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10,000 Commercial Green Building Projects Have Now Earned LEED Ratings

September 1st, 2011 No comments

There are now 10,000 commercial LEED-certified buildingsAustin, Texas:  It is now official.  There have been 10,000 commercial green building projects that have earned LEED ratings, as mentioned by GreenBuildings.com.

LEED-certified commercial space now totals 1.3 billion square feet of property around the globe, according to Erin Emery, a spokeswoman for the Green Building Certification Institute, which provides the third-party confirmation for LEED certifications.

Since the  U.S. Green Building Council initiated its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system in 2000, there has been tremendous strides.

This is a great start for the entire commercial building industry.

The chart, from Environmentalleader.com, shows the rapid growth of LEED Gold certified buildings over the past decade.

Hopefully, this trend will not only continue, but will double in scope each year.

Will it take tax incentives?  Most likely.

The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) encourages its developer members to “proactively lobby local governments with their preferred incentives when the subject of green buildings appears on the local agenda.”

Achieving LEED certification is a win-win proposition.  The property owner saves money on their energy bills, they can more readily attract a better tenant,the property usually retains it value longer and it helps to reduce climate change.

Does achieving LEED certification take time, money and effort up-front.  Sure.  But the cost savings in the long-term ,ore than offset this effort.

Establish your business as truly green friendly and seek out LEED-certified buildings to lease, build or convert your own property as LEED certified, and/or support businesses who have earned LEED ratings.  When money flows to these companies, it will only encourage more applications for the program.

Here’s to a greener tomorrow, today.
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LEED-Certified Database Sought for USGBC’s Building Performance Partnership (BPP)

October 13th, 2010 No comments

US Green Building CouncilThe USGBC’s Building Performance Partnership (BPP) is now open to all current whole-building LEED-certified commercial and residential projects. The program was announced last summer and is meant to engage owners and managers of LEED-certified facilities to optimize building performance through data collection, analysis, and action. Performance data collected through the program will inform future versions of the LEED ratings system.

Through the program, USGBC aims to create a comprehensive green building performance database and enable standardization of reporting metrics and analytics to establish new building performance benchmarks.

“The significance of USGBC conducting this research is to inform future iterations of the LEED green building program. By providing a large and accurate data set critical to supporting the ongoing improvement of LEED and continuous optimization of LEED-certified projects, BPP will ensure LEED projects deliver on their extraordinary environmental and economic potential,” says Scot Horst, senior vice president, LEED. “BPP is the foundation of USGBC’s commitment to a meaningful demonstration of the value of building and operating green.”

Participating buildings receive annual information on performance, specifically comparing predicted or actual performance at the time of certification with the project’s current performance. Current participants will receive a basic performance report by Greenbuild 2010 in November. No building will be decertified for performance or a performance gap.
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LEED Certification for Existing Buildings: The Next Big Opportunity

December 17th, 2009 2 comments

leedThe US EPA estimates that as much as 30% of the energy consumed in office buildings is wasted. This suggests a significant opportunity for energy use reduction, cost savings, and the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions through cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities. With the tremendous amount of existing office and warehouse space currently available, is LEED Certification for existing buildings going to be the next phase in growth for the construction industry?

According to some studies, existing buildings represent only 4 percent of LEED certified square footage, but they account for 20 percent of LEED registered square feet. This trend should lead the way for a complete retrofit and revitalization of existing buildings, whether it be office, warehouse, retail or other space. Read more…

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Six Ways To Measure the Effectiveness of Your “Go Green” Program

November 16th, 2009 2 comments

Because I have been working with hundreds of companies that have implemented “go green” campaigns over the past few years, I often wonder how to quantify the effectiveness of these programs.

There are dozens of reasons that an organization will want to run a green initiative—from good corporate stewardship to trying to improve their corporate image in the community or within their industry…and everything in between. Read more…

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