USGBC Announces International LEED Rankings

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced on July 22 its international rankings of the Top 10 Countries for LEED.

The Top 10 list highlights countries outside of the U.S. that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. The announcement comes at a time of increased international focus on climate change mitigation in the lead up to the United Nations’ COP21 climate negotiations this December.

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USGBC’s Fedrizzi to Resign at end of 2016

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced June 29 that Rick Fedrizzi, the founder of USGBC and CEO since 2003, will not seek renewal of his contract as USGBC’s CEO at the end of 2016, paving the way for an organizational leadership transition in 2017.

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GBCI Launches PEER for Electricity Market

WASHINGTON — Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) officially launched the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) rating system designed to verify sustainable electricity system performance on April 29.

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Vasakronan Achieves LEED EB:OM

NEW YORK — The largest LEED Volume certification outside of North America has been awarded to Vasakronan, Sweden’s largest property owner.

New York-based Thornton Tomasetti, an international engineering consulting firm based in New York, helped manage the LEED Existing Building Operations + Maintenance (EB:OM) process for Vasakronan, acting as a liaison with the Green Building Certification Institute, facilitating the initial sustainable design charrette, developing the EB:OM prototype, and hosting a series of workshops and reviews.

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Mars Inc. Wins USGBC Leadership Award

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded Mars Inc. the Ray Anderson Radical Industrialism Award. The USGBC presented the award at its 2014 Leadership Awards Luncheon on Nov. 6.

The leadership awards celebrate individuals and groups that the USGBC considers to be on the forefront sustainability in the built environment who are committed to advancing the industry.

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USGBC Extends LEED 2009 Registration

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is giving the building industry additional time to prepare for LEED v4, the latest version of LEED.

The USGBC announced Oct. 29 that LEED users will be allowed to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016. The new date is more than a year after the original deadline of June 15, 2015, when new projects would have to be certified using LEED v4.

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