Manhattan Office Building Earns LEED-EB Gold

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(11/19/2014)
A midtown Manhattan building has become only the third Class B office property in New York City to achieve LEED-Existing Building (EB) Gold Certification.

Environmental Center Aims for Total Water Conservation

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(11/19/2014)
Construction completed last week on the Brock Environmental Center, a facility that promotes environmentally friendly efforts toward its neighbor, the Chesapeake Bay.

Q&A: Best Practices in LEED Certification

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(11/19/2014)
In the past year alone, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has updated its LEED certification program and introduced a tool to help certified buildings benchmark their efficiency.

Cradle to Cradle: Specifying Sustainable Materials

By Dianne Dunnell, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP
(11/19/2014)
Sustainability for buildings and interiors has become a fundamental tenet of design, whether or not a project pursues LEED certification. The products and processes used for building should be thoughtfully manufactured, installed, recycled and disposed of when they are no longer of use. In a few short years, designers and manufacturers have quickly discovered that sustainable products are both cost effective and good for the environment.

Rhode Island Bridge Retrofits with LED

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(11/14/2014)
The Claiborne Pell Bridge, known commonly as the Newport Bridge, in Newport recently retrofitted its antiquated lighting systems with state-of-the-art, high efficiency LED lighting.
 

Georgia Southern University Achieves LEED Gold

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(11/14/2014)
Georgia Southern University’s new 151,000-square-foot Biological Sciences Building was recently awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
 

Architects Get Closer to Carbon Neutral Goal

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(11/05/2014)
The number of projects meeting a carbon reduction goal set by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has surged 200 percent over the last two years, according to a new report from the AIA.

High Sustainability Goals Set for Hampshire College Project

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(11/05/2014)
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Nov. 14 for Hampshire College’s new R.W. Kern Center. Developers — architects Bruner/Cott & Associates of Boston and contractor Wright Builders of Northampton, Mass. — are constructing the facility according to requirements set by the Living Building Challenge, which is touted as the most rigorous environmental design standard in the world.
 

Missouri Western State Partners with Schneider Electric


(11/05/2014)
Missouri Western State University is partnering with Andover, Mass.-based Schneider Electric to help the institution save nearly $400,000 in energy costs over 15 years.

Marine Camp Houses Military’s First LEED Mess Hall

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(10/29/2014)
The French Creek Mess Hall at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is the military’s first LEED Platinum-certified dining facility. The mess hall opened on May 20 and serves up to 22,000 meals per day. The base and surrounding community is home to a population of about 170,000 people, including active duty, dependent, retiree and civilian employees.