From the Editors

If It's Not LEED, Can It Still Be Green?
U.S. Green Building Council CEO Rick Fedrizzi vexed some green building veterans when he proclaimed during Greenbuild, “If it’s not LEED, It’s not green.” In this editorial, EBN’s Nadav Malin comes to the rescue of green building.


PCA on Porous Paving
David Shepherd of the Portland Cement Association applauds September’s feature article and touts a new guide to porous concrete.


The Proliferation of LEED

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Business is booming for the USGBC as it welcomes a Canadian version of LEED, introduces LEED for Existing Buildings and for Commercial Interiors, and hails legions of new LEED accredited professionals. Plus, Malin gives a first-hand account of taking the new LEED-AP exam.

Greenbuild Highlights
Nearly 8,000 green building enthusiasts gathered in Portland, Oregon in early November for the USGBC’s third annual conference and expo.

LEED for Existing Buildings Goes Live
The USGBC formally launched LEED for Existing Buildings during Greenbuild. This article explains the most important differences among LEED-NC, the version of LEED-EB that was piloted, and the just-launched LEED-EB.

LEED for Commercial Interiors Launches
LEED for Commercial Interiors was approved by members and launched during Greenbuild. This article compares the new system to LEED-NC and to the LEED-CI pilot.

LEED Canada Opens for Business
The Canada Green Building Council’s launch of LEED Canada is imminent. It is similar in most respects to the U.S. version of LEED-NC, but includes some features, including a building durability credit, that may affect future versions of LEED in the U.S.

LEED-NC Changes Proposed
USGBC has released for public comment a draft of LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations, version 2.2. This article explores the proposed changes.

HCFC Report from TSAC Approved
A new report developed by the LEED HCFC Task Group, and ratified by USGBC just prior to Greenbuild, recommends broadening EAc4 to include the global-warming potential as well as the ozone-depletion potential of refrigerants.

Mexico Green Building Council Launched
The Consejo Mexicano de Construccion Sustentable was launched during Greenbuild; it will be open to membership in April 2005.

China Announces Green Building Plan
With more than 20 billion ft2 of new construction each year, China’s construction practices have a huge impact on the environment. A new green building strategy aims to lessen that impact.



Awards & Competitions

USGBC Recognizes Christine Ervin
Ervin was recognized during Greenbuild for her five years of USGBC leadership.

USGBC Announces 2004 Leadership Awards
This year’s Leadership Awards were given to Herman Miller, Inc., Mithun Architects + Designers + Planners, Edward A. Feiner of GSA, and Bill Browning.

Emerging Green Builders Announce Design Competition Winners
Design Competition winners were announced during Greenbuild, and the 2005 competition was begun.

USGBC Announces Poster Session Awards
Poster session awards were given in the categories of Awards of Merit, Best of Show, and People’s Choice.

BuildingGreen Announces 2004 Top-10 Products
We at BuildingGreen awarded our Top-10 Green Products at a press conference during Greenbuild.

Healthy Building Network Honors Habitat for Humanity
The Healthy Building Network gave its 2004 Healthy Building Leadership Award to Habitat for Humanity in recognition of its work to reduce the use of PVC in its homes.

Product Review

Humabuilt Wheatboard-Core Doors
The core of each Humabuilt door is made of a stable, formaldehyde-free wheatstraw product bound with waterproof, formaldehyde-free MDI binder.

Advanced ERV from Stirling Technology
This energy-recovery ventilator, designed to exchange air while transferring both heat and humidity, uses a brushless DC, variable-speed ECPM motor to deliver the industry’s most efficient operation.

Speedi-Boot for Sealing and Protecting Duct Boots
This boot hanger for air-supply ducts installs quickly between joists, trusses, or studs and simplifies achieving LEED IEQ credit 3.1.

Kirei Panel from Waste Sorghum Fiber

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This high-design, lightweight, formaldehyde-free panel is made of waste fiber left over after processing sorghum.

From the Library

GSA LEED Cost Study
The U.S. General Services Administration, which builds and manages real estate for much of the federal government, requires all new construction and major renovation to be LEED certified. This report explores cost scenarios for two projects at various levels of certification.