Green Buildings

Green Buildings refers to the ability to convert an existing building into a LEED certified space. This may also refer to new buildings that are looking to achieve LEED Certification to become green.

6 Green Building Trends To Watch

Wed, 2013-11-20 09:50

Green building practices help to ensure a sustainable future through the design and operation of buildings that facilitate both climate change mitigation and adaptation. The green building industry continues to grow, evolve, and change in response to changes in our environment and the changing needs of our communities.

1. Smart Building Technology & Performance

PortMiami Achieves LEED Silver

Sat, 2013-09-21 00:02

Terminal D at PortMiami recently celebrated its achievement of LEED Silver Certification. The project was a major renovation and was a finalist for Most Outstanding Public LEED New Construction Project at the GalaVerde 2013 Awards, USGBC South Florida’s annual fundraiser and awards event.

Here are a few of the key innovations that contributed to the Terminal D at PortMiami’s Silver LEED certification:

The Importance of Green Roof Infrastructure

Fri, 2013-04-05 09:42

Last Updated: 2017-09-11 02:41

Green building efforts have substantially increased within the past decade as building owners and community planners desire to reduce energy costs and offset the environmental impacts of construction practices.

One of the most significant components of the green building process involves the installation of green roof infrastructure.

Green Building Thoughts from 11,000 Feet

Thu, 2012-07-26 08:12

Out on the trail this weekend, I was appreciating the building clouds, hoping for rain, and reflecting on our work in the green building community. Here in Colorado, we’ve had a rough start to the summer. In fact, our whole country has. Wildfires continue to consume vast portions of the West, while the worst drought in a generation and erratic weather is forcing farmers in the Midwest to abandon their ruined crops, and residents in the East have to dig out from the freak land hurricane that hit earlier in the month.

USGBC Tour and Training

Thu, 2011-12-08 08:49

Last week, Everblue offered LEED Green Associate training for the USGBC Facilities Management team and other candidates at the USGBC and GBCI headquarters. At the end of the first day, we joined the daily tour of the LEED Commercial Interior Platinum facility located on two floors of a renovated office building near Du Pont Circle, Washington DC. The location received a Walk Score of 97, an indication of its proximity to Metro stops, multiple bus lines, and community services.

Comic Creator Builds Green Home

Mon, 2010-09-20 09:41

As more people become aware of the benefits to the environment by taking small steps to improving the energy efficiency of a home, more individuals are attempting to build what are referred to as "Green Homes." A green home is a home that uses less energy, water, and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier for the people living inside.

Got a home? Green upgrades available

Sat, 2010-03-06 18:21

This week President Obama traveled to Savannah, Ga., to make the case for his "Home Star" initiative. Homeowners would get up to $3,000 worth of rebates for improvements like insulation and windows.

That could make a serious dent in the bill for home efficiency projects. But they still can be expensive. So, what to do?

Well, this week San Francisco joined a growing list of cities with something called a PACE program: Property Assessed Clean Energy. And it's supposed to make green upgrades available to anyone who wants them.

Top 5 Challenges Facing the LEED Green Building Rating System

Mon, 2010-01-25 11:57
1 - Cost.  We're in a recession, and two of LEED's biggest proponents (Colleges and Government) are hurting for money. LEED needs to streamline its cost structure to retain the loyalty of budget-conscious universities, municipalities and states. I don't mention the federal government because they already only build LEED certifiable buildings and don't bother paying for the plaque.


Greener Buildings Not Pricier

Thu, 2009-09-24 02:06

From Crain's New York: Building green high-rise towers in New York City is not the higher cost option it has long been thought to be, according to a new study that will be released late Wednesday by the Urban Green Council.

How Green Building Works

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:59

Green RoofIn 2008, the green building market size grew to an estimated 15 percent to 20 percent of new construction starts by value -- an amount that's equivalent to a $36 billion to $49 billion marketplace.