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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...

Integrative Process: Reasoning Behind and Weight of this LEED Credit

Integrative Process: Reasoning Behind and Weight of this LEED Credit

You’ve heard the phrase, “teamwork makes the dream work,” right? LEED, an acronym for the green building certification that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, champions that idea throughout the certification process. In fact, the LEED scorecard...

Energy Benchmarking: State, Local & LEED Requirements

Energy Benchmarking: State, Local & LEED Requirements

As part of the movement toward electrification and decarbonization, taking inventory of the energy consumed in the built environment is a necessity. To organize all that data, states and local jurisdictions have implemented energy benchmarking requirements for certain...