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LEED-EBOM recertification guidance from USGBC is here. Here are the key features of the program, including unveiling of new performance requirements for older Existing Building projects.

A special feature of LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-

Casting LEED as a tool used by developers to gain tax breaks, a USA Today story misses LEED’s benefits, as well as advances in performance tracking.

by Nadav Malin

I took a call from Tom Frank, a reporter at USA Today last week, and spent over an hour on the phone with him explaining the proposed LEED v4 rating system and what it’s trying to achieve.

Answers to our diabolical quiz on LEED v4. How did you do? Comment in our forum.

USGBC has opened the fifth—and, it expects, final—public comment period on LEED v4, the next version of the LEED rating system.

USGBC has opened the fifth—and, it expects, final—public comment period on LEED v4, the next version of the LEED rating system. The system was referred to as "LEED 2012" for most of its development, but after the fourth public comment period (see discussion on that comment period and draft) ended with a sense among USGBC membership that the system was not ready for a member ballot, USGBC changed the rollout schedule and the name.

A great set of "Lessons Learned" on the Life Support Facility (Building M6-490) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

by Nadav Malin

I really appreciate this set of "Lessons Learned" on the Life Support Facility (Building M6-490) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Frank, revealing, sometimes obvious, but interesting nonetheless.

The USGBC announced new membership fee structures: Organizational, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

by Hernando Miranda

The USGBC announced new membership fee structures: Organizational, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The change will be effective October 1, 2012.

Small companies where able to become members for $300 per year and get member discount pricing for LEED project registration and certification. That appears to no longer be the case as of 10/01/2012. To continue to get the discounts a company has to purchase a Silver membership at $1,500 per year. Upgrading of a membership by contacting the USGBC.

FSC and LEED, with its certified wood credit, are hurting the economy, claim the governor of Maine, a U.S. Senator, and SFI. We take a look at the evidence.

by Paula Melton

 This is Part 1 in our "Wood Wars" series.

Defense authorization bill calls to haul military money going to LEED

by Paula Melton

 

The U.S. Congress is calling a halt to certain military spending on green building in a newly passed defense authorization bill (H.R. 1540). The bill prohibits use of Department of Defense funds to achieve LEED Gold or Platinum, with waivers possible if a cost-benefit analysis for the project can demonstrate payback. Exceptions may also be made without a special waiver if achieving Gold or Platinum “imposes no additional cost.”

Following in Maine’s footsteps, the State of Georgia has effectively banned LEED certification for State building projects.

by Paula Melton

 

Following in Maine’s footsteps, the State of Georgia has effectively banned LEED certification for State building projects.

 

Got clients that want LEED-certifiable projects but don't want to commit to certification? Join the club, and hear some tips and lessons learned.

“Anyone else finding a trend of clients wanting LEED-certifiable projects but not wanting to commit to certification? I have three projects just this week toying with going this route.”

That was the opening salvo in a recent email discussion I was involved in among a group of architects. With the permission of those involved, I’ve anonymously synthesized some of the key takeaways here. I’d also like to hear from you: please post your experiences on LEED certified vs. certifiable projects below.

The American Chemistry Council and other groups have formed the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition. Green or greenwash?

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has opened a new front in its battle with LEED and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)—one with similarities to greenwash tactics we’ve seen before.

Columbia University’s long-term project plan for its 17-acre Manhattanville campus in West Harlem has earned New York City’s first LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Platinum certification.

by Erin Weaver

Green Globes may have come out slightly ahead in a recent “alignment” report, but support for LEED is strong in the building industry.

by Nadav Malin

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), along with the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, today hosted a second “listening session” on which green building rating system it should recommend for federal government use. Public comments almost universally favored a GSA determination to continue with LEED as the government’s rating system of choice.

Many owners and municipalities are requesting LEED “certifiable” buildings from their design teams. How is a specifier to respond?

by Mark Kalin

In our experience with over 200 (real) LEED projects, we have seen four approaches.

Chemical and plastics trade groups have attacked LEED and the federal government's use of it. We separate the facts from the fabrications.

by Paula Melton

This story is cross-posted from our sister site, BuildingGreen.com.

A developing focus on chemicals of concern in the LEED rating systems could make federal buildings less energy-efficient, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC).