Designing for the Life of Your Building

By Mark Gardner, P.E., CEM, LEED BD+C
(12/11/2014)
Considering that operating the nation’s building stock consumes greater than 70 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S., high-performance building teams have a responsibility to select design options that make sustainable operations more likely.

San Francisco Department Showcases Sustainable Design

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(12/11/2014)
When the San Francisco Department of the Environment was looking for new office space in 2013, the department made it a priority to make the space environmentally friendly and highly energy-efficient.

Minnesota Sports Complex Gets High Marks for Sustainability

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(12/10/2014)
The Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center have been certified to three international sustainability standards: LEED, Green Globes and APEX/ASTM. The complex is the first in the world to receive those three designations.
 

UC Merced Earns 13th LEED Certification


(12/10/2014)
The University of California, Merced, received its 13th LEED certification when its student services building was awarded LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
 

Energy Contract Helps Southern City Cut Costs

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(12/03/2014)
Energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) are becoming increasingly attractive to municipalities looking for an alternative financing mechanism to support capital improvements through utility and operational savings.
 

NRG Energy Breaks Ground on Sustainable Headquarters

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(12/03/2014)
NRG Energy has broken ground on its new headquarters in Princeton, which is being described as an ultra-green, grid-resilient complex. NRG, an advocate and provider of renewable energy, owns power-generating facilities in 47 states and has almost 3 million residential, commercial and industrial customers.
 

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.