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India demonstrates leadership through LEED for existing buildings

Published on 11 Mar 2015Written by Joseph Crea Posted in LEED

USGBC and The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), has formally launched a new, technical guidance to advance LEED for existing buildings in India. This guidance will launch as part of the annual GRIHA Summit, which is being held in New Delhi.

In India, as energy consumption rises and cities grapple with some of the world’s worst air pollution, greening India’s existing building stock is paramount, and existing buildings hold incredible promise. It can take up to 80 years to make up for the environmental impacts of demolishing an old building and constructing a new one, even if the resulting building is extremely energy efficient.

Below are notable LEED-certified existing building projects in India covering a diversity of sectors.

 SRK EMPIRE-SHREE Ramkrisha ExportsLEED Gold 2015, Surat

India’s leading and state of the art diamond manufacturing facility “SRK-EMPIRE” earned LEED Gold certification with 67 points.

Oberoi Mall LimitedLEED Gold 2013, Mumbai

The first mall in India and third mall in the world to receive LEED Gold.

Pathways School Gurgaon,  LEED Platinum, Gurgaon

The first school serving all grades K-12 in the world to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

Paharpur Business CentreLEED Platinum, New Delhi

A nearly 30 year-old government building was the first LEED Platinum building in India.

 ITC Maurya HotelLEED Platinum, Mumbai

The first hotel in the world to earn LEED Platinum

 BIAL Passenger Terminal Building, LEED Silver, Bangalore

Terminal 1 at Bangalore International Airport Limited, originally built in 2008, is a LEED Silver certified structure. In 2013, the airport underwent an expansion and achieved LEED Gold certification for the expansion terminal.

 Joseph Crea

Director, International Marketing and Communications

Federal agencies and their super rad buildings

Published on 11 Mar 2015Written by Fleming Roberts Posted in Advocacy and policy

The Energy Information Administration that the federal government is consuming energy at its lowest levels since 1975. The U.S. government is the biggest consumer of energy in the nation, and their commitment to greening their building stock was critical to this advancement. The federal government has been a leader in LEED since the beginning, and with more than 2,500 certified projects, the energy and water savings are racking up.

Here are some agency highlights from across the country.

       1.   Department of Defense: Mark Center | Washington Headquarters Services

This LEED Gold project, located in Alexandria, VA, is very large and designed to house more than 6,400 DOD employees who were formerly working in different leased office spaces in Washington, D.C. The Army Corps of Engineers, New York district, managed the construction of the facility. More than 90 percent of waste from construction was recycled, which translates to saving 6 million pounds of waste from making it to a landfill. The building, which was completed early and under budget, will use 30 percent less energy and 45 percent less water than a comparable traditional building.

     2.  General Services Administration: Federal Center South Building 1202

Racking up awards from The American Institute of Architects right and left, this agency is making sure that its federal buildings are not only gorgeous and innovative, but also places where employees can be healthy and productive. Built on a transformed brownfield, the Federal Center South Building 1202, located in Seattle, WA, has stunning interiors featuring more than 190,000 board feet of timbers and 150,000 board feet of 2×6 decking salvaged from an old warehouse. The LEED Platinum facility uses rainwater (an estimated 430,000 gallons harvested annually) for irrigation and toilet flushing, resulting in a potable water use reduction of 79 percent. The project is set to use a third less energy than a comparable building.

     3.  National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Sustainability Base

It would be difficult to give an accurate description of the LEED Platinum NASA Sustainability Base in the short space allotted here, though you can imagine that it’s straight out of Star Trek. Sustainability Base is supported by an “exoskeleton” instead of traditional internal columns, which allows more daylighting and fresh air. Nearly all of the power used in the office building is generated on-site, including solar and wind technologies. There’s a 90 percent goal for potable water reduction, utilizing a forward-osmosis water recycling system and computational fluid dynamics. The facility not only showcases incredible technology developed for space travel, it’s a research center that will facilitate the development of new building control systems and greywater reuse. NASA estimates that the additional costs to make this building so high-tech will be paid back in nine years, and thereafter energy and maintenance costs will be significantly lower than a conventional equivalent building.

