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.

Applications Available for LEED AP ID&C and LEED AP BC&C Exams

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:05

The LEED AP Interior Design + Construction and LEED AP Building Design + Construction exams will be available on September 15, 2009. Applications for these exams are now open.


Great Britain’s Green Building Standard: Building for Life

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:02

The UK Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

Building a LEED Home: Green Life Smart Life

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:50

Kimberly Lancaster is building a LEED Home, and we asked her about her experiences building the home. It’s always great to hear about first-hand LEED implementation experiences.

1 – What motivated you to build a green home?

What are LEED Homes?

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:35


“LEED for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants.”


Good Growth: Avoiding the Dark Store Problem

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:12

These photos by Brian Ulrich from Time Magazine capture the essence of what happens when cities and towns allow rampant development. Big Box stores provide value to society, but when they are not integrated into the community and when they are built in isolation with hundreds of acres of surrounding parking, they turn into albatrosses rather quickly when the anchor tenant leaves. Those acres of parking to serve the Christmas surge turn into a virtual prison of isolation for Big Box stores.

USGBC President's Letter: Recession vs. Green Building

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:58

Dear USGBC Constituents:

In recent weeks, a wave of fear and pessimism propagated by the world financial crisis has stolen the headlines, gripped the nation, and challenged our movement. In conversation after conversation, people are asking what will happen to the green building movement if our community is plunged into a recession.

How Does the Bear Market Affect Sustainable Competition?

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:52

The down market has changed the tune of many builders and developers. Two years ago, the building industry motto was that people would buy anything “so who cares what I build as long as I build it as fast as I can.” We also heard, “People don’t buy energy efficiency.” And, “That’s nice, but people would rather have a granite counter top.” At the end of the day, these attitudes translated into home and buildings that shortchanged our future because we built relatively inferior structures as fast as we could.

Green Investments Too Much of a Good Thing?

Wed, 2009-09-23 23:35

Are we in a Green Bubble?

I think one of the hallmarks of a bubble is that no one knows it’s a bubble until it’s too late. Just because something is a good thing doesn’t mean it’s going to implode at some point. There may have been a lot of people who lost a lot of money in Internet stocks back in 2000, but the Internet itself wasn’t ever a bubble and is still going strong. Regardless of how these venture companies fare, we still have tremendous strides to make in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency.

Green Roofs: Reducing the Heat Island Effect

Tue, 2009-09-22 11:16

I think garden roofs are cool. They’re just neat. Think about it - we have the ability to make our buildings blend in with nature and to create green space of the millions of acres of otherwise black tar roofs. Why are black tar roofs bad? Well, for starters a black tar roof raises the local temperature (just like a black asphalt parking lot) by as much as 60 degrees on the roof itself.

San Francisco Mayor Approves Strict Green Building Codes

Tue, 2009-09-22 11:15

San Francisco took a major step Monday to cement its reputation as the most environmentally progressive city in the United States, as Mayor Gavin Newsom signed into law stringent green building codes for new construction and renovations of existing structures in the city. The new building codes focus on water and energy conservation, recycling, and reduction of carbon emissions. They apply to most buildings in the city, including residential projects of all sizes, new commercial buildings over a certain size, and renovations of large commercial spaces.