LEED Certification

LEED Certification refers to the validation of green buildings based on the LEED Rating System.

How to LEED Certify a Product

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Tue, 2017-11-14 13:06
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Are you a product manufacturer being asked by a client to show how your product is compliant with the LEED Certification requirements?

If so, you may be wondering how you can quickly get your product LEED-certified. However, this is not what is being asked of you.

The U.S. Green Building Council (who created the LEED green building standards) does not certify or endorse products.

Here's an example of false LEED product advertising:  Read more: How to LEED Certify a Product »

LEED Certification A Fit for All Building Types

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:52
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Many individuals working in the construction industry are familiar with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and have long considered it a value-add for commercial office buildings. But did you know that the LEED certification standards also apply to homes, communities, transit stations, and cities?

If you’re new to LEED, please visit our Getting Started With LEED series.  Read more: LEED Certification A Fit for All Building Types »

LEED Certification Requirements & Standards

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Fri, 2018-04-20 09:38
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To get LEED certified, you must follow a plan, a process, and adhere to the LEED certification requirements.

But first, what do you mean by “LEED Certification Requirements”?  Read more: LEED Certification Requirements & Standards »

New NYC Laws Require LEED Gold

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:49
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Last week, the New York City Council passed two laws – 701-A and 721-A – that amend the city’s current legislation about LEED Certification. These laws now require most new city buildings and major retrofits to achieve LEED Gold. This is an enhancement from previous legislation that required a minimum LEED Certified rating level for health and educational occupancies and a minimum LEED Silver rating level for buildings or spaces of all other covered occupancies.  Read more: New NYC Laws Require LEED Gold »

New LEED Rebates for KY Commercial Buildings

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:48
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(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -­‐ U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Kentucky announced on 9/15 that Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company (LG&E and KU) now offer rebates from $2,000 to $10,000 for commercial buildings achieving a LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, certification.  Read more: New LEED Rebates for KY Commercial Buildings »

Cities Requiring or Supporting LEED

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:47
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We first wrote about the local ordinances requiring LEED in 2009. Given the ever-changing landscape of the green building industry, it seemed appropriate to provide an update. We've scoured the Internet trying to find all the U.S. geographies that require and/or support LEED Certification - if you know of any additional locations that fit this criteria, please let us know!! Drop us a note on Twitter at @everblue_edu.

LEED Certification Improves Wellbeing

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Fri, 2018-04-20 14:08
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Last night I attended an Elon University alumni event in Charlotte, NC. Held at the prestigious Quail Hollow Golf Club, hundreds of alumni and parents gathered to hear updates about the private university. A prominent theme throughout the evening was the importance of relationship-building and how people are the key to professional development and success. Not only did I see parallels on only hiring the best instructors who care about student success, but I was intrigued to hear President Leo Lambert’s take on architecture at Elon.  Read more: LEED Certification Improves Wellbeing »

LEED 2009 Project Deadline Extended

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Thu, 2014-10-30 13:00
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As many of you may be aware, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched a new version of its LEED Rating System in November 2013. The update, called LEED Version 4, applies to individual credentials as well as building projects.

The USGBC has allowed an overlap of projects being submitted for consideration under LEED 2009 and LEED v4 standards. The deadline for LEED 2009 projects was originally set for June 15, 2015, but the USGBC recently announced that they are extending the deadline to October 31, 2016.  Read more: LEED 2009 Project Deadline Extended »

LEED 2009 Projects and How to Continue Working on Them

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Fri, 2014-08-01 09:35
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Are you working on a LEED 2009 project? Did you miss the cutoff for the LEED v3 accreditation exams? If you answered yes to both questions, this post is for you!  Read more: LEED 2009 Projects and How to Continue Working on Them »

Top 10 States for LEED in 2013

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Fri, 2014-08-01 10:06
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On Feb. 18, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual report of the top states for LEED certification. The report highlights regions around the country that have continued to make a difference by creating healthier and higher performing buildings in their communities. LEED-certified buildings utilize less energy, save money for businesses and taxpayers, and contribute to an overall healthier environment for its occupants.  Read more: Top 10 States for LEED in 2013 »