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Levi's LEED Platinum

Levi’s Facility Is World’s Largest LEED Platinum Warehouse

A Levi Strauss & Co.’s distribution center has achieved the highest level of LEED green building certification, making it the world’s largest warehouse/distribution center to achieve LEED Platinum, the company says in a blog post. Levi’s says green building features used at the Sky Harbor distribution center in Henderson, Nevada, … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ASTM Venue, ISO 50001, Wastewater Pipes

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre says it is the first conference venue in Canada to be certified to the ASTM Venue Standard, awarded to venues that achieve highly sustainable meetings, trade shows and conferences. iCompli, a division of BPA Worldwide, certified the MTCC to Level One certification, International Meetings Review reports. … Read more »

Bakery Square

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Google, GM LEED; e-Stewards, Green Seal

Historic Bakery Square (pictured), a former Pittsburgh Nabisco factory whose largest tenant is Google, has earned Platinum certification under the LEED for Core and Shell Rating System. PPG Industries said the certification was due in part to the building’s use of Solarban 60 solar control, low-emissivity glass, which PPG manufactures. … Read more »

DPR Construction

DPR Makes Its Arizona Office Net-Zero

DPR Construction has retrofitted its own Phoenix Regional Office to achieve net-zero energy consumption. DPR was both the owner and contractor for the renovation project, turning a circa-1972 abandoned retail boutique into an office that produces as much or more energy than it consumes. The building has been certified as … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, ISO 50001, LEED

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board has earned ANSI accreditation ahead of its inaugural meeting. The independent council is comprised of experts in standards development, securities law, environmental law, metrics and accounting. The board will oversee the development of industry-specific standards for relevant sustainability issues at the industry level to measure … Read more »

Lighting Science Group and National Park Service Open ‘First of Its Kind’ Net-Zero Visitor Center

LED company Lighting Science Group and the National Park Service have opened a net-zero visitor center (pictured) in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the first of its kind in the nearly 400 parks that make up the national parks system. Named for the congressman who introduced legislation to create … Read more »

PNC to Open Net-Zero Energy Bank in 2013

PNC Bank will open a net-zero energy branch in the first quarter of 2013, the company said. PNC expects the new Fort Lauderdale, Fla. branch to exceed LEED-Platinum certification and be the company’s most energy efficient, using 50 percent less energy than a typical branch. The 4,900-square-foot building will feature … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: EPA WaterSense, WWF Check Your Paper, LEED v4, R2

Rain Bird’s SST Weather-Based Smart Irrigation Controller has earned the EPA’s WaterSense label for verified water savings for lawn and garden use. The controller has a weather sensor with a built-in database of weather information for specific geographic areas, and is designed for use with an automatic irrigation system, the company … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: LEED Comments, ISO 50001, IEC 61646, ISO 14001

The 4th public comment period for LEED 2012, the updated version of USBGC’s green building program expected to launch this fall, will run from May 1 until May 15. The draft of LEED 2012 will include final technical revisions based on feedback, and updates to credit requirements, USBGC said. The new … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: LEED Certification, Energy Star Builder, Cedar Grove Composting, IESO/RIA 6001-2011

The Primera Terra luxury condominium community, designed by KTGY Group and built by KB Home, has earned the  National Association of Home Builders BALA platinum designation for neighborhood design. The community in Playa Vista, Calif., also achieved LEED Platinum certification. The community is 40 percent more energy efficient than the … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Energy Star, LEED, FSC Chain of Custody, ESG Sovereign Ratings

Mitsubishi’s 75-inch LaserVue television was named Energy Star Most Efficient for 2012, placing it among the top energy-efficient televisions 55-inches or larger sold in the U.S. Mitsubishi says it is the largest TV to be recognized in the Most Efficient Energy Star rankings; as well LaserVue is the world’s first … Read more »