Taxonomy Term http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/1796/LEED en Biobased Materials—Increasing Our Scrutiny http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/biobased-materials-increasing-our-scrutiny <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jennifer Atlee </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GreenSpec Insights </div> <div class="field-item even"> LEED </div> </div> </div> <p>ol, ul {<br /> list-style-position: outside;<br /> list-style-type: disc;<br /> margin-left: 12px;<br /> padding-left: 24px;<br /> }<br /> li {<br /> margin-top: 5px;<br /> }</p> <h3>It's natural that we should gravitate toward <abbr title="Generally, classification of products and materials derived from plant and animal sources as opposed to minerals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a program to promote the use of emerging biobased products that defines them more narrowly, to exclude products that already have established markets, such as food, animal feed, and lumber."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2243">biobased</a></abbr> materials. But many of them are energy-intensive and toxic, so how do we judge what's best?</h3> <div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Oecotextiles.jpg" /></p> <p><em>O Ecotextiles is an example of the kind of leadership company that has worked diligently to address environmental impacts at every step of their product's production--including careful attention to responsible sourcing of biobased materials. <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2008/11/24/No-Compromise-Green-Fabrics-from-O-Ecotextiles/">We discussed Ecotextiles in EBN</a> and had them on our top-10 list of 2008.</em></p> </div> <p>It still seems like biobased materials should be better for the environment. Even after the LEED <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm?mode=entry&amp;entry=CE9DA3C2-BAA5-143C-4DC01966175A2FD3" target="_blank">Wood Wars</a>, even after all the stories of pollution and waste from industrial agriculture, it just seems logical that resources we grow as part of a natural cycle are greener than the ones we mine or extract.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Oecotextiles_1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=25826">Oecotextiles_1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Save23_34.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=22029">Save23_34.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/biobased-materials-increasing-our-scrutiny" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GreenSpec Insights LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/biobased-materials-increasing-our-scrutiny#comments Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:13:00 +0000 Web Master 10191 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com LEED Pilot Credit 43 and Product Disclosure: Right Direction, Wrong Weighting http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-pilot-credit-43-and-product-disclosure-right-direction-wrong-weighting <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jennifer Atlee </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GreenSpec Insights </div> <div class="field-item even"> LEED </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Op-Ed </div> <div class="field-item even"> Product Talk </div> </div> </div> <p>There's already been a lot of excellent debate around the new LEED Pilot Credit 43. I find myself agreeing with both sides! Here's where I stand in what may be the eye of the storm.</p> <h3>LEED is supposed to be about buildings--and market transformation</h3> <p>On the one hand, LEED is fundamentally supposed to be about designing high-performing green buildings, and product and material selection is one integrated component. It's not supposed to be about cobbling together a building out of greener products and materials. If the core purpose gets lost amidst the debate surrounding one material (yes, I'm talking <abbr title="Independent, third-party verification that forest products are produced and sold based on a set of criteria for forest management and chain-of-custody controls developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international nonprofit organization. FSC criteria for certifying forests around the world address forest management, legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2382">FSC</a></abbr>/SFI), we all lose.</p> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//sunrays-forest.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>On the other hand, LEED is at this point a major market driver for green building products. We need to use all the levers we can find to create truly sustainable manufacturing and sourcing if we're ever going to make it through these pivotal times into a vibrant, thriving, truly sustainable world. So we ought to use LEED for all it's worth in pushing real substantive improvements down through the supply chain.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/sunrays-forest.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=48527">sunrays-forest.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/LUemailAD2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=22889">LUemailAD2.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/FreeNewsletterGSI_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=12623">FreeNewsletterGSI_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-pilot-credit-43-and-product-disclosure-right-direction-wrong-weighting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GreenSpec Insights LEED Op-Ed Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-pilot-credit-43-and-product-disclosure-right-direction-wrong-weighting#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2011 16:34:00 +0000 Web Master 9037 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com LEED 2012 Points—or, How we'll eventually get points http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-2012-points-or-how-well-eventually-get-points <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Catacchio </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LEED </div> <div class="field-item even"> BuildingGreen Talks LEED </div> </div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//LEED2012Blog.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//LEED2012Blog.jpg" alt="" /></a> <em>This screen capture from the webinar shows how each piece of the matrix is filled in in the Assessment Tool. Here, you can see the three associators (relative <abbr title="In lighting, the ratio of light output (in lumens) to input power (in watts). Higher efficacy indicates higher efficiency."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2353">efficacy</a></abbr>, benefit duration, and benefit control) and their respective options.</em></div> <p>The USGBC recently hosted an “Introduction to LEED Rating System Weightings Process” webcast detailing how point allocations for credits in the next version of LEED, a.k.a. LEED 2012, will be determined. As with LEED 2009, the system will still be based out of 100 points (plus 10 “bonus” points), with no credits earning less than one point. The webcast was led by Brendan Owens, Vice President, LEED Technical Development, and was also presented by Corey Enck, Director, LEED Technical Development, and Chrissy Macken, Associate, LEED Technical Development.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/LEED2012Blog_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=79948">LEED2012Blog_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Costofleedmini_2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=12758">Costofleedmini_2.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-2012-points-or-how-well-eventually-get-points" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-2012-points-or-how-well-eventually-get-points#comments Mon, 07 Feb 2011 21:17:00 +0000 Web Master 9100 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Handy Reference Tool for LEED Regional Priority Credits http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/handy-reference-tool-leed-regional-priority-credits <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.leeduser.com/credit/CI-2009/RPc1"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//US Regional Priority Map.jpg" /></a><br /> What are the environmental priorities in your region? How can you find out?</p> <p>As you may know, USGBC responded to the longstanding call for regionalization of LEED by establishing Regional Priority Credit 1 (RPc1) in its LEED 2009 family of rating systems (NC, CS, CI, Schools, <abbr title="EBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations&Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2345">EBOM</a></abbr>).</p> <p>Regional priority credits are identified by USGBC Regional Councils for each zipcode within their region, with input from USGBC Chapters. These bonus points are granted for meeting requirements that have been designated as particularly important for your project's specific geographical area.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/US_Regional_Priority_Map.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=309695">US_Regional_Priority_Map.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/handy-reference-tool-leed-regional-priority-credits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/handy-reference-tool-leed-regional-priority-credits#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 19:26:00 +0000 Web Master 11948 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Doing LEED SSc8? Light pollution reduction in a nutshell. http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/doing-leed-ssc8-light-pollution-reduction-nutshell <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p>The following is a video that we recorded at our booth at the 2009 Greenbuild conference, when we transformed BuildingGreen's booth into the "Ask LEEDuser" experience, including talks on specific credits from LEEDuser's "guest experts"--the top LEED minds on specific LEED credits. </p> <p>Here, Joshua Radoff of <a href="http://www.yrgsustainability.com">YRG sustainability</a> reviews some of the key considerations behind achieving SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction in the 2009 <a href="http://www.leeduser.com/credit/NC-2009/SSc8">NC</a>, <a href="http://www.leeduser.com/credit/CS-2009/SSc8">CS</a>, and <a href="http://www.leeduser.com/credit/Schools-2009/SSc8">Schools</a> rating systems. (Links go to further guidance on the <a href="http://www.leeduser.com">LEEDuser site</a>.)</p> <p>Josh covers what you have to do in terms of interior AND exterior lighting, and what you need from your designer. A highly recommended two minutes and 21 seconds!</p> <p><a href="http://www.leeduser.com/strategy/video-achieving-ssc8-light-pollution-reduction"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Radoff SSc8 video.jpg" /></a></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Radoff_SSc8_video.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=71111">Radoff_SSc8_video.