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Microsoft Breaks Ground on Water-Saving Silicon Valley Campus

Microsoft Breaks Ground on Water-Saving Silicon Valley Campus

Microsoft recently broke ground on a new 643,000-square-foot Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View that the company says is designed to achieve net-zero non-potable water certification under the Living Building Challenge. Once complete, 100% of the buildings’ non?drinking water will come from rainfall or onsite recycled water, the company says. … Read more »

Atlanta Falcons Claim ‘Most Sustainable Sports Venue in the World’

Atlanta Falcons Claim ‘Most Sustainable Sports Venue in the World’

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

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 »