When is a LEED Rating System NOT a LEED Rating System?

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Answer-Only when the USGBC says it is. Breaking the bounds of all logical thought the USGBC have formally rolled out the LEED Dynamic Plaque at Greenbuild in NOLA this year. After months of surreptitious marketing, minimum amounts of actual information and lots of ‘it’s a product NOT a rating system’, USGBC newest toy formally hit Read More

Living in the past: Early memories of Greenbuild, Austin, TX

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And when was Greenbuild in Austin? No prizes now, but for those of you not there it was 2002. Just over 4000 people attended and it was small enough that we almost all stood up and introduced ourselves. Wow, how times have changed, over 25,000 attended last years bash in Philadelphia and probably the numbers Read More

Walmart, MSC & LEED

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Now there’s a triumvirate to think about….seems in the press that the ‘fishing for solutions crowd’ at MSC have put Walmart in a bind and left them hold the tail of the fish….read more here Talk is that Alaskan fisher-folk decided to create their own certification program and got Walmart in a corner with the Read More

Improving the Built Environment-Getting beyond LEED

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Participated in an Agrion meeting on Wednesday…another well put together presentation with a diverse group on the panel who were bound to be looking closely at the 5 bullet points that the presentation were meant, or hopefully meant to cover. Is California able to comply with these aggressive goals and simultaneously remain competitive with other Read More

LEED Version 4-The New Path Forward!

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We’ve been having a discussion about when to begin using LEED Version 4. As you may already know…if you haven’t been ‘missing in action’, Version 4 of the US Green Building Councils rating system passed ballot (overwhelmingly passed ballot) last month. USGBC, in their wisdom however, decided on a long transition phase, giving the rating Read More

Is It Worth Recertifying LEED Buildings?-The Five Reasons

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With many buildings in the commercial sphere getting a LEED plaque of one sort or another and the process expanding all the time, it comes as no surprise to be presented with the question “Is it worth re-certifying LEED buildings?” First, the basics. LEED re-certification only applies to those buildings that have been initially certified Read More

The Clinton Presidential Library-Improving on Superb Performance

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Spent a few days in sunny Arkansas last week (hence no blogging, left that to Rick Fedrizzi) working with an elite team to make improvements to energy, water and other sustainability criteria on President Clinton’s Presidential Library at Little Rock. Designed and built during 2003 and opened in 2004 this building revitalized a brown field Read More

Building Energy Efficiency Labeling-Why can't it be as simple as cars?

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For those of you who have prowled the new car lots, no doubt chased by an overzealous sales person…(they always remind me of border collies rounding up wayward sheep…get down Shep!)…the EPA Fuel Economy and Environment data sheet on the car window does bear looking at now and then. Although it’s a study in smoke Read More

Commercial Building Energy Consumption- A Revolution is Needed!

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‘Brothers & Sisters, Come the revolution..’..goes the old cry! Well ‘revolution’ is sure needed when it comes to Building Energy Consumption. Finding some way to show that energy efficiency in buildings actually works….and not just works but can save money and drive innovation to greater savings. A great  parallel is vehicles..(Yes, ok, I’m male..and male Read More