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> BuildingGreen Talks LEED LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/doing-leed-ssc8-light-pollution-reduction-nutshell#comments Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:09:00 +0000 Web Master 11954 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com LEED AP Credential Maintenance: Cracking the Code http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-ap-credential-maintenance-cracking-code <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.leeduser.com/strategy/video-leed-ap-credential-maintenance" target="new"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//LEEDuserWebinar.gif" /></a><br /> I'm a "Legacy LEED AP"--one of the 150,000 or so people who became LEED APs before the <a href="http://www.gbci.org">Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)</a> retired the old exam and <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/11/20/Major-changes-announced-for-LEED-AP-credential-program">overhauled the LEED AP program in 2009</a>.</p> <p>I've got questions. Is it worth opting in to the new system of LEED AP + a.k.a. LEED AP "with specialty"? GBCI is allowing legacies to opt into the new system until 2011 without having to take the new exam. If I opt in, how do I satisfy the 30 hours of continuing education requirements I'll be beholden to? Is that something I can do with a mix of presenting, self-study, LEED project work, and Greenbuild attendance, or will I have to seek out additional avenues?</p> <p>If you're a LEED Green Associate (LEED GA) or already a LEED AP + you might share some of these questions.<br /> </p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-gif" alt="image/gif icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/LEEDuserWebinar_0.gif" type="image/gif; length=15209">LEEDuserWebinar_0.gif</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/LEED_AP1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=36934">LEED_AP1.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-ap-credential-maintenance-cracking-code" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-ap-credential-maintenance-cracking-code#comments Wed, 03 Mar 2010 14:32:00 +0000 Web Master 11961 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Is Worker Safety a Missing Piece of the Green Puzzle? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/worker-safety-missing-piece-green-puzzle <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//safety and LEED credits.jpg" /><br /> If the jobsite for a green building isn't any safer than the jobsite for a conventional building, is something missing from our definition of "green"? That is the question raised by a new study, "<a href="http://cedb.asce.org/cgi/WWWdisplay.cgi?174445" target="blank">Impact of Green Building Design and Construction on Worker Safety and Health</a>," published in October in the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.</p> <p>The authors--two university professors and a safety supervisor with the Hoffman Construction Company in Portland, Oregon, went hunting for any statistical difference in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable and lost time injury and illness data for green and nongreen projects.<br /> The number of projects surveyed, 86 (38 green and 48 nongreen) is modest but impressive, considering the difficulty in extracting data from firms. Nine of 15 firms surveyed supplied data.</p> <p>For statistics geeks, the study reveals some suggestive tidbits, but bottom line?</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/safety_and_LEED_credits.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=40315">safety_and_LEED_credits.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/worker-safety-missing-piece-green-puzzle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/worker-safety-missing-piece-green-puzzle#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2010 14:28:00 +0000 Web Master 11930 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Top-10 LEED Snafus.... And Tips to Avoid Them http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/top-10-leed-snafus-and-tips-avoid-them <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//fail-owned-exit-fail1.jpg" /><br /> <div align="right">It could be worse.</div> </p><p>Happy New Year from BuildingGreen.com, and from our credit-by-credit guide to getting LEED done, <a href="http://www.leeduser.com">LEEDuser</a>. (Which, I want to add, <a href="http://www.leeduser.com/select">is available for only $9.95/month</a>!)</p> <p>I hope you'll enjoy this fun compilation of common (or not-so-common) LEED problems, with links to LEEDuser credit guidance. On a more serious note, you might also enjoy my recent post, <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2009/12/31/HardWon-Lessons-From-a-LEED-2009-Early-Adopter">Hard-Won Lessons From a LEED 2009 Early Adopter</a>.</p> <h3>Snafu #10: Being threatened to be hung from the construction crane if the project doesn't earn LEED Gold.</h3> <p><a href="http://www.leeduser.com/credit/NC-2009/EAc1">LEEDuser tip:</a> Create a detailed checklist with tasks delegated to individual team members, allowing each member to focus on assigned tasks. The checklist can function as a status tracking document and, finally, the deliverable for LEED Online.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/fail-owned-exit-fail1_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=19317">fail-owned-exit-fail1_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/top-10-leed-snafus-and-tips-avoid-them" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/top-10-leed-snafus-and-tips-avoid-them#comments Tue, 05 Jan 2010 16:46:00 +0000 Web Master 11932 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Hard-Won Lessons From a LEED 2009 Early Adopter http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/hard-won-lessons-leed-2009-early-adopter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//EricaGodun1.jpg" />Editor's Note: Erica Godun, AIA, LEED AP, an associate with <a href="http://www.fxfowle.com" target="blank">FXFOWLE Architects</a> shared the following account with us. I've included links throughout to specific credit guidance (including the official credit language) on our <a href="http://www.LEEDuser.com">LEEDuser website</a> (available by subscription). By the way, LEED projects can upgrade to 2009 anytime. We've analyzed whether it's worth it <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2009/9/25/Upgrade-to-LEED-2009/">here</a>.</p> <h2>LEED 2009 an "interesting" challenge</h2> <p>We thought that being one of the first projects to use the new LEED 2009 Interior Design and Construction rating system would be an exciting challenge. It is turning out to be more "interesting" than "exciting" as in the ancient Chinese proverb.</p> <p>We started a 25,000-square-foot interior renovation project in summer 2008. Our client was committed to building a sustainable project and wanted LEED certification. The objective was to get as high a rating as possible without spending money on sustainable strategies just to earn additional credits without real project benefits.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/EricaGodun1_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=67098">EricaGodun1_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/LEED_certified_3.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=98843">LEED_certified_3.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/hard-won-lessons-leed-2009-early-adopter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/hard-won-lessons-leed-2009-early-adopter#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2009 15:29:00 +0000 Web Master 11913 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Is LEED on Track to Save the World? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-track-save-world <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nadav Malin </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.greenerbuildings.com/research/report/2009/11/05/green-building-market-and-impact-report-2009"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//gbmir09.jpg" border="0" /></a>Rob Watson recently published &quot;<a href="http://www.greenerbuildings.com/research/report/2009/11/05/green-building-market-and-impact-report-2009">Green Building Market &amp; Impact Report</a>,&quot; his second annual report on the impact LEED is having in addressing environmental problems. The report highlights the continuing remarkable expansion of LEED: 2009 registrations for new design and construction projects in the U.S. may actually exceed total new construction starts! (This is possible because projects don't typically register when they start construction, and a flurry of projects were registered just before the requirement to use LEED 2009 kicked in, to keep their options open.)</p> <p>Watson takes note of the shift from whole building construction to Commercial Interior tenant fit-outs (CI) and Existing Buildings: Operations &amp; Maintenance (<abbr title="EBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations&Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2345">EBOM</a></abbr>) registration and certification. And he compares 2009 certifications to registration numbers from 2006 and 2007 to see what fraction of projects are making it through the system.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/gbmir09_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=15505">gbmir09_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-track-save-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED Op-Ed The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-track-save-world#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2009 22:09:00 +0000 Web Master 11887 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com GBCI doubling LEED project registration fees http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/gbci-doubling-leed-project-registration-fees <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//images.jpg" /><br /> As editor for our LEED how-to website, <a href="http://www.leeduser.com">LEEDuser</a>, I pride myself on staying top of all LEED-related news. But I guess I have not been staying glued enough to the <a href="http://www.gbci.org">Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) website</a> (this is the body that administers LEED certification, while the better-known USGBC runs the LEED standard itself).</p> <p>I just noticed the announcement that LEED project registration and certification fees are changing, and, absent any press releases from GBCI or other news coverage that I've been able to find, I have no idea how long the announcement has been up.</p> <p>So at risk of repeating something that is old hat to you, here's the deal: As of January 11, 2010, LEED project registration and certification rates will change.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/images_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=1622">images_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/gbci-doubling-leed-project-registration-fees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/gbci-doubling-leed-project-registration-fees#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2009 16:52:00 +0000 Web Master 11889 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Double Dipping for LEED Materials Credits http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/double-dipping-leed-materials-credits <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nadav Malin </div> </div> </div> <p>When you can and when you cannot count one material as contributing to more than one credit in the Materials and Resources category of LEED has confused me for years. Even the LEED Reference Guide doesn't lay it out clearly. So, after sorting it out for <a href="http://www.leeduser.com/">LEEDuser</a>, I thought laying it out in a table might help.</p> <div align="center">Multiple&nbsp;MR&nbsp;Points&nbsp;for&nbsp;the&nbsp;Same&nbsp;Material:&nbsp;When&nbsp;is&nbsp;it&nbsp;allowed?