Category Archives: Green Building

LEED® Certification Milestone

Read more about an important milestone for LEED®. Hannah Dowd McPhelin, Esq.  

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The World Green Building Council makes “The Business Case for Green Building”

Is green building a wise business decision?  That is the fundamental question the World Green Building Council’s report, “The Business Case For Green Building,” attempts to address.  The report compiles actual cost and benefit data from peer-reviewed publications and includes … Continue reading

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DOE Re-Opens Period for Comments on Energy Code Compliance Methodology

As described in a recent post, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy requested information and assistance from the public related to its current methodology for assisting states in assessing energy code compliance.  Upon … Continue reading

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LEED© for Homes: Catching Up With Energy Codes

LEED for Homes (2008) is the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) green building rating system that is designed for evaluating single family, low-rise multi-family (one to three stories) and mid-rise multi-family (four to six stories) buildings.  USGBC is proposing to modify … Continue reading

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Federal Building Energy Efficiency Standards: DOE Kicks It Up a Notch

Under Section 305 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA), the US Department of Energy (DOE) must establish energy efficiency standards for all new Federal buildings.  DOE chose American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1 as … Continue reading

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