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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Mon, 2018-07-30 09:36
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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 2009 Project Deadline Extended

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Wed, 2018-04-25 11:47
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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 v4: What's Different?

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Fri, 2018-06-15 16:43
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The USGBC’s recently approved LEED v4 green rating system was voted through with significant support from its membership. The new system is not incredibly different from its predecessor, which has been in use since 2009. One of the main differences is that v4 has expanded LEED to rate different building types, industry centers, and renovation situations that had not been addressed previously. These new structures include data centers, large warehouses, and factories.  Read more: LEED v4: What's Different? »

5 Steps Beyond LEED Certification

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Wed, 2018-06-06 13:16
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Achieving LEED certification for a building is the ideal beginning to sustainability efforts. But, to stop at certification would be akin to an athlete training to peak condition, qualifying for the Olympics, and showing up to compete in a stadium without any spectators. The LEED Certification process “trains” a building to perform at optimal levels. Owners and occupants must put the building to the test and verify levels of performance.  Read more: 5 Steps Beyond LEED Certification »

New World Trade Center LEEDs the Way

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Fri, 2013-05-10 14:07
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As the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks takes place this week, development on the new World Trade Center site continues to move forward, with rebuilding processes in perpetual motion. The highlight, One World Trade Center (formerly referred to as the Freedom Tower), will rise 1,776 feet above New York City’s landscape to become the tallest and most sustainable building (by square feet) in the Western Hemisphere when it is completed in 2014.