&nbsp;MRc1MRc2*MRc3MRc4MRc5MRc6MRc7 <p>MRc1:<br />Building&nbsp;Reuse-&nbsp;&nbsp;* Exception: Waste left over from use of these materials and diverted from the landfill can count towards MRc2 as well.<br />** Reused materials can count as waste diversion if the material was salvaged onsite and is not considered building reuse for MRc1.</p> <p>MRc2:<br />CWMN-&nbsp;</p> <p>MRc3:</p> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/double-dipping-leed-materials-credits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED Q&A http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/double-dipping-leed-materials-credits#comments Tue, 13 Oct 2009 19:19:00 +0000 Web Master 11880 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com &quot;The drama of a 2x4 shot from an air cannon at glass windows&quot; http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/quotthe-drama-2x4-shot-air-cannon-glass-windowsquot <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p>Architectural testing concern <a href="http://www.htltest.com/">HTL</a> will be at <a href="http://www.glassbuildamerica.com/">GlassBuild America</a> shooting missiles at windows again. The demonstration/demolition follows the Miami-Dade large missile protocol by shooting 2x4s at impact-resistant and non-impact-resistant windows. A press release from HTL quotes <a href="http://www.glass.org/">NGA</a> Industry Events Director Susan Jacob: &quot;There is nothing quite like the drama of a 2x4 missile shot from an air cannon at glass windows.&quot; Wish I was going!</p> <p>I checked HTL's website for some footage, but was left wanting. There's a link for client videos (and there's some top name clients in there), but they all seem to be password-protected.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/quotthe-drama-2x4-shot-air-cannon-glass-windowsquot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Events LEED Passive Survivability Politics Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/quotthe-drama-2x4-shot-air-cannon-glass-windowsquot#comments Wed, 23 Sep 2009 18:15:00 +0000 Web Master 11864 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com LEED 2009: Should You Upgrade Your Project? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-2009-should-you-upgrade-your-project <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//leeduserbeta.JPG" /><a href="http://www.leeduser.com">LEEDuser</a>, still in its free beta release, is already proving to be a tremendous resource. The <a href="http://www.leeduser.com/browse">Credit Browser</a>, with its increasingly deep pool of information, is much more than just handy &mdash; and <a href="http://www.leeduser.com/content/strategies">Strategies</a> section is starting to reveal its potential value as well.</p> <p>A new article titled <a href="http://www.leeduser.com/strategy/upgrade-leed-2009-how-choose-your-project">Upgrade to LEED 2009? How to Choose for Your Project</a> just went up; it's a demystification grand slam. Projects registered for LEED certification prior to June 26 can upgrade to the appropriate LEED 2009 program for free until the end of the year &mdash; but is it worth it? There are a bunch of benefits to switching, but whether or not it works to a project's benefit is entirely case by case. Just when it all couldn't get any more crazy-making, along comes something like this to shine a light right where you need it.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/leeduserbeta_0.JPG" type="image/jpeg; length=3763">leeduserbeta_0.JPG</a></div> </div> </div> </div> LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-2009-should-you-upgrade-your-project#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2009 18:59:00 +0000 Web Master 11870 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com One-Stop Shopping for Critiques of LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/one-stop-shopping-critiques-leed <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//LEEDing facade.jpg" /><br /> Any college student writing a term paper on the history of the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED rating system, and criticisms of LEED over its history, now has a cheat sheet.</p> <p>The motherlode of research comes courtesy of Pat Murphy of <a href="http://www.communitysolution.org/" target="blank">Community Solutions</a>, according to its website, "founded in 1940 as a ... non-profit organization that educates on the benefits and values of small local community living."</p> <p>In an article titled "<a href="http://www.communitysolution.org/pdfs/NS18.pdf">LEEDing from Behind: The Rise and Fall of Green Building</a>" Murphy offers a special report showing the history of LEED relative to energy performance. Actually, it's the first part of a promised three parts. In the second part, promised in June but not yet out, Murphy promises an analysis of "LEED additional building costs" and "energy performance obtained from those costs." In Part III, Murphy promises "options to the LEED rating system."</p> <p>The paper helpfully breaks down the history of LEED, and lays out many significant arguments against it in a chronological framework.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/LEEDing_facade.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=24105">LEEDing_facade.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/one-stop-shopping-critiques-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/one-stop-shopping-critiques-leed#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2009 14:14:00 +0000 Web Master 11855 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com New LEED AP Exam Writer Tells All http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/new-leed-ap-exam-writer-tells-all <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//MattMacko.jpg" /><br /> 12/1/09 Update: If you're looking to keep up to date on LEED 2009, I recommend checking out our own <a href="http://www.leeduser.com">LEEDuser.com</a>, which was recently launched</p> <p>Editor's Note: When Matt Macko, a principal at <a href="http://www.ebsconsultants.net" target="blank">Environmental Building Strategies</a>, told me that he was the only energy expert in the room when the new LEED AP BD+C exam was written, I asked him to write the story of his experience for BuildingGreen.com. Here's what he told us. The details of the new LEED AP credentialing program were also <a href="http://www.gbci.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=202" target="blank">announced</a> today. You can also follow this topic on <a href="http://twitter.com/LEEDuser">Twitter</a>. – Tristan Roberts, LEED AP</p> <p>In early February 2009 I received an email stating among other things that the <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="blank">GBCI</a> (Green Building Certification Institute) was looking for volunteers to write the new LEED for Building Design &amp; Construction (BD+C) 2009 exam. </p> <p>On the flight from San Francisco to Washington for the three-day mid-week exam writing session, I reflected on my own LEED v2.2 exam experience and what value I could add.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/MattMacko_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=70498">MattMacko_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/COL_5.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=0">COL_5.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/new-leed-ap-exam-writer-tells-all" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/new-leed-ap-exam-writer-tells-all#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2009 18:55:00 +0000 Web Master 11820 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com LEED User? LEEDuser.com http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-user-leedusercom <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//leedusercaps.jpg" />Word's been filtering out recently about <a href="http://www.leeduser.com/">LEEDuser.com</a>, which &mdash; marked by <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/press/buildinggreen-launches-leeduser.cfm">today's press release</a> and <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2009/6/30/BuildingGreen-Launches-LEEDuser/">a notice in the current issue of Environmental Building News</a> &mdash; has officially soft-launched in beta with partial content. Registration is free, but only for a while.</p> <p>What is it? The press release explains:Responding to the need for comprehensive help with the new LEED rating systems that's based on real-world experience, BuildingGreen, LLC, publishers of the widely respected Environmental Building News and GreenSpec Directory, have created LEEDuser with support of the U.S. Green Building Council. </p> <p>This new website, at <a href="http://www.leeduser.com/">www.LEEDuser.com</a>, provides credit-by-credit guidance for teams working on LEED certification. Included are clear descriptions of credit requirements, tips to streamline LEED submissions, online calculators, and online user forums related to specific credits.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/leedusercaps_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=12753">leedusercaps_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-user-leedusercom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Behind the Scenes LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-user-leedusercom#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2009 18:25:00 +0000 Web Master 11834 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com LEED for Homes: Tips for Successful Projects http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-homes-tips-successful-projects <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p>Who could be more qualified than one of the principal authors of <a href="http://www.greenbuildingcouncil.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=147">LEED for Homes</a> to provide insight on the best ways to make the program work?</p> <p>LEED for Homes, like other rating systems, is an assessment tool. This means that while it provides some &quot;how-to&quot; information (at the level of individual strategies or &quot;credits&quot;), it doesn't offer any guidance for how to approach the design and construction of a high-performing home differently than a conventional project. Ann Edminster will offer some of that missing guidance in this webinar.</p> <p>It gets better. Not only do you not have to jet off to some city to sit in some auditorium during some high-priced conference to take this in... it's free. Just <a href="https://buildinggreen.ilinc.com/register/ybvbhmj">sign up</a> and it's yours for the taking on June 2, at 2:00 pm Eastern (1:00 pm Central, noon Mountain, 11:00 am Pacific), right on your computer. A <a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/upcoming-webinars">gift from GreenBuildingAdvisor.com</a>.</p> <p>The presenter, Ann Edminster, is a longtime green building mover and shaker.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-homes-tips-successful-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media Events LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-homes-tips-successful-projects#comments Sat, 16 May 2009 12:24:00 +0000 Web Master 11790 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com BSR/ASHRAE/USGBC/IESNA green building draft standard open for public review http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/bsrashraeusgbciesna-green-building-draft-standard-open-public-review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//ashrae189.jpg" />The long-time-coming &quot;BSR/ASHRAE/USGBC/IESNA Standard 189.1P, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings&quot; is <a href="https://osr.ashrae.org/default.aspx">open for public review until June 15, 2009</a>. From the forward:<br /> &quot;Standard 189.1 addresses site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality (IEQ), and the building's impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources. This is a standard for high-performance green buildings. It is not a rating system, though it could be incorporated as the baseline in a green building rating system. It is not a design guide.