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  1. LEED v4 Brings Big Changes to Building Certification

    November 7, 2013 | 0 comments

    USGBC’s LEED v4 is set to unveil in just a few weeks … at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia. It’s bringing the biggest changes to LEED’s core requirements since the certification’s inception in 2000.

    For thorough information on LEED v4, check out these guidelines from the USGBC. Here are just a few of the LEED v4 changes, and how they might affect your facilities: (more…)

  2. Higher Lease Rates for Green Buildings?

    June 7, 2013 | 0 comments

    Several U.S. property management firms are experiencing higher lease rates for buildings within their portfolio that are LEED certified or have the ENERGY STAR label.

    Why? Most experts would agree that, by providing a healthier, more productive working or living environment that may also cost less to operate and maintain, you attract tenants faster and (more…)

  3. First Hospital Receives LEED-HC Rating from USGBC

    May 16, 2013 | 0 comments

    Courtesy of Group Health

    To address the unique design requirements of green healthcare facilities, the U.S. Green Building Council established its LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) rating system in 2011.


  4. The Lowdown on LEED 2012

    March 8, 2012 | 0 comments

    With the changes LEED 2012 brings to the table for its projected November launch, the rating system wants to show how certified buildings actually save energy and water.

    Much has changed in the industry since LEED was first created in 2000. Some professionals now believe that points can be achieved too easily (and aren’t always representative of actual performance). For example, by installing a bike rack, a building with inefficient lighting and an outdated boiler can still earn points. And a lack of post-LEED-certification reporting requirements means there aren’t penalties for neglecting to use newly installed systems to achieve efficiency. (more…)