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Green Building on the Chopping Block in House Spending Measure

February 22, 2011

Representing one of the first significant acts of the new Republican majority, the House of Representatives is poised to pass a bill that would cut federal government programs by over $61 billion. There is no question that with the spiraling federal deficit, Congress does need to cut wasteful, duplicative and outdated programs - but let's take a look at some of the good federal programs that the House is considering to devastate or eliminate.

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Fine-Tuning our Buildings for Optimum Performance

February 17, 2011

The notion that green building is a process and not just an event is something that is often overlooked. Much like the life cycle of a building, the green building process is one that takes a building from merely a sustainable "vision" to a sustainable structure.

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Congressional Outlook Uncertain, but Executive Branch Opportunity Abounds

February 15, 2011

There has been a whole lot of negative talk about the prospects for energy, climate or other significant legislation coming out of our newly divided Congress, and that is not the best news for the green building industry. However, this does not imply that green building advocates should pack up and go home – in fact, it means quite the contrary.

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Keeping Ahead of Tenant Demand with LEED

February 11, 2011

Jack Beuttell, LEEP® AP
Global Sustainability Manager
Hines

One month ago Hines recertified 717 Texas, a Class A office building in downtown Houston. It had originally been certified to the Silver level in 2009, but after two years, we ratcheted its performance up to Platinum, even as the LEED rating system grew more stringent.

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U.S. Green Building Council Welcomes New Board Directors

January 19, 2011

Board responsible for articulating and upholding the vision, values, mission of organization

Washington, DC (January 19, 2011) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the newly elected officers and new directors to its 2011 Board of Directors. At elections that closed in December, USGBC's membership elected the following individuals to serve as directors:

Getting to know LEED: Interior Design and Construction (ID+C)

January 1, 2011
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As humans, we spend 90% of our time indoors. We’re of the mindset that time should be spent in spaces that allow us to breathe easy, give us views of nature and daylight, and make us healthier and more productive. LEED for Interior Design and Construction (LEED ID+C) enables project teams, who may not have control over whole building operations, the opportunity to develop indoor spaces that are better for the planet and for people.

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Getting to know LEED: Neighborhood Development

January 1, 2011
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Is your local grocery store within walking distance…and is there a sidewalk for you to trek there safely? Does your neighborhood boast high-performing green buildings, parks and green space? Do bikes, pedestrians and vehicles play nicely together on the road? LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) was engineered to inspire and help create better, more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods. It looks beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities. Why? Because sprawl is a scary thing. Here’s the antidote.

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Getting to know LEED: Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M)

January 1, 2011
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Existing buildings hold incredible promise. Many older buildings around the world are energy hogs and water sieves. With some keen attention to building operations, that can be turned around drastically by using LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M). Consider that it can take up to 80 years to make up for the environmental impacts of demolishing an old building and constructing a new one, even if the resulting building is extremely energy efficient.

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