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USGBC | Facility Executive - Creating Intelligent Buildings

The release of this report comes on the heels of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) review of the 2010 report and calls for additional coordination between federal agencies in funding projects with green building criteria.

BOMA, USGBC Update Green Building Report

BOMA, USGBC Update Green Building Report

The release of this report comes on the heels of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) review of the 2010 report and calls for additional coordination between federal agencies in funding projects with green building criteria.

Resolution Provides Building Owners With Whole Building Energy Data

This resolution gives building owners and tenants the capacity to make informed decisions to drive energy efficiency improvements, while the aggregate nature of the data protects the privacy of occupants.

SCI And USGBC To Develop Products For LEED Online

Facility managers will be able to use SCIwatch™ through the LEED Online platform to enable automated fault detection for ongoing building commissioning and predictive maintenance in commercial buildings.

Poll Reveals Majority of Americans Support Federal Investment in Green Schools

The survey found that one in three of those surveyed said the majority of U.S. schools are in "poor" shape. Only 6% said U.S. schools are in "excellent" shape.

September 19-23: World Green Building Week

Each year during the third week of September, Green Building Councils and their members mark this occasion with events and activities that reflect the diversity of their cultures and industries.

Updated LEED Demand Response Pilot Credit

Launched in 2010, the enhanced pilot credit establishes guidelines anticipated to increase participation in automated demand response.

President Talks About Better Buildings Initiative (UPDATED)

President Obama has unveiled his plan to make America’s commercial buildings more energy- and resource-efficient over the next decade.

HVAC Trends: Forging The Path

As energy efficiency strategies get "smarter," HVAC systems are one area of opportunity for facility managers.

Update of LEED Opens for First Public Comment 

The proposed update builds on the foundation of LEED 2009, including the alignment and weighting of credits and further advances the “bookshelf” framework where credits are applied to specific building types.

Protocols for Performance Measurement Offered by Leading Building Groups

Protocols are developed at three levels for each of six performance categories: energy, water, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, lighting, and acoustics.

IGCC Hearings Slated for August; Comments Due 5/14/10

Public comments, which can be submitted until this Friday, May 14, will serve as the agenda for the hearings.

Administration To Act On Greening Of U.S. Building Stock

Under current executive authority, the Obama Administration has the ability to use over 30 existing federal programs worth $72 billion to enhance efficiency in commercial buildings and multifamily housing, with no new legislation.

Princeton Review & USGBC: “Guide To 286 Green Colleges”

Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), "The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges" – which is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide – profiles the nation’s most environmentally responsible campuses.

New BOMI International Course Approved for LEED Hours

BOMI International’s class entitled Electrical Systems and Illumination has been approved by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The course is the seventh BOMI International class approved recently by the USGBC.

BOMA Approved as USGBC Education Provider

BEEP’s six on demand Webinars have been approved for a total of 12 GBCI CE hours and the four Webinars in the SOS series have been approved for a total of six GBCI CE hours, all counting toward the LEED Credential Maintenance Program.

Standard 189.1 Code for High Performance Green Buildings

The goal of Standard 189.1 is to provide significant energy reduction over that in ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 (with a broader scope than Standard 90.1)and suggest minimum requirements for the siting, design, and construction of high performance, green buildings.

USGBC Approves IREM Course on Sustainable Real Estate Management

The course focuses on common sense, cost effective ways to meet owner, tenant, and resident demand for “green” real estate and increase a property’s NOI through sustainable real estate management techniques.

ARRA Funds For State And Local Governments

In an effort to clarify how ARRA funding ties to state energy code adoption and enforcement, 14 organizations have developed an explanatory statement in order to clarify for state and local governments.

Post Occupancy Results of LEED Buildings in Illinois

The Regional Green Building Case Study Project: a Post-Occupancy Study of LEED Projects in Illinois report summarizes the first year of a multi-year study to analyze the post-occupancy benefits of 25 LEED certified projects in Illinois.

ASHRAE Headquarters Receives Highest LEED Certification

The Society’s office building in Atlanta, GA, which underwent a major renovation in 2008, is one of only six buildings in the state of Georgia to receive a LEED Platinum rating,

Third BOMI Course Gets Approval from USGBC

USGBC has approved BOMI’s Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part II (Design II) course which will help LEED professionals satisfy their credentialing maintenance requirements.

Frito-Lay North America Headquarters Achieves LEED Gold

PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America recently announced its Plano, TX, headquarters has been awarded LEED® Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

Sears Tower Going Greener

The project will result in energy savings and reduced CO2 emissions to the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, cutting base building electricity use by up to 80% (by way of a combination of energy savings and cogeneration).

Chipotle Mexican Grill First Restaurant Ever to Receive Platinum Level LEED® Certification

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced that it has been awarded Platinum level LEED® certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its Gurnee, IL.

Clinton Climate Initiative Focuses on City Infrastructure

The program will support the development of large-scale urban projects that demonstrate cities can grow in ways that are “climate positive.”

New Embassies in Panama and Bulgaria Practice “Green Diplomacy”

In what amounts to a “green” diplomatic effort, the U.S. Embassy in Panama is the second American Embassy built to meet the energy and environmental standards established by the USGBC.

Pizza Fusion Unveils World’s First LEED® Certified Pizzeria

Pizza Fusion was recently awarded Gold and Silver certifications by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for its first two restaurants built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications in Palm Beach Gardens and Weston, Florida. This recognition makes Pizza Fusion the first LEED certified pizzeria in the world.

Holding Educational Facility Professionals To A Higher Standard

Having an edge in the complex arena of educational facilities starts with a standards program.

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