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US Green Building Council Adopts National Resilience Standard for LEED

US Green Building Council Adopts National Resilience Standard for LEED

The US Green Building Council adopted a national construction resilience standard that will be incorporated into LEED certification, the Minnesota business newspaper Finance & Commerce reported. Called RELi and pronounced “rely,” the standard is a point-based system for buildings to gain recognition and certification for hazard preparedness, disaster recovery, crisis … Read more »

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Building Information Modeling ‘Becoming the Norm’ in Facilities Management

Facilities managers must get “on board” with building information modeling (BIM) and realize its benefits or else they risk “falling into a ‘death valley of know-how’ in terms of the loss of valuable information and realizing BIMs potential added value,” according to a facilities management event speaker. FM World reports … Read more »

Building Energy Use Not Primed to Occupancy, MIT Says

MIT researchers have found that energy use does not always correspond to occupancy. Their study, ENERNET: Studying the dynamic relationship between building occupancy and energy consumption, examining two MIT buildings, found that while electricity use corresponds to occupancy fairly well in those spaces, the activity of heating, ventilation and air … Read more »

How All Professional Roles Contribute to Sustainability

In my last article, I wrote about how environmental sustainability can relate to any educational background or functional group in a company. One of my colleagues asked how he could contribute to the sustainability movement without an environmental degree, and I’ve heard from others who share this hesitation. In this … Read more »

Sodexo Client Sustainability Tool Starting at 1,000 Sites this Year

Sodexo plans to roll out a sustainability dashboard to 1,000 client sites by October, to help clients establish baselines, prioritize initiatives, and track improvement. The $16 billion food and facilities management company officially launched its Sustainability Management and Reporting Tool (SMART) this month, after piloting the dashboard at 22 locations … Read more »

National Landmark Building, U.S. Treasury Building, Earns LEED Gold

The 19th-century U.S. Treasury Building – a National Historic Landmark neighboring the White House – was awarded LEED Gold certification. The USGBC believes that the Treasury Building is the oldest building in the world to receive LEED certification, the Department of the Treasury said. The certification adds more than eight billion … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ISO 50001, LEED, BizNGO Group, CODE REDD

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has been ISO 50001-certified at its largest manufacturing site, in Wakefield, Great Britain. It is the first company in the global food and beverage industry to achieve the new standard in energy management practices, said CSR Europe. The energy management certification audit was conducted by SGS United Kingdom Ltd. … Read more »

EPA Releases Secret ‘Watch List’ of Potential Clean Air Violators

Facilities operated by Abbott Labs, Boeing, Ford, GE, GM, Shell and Weyerhaeuser all appear on a secret EPA “watch list” published. for the first time, by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity. The EPA created the list in 2004 in response to criticism that it wasn’t being tough enough … Read more »

Symantec Nearly Doubles LEED Facilities

Symantec Nearly Doubles LEED Facilities

In FY11, Symantec nearly doubled its number of LEED-certified buildings from nine to 16, including an enterprise data center, according to the company’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility report. The security software company, perhaps best known for the Norton antivirus line, said it also now has ten Energy Star buildings, including an … Read more »

10,000 MW of Renewables Pass Military Muster

Over 10 gigawatts (10,000 MW) of renewable power have cleared a significant hurdle, with the Department of Defense’s finding that 229 such projects will have little or no impact on military missions. The department reviewed 249 projects proposed in 35 states and Puerto Rico. The projects included 30 solar facilities, … Read more »

JLL Guide Catalogs Global Environmental Building Regulations

Jones Lang LaSalle has published a guide to energy, sustainability and climate regulations affecting building owners and managers around the world. The latest edition of Global Sustainability Perspective details legislation and incentives related to renewable energy, environmental reporting, carbon emissions reductions and other issues. The report was developed by experts … Read more »