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Shanghai Tower, achieves LEED Platinum

Published on 14 Dec 2015Written by Joseph Crea Posted in LEED

Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world, recently achieved LEED Platinum for Core and Shell. The Tower, located at the core of Pudong’s growing Lujiazui finance and trade area in Shanghai, is 632 meters high.

“As the tallest and one of the greenest landmarks in China, Shanghai Tower shows China’s responsibility and commitment to the world to improve the environment and boost the health of its people,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, Chief Operating Officer of USGBC. “Every story about LEED is a story about leadership, and leaders across the globe understand that LEED is a powerful tool that accelerates global market transformation of our built environment.”

The tower is a green building powerhouse buoyed not only by LEED, but also by China Three Star certification, which was awarded by China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD).

LEED has facilitated advances in building technologies, integrated design and operating practices, as well as saving building cost. LEED-certified buildings are estimated to save as much as $1.2 billion in energy, $149.5 million in water, $715.3 million in maintenance and $54.2 million in waste for the U.S. market from 2015 to 2018.

LEED Platinum certification will save significantly on costs for Shanghai Tower. For example, among all its intelligent building control systems, the lighting system alone will save more than $556,000 each year in energy

Joseph Crea

Director, International Marketing and Communications

The SURE HOUSE takes sustainability to a winning level

Published on 2 Dec 2015 Written by Susan Wade, Vinyl Institute Posted in Community

 When Hurricane Sandy blew across New Jersey in 2012, it caused over $65 billion in damages, including damaging or destroying almost 350,000 homes. Much of that destruction happened in the state’s famous shoreline communities.

In response to the destruction, a multidisciplinary team of students at the Stevens Institute of Technology set out to build a different kind of coastal home. The students’ goal was to create a model for building sustainable, resilient housing in coastal communities.

The SURE HOUSE was the institute’s entry into the 2015 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in Irvine, California—and the collegiate team took home the grand prize.

As 2015’s winning entry, the SURE HOUSE’s design bound the concepts of sustainability and resilience into a home that responds intelligently to severe storms such as Sandy, which ravaged many of the coastal communities in and around the Stevens campus in Hoboken, New Jersey.

“We wanted to challenge ourselves to build a house that was not only fully solar-powered, as required for the solar decathlon, but also able to withstand a storm comparable to Hurricane Sandy,” says A.J. Elliott, a graduate student in electrical engineering who served as the spokesperson for the SURE HOUSE.

 The Solar Decathlon showcases innovations in sustainable building

Fourteen universities from the United States and around the globe descended on Irvine earlier last fall to compete in the Solar Decathlon. The competition was the culmination of two years spent designing, building and operating solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The teams then transported their homes to Irvine, set them up, and competed in 10 competitions in 10 days on challenges ranging from affordability, engineering and communications to commuting, energy balance and home life.

The Stevens team’s sustainability strategy focused on reducing energy consumption before implementing solar technology. As a result, the SURE HOUSE uses 91 percent less energy than the average New Jersey home, is fully solar-powered and flood-proof and serves as a resilient energy hub for the neighborhood during power outages.

 The right building materials

To achieve their goals, the students needed building materials that were durable and resilient. One of these materials is vinyl.

SURE HOUSE has a vinyl reflective roof, along with vinyl decking, vinyl cladding and vinyl windows. In addition, there are PVC water pipes and vinyl wiring and cable insulation.

The Vinyl Institute sponsored the SURE HOUSE to highlight the role of vinyl in building and construction—including its durability, versatility, energy efficiency and thermal efficiency.

“We are very proud of the Stevens team for their major accomplishment in winning the 2015 DOE Solar Decathlon,” said Dick Doyle, president and CEO of the Vinyl Institute. “Their focus on sustainable and resilient design and construction methods is a great example of innovation in housing for areas vulnerable to flooding.”

Susan Wade, Vinyl Institute

The Green Industry Is Flourishing, According to USGBC Study

by Anca Gagiuc | 24 November 2015

The green building industry is expanding rapidly, and creating millions of jobs in the process.

According to a new U.S. Green Building Council(USGBC) study from Booz Allen Hamilton, the green building sector will account for over 2.3 million American jobs in 2015. Furthermore, the industry is outpacing overall construction growth in the country. The 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study shows that the green building industry contributes more than $134 million in labor income in the U.S.

Moreover, the report reveals that the number of jobs generated in green construction will exceed 3.3 million over the next three years—representing more than one-third of the entire U.S. construction sector. The industry’s direct contribution to the U.S. GDP will also reach an estimated $303 million from 2015 to 2018. New developments will save more than $1 billion in energy usage and $100 million in water use by 2018.

The green industry is rapidly expanding not only through new constructions, but also through retrofitting existing buildings. A good example of a company that enlisted Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps program to accelerate clean energy projects to meet its corporate energy goals is JLL. One of their managed properties in Chicago—77 West Wacker—found the ways to reduce 32 percent of its energy use through LEED certification. Currently the building is advancing new approaches to reach the goal of cutting another 26.5 percent of its energy use by 2018.

Shorenstein Properties of San Francisco holds one of the industry’s most respected sustainability programs with 15 million square feet of its portfolio LEED-certified and an average ENERGY STAR score of 82 out of 100 points. Shorenstein is the winner of the last two consecutive years of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark Green Star, the highest rating, for its sustainability strategy on smart operation, investment in efficiency, and tenant engagement.


GBCI Announces S&C as First Leading Partner for PEER Program

Published on 18 Nov 2015Written by Marisa Long Posted in Media

PEER aims to transform the way power systems are designed and evaluated

Washington, D.C. – Nov. 18, 2015 – Green Business Certification Inc.’s (GBCI) announces S&C Electric Company, smart grid leader, as the first Leading Partner for the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) program. PEER is the driving force behind USGBC’s vision to transform power systems, it is the nation’s first comprehensive, data-driven approach to evaluating and improving power system performance.

Administered by GBCI, the PEER program is a comprehensive framework for defining, assessing and verifying the overall sustainable performance of electricity delivery system design and operations. The standards enable project teams to assess their current state, develop strategies for improvement, improve the business case and verify the value of system changes.

As a leading partner, S&C will have the opportunity to be a part of the first class of any future PEER education offerings and provide input. S&C will also have the opportunity to collaborate on training materials and the PEER credential program.

“By improving energy efficiency and reducing environmental impacts we will transform the efficiency and effectiveness of electricity systems and take PEER to the next level,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer of USGBC and president of GBCI. “USGBC and GBCI are excited to work with S&C to collaborate on this groundbreaking certification program that will position GBCI as leader in sustainable electricity.”

PEER’s goal is to have meaningful impacts over four outcomes:

Reliability and resiliency—Ensures the reliable delivery of electricity and reduce injuries, interruptions and power quality issues.

Energy efficiency and environment—Assesses the environmental impact of electricity generation and transmission and encourage the adoption of clean and efficient energy.

Operational effectiveness—Leverages value gap analysis to identify and eliminate waste.

Consumer contribution—Assesses customer contribution to grid service, investment and innovation.

“As our energy landscape continues to evolve and change, and cities continue to embrace new technologies like solar, energy storage and microgrids, it is crucial to create tools to benchmark the performance of these power systems,” said David Chiesa, senior director, Business Development at S&C Electric Company. “We are proud to have had a part in the creation of PEER and will continue to work alongside USGBC and GBCI to have utilities, cities and other power customers achieve PEER certification.”

Marisa Long

Public Relations & Communications DirectorU.S. Green Building Council

USGBC staff

USGBC and GBCI Collaborate with Shougang to Further LEED Green Buildings in China

Published on 18 Nov 2015Written by Marisa Long Posted in Media

New 833 hectare Beijing development aims to be “world model” of green city

Washington, D.C. (18 Nov 2015) – The U.S. Green Building Council and Green Business Certification Inc. signed into a collaboration with Beijing-based Shougang, one of China’s largest steel companies and Fortune 500 company. The partnership aims to incorporate LEED, the WELL Building System and other green building rating systems into a new, mixed-use development on an old factory site spanning 833 hectares, in addition to creating an ongoing collaboration around LEED in China, education in the green building arena and workforce development.

Named the “New Shougang High-End Industry Comprehensive Service District,” the project seeks to transform an old factory heritage site in Beijing into a “new comprehensive service provider” combining infrastructure, district development, industrial layout and ecological harmony for financial and health care services, culture and sports, among others. Through the development, Shougang hopes to achieve a “green Beijing” to serve as a national example of green innovation in the construction of low-carbon ecological Chinese cities while being a world model of green building certification for industrial heritage renovations. Shougang has 20 more similar projects in China currently in development.

“The market for green building in Greater China has seen extraordinary growth since its first LEED project earned certification in 2005,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC, and president, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).

LEED has facilitated advances in building technologies, integrated design and operating practices, as well as the tremendous growth of the green building sector, especially in China, the second largest market for LEED in the world outside the U.S. with 118.3 million gross square meters of space participating in the LEED green building rating system.

The green building industry contributes more than $134.3 billion in labor income in the U.S. and by 2018, the industry’s direct contribution to U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is also expected to reach $303.5 billion.

Marisa Long

Public Relations & Communications DirectorU.S. Green Building Council

USGBC staff



USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi’s Greenthink

Published on 12 Nov 2015Written by Marisa Long Posted in Media

Pulling from decades of success in sustainable business, the CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council argues that when businesses and environmentalists collaborate, everybody profits 

(Washington, DC) Nov. 12, 2015 – A culmination of decades of being at the forefront of national sustainability initiatives, Greenthink by Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC, puts forth an argument that is as controversial as it is clear: leverage the motive of profit to save the world—and its humans—from environmental catastrophe.

For decades, he notes, environmentalists and the private sector have been at odds. Activists have decried the impact of industry on the environment. Business leaders, meanwhile, resent environmentalists for “job-killing regulations.” But in Greenthink, Fedrizzi turns conventional wisdom on its head by showing how profit can save the planet, and how sustainability is the biggest business opportunity of the 21st century.

It’s an approach that activist and actor Leonardo DiCaprio calls, in the book’s foreword, “revolutionary.” “Rick has succeeded where so many others have failed,” DiCaprio writes. “The call to action at the heart of this book has the potential to change the world.”

To prove his point, Rick calls on his decades of experience as a marketing executive for United Technologies Carrier Corporation, then as head of USGBC, where he pioneered the green building sector, an industry that has had an immediate and measurable impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and driven vast innovation in architectural design, engineering practice and materials development in product manufacturing. The creation of USGBC’s LEED, the most widely used green building rating system in the world, helped create a market that didn’t exist 20 years ago and now anchors an industry expected to be valued at more than $3 billion by 2020. Rick has spent nearly his entire career working to bridge the polarized divide between environmentalists and business, because, as he rightly puts it, “they both will share the same fate.”

Greenthink examines:

How—by the numbers—being green is a successful business plan.

Why environmentalists need to stop demonizing industry and industry needs to stop rejecting environmentalism out of hand.

How capitalism can save the planet.

What comes next for both business owners and conservationists if we don’t address climate change now.

Here’s what people are saying about Greenthink:

“Rick Fedrizzi has led the way in taking green buildings from a niche idea to a trillion-dollar source of economic gain, improved public health, and reduced carbon pollution. Everyone should read Greenthink who wants to understand how he did it, why it’s profitable to preserve a livable climate, and what’s next for the buildings we all live and work in.” – Joseph Romm, Founding Editor,, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Marisa Long

Public Relations & Communications Director U.S. Green Building Council

USGBC staff


Energy Conservation and Student Performance Top Reasons for Improving U.S. Public Schools

Published on 18 Nov 2015Written by Marisa Long Posted in Media

New poll from U.S. Green Building Council shows that more than 90 percent of Americans agree that greater investments should be put toward upgrading U.S. public school buildings

(Washington, D.C.) – Nov. 18, 2015 – Energy conservation and improved student performance top the list of reasons why Americans believe the country’s public school buildings should be upgraded, according to a recent independent poll, commissioned by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and sponsored by Excel Dryer, Inc. Results also show an increase in support for green schools, finding that eight out of 10 Americans support schools that create a healthy environment conducive to learning, while also saving energy, resources and money.

The results from the nationwide survey, which investigates attitudes toward quality of U.S. public school infrastructure and investments in modernization, were announced at the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Washington, DC.

This is the first time energy conservation has topped the list since the survey was initially conducted in 2011 – its last iteration was in 2013. This year, saving energy was on par with improved student performance as the two biggest motives for change, followed closely by improved student and faculty health. Additional considerations included reducing environmental impacts, creating jobs and saving tax dollars.

The findings of the poll point to a growing awareness of the need for better school buildings. Ninety-two percent of Americans across party lines agree that the quality of public school buildings should be improved, and nearly two-thirds of Americans feel it is very important to improve public school buildings.

“Excel Dryer is committed to improving the learning environment for our nation’s children,” said Excel Dryer’s Vice President of Marketing, William Gagnon. “The results from the survey this year show a significant increase in awareness about the importance of conserving energy. We are thrilled to be working with the Center for Green Schools to increase the adoption of energy saving solutions that reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment and also teach our children about the importance of protecting the environment.”

The independent survey of 500 U.S. residents was conducted via telephone from Nov. 3-8, 2015 and administered by David Binder Research, a public opinion research organization that specializes in qualitative research.

Marisa Long

Public Relations & Communications Director U.S. Green Building Council

USGBC staff


Green Apple Day energy savings pledges

Published on 29 Oct 2015Written by Tony Sparks Posted in Center for Green Schools

Students from the Del Norte High School’s Earth Club in Albuquerque, New Mexico, participated in this year’s Green Apple Day of Service. The DNHS Earth Club, sponsored by biology teacher Jim Butscher, partnered with the state Energy Conservation & Management Division of the Minerals & Natural Resources Department at their display at the opening weekend of the 2015 New Mexico State Fair.

The students had hundreds of fair-goers sign Energy Pledges asking for a commitment to reduce their energy use, and they demonstrated an energy bicycle that produced electricity through pedaling. The bike created energy that provided electricity to light a box comparing incandescent, CFL, and LED light bulbs. This demonstrated kinetically that LED light bulbs are a good choice to reduce energy costs. 

This experience not only provided an opportunity for these students to share their knowledge of energy conservation and efficiency, but it also developed their public speaking and leadership skills while supporting the District’s Water and Energy Conservation Program. The Earth Club has been conducting a lighting audit of their school, as well as designing a butterfly garden that will be planted in the fall.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Water and Energy Conservation program is looking for schools, teachers and students to organize Energy Teams. For more information, email Robert Lazar.

Tony Sparks

Staff Project Manager – Mechanical Systems APS-Facilities Design & Construction

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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.