New council forms to give guidance for purchasing sustainable products

Using lessons learned from the green building industry, a new council will give guidance to institutional purchasers to select sustainably produced products and services. Each year buyers for corporations and non-profits spend more than $10 trillion on products. The Sustainable...

New LEED standards incorporate cradle-to-cradle sustainable products program

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Version 4 Rating System includes the Cradle to Cradle Certified (CM) Program, solidifying the organization's commitment to material health, a movement advanced for 25 years by American architect William McDonough and German chemist Michael...

New LEED standard ready to launch in November

New LEED standard ready to launch in November

The newest version of the LEED green building rating system has passed a vote of more than 1,200 international stakeholders and will be launched at Greenbuild in November 2013. The new standard, LEED v4, was approved through a vote by...

Learn more about indoor air quality with new construction guide

Learn more about indoor air quality with new construction guide

To promote good indoor air quality in buildings, ASHRAE is making available for free a guide for building professionals. ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, developed the Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction...

Online tool makes it easier to score LEED points for renewable energy purchases

Online tool makes it easier to score LEED points for renewable energy purchases

Architects, engineers and contractors who want to purchase renewable energy for LEED points can get real-time quotes with a new online tool from JustGreen. Those seeking certification can gain up to seven points through the purchase of JustGreen's certified renewable...

Updated Green Globes building certification offers an alternative to LEED

Updated Green Globes building certification offers an alternative to LEED

The Green Building Initiative released the most significant upgrade to the Green Globes for New Construction (NC) program since it first became available in the U.S. in 2006. Green Globes is a web-based program for green building guidance and certification that includes an on-site assessment by a certified third party.

USGBC offers free LEED certification to new markets

USGBC offers free LEED certification to new markets

In an effort to accelerate sustainable development around the world, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creators of the LEED green building program, will offer free LEED certification to the first green building projects to certify in the 112 countries...

Russia adopts a green building system that includes economic factors

Russia has adopted the German DGNB green building certification that takes into account the entire lifecycle of a building. In addition to LEED from the U.S. Green Building Council and the BRE Environmental Assessment Method in the United Kingdom, Russia...

Green building products eligible for sustainable innovation prizes

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Challenge is awarding $250,000 in cash prizes to three winning green building products that are designed for re-use. Organizers are supporting creation and adoption of healthy affordable products. A significant portion of pollution comes...

Proud Green Home at Serenbe 90% tighter than average home

Proud Green Home at Serenbe 90% tighter than average home

To say that the Proud Green Home at Serenbe passed its first test with flying colors may be a bit of an understatement. The pre-dry wall blower door test found that the home was about 90 percent tighter than a...

Check out the top 10 US cities with the greenest homes

Check out the top 10 US cities with the greenest homes

To see how your city stacks up, take a look at the list of Top 10 cities for green homes. Redfin, a technology-powered real estate broker, analyzed each city's overall carbon dioxide emissions, as well as the number of homes...

How does LEED for Homes compare?

How does LEED for Homes compare?

LEED for Homes is one of several nationally recognized green home programs. In case you’re not familiar with it, LEED is a voluntary third party certification program in which buildings are assessed on a variety of factors for their measure...

US Park Service marina named first floating LEED certified building

US Park Service marina named first floating LEED certified building

An eco-friendly building is recognized for its gentle impact in a pristine natural setting.

A look at LEED for Homes

A look at LEED for Homes

LEED has become quite the hot topic, drawing praise and criticism alike. What is LEED? LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a third party certification developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, and is voluntary and market-driven....

Cost of green building is lower than people think

Cost of green building is lower than people think

Eco-friendly construction doesn't cost as much as the building industry assumes, according to the World Green Building Council. The cost premium is not as high as many in the sector believe it, the council noted it its report “The Business...

Is there real progress toward reducing GHG emissions in the home building sector?

Is there real progress toward reducing GHG emissions in the home building sector?

Are homeowners today becoming more “green” in their habits due to necessity? According to Ed Mazria of Architecture2030.org, “ We know the urban built environment produces 70 percent of the global GHG emissions driving this climate crisis.” This organization and...

Washington DC tops for LEED building projects

Washington, D.C. had the most 2012 LEED certifications in the country for commercial and institutional buildings. The District headed the Top 10 list from the U.S.

College students taking carbon offset bus to Greenbuild

Starting today, 25 college students from across the United States will join the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) on a cross-country bus tour to USGBC's annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in San Francisco....

Greenbuild comes full circle to San Francisco

Greenbuild comes full circle to San Francisco

By bringing Greenbuild to San Francisco this November, USGBC has come full circle back to its original birthplace in the Bay Area. The conference has surprisingly never been to California.

Pioneer Millworks introducing new hardwoods at Greenbuild

Pioneer Millworks is unveiling their Reclaimed Indonesian Hardwoods, Trade Winds Patina at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco. The company, known for its reclaimed wood products, has salvaged the exotic hardwoods and re-purposed them as paneling, accent walls, tables, and more....

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