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How Design Influences Our Productivity, Mental Health, and Wellness

How Design Influences Our Productivity, Mental Health, and Wellness

Introduction No one actively seeks an unproductive or stressful day, nor a night of restless sleep. Yet, we often find ourselves in these situations. While there’s no foolproof plan for perfect days ahead, understanding the causes and taking small steps can make a significant difference. In our daily hustle, the impact of our environment on […]

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Navigating Regional Materials Criteria for LEED v4 Projects – Is it a 500 Mile Radius or 100 Miles?

Navigating Regional Materials Criteria for LEED v4 Projects – Is it a 500 Mile Radius or 100 Miles?

The requirement of a 500-mile radius for “regional materials” has been reduced to 100 miles in the LEED v4 rating system. The primary intent behind this reduction is to encourage and incentivize the purchase of products and materials that support the local economy. For the MR Credits (multiple of them) – please follow these guidelines

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Understanding Process Energy within LEED and Green Buildings in general

Understanding Process Energy within LEED and Green Buildings in general

Are you curious about the differences between process energy and non-process energy in green buildings? Do you want to know what falls under regulated versus non-regulated energy categories? If you’re involved in a LEED-certified project, or if you’re studying for LEED Green Associate, LEED AP BD+C, or LEED AP O+M exams, understanding the impact of

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Understanding LEED Pilot Credits: Your Guide to Innovative Sustainability

Understanding LEED Pilot Credits: Your Guide to Innovative Sustainability

Question: What exactly are LEED pilot credits? Answer: Pilot credits within the LEED framework are essentially proposed credits that serve as a testing ground for new, innovative sustainability strategies. Their primary objective is to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of these strategies before potentially integrating them into the LEED consensus process, subject to the approval

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Innovation in LEED: Elevating Sustainable Design to New Heights

Innovation in LEED: Elevating Sustainable Design to New Heights

In the ever-evolving landscape of sustainable design, where new technologies emerge and scientific research continuously reshapes our approach to building design, the LEED Innovation category stands as a testament to forward-thinking and eco-friendly practices. This category is not just a component of the LEED framework; it is a celebration of creativity and environmental stewardship in

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Thanksgiving Reflections: Nourishing Gratitude and Combating Food Waste

Thanksgiving Reflections: Nourishing Gratitude and Combating Food Waste

As we gather around tables graced with the season’s harvest, Thanksgiving invites us into a space of deep reflection. It’s an occasion to relish the joy of feasts and festivities, while also contemplating the copious amounts of food we have. Importantly, it is a time to acknowledge the critical issue of food waste. Despite the

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Understanding LEED v5 A New Milestone in Sustainable Building Practices.

Understanding LEED v5: A New Milestone in Sustainable Building Practices

The unveiling of LEED v5 at Greenbuild 2023 marks a significant advancement in the field of sustainable building practices. This latest version aligns with the Paris Climate Accord’s 2030 and 2050 targets and addresses key areas such as equity, health, ecosystems, and resilience. Why LEED v5 Matters LEED v5 is not just an update; it’s

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Lewis Pugh’s Epic Hudson Swim: A Journey to Restore Our Rivers and Oceans

Lewis Pugh, the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Patron of the Oceans, is on a mission that transcends physical boundaries and resonates with the very essence of our planet’s well-being. On August 13, 2023, a remarkable and inspiring journey began as Lewis ,an environmental activist and endurance swimmer, embarked on a 315-mile (507-km) swim down

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Pioneering Dual Certification in Sustainable Design The Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Case Study

Pioneering Dual Certification in Sustainable Design: The Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Case Study

The Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Case Study Airports are not traditionally known for their sustainability efforts, but Harvey Milk Terminal 1 at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is a game-changer. San Francisco International Airport’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1 has set a global standard by being the first airport facility to secure both LEED v4

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Integrative Process Through the Eyes of Systems Thinking

Integrative Process Through the Eyes of Systems Thinking

iBefore we explore the details of the Integrative Process within the LEED framework, it’s crucial to understand Systems Thinking. This concept is fundamental to the Integrative Process. What is Systems Thinking? Systems thinking is a holistic approach that focuses on how the individual components of a system interact with one another. It emphasizes relationships, patterns,

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