ASU’s College Avenue Commons Earns LEED Gold

Arizona State University’s College Avenue Commons (CAVC) building, completed in summer 2014, recently achieved LEED Gold certification. The project was a joint collaboration between locally based Gensler and Architekton designers and architects and was built by locally based Okland Construction.

Green Building Initiative Invites Public Feedback

The Consensus Body of the Green Building Initiative (GBI), headquartered in Portland, recently called for public comments on a revision to its American National Standards Institute, ANSI/GBI 01-2010:

Massive Green Roof Park Planned for Cupertino

In 2014, Sand Hill Property Company acquired the Vallco Shopping Mall in Silicon Valley. The shopping mall has been in trouble for years and has had its lower level shut down for over a decade. Sand Hill Property Company hopes to re-develop the shopping mall into something innovative, sustainable, and green in Cupertino.

University of Colorado Earns Eighteenth LEED Certification on Campus

The University of Colorado announced August 24 that newly renovated residence hall, Baker Hall, has received LEED Platinum certification, making it one of 18 buildings on the University of Colorado campus that have been LEED-certified. The 15-month renovation was finished in August 2014.

EPA Launches New Tribal Green Building Toolkit

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

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

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

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
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

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.