From LEED ND to SITES: How Austin’s Mueller neighborhood is breaking new ground


Photo credit: Brandon Huttenlocher/Design Workshop

In Austin, Texas, the Mueller neighborhood project was one of the first to achieve LEED for Neighborhood Development certification. Now, Mary Elizabeth Branch Park is providing residents with a newly SITES certified place to gather and play – making Mueller the first project to combine these two rating systems in the world.

Scaling up Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings through PEER and LEED


When a building is operational, it has a choice of where to obtain power. The power can be site generated, obtained from on-site energy storage or obtained from the power grid. In order to advance reductions in carbon, the building needs to have two-way communication with the power grid so that it can understand and respond to the carbon impact of the electricity offered by the power grid. The amount of carbon in a central power grid changes on a minute by minute basis, as does the cost to provide that energy.

Join us for these USGBC Live sessions


USGBC Live, occurring June 8-10, is a new event that combines the expertise of the largest community of green building leaders with the data, insights, stories and leadership from the thousands of LEED and green building projects around the globe to produce insightful and engaging conversations about the future of buildings, cities and communities. A number of these events are specifically designed for GBCI certification programs that go beyond LEED, such as TRUE and SITES.

LEED and PEER synergies – enhancing building, power system and community resilience


Did you know that the LEED and PEER rating systems work hand in hand?

Recently, GBCI released an updated PEER and LEED Synergies guidance document, which provides a detailed list of LEED credits that can also apply towards earning PEER certification. The guidance also highlights PEER credits which may contribute to projects pursuing LEED certification.

Enhancing Resilience of LEED and RELi projects through Climate Risk Analysis


USGBC defines resilience as “the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from and more successfully adapt to adverse events.” By making buildings more sustainable, durable and adaptable through the application of LEED and RELi, we can reduce communities’ vulnerability to short-term shocks, such as fires and floods, and ensure that they are better equipped for long-term stressors, such as

The second generation of GBCI: A new look for a powerful and promising future

GBCI was founded in 2008 to drive implementation of LEED and for over a decade, has proved instrumental in ensuring LEED remains the world’s most widely used green building program. Thanks to GBCI’s stewardship, there are now more than 104,000 registered and certified LEED commercial projects, nearly 2 million registered and certified residential units and more than 205,000 professionals transforming and implementing LEED around the world.