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Leveraging computational design scripting for daylight and views

by Elliot Glassman and Joshua Radoff

There is a mountain of research to support the positive impacts of good daylighting, but there is less guidance on how to do it well.

Version 4.1 for BD+C and ID+C, coming out in December, is about creating “stepping stones,” not about changing the fundamentals.

by Paula Melton

I sat down with Melissa Baker of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at Greenbuild to talk about LEED v4.1 for Building Design and Construction (BD+C) and Interior Design and Construction (ID+C). Baker is senior vice president for technical core. Here’s what I found out.

First, the timeline: USGBC will release a draft of the rating system in December. You’ll have a month to peruse that while they build up the registration and submittal infrastructure. The beta will start in January 2019.

A case study of Legrand’s triangulation between LEED, Better Buildings Challenge, and GHG emission reduction efforts

by Jenny Carney

I count myself among a subset of sustainability professionals who work in the context of both building performance and enterprise-level strategy and planning.

Buildings need renewables—but we need to look beyond the site.

by Joshua Radoff

No man is an island, and neither is a building.

LEED should reward urban projects for vegetation and green infrastructure, but it seems to have lost sight of this goal.

by Joshua Radoff

When LEED v4 BD+C was released, there were a handful of improvements that I was really excited about: the new interior lighting credit, better daylight metrics, transit points based on number of trips, and envelope and mo

Lots of credits are out, Interiors are in, and we’re seeing our first direct measurements of carbon in LEED.

by Paula Melton

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released a first draft of LEED v4.1 for Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M). If approved by the members, this new set of rating systems will represent a radical shift in how LEED measures the performance of existing buildings.

LEED v4.1, a new iteration of the green building rating system will be piloted in 2018 with the goal of smoothing over rough spots

The latest version of LEED, LEED v4, became mandatory a little over a year ago. That was just after the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2016 Greenbuild conference. This year at Greenbuild, USGBC announced that it is fast-tracking development of a new iteration, LEED v4.1.

If LEED does not incorporate deep CO2 reductions as a requirement, it will fail its most important test of leadership

by Greg Kats

Over the last 20 years LEED has become the dominant U.S. green building design standard and is the most widely accepted and influential green building standard globally. This is an extraordinary achievement and has made for healthier, more productive and greener homes, workplaces, schools, hospitals and public spaces for tens of millions of families, students and workers.

If a new California law is successfully implemented, thanks in part to LEED's influence it will have a meaningful impact on carbon emissions from the supply chain.

by Nadav Malin

I first got interested in California’s Assembly Bill 262—signed into law by Governor Brown this week—because it appeared to be thrusting Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) into the mainstream construction industry spotlight. Until this bill, EPDs had been an arcane tool of interest primarily to sustainability professionals.

The city is first to earn a Platinum LEED for Cities certification, leveraging information technology to track progress toward a range of sustainability goals.

At least 55 cities and communities around the world have signed on to test the LEED for Cities pilot, and Washington, D.C. has achieved the first certification in the new system—a Platinum rating.

All LEED v4 prerequisites and six credits are now automatic for many commercial projects meeting the CALGreen code.

by Paula Melton

Commercial buildings in California can now get a huge jumpstart on achieving LEED certification. New construction projects meeting certain requirements will enjoy streamlined documentation to achieve all LEED v4 Building Design and Construction (BD+C) prerequisites along with six optional credits, for a total of six automatic points.

The TRUE rating system helps businesses and facilities eliminate waste through education and performance tracking.

The rebranded TRUE (“Total Resource Use and Efficiency”) Zero Waste rating system (administered previously by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council) was recently launched by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) as a way to promote a holistic approach to waste reduction.

GBCI and USGBC have announced the class of 23 LEED Fellows for 2017.

Another year, another ground of gratitude for the pioneers who have made LEED what it is around the world.

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), along with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) just announced the 2017 class of LEED Fellows.

They are:

Have you noticed that the LEED project management software field continues to thin out? Or maybe you haven't noticed, because you're not using it...

Back in 2009 and 2010, LEED professionals were getting busier and busier, but LEED Online, the official documentation platform, was not keeping pace. For a brief moment, LEED Automation appeared to be the answer, with a variety of companies putting forward software to streamline the process, reducing laborious documentation steps to a few clicks.

USGBC is honoring the following group next week at Greenbuild 2016 in L.A. for their volunteer hours, mentoring, organizational leadership, and innovation.

Another year of LEED Fellows, and another amazing class of givers and doers!

USGBC is honoring the following group next week at Greenbuild 2016 in L.A. for their volunteer hours, mentoring, organizational leadership, and innovation. Take stock of what these individuals have done and consider what you can do to advance this movement.