One North Development Raises Sustainability Bar

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/20/2015)
The One North development in Portland is raising the bar for green build-ing by creating its own sustainability template that exceeds industry standards. Construction on the uber-green commercial building started in June 2014 and is on target to be completed by this November.

EPA Launches New Tribal Green Building Toolkit


(08/20/2015)
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the San Francisco-based Tribal Green Building Codes Workgroup announced on Aug. 17 a new toolkit to assist tribes in prioritizing and implementing healthy, green building policies and practices.

CSU System Secures $171 Million in Bonds for Many LEED Buildings


(08/19/2015)
The Colorado State University (CSU) System secured more than $171 million in bond financing to support six construction projects that will transform the Fort Collins campus over the next few years. The bond package sold in less than four hours on Aug. 6.

Partnership Helps California Businesses Achieve Solar Savings


(08/11/2015)
Renew Financial, based in Oakland and SolarCity, based in San Mateo, Calif., have recently announced a partnership that creates financing options for small and medium-sized businesses. The partnership combines low-cost SolarCity-structured financing with Renew’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs through the CaliforniaFIRST program, according to an article by Green Building Elements.

Seattle Building First for LEED Dynamic Plaque Re-Certification


(08/05/2015)
A commercial office building in downtown Seattle is the first building in the country to receive a LEED Dynamic Plaque re-certification.

San Francisco City Hall Oldest Building to Earn LEED Platinum

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(05/26/2015)
San Francisco’s 100-year-old City Hall is now the oldest building in the U.S. to receive LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and city officials celebrated the new certification with a ceremony at City Hall on May 14

Experts Examine Future of Energy Performance


(05/20/2015)
Determining a building’s energy efficiency based solely on using predictive energy models and specifying certain design and construction attributes may be a thing of the past by the time the next generation of architects and engineers join the workforce, according to the New Buildings Institute (NBI), headquartered in Vancouver.

LPL Financial Earns LEED Platinum


(04/30/2015)
LPL Financial LLC announced on April 20 that the firm’s San Diego office building has earned LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its interior design and construction.

Wells Fargo Named Greenest Financial Company


(04/21/2015)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recognized Wells Fargo & Company, headquartered in San Francisco, as the green building leader among financial institutions.

Bullitt Center First Living Building Certified Office

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(04/15/2015)
The Bullitt Center in Seattle has become the first office building in the world to earn the Living Building Certification, a strict benchmark of sustainability in the built environment. The Bullitt Center confirmed the certification on April 1.