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Credit - Rating System Correction

Revise the credit name to be " Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Performance

Credit - Rating System Correction

Last bullet under "The improvement plan must address the following topics." should read:
"•Soils. Documentation of general soil structure, preservation of healthy soils, remediation of compacted soils, identification of previously disturbed area."

Credit - Rating System Correction

Replace all instances of "errata" with "addenda"

Credit - Rating System Correction

the Example Notice to Wood Products Suppliers should read: "Notice toVendors: [The company] prefers to purchase wood products that are certified according to theguidelines of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). [The company] also prefers not to use anytropical wood or wood products. If any tropical wood or wood products are supplied, they... Read more

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Huge congratulations to everyone involved with a Top Ten winner this year! 

In a rare feat--Leddy Maytum Stacy got two!

Also P+W, Lake|Flato with Cooper Cary, WRNS, SOM, Olsen Kundig, KieranTimberlake, DLR--nice work! (And who is Studio27?)

Here's James Wilson's take on what's special about each winning project.

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I received the following email from Naajia at Southface.  I'll be out of town until November 8, but I'll see if there's time for me to address at least the second part before I leave:

A question regarding the BIT-User Forum was brought to my attention by a participant. Apparently when you are posting a question and you pick your location... Read more

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I was sitting in on the USGBC's monthly Advocacy call this afternoon and heard about a state-local policy proposal to use property tax incentive for GHG reductions.  Through a state-local partnership, owners of existing residential and commercial buildings who invest in qualifying outcome-based improvements would receive a property tax... Read more

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Hi Small Firm Sustainable Design Leaders!

Our call today at 1pm Eastern will focus on the ways in which your firm is impacted differently than larger firms on the variety of topics and issues that are reflected in the 2020 SD Leaders Winter Summit REPORT. Take a look at this report and especially at slides 14-33. Bring your observations... Read more

Credit - Rating System Correction

Under Requirements, Option 3. Pressure Balancing, replace “difference of more than 3 Pa” with “difference of less than 3 Pa”

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Hi all,

We have been noodling on how to preference socially just building products and are feeling a little overwhelmed by the number of questions that we would need to ask our suppliers. Essentially we find ourselves wishing that there was a fair trade label for building products very similar to the one for global agriculture. Or, maybe... Read more

Credit - Rating System Correction

Below section add the following text as a new section:Projects with limited landscape opportunities may also donateoffsite land in perpetuity, equal to 60% of the previously developedarea (including the building footprint), to a land trust within the same EPA Level III Ecoregion identified for the project site. The land trust must adhere to the... Read more

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Hello SMEPers,

I’m hoping to crowd source some anecdotes for a guest lecture I’ll be giving at Yale’s architecture school. The topic is integrated design (especially between architects and engineers) and how it enables better sustainability outcomes.

John Boecker has this great story about how choosing a paint color with higher... Read more

Product Guide

Plug loads—the energy consumed by plugged-in devices—can use a substantial amount of the total energy in both residential and commercial buildings.

BuildingGreen-Approved Controls

BuildingGreen approves products that monitor and reduce electricity use for plugged-in electrical devices.

Plug Loads and Energy Conservation

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Credit - Rating System Correction

Following the text of "Option 3," insert the following text:OROPTION 4For projects that have no minimum local zoning requirements, provide25% fewer parking spaces than the applicable standard listed in the2003 Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) "Parking Generation"study at http://www.ite.org.

Quiz

Welcome to the quiz portion of LEED vs. Green Globes: What's the Difference? (recorded webcast)

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


 

1. Explain how LEED and Green Globes in turn approach key credit requirements.
2. Describe differences between LEED and Green Globes... Read more

Reports, Courses, Study Guides, Live Webinars

If you are interested in sharing this WELL AP Exam Study Guide within your organization and adding a copy to your library, please purchase the site-license guide. 

Are your clients asking you about wellness? You’re not alone. Healthy interiors and wellbeing are the trending buzzwords of sustainable design. Lighting design for... Read more

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To piggyback off Nathan's introduction where he mentions construction waste management, who is doing anything innovative or different in managing construction waste?  Construction waste has not historically been a passion of mine, but now working in sustainability and construction, I feel like it has to be by default.  

We have a... Read more

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Hey all,

At the retreat, many of you spoke to me about wanting to learn more about our Foundations Resilience event in Houston in November. As it happens, our website just went live and I thought that I would share it with the whole group. Registration (for those interested) will be up and running very soon, but this should give you a... Read more