Green Building Initiative Launches Guidelines for Sustainable Federal Buildings

The Green Building Initiative (GBI), based in Portland, Ore., has launched the Guiding Principles Compliance for New Construction (GPCNC) to assess a building’s sustainability.

Net Positive Energy + Water Conference Brings Together Green Building Leaders

By Audrey Arthur
The Net Positive Energy + Water Conference, held last week, brought together forward thinking green architects and builders to discuss the current status and future of net-zero energy and water concepts. The conference was hosted by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and facilitated discussions about methods of net-zero water and energy in the framework of the Living Building Challenge.

Health Sciences Pavilion Achieves LEED-NC Gold

The Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion (AHSP) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center recently received LEED-NC Gold certification for its sustainable and energy-efficient design.

Solar Market Grows Despite Legislative Rollbacks

By Audrey Arthur
The solar market is growing in the U.S., but more opportunity brings more challenges. Sun Valley Solar Solutions (SVSS), based in Chandler, Ariz., is witnessing growth in the industry with some push back from legislators.

Net Positive Energy + Water Conference Coming to San Francisco

By Audrey Arthur
Focused on the rapidly evolving model of net-zero energy and net-zero water buildings, the International Living Future Institute will host a two-day conference that will highlight how the Living Building Challenge is expanding net-zero concepts as well as the latest in net-zero ideas, technologies and applications.

Construction Firm Presents 2014 Green Building Outlook

Hammer & Hand, a construction firm with offices in Seattle and Portland, Ore., published 10 predictions of high performance buildings in 2014.

Seattle Welcomes LEED Gold Medical School Building

Phase 3.1 of the University of Washington’s Medicine Research Complex has achieved LEED Gold certification. Situated in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, the 183,000-square-foot medical research building is a marker of innovative sustainable design, but is designed to reflect the neighborhood of the surrounding tech community.

Silicon Valley Office Building Reaches for LEED Platinum

A new office building set to open this spring in Silicon Valley is using innovative building and design strategies to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

University of Oregon Receives First LEED Platinum Certification

The USGBC awarded the University of Oregon’s (UO) Robert and Beverly Lewis Integrative Science Building LEED Platinum Certification.

Collaborative to Establish Health Product Declarations Protocol

The Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC) partnered with seven product sustainability assessment companies to develop a third-party verification protocol for Health Product Declarations (HPDs).