Green Policy

LEED to Recognize Living Building Challenge Energy and Water Requirements
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LEED to Recognize Living Building Challenge Energy and Water...

The effort aims to eliminate competition between the two green-building rating... Read more

Pres. Obama Signs Executive Order to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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Pres. Obama Signs Executive Order to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The President's latest effort to address climate change requires the federal... Read more

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New Poll Finds Bipartisan Support for USGBC's LEED System New Poll Finds Bipartisan Support for USGBC's LEED System

A nationwide survey concluded that 79 percent of Republicans and 89 percent of Democrats endorse the use of the LEED rating system in buildings. Read more

DOE Approves Green Globes for Certification of Federal Buildings
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DOE Approves Green Globes for Certification of Federal Buildings

The Green Building Initiative's web-based certification system joins the U.S.... Read more

NIBS Releases a High-Performance Design Resource and the AIA Approves
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NIBS Releases a High-Performance Design Resource and the AIA...

The National Institute of Building Sciences’ free online guide compiles... Read more

LEED and Building Rating Policies States Map
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LEED and Building Rating Policies States Map

Under pressure from industry, some states are turning against using LEED as a... Read more

Is Data or Rhetoric the Way Toward a National Building Policy?
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Is Data or Rhetoric the Way Toward a National Building Policy?

The backlash against graphs may have a place in the larger debate about... Read more

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New York Passes Property Tax Exemption Legislation for LEED-Certified Projects

The law enables New York municipalities to exempt new green buildings and renovations from property taxes for up to 10 years, depending on the project's level of green building certification. Read more

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American High-Performance Buildings Coalition Calls for Consensus-Based Green-Building Standards

Under a new coalition, 27 industry groups raise issue with USGBC’s LEED development procedures and call for more consensus-based approaches and transparency in green-building standard development. Read more

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Geothermal Heat Pumps Now Count Toward Maryland’s Renewable Energy Credit Minimum

A new addition to the state’s list of accepted renewable energy sources may help reduce costs of heating and cooling large buildings. Read more

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