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What’s new in LEED v4.1

November 19, 2018

By Samta Brahmbhatt Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) The well-known LEED certification has yet again improved its rating system to better accommodate the environmental and health sustainability impacts. LEED can be certified in residential and commercial buildings during the design and construction phase as well as the operations and maintenance phase. The US Green […]
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LEED Performance Path By Way of Arc

August 16, 2017

Everything you need to know about Arc and LEED Performance Path What is LEED Performance Path? There still is a lot of confusion about LEED Performance Path and LEED Dynamic Plaque (LDP) because LDP only lasted about a year or so before it was replaced with LEED Performance Path (LPP).  To be crystal clear, LDP […]
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Looking Back: LEED History

August 8, 2016

By Megan Rosa Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Buildings are responsible for enormous amounts of energy use and carbon dioxide emissions which calls for the demand of more sustainable working and living conditions. In this article, let’s take a look at LEED History and how it has evolved into present day. The most prolific […]
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LEED and Sustainable Landscaping

March 7, 2016

If you’ve made the decision to pursue LEED certification for a new or established building, you’re committed to an ongoing eco-conscious process. Sustainable landscaping is an essential component of LEED certification under the Sustainable Sites credit category. Sustainable Sites allows projects to earn points in how their landscape is sustainably designed and maintained from  rainwater management, the […]
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World Green Building Week September 21-27, 2015

September 24, 2015

This year, countries from around the globe will recognize September 21-27 as World Green Building Week. It is a time to come together collectively to acknowledge the progress made towards, and to re-affirm the goals of, sustainability. LEED Certified Buildings use 25% less energy, cut operating costs by 19% and reduce average water usage by […]
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The Digital Age Streamlines Green Building Certification Processes

January 28, 2014

The two most popular green building certifications are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Globes. These programs give building owners, comprehensive green building standards, criteria for sustainable building design and energy efficient operations. Here is a comparison of the key features of both green building programs, as well as advice on how […]
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SIG’s Presence at Greenbuild 2013

December 31, 2013

Greenbuild 2013, held in Philadelphia, PA from November 20-22, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Green Building Council. Focusing on green buildings and sustainability, this international conference and expo brought in over 28,000 green building professionals, each with fresh ideas and a passion of environmental stewardship. This year, SIG sent four team members to […]
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LEED v4 Changes for New Construction

July 25, 2013

The U.S. Green Building Council is always trying to improve their LEED Green Building Program; to this end, they have come up with their latest version of the new construction criteria for LEED certification. The newest update of NC LEED v4 is set to be launched at the USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Philadelphia […]
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LEED v4 Changes for Existing Buildings: O+M Rating System

June 20, 2013

The U.S. Green Building Council is launching a new version of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating systems, more commonly called LEED. Among the many changes expected with the release of LEED v4, one can expect heightened requirements to improve energy performance.  Below are a few areas in which these heightened requirements […]
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Indoor Environment Prerequisite: No Smoking within 25 Feet of Building

July 27, 2012

Tobacco smoke almost seems like a dead issue because its been banned from inside most buildings including bars and restaurants. However the problem of second-hand tobacco smoke infiltrating buildings through doors, windows, and outdoor air intakes persists because smokers typically don’t take but a few steps into fresh air before they light up. The LEED perspective takes the […]
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