Tag Archives: LEED

Specifying acoustical ceilings in green buildings


Until now, acoustics in commercial office buildings had not been a formal part of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems except on a case-by-case basis. The new LEED v4 criteria, however, now takes into account the value of good acoustics in enhancing occupant satisfaction and productivity.

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An Education on Masonry: Designing schools with the construction process in mind

masonry_Columbus Scioto 6 thru 12 Photo by Cory Klein

Masonry may be one of the oldest construction methods, but it maintains its viability in the modern world, offering durability combined with low maintenance needs. Various building types use masonry as their primary method of construction, and even for those that do not, the serviceability of Division 04 materials makes it a popular choice for areas such as stair and elevator shafts and foundations.

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Hotels earn more when LEED certified

A new study suggests Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified hotels can be more successful than their uncertified competitors. The Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff is the first LEED-certified hotel in Kansas City. Photo courtesy Marriott International

Cornell University has released a new study reporting hotels certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program earn increased revenue.

“The Impact of LEED Certification on Hotel Performance” was conducted by Matthew Walsman, Rohit Verma, PhD, and Suresh Muthulingam, PhD, from the university’s Center for Hospitality Research (CHR). In total, 93 LEED-certified hotels were compared to 514 competitive non-certified facilities.

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