Local Green Building News ItemsNobel Prize Winner Dr. Mario Molina and Director General Edda Fernandez Luiselli to Speak at Greenbuild Mexico5/17/2018 1:17:42 PM
MEXICO CITY – (May 17, 2018) – The U.S. Green Building Council ( USGBC ), the creators of the LEED green building program, have announced Nobel Prize winner Dr. Mario Molina as a keynote speaker for the inaugural Greenbuild Mexico conference. He will join USGBC and GBCI President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam on the plenary stage. Director General for the Primary Sector and Renewable Natural Resources in the Undersecretary for Environmental Regulation and Promotion of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) Edda Fernandez Luiselli will also offer opening remarks. Greenbuild Mexico will be held in conjunction with Sustentabilidad para Mexico A.C. ( SUMe ) at the Camino Real Polanco Mexico hotel in Mexico City June 19-21. Early bird registration is open through June 1.
“The power of Greenbuild lies in its ability to bring together leaders from diverse backgrounds to share experiences in an effort to help us collectively work to solve some our most pressing environmental challenges,” said Mahesh Ramanujam , president and CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. ( GBCI ). “Dr. Molina and Ms. Fernandez Luiselli have powerful stories to share and we are grateful for their participation in and support of Greenbuild Mexico.”
Dr. Molina is one of the world’s leading researchers in atmospheric chemistry and has been involved in developing a scientific understanding of the human impact on the ozone. He co-authored an article predicting the thinning of the ozone layer that won him and his partner the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. His research and publications on the topic also led to the Montreal Protocol of the United Nations, the first international treaty that has effectively faced an environmental problem of global scale and human origin. Dr. Molina served on the President’s Committee of Advisors in Science and Technology from 1994-2000 and 2010-2016 for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. He is currently a professor at the University of California, San Diego with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
“Climate change is the number one threat humanity is facing; the welfare not only of our generation, but also of future generations depends on the actions we take today as a global society,” said Dr. Molina. “I am honored to be able to speak about the science and policy of climate change during this event.”
Ms. Fernandez Luiselli’s work with the Mexican Federal Government has been focused on designing regulatory and promotional resources that support the country’s green and sustainable growth. She also serves as co-chair of the Board for the UN Environment 10 Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Production and Consumption. Ms. Fernandez Luiselli will help welcome attendees to the conference during the Opening Plenary on Tuesday, June 19.
Greenbuild México will take place over three days and offer attendees the opportunity to hear from industry leaders on their vision about the future of green building in México; to connect with industry professionals and build business relationships; and to get the latest green building and LEED research while earning continuing education hours at educational sessions. Across México, there