Understanding the 40/60 rule when choosing between LEED rating systems

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1 Aug 2014
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Wondering what to do when choosing a rating system isn't as simple as black and white?

LEED v4 addresses 21 different types of buildings and spaces, but how do you know which one to choose when you've got a mixed use space?

Enter the 40/60 rule. This model provides guidance for making a decision when several rating systems appear to be appropriate for a project. 

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Third Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge: Registration opens Sept. 2

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1 Aug 2014
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EPA has just launched its third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design challenge for college and university students.

Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design boards, a project narrative, and a letter of support describing a proposed green infrastructure project for a location on their campus.

Teams will compete in one of two design categories:

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USGBC supports key resilience legislation with the new PREPARE Act

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1 Aug 2014
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Today, I joined Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA) in a press conference call he hosted to introduce his new bipartisan legislation, the PREPARE Act (Preparedness and Risk management for Extreme weather Patterns Assuring Resilience). Joining several co-sponsors, Cartwright introduced the bill in the House on July 31, 2014.

The PREPARE Act makes us smarter, stronger and safer in the face of these increasing extreme weather events. We’ve all seen the tragic costs these events are having on people’s lives, our communities, and our economy.

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USGBC supports key resilience legislation with the new PREPARE Act

Published on: 
1 Aug 2014
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Today, I joined Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA) in a press conference call he hosted to introduce his new bipartisan legislation, the PREPARE Act (Preparedness and Risk management for Extreme weather Patterns Assuring Resilience). Joining several co-sponsors, Cartwright introduced the bill in the House on July 31, 2014.

The PREPARE Act makes us smarter, stronger and safer in the face of these increasing extreme weather events. We’ve all seen the tragic costs these events are having on people’s lives, our communities, and our economy.

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Why do we care if your home is green?

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30 Jul 2014
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The great Rick Fedrizzi recently noted that “our homes play the biggest role in our lives. They bookend our days… Imagine if all people started their days from a sustainable home, with a native awareness of efficiency and efficacy; of better health and resilience. Imagine if we used our homes as the base camp for healthy living, in every aspect of our lives… They could be the touchstone for being mindful of sustainability for our present and future.”

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Why do we care if your home is green?

Published on: 
30 Jul 2014
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The great Rick Fedrizzi recently noted that “our homes play the biggest role in our lives. They bookend our days… Imagine if all people started their days from a sustainable home, with a native awareness of efficiency and efficacy; of better health and resilience. Imagine if we used our homes as the base camp for healthy living, in every aspect of our lives… They could be the touchstone for being mindful of sustainability for our present and future.”

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Rating System Selection Guidance

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1 Apr 2014
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You've decided to pursue LEED, but you're looking for some guidance to select a rating system before you register your project.

Here's how to use the guidance below:

  1. Identify an appropriate rating system
  2. Determine the best adaptation

Please pay close attention to this guidance, because if you select a rating system that doesn't apply, USGBC may request that you change your project's rating system.

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Rating System Selection Guidance

Published on: 
1 Apr 2014
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You've decided to pursue LEED, but you're looking for some guidance to select a rating system before you register your project.

Here's how to use the guidance below:

  1. Identify an appropriate rating system
  2. Determine the best adaptation

Please pay close attention to this guidance, because if you select a rating system that doesn't apply, USGBC may request that you change your project's rating system.

read more

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