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2006/3/1/USGBC-ASHRAE-and-IESNA-to-Develop-a-Green-Building-Standard/">From EBN, March 2006</a>:<br /> &quot;The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), U.S.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/ashrae189_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=16574">ashrae189_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/bsrashraeusgbciesna-green-building-draft-standard-open-public-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/bsrashraeusgbciesna-green-building-draft-standard-open-public-review#comments Sun, 03 May 2009 13:08:00 +0000 Web Master 11796 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com LEED for Neighborhood Development: 2nd Public Comment Opens Today http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-neighborhood-development-2nd-public-comment-opens-today <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Allyson Wendt </div> </div> </div> <p>From the USGBC:</p> <p>The consensus-based process that drives the development of the LEED rating systems is key to ensuring LEED encourages the very best in building, design and development practices. As LEED grows to cover the way we plan and build our neighborhoods, it's especially vital that we hear as many diverse voices as we can.</p> <p>The second public comment period for LEED for Neighborhood Development opens today, Friday, May 1, and will close Sunday, June 14, at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Please don't miss this chance to be part of the development of the rating system!</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/LEED/LEEDDrafts/RatingSystemVersions.aspx?CMSPageID=1458">See the updated rating system draft and submit your comments »</a></p> <p>During the first public comment period that ended earlier this year, we received more than 5,000 comments, and we have posted responses to each of those comments at the link above. Please note that, in the second public comment period, only changes to the draft that were made after the first public comment period are open for comment.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=148">LEED for Neighborhood Development</a> rating system integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building into the first national rating system for neighborhood design.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-neighborhood-development-2nd-public-comment-opens-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-neighborhood-development-2nd-public-comment-opens-today#comments Fri, 01 May 2009 19:03:00 +0000 Web Master 11797 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Last-minute extension for LEED-AP registration http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/last-minute-extension-leed-ap-registration <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//gbci clip.jpg" /></p> <p>You're aware of the <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/11/20/Major-changes-announced-for-LEED-AP-credential-program">major changes</a> that are coming to the LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) system. If you pass the exam now, you come on board through the older, more familiar system that doesn't require actual LEED project experience.</p> <p>The key dates for the changeover <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2009/3/26/Dates-Announced-for-LEED-2009-Launch-LEED-AP-Exam/">have finally been announced</a>.</p> <p>Now all that's left to do is register for the exam by March 31, 2009 on the <a href="http://www.gbci.org">Green Building Certification Institute website</a>. </p> <p>Oops... the GBCI site isn't working. According to an announcement just posted to the USGBC site, "Due to unexpected website maintenance, we are extending the deadline for registration for the LEED AP NC and CI exams to April 1, 2009 at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time)."</p> <p>You have an extra 24 hours. The winner here is anyone who takes the exam on April 1 and fails. That's because after registration closes, you only have one shot at it, before you have to wait a few months for a completely different exam. If you fail tomorrow, hurry home and register again!</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/gbci_clip.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=53218">gbci_clip.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/last-minute-extension-leed-ap-registration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/last-minute-extension-leed-ap-registration#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2009 18:17:00 +0000 Web Master 11743 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Interview with a Green Building Movement Pioneer http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/interview-green-building-movement-pioneer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.cchange.net/">Sea Change Radio</a> recently had a great discussion with Alex Wilson. From their website:</p> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//atwcchange.jpg" />Alex Wilson founded BuildingGreen in 1985, when the green building movement was in its infancy. As executive editor of <em><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/articles/" target="_blank">Environmental Building News</a></em>, the bible of green building, Wilson has provided the information that has formed the building blocks of the movement. In November 2008, Wilson received the <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/press/leadership_award.cfm" target="_blank">Leadership Award for Education</a> from the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">US Green Building Council</a>, whose board he served on from 2000 until 2005, the crucial period when the organization created the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/" target="_blank">LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)</a> certification.</p> <p>Wilson launches the conversation with a primer on green building and its history, starting with an explanation of LEED.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/atwcchange_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=5643">atwcchange_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/interview-green-building-movement-pioneer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media LEED Passive Survivability The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/interview-green-building-movement-pioneer#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2009 14:24:00 +0000 Web Master 11755 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Remembering Gail Lindsey http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/remembering-gail-lindsey <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//gaillindsey1.jpg" /></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/gaillindsey1_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=17107">gaillindsey1_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/gaillindsey2_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=10900">gaillindsey2_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/remembering-gail-lindsey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED Op-Ed The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/remembering-gail-lindsey#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2009 18:59:00 +0000 Web Master 11739 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Closing date announced for LEED AP exam registration, and the disciplinary policy! http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/closing-date-announced-leed-ap-exam-registration-and-disciplinary-policy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Docs3585.jpg" /><br /> 7/1/09 Update: If you're looking to keep up to date on LEED 2009, I recommend checking out our own <a href="http://www.leeduser.com">LEEDuser.com</a>, which was recently launched</p> <p>Since the <a href="http://www.gbci.org/Default.aspx" target="blank">Green Building Certification Institute</a> announced big changes to the LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) program (chronicled <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/11/20/Major-changes-announced-for-LEED-AP-credential-program">here</a>), a few other key items have come out.</p> <p>First, the final date to <a href="https://www.gbci.org/myUSGBC/Accreditation/ApplyForExam.aspx?CMSPageID=41" target="blank">register</a> for the LEED AP exam in its current form has been set at March 31, 2009. The final date for "exam retirement" has not been set (meaning you can take the exam after that date, as long as you're registered), but is expected to be late May or June 2009.<br /> If you're planning to take the exam before it changes over, register before March 31! Why does it matter?</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Docs3585_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=11587">Docs3585_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/closing-date-announced-leed-ap-exam-registration-and-disciplinary-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/closing-date-announced-leed-ap-exam-registration-and-disciplinary-policy#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2008 21:42:00 +0000 Web Master 11689 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Being 22.1% (give or take) of the Top Ten Feels Darned Good! http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/being-221-give-or-take-top-ten-feels-darned-good <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//jetsongreen.png" /><br /> Preston Koerner, over at Jetson Green, posted his &quot;<a href="http://www.jetsongreen.com/2008/11/top-10-greenbyt.html">Top 10 Tidbits from Greenbuild 2008</a>.&quot; Check out numbers 2, 4, 6, and 7:</p> <p>2. The <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/11/20/Major-changes-announced-for-LEED-AP-credential-program">LEED AP Program undergoes major overhaul</a> and the GBCI talks about LEED Green Associates, Legacy LEED APs, LEED AP Fellows, and the other family of LEED APs (ID+C, BD+C, Homes, O+M, and ND).</p> <p>This item links to a post our own Tristan Korthals Altes wrote here on BuildingGreen.com's blog.</p> <p>4. BuildingGreen soft launches a new online information resource on residential green building and remodeling called <a href="http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/">GreenBuildingAdvisor.com</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/11/21/New-Residential-Green-Building-Website">That's us</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/jetsongreen_0.png" type="image/png; length=18541">jetsongreen_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/being-221-give-or-take-top-ten-feels-darned-good" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Awards Events Greenbuild '08 LEED Product Talk The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/being-221-give-or-take-top-ten-feels-darned-good#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2008 17:06:00 +0000 Web Master 11651 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Major changes announced for LEED AP credential program http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/major-changes-announced-leed-ap-credential-program <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//LEED AP.jpg" />7/1/09 Update: If you're looking to keep up to date on LEED 2009, I recommend checking out our own <a href="http://www.leeduser.com">LEEDuser.com</a>, which was recently launched</p> <p>Posted from Greenbuild '08.