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

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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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Report shows industrial sector prioritizes sustainability in design and operations

U.S. Green Building Council’s new LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities report highlights the collaborative efforts across the manufacturing sector to design and implement LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and prioritize environmental stewardship. Currently, there are more than 1,755 LEED-certified industrial facilities worldwide totaling more than 496 million square feet and an additional 2,710 projects registered totaling nearly 737 million square feet.

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Council outlines green building square footage goals in the billions

With a United Nations Climate Change Conference/Buildings Day backdrop, the U.S. Green Building Council committed to scaling green buildings to more than 5 billion square feet over the next five years through the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) green building rating systems.

 
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Multifamily lender lowers interest rates for LEED-certified projects

As part of its Multifamily Green Initiative, Fannie Mae is granting a 10 basis point reduction in the interest rate of a refinance, acquisition or supplemental mortgage loan for a multifamily property carrying certification or recognition under U.S. Green Building Council LEED, EPA Energy Star or Enterprise Green Communities programs. On a $10 million dollar loan amortizing over 30 years, an owner could save $95,000 in interest payments across a 10-year term based on 3.9 percent versus 4 percent market rate.

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Parking facility groups team with certification body behind LEED

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Recognizing the importance of sustainable parking facilities and practices to the sustainable community development, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the certification body for the U.S. Green Building Council’s global LEED green building rating system, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Parking Institute (IPI), the world’s largest parking association, and the Green Parking Council (GPC).

 
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USGBC enlists materials, products sources in supply chain group

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

Acknowledging supplier and product interests’ central role in green building practice, USGBC’s LEED Steering Committee has tasked a new Supply Chain Optimization Group with supporting the LEED v4 Materials and Resources (MR) section.

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Federal buildings agency takes stock of LEED v4

The U.S. General Services Administration released a review of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Version 4 (LEED v4), the new version of the LEED green building certification system by the U.S. Green Building Council. The document examines how LEED v4 aligns with existing federal statutory, regulatory, and Executive Order green building requirements.

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