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LEED retrofits outpace new construction in 2011
Mother Nature Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the first time, LEED certifications for existing buildings were greater on a cumulative basis than those awarded LEED status for new construction projects. Environmentally-friendly practices aren't just for new buildings anymore. Their existing – and, in some cases, elderly — counterparts are catching on, too. More

Industry objects to green-gov standards
Federal Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Obama administration's effort to make government buildings more eco-friendly is drawing fire from Congress. The recently passed 2012 Defense Authorization Act bars the Defense Department from certifying new buildings as meeting LEED Gold or Platinum status. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold and Platinum are the two highest ratings given by the U.S. Green Building Council to recognize environmentally sustainable construction. The Defense Department and other agencies typically strive to attain LEED status for all new facilities as part of the administration's green government initiative. More

Expansion of 'green' retrofits expected
Daily Commerical News and Construction Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Greening of existing "energy-hogging" buildings is expected to gain traction in coming years, says Windmill Development Group founder Jonathan Westeinde. "The existing building stock is aging," he told a seminar at the Construct Canada conference. "It needs to be updated and renewed. I think retrofits are going to become more and more a part of all our businesses as we move forward." More

Report: Business Case for Energy Efficient Building Retrofit and Renovation
McGraw-Hill Contruction    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The new SmartMarket Report, Business Case for Energy Efficient Building Retrofit and Renovation, through in depth market research and case studies, shows that industry-wide adoption of energy efficiency investments is ultimately profitable and makes good business sense. The research in this report provides new insights that build on previous research by McGraw-Hill Construction and others on how to create high performing buildings. More

Renters want to be green, developers respond
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Composting food waste is an eco-conscious activity typically associated with single-family home neighborhoods rather than apartment complexes. But composting will be easy for residents of the green-centric apartment complex being built at 701 2nd St. N. in Minneapolis, which will open later this year. More

Collaboration, cheapness keys to green in 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This year further should expand the use of sustainable design and development, according to Jones Lang LaSalle, as countries and companies the world over continue to collaborate on the best green practices for buildings. Dan Probst, chairman of energy and sustainability at the locally based company, says in a recent report that sustainable development is entering a new phase of greater alignment of public and private sectors. More

Green is good, builder insists
Florida Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The historic downturn in the housing market has blighted neighborhoods and weakened the economy as homeowners lose their properties to foreclosure or other complications. Florida builders and state housing advocates are pushing to change the way those struggling neighborhoods are revitalized under a federally funded program, and the end result could be healthier, more stable communities and better stewardship of the environment. More

New state regulations generate interest in the green building industry
Ventura County Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For about six months, Eric Arevalo worked early hours pouring concrete and putting up drywall at various construction jobs. Like many industries hit by the economy, construction jobs were oftentimes unstable, Arevalo said. When work slowed down, the 20-year-old from Oxnard decided to take classes at the Center for Employment Training in Oxnard. More

Becoming leaders in LEED
The Brookings Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Construction management students include sustainability in projects. It's a major trend in the construction industry right now. Whether they're building new or remodeling, many property owners want to make their buildings more earth-friendly. South Dakota State University instructors know that and are passing along the information. Students majoring in construction management at SDSU learn to build greener, more sustainable structures. More

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