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CalGreen vs. LEED: California's Response to the Challenges of its Green Building Code

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Last post I discussed California’s new CalGreen building code standard and how that might interact with LEED, Build It Green and other green building standards.  Since the USGBC, among others, has been critical of the CalGreen approach, the California governor’s office has fired back with criticisms of its own.  Here I’ll lay out their four main points supporting CalGreen:

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CalGreen vs. LEED: Battle of the Green Building Standards

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Fri, 2018-04-20 10:17
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Mon, 2011-10-24 10:32
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California’s green building code standard, called CalGreen, is interesting and perhaps a bit innovative in that it attempts to be both standard building code (a good thing) and a marketable green building rating system (a little different). What’s odd is that building code usually sets the floor or the minimum standards. Because every home or building has to meet code, you don’t see builders advertising, “Buy our home, we meet code!”  Read more: CalGreen vs. LEED: Battle of the Green Building Standards »

GI Bill Covers Cost of LEED Exam

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Sun, 2011-08-28 17:40
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Update 05/23/14: Everblue's Yellow Ribbon Program has expired.  Read more: GI Bill Covers Cost of LEED Exam »

Solar Paint Will Conserve Energy

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Thu, 2015-07-16 12:25
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Thu, 2011-06-16 22:07
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Can white paint atop a roof reflect the sun's rays and conserve energy? Recent studies are looking into this hypothesis and finding that specialized paint will soon have this ability.

Silicon Ink, as it is called, can be 18 percent more efficient. According to Power and Energy Magazine, Innovalight Inc. is working with JA Solar Holdings Limited to commercialize this next-generation ink. Ultimately, off-the-shelf industrial printers will be able to print the ink solution onto any surface.  Read more: Solar Paint Will Conserve Energy »

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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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 »

What is LEED Online?

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Fri, 2018-04-20 10:18
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LEED Online is a rating system selector. It manages project details and shows how common details of your project fit into various credits. Here are some of LEED Online's other features:  Read more: What is LEED Online? »

Top 25 Green Collar Jobs List

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Thu, 2018-03-29 10:26
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As local, state, and federal governments mandate green building, “green collar” jobs are beginning to overtake the workforce. Although some industries are suffering in this current economy, green jobs are on the rise. I have copied a list from HubPages of the top 25 green collar jobs, along with their salaries.

From HubPages: The top 25 green job opportunities for 2009 are (Salary information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics):  Read more: Top 25 Green Collar Jobs List »

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 »

The Costs of LEED Certification

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Fri, 2018-04-20 10:42
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LEED certification costs breakdown as follows, according to this article by the Environmental Leader:  Read more: The Costs of LEED Certification »

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