Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, was completed in late 2017. The impressive structure had a hefty price tag of $1.4 billion, but it has already played host to several of the biggest events in sports, including the 2018 College Football National Championship and the recent 2019 NFL Superbowl. In addition to playing a large role in the sports world, it’s also playing a large role environmentally for the area surrounding the stadium.Read more
The USGBC recently released their 2018 ranking of the Top 10 US States for LEED construction, which is sorted by Gross Square Footage per Capita. That ranking system allows them to get a fair comparison of states, despite differences in population and number of buildings.Read more
After being informally announced at the Global Climate Action Summit earlier this year, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has officially launched LEED Zero to address net zero operations in buildings.
LEED Zero will be open to all LEED projects that are certified under the BD+C, ID+C, or O+M rating systems, as well as projects that are registered to pursue LEED O+M certification. In order to achieve LEED Zero, the project must meet one of the following characteristics:
Net zero carbon emissions
Net zero energy use
Net zero water use
Net zero waste
In addition to meeting one or more of the characteristics above, 12 months of performance data also has to be submitted for verification. By definition, “net zero” means to produce at least as much as you use. Examples of net zero include producing renewable energy using solar panels, harvesting rainwater, or keeping waste out of landfills.
“Net zero is a powerful target that will move the entire industry forward,” said Melissa Baker, senior vice president of technical core at USGBC, in a press relase. “For years, LEED projects around the world have aspired to net zero milestones. We are recognizing the leadership of these projects—and formalizing our commitment to focusing on carbon and net zero across the entire LEED community. These new certification programs will encourage a holistic approach for buildings and places to contribute to a regenerative future and enhance the health and wellbeing for not only building occupants, but all of humanity.”
The USGBC recently released their 2017 data for the Top 10 US States for LEED construction, which is sorted by Gross Square Footage per Capita. That ranking system allows them to get a fair comparison of states, despite differences in population and number of buildings.Read more
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), solar electricity use in the United States increased by 34% in 2014 versus 2013. This solar technology could turn a standard window into a viable energy source.Read more
Generators are great for supplying power to job sites where temporary power is not yet available, but, unfortunately, the loud noise and gasoline fumes also accompany the convenience. This can be especially problematic near residential neighborhoods where noise restrictions are in place, and in enclosed spaces, which cause hazardous air quality conditions for your employees. Boulder Power Technologies has just released a solution to this problem...Read more
Most of us in the construction industry believe in the idea of LEED principles, but the backbreaking paperwork and documentation is an enormous hassle. It also seems really silly to use tons of paper to track your progress and submit reports, when the whole point of LEED is to reduce waste and save energy. Now, there's a software that allows you to track your project's LEED project and create instantaneous reports without the use of paper right from the job site.Read more
The U.S. Green Building Council is constantly updating and changing how it scores and interprets how LEED points are calculated and distributed. Three recent interpretation rulings have been added to LEED’s addenda database.Read more