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LEED Certification's Impact On America By The Numbers

January 13, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci

LEED Certification Impacts

Green buildings create myriad benefits like reduced emissions and energy demand or happier and healthier employees, but those benefits can be hard to quantify, potentially creating skepticism about their bottom-line return on investment.[read more]

5 of the Most Important Changes to the LEED Green Building Rating System

December 6, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification has come a long way in more than a decade. Once criticized for lacking in mandatory energy efficiency prerequisites, the latest iteration, version 4, takes energy management one step further.[read more]

Ex Post Evaluation of the Empire State Building Retrofit

September 8, 2013 by Lucas Davis

Green Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is the tallest and most well-known building in the United States to have received LEED certification. The certification was part of a massive retrofit of the New York City building undertaken between 2009 and 2011.[read more]

Hungry for Data: LEED Targets Data Centers

Quick: How did you get to our blog? Did you click on a link via Twitter, or see the article pop up in your RSS reader? However you arrived here, you probably used around 180 KB of data to load this webpage. Recently, there’s been a surge of LEED-certified data centers.[read more]

Energy Guides for Buildings? It’s Coming!

August 19, 2011 by Carrie Nash

First adopted over a decade ago in Australia and Denmark, mandatory building energy rating policies are now in place in over 30 countries worldwide. Fundamentally, rating and disclosure is pretty straightforward – we see the concept applied every day in nutritional labels on food, fuel economy stickers on cars and energy labels on...[read more]

Military Housing: It’s Red, White and Green

August 6, 2011 by Marc Gunther

Unless you serve in the military, you have probably never heard of Lend Lease. A global, publicly-traded property development and management firm headquartered in Australia, Lend Lease is best known in the U.S. as a provider of military housing, on big Army and Navy bases including Fort Drum in upstate New York, Fort Hood in Texas and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.[read more]

Shine On: Is NYC Emerging As A Solar Hub?

April 13, 2011 by Stephen Del Percio

Where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday that Stephen was writing about Solar One’s ambitious Solar Two Arts and Green Energy Education Center. But it wasn’t — it was May of 2007, actually, which meant that Lehman Brothers was still in business, the Mets were still in contention for a playoff spot, and Lady Gaga was not even...[read more]

LEED-Certified Adaptive Reuse in Buffalo Earns State Historic Preservation Award

December 31, 2010 by Stephen Del Percio

Yesterday, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation announced its 2010 New York State Historic Preservation Awards, which have been handed out annually since 1980 to acknowledge excellence in the protection of historic sites across the Empire State. Two of this year’s winners are located here in New York...[read more]

Huge Net Zero HGA House in Southampton Earns LEED Platinum

December 27, 2010 by Stephen Del Percio

We wrote over a year ago about the HGA House under its former moniker – the Dubin House (named for the owner-couple that rebuilt the house after its previous iteration was destroyed by fire in 2008). Earlier this month, USGBC announced that the house has been certified LEED Platinum by copping 104 total points under the LEED for Homes...[read more]

Violet and Green: NYU’s LEED Platinum-Hopeful Wilf Hall Opens To Positive Reviews — And Protests

December 14, 2010 by Stephen Del Percio

As I’ve written in the past, there are times when it’s instructive — or at least interesting — to ask the green building aficionado’s version of WWJD — call it WWJJT, What Would Jane Jacobs Think? The legendary urbanist and rabble rouser did battle with a wholly different set of powers-that-be than the ones that currently, um, be in New...[read more]

Over One Billion Served: USGBC, LEED Hits Square-Foot Landmark, Keep Rolling

December 10, 2010 by Stephen Del Percio

Get far enough behind, and everything converges and a sort of amorphous, daunting impossibility. In a sense, there’s something good about the way in which this has come down on me, recently, here at GBNYC. It’s been awfully quiet around here of late, as you’ve probably noticed, for all the familiar, prosaic, suffocating and plain-crappy...[read more]

Federal Government to Boost U.S. Solar Market through LEED Certification

October 18, 2010 by Reginald Norris

By: Matthew Norris, Contributing Writer to Clean Energy ExpertsBack in October of 2009, President Obama signed an executive order that called for a 30% cut in vehicle fuel use by 2020, a 50% increase in recycling by 2015, and to establish 2020 greenhouse gas reduction targets within 90 days. Under this executive order, all federal...[read more]

Sweet Green: Mars Chocolate Cops Jersey’s First LEED-CI Gold Rating

October 4, 2010 by Stephen Del Percio

We don’t write much about LEED for Commercial Interiors projects in the Garden State, so we were glad to note an important milestone out in deeply suburban Warren County. Mars Chocolate last week announced that its North American headquarters building in Hackettstown has achieved New Jersey’s first LEED Gold certification for a private...[read more]

CEO Dan Hesse: Sprinting towards sustainability

September 19, 2010 by Marc Gunther

“People just want a cell phone,” Dan Hesse, the CEO of Sprint, told me. “They don’t care how green it is.” “But we think they will over time.” Is that sufficient reason to try to sell “green” phones, aggressively promote recycling and buy renewable energy? “People want to do business with good companies,” Hesse says. “I want us to be...[read more]

Your Parents Now Know More About Green Building: NPR Back For More On LEED

September 10, 2010 by Stephen Del Percio

Earlier this week, we all felt the warmth when green building’s two-part special on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered kicked off. Obviously, green building is neither obscure nor fringe-y at this point — billion-dollar industries tend not to be — but breaking through onto NPR was a big deal. It helped, of course, that part...[read more]