USGBC Supported Legislation Highlighted in Senate Energy Hearing
Today the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee continued its efforts to craft energy legislation that can gain bipartisan support in the Senate by hearing testimony on key green building and efficiency legislation.
Pinpointing the Best Stringency Level for a Green Construction Code
In my last post I gave a very simple answer to the question, "How stringent should a first-ever model green construction code be?" In sum, the answer is that it should be above current code (but not too far), fully recognizing that these decisions will be the result of important community discussions (like this very in-depth and continually evolving conversation in New York City
Learning to Speak Green: Urban Green Council Conference Highlights Successful Green Messaging
Ever feel tongue tied when you are out there advocating for green buildings?
How do you explain the environmental, health and financial benefits of green buildings to the media? To your mom? What about to a local union rep, or a school teacher? What kind of story do you tell?
Building Industry and Environmentalists to Congress: This is How to Encourage Better Buildings
A few weeks ago USGBC, along with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Real Estate Roundtable, spearheaded the development of a letter sent to several key Senators on proposed changes to the tax deduction for energy-efficient commercial facilities, as put forth by President Obama as a component of the Better Buildings Initiative.
Education Week Features New Report on Green Schools from USGBC and AIA
In the latest issue of Education Week , American education’s newspaper of record, Katie Ash reports on the benefits of green schools to budgets and students. "Local Leaders in Sustainability: Special Report from Sundance," which came out this month and highlights green schools benefits and a five-point plan of action for local leaders to green schools in their communities, is featured along with co-authors Vice President of National Policy at USGBC Jason Hartke and Director of Local Relations at the American Institute of Architects Brooks Rainwater.
How Stringent Should a First-Ever Model Green Construction Code Be?
You can probably guess that the question of "how far to go?" with this first-of-its-kind national model green construction code attracts a lot of varied answers. In fact, this may be the biggest and most unanswered question surrounding green building code development.
Green building boom at Turner Construction
Existing Buildings Seeing New Tenant Interest and Increased Savings with LEED
Is there a bright spot in this recession? Related to buildings, particularly, one would be hard-pressed to find one as most new construction markets have either slowed considerably or stalled completely. Given the downturn, more building owners and managers are seeking ways to improve their existing properties both to attract and retain tenants and to realize savings from energy and other retrofits. A bright spot? Perhaps.
IGCC Undergoes Second Round of Public Hearings
I spent a little more than two days in Dallas this week at the public hearings for the International Green Construction Code. You, too, can tune in and watch them online. You may want to have the reference material handy and – unless you find this stuff as interesting as I do – some toothpicks for your eyelids and a big cup of coffee.
Project Spotlight: Erie High Charter School Celebrates LEED Gold As Students Use the School as an Environmental Learning Lab
This month, Erie High Charter students, educators and the building and design team celebrated the school’s designation as the first LEED Gold certified high school in the state of Kansas.
Thanks to close collaboration between the local design/construction team and the students of the school, the students were instrumental in doing much of the work to obtain LEED Gold. PBA Architects, Crossland Construction and high-performance building system designers Henderson Engineers worked directly with the students who continue to use the school itself as an environmental learning lab.