University of California Merced Continues Green Efforts

MERCED, Calif. — The University of California Merced has improved its sustainability rating through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), after a long and rigorous review process, according to University of California Merced.

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Oakland University Receives Latest LEED Certification

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Oakland University in Rochester earned its most recent LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in late July. Oak View Hall, the university’s newest housing facility, achieved LEED Gold status thanks to a number of green and sustainable design considerations.

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Seattle Building First for LEED Dynamic Plaque Re-Certification

SEATTLE — A commercial office building in downtown Seattle is the first building in the country to receive a LEED Dynamic Plaque re-certification.

The 336,000-square-foot building — Dexter Horton — is owned by Gerding Edlen, a property manager and developer based in Portland, Ore. Gerding Edlen partnered with the USGBC on the re-certification, which measures the real time performance of existing LEED-certified buildings for energy, water and waste conservation as well as the building’s tenant experience and use of alternative transportations.

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Groups Join to Develop New Version of the International Green Construction Code

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C.-based International Code Council (ICC) and Atlanta-based American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have signed the final agreement that outlines each organization’s role in the development and maintenance of the new version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).

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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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