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Hi Green Gurus!

I am trying to find a source for this chart/graph illustrating the relative cost of design and construction versus the long term operational and occupant costs. Any thoughts are appreciated.



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Our all-volunteer Advisory Board helps BuildingGreen identify the most critical topics for our coverage, and directs our research as we investigate these topics and bring them to our readers. Their distinguished and varied service in the field of environmentally responsible building is an inspiration.

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Here's a reminder that our call for this month will be taking place next Tuesday, January 14th at 2:00pm ET.

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Hi friends,

As you might have seen from my op ed last week on, I’m convinced that just voting is not enough; we all need to do all we can to improve our chances of success in this election. My wife Janice and I have been writing get-out-the-vote letters using Vote Forward as our platform. I thought it might be fun, and... Read more

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Happy 2021 Green Gurus,

BuildingGreen has some New Years news to share with you all!

Announcing an addition to the Peer Networks family, we are excited to be launching the Sustainable Community Design Leaders (SCDL) Peer Network!

The SCLD peers are planners, architects, landscape architects, and other professionals at... Read more


Welcome to the quiz portion of Circular Economy at Scale: Six International Case Studies.

Learning Objectives
Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:


1. Define circular economy and explain its importance within the built environment.
2. Describe how to leverage long-term value over first... Read more

Campus-wide Group

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BITuser Meeting:  5/23/18

Participants:  Shane, Andrea, Angela


Southface to provide "style tiles" before 6/15 
Greg to send to Andrea, couple dozen images for Best Practice pages
Southface will send, in week to 10 days, "full content" for BP03 - Energy Audit 
(BP03 "full content" will address... Read more


The current Stantec/BuildingGreen featured topic is Resilient Design. Read on to learn the essentials, and then dive deep to earn CEUS.

Also see the Material Health featured topic, and also a survey of topics trending in Stantec’s regions.... Read more


Ben Hewitt works behind the scenes to build and maintain and LEEDuser. He brings with him over two decades of experience in his field. As an efficient problem-solver, his goal is to make the websites more user-friendly for his coworkers and designers and project teams using BuildingGreen’s resources.

Ben has proficiency... Read more

Credit - Rating System Correction

In the next to last row of the table, add "%" between "30" and "or less"

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The Project StaSIO competition is in full swing, and its time to rate the submissions that made it to the public voting round!  Fancy yourself a connoisseur of simulation graphics and have a spare 5-10 minutes this Friday?  Take a browse through the gallery and rate the 10 graphics and 4 case studies that made it to the final round! Winners... Read more

Product Guide

Wood decking often comes from unsustainable sources and requires hazardous preservatives to protect it from rot and decay.

BuildingGreen-Approved Decking

BuildingGreen approves wood decking that is made of FSC-certified wood or reclaimed wood. BuidlingGreen also approves preserved-wood decking that provides enhanced durability without... Read more

Credit - Rating System Correction

Add showers and kitchen sinks to the list of fixtures:
"Calculations are based on estimated occupant usage and must include only the following fixtures and fixture fittings (as applicable to the project scope): water closets, urinals, lavatory faucets, showers, kitchen sink faucets and pre-rinse spray valves. Fixtures used for clinical use... Read more

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Hi amazing people!

Most of our projects are now going with some form of gender neutral/all-gender/inclusive toilet rooms or those that can easily be converted to such. With no urinals, we lose 3 LEED points because urinals are very water-efficient. With urinals, it's not as pure a solution. Do you all just take a hit on the LEED points,... Read more

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Hi everyone,

I'm interested in identifying any in-person opportunities (local to Greater Boston) to engage my office during Earth Week. We are all excited to be able to do things in person now, so if anyone has anything on their radar please let me know (a panel, educational activity, or volunteer opportunity!)

Thanks,... Read more

Reports, Courses, Study Guides, Live Webinars

The BuildingGreen & GreenStep exam prep materials have been updated to the latest version based on the actual v2 exam. The new study guide and practice exams are now available for your purchase and use in preparing yourself to take the exam.  

If you are interested in sharing this WELL AP Exam Study Guide within your organization and... Read more

Credit - Rating System Correction

In item 2, revise the paragraph that begins "Calculate the projected water..." to read as:

"Calculate the projected water demand for the sector based on (i) industry “standard practice” (ii) existing codes, standards or regulatory requirements (iii) published data or (iv) projects of similar scope and size operating within the same... Read more