CHPS Criteria II 7.1: Demonstration Areas

Similar to LEED and GreenPoint Rated, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) rating program helps address the growing demand for energy efficiency through innovative design, construction, and operation of schools. An excellent way to showcase this...

LEED v4.1

LEED v4.1

Image Source: Wikipedia. Fair use. Recently, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the release of LEED v4.1, an expansion and reorganization of LEED v4. With LEED v4.1, developers now have further opportunities to optimize the sustainable designs of their...

What is a BUG Rating?

What is a BUG Rating?

When it comes to exterior lighting in new nonresidential projects, there’s more to consider than just energy usage. CALGreen Section 5.106.8 outlines the requirements for all new exterior lighting associated with nonresidential spaces, and this primarily includes the...

When Is HERS Testing Required?

For multifamily projects built in the state of California, one of the typical compliance measures that most developers will encounter at some point is HERS testing. The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is a set of protocols devised by the California Energy Commission...


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