Study Supports Growth and Importance of Green Building

According to a new study released on Sept. 19 from New York-based Dodge Data & Analytics, the design and construction of greener buildings is key for increasing productivity and wellness among workers.

Golden 1 Center in Sacramento Receives LEED Platinum Certification

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) certified Golden 1 Center, the new downtown home of the Sacramento Kings on Sept. 22. as LEED Platinum, the highest level of global recognition an environmentally-efficient building or organization can receive.

Frick Environmental Center Brings Green Design to Urban Community

The Frick Environmental Center has been redesigned into a new interactive facility to bring nature into the community while educating visitors on the importance of green design. The center celebrated its opening on Sept. 16 in Pittsburgh.

Clif Bar Celebrates Opening of $90 Million Sustainable Factory

On Aug. 30 Clif Bar & Company officially celebrated the opening of its $90 million factory and bakery in Twin Falls that integrates sustainable features with biophilic design to help increase feelings of happiness, reduce stress and enhance productivity.

Giant Food Store Receives LEED Certification at Sixth Location

On Aug. 30, Giant Food Stores, a grocery retailer with headquarters in Carlisle, Pa., received LEED certification at its Lewisberg store. This is the sixth Giant Food store to achieve LEED certification.

Marin General Hospital Starts Construction on New Wing

A hospital replacement project began at Marin General Hospital on July 28. The $535 million revamp will be complete in 2020 and will meet LEED Silver standards. State law requires that Marin General make its facilities earthquake safe by 2030. Currently, the facilities are outdated as the west wing was finished in 1989, the east wing was finished in 1961 and the central wing was built in 1952.

Silver Oak Named First Commercial Production Winery to Receive LEED Platinum

Silver Oak Winery has been named the first commercial production winery in the world to earn LEED Platinum certification, the USGBC’s highest level of recognition.

PNC Plaza Participates in Eco-friendly Financing

PNC Plaza, a 24-story building located in downtown Columbus is undergoing $3.2 million in upgrades to its roof, lighting, air controls and water supply.

USGBC Releases New Report for Industrial Facilities

The USGBC has released a new report, LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities. The full report includes examples of how and why industrial facilities can and should use LEED. In 2012, USGBC began collaborating with the manufacturing sector with the launch the LEED User Group: Industrial Facilities.

BREEAM Certification to Share Green Market with LEED in U.S.

The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM), the UK’s leading green-building rating system for 24 years, is coming to the U.S. as part of a partnership with San Francisco-based LEED consultancy BuildingWise. London-based Building Research Establishment (BRE) manages BREEAM certifications, and the new BREEAM In-Use International standard will evaluate the potential 5.6 million existing commercial buildings not currently certified in the U.S.