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The Costs of LEED Certification

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:23

LEED certification costs breakdown as follows, according to this article by the Environmental Leader:

Earth-Friendly Stories Get Children into Going Green

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:22

Green is more than a color these days.

Three terrific new books can help youngsters understand and embrace concepts contained within the new meaning of “green.”

“The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling“ by Alison Inches is part of a series called “Little Green Books.” With lively illustrations by Pete Whitehead, it’s told in diary form from the point of view of a personable crude-oil blob, turned bottle, turned fleece sweatshirt for an astronaut, the little book is packed with information. 

USGBC Accepting Youth Leader Applications

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:21

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), home of the LEED certification system, is accepting applications for the 2009 USGBC Young Leader Awards. The awards are open to teens and young adults between the ages of 13 and 25 that have led sustainable changes in their schools and communities.

LEED and Renewable Energy Tax Incentives

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:20

LEED-certified buildings are typically entitled to substantial tax benefits, and tax professionals should recognize LEED building proposals as tax planning opportunities.

The following two web sites are both great resources for finding out what tax incentives are available in different areas for LEED and renewable energy. 

LEED for Homes Green Rater Item Writers

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:19

Currently, GBCI is conducting a call for volunteers to assist us in Item Development for the new LEED for Homes Green Rater exam. GBCI is seeking subject matter experts (SMEs) who are familiar with the LEED for Homes rating system and the implementation and verification process. SMEs should have provided verification services on a minimum of 3 registered LEED for Homes projects.

Tracking LEED Project Credits with Computer Software

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:16

I recently came across an interesting article on software advice about tracking LEED project credits with computer software. As many LEED APs probably know, tracking LEED credits is a document-intensive process. Submittal documentation includes drawings, receipts, product spec sheets, photos, commission plans and more. Adding to the clutter, numerous project members access and edit these documents.

LEED Terms and Acronyms

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:14

Many people get confused by the various LEED terms. Here is a listing of some of the organizations and acronyms.

Organizations and Agencies:

AIA American Institute of Architects

ANSI American National Standards Institute

ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers, Inc.

ASTM American Society for Testing Materials

AWEA American Wind Energy Association

LEED Call for Ideas

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:13

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) invites the public to participate in a LEED Call for Ideas. This call is meant to provide a way for new ideas to be brought forward to help inform improvement to the LEED rating system. USGBC is looking for input on improving existing technical criteria, proposals for new credits and feedback on LEED’s overall effectiveness and rigor.

The 'What's Next?' Phenomenon

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:12

I recently came across the following posting on the ARE Forum:

“This may sound crazy, but since passing the LEED exam, I have been moderately depressed. I know I should be climbing the walls with happiness, I feel spent. I cannot seem to get my engines going again. I was wondering if anyone else had ever experienced this?” 

Preparing for LEED v3

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:11

Hi everyone, this is Chris from Everblue. I was Chaz’s instructor a few months back. I’d like to answer two questions that hopefully anyone interested in taking new exams likely has:

1) What is v3 LEED all about?
2) How do I prepare for the test?

First question. Unlike the old v2.2 exams, the v3 exams are broken into two tiers. The Tier I exam is called the LEED Green Associate exam. After passing that exam, you will be a LEED Green Associate. The GA test was available in the U.S. starting May 18.