Green Building Update -- August 9, 2012

Green Building Focus

DOT: $787 million for transit includes "green" facilities

Consumer Affairs News and Alerts - Jul 23

The Department of Transportation announced $787 million to modernize and replace aging transit facilities and vehicles, including the construction of “green” facilities.

Green certification adds 9% to home sales prices in California

Sustainable Business General News - Jul 20

Having a green certified home adds 9% to its appraised sales value in California, according to a new study. Reviewing sales data from 1.6 million home sales in California, the study is the first rigorous, large-scale economic analysis of the value of green home labels in California.

Tumult grows over LEED rating system update

Greensource Construction News - Jul 20

Members of the buildings sector are applauding the U.S. Green Building Council's decision to delay the release of the next version of LEED, as debate continues to rage over the content of the draft revisions.

NY passes property tax exemption for green buildings

Green Buildings NYC - Jul 30

Governor Cuomo signed legislation that authorizes local governments and school districts to provide a real property tax exemption for new green building and renovation projects constructed after January 1, 2013.

LEED program growing in San Antonio

My San Antonio Local Business News - Jul 26

There are currently 62 LEED certified buildings in San Antonio, and another 161 projects are in the pipeline that will be applying for LEED certification

NREL helps cut large building energy use by 50%

Clean Technica - Jul 18

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Commercial Buildings Program and the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are working with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the building industry to find ways to reduce the energy intensity of large hospitals, schools, and retail buildings by 50%.

Seesmart picked for huge LED lighting retrofit project

Green Building Elements - Jul 18

Seesmart Technologies, Inc. was selected by SL Green Realty Corp., New York City’s largest commercial property owner, to install LED lighting products throughout 21 commercial office properties as part of one of the nation’s largest LED lighting efficiency projects.

Briefing on LEED at the Capitol

USGBC Official Blog - Jul 20

Forty-eight companies in the Fortune 100 use LEED certification, and nearly 1,300 product manufacturers are USGBC members. Recently, three key LEED users from Hines, Interface, and Yates Construction spoke at the U.S. Capitol regarding LEED and how it impacts their business operations.

South Carolina Congressman promotes clean energy plan

Clean Technica - Jul 23

Former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis is proposing a nationwide campaign to change US energy policy to promote a level energy playing field and a faster, more intensive effort to shift away from fossil fuels and toward greater renewable energy use and energy efficiency efforts.

USGBC bites back with letter to GSA

National Journal - Jul 25

Lobbying from the plastics and chemical industries continues as the General Services Administration is reevaluating which green building rating system to use. The USGBC recently sent a letter to the GSA that includes more than 1,200 signatures praising the GSA for its use of LEED, and pushing the GSA to continue using the LEED rating system.

Factory-built micro-homes in San Francisco

Jets On Green - Sustainable Building - Jul 17

SmartSpace SoMa, a new infill project in San Francisco, will have 23 micro-dwellings, each with around 300 square feet of living area, 300 cubic feet of storage, and nine-foot ceilings. The project will aim for LEED Platinum certification and near net-zero energy.

First net-zero building in NYC to open this week

Clean Energy Authority - Jul 17

Voltaic Solaire's Delta building is the first building in New York City to run entirely on energy it produces.

The White Roof Project reduces carbon emissions in New York

New York Times: The Local East Village - Jul 20

The White Roof Project recently painted the roof of the building that houses the La MaMa theater in New York white, adding another 7,000 square feet of solar-reflective white roof to the neighborhood in an ongoing effort to reduce carbon emissions and encourage energy efficiency.

Retrofitting existing buildings with green roofs

SAB Magazine - Jul 26

About 70% of Canada’s commercial and institutional buildings were constructed before 1980, and these older buildings consume more energy than their newer counterparts. Retrofitting these older building with energy-efficient technologies such as green roofs can have a significant impact on the building sector’s overall energy profile.

University of Oregon announces climate action plan

Sustainable Business Oregon News - Jul 18

Two years after adopting a Climate Action Plan aimed at net-zero greenhouse emissions on campus by 2050, University of Oregon officials recently announced that they've developed a framework of objectives to reach that ambitious goal.

GSA signs 20-Year lease at 1 World Trade Center

Green Buildings NYC - Jul 19

The U.S. General Services Administration signed a 20-year, 270,000-square-foot lease at the LEED Gold-hopeful 1 World Trade Center in New York.

