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LEED Impacts & Innovation: A USGBC Report

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Fri, 2014-01-24 09:31

As LEED continues to shape the future of sustainable design and operations, it is paramount to illustrate the impact that green buildings have had on the Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet, and Profit. Recently, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released a report titled LEED in Motion: Impacts and Innovation, which quantifies the impact of green building in addition to outlining the projected impacts of green buildings in the future. Available to USGBC members, the report contains an extensive amount of information, some of which is outlined below.

Top 10 Green Resolutions to Make in 2014

Created:
Fri, 2014-01-10 08:58

For many, the New Year symbolizes a time for change. It's a time to get rid of the old and bring in the new. This year, resolve to make a difference in the world by being more eco-friendly. Just try these 10 green resolutions that should be easy for you to keep this year!

6 Key Sources of U.S. Renewable Energy

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Fri, 2013-12-20 11:28

Advancements in technological innovations in the renewable energy industry have yielded a growth of stronger energy production capabilities. According to the U.S. Energy Information Association (EIA), renewable energy supply continues to increase on a yearly basis, spread out among various renewable energy sources. What are these sources, and how is energy produced? In the following section, we will review the many areas of renewable energy sources currently utilized in the United States as well as the forecast for the future.

Building a Sustainability Reporting Framework

Created:
Fri, 2013-12-06 08:52

According to data from the Sustainability Disclosure Database, sustainability reporting continues to increase on a yearly basis, with worldwide adoption rates. To improve the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet, and Profit), organizations are looking to utilize a variety of measures to demonstrate compliance with sustainability ideas and principles. While the most popular reporting framework is the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), there are also other popular standards upon which organizations can improve sustainable operations.

Visit Everblue at the Greenbuild International Conference

Created:
Fri, 2013-11-15 08:07

Join Everblue for the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Philadelphia and witness the debut of the next iteration of LEED: Version 4! As the world’s largest green building conference, Greenbuild (November 20-22) is a great opportunity for industry professionals to understand how LEED and green building practices are evolving in the marketplace, with interactive educational sessions and innovative product introductions.

What's New in LEED Version 4?

Created:
Fri, 2013-11-01 08:10

At the Greenbuild Conference & Expo next month, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will reveal its new flagship product, LEED Version 4 (v4). The creation of LEED v4 is the culmination of years of feedback from various members and users, all of whom influence the adoption of new green building concepts in the marketplace. Given the USGBC’s mission to maintain a consensus and market-driven approach to the LEED standard, the new version will feature new and innovative credits that will propel green building forward.

What’s New?

Everblue Partners with RATERusa for RESNET QA

Created:
Thu, 2013-10-24 08:18

The Residential Energy Services Network, known as RESNET, is a nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating the energy performance of residences using the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index. As a top-rated RESNET Training Provider, Everblue continually strives to improve the services that are offered to students. To help HERS Rater candidates complete their goal of certification, we have partnered with RATERusa to offer RESNET Quality Assurance services.

2013 ACCA Building Performance Forum Recap

Created:
Fri, 2013-10-11 07:47

Barney McClung, HVAC professional and curriculum development specialist for Everblue, recently attended the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Building Performance Forum in Austin, TX, to remain up-to-date on industry advancements. Dedicated to making life more comfortable for contractors and their customers, the conference provided a great venue for contracting industry professionals to discuss new techniques and skills for career advancement. Read further to learn more about Barney’s experience at the 2013 ACCA Building Performance Forum.

Tips for Troubleshooting Your Circuit Breaker

Created:
Wed, 2013-10-09 07:17

Your circuit breaker plays an essential role in the safety of your home by helping to protect your electrical wiring system from overheating. By sensing any electrical overload and interrupting the flow of electricity, circuit breakers help to prevent electrical blowouts that could lead to personal injury and even home fires. While most homeowners know the value of their circuit breaker, many do not know how to troubleshoot issues as they come up.

EPA Green Power: Top 10 Energy Partners

Created:
Fri, 2013-10-04 07:27

In a previous blog post on the Power of Sustainability Partnerships, we discussed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Green Power Partnership as an avenue for Fortune 500 companies, government entities, and universities to report their renewable energy investments. Among these members, the use of green power helps to reduce the environmental impacts of electricity usage needed to maintain operations as well as facilitates the development of future renewable generative capacity nationwide.

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