Falling somewhat outside ofthe scope of the electrical industry, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED] green building standard has been embroiled in a long-running controversy with the nation’s chemical manufacturers.
LEED v4, the latest version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, reflects an ultimate goal by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC): make a LEED-certified building forever green. A theme of “trust but verify” emerges as you look at the changes in LEED v4.
At the Greenbuild conference in November 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the fourth generation of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.
In 2009, the General Services Administration (GSA), which delivers federal workplaces, turned its attention to transforming the Edith Green/Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (EGWW)—originally constructed in 1975—in Portland, Ore., into a landmark high-performance green building.
The Research Support Facility (RSF) located on the campus of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Boulder, Colo., has been certified LEED Platinum for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
“The first and most important part of a LEED project, or any project, is having a strong team working to achieve the goal. We were lucky to work on a project where the owner, Shearer’s Foods, was dedicated to achieve a Gold-level LEED certification,” said Richard W.
The whole world is going green. Businesses and consumers are implementing green strategies, and the color green is taking over marketing campaigns. Even petroleum companies are coming out with green media campaigns.
I attended a lecture recently where the guest speaker gave a detailed overview on building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects, and I learned a surprising thing: It’s not only about the green materials used for the construction, but also how things are built.
In the drive for energy-efficient buildings, perfection is net-zero energy. Such tightly constructed buildings also produce their own energy, ultimately offsetting the energy they expend. Some produce more than they use and can sell the excess back to the utility.
As noted in a special focus article in last month's issue of Construction Today, there are three major areas where electrical contractors have the experience and skills to help owners, building managers and occupants achieve their green goals for a construction project: Leadership in Energy and Envi
In February's column, I said you can expect the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) to step up, providing education, training and credentialing programs for green contractors and their employees now that our association has become an official member of the U.S.
Although some might still refute the evidence, more scientists and climate experts are claiming that the global environment is on a collision course with potential disaster. But where to begin to mitigate environmental degradation?
The US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) membership has passed a vote for all Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified projects to achieve at least two “Optimize Energy Performance” points within LEED, which will improve the energy performance of all LEED-certified green buildin