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LEED Retail Participants on the Rise

LEED Retail Participants on the Rise

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 Green Building to Increase by Half

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 »

Sustainable Furniture Products Earn LEED Points in USGBC’s Pilot Credit 80

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 »

IES Building Analysis Tool to Save Fitchburg State $1.5m

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 »

How Environmental Awareness Builds Business

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 »

Reaching the Crossroads of Corporate Sustainability and Strong Business Practices

The intersection of corporate sustainability and smart business practices is a crossroads that companies can no longer afford to avoid on the path to increased productivity and reduced costs. An effective sustainability plan provides the roadmap to reaching goals which benefit both the environment and the bottom line. As a … Read more »

LEED as the Seed: Sustainability Beyond Certification

Congratulations. You’ve been LEED certified.  Now what? That is the question facing the owners and operators of over one billion square feet of commercial space that have obtained LEED status under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Green Building Rating System. What they (and you) decide will make a big … Read more »

LEED Roundup: eBay, Diversey, PECO, Crescent, University of Redlands

Here’s the latest roundup of some of the most recent businesses and office buildings that have earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. These include eBay’s data center, Diversey’s distribution center, Crescent’s office tower and the Center for the Arts at the University … Read more »

LEED Roundup: Willow Creek, Franklin Center, 3rd Federal Bank

Here’s the latest roundup of some of the most recent businesses and office buildings that have earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. These include the Willow Creek office building, Franklin Center office complex and 3rd Federal Bank. The USGBC reported this week … Read more »

Retailer Distribution Centers Lead the Way for LEED Certification

Companies that target customers interested in the outdoors are leading the way in ‘green’ operations, reports Multichannel Merchant. As an example, Patagonia constructed its Reno, Nevada, service center as a green building in 1996, but targeted the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification for its facility expansion in 2006. … Read more »

LEED Roundup: Schneider, SKF, Legg Mason, MasterCard, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Here’s the latest roundup of some of the most recent businesses and office buildings that have earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. These include Schneider, SKF, Legg Mason, MasterCard, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Here are highlights for each LEED … Read more »