaugural Precast Days as an event where producer members can provide engineers, specifiers, students, professors, and the community at large with a personal, up-close look at their operations. NPCA has set up a portal, www.precast.org/precastdays, through which members can choose a plant tour date during the last two weeks of October. The NPCA Board has approved funding to provide national marketing support for the event, including an extensive campaign in business-to-business publications, along with promotion in social media channels.

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Resilient buildings standard rises to LEED level

Sources: Perkins+Will, Chicago; CP staff

The U.S. Green Building Council formally adopted the Resilient Building and Design Standard, RELi, during the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston. Paralleling USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design series, the standard is billed as a prescriptive roadmap to help architects, businesses, city planners, developers and governments design buildings, neighborhoods, and communities to better withstand natural disaster shocks and stressors.

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U.S. Green Building Council names leading states for LEED projects

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

With 136 projects representing 3.73 square feet of certified space per resident, Massachusetts heads the new Top 10 States for LEED, the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual ranking of states showing significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation.

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Supply Chain group finalizes LEED Materials & Resources credit guidance

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

After nearly a year of stakeholder exchanges, the USGBC Supply Chain Optimization Working Group recommends three minimum steps to supplement the Materials & Resources credit (Building Disclosure and Optimization–Material Ingredients, option 3) for LEED v4 certification:

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ORGANIZATIONS – OCTOBER 2015

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The American Concrete Institute has promoted key staff with an eye to increasing alignment and flow from ACI technical documents to educational products: Michael Tholen to managing director of Engineering and Professional Development, Claire Hiltz to manager of Professional Development, and Matthew Senecal to manager, Engineering.

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LEED critic endorses ICC green code process

A frequent critic of methods behind the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system, the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC) affirms support of the International Codes Council transparent process for developing the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC).

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Green Parking Council launches project certification

Source: Green Parking Council (GPC), Dallas

Targeting high standards in sustainable facility design, technology, operations and management, the International Parking Institute-affiliated Green Parking Council has launched Green Garage Certification, paralleling it with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) program.

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The gospel of green building certification according to the environmentalist fringe

On the strength of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, the U.S. Green Building Council has rapidly become one of the more influential groups in architecture, engineering and construction. What USGBC lacks in codified standards or contract guidelines akin to those of the American Concrete Institute, American Institute of Architects or American Society of Civil Engineers, for example, is balanced by LEED, a brand greatly solidified during the past decade.

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