LEED

September 14, 2015
Why and How to Become a LEED Certified Architect premium
By Taz Loomans Is LEED AP just another set of letters that architects tack onto their names to appear more credible, or does it really mean something? In a world that is increasingly concerned about the impact of the built environment on the planet, does the credential make a difference for your career and credibility, […]
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August 20, 2015
Sustainable Building and BIM: Massive Government Office One of Best in Nation premium
By Zach Mortice Commissioned in the depths of the Great Recession, Federal Center South, the Army Corp of Engineers’ regional headquarters in Seattle, was funded by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. But stimulus money came with big strings attached—namely strenuous requirements that it had to be built very, very quickly and very, very […]
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September 4, 2014
How to Create Plans For A Skyscraper Using AutoCAD Software premium
New York City’s Empire State Building – one of the Top 20 tallest buildings in the world. Completed in 1931, this iconic skyscraper was designed the old fashioned way, with pen to paper and physical tools. Of course, they weren’t constructing something like the Shanghai Tower or Dubai’s Burj Khalifa building. Developing plans for the […]
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May 15, 2014
CAD News & Tips for Govies 5/15 premium
To upgrade now or upgrade later, that is the question! Learn how to save your AutoCAD drawings to the cloud – automatically! These and other stories are featured in this week’s CAD News & Tips for Govies is a weekly feature on Acronym that scans thousands of industry articles to present you with a regular source of CAD […]
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September 11, 2013
CAD & GIS News for Govies 9/11 premium
CAD News for Govies is a weekly feature on Acronym that scans thousands of industry articles to present you with a regular source of CAD and GIS news, information and ideas that impact the public sector. Here’s the latest round-up: BIM, CIM and the DOT BIM is now an everyday word, and now Civil Integrated Management (CIM) is joining its […]
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July 18, 2013
Green Building Gets Easier with New Tools premium
When the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) wanted to renovate the Martin Luther King, Jr., federal building (MLK) in downtown Atlanta, a Depression-era building that originally served as the central postal facility for the Southeast, sustainability was an important part of the process. The $62 million renovation and rehabilitation of the MLK building, overseen by […]
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May 14, 2012
Follow the Lead with LEED premium
With eco-friendly practices being a preference all around the world in every industry - state, local, and federal government should be setting the example to achieve energy cost-saving tactics in their facilities, communities, and environment. According to epa.gov, “Energy used by commercial and industrial buildings in the United States is responsible for nearly 50 percent of our national emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) that contribute to global climate change.”
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January 31, 2012
How Green are Your State Buildings? Meet the Top 10 States for LEED Buildings premium
You may not be surprised to hear that Washington, D.C. leads the nation when it comes to green buildings. According to a report released this month by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Washington, D.C. has the most LEED-certified commercial and institutional buildings in the U.S. In fact, Washington, D.C. had more than 31 square feet of LEED-certified space per person in 2011. “This is a great accomplishment for the D.C. metropolitan region and a testament to the drive, commitment and leadership of all those who live, work and play in our community,” said Mike Babcock, board chair of the National Capital Region Chapter of USGBC. “We also realize there is still more to do and hope to effectively guide the effort by engaging, educating and encouraging the dialogue around the value of sustainability."
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May 17, 2011
Building Energy Modeling –3 Essential Resources for the Public Sector premium
Energy modeling is a hot topic in new construction projects as well as building retrofit, renovation and facility management. Federal, state and local governments are not only holding private firm construction to higher green standards, but the public sector overall is getting increased pressure to obtain higher LEED ratings and to produce high-rating energy proficiency analysis. (Read more in our earlier article: GSA Moves to LEED Gold for All New Federal Buildings and Major Renovations) If you’re a stranger to energy modeling, green building, or sustainable design, here are three resources that can help bring you quickly up to speed on mandates, implementation tips, and future of sustainable buildings.
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November 30, 2010
GSA Moves to LEED Gold for All New Federal Buildings and Major Renovations premium
Over the past several years, substantial regulation has been passed mandating the “greening” of federal government buildings. Last month was no exception and saw the declaration of a new “gold” standard. In late October 2010, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) issued a new mandate requiring that all federal building construction projects and “substantial” renovation projects achieve a minimum LEED Gold certification in their quest to improve energy efficiency. Leadership in Environmental Efficiency Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized and widely-accepted third party green building certification program, established by the U.S. Green Building Council, that determines the energy efficiency and sustainability of building projects.
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