The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), ranking states in terms of certified square feet per resident.
Last month, Arlington County, Virginia, became the first U.S. community to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Communities Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The newly introduced recognition acknowledges the county’s commitment to building a sustainable, environmentally conscious community.
In recent years, building and design professionals have witnessed a significant shift in what is considered a sustainable construction project. The more stringent requirements of the latest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v4) rating system have raised the bar for project teams with sights set on LEED certification. The same has been true for building product manufacturers. The best way for manufacturers to demonstrate their progress toward more sustainable products is to obtain an environmental product declaration (EPD), a rigorous, third-party examination of a product’s environmental impact throughout its life cycle.
Construction operations are highly fragmented and complex in nature. This often leads to high levels of waste, making it difficult to build sustainable projects. This article explores an integrative approach to building green, lean, and safe projects—it proposes incorporation of lean construction strategies into sustainable design and construction to achieve desirable outcomes benefiting society, economy, and environment.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) LEED in Motion: Venues report examines venues’ capacity for certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, highlighting some of the more successful examples.