Posts Tagged ‘ LEED ’

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 […]

Are Green Building Codes ‘A Food Label For a Building’?

Oct 20th, 2015

Aaron Smith, the director of sustainable building solutions with ASSA ABLOY, gave a presentation entitled “Opening the Door to Transparency – LEED v4, EPDS and HPDS.”

The growing importance of transparency in the manufacturing process for doors and windows was a big focus of the second day of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) fall conference in Cambridge, Md., on Tuesday. Aaron Smith, the director of sustainable building solutions with ASSA ABLOY, gave a presentation titled “Opening the Door to Transparency […]

Industry Publishes New Window PCR

Sep 14th, 2015

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After nearly four years of collaboration, the long-awaited Window Product Category Rule (PCR) has finally been released. The PCR, which can be viewed here, was established “to provide a detailed method for developing a business-to-business (B-to-B) Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) to support comparable, informed, and objective sustainable purchasing of windows,” according to the document. The […]

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 […]

Are You Ready for Increasingly Stringent Codes? CGA Presentation Provides Education and Awareness

Jun 5th, 2015

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Something code, something new and what can we do? That’s how Stanley Yee of Dow Corning opened his keynote discussion yesterday during the Canadian Glass Association’s (CGA) Glass Connections Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He provided an overview of the various codes that relate to the glass and window industries and why it’s important to be aware […]

New Green Building Code Revises Glass, Fenestration Requirements

Dec 23rd, 2014

ASHRAE, ANSI, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society recently released the 2014 version of the green building standard. The new version, Standard 189.1-2014, “Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” has implications for the glass and fenestration industries. “One change was in how they set the […]

Congress Approves National Green Building Standard for Residential Military Construction

Dec 15th, 2014

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released a statement applauding Congress for authorizing the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) for all military residential construction, which represents 16 percent of the federal real estate portfolio. Passed by the Senate, and last week by the House, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) “will provide […]

No More Excuses for Partisan Politics

Nov 17th, 2014

The yard signs have come down, local advertising has gone back to normal and the results are (mostly) in. The midterm elections are behind us and Republicans are declaring victory with eight additional Senate seats (53 of 100) and increased dominance of the house with 12 new seats (244 of 435). No matter which side […]

DOE Sets New Green Standards for Federal Buildings

Oct 13th, 2014

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a rule aimed at ensuring federal buildings use proper energy certifications. The rule, which goes into effect November 13, ensures that in cases where agencies choose to use green building certification systems to meet federal sustainability and energy standards, they must select a system that verifies enhanced energy […]