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Landscape design guide released

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2012 General Design Award of Excellence was given to “A Green Sponge for a Water-Resilient City: Qunli Stormwater Park” in Haerbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China. The association has released a guide examining benefits of green design features. Image courtesy ASLA

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has released an online guide that examines the benefits of green infrastructure and design.

The applications included are green streets, parks, urban forests, wildlife habitat, and vegetated walls or roofs. Communities can benefit from green infrastructure by managing stormwater and reducing flooding and mitigating the heat island effect.

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USGBC and ACC partnering for LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will be working with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in developing future requirements for its rating program. Photo © BigStockPhoto/Suriya Silsaksom

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced a new initiative designed to ensure use of sustainable and environmentally protective products in buildings by applying technical and science-based approaches to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building program.

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Checking up on the Healthcare Design Conference

The 2014 Healthcare Design Conference is taking place this November for international design professionals  Photo © Eric Camden/Global Photo Associates

The 2014 Healthcare Design Conference welcomes attendees from around the world to San Diego this November. Held at the San Diego Convention Center from November 15 to 18, the conference focuses on providing information regarding the design of responsibly built environments that impact the safety, operation, and financial success of healthcare facilities.

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ASTM publishes PCRs for slag

ASTM has developed product category rules (PCRs) for slag. Photo © BigStockPhoto/Roman PopovASTM International has partnered with the Slag Cement Association (SCA) to develop new Product Category Rules (PCRs) that establish the criteria for developing an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for slag cement

ASTM International has partnered with the Slag Cement Association (SCA) to develop new Product Category Rules (PCRs) that establish the criteria for developing an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for slag cement used in concrete, mortar, and other construction applications.

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Industry groups coordinating green standards

Industry groups are collaborating on the coordinated development of green codes, standards, and building rating programs. Photo © BigStockPhoto/Surovtseva

Major design/construction associations and organizations are collaborating on the development of the Standard for the Design of High-performance Green Buildings, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building program.

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ASID creating health and wellness protocols for interior design

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is one of 11 organizations taking part in the American Society of Interior Designers’ (ASID’s) new Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design. Cradle to Cradle’s certification includes scores on five attributes: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy, water stewardship, and social fairness. Image courtesy Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

At this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America meeting, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) announced it will spearhead development of Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design. The group will train 40,000 interior designers and architects across the country to use these protocols to create spaces that promote occupants’ health and to specify healthier products and materials.

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