PEER Perspective: Surging buildings

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It all began with a spark. Back in the prehistoric era, animals, plants and even our ancestors decayed and returned to the soil, becoming the resources we now call "fossil fuels." Compressed into the earth in the form of oil and coal, fossil fuels gave us the power to create electricity by burning remnants of our past, offering us a limited catalogue for the future. The spark, created through steam, is absorbed by generators that direct current through transformers and power lines until we turn on the television, with just the right amount of voltage.

Parksmart enables our clients to meet their sustainability goals

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Prior to the introduction of Parksmart certification, there was no third-party sustainability certification available to our clients for their new and existing parking garage projects. Not only were our new design clients looking for a sustainability certification alternative, but clients with existing parking garages also wanted a certification that recognized the efforts they had made toward sustainability. Parksmart certification provided the solution for both types of clients.

Using the EDGE web-based software is fast, easy and free [video]

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The EDGE software is free to use at edgebuildings.com. Within minutes, you can determine the most cost-effective efficiency measures for your green building. Based on a building’s parameters, the EDGE software discovers energy and water-saving design opportunities through region-specific and use-based analysis. As a free design tool, the EDGE software presents predicted costs, savings and payback periods for a menu of green building measures.

Updated LEED in Motion: Mexico report shows the latest projects, professionals and resources

With USGBC executives and staff in Mexico this week to discuss green buildings and the future of LEED, we present an updated LEED in Motion: Mexico report. Originally released in June 2015, LEED in Motion: Mexico equipped readers with insight related to the progress of green building in Mexico.

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Call for GBCI Credentialing Steering Committee members

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GBCI is seeking individuals to fill two open seats on the Credentialing Steering Committee (CSC), the governing body for GBCI’s professional credentials. The two seats represent specializations in LEED Existing Buildings and the LEED Green Associate credential.

This call opens July 15, 2016, and the deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. PST on August 1, 2016.

Introduction to PEER: Reliability and resiliency in the electrical grid

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In 2003, a major blackout left over 50 million people without power across the Midwestern and Northeastern United States and Canada within a matter of minutes. More recently, Hurricane Sandy and a rash of powerful storms brought attention to the need for improved grid resiliency, including more local operating capabilities at critical facilities. 

Leadership and performance: IFFCO, India and LEED

With paramount commitments to quality and to harnessing the Earth’s bounty to eliminate hunger from India in a sustainable manner, it is not surprising that the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) has become the world’s largest fertilizer cooperative federation. Nor is it surprising that, given the organization’s longstanding leadership in sustainability, it has also chosen to pursue LEED certification for many of its corporate buildings.

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