Green Building Update -- July 9, 2012

by Allen Matkins

Green Building Focus

Chemical makers say new LEED v4 rules will cost jobs

The Hill - Jun 20

Major business groups are warning that jobs will be lost if the GSA embraces the new LEED rules in order to certify federal offices as having “gone green.” Some companies argue that the new standards will encourage builders to avoid certain materials, putting jobs at the manufacturers and suppliers of those chemicals at risk.

USGBC launches Global Initiative on Urban Resilience

USGBC - Jun 21

USGBC joined with six major organizations at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to announce the Global Initiative on Urban Resilience, an effort designed to spur building and infrastructure development, create new investment opportunities and foster community action worldwide.

SFPUC green headquarters opens

San Francisco Business Times - Jun 17

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's (SFPUC) new headquarters, touted by city officials as the "greenest building in the U.S.," has opened and is ready for use. The 13-story structure cost $201.6 million and will house more than 900 of the agency's employees.

SFPUC green headquarters opens

San Francisco Business Times - Jun 20

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's (SFPUC) new headquarters, touted by city officials as the "greenest building in the U.S.," has opened and is ready for use. The 13-story structure cost $201.6 million and will house more than 900 of the agency's employees.

DOE funds energy efficiency training centers - Jun 20

To help building operators better understand how to optimize the efficiency of green buildings, the DOE and the Department of Commerce are jointly funding three Centers for Building Operations Excellence for $1.3 million to create and deploy programs to train current and incoming building operators.

Experts underscore financial benefits of building efficiency

PR Newswire / Johnson Controls - Jun 14

Public and private sector leaders at the 23rd annual Energy Efficiency Forum outlined legislation, policies and business strategies aimed at reducing energy use and operating costs in buildings, and for motivating consumers to implement energy efficiency capabilities.

Green Campus Partners, Citi to fund green projects

PR Newswire / Green Campus Partners - Jun 18

Green Campus Partners (GCP) and Citi have partnered to create a $50 million revolving line of credit to provide upfront capital for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the public sector.

Six major U.S. companies join Better Buildings Challenge

DOE - Jun 20

Starbucks Coffee Company, Staples, J.R. Simplot Company, Samas Capital, Greenwood Energy and PG&E are joining the Better Buildings Challenge, which encourages private sector leaders to commit to reducing the energy use in their facilities by at least 20% by 2020.

WorldGBC award for Center for Green Schools director

USGBC - Jun 20

Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at the USGBC, received the World Green Building Council Chairman's Award for her leadership at the forefront of the green schools movement.

EBay data center to run on alternative energy fuel cells

New York Times - Jun 20

EBay plans to build a data center that draws power from alternative energy fuel cells rather than from the national power grid. It will be the first major tech company to use alternative power as a primary source for energy-hungry data centers.

Green Building Projects

Citi becomes first bank with 200 LEED-certified projects

Business Wire / Citi - Jun 20

Citi has received LEED Platinum certification for its New York City flagship branch in Union Square, becoming the world's first bank with 200 LEED-certified projects. Citi expects to reach 263 LEED-certified projects by the end of 2012.

LivingHomes multi-family project earns LEED Platinum

World Interior Design Network - Jun 22

LivingHomes has secured LEED Platinum for its new multi-family project in Los Altos, California. The project is the first multi-family project in Silicon Valley to achieve the designation.

Maine affordable housing center earns LEED Platinum

Mainebiz - Jun 19

Oak Street Lofts, a 37-unit apartment complex in Portland, Maine, has received LEED Platinum certification, making it the first affordable multi-family building in the state to receive that designation.

Los Alamos National Laboratory office earns LEED Gold

Los Alamos National Laboratory - Jun 13

Los Alamos National Laboratory's Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building in Los Alamos, New Mexico, is its first building to achieve both the LEED status with LEED Gold certification.

Florida nursing home earns LEED Gold

Los Alamos National Laboratory - Jun 19

The Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans' Nursing Home in St. Augustine, Florida, earned LEED Gold to become the first LEED-certified nursing home in the state.

New York Public Library branch earns LEED Gold

Archinect - Jun 19

The Battery Park City Branch library has achieved LEED Gold certification, making it the most eco-friendly of the New York Public Library branches.

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