Acoustics: The Sounds of Sustainable Design

By Allison McKenzie, AIA, LEED AP, USGBC Faculty
(05/20/2015)
As the field of sustainable design grows and matures, more practitioners are turning away from a field that is based only on clear-cut metrics and realizing that the fuzzier areas of human comfort and productivity are very important as well.

LAX Unveils Sustainable Utility Plant

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(05/05/2015)
A replacement central utility plant (CUP) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) completed last month is considered the first sustainable utility plant at a U.S. airport.

GBCI Launches PEER for Electricity Market


(05/05/2015)
Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) officially launched the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) rating system designed to verify sustainable electricity system performance on April 29.

AIA Names Top 10 Sustainable Projects

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(04/30/2015)
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have chosen the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment.

Miami Design District Expansion Achieves LEED Gold


(04/30/2015)
Palm Court, the second phase of the Miami Design District expansion, has been certified LEED Gold for Core + Shell by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

First Tennessee Park Achieves LEED Silver Certification

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(04/21/2015)
First Tennessee Park in downtown Nashville has been awarded LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, joined by members of the Metro Sports Authority, confirmed the certification for the park, home of the Nashville Sounds, a minor league baseball team. The park opened on April 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a sold-out game.

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.

Princeton Review Names Top Green Colleges


(04/21/2015)
In anticipation of Earth Day on April 22, The Princeton Review released its sixth annual free guide to the most environmentally responsible colleges.

USGBC Adopts Living Building Challenge Requirements


(04/15/2015)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will now recognize energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge within the LEED green building program, the council announced on April 7.

Pérez Art Museum Miami Earns LEED Gold

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(04/08/2015)
The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) announced in March that it has received a LEED Gold rating for its sustainable design, use of local and recycled materials and location with access to public transportation.