Green Building Newsletter -- February 6, 2013

Green Building Focus

California adopts new building standards

Eco Home Magazine - Green News - Feb 3

The newest version of the state's Building Standards Code, adopted by the California Building Standards Commission in January and slated to go into effect in 2014, streamlines the rules for accessible buildings.

Brookfield's LEED Gold Manhattan West development

Green Buildings NYC - Feb 1

Brookfield Properties has broken ground on the platform for its Manhattan West development on Ninth Avenue. With $340 million in construction financing secured for this initial phase of work, Brookfield hopes to complete construction of the platform by 2014 and welcome its first tenants into two 60-story planned LEED Gold office towers by 2016.

What can we learn from D.C.'s green building law?

Green Building - Feb 4

Washington, D.C.'s Green Building Act requires that all state and privately-funded non-residential buildings within the district larger than 50,000 square feet be built to meet LEED certification standards. The district's stringent green building regulations that apply to a wider range of projects than ever before could have a ripple effect on construction standards nationwide.

The EPA's Greening America's Capitals program

Planetizen - Urban Planning - Jan 30

The EPA's Greening America’s Capitals program awards funding and design assistance to three to five state capitals every year to help them develop distinctive, environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green building and green infrastructure strategies.

IKEA becomes Florida's largest non-utility solar owner

Green Building Elements - Jan 30

IKEA officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its South Florida store in the City of Sunrise, which will be the largest solar installation in South Florida and, when combined with IKEA projects already completed atop stores in Orlando and Tampa, will make IKEA the state’s largest non-utility solar owner.

UC Merced "tops out" LEED Platinum building

Green Building News - Jan 30

Construction workers topped out the structural steel on University of California Merced’s new Science and Engineering Building 2, scheduled for completion in time for the 2014-15 academic year. The innovative structure was designed to target LEED Platinum certification, with solar arrays intended to provide hot water and power generation.

Nominations for LEED Fellows open until February 13

USGBC Official Blog - Jan 31

The USGBC's is accepting nominations for the 2013 class of LEED Fellows, individuals recognized by their peers and distinguished by the caliber of their contributions to advancing the field of green building.

Top 20 College & University Green Power Users

Environmental Design and Construction News - Jan 31

The Top 20 College & University list, lead by the University of Pennsylvania for the most recent quarter, represents the largest green power users among higher education institutions within the Green Power Partnership, amounting to nearly 1.7 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually.

Deadline for submissions for the EBie Awards

USGBC Official Blog - Jan 31

The second annual EBie Awards from the Urban Green Council and USGBC New York is a nationwide juried competition for people working in Existing Buildings who have made great strides in improving environmental performance. The deadline for submissions is February 26.

USGBC's 2013-2014 Mark Ginsberg Sustainability Fellow

USGBC Official Blog - Jan 31

The USGBC named Dr. Matthew Trowbridge, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia School of Medicine, as its 2013-2014 Mark Ginsberg Sustainability Fellow, to support his work developing health metrics for green building.

Green Building Projects

D.C. municipal buildings earn double LEED Platinum

PR Web - Jan 29

The USGBC awarded the 200 I Street, SE municipal building in Washington, D.C., a Double LEED Platinum Certification declaring that both the building’s interior and exterior meet the highest standards for green building and environmentally friendly operation.

Bouygues Construction HQ earns LEED Platinum

World Interior Design Network News - Jan 31

North Triangle, the first building at Challenger, the head office of Bouygues Construction in Versailles, France, has become the first building in the world to be accredited with LEED Platinum, BREEAM, and HQE certification.