Cities and States Take on Energy Benchmarking: New Report Highlights Opportunities and Needs for Building Energy Benchmarking

We have heard the old adage “You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” more and more over the past few years. In line with that message, cities and states throughout the U.S. have begun to require measurement and reporting building energy consumption….

Reorganization of LEED EB: O&M in draft version of LEED 2012 Highlights Performance Monitoring, Key Metrics

In the draft version of LEED 2012, which opened for public comment yesterday, USGBC has taken its first steps towards a streamlined and simple ongoing certification program for LEED. After consideration of how project teams should implement the strateg…

The Five Ways Harvard Reached Its Green Building Milestone

Heather Henriksen
Director, Harvard Office for Sustainability

Earlier today the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Harvard University had reached a first for any higher education institution in the world – 50 LEED certified projects. It’s an exciting green building milestone for us and one that entire Harvard community can celebrate.

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Second Public Comment Period Now Open for Update to USGBC’s LEED Green Building Program

Draft of LEED 2012 features updated language, scorecards; Reflects 6,000 public comments and recommendations collected

Washington, DC – (August 1, 2011) – Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) opened the second public comment period for the proposed 2012 update to its LEED green building rating system. The comment period, which will close on September 14, 2011, is the next step in the continuous improvement process and on-going development of the LEED program.

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The Potential of Retrofits: Launch of LEED Volume Program for Operations & Maintenance

The LEED Volume Program allows large users of LEED to certify buildings across their portfolio in a streamlined fashion, bringing a new level of speed and efficiency to our mission of greening the built environment. LEED Volume unites the large-scale b…