</p> <p>Update posted 11/24/08, below: Do existing LEED APs need to retake the exam?</p> <p>If you thought the proliferation of various different types of LEED rating systems was confusing, wait till you find out what the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has in store for LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs), the folks who can pass an exam to be recognized as an expert in LEED. (GBCI, by the way, took over the LEED AP program about a year ago from USGBC.)</p> <p>First, I'll explain what GBCI has planned for the 65,000 people (like me) who are already LEED APs. These people will be known informally as Legacy LEED APs:</p> <ul> <li>With LEED 2009 being launched in March 2009, the current LEED AP exam will be phased out. The final opportunity to take the current exam under the current rules will be May 2009.</li> <li>Starting in June 2009, Legacy LEED APs have two years to opt in to the new system. Once you decide to opt in, you have another two years to complete the requirements.<br /> </li></ul> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/LEED_AP_2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=10439">LEED_AP_2.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/COL_4.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=0">COL_4.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/major-changes-announced-leed-ap-credential-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED Greenbuild '08 LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/major-changes-announced-leed-ap-credential-program#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2008 20:01:00 +0000 Web Master 11658 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Sculpting his way to LEED credits http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/sculpting-his-way-leed-credits <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//LEED0025.JPG" /><br /> Posted from Greenbuild '08.</p> <p>As my colleague Nadav Malin <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/8/14/Wishful-Magical-Thinking-on-Products-and-LEEDs-Materials-Credits">has written</a>, attempts to achieve LEED credits, particularly in the materials and resources category, sometimes involve "magical," that is, wishful, thinking.</p> <p>At a session this morning on green blogging, a guy popped out of the audience who wields a much more interesting and perhaps even more audacious type of magic toward achieving LEED credits... sculpture.<br /> Dwayne Bass of <a href="http://www.twovital.com/index.html" target="blank">Twovital</a> takes on-site construction waste and turns it into permanent on-site sculpture.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/LEED0025_0.JPG" type="image/jpeg; length=131166">LEED0025_0.JPG</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/image_7717792_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=74367">image_7717792_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/sculpting-his-way-leed-credits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Greenbuild '08 LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/sculpting-his-way-leed-credits#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2008 17:04:00 +0000 Web Master 11660 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Affordable Housing Summit at Greenbuild - Report http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/affordable-housing-summit-greenbuild-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Yost </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//ahgbs.png" />By Peter Yost and Allyson Wendt, posted live from Greenbuild.</p> <p>It's common knowledge that green building is anything but affordable. Or is it? You would have had a pretty hard time convincing the 100 or so folks at the USGBC's <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=4919">Affordable Housing Summit</a>. They are convinced that green is actually affordable, both in terms of investment and operations budgets.</p> <p>Heather Clark &mdash; from one of the largest property owners of housing in the U.S., Winn Development &mdash; stated that water efficiency improvements alone in 76 of their properties cost only $376,000 and saved them over $1.2 M in the first year! In this case, they were paying the water bills, but even if the retrofits had benefited the tenants directly, saving money is still saving money. And saving water is saving water.</p> <p>I (Peter) have to confess that if I hear the term <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_present_value">net present value</a> one more time in the context of green building, I may pass out.<br /> Net present value is based on an assumed discount rate. And just what discount rate should we use for the next 5 years, much less 10, 20, 30, or 40 years?</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/ahgbs_0.png" type="image/png; length=40466">ahgbs_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/affordable-housing-summit-greenbuild-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Greenbuild '08 LEED Politics The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/affordable-housing-summit-greenbuild-report#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2008 05:01:00 +0000 Web Master 11669 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com BuildingGreen &mdash; Sessions at Greenbuild http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/buildinggreen-mdash-sessions-greenbuild <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//greenbuild08.png" />We'll be at <a href="//www.greenbuildexpo.org/">Greenbuild</a> in force this year &mdash; I think it's more than a dozen of us &mdash; checking out <a href="http://s19.a2zinc.net/clients/usgbc/usgbc08/public/ExhibitorList.aspx?sortMenu=103004&amp;exp=11%2f11%2f2008+8%3a28%3a50+AM">your booths</a>, staffing <a href="http://s19.a2zinc.net/clients/usgbc/usgbc08/public/Booth.aspx?IndexInList=129&amp;FromPage=ExhibitorList.aspx&amp;ParentBoothID=&amp;ListByBooth=true&amp;BoothID=102354">our own</a> (come see us at #1728, almost smack-dab in the middle), going to <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/Program/conf_sched.html">sessions</a>... and giving a bunch of sessions as well.</p> <p>On Monday the 17th, during the two-day <a href="http://www.natresnet.org/resblog/post.asp?iPostID=6912">Green Affordable Housing Summit</a> that happens before Greenbuild proper actually starts (but which is a little-known part of it), <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/about/staff.cfm#peteryost">Peter Yost</a> is chairing a panel on residential retrofit and rehab.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/greenbuild08_0.png" type="image/png; length=15626">greenbuild08_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/buildinggreen-mdash-sessions-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Case Studies Events Greenbuild '08 LEED Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/buildinggreen-mdash-sessions-greenbuild#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2008 17:02:00 +0000 Web Master 11681 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Wishful (Magical?) Thinking on Products and LEED's Materials Credits http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/wishful-magical-thinking-products-and-leeds-materials-credits <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nadav Malin </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//recycling-confusion.png" /><br /> In my years as chair of LEED's Materials &amp; Resources Technical Advisory Group (MR-<abbr title="LEED Technical Advisory Group (TAG): Subcommittees that consist of industry experts who assist in developing credit interpretations and technical improvements to the LEED system."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2524">TAG</a></abbr>) I've gotten lots of questions and comments about interesting interpretations and claims from product manufacturers. Most manufacturers are sincere in their efforts to understand the credit requirements and present their products in a positive light. Sometimes they just don't go far enough in studying the credit language before making their claims. Sometimes they just lapse into wishful thinking.<br /> Perhaps the best examples of wishful thinking that I've seen are those who claim that if a product is formed or molded on the building site than they can claim that it contributes to the regional materials credit because it was manufactured on site. Terrazzo flooring manufacturers all seem to jump on this wacky interpretation (<a href="http://www.eglasproducts.com/documents/EnviroGlasLEEDAssessment.pdf">here's just one example</a>), and I've heard that spray-foam insulation companies are making it as well.</p> <p>Another claim I see a lot is for products that supposedly meet LEED's requirement for low indoor emissions, even though they are not in one of the categories to which that credit applies.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/recycling-confusion_0.png" type="image/png; length=13231">recycling-confusion_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/wishful-magical-thinking-products-and-leeds-materials-credits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/wishful-magical-thinking-products-and-leeds-materials-credits#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2008 10:58:00 +0000 Web Master 11610 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com How the LEED AP exam is scored http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/how-leed-ap-exam-scored <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//equations-shirt.jpg" />7/1/09 Update: The LEED AP exam has <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2009/1/2/LEED-AP-Credential-Program-Overhauled-accredited-professional-exam/">significantly changed</a>, and the following sample exam has not been updated to reflect this. By the way, if you are looking to learn about the LEED 2009 rating systems, there's no better tool out there than our own <a href="http://www.leeduser.com">LEEDuser.com</a>.</p> <p>Eighty multiple choice questions, a score range of 125–200, a passing score of 170. If you've taken or are considering taking the LEED Professional Accreditation exam to become a LEED AP, you're familiar with these numbers. And you might have wondered, how does it all add up? What does my score mean?</p> <p>The official explanation from the <a href="http://www.gbci.org" target="blank">Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)</a> and its LEED Candidate Handbook mentions a scaled score but does not explain how it is calculated. The information compiled here is from correspondence with Peter Templeton, a senior V.P. at the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org" target="blank">U.S. Green Building Council</a>, and Beth Holst, recently hired at the GBCI as V.P. overseeing the LEED AP program.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/equations-shirt_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=132486">equations-shirt_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/COL_2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=0">COL_2.