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How to Choose the Right Plants and Take Care of A Green Roof

by Glenn Meyers The results of a five year study by the Chicago Botanic Garden list nine plants rated “excellent” and 67 rated “good” for use in a green roof environment. Meanwhile, Sasha Aguilera, Design Consultant for Xeroflor Canada, an industry leader in pre-vegetated roofing, has put together some suggestions for green roof maintenance …

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Revealed: the Top 10 Countries for LEED Green Building Certification in 2015 [infographic]

by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) There are LEED projects in more than 150 countries and territories, representing every continent except for Antarctica. LEED is being used in highly industrialized nations and newly developing ones, and LEED is helping to demonstrate the enormous power and potential of the emerging green economy. …

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Leaders Turn to LEED in the Sichuan Province of China

By Morgan Bulman, Communications & Media Relations Intern. In late June, a delegation from the Sichuan Province of China took time out of their busy schedules while touring the U.S. to visit the USGBC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and discuss sustainable development in their region. Sichuan Province, home to 80 million people …

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See The Homeless Housing You Might Mistake For Luxury Condos

2010 BrookGorlin Architects To stop homelessness, we need to give the homeless places to live. Why not make it nice? Housing for the homeless is not usually a place associated with sleek design. But the photos you see here all indicate otherwise. The buildings are all run by Common Ground, …

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Which Country Has the Most LEED-Rated Green Homes Outside of the U.S. and Canada?

  Two LEED-certified ‘green’ homes at the corner of Chase and Fergus in Northside, Cincinnati, OH. Photo by Wholtone by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) A home is more than just shelter: homes are the most important buildings in our lives. We think that every building should be a green building—but especially homes. Why? …

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California: Leading the Way on Green and Well-Performing Buildings

by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) By Dan Burgoyne, Sustainability Manager, California Department of General Services / LEED Fellow / Board member, U.S. Green Building Council / Member, LEED Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group. Green building has long been part of California’s approach to a wide array of energy, water, environment, and …

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How EU Financial Capital, Italy’s Lombardy Region, Is Embracing the LEED Building Efficiency Standard

By Joseph Crea, Director, International Marketing and Communications Nestled in the northwest part of Italy, Lombardy is one of 20 administrative regions in Italy, and more than 10 million people call it home. In the aftermath of World War II, the region, Milan in particular, rose to prosperity when its …

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2030 Districts: Communities Collaborating to Reach Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance

by GBIG Insight If buildings are a major contributor to climate change, then what’s the solution? Reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions, of course. But, how do we know how far we have to go, how fast – and how will we know when we as an industry …

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The Key Market Drivers for China’s Better Built Environment

Posted by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) In May, I had the privilege and pleasure to travel to China with USGBC’s Mahesh Ramanujam and International WELL Building Institute’s Paul Scialla to promote LEED and WELL as key market drivers for China’s built environment. Both Mahesh and Paul were greatly excited by …

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Dyson launches LED bulb that lasts 37 years

Screen capture Dyson by Megan Treacy It’s a great time for sustainable lighting. Pretty much every lighting company has released their versions of the bulbs from inexpensive versions for every home to more expensive smart lighting that can be controlled with your smart phone and you can find them anywhere from …