Green Building Update -- May 2, 2013

by Allen Matkins

Green Building Focus

Revolving loans would quadruple Prop 39 investments

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.

AltBuild Expo coming to Santa Monica

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.

Facebook's massive green roof

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.

Green construction saved U.S. $2.2 billion in paving costs

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).

EPA honors winners of Campus RainWorks Challenge

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.

San Francisco's green hotels lead the pack

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.

Novo Nordisk unveils new, green U.S. headquarters

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.

Texas builder expands commitment to LEED certification

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.

France begins work on solar-powered stadium

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.

UMass Medical building wins Best Green Practice award

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.

Green building takes hold, but wasted energy abounds

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 exceeds its $20B green initiative

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.

Island near Seattle to open rare LEED Gold museum

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.

New and improved way to certify multiple buildings

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.

IKEA completes Maryland's largest rooftop solar array

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.

The Princeton Review's 4th Annual Guide to Green Colleges

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.

U.S. Dept. of Education's Green Ribbon Schools

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.

Green Building Projects

300 North LaSalle, Chicago earns LEED Platinum

National Real Estate Investor - Apr 22

KBS REIT II and Hines, the owner and developer, respectively of 300 North LaSalle in Chicago, announced that the property has received LEED-EB Platinum certification.

Elephant exhibit at D.C. zoo earns LEED Gold

EarthTechling - Green Tech, Green Products & Energy News - Apr 19

The recently refurbished Elephant Trails exhibit at Washington, D.C. ’s National Zoological Park, home to the zoo’s three resident Asian elephants, Ambika, Shanthi and Kandula, was awarded a LEED Gold rating by the USGBC.

Washington med office building earns LEED-HC Gold

USGBC Official Blog - Apr 18

Group Health Cooperative’s new medical office building in Puyallup, Washington, became the first in the nation to earn a rating under the LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) rating system, earning LEED Gold.

Tower Companies' buildings re-certified LEED Gold

PR Newswire - Environment - Apr 17

The USGBC has re-certified The Tower Building in Maryland and 1909 K Street in Washington, D.C. LEED Gold under LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Management.


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