With the number of vehicles expected to reach two billion by 2030, parking structures have emerged as a transformative tool for improving the sustainability of buildings, communities and cities.
Parksmart is the world’s only rating system advancing sustainable mobility through smarter parking structure design and operation, and this year, four new projects have already achieved certification, joining an elite group of forward-thinking facilities. Together, these projects are helping to improve customer experience, increase energy efficiency and reduce operational costs.
TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) strives to change the way materials flow through society so that all products are eventually reused and diverted from landfill, incineration (waste-to-energy) and the environment.
GBCI is a green business partner of the Sustainability in Design and Construction India (SICI) conference in Bengalaru, India. The eighth annual event brings together stakeholders in the building and construction industry in India to ensure a robust system certifying green credentials, as well as active participation by the government, builders and citizens to build structures that are both eco-friendly and responsive to citizen needs.
GBCI is launching "The Green Challenge"—a series on issues related to energy, the environment and sustainability for students in grades 6–8. The challenge will give teachers access to lessons from Learning Lab, an online platform for sustainability curriculum. For 2017, we have launched "Energy" as the theme under The Green Challenge Series, sponsored by UL.
The Centro de Desarrollo Emprendedor y Laboral (CeDEL) is Argentina’s first project to achieve EDGE certification from GBCI, but it’s only the beginning of a green building renaissance in Buenos Aires. Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and the city of Buenos Aires are about to embark on a major effort to bring triple bottom line results to the city.
This article was originally published on July 17 as "What LEED Did for Buildings, Sustainable SITES Will Do for Landscapes—and Not a Moment Too Soon," by Robert Nieminen, on Retrofit Magazine. Read the full article.
Retrofit Magazine recently published an article on how SITES complements LEED in creating persistent market transformation toward sustainability:
Today, Mexico's architects, construction firms, energy companies, city planners, enterprises and politicians are working together to create the sustainable cities of tomorrow.
Mexico is the home to 139 LEED-certified and 460 LEED-registered projects, totaling 13,168,705 gross square meters of space. From hospitality to retail, whether single projects or those using LEED volume certification, the projects in Mexico represent the diversity and breadth inherent in LEED.
Check out a few of Mexico's most impressive projects below.
Even though SITES is a global standard, each project that uses the rating system exists within a particular local context. Different communities are using SITES to address the very specific environmental challenges they face. Around the world, leaders have begun identifying opportunities to scale SITES regionally and locally, as well as how to best work with state and city governments to do so.