Northwest Energy Angels invests in six cleantech companies

PE Hub News - Jul 18

Northwest Energy Angels has invested a total of $1,132,000 in six clean technology companies during the first half of 2012.

LinkedIn expands space at Empire State Building

Green Buildings NYC - Jul 17

A year ago, the Empire State Building’s green features and capital improvement program were “key” to LinkedIn’s leasing of 25,000 square feet lease on the Building’s 25th floor. Now, LinkedIn is expanding by an additional 10,000 square feet into the floor below.

Portland Community College's new net zero building

EarthTechling - Jul 24

In Oregon, Portland Community College (PCC) joins the honor roll of green schools with the Newberg Center, the first higher education building in the state to hit the net zero mark.

Verizon stores pre-certified for LEED Volume Program

LEED Daily - Jul 17

Verizon Wireless today announced that its green retail store design has achieved pre-certification in LEED’s Volume Program. Verizon Wireless is one of only eight retailers in the United States and the only wireless company to achieve such pre-certification.

Citrix plans LEED Gold facility in Raleigh

Earth2Tech Blog - Jul 30

Citrix aims to remake an old steel warehouse in Raleigh, North Carolina into LEED Gold certified headquarters for its Data Sharing Product Group.

Maryland housing complex wins USGBC Award of Excellence

EarthTechling - Jul 28

The Blair Towns townhouse development in Silver Spring, Maryland was awarded the US Green Building Council’s 2012 Award of Excellence for Project of the Year in the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance.

Three groundbreaking new green buildings

Green Building Elements - Jul 16

Chicago’s Aqua Tower, the Natural History Museum of Utah, and New England Environmental's headquarters are three of the nation's greenest buildings, as determined by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

USGBC's New Mexico office downsizes

New Mexico Business Weekly - Jul 26

The U.S. Green Building Council’s New Mexico office is downsizing amid a construction slowdown in New Mexico.

Skylab designs green office building in Portland

ArchDaily - Jul 25

Designed by Skylab Architecture to be certified at the LEED Gold level, the new 11,490 square-foot Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Support Facility in Portland, Oregon will blend open office and shared workspaces with small meeting spaces and large conference rooms, video conference areas, and a training facility.

San Antonio office building wins USGBC EBie Award

San Antonio Business Journal - Jul 15

The San Antonio office building, Fountainhead Business Park II, has won an award from the U.S. Green Building Council for having one of the best lighting retrofit projects in the country.


Green Building Projects

LD Products' new headquarters earns LEED Platinum

MarketWatch - Jul 27

LD Products' new Long Beach headquarters building was officially recognized by the US Green Building Council as the first new construction commercial building to be awarded LEED Platinum status under LEED’s more stringent 2009 v. 3 regulations.

San Francisco office tower earns LEED Gold

LEED Daily - Jul 23

The Swig Co.’s 22-story Mills Building at 220 Montgomery St. has received LEED Gold certification. The Mills Building is believed to be the oldest property in San Francisco to receive LEED Gold certification.

Dr Pepper Snapple's headquarters earns LEED Gold

World Interior Design Network News - Jul 19

Dr Pepper Snapple Group has secured LEED Gold certification under Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, from the US Green Building Council for its headquarters building in Plano, Texas.

Boulder middle school earns LEED Platinum

EarthTechling - Jul 19

Casey Middle School in Boulder, Colorado become the second middle school in the nation to be awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

U.S. Consulate General in Dubai earns LEED Gold

LEED Daily - Jul 18

The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations announced today that the newly constructed U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates was awarded LEED Gold for New Construction.

Western Washington University earns LEED Gold

Bellingham Herald News - Jul 27

The renovation of historic Miller Hall at Western Washington University was awarded LEED Gold.

Loveland Public Library earns LEED Gold

Reporter Herald - Loveland News - Jul 28

The Loveland Public Library in Loveland, Colorado was awarded LEED Gold for the green features in its 27,000-square-foot addition.

Shorenstein's 850 Third Avenue earns LEED Gold

Green Buildings NYC - Jul 24

San Francisco-based Shorenstein Properties has earned Gold certification for 850 Third Avenue under LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. The 613,000-square-foot, Emery Roth & Sons-designed tower is the 40th building in New York City to receive a LEED-EB rating from USGBC.

Tesla Treatment Facility earns LEED Silver

LEED Daily - Jul 24

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s first and California’s largest ultraviolet water disinfection facility, the Tesla Treatment Facility, has earned its LEED Silver certification.


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