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/how-leed-ap-exam-scored" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/how-leed-ap-exam-scored#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2008 17:45:00 +0000 Web Master 11613 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Replacing LEED's heavy metals: Silver, Gold, Platinum http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/replacing-leeds-heavy-metals-silver-gold-platinum <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/7/16/Replacing-LEEDs-heavy-metals-Silver-Gold-Platinum"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//elvis.jpg" /></a><br /> How can LEED hope to transform the building industry in an environmental mold if, to highlight the achievements of buildings, it relies on outmoded stores of value whose extraction and use does vast environmental and social harm: Silver, Gold and Platinum?</p> <p>Those, of course, are the three top tiers of achievement for green buildings in the LEED Rating System. The lowest tier? Plain-vanilla "Certified." C'mon, USGBC, you couldn't pull out palladium or beryllium as a consolation prize? These tiers are also spreading a pox of heavy metals in the green building world. They've recently been spotted in the <abbr title="An ANSI-approved multiple-attribute third-party standard for carpet, to which manufacturers have their product third-party certified. This standard has four performance tiers with Platinum the highest achievement level."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term1836">NSF-140</a></abbr> sustainable carpet program, and in the <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2007/2/1/Cradle-to-Cradle-Certification-A-Peek-Inside-MBDC-s-Black-Box/">Cradle to Cradle (C2C) product certification program</a>, whose founders, William McDonough, FAIA, and Michael Braungart, Ph.D., should know better.</p> <p>Speaking of C2C, it was <a href="http://www.braungart.com/indexEN.html" target="blank"> Braungart</a> himself who suggested to me last year that there should be a more environmentally conscious tier system.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/elvis_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=24791">elvis_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/replacing-leeds-heavy-metals-silver-gold-platinum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/replacing-leeds-heavy-metals-silver-gold-platinum#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2008 15:29:00 +0000 Web Master 11591 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Quick Facts: LEED 2009 http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/quick-facts-leed-2009 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC is distributing the following email:</p> <p>The USGBC public comment period for LEED 2009 will be open until this Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 5 PM PST. Any member of the public may comment on the proposed changes to LEED. USGBC will respond to all comments and post the comments and responses (without commenter names or organizations) to the USGBC Web site. If changes are made as a result of comments, a 15-day second public comment period will be conducted on those changes. The resulting draft will then be sent to USGBC membership primary contacts for ballot. Visit the <a href="http://lists.usgbc.org/t/792194/8742033/91/0/">public drafts page</a> for more information and to participate.</p> <p>Since the opening of the public comment period, we've gotten lots of questions about how LEED 2009 will (and won't) affect other USGBC program areas.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/quick-facts-leed-2009" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/quick-facts-leed-2009#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2008 17:43:00 +0000 Web Master 11569 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Why doesn't USGBC sell a PDF of the LEED Reference Guide? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/why-doesnt-usgbc-sell-pdf-leed-reference-guide <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/6/12/USGBC-sell-PDF-LEED-Reference-Guide-2.2-AP-GBCI"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//leed.jpg" /></a><br /> 7/1/09 Update: If you are looking to learn about the LEED 2009 rating systems, there's no better tool out there than our own <a href="http://www.leeduser.com">LEEDuser.com</a>, which was launched since this post was made. LEEDuser makes the LEED credit language available online, which is a great step up, in my book!</p> <p>In <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2007/12/30/Studying-for-the-LEEDAP-Test">studying for the LEED-AP exam</a>, the best advice I received was to read the U.S. Green Building Council's <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/Store/PublicationsList.aspx?CMSPageID=1518" target="blank">LEED for New Construction Reference Guide version 2.2</a> -- and read it again, and memorize as much specific credit by credit information as possible. Since passing the exam, that's become the advice I give most often.</p> <p>I'm glad I work at a company, BuildingGreen, that already has a copy of the Reference Guide in its library and supports <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/2/27/Getting-professionals-in-your-firm-LEED-accredited">firmwide studying for the exam</a>, because the cost of the guide is $150 plus $7.50 shipping.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/leed_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=63720">leed_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/why-doesnt-usgbc-sell-pdf-leed-reference-guide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/why-doesnt-usgbc-sell-pdf-leed-reference-guide#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2008 18:38:00 +0000 Web Master 11572 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com COTE's Top Ten Green Projects Presentation at AIA'08 http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/cotes-top-ten-green-projects-presentation-aia08 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//wentz-aia.jpg" />Michael Wentz being interviewed after the presentationThe AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Green Projects awards for sustainable design excellence is a big deal, and the nearly hour-and-a-half presentation was standing room only.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/wentz-aia_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=39361">wentz-aia_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/cote-people_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=51791">cote-people_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/cotes-top-ten-green-projects-presentation-aia08" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention Awards Case Studies Events LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/cotes-top-ten-green-projects-presentation-aia08#comments Sat, 17 May 2008 15:00:00 +0000 Web Master 11548 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Legally Green &mdash; Legal and Practice Issues of LEED (AIA'08) http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/legally-green-mdash-legal-and-practice-issues-leed-aia08 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//legallygreen.jpg" />This morning began (for me) with a 7:00 (early!) session called &quot;Legally Green: Legal and Practice Issues of LEED,&quot; presented by Betsy del Monte and William Quatman. The room had a capacity approaching 400, and got close to filling up. Betsy's presentation was, for the most part, understandably basic. The big majority of the audience, by show of hands, had not worked on a LEED certified project, or a LEED certifiable project, and were not LEED APs. They were there for continuing education. More on that shortly.</p> <p>Betsy's take on legislation and owner requirements for buildings to be LEED certifiable, but not certified, falls just a bit short. She noted that the cost difference between a certifiable project and a certified one is marginal at best... and that when somebody says that they saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by not pursuing actual certification, it means that they almost certainly did not build a certifiable building. According to Betsy, USGBC fees are the smallest amount of the increased costs of a certifiable building.<br /> Bill's part of the presentation addressed the potential legal concerns facing architects that are working in the greenstream.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/legallygreen_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=35120">legallygreen_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/legally-green-mdash-legal-and-practice-issues-leed-aia08" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIA Convention Events LEED Op-Ed The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/legally-green-mdash-legal-and-practice-issues-leed-aia08#comments Thu, 15 May 2008 15:03:00 +0000 Web Master 11556 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Walking the Talk: A Realtor's LEED for Homes Platinum Gut Rehab in Washington, DC. http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/walking-talk-realtors-leed-homes-platinum-gut-rehab-washington-dc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Yost </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89772454"><img border="0" src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//amy-and-friends.jpg" /></a></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/amy-and-friends_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=18426">amy-and-friends_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/int1_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=13277">int1_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/int2_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=15085">int2_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/walking-talk-realtors-leed-homes-platinum-gut-rehab-washington-dc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Books & Media LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/walking-talk-realtors-leed-homes-platinum-gut-rehab-washington-dc#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2008 11:23:00 +0000 Web Master 11525 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com 100 LEED Case Studies http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/100-leed-case-studies <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Wentz </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//yalesculpture.jpg" /><br /> With the addition of three new case studies from the <a href="http://www.aiatopten.org/">2008 AIA COTE Top Ten awards</a> (<a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/hpb/overview.cfm?projectId=946">Aldo Leopold Legacy Center</a> - Platinum; <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/hpb/overview.cfm?projectId=992">Yale University Sculpture Building and Gallery</a> - Platinum; <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/hpb/overview.cfm?projectId=1050">Macallen Building Condominiums</a> - Gold), BuildingGreen.com now features over 100 LEED certified building case studies from the <a href="">High Performance Building Database</a> (HPB).</p> <p>HPB is a great tool for researching the strategies used by other designers to achieve design goals and create successful (and sometimes unsuccessful green designs). The <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/hpb/ratings.cfm?ProjectID=817">ratings</a> page of LEED case studies shows the points awarded to the project.