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What BP Taught Us About Going Green

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Tue, 2016-01-26 13:00
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I do not believe in "Green." 

In the LEED and BPI classes that I teach, this is one of the first things that I tell students. My students always express looks of utter confusion, and someone usually asks, "But you're a green training company. How can that be?"    Read more: What BP Taught Us About Going Green »

The Inefficiency of Bottled Water

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Mon, 2012-10-29 13:26
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Mon, 2010-03-29 12:29
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Before I get into this blog, I would like to start with a short statement answering the question, why should you care?

First and most importantly, bottled water is very energy intensive. It takes lots of imported oil to make the bottle and transport it to your home, office, the gym, etc. That imported oil hurts our economy and fuels undemocratic regimes around the world. So, if you are a Patriot, and if you believe in democracy and freedom, then you should put down that bottled water and switch to tap - it's 100% American.  Read more: The Inefficiency of Bottled Water »

The Best Places to be an Energy Auditor

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:07
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Where is the best place to be an energy auditor? Anywhere in the country is a great place to be an energy auditor, but the entire Northeast, upper mid-west, and the West Coast are the BEST places. Here are the factors that make those locations, in particular, so great:

1 - Extreme Climate.  Comfort is actually the number one reason that homeowners call an energy auditor. In fact, most of what we teach about making a home more energy efficient is directly related to the heating and cooling of a home.  Read more: The Best Places to be an Energy Auditor »

Perfect Score on the LEED GA Exam

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Thu, 2015-07-16 14:35
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Congrats to Joanne Haggerty! She used our LEED Green Associate Practice Questions to achieve a perfect score on the LEED Green Associate Exam. Here's what she had to say and below that is a copy of her exam sheet.  Read more: Perfect Score on the LEED GA Exam »

How Green Building Works

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Thu, 2015-07-16 12:10
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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.  Read more: How Green Building Works »

Top 10 Reasons to Become LEED Accredited

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Fri, 2018-04-20 10:18
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Fri, 2011-12-02 05:20
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Are you new to LEED?

Learn more about the LEED certification process and how to become a LEED AP by visiting our New to LEED? Start Here! introduction.

You may be wondering how becoming a LEED-AP will enhance your career prospects. Well, not only will you be in demand because of your specialized skills, but you'll also be ahead of others in the industry.

The LEED system is attractive and applicable to anyone with an interest in sustainability, making it the perfect time to get accredited.  Read more: Top 10 Reasons to Become LEED Accredited »

LEED Accreditation vs LEED Certification

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Wed, 2018-03-28 17:31
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Over the last few months, there has been much confusion regarding not only LEED in general, but the transition from LEED v2.2 to LEED 3.0. Here is a quick summation, or clarification, of some of these commonly mistaken points:

1. LEED vs. LEEDs: Leeds is a city in England, while LEED is a rating system used to distinguish high-performing, sustainable buildings.  Read more: LEED Accreditation vs LEED Certification »

LEED Terms and Acronyms

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Thu, 2015-07-16 10:59
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Sun, 2011-10-02 13:15
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Many people get confused by the various LEED terms. Here is a listing of some of the organizations and acronyms.

Organizations and Agencies:

AIA American Institute of Architects

ANSI American National Standards Institute

ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers, Inc.

ASTM American Society for Testing Materials

AWEA American Wind Energy Association  Read more: LEED Terms and Acronyms »

Laws, Mandates, and Ordinances Requiring LEED

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Thu, 2018-04-05 11:36
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LEED is a voluntary rating system, just as the USGBC is an agency independent of the federal government. Federal initiatives, however, are underway to require LEED certification of buildings. Most regulations requiring LEED are currently at the local level.

Please note that this post is from 2009. We've published a 2015 update to this post. Please see the new article about Cities Requiring or Supporting LEED.  Read more: Laws, Mandates, and Ordinances Requiring LEED »

An Environmental Look Back on New York

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Fri, 2018-04-20 10:41
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Did you know that Hoboken was originally an Island separated from the NJ mainland? Did you know that the first European settlers in the NY area had trouble landing their ships in Manhattan because there were too many whales in the Hudson River?  Read more: An Environmental Look Back on New York »

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