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Is Ford’s New $1.2bn Headquarters the Future of Sustainable Facilities?

Ford yesterday announced plans to transform its 60-plus-year-old Dearborn campus into a high-tech, high-efficiency headquarters. The project will take 10 years to complete and cost upwards of $1.2 billion, according to some estimates, although Ford isn’t commenting on the price tag. It includes buildings that will reduce water and energy … Read more »

LEED Recognizes Living Building Challenge Energy, Water Requirements

The US Green Building Council says it will now recognize energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge green building system within the LEED green building program. This means that projects achieving the energy and water requirements in Living Building Challenge will be considered as technically equivalent to LEED. … Read more »

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What Building Owners Need to Know about Green Building Rating Systems

When it comes to green building rating systems, facility owners have several choices. Because of this, it’s important for them to have some familiarity with the most widely recognized green building programs in the US — LEED, Green Globes, Energy Star and the Living Building Challenge — says Lawrence Clark, … Read more »

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Green Building Wars Rage

The Green Globes rating system is “greenwash,” according to an open letter to the Green Building Initiative’s (GBI) board of directors. The letter, spearheaded by Greenwash Action, a joint initiative of Sierra Club and Greenpeace, and signed by several environmental and green building groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council and … Read more »

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Living Building Challenge Standard Updated

The International Living Future Institute has released the next iteration of its Living Building Challenge performance standard. Key changes in version 3.0 of the green building program include: The Site Petal was renamed the Place Petal, reflecting a belief in viewing each project location as a place with unique and … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: GM, Net Zero Energy, Arctic Climate

General Motors’ Rosario Automotive Complex is the first GM plant in the Americas, and the fifth globally, to obtain 50001 certification from the ISO.  To obtain the certification, GM Argentina trained 20 internal auditors for 20 hours, then trained 70 percent of the complex’s employees, contractors and suppliers on energy efficiency … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Nestle Cocoa, Concrete EPD, LG, Declare

Nestlé USA announced that it will source 100 percent UTZ Certified cocoa beans for its line of everyday Crunch bars. The UTZ label is designed to ensure sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers. Central Concrete, a U.S. Concrete Inc. company delivering in the San Francisco Bay Area,  says it … Read more »

GreenWizard, International Living Future Institute Label Sustainable Building Products

Green building software provider GreenWizard has partnered with environmental NGO the International Living Future Institute to promote a more sustainable and transparent built environment. Under the partnership, the Institute’s Declare program is integrated into GreenWizard’s Product Management Workflow, a web-based product data and documentation tool that helps builders define sustainability … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Carbon Capture, UL Zero Waste, GSA Review

DNV KEMA has launched a risk management guide for the carbon capture and storage industry, CO2Riskman, which aims to increase public confidence in the technology through knowledge-based, consistent hazard management. The new guidance, developed over 15 months through a joint industry project with support from 16 industry and regulator organizations, … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Declare Product Label, ISO 50001, ACEEE Scorecard, Rewarding Recycling

The International Living Future Institute has launched the Declare label for building products. Declare aligns with the Living Building Challenge by providing product transparency in support of the program’s Red List and Appropriate Sourcing Imperatives, streamlining material documentation and project certification. Accepted products from green building manufacturers can be viewed online … Read more »