Posts Tagged ‘ USGBC ’

At Greenbuild, The Buzzword is ‘Sustainability’

Nov 19th, 2015


The 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo opened on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., with a greater emphasis on residential construction and famous faces evangelizing about sustainability. Director James Cameron, who created two of the highest-grossing movies of all time with Titanic and Avatar, was the star attraction of the opening session. He sat down for […]

Report: U.S. Green Building Market Should See Strong Growth

Nov 13th, 2015

The U.S. market for green building materials reached nearly $43.8 billion in  2014, and it’s expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9 percent to nearly $69 billion into 2019, according to a new report from BCC Research, a market research company based in Wellesley, Mass. Structural materials will increase from nearly $28.7 billion in […]

A New CEO Means New Hope for USGBC

Sep 14th, 2015

Congress returned from recess with a full plate, including federal budget issues and the Iran nuclear deal. It’s safe to say that fenestration priorities will be on the back burner for now, but that doesn’t mean progress isn’t being made elsewhere. Over the years, I’ve been pretty vocal about the lack of transparency and disturbing […]

AAMA Summer Conference: Sustainability, Green Building and More

Jul 7th, 2015

Mic Patterson addresses the AAMA Summer Conference in Seattle.

Speakers and presenters offered insights into the future of sustainability in the building industry at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) 2015 Summer Conference, held June 28-July 1 in Seattle. Author and researcher Mic Patterson delivered the conference’s keynote address. He reviewed the recent evolution in façade technology and applications. He also identified current and emerging […]

USGBC CEO Announces Resignation

Jun 29th, 2015

After 22 years of service, Rick Fedrizzi, founding chair and CEO of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), is stepping down. “We set out to simply build better buildings, but we quickly learned that in doing so, we were changing the world,” he says. “The success we’ve enjoyed has been made possible because of our […]

Vinyl Finally Gets Seat at LEED® Table

Nov 3rd, 2014

The USGBC’s Supply Chain Optimization Group is leaving many in our industry feeling optimistic. Finally, the USGBC seems to be opening its doors and seeking expertise from key groups, including the American Chemistry Council and the Vinyl Institute, as well as chemical suppliers, building product manufacturers, design teams, producers of raw materials, academics and government […]

HPDs Provide Transparency in Green Building Community

Jul 3rd, 2014

This is an example of an HDP.

As the green building community grows, so does the demand for disclosure of material content. And to make that disclosure process simpler, Health Product Declarations (HPD) have emerged over the last few years in the construction materials and products industry. United States Green Building Council education provider Sustainable Solutions Corporation (SSC) and third-party certifier GreenCircle […]

USGBC Certifies 50,000th Green Housing Unit

Jan 24th, 2014

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced its 50,000th LEED-certified green housing unit. “As one of the most rigorous green residential rating systems in the world, LEED for Homes is the standard against which all other such programs are measured,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Despite its demanding technical aspects […]

USGBC Opens Fifth Public Comment Period for LEED Green Building Program

Oct 4th, 2012

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the opening of its fifth public comment period for the latest updates to the LEED green building program (LEED v4). The comment period opened yesterday and runs through December 10. The public is able to view copies of LEED v4 drafts online and submit comments on USGBC’s […]

New Kid on the Block: Building, Design Industry Groups Establish Buildings Coalition to Develop LEED Alternative

Jul 19th, 2012

Several organizations have come together to form the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC), which intends “to unify leading building and construction industry parties to develop a fresh set of green building standards and implement these guidelines in federal, state and local governments.” The AHPBC consists of 27 industry organizations, which also backed the delay of […]