USGBC made a big announcement recently—we now have access to our first LEED v4.1 beta! There have been rumors since late last year, but not only do we now have access to details, projects can start using the new rating system right away. LEED v4.1 O+M Beta rating system and supporting materials have been released. […]
You’ve heard of Energy Star, Green Globes, LEED, The Living Building Challenge, and even Passive House. But, have you ever given any thought to the one that started it all, BREEAM? Now real estate managers, engineers, architects, and owners will be able to consider the premier system as an alternative. Before July of 2016, the […]
As professionals in the field of sustainable design we focus on the impact of humanity on the environment, but what about the environment’s impact on humanity? Just 40 years ago over 60% of the world’s population was rural, since then we have seen dramatic growth in urban areas and a steadily dwindling rural population. Now […]
All those impacted by Hurricane Harvey along the Texas coast are in our thoughts and prayers. We are still trying to grasp the impact this natural disaster has made in Texas, but we know for sure almost every one of us can contribute in some way, big or small, from near or far. We’re compiling […]
In recent years, one subject that has almost every country in the world worried is climate change. No matter what the US President elect and surprisingly, a majority of Americans think [according to a report, only 48% of Americans believe that the Earth is warming mostly due to human activity], climate change is REAL and is […]
What is it? BREEAM (the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is the standard green building rating system in the United Kingdom. The Building Research Establishment (BRE), based in London, manages the implementation, development and assessments of BREEAM. Founded in 1990, BREEAM is earliest sustainability assessment tool for buildings.
￼ ￼ What is the Clean Energy Ministerial? The Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) was held in San Francisco, California on June 1-2nd, 2016 and presents a great opportunity for LEED professionals. CEM7 congregates various energy ministers with the aim to further advance, challenge and highlight the adoption of clean energy production. After the Paris […]
Solar panels are incorporated in every renewable energy strategy. There are a few key flaws or design considerations for solar panels including; heat dissipation and land use. However, there is a recently untapped resource for photovoltaic installation locations.