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/yalesculpture_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=63278">yalesculpture_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/100-leed-case-studies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Case Studies LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/100-leed-case-studies#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2008 18:24:00 +0000 Web Master 11526 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com FSC-certified bamboo? Yes. http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/fsc-certified-bamboo-yes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//fscbamboo.jpg" /><br />Smith &amp; Fong's bamboo plywood panels are now available with FSC-certified bamboo.<br />If you're a regular reader of the posts here on <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/">BuildingGreen.com LIVE</a>, you might remember that we had a couple folks from <a href="http://www.plyboo.com/">Smith &amp; Fong</a> in our offices <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/1/16/Noaddedformaldehyde-bamboo-flooring-and-panel-products">back in January</a>. That was when we first got wind of their pending FSC certification &mdash; for bamboo. But it wasn't a done deal. Now BuildingGreen is pleased to be the first to report the breaking news that <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2008/4/11/FSC-Certified-Bamboo-Plywood-Now-Available/">FSC certified bamboo plywood is on the ground and available</a> for specification. Though Smith &amp; Fong isn't releasing the news until next week, they've given us the scoop and the go-ahead to tell all. Read the story <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2008/4/11/FSC-Certified-Bamboo-Plywood-Now-Available/">FSC-Certified Bamboo Plywood Now Available</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/fscbamboo_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=15008">fscbamboo_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Behind the Scenes LEED Nature & Nurture Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/fsc-certified-bamboo-yes#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2008 19:01:00 +0000 Web Master 11531 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com NYT asks, ''How 'Green' Can a Huge House Be?'' http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/nyt-asks-how-green-can-huge-house-be <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Can a four-level house with a three-car garage and a kitchen full of energy-hungry Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances truly qualify as a model of environmental responsibility?<img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//bighouse.jpg" /><br /> <div align="right">Photo by Douglas Healey<br />for The New York Times</div> </p><p>NRDC is trying to prove that it can, by applying for LEED certification.&quot;</p> <p>NRDC?! The <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/">Natural Resources Defense Council</a>?! Say it ain't so!</p> <p>It ain't so. This NRDC is NRDC Residential &mdash; a division of the <a href="http://www.nrdc.com/">National Realty and Development Corporation</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/06/business/06newreal.html?ex=1208145600&amp;en=55c29636c8e22e23&amp;ei=5070&amp;emc=eta1">Read the article in the New York Times</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/bighouse_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=9768">bighouse_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> LEED Politics The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/nyt-asks-how-green-can-huge-house-be#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2008 17:24:00 +0000 Web Master 11535 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com LEED AP Practice Exam http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-ap-practice-exam <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p>7/1/09 Update: The LEED AP exam has <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2009/1/2/LEED-AP-Credential-Program-Overhauled-accredited-professional-exam/">significantly changed</a>, and the following sample exam has not been updated to reflect this. Please use the information if it's helpful--but no guarantees of anything. And by the way, if you are looking to learn about the LEED 2009 rating systems, there's no better tool out there than our own <a href="http://www.leeduser.com">LEEDuser.com</a>.</p> <p>4/4/09 Update: For all those who have asked questions about specific questions on this sample exam, I have posted a comment below with comprehensive answers. The exam has also been updated as of today for minor corrections.</p> <p>11/21/08 Update: I've posted <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/11/20/Major-changes-announced-for-LEED-AP-credential-program">a report from Greenbuild</a> on what GBCI has planned for overhauling the LEED AP credit. Get ready to be a "Legacy LEED AP"...</p> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//dutch.jpg" /><br /> Dear LEED-AP Exam Taker,</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/dutch_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=23557">dutch_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/COL_1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=0">COL_1.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-ap-practice-exam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-ap-practice-exam#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2008 13:01:00 +0000 Web Master 11518 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Getting professionals in your firm LEED accredited http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/getting-professionals-your-firm-leed-accredited <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//our_story.jpg" /><br /> 7/1/09 Update: If you're looking to keep up to date on LEED 2009 and related issues, I want to recommend checking out our own <a href="http://www.leeduser.com">LEEDuser.com</a>, which was recently launched. For firms or individuals contemplating the new LEED AP CMP system, I particularly recommend <a href="http://www.leeduser.com/strategy/video-leed-ap-credential-maintenance">this article</a>!</p> <p>I was glad that my employer, <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/about/bg.cfm" target="blank">BuildingGreen</a>, picked up the cost of my LEED-AP exam. Becoming a LEED Accredited Professional through the <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="blank">Green Building Certification Institute</a> (the new manager of the exam for the U.S. Green Building Council) costs a small chunk of change, in addition to the study time. How do firms approach this investment?</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/our_story_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=44527">our_story_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/getting-professionals-your-firm-leed-accredited" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/getting-professionals-your-firm-leed-accredited#comments Wed, 27 Feb 2008 23:12:00 +0000 Web Master 11493 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com USGBC Doubles Research Funding and Asks for Proposals http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/usgbc-doubles-research-funding-and-asks-proposals <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Allyson Wendt </div> </div> </div> <p>In November 2007, the Research Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council <a href="http://www.usgbc.org">(USGBC)</a> released A National Green Building Research Agenda, in which it set priorities for green building research and called for funding of this research. (BuildingGreen's Alex Wilson is a member of this committee.) The agenda outlined four major areas of research: delivery process and performance evaluation; integrated building systems; buildings' interactions with local environments; and buildings' interactions with occupants.</p> <p>At the time, USGBC committed to $1 million in research funding; now, it has doubled that commitment and set aside $500,000 for research on occupant impacts in K-12 school facilities. This reflects the USGBC's recent emphasis on green schools, which included a new <a href="http://www.buildgreenschools.org/">website</a> devoted to the topic.</p> <p>Several grants will be awarded in two general ranges:<br /> $50,000 to $150,000, and $150,000 to $250,000. Projects should focus on one of the areas identified in the research agenda, should be multidisciplinary in approach, and should be relevant to LEED technical development. </p> <p>USGBC will be accepting <a href="http://www.miracd.com/usgbc2008Grant/">pre-proposal abstracts</a> from February 12 through March 6, 2008.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/usgbc-doubles-research-funding-and-asks-proposals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/usgbc-doubles-research-funding-and-asks-proposals#comments Wed, 06 Feb 2008 19:52:00 +0000 Web Master 11506 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com No-added-formaldehyde bamboo flooring and panel products http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/no-added-formaldehyde-bamboo-flooring-and-panel-products <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//plyboolg.jpg"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//plyboosm.jpg" /></a><br />This interior features Plyboo bamboo flooring and cabinets made with Plyboo panels.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/plyboosm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=10439">plyboosm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/no-added-formaldehyde-bamboo-flooring-and-panel-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Behind the Scenes LEED Nature & Nurture Product Talk http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/no-added-formaldehyde-bamboo-flooring-and-panel-products#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2008 16:55:00 +0000 Web Master 11481 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Will the New List of LEED Innovation Points Lead to Greener Buildings &mdash; or Just More Points? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/will-new-list-leed-innovation-points-lead-greener-buildings-mdash-or-just-more-points <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nadav Malin </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//hearst-tower.jpg"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//hearst-tower-sm.jpg" /></a><br />Innovation point for the Hearst Tower in New York: reduced steel in the structure.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/hearst-tower-sm_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=15486">hearst-tower-sm_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/will-new-list-leed-innovation-points-lead-greener-buildings-mdash-or-just-more-points" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED LEED Op-Ed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/will-new-list-leed-innovation-points-lead-greener-buildings-mdash-or-just-more-points#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2008 16:58:00 +0000 Web Master 11483 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Green Building Certification Institute http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/green-building-certification-institute <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p>Back on November 5, Nadav Malin posted here about &quot;<a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2007/11/5/Councils-LEED-Accreditation-Spinoff">the imminent creation of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)</a>.