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Life Cycle Analysis: Case Study and Benefits

Life Cycle Analysis: Case Study and Benefits

Starting July 1, 2024, nonresidential projects of 100,000 square feet or more in California will need to submit a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) during plan check. But what is an LCA? An LCA analyzes the total carbon (CO2 emissions or global warming impact) and other...

Your Mid- or High-Rise Project Could Benefit from 179D Tax Deduction

Your Mid- or High-Rise Project Could Benefit from 179D Tax Deduction

Is your latest mid- or high-rise development leaving money on the table? If you haven’t investigated the 179D tax deduction requirements, chances are high. Part of the Inflation Reduction Act, 179D encourages energy efficiency in commercial buildings and offers...

What USGBC’s Energy Credit Changes Mean for LEED v4 Projects

What USGBC’s Energy Credit Changes Mean for LEED v4 Projects

The bulk of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) version 4 projects registered with the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) on or after March 1 will be subjected to stricter energy performance criteria. In 2023, the U.S. Green Building Council...

Submit Your California Projects Before These CALGreen Requirements Hit

Submit Your California Projects Before These CALGreen Requirements Hit

California projects submitting for permit on or after July 1, 2024, will need to comply with updates to Title 24, Part 11, better known as CALGreen. The main changes: EV Charging: 40% of multifamily, hotel, and motel parking spaces will need Level 2 electric vehicle...

Produce Immediate Cost Savings with These Envelope Best Practices

Produce Immediate Cost Savings with These Envelope Best Practices

Fluctuating material costs, constant code changes, and strict climate-oriented legislation can all dictate how project teams approach building structure and details. When determining the best path of action for your return on investment, building envelope performance...

Understanding Mechanical Acceptance Testing

Understanding Mechanical Acceptance Testing

For property developers, architects, mechanical subcontractors, and general contractors, mechanical acceptance testing (MAT) should now be on your radar. MAT applies to almost all new and modified mechanical systems, regardless of their size or capacity. For example,...

SITES: Enhancing Site Design Through Resiliency

SITES: Enhancing Site Design Through Resiliency

The future of sustainable development extends far beyond just green buildings. The Green Business Certification Inc.'s (GBCI) Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) rating system provides nature-based solutions for sustainable landscapes and outdoor spaces to address...

Quality affordable housing in Hawaii

Quality affordable housing in Hawaii

Kaiāulu o Kupuohi, a 89-unit mid-rise complex in Lāhainā, Maui, was developed to provide quality affordable housing to native Hawaiians and the local workforce. The five-story building, which opened Dec. 6, 2022, utilized Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and...