Green Building Update -- October 9, 2012

by Allen Matkins
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Green building benefits 'need better documentation'

Environmental Leader - Sep 26

Wider financial, environmental, and social benefits need to be documented for green building if it is to maintain the growth seen in the past decade, according to research by McGraw-Hill Construction. The research concluded that more data about the non-financial benefits of green building is needed to encourage organizations to increase their investment in such projects

LEED rating system grows into global phenomenon

Contra Costa Times - Business News - Oct 1

Twelve years ago, the USGBC launched the LEED rating system, hoping that architects, engineers, designers, and real estate firms would improve energy efficiency and increase the use of recycled materials and nontoxic paint in their projects. Now there are 14,044 LEED-certified commercial projects, covering more than 2 billion square feet, in 140 countries, with another 34.601 projects in the pipeline.

CBRE puts up $1M to fund green building research

Revitalization Partners - Sep 27

CBRE Group Inc. is launching a $1 million initiative to fund green building research that helps reduce water and energy use in the commercial real estate sector. CBRE will accept applications from researchers working to solve the real estate industry’s environmental challenges.

AIA commits to develop public health, sustainability solutions

ArchDaily - Sep 26

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced a ten-year commitment to develop design and technology solutions for cities that address challenges in public health, sustainability, and resiliency to natural disasters.

Green building benefits 'need better documentation'

Environmental Leader - Sep 26

Wider financial, environmental, and social benefits need to be documented for green building if it is to maintain the growth seen in the past decade, according to research by McGraw-Hill Construction. The research concluded that more data about the non-financial benefits of green building is needed to encourage organizations to increase their investment in such projects

Mississippi senator wants science-based 'green' programs

The Commercial Appeal - Sep 25

While many have gone gaga over environmentally friendly green buildings, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said that some energy-efficiency standards are hurting the American wood products industry, and that sound science should be used to help determine policies regarding certification standards.

Perkins + Will surpasses 150 LEED-certified mark

EarthTechling - Sep 26

The global design firm of Perkins + Will has received LEED certification on its 155th project — 20 of which have come in at the Platinum level.

Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities' new green building

Street Insider - Sep 26

The Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities in Wyoming moved its operations into a new building, which includes a variety of sustainable features including a recirculating water system, motion-controlled lighting, low-e glazing, high efficiency plumbing fixtures, and green building materials.

Tetra Tech awarded $24 Million EPA contract

Green Building Elements - Sep 26

Tetra Tech, Inc. was awarded a $24 million multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide technical, analytical, and programmatic support services to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program.

Nationwide Insurance opening new green campus

Biz Journal - Insurance News - Sep 27

Nationwide Insurance is opening a new, green-built campus in San Antonio, Texas. The 280,000-square-foot sales and operations center is LEED-certified.

Building Yale's sustainable future

Yale Daily News Headlines - Sep 28

The Yale University Health Center is the most recent Yale facility to receive LEED certification. It was the 12th Yale building to be certified since 2005.

City of Houston is a finalist in global energy contest

Biz Journal - Energy & Environment News - Sep 28

The City of Houston’s “Green Office Challenge” is among five global projects in the energy category for the Financial Times and Citi sponsored Ingenuity Awards. The Green Office Challenge is a 12-month program for commercial property owners and tenants to reduce energy use in their offices.


Green Building Projects

Fox Tower earns LEED Gold

Biz Journal - Green News - Oct 1

Fox Tower at 805 S.W. Broadway in Portland, Oregon, has attained LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance from the USGBC.

UC Boulder biotech building earns LEED Platinum

Colorado Daily - Oct 1

The University of Colorado's biotechnology building has earned the highest possible rating for green construction, a feat that university officials are celebrating because of the difficulties in designing an eco-friendly research hub that also has complex safety requirements.

U.S. Customs Office earns LEED Silver

PR.com - Sep 27

The U.S. Customs Field Operations Facility in Sells, Arizona recently earned LEED Silver for New Construction from the USGBC.

Virginia rehabilitation center earns LEED Gold

PR Newswire - Sep 26

The newly renovated Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI) Administration and Activities Building has earned LEED Gold.

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