Minneapolis Ranks First in Green Building

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
Minneapolis is outpacing other U.S. cities for green commercial space and green commercial real estate. According to a study from CBRE Group and Maastricht University, almost 30 percent of all buildings and 77 percent of square footage built in the city between 2005 and 2013 qualified as green.

MaineGeneral Second in Nation to Achieve LEED Gold

A 644,000-square-foot hospital in Augusta, Maine, is the first health care facility in Maine and second in the nation to be built successfully to 2010 LEED gold for health care standards.

Green Parking Council Launches Green Garage Certification Program

The Green Parking Council (GPC), an affiliate of the International Parking Institute (IPI), launched on June 2 a certification program that is the parking industry equivalent of LEED certification.

Lord Aeck Sargent Architects Welcome Students Home

Architects for The Towers at Young Harris College (YHC) in Young Harris, Ga., have made strides to help their contemporary design become LEED-certified using proven green strategies and products while also incorporating a progressive housing concept.

Qatar’s Green Convention Center Sets the Bar in Middle East

It’s hard to miss. With 880,000 square feet, the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) is the largest convention center in the Middle East. In its first year, the facility hosted 212 events and welcomed more than 150,000 visitors and delegates.

Green Globes Costs Less Than LEED, Study Says

A new study from Drexel University has found that the Green Globes green building certification is more cost efficient and more quickly completed than LEED certification.

USGBC Names Top 10 Countries for LEED Outside U.S

The U.S. Green Building Council recently released a ranking of the top 10 countries for LEED outside the U.S. The ranking, released last week, reflects the global adaptability of the world’s most widely used and recognized system guiding the design, construction, operations and maintenance of green buildings, according to the USGBC.

USGBC Unveils Real-Time Green Building Data Tool

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) last week launched a new online data visualization resource that allows viewers to survey real-time green building data for each state in the U.S. and Washington, D.C. The tool highlights the LEED projects, LEED-credentialed professionals and USGBC members in each individual state or district.

Hines to Open Sustainable Skyscraper in Houston

By Audrey Arthur
A new landmark of sustainability is coming to the Houston skyline. Hines, an international real estate firm, recently began construction on a 48-story skyscraper on 609 Main St. Pickard Chilton, headquartered in New Haven, Conn., is the architect on the project and D.E. Harvey, with offices in Houston, was selected as general contractor.

PacMutual Campus Mixes Antique Architecture with Sustainable Design

By Audrey Arthur
The PacMutual Campus in downtown Los Angeles has revitalized the ornate, historic architectural details of its buildings and partnered them with state-of-the-art sustainable features to create a singular LEED Platinum campus.