&quot; The USGBC is now distributing the following press release:</p> <p>LEED AP Credential Now Administered Through GBCI.org</p> <p>Over the last seven years, the LEED Professional Accreditation program has verified that more than 43,000 building professionals have an understanding of green building techniques, the LEED® Green Building Rating System? and the certification process. </p> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//LEED_AP.jpg" />Now, with USGBC's enthusiastic backing, the LEED AP credential will be administered by a separately incorporated organization, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The formation of GBCI creates administrative independence between the LEED Rating Systems and the LEED AP credential &mdash; an important requirement in seeking accreditation for professional credentialing programs by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).</p> <p>USGBC will continue to handle development of the LEED Rating Systems and offer LEED-based education programs.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/LEED_AP_1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=10439">LEED_AP_1.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/green-building-certification-institute" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/green-building-certification-institute#comments Mon, 14 Jan 2008 12:51:00 +0000 Web Master 11484 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Beyond LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/beyond-leed <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//biggreen.png" /><br /> An interesting conversation about what lies beyond LEED has been happening over the last few days on the <a href="http://www.biggreen.org/">Big Green email list</a>. Some excerpts of the exchange follow. (I've done some editing, and added links. Check the December '07 and January '08 <a href="http://lists.biggreen.org/pipermail/biggreen/2007-December/date.html">Big Green archives</a> for the complete, unedited exchange.)</p> <ul> <li>We have a project where the client is asking us to measure the sustainable aspects of their project beyond the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadership_in_Energy_and_Environmental_Design">LEED rating system</a>. I'm very familiar with the <a href="http://www.cascadiagbc.org/lbc">Living Building Challenge</a> but unfortunately they don't meet the Limits to Growth pre-requisite. I'm interested in hearing other people's experiences and recommendations of using other rating systems &mdash; international or domestic. </li></ul> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/biggreen_0.png" type="image/png; length=11202">biggreen_0.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/beyond-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/beyond-leed#comments Fri, 04 Jan 2008 18:05:00 +0000 Web Master 11490 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Product Certifications and Ratings Systems... it's all so gooey http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/product-certifications-and-ratings-systems-its-all-so-gooey <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/image.cfm?imageName=images/1701/GreenProductChart.gif&amp;fileName=170101a.xml" target="_new"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//GreenProductChart-sm.gif" /></a>The GreenSpec team is regularly contacted by manufacturers and their marketers asking how to get products &quot;certified as green.&quot; The question itself reveals one of two things: that they either haven't done any work yet to understand what it is they're actually asking... or that they have. In the first case, good on 'em for looking into it. (Although getting the question as often as we do can be frustrating, it's a big compliment to be recognized as the go-to people.) In the second case, the overall state of certifications and ratings systems is revealed as a commingled muck that's as confusing to manufacturers as it is to everyone else.</p> <p>Environmental Building News to the rescue. The current feature, &quot;<a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm?fileName=170101a.xml">Behind the Logos: Understanding Green Product Certifications</a>,&quot; identifies over two dozen of the most active of these programs and provides brief synopses &mdash; a great general reference, and a launching pad for additional research.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-gif" alt="image/gif icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/GreenProductChart-sm_0.gif" type="image/gif; length=27398">GreenProductChart-sm_0.gif</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/product-certifications-and-ratings-systems-its-all-so-gooey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> LEED Product Talk Q&A The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/product-certifications-and-ratings-systems-its-all-so-gooey#comments Wed, 02 Jan 2008 13:23:00 +0000 Web Master 11492 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Not Grumbling About Life-Cycle Assessment http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/not-grumbling-about-life-cycle-assessment <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <p>Based on some of the audience Q&amp;A I think that much of the audience left grumbling after Thursday's session, &quot;Demystifying Sustainability: A Life-Cycle Perspective,&quot; convened by the energetic Meredith Elbaum of <a href="http://www.sasaki.com/">Sasaki</a>, with Stanley Rhodes of <a href="http://www.scscertified.com/">Scientific Certification Systems</a> speaking along with Nancy Harrod of <a href="http://www.sasaki.com/">Sasaki</a> and Melissa Vernon of <a href="http://www.interfaceflor.com/">InterfaceFlor</a>.</p> <p>I put Stanley's name first because I think he was the source of the grumbling.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/EPD-carpet_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=189073">EPD-carpet_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/not-grumbling-about-life-cycle-assessment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Events Greenbuild '07 LEED Science & Tech The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/not-grumbling-about-life-cycle-assessment#comments Fri, 09 Nov 2007 18:25:00 +0000 Web Master 11435 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Forest Certification Stakeholder Forum http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/forest-certification-stakeholder-forum <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nadav Malin </div> </div> </div> <p>Tuesday afternoon the Materials &amp; Resources Technical Advisory Group (MR-<abbr title="LEED Technical Advisory Group (TAG): Subcommittees that consist of industry experts who assist in developing credit interpretations and technical improvements to the LEED system."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2524">TAG</a></abbr>) for LEED hosted a public session for stakeholder input into the ongoing process of reevaluating LEED's <abbr title="Wood from a source that has been determined, through a certification process, to meet stated ecological and other criteria. There are numerous forest certification programs in general use based on several standards, but only the Forest Stewardship Council's standards, which include requirements that the wood be tracked through its chain-of-custody, can be used to qualify wood for a point in the LEED Rating System."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2282">certified wood</a></abbr> and <abbr title="Generally, classification of products and materials derived from plant and animal sources as opposed to minerals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a program to promote the use of emerging biobased products that defines them more narrowly, to exclude products that already have established markets, such as food, animal feed, and lumber."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2243">biobased</a></abbr> products credits (see <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm?fileName=150603b.xml">EBN Vol 15, No. 6</a>). The MR-TAG, which I chair, had commissioned a team from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Sylvatica to provide background research and tools to support the decision-making process. The Yale team <a href="http://www.yale.edu/forestcertification/usgbc.htm">posted its reports</a> for expert review in mid-September, and stakeholders were invited to this forum to sound off about those documents before the MR-TAG uses them to form its recommendations.<br /> Ben Cashore, Director of the Yale Program on Forest Policy and Governance, set a nice tone for the event by inviting participants to &quot;surprise us&quot; by saying something that wasn't entirely predictable based on their established, entrenched positions. That didn't happen. Instead, representatives of each of the four forest certification programs active in North America each stated their position more or less eloquently.</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/forest-certification-stakeholder-forum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Events Greenbuild '07 LEED http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/forest-certification-stakeholder-forum#comments Wed, 07 Nov 2007 22:33:00 +0000 Web Master 11446 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com LEED for Everything 1.0 http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-everything-10 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Piepkorn </div> </div> </div> <p><img class="blogEntryImage" src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//leed.gif" /><br /> Big news from Member Day at Greenbuild '07&mdash;the LEED ratings programs are... going away.</p> <p>I'll be updating this post in the next hour or so after listening to the session again, but it boils down to this: there will be a &quot;bookshelf&quot; of credits, and when a project application is made, a custom rating system will be generated.</p> <p>There's a lot more development, public comment periods, and hair-pulling to come, but they hope to roll this out in less than two years.</p> <p>Check back here in about an hour for more details.</p> <p>This is my early understanding, which may be flawed.</p> <p>In the wake of significant outreach both within and without the USGBC community to identify the shortcomings and opportunities for improvement in the growing numbers of LEED rating systems, the decision has been made to stop the development of those systems in favor of a simpler, more elegant-yet-thorough process. </p> <p>All of the credits in the existing systems will be extracted and combined into "library" of points and ideas from which to draw to create an appropriate program for each project addressing lifecycle, carbon, and regionalism. A fourth important aspect is how these areas are weighted.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-gif" alt="image/gif icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/leed_0.gif" type="image/gif; length=5772">leed_0.gif</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-everything-10" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Events Greenbuild '07 LEED The Industry http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/leed-everything-10#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2007 20:32:00 +0000 Web Master 11453 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com