      4.  Department of Energy: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

NREL might have been established in 1974, but DOE keeps adding incredible facilities to this campus. NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, and they’re doing so in LEED Platinum style. The latest addition is the Energy Systems Integrations Facility, which is conducting groundbreaking research on energy grid systems and features one of the most energy-efficient data centers in the world. Their Research Support Facility consumes 50 percent less energy than a comparable building, and the energy used is generated on-site, making it what we in the biz call “net-zero.” It’s a living laboratory where researchers can track the energy performance of the building in real-time in order to make adjustments.

The government has committed to making iconic buildings that save taxpayer dollars while paving the way for the technology that will help define the future of low or no impact green building.

Fleming Roberts

External Relations Specialist

 

 

Lend Lease proves it’s what’s on the inside that counts

Published on 13 Mar 2015Written by Aline Peterson Posted in Industry

For Lend Lease, sustainability is a big picture concept—it’s not solely about environmental practices, social norms or economic trends, it’s about the intersection of all of these factors in support of the long-term well being of human life. Put simply, there is an understanding within the company that we belong to the planet, rather than it belonging to us, and their operations and projects reflect this belief.

With more than 13,200 employees worldwide, Lend Lease has managed over 53 million square feet of LEED-certified projects valued in excess of $16.4 billion in the United States and Mexico alone. These impressive figures point to a concrete mission and vision that support sustainable development throughout the lifetime of a building. Internally, the company aspires to operate all Lend Lease tenancies as zero net carbon, water and waste properties. They also turn this aspiration outward and aim to have all of the buildings they develop or operate meet the same standard.

The newly renovated Lend Lease New York office clearly establishes the importance of this commitment as the retrofitted 75,000 square foot office space achieved a 40% reduction in indoor potable water use, reused or repurposed 60% of the existing interior non-structural elements and features 30% salvaged, refurbished or used furniture.

Lend Lease’s New York office is a healthy reminder that companies that practice what they preach define the sustainability landscape for all of us. Those making real sacrifices to stay ahead of the sustainability curve hold the keys to the next wave of innovation and long-term prosperity. True sustainability leaders adhere to a model built on a traditional or modified triple bottom line: environment, society and economy.

Aline Peterson

Media & Communications Specialist U.S. Green Building Council

USGBC staff

 

Reaching new heights: Dunbar is the highest scoring LEED for Schools-NC project to date

Published on 6 Mar 2015Written by Aline Peterson Posted in Center for Green Schools

Something remarkable has happened in Washington, DC. Beyond the glare of the news cycle, the political positioning and the national debates, Dunbar High School, located a stone’s throw from the U.S. Capitol building, has achieved LEED Platinum certification. Not only has the school reached this milestone, it has become the highest-scoring school in the world certified under the LEED for Schools-New Construction rating system.

Scoring 91 out of 100 possible points, the newly constructed Dunbar came online in 2013 and was designed by USGBC Silver level member Perkins Eastman, an international design and architecture firm. Dunbar has a rich history; it was the first public high school in the nation for African Americans, originally founded in 1870.

Notably, Dunbar reported the highest standardized test scores of any school in the city for 2014, after just a single academic year in the new facility. The relationship between the state-of-the-art physical space and the elevated learning experience is hard to deny. Among other innovative design features, the school’s enhanced acoustics allow students and teachers to hear clearly, facilitating the back-and-forth engagement that is a critical element of a high-performance learning environment.

This masterpiece of a green learning environment encompasses a photovoltaic array that generates enough energy on a sunny summer day to power all classroom lights for eight hours. Additionally, deep below the surface of the school’s athletic fields is Washington, DC’s largest ground-source heat pump, with wells reaching down 460 feet. Two 20,000 gallon cisterns and low-flow systems help to conserve more than 1.4 million gallons of potable water each year.

The outstanding high-tech features at Dunbar are just the beginning of the story. After all, green buildings provide a framework to support new learned behaviors. Even with the very best energy and water-saving technology in place, a green building is only as effective as its occupants make it. With a legacy of leadership and strength of character, Dunbar’s students, teachers and administrators will undoubtedly demonstrate to the world that where we learn matters and that we can rise to untold heights when we are given the tools and environment to support our natural curiosity and inclination to grow.

Aline Peterson

Media & Communications Specialist U.S. Green Building Council

USGBC staff

 

Top 10 states project profile: University of Mary Washington’s IT Convergence Center

Published on 5 Mar 2015Written by Christopher Gray Posted in LEED

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental and social justice.

Every state, beginning with Illinois, 2014’s first overall state for LEED green building, will have a different highly impactful project profiled that touches on one of these core areas and demonstrates how business, universities, faith communities and non-profit organizations across the country are using LEED.

Virginia has a demonstrated history of support for green building, and it has made the Top 10 every year since 2011. In 2014, Virginia placed fourth in the nation for LEED (2.33 square-feet of certified space per resident), with 170 projects certifying across the state.  The University of Mary Washington’s new IT Convergence Center is an impressive 77,000 square-foot facility designed to produce innovative opportunities for social collaboration and research

Projects like Mary Washington’s IT Convergence Center demonstrate how LEED is helping grow our economy through providing healthy, high-tech learning spaces where young people can be creative, learn about new technologies and gain the experience necessary to make an impact in the world once they leave school.

It is also worth noting that Virginia has historically been a leader in promoting green learning spaces in its public schools and universities. There were more than 20 different educational projects that certified across the state in 2014.

Christopher Gray

Media & Communications Specialist

Virginia: State of the Commonwealth and green building leader

Published on 4 Mar 2015Written by Jason Hartke Posted in LEED

Last month, USGBC recognized Virginia as the fourth best state for green building in 2014.  Each year, USGBC releases its list of the Top 10 States for LEED, ranking U.S. states based on the amount of LEED certified square feet per person over the past year.

For the last three years, Virginia has been in the top four spots. In 2013, it was first on the list

Over the course of 2014, 150 LEED certified projects were completed in Virginia, representing 18.6 million square feet of real estate. In total, the state currently has 886 LEED certified projects, representing over 110 million square feet. That’s the equivalent to 21 Pentagons. And there are another 1,232 LEED projects in the pipeline as registered projects, representing more than 231 million square feet.

Sadly, as a nation, studies have shown that we are losing roughly $130 billion a year from leaky, inefficient buildings. But in Virginia, and cities like Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk and counties like Arlington and Fairfax, and my hometown of Reston, are charting a path to cultivate and grow green buildings that save energy, save our businesses and our residents money and create local jobs.

Governor McAuliffe took a bold step to carry on this legacy by signing an historic executive order helping boost energy efficiency and creating the nation’s first ever Chief Energy Efficiency Officer. In addition, the state and 10 local governments have policies in place to promote and accelerate green building. The state government has more than 60 LEED certified and registered projects. And there are over 100 local government projects.

Being on this list also shows how Virginia is embracing a new industry, helping to boost the state economy right now. To date, USGBC has nearly 450 member companies based in Virginia. And these companies and organizations represent more than 7 million employees and are grossing more than $87 billion in annual revenue. These are statistics that are growing year in and year out. That means more jobs, more opportunity and more savings for the people of Virginia. That’s the power of leadership.

Virginia is helping drive a movement to design, operate and construct the buildings of the future – buildings that help protect the environment; buildings that improve our quality of life; and buildings that inspire.

Jason Hartke

Vice President, National Policy and Advocacy U.S. Green Building Council

USGBC staff

 

Green building and climate change

Published on 4 Mar 2015Written by Nora Knox Posted in Industry

Although many environmental impacts are associated with buildings and addressed by rating systems such as LEED, climate change deserves special consideration because buildings and land-use are responsible for a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions. To be effective, the policies that are emerging at the local, state, and federal levels to regulate greenhouse gas emissions must reflect a clear understanding of the connection between climate change and the built environment. Unfortunately, it is not enough for green building to lessen the effects that humans have on our climate. It must also prepare us for the inevitable consequences of climate change on our homes, communities, and society as a whole. A lower-carbon future will not only have higher-performing buildings but also require higher-performing communities.

The built environment, including buildings and transportation systems, accounts for more than two-thirds of all greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions come from many components of the built environment, including building systems and energy use, transportation, water use and treatment, land-cover change, materials, and construction. By improving the efficiency of buildings and communities, we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Carbon emissions provide a useful metric for many aspects of green buildings and communities, including energy, water, solid waste, materials, and transportation, but green building involves more than reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is important to set goals for other issues as well, such as indoor air quality, human health, and habitat protection. This comprehensive goal-setting process encourages programs and policies that will lead to sustainable communities.

Flexibility and adaptability are increasingly important attributes of green projects. Although the long-term effects of climate change are uncertain, we know that sea levels will be higher, temperatures higher, droughts longer and more widespread, and flooding more intense. How different regions will experience these changes will vary considerably, and building professionals will have to assess the likely threats to their communities and respond accordingly.

Nora Knox

Digital Marketing ManagerU.S. Green Building Council

Member employees, USGBC staff

Learning Gate Community School of Lutz Receives National “Best of Green Schools” Honor from USGBC

   The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council has honored the Learning Gate Community School of Lutz, FL, as a 2014 “Best of Green Schools” recipient. The award recognizes 10 individuals, institutions, projects and events representing the best environmental efforts in schools across the USA this year.

The Learning Gate Community School — which is LEED Platinum Certified — is recognized in the Community Event category. The school’s EcoFest is an annual community event celebrating the businesses, organizations and individuals in the Tampa Bay area dedicated to the principles of sustainability. Ecofest was free to the public and had more than 100 vendors, live music, workshops, demonstrations, informational booths, green-living products and services from local artists, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, and organic farms with local produce. The event took place at Lowry Park and drew more than 4,000 attendees.

ECOFEST 2015

The 6th Annual EcoFest will be held on Saturday, April 18th at the Lowry Park bandshell area – 7525 N. Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33604. The event will be open to the public from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM Admission to the event is free.

There will be live music, workshops, demonstrations, informational booths, green living products and services. Some local artists, green businesses, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, organic farms and gardens with produce will be in attendance.

Florida Gulf Coast Chapter USGBC

 

USGBC Report Estimates More Than 1.2 Million People Experience a LEED-Certified Retail Space Every Day

– Report reveals nearly 8,000 retailers worldwide participate in LEED, China is the fourth largest market in the world for LEED for Retail projects

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a new report finding that China is the fourth largest market in the world using LEED for Retail. The report details the extensive involvement of the retail industry with LEED and the impact of the globally recognized green building rating system on retail development and the consumer experience.

The report is a part of USGBC’s popular LEED in Motion series designed to equip readers with the insight and knowledge to understand LEED and to make the case for sustainable building practices worldwide. Last year, USGBC released LEED in Motion: Greater China.

“All of us are consumers,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “LEED enables retailers to make sustainable business decisions and empowers consumers to make choices they feel good about. LEED is used by big and small retailers alike, from end-to-end across the global economy.

The LEED in Motion report outlines the many ways LEED certification delivers a superior consumer experience, including the benefits of circulating fresh air, setting a consistently comfortable temperature and utilizing daylight wherever possible. Additionally, the report shows that 100 percent of those retailers participating in LEED reduced the pollution and land development impact of their buildings by meeting LEED’s sustainable site standard.

The report also includes a foreword from Starbucks, which achieved a milestone in 2014 as it opened its 500th LEED-certified store. Profiles of Target, with 143 LEED-certified stores, and Kohl’s, with 434 LEED-certified stores are also included.

In 2007, USGBC launched a pilot program to specifically address the needs of retailers. Subsequently, the LEED for Retail rating system was formally established in 2010. Some of the prominent adopters of LEED for Retail include Bank of America, Starbucks, Target, Wells Fargo, Walgreens, Nike and Yum! Brands.

USGBC

 

LEED Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non profit organization that certifies sustainable businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods. USGBC is dedicated to expanding green building practices and education, and its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™.

Chemline, Inc. is a member of The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and has the potential to provide LEED points.