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Environmental Executive Moves: Xylem, Wheelabrator, Fenton, Cambrian

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Xylem: The water technology company appointed Shashank Patel as its interim senior vice president and chief financial officer. Michael Speetzen, senior vice president and chief financial officer, accepted a position with another company. Patel is a 19-year veteran of … Read more »

US Green Building Council Responds to LEED Critics

Energy use intensity is a poor overall measure of a building’s efficiency, the US Green Building Council’s Scot Horst says, in response to a report highly critical of the LEED green building standard. “What it tells you is how much energy is being used,” Horst, who is senior vice president of LEED, told … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Thermal Comfort, Hyundai, Nanoparticles

ASHRAE has published ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2013, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, which combines the 2010 standard and 18 published addenda into a consolidated standard. The core of the standard in Sections 4 and 5 specifies methods to determine comfortable conditions (temperature, humidity, air speed and radiant effects). The standard now … 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 »

DOE Guide to Help Hospitals Achieve 50% Energy Savings

LED surgery lights, HVAC systems and improved facility design, among other technologies, can cut large hospitals’ energy costs in half, according to a Department of Energy Guide. The Advanced Energy Design Guide for Large Hospitals, the fourth and final publication in the AEDG series, is designed to help 100,0000-square feet … Read more »

Minnesota’s LEED Buildings Join the Energy Benchmarking Trend

A initiative launched by the Minnesota Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council will collect, report and assess the energy performance of more than 150 commercial buildings throughout the state. The Performance Metrics Strategy Initiative was created to provide a benchmark for LEED-certified buildings in Minnesota. The program, which will … Read more »

USGBC To Revamp the LEED Program

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is revamping the LEED rating system this year. LEED 2012 will focus on improving the rating system’s clarity (providing more precise technical criteria) and making the system more user-friendly. Some may consider these competing notions, so i’’s quite a lofty goal to meet. There … Read more »

USGBC Launches App Lab

The U.S. Green Building Council has launched its online App Lab as part of its LEED Automation Program. The App Lab is a searchable catalog of third-party-developed computer applications that are integrated with LEED data. It has launched with eight applications and is designed for use with Internet browsers, tablets, … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Green Coins, Organics Vote, LEED

The U.S. Mint announced that its West Point, N.Y., facility has been accepted in the Energy Department’s Superior Energy Performance program, just one of the steps the bureau said it is taking to “‘green’ the production of America’s coins, Reuters reported. The Superior Energy Performance project is a certification program … Read more »

Green Building Briefing: Green Hospitals, North America’s ‘Most Sustainable Building’ and Bird Collisions

In many hospitals heating accounts for more energy use than any other system, while imaging equipment and hot water use much less energy than was previously thought, according to an energy study at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, located in Vancouver, Wash. The study’s authors – University of Washington’s Integrated … Read more »

Forest Service Backs Wood as Green Building Material

Wood should be considered a primary material in environmentally friendly building, according to a study by the U.S. Forest Service. Science Supporting the Economic and Environmental Benefits of Using Wood and Wood Products in Green Building Construction argues that using wood as a building product yields fewer greenhouse gases than … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: GHS Tools, 10,000th LEED, RoHS 2

3E Company has release a suite of new software and online data management tools to help companies comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) alignment of its HazComm Standard with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of classification and labeling of chemicals, the company said.  The new OSHA standards … Read more »