Green Building Focus
UCLA Newsroom - Apr 18
Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, passed in 2012. Prop 39 requires businesses operating in multiple states to calculate their state income tax liability based on their percentage of sales in California. A small part of the Prop 39 taxes collected, between $50 million and $125 million per year for five years, could be invested in a loan fund for improving energy efficiency, renewable energy, and related jobs.
A new report from the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation found that creating a "revolving loan" fund for energy-efficiency projects could dramatically increase the economic impact of Prop 39. The study concluded that when compared to a grants program, the revolving loan fund would quadruple total investment and job creation.
USGBC-Los Angeles - Apr 23
The 10th annual Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo (AltBuild), May 10-11, is considered the largest and most-respected green design and building expo in Southern California, serving top industry professionals, exhibitors, and consumers. Presented by Santa Monica and USGBC-Los Angeles with programming added by AIA|LA COTE, BIA Ventura/LA County Chapter and Build It Green, AltBuild features over 40 speakers and 150 exhibitors. Free CEUs available for the majority of the programming.
The Atlantic Wire - Apr 22
The new Facebook headquarters feature a rooftop garden spanning the entire length of the 433,555 square foot building. Green roofs reduce environmental impacts by minimizing runoff, combating heat island effect, providing natural insulation, and removing air pollutants.
Daily Commercial News - Reed Construction Data - Apr 21
Taxpayers in the United States saved over $2.2 billion during the 2011 paving season as a result of sustainable construction practices, according to the Nation Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA).
USGBC Official Blog - Apr 22
The EPA announced the winners of the Campus RainWorks Challenge for developing innovative green infrastructure systems that reduce stormwater pollution and support sustainable communities. The winners are the University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida; Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois; University of Arizona, Tuscon, Arizona; and Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri.
Biz Journal - Agriculture News - Apr 22
San Francisco leads the country in eco-friendly hotels, according to TripAdvisor, which surveyed thousands of hotels across the country for its new "GreenLeaders" tool. Developed with Energy Star, USGBC, and the United Nations Environment Program, the new tool helps travelers find green accommodations.
Biospace News - Apr 22
Novo Nordisk's new U.S. headquarters in Plainsboro, New Jersey, are using an existing structure and recycled locally-sourced materials, to limit environmental impacts. The LEED Silver certified campus is fully powered by renewable energy from wind, solar, and hydro sources, which is expected to create a 30% reduction in energy costs.
Eco Home Magazine - Green News - Apr 18
McGuyer Homebuilders Inc. announced it will pursue LEED certification for all houses built under its Wilshire Homes brand in San Antonio, Texas. McGuyer plans to complete 200 to 250 LEED-certified homes this year and 400 to 500 homes annually within three to four years.
DesignBuild Source - Architecture News - Apr 18
The Swiss firm, Herzog & de Meuron, embarked on a landmark renewable energy project with construction work officially commencing on a solar-powered stadium in Bordeaux in France.
MassLive Business News - Apr 21
The Albert Sherman Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester earned LEED Gold certification and the Boston Business Journal's Best Green Practices award. The building incorporates recycled and sustainable materials, low-flow plumbing, and use of rainwater and condensed water from the HVAC system.
CBS News - U.S. Headlines - Apr 18
LEED standards are driving a green building boon, but many structures continue to leak energy. Millions of homeowners decline to make improvements that could save both natural resources and money.
Bank of America Environment - Apr 18
BofA exceeded its original 10-year, $20 billion green business initiative four years ahead of schedule – delivering more than $21.6 billion in lending, equipment, and carbon financing.
EarthTechling - Green Tech, Green Products & Energy News - Apr 17
Museums tightly control environments to preserve artifacts. Therefore it is rare for museums to be energy efficient. However, the LEED Gold Bainbridge Art Museum near Seattle is expected to open in June.
USGBC Official Blog - Apr 16
In 2005, USGBC developed LEED for multiple buildings and buildings on a campus. The newest update includes two key features: group certification, which allows project teams with separate buildings that are substantially similar to certify as one project that shares a single certification, and an enhanced interface for LEED Online for Campus.
Green Building Elements - Apr 16
IKEA officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its distribution center in Perryville, Maryland. The 768,972-square-foot PV array consists of a 2,674.9-kW system, built with 18,576 panels, and it is the state’s largest rooftop array.
USGBC Official Blog - Apr 16
The Center for Green Schools and The Princeton Review have released the Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition. Schools that made it into this year's edition scored well for several reasons: providing courses that help students learn about renewable energy, organic agriculture, and the tools for developing smart, efficient products.
USGBC Official Blog - Apr 22
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the second year of honorees of the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award program. A total of 78 honorees, including 64 schools and 14 districts across 29 states and the District of Columbia, received a prestigious Green Ribbon Schools award for their excellence across various sustainability initiatives.