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LEED v4: What's Different?

Tue, 2013-07-16 08:44

The USGBC’s recently approved LEED v4 green rating system was voted through with significant support from its membership. The new system is not incredibly different from its predecessor, which has been in use since 2009. One of the main differences is that v4 has expanded LEED to rate different building types, industry centers, and renovation situations that had not been addressed previously. These new structures include data centers, large warehouses, and factories.

LEED v4 Passes Ballot Initiative in Landslide Vote

Tue, 2013-07-02 13:47

Since the last LEED update in 2009, there has been much anticipation for the new iteration of the next green building standard, LEED Version 4. On July 2, 2013, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the proposed changes in the new standard passed the ballot process with a final tally of 86% in favor of LEED v4. Several key stakeholders, from those in the user, general interest, and producer categories, all provided support for the new LEED initiative, exceeding the requirement of 66.7% of the favorable vote to pass.

Climate Plan: Coal Power Losing Heat

Mon, 2013-07-01 09:25

On June 25, 2013, President Obama outlined his Climate Plan in a speech at Georgetown University. The plan’s most striking element involves carbon limits that will soon be placed upon coal power plants. The Coal Energy lobby is a serious opponent to be reckoned with; however, it seems that in his second term, the President is ready for the battle ahead.

IREC-ISPQ Standards Revision Update

Wed, 2013-06-26 08:08

We participate in lengthy conference calls twice a week, but no one complains. As a matter of fact, everyone on the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s (IREC) ISPQ Working Group is happy to make time for this work. IREC, a nationally recognized leader in renewable and energy efficiency workforce education accreditation, has put together a group comprised of trainers, program administrators, and industry professionals to revise and update their IREC – ISPQ International Standard 01022:2011. I was fortunate and pleased to be asked to be a part of this group.

A "Core" Issue in the Big Apple

Thu, 2013-06-20 08:40

Mayor Bloomberg has announced that his administration will introduce a new composting program for New York City. The program is still in the pilot stage, but New York City officials hope to have a mandatory city-wide composting program in place by 2016.

Tesla Motors Driving the EV Automotive Market

Fri, 2013-06-14 09:21

California-based electric car company Tesla Motors has certainly made its presence known in the auto industry this year. The company’s completely electric Model S sedan was released in June 2012 and has impressed not only clean energy proponents but luxury and performance auto critics as well. The car won the coveted distinction of 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year, which is a fairly astonishing achievement considering the typical bugs and reliability issues that have plagued most pioneering alternative-fuel vehicles.

Humanscale and Everblue: Partners in LEED

Fri, 2013-06-07 08:44

Last Updated: 2017-05-24 03:49

Everblue has teamed up with Humanscale to host LEED classes in 10 North American markets: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Toronto. The partnership was designed to provide career development for Humanscale A&D representatives while at the same time offer the LEED Green Associate training to facilities managers, architects and designers.

The Role of Water Efficiency in Green Building

Fri, 2013-05-17 09:23

Last Updated: 2017-04-11 02:27

10 Mistakes to Avoid in CSR Reporting

Fri, 2013-05-10 08:25

The advent of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting in sustainable business practices led to the implementation of social, environmental, and economic awareness in operational processes. The increasingly competitive market coupled with diminishing natural resource availability has forced companies to devise methods to transcend their business beyond the traditional operational confines, toward a more structured approach: the Triple Bottom Line.

Walmart: A Corporate Renewable Energy Leader

Fri, 2013-04-19 08:23

Last Updated: 2017-04-19 01:25

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