Green Building Update -- January 17, 2013

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LEED hotel brand undertakes $1B funding plan

National Real Estate Investor - Jan 14

M1T Partners finalized a $75 million preliminary round of funding for Adoba Eco Hotel, an independent hotel chain to design, build, and convert LEED-certified hotels. M1T has a five-year, $1 billion plan to expand Adoba on a national basis.

Energy benchmarking - a $9 billion savings plan

Clean Techies Blog - Jan 11

Energy benchmarking can unlock $9 billion in energy savings by 2020, suggests a recent report by the Institute of Market Transformation. Experts estimate that with the data that benchmarking would provide, multifamily housing stock could feasibly become 28% more efficient by 2020, which translates to 51,000 GWh of electricity, or 20 coal power plants worth of carbon emissions.

Top honors for sustainable landscape design

La Jolla Light - Jan 9

SPURLOCK POIRIER Landscape Architects won top honors from the American Society of Landscape Architects, San Diego Chapter, for its innovative work on the 3.5 acre outdoor space at a UC San Diego student dormitory. The project was selected out of 49 entries for its intricate system of vegetated roofs, drought-tolerant native plants, downspouts, channels, and bioswales.

World's greenest office building to open in Seattle

Fast Company News - Jan 11

Seattle's Bullitt Center may be the greenest, most energy-efficient commercial office building in the world. It is made with green materials, has composting toilets, and catches enough rainwater to survive a 100-day drought. The building is 100% solar-powered, in a city not known for its sunny days.

Manhattan LEED buildings land large leases

Green Buildings NYC - Jan 10

The Rockefeller Group inked digital and print media firm Sandow to a 40,000-square-foot lease at the LEED-EB Silver Time-Life building in Midtown. Also, in downtown New York, AECOM signed a new lease for 90,000 square feet at the LEED-EB Silver-certified 125 Broad Streetbuilding.

Green roofs help brighten up hospital stays

EarthTechling - Green Tech, Green Products & Energy News - Jan 8

Last fall, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, became the latest medical facilities to add green roofs to their buildings.

United Way relocates to greener space

ArchDaily - Jan 14

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan relocated its Detroit headquarters into the historic 1st National Building in downtown Detroit. The space has numerous innovative features, including the lack of permanently assigned workstations to reduce unneeded materials.

The New School's green University Center to open in 2014

ArchDaily - Jan 9

The New School's University Center in Manhattan is the largest construction project in the university’s 91-year history, and is scheduled for completion in 2014. The University Center is designed to LEED Gold standards and will be a model for energy efficiency, carbon reduction, and sustainability.

Army Corps HQ in Seattle wins national green building award

Biz Journal - Energy & Environment News - Jan 15

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council gave a first place green building award to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ new district headquarters in South Seattle. The project team was honored for meeting the challenge of building a high-performance building that is also a secure federal facility.

Green Building Projects

University of Connecticut building earns LEED Gold

UConn Today - Jan 10

Laurel Hall, the new classroom building that opened in 2011 in the Storrs campus at the University of Connecticut, received LEED Gold certification.

Asante special care nursery earns LEED Gold

Asante Health Systems News Release - Jan 8

The Special Care Nursery, which is phase two of the rebuild of Medford, Oregon's Asante Rogue Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, was certified LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors. It is the only neonatal intensive care unit on the West Coast to have earned any LEED certification.

Wisconsin clinic earns LEED certification

EarthTechling - Green Tech, Green Products & Energy News - Jan 11

The UW Health Yahara Clinic in Monona, Wisconsin, became LEED certified for sustainable design and construction.