Six years ago, Kaiser Permanente signaled that the Oakland, California-based health care system would seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for new construction of hospitals, large medical offices, and other major projects. Fast forward to today and they have five Platinum-certified buildings, 16 Gold-certified buildings, 13 ... Read more »
Amazon’s development plans for a second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, call for an urban campus that starts with turning a block of warehouses into two new LEED Gold-certified buildings. The tech giant anticipates investing $2.5 billion in constructing the campus over the next 10 years.
The Colorado Health Foundation’s new headquarters in Denver is the first in the US to receive both the LEED v4 Gold Certification and WELL Gold Certification for design and construction, according to Saunders Construction. The three-story building features a “health-positive” design and development standards that aim to improve the health ... Read more »
David Pogue, global director of corporate responsibility for CBRE, discusses how the global real estate services company is integrating corporate responsibility into its business practices.
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 »
The Atlanta Falcons football team is playing in a stadium that uses 47% less water than the baseline standard, is lit by LED lights that use 60% less energy than standard lights, and generates its own renewable energy through 4,000 solar PV panels - all of which have helped the Falcons
When most businesses start to think green, they initially begin recycling programs. But it really does involve the whole lifecycle or decision-making process. And that includes everything from production to packaging to transportation.
Between 2012 and 2013, green building investment jumped by $1 billion in the retail sector, and the percentage of retail owners involved in green building more than doubled, from 18 percent in 2011 to 38 percent in 2013, according to the Leed in Motion: Retail report by the US Green ... Read more »
Canadian companies expect their green practices will grow from one third to one half by 2017, according to a report prepared by McGraw Hill Construction. The report, titled Canada Green Building Trends: Benefits Driving the New and Retrofit Market, was commissioned by the Canada Green Building Council and shows that ... Read more »
Those pursuing LEED certification may now be able to earn credit for specifying level certified furniture products under the USGBC’s new Pilot Credit 80: Environmentally Preferable Interior Finishes and Furnishings. Level is the sustainability certification program for furniture. It is a multi-attribute evaluation of the environmental and social impacts of ... Read more »
CBT Architects used software from sustainable building design consultant Integrated Environmental Solutions to help save Fitchburg State University a projected $1.5 million in construction costs and more than $34,000 in annual operating costs, during a renovation and extension to its science building in Fitchburg, Mass. Massachusetts requires that all state ... Read more »
Customers respond to sustainability practices, and businesses have reacted to that with enthusiasm over the years, if not always with sincerity. There was a time when slapping green paint on the side of a traditional practice was enough to win the admiration of the market. No longer. Today, educated customers ... Read more »