To qualify for LEED EBOM, an ENERGY STAR score of 69 or higher was a benchmark many older buildings just couldn’t achieve. The score means that the building performs better than 69% of buildings with a similar use, regardless of age.
If only you could get a few more of those ENERGY STAR scores above 69, you’d have a portfolio full of LEED buildings! This used to be the building owner’s lament, but no more. Now there’s Energy Jumpstart.
I attended Greenbuild for the first time in 2004 when it was hosted in Portland and it was truly a revelation. I understood for the first time, in a really tangible way, that I was not alone in my interest in healthy, energy-conserving buildings and communities. Having felt like a pretty lonely voice at various architecture firms over the years, this was enormously empowering. At that time, there were also very few places you could learn about products or systems that were greener than the rest. The floor of that showroom was where I first learned of the existence of Icestone countertop
The following was blogged live from our Fall Conference on September 18, 2012 – "Cooling on Climate Change: Designing the Message." Panelist Dan Probst, Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services at Jones Lang LaSalle, discusses the role of the green building industry in addressing global climate change.
Any LEED Green Associate or LEED AP with specialty who does not decide to retest in order to maintain their designation must fulfill credentialing maintenance requirements by means of, what some may describe as, a dizzying process.
In June of 2009, The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) made some big changes to the LEED credentialing and testing process, adding more exam options, eligibility constraints, and credentialing maintenance requirements.
In February, the Urban Green Council Chapter Task Force (CTF) for LEED Regionalization 2012 reported to our members its initial findings on priority issues within the chapter boundary - the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Rockland and Westchester Counties.
I wish LEED had more nuanced critics.
As regular as winter, articles crop up purporting to outline the problems with LEED. Every time I dive in eagerly and almost every time I come away disappointed. Maybe this is inevitable. LEED is technocratic, both in terms of content and process, and the building industry moves at its own pace. Maybe we can’t expect our frothy media to deliver on this subject.
Ellen Honigstock, a member of the Urban Green Council Chapter Task Force for LEED Regionalization 2012, shares their initial findings on recommendations for LEED RPC 2012:
The headlines wrote themselves, “For the Birds” etc. But it is seriously good news to see that the USGBC has begun to recognize bird-safe building design as a worthy category of recognition within the LEED framework.
Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto is complete! The closing plenary on Friday was a pleasant mixture of inspiring presentations, rousing calls to action and jokes about Canadian accents. Fortunately, the Canadians were the ones doing the joking so no international tension was sparked.