leed green building Articles

  • TVOC measurement for LEED/green building evaluation

    Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) may be evaluated when building designers/managers are pursuing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System for New Construction (LEED-NC) EQ Credit 3.2. The latest LEED-NC guidance document specifies that the maximum allowed concentration of TVOC measured in a building (post construction, pre-occupancy) is 500 µg/m3; the ...


  • HQ to be the first Chilean building achieving LEED green building certification

    Transoceánica headquarters use a system of energy efficiency that incorporates passive design and solar reflection. The new headquarters for private equity firm Empresas Transoceanica in Santiago looks nothing like a conventional commercial set up. But it is expected to use just one-fifth of the energy of a comparable Chilean office. A wood-wrapped north facade deflects solar ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • LEED-ing Your Stormwater Down the Green Path

    6813The U.S. Green Building Council has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, otherwise known as LEED. This program is a national standard for #28;green building#29; design and was developed with the intention of improving occupant well-being, environmental performance and economic returns. This is accomplished by using innovative design practices and technologies. In order ...


    By BaySaver Technologies, Inc.

  • Beyond LEED, Part 1

    Twenty years ago, few people recognized the need for concern about the negative environmental impact of building construction and the contribution that existing buildings make toward environmental pollution in the course of their regular, daily operations. Nevertheless, the damage done by the twentieth century’s burgeoning boon of construction was there for all to see: lost forests and wildlife ...


    By Full Sircle Farms

  • LEED Canada: The Next Generation

    Looming large in the minds of most Canadians, climate change is arguably the greatest environmental challenge we face today. Given that a significant reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is necessary to avert irreversible impacts, any solutions will require the active support of all sectors of society – government, business and citizens – to reach GHG reduction targets. GHG emissions from ...


    By Actual Media

  • Green Building Evaluation

    UN Headquarters in New York City Marc Karell managed the project including providing a peer review and recommendations for enhancement of the green building and energy efficiency proposals incorporated into the intended billion dollar Capital Master Plan (CMP) renovation of the United Nation’s headquarters campus in New York City. An assessment of building performance against the LEED ...


  • Green Buildings: Economics and Policies

    Introduction Green building has received increased attention over the past decade from both environmental economists and policymakers. While there is no single definition of “green buildings” or its related policy, researchers and organizations tend to emphasize resource efficiency in building and reducing the impacts of buildings on human health and the environment. ...


    By Oxford Journals

  • How a LEED Platinum Building is Cleaning up Inland Empire Urban Runoff

    ABSTRACTIn 2002, the Inland Empire Utility Agency (IEUA) – a municipal water agency in western San Bernardino County - designed and constructed its new Headquarters with the goal of attaining the first 2.0 platinum level “LEED” - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - rating established by the U. S. Green Building Council.” IEUA has implemented a BMP project that truly showcases the ...

  • Green Building Boom – What are the 4 new risks for Green Building Industry?

    New government mandates, long-term cost savings, and an enhanced sensitivity to partnering an environmental outline are the prime reasons for this exponential growth. In the year 2005, green building market was a meagre 2 percent of all non-residential construction initiations. However; this number grew by 28 - 35 percent by 2010 and approximately 40 to 48 percent by the year 2014, - comprising ...


  • Building green when times are lean

    In an article entitled “Actions Speak Louder than Greenwash” last December we looked at how some unscrupulous property developers in Thailand preferred to market “greenwash” rather than embrace the concept of sustainable building design and construction. Indeed, it seemed as if the property developers were suddenly falling over themselves in their rush to surf the green wave, with project ...

  • Stocking Your Green Building Toolkit

    1. Introduction Designing, constructing and operating environmentally friendly buildings can be a lot more complex than it seems, especially when it comes to materials selection. We would all like simple measures or rules of thumb that would make the selection process easy, but they are hard to come by, if they exist at all. The reality is that we are constantly forced into a balancing act, ...

  • Sustainability due diligence: LEED® as the evolving national standard

    This article examines current trends in the finance and real estate industries related to due diligence and sustainability. According to the authors of the article, the emergence of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, together with the establishment and backing of the Carbon Principles by some of the world's leading financial ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • UnderDuct contributes to LEED design at library (FRP)

    Application Spotlight Location: Eastern Avenue Library, Davenport, IA UnderDuct Details: Over 1500-linear feet of UnderDuct from 36" diameter down to 8" diameter Project Details (from Davenport Library Press Release): A successful public and private collaboration raised $8.2-million toward construction of Eastern Avenue Branch ...


    By Monoxivent

  • Integrating LCA Tools in LEED: First Steps

    In our paper presented at the Austin 2002 conference, “Integrating LCA Tools in Green Building Rating Systems”, we focused on the disconnect between the complexity of the building/environment relationship and the specifics of rating ...

  • Case study - net zero energy & LEED

    Anna Maria Historic Green Village (HGV) is a unique, sustainable commercial development in Anna Maria, Florida.  The village is comprised of five buildings.  Four of the five are renovated historic buildings and one is new construction.  The campus is a mix of retail spaces, office and residential units.  One of the HGV developer’s goals is for the entire campus to ...


    By Powerhouse Dynamics

  • LEED certification provides many benefits for your transfer station

    One of the objectives of solid waste managers is to find new ways to educate people about how to live and work more sustainably. When you build your new transfer station, material recovery facility or other solid waste facility, you have a tremendous opportunity to put into practice those sustainability efforts to show people what a difference it can make. What does that mean for the design and ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Understanding the Green Building Toolkit: Picking the Right Tool for the Job

    The green building scene is characterized by clutter and confusion. Databases, tools, ecoorganizations and eco-events vie for attention, while well-meaning advice and rules of thumb may or may not help to manage a generally complicated, ...

  • New research in the US on the financial benefits of energy efficient `green` buildings

    Buildings in the US with 'green' ratings, such as Energy Star and LEED, can significantly impact market rents and value of commercial space, according to new research commissioned by RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). The report 'Doing Well by Doing Good?' provides the first credible evidence in the US supporting the economic value of the certification of 'green' buildings in the ...

  • Green existing buildings is easier (and cheaper) than you think

    Commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential buildings are the most significant users of energy in the United States. Almost 70% of all generated electricity and about 12% of available potable water goes to support use and occupancy of buildings. Buildings play a major role in the quality of life for the 307 million people who go in and out of them every day and have a significant ...

  • Abengoa’s headquarters, Campus Palmas Altas, becomes a global benchmark after obtaining LEED Platinum certification

    This is the highest of the four categories established by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the first building in Europe to obtain this certification. Campus Palmas Altas has attained the highest score in its category worldwide Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B/P SM /NASDAQ: ABGB), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the ...


    By Abengoa

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