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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 »

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 »

Retrofitting Old Buildings Reduces Costs (Like 80% in a Month), Attracts Tenants, Achieves Longer Leases

Retrofitting Old Buildings Reduces Costs (Like 80% in a Month), Attracts Tenants, Achieves Longer Leases

Constructing buildings with more efficient systems in place can lead to higher rents and longer leases, but it can also lead to significant savings. A California condominium association, for example, has seen an 80% reduction in energy costs just one month after installing LED lighting. A recent report, The Future of Corporate Real Estate, outlined … Read more »

Water, Waste & Energy Reduction Projects Lead to Better Operations, LEED Certification

Water, Waste & Energy Reduction Projects Lead to Better Operations, LEED Certification

Client demand and market demand are the top two reasons to pursue LEED certification. A recent peer-reviewed study showed that buildings with lower operating costs and better indoor environmental quality are more attractive to a growing group of corporate, public and individual buyers, according to the USGBC. And high-performing building … Read more »