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Army abandons LEED certification
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We have entered a new era of green building policy. The Army is abandoning LEED certification. An article published in the Feb. 28 issue of BuildingGreen reported that the Army had reiterated its commitment to LEED certification despite DoD reauthorization legislation that banned LEED Gold and Platinum certification. Less than one month later, the Army announced it is abandoning LEED certification. The Army is launching its own building code modeled off of ASHRAE 189.1 in lieu of pursuing LEED certification. More

Holistic green home building movement coming to America
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While bickering rages on between the PassivHaus Institut and the European green building organization's American offshoot, Illinois-based Passive House Institute US, another rigorous European green building standard is starting to make headway stateside with a project underway in Webster Groves, Mo. The project in question is dubbed Active House USA — fitting since Brussels-based Active House Alliance inspired it and is heavily involved with its creation. More

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Calls for green building standards
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Just a few years ago, the people crowding an exhibit at Syracuse's convention center might have been considered to be on the "fringe." Hawking technologies to save energy and save the environment. But, slowly, changing realities have inched this "movement" closer to the "mainstream." More and more major companies have adopted so-called green building standards saying, in the end, they will save substantial dollars. The demand for new technology is creating a new market and more and more companies to meet the demand. More

Forest Stewardship Council: LEED falls short
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When the U.S. Green Building Council released its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard back in 1998, those involved couldn't have foreseen how synonymous that four-letter acronym would become with green building worldwide. From residential homes to commercial high rises, master-planned developments to government buildings — and now, even fast food joints and casinos — LEED certification has emerged as the global leader in green building certifications, with more than 7,000 projects in the United States and 30 countries encompassing over 1.5 billion square feet of development area. More

Contractors turning away from LEED
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The construction industry in B.C. and the U.S. is starting to reject the LEED certification process citing it as too costly and taking too long with too many uncertainties. "You can wait up to two years to get certified, the backlog is extraordinary," said Helen Goodland, principal of Brantwood Consulting, a green building consultant. More

ICC announces availability of new green building code
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A new model code for constructing and remodeling buildings is expected to make buildings more efficient, reduce waste and have a positive impact on health, safety and community welfare. The 2012 International Green Construction Code will increase the energy efficiency of structures, while providing direction and oversight of green design and construction, according to the International Code Council. More

Dumb moves limit smart building potential
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The capabilities for smart buildings exist today, but most building managers and tenants are missing out on this opportunity to save energy and create more efficient living spaces, according to a panel of green building experts. More

Green features attract both tenants and developers
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The 22-story apartment tower in Portland, Ore., has a roof garden that funnels rainwater to its public toilets. Because the water isn't treated, state law requires "Do Not Drink" warning signs. More

Alabama home builder builds energy-efficient 'green' buildings
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The green home market is expected to grow five-fold in the U.S. by 2016, as builders and buyers place more importance on energy-efficient construction practices that lead to lower utility bills in the long run. More

Inside a Chicago green building success story
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Landlords know by now that improving their building's electrical and heating efficiency doesn't have to cost much, because consultants, cheerleaders and regulators speaking up for "green buildings" have told them so hundreds of times. But the flip side is that these savings often don't add up to much in the short term, so many landlords put off the work until the government forces their hand. More

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