Green Building Update -- March 13, 2012

by Allen Matkins

Green Building Focus

California plans green building loans

Bloomberg - Feb 15

California is working with banks to develop below-market-interest loans for owners of commercial and industrial property to finance upgrades that curb energy use. A pool of funds would be made available under criteria set by the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority.

AltBuild Expo coming to Santa Monica

USGBC-Los Angeles - Feb 22

The 9th annual Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo (AltBuild) is considered the largest and most-respected green design and building expo in Southern California. 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.

DOE's $1.3M in green training for building professionals

DOE - Feb 16

The DOE’s and the Department of Commerce's Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program will provide $1.3 million for training programs to give commercial building professionals the skills to optimize building efficiency, reduce waste and save money.

USGBC's third public comment period for LEED

USGBC - Feb 12

The third public comment period for the LEED 2012 update will open on Mar. 1 and close on Mar. 20, 2012. Then LEED 2012 will be voted on in June and launch in November, 2012.

Hines earns EPA's Sustained Excellence Award

Hines - Mar 1

The EPA recognized Hines with the 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for leadership in energy efficiency. This is the fifth time Hines has received the Sustained Excellence Award. Hines' 71 million sq.ft. portfolio of ENERGY STAR buildings is 35.9 percent more energy efficient than the national average, with an average performance rating of 82.

2012 Green California Summit set for April

USGBC Northern California Chapter - Feb 26 The 2012 Green California Summit and Exposition, the state's largest annual conference addressing California's environmental policies and the technologies that support them, will take place April 26 and 27 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

MiraCosta College offers free training in green building

San Diego Union-Tribune - Feb 16

A free eight-week course on green building starts April 3 at MiraCosta College in California with orientation on Feb. 21, Feb. 28 or March 7. The 120-hour program gives an overview of green construction including construction, environmental training and energy fundamentals.

UC Irvine Extension launches LEED webinar series

Business Wire / UC Irvine Extension - Feb 16

UC Irvine Extension announced four webinars on Current Trends in Sustainability approved by GBCI for four credits including (1) Sustainable Business: Building Profitability from Transparency, Accountability and Social Responsibility on March 28; (2) California Climate Law as a de facto National Standard on April 18; (3) Being in Compliance with Sustainability Reporting on May 23; and (4) Making an Impact with Green Marketing: How to Avoid Greenwashing on June 6.

Green Building Opportunity Index market profiles

GreenBiz - Feb 16

The producers of the 2011 Green Building Opportunity Index have augmented their report with profiles of some of the 10 top-ranked markets, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Boston.

CSUN moves toward complete sustainability

OC Metro - Feb 15

California State University Northridge's mission is to create a sustainable campus. The university's new student recreation center is designed to meet LEED Gold standards with (1) displacement ventilation; (2) solar controls; (3) recycled materials; (4) water-efficient landscaping; and (5) 90% day lighting.

Vantage's Platinum data center

Vantage Data Centers - Feb 15

Vantage Data Centers’ third building will support 22MW of IT load and will be the largest LEED Platinum-candidate data center campus in the U.S.

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Vantage Data Centers achieves a 1.12 PUE for V2 on Santa Clara campus

Green Building Projects

PDR earns LEED CI Platinum

PR Newswire / PDR - Feb 16

Planning Design Research is the first Houston TI to earn LEED Platinum in Commercial Interior Design / Construction and features (1) 94% day lighting; (2) 78% construction waste diversion; (3) 56% from local manufacturing; (4) low-emitting materials; and (5) 35% water-use reduction.

York elementary earns LEED Platinum

York Daily Record - Feb 15

Ferguson Elementary School in York City earned LEED Platinum and features: (1) a waste-free kitchen; (2) a green roof; (3) eco-friendly lights; (4) a geothermal heating system; and (5) bathrooms that use less water.

Texas Children's Hospital earns LEED Gold

PR Newswire / Texas Children's Hospital - Feb 14

The Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital earned LEED Gold and features (1) 35% energy reduction; (2) demand-controlled ventilation; and (3) a daylight harvesting system.

Fort Worth Chick-fil-A earns LEED Gold

Chick-fil-A - Feb 17

Chick-fil-A’s location in Texas earned LEED Gold and features (1) low-flow fixtures; (2) daylighting; (3) energy-efficient appliances; (4) low-emitting materials; (5) 20% recycled materials; and (6) 50% construction diversion.

Georgia Museum of Art earns LEED Gold

PressZoom / The Georgia Museum of Art - Feb 15

The expanded Georgia Museum of Art at the U of Georgia earned LEED Gold and features (1) reflective roofing; (2) high-efficiency irrigation; (3) rainwater cisterns; (4) efficient mechanical systems; (5) day lighting; (6) efficient HVAC; and (7) low-VOC paints, adhesives and sealants.

Bryan C. Jackson
Construction | Real Estate | Energy & Cleantech | Infrastructure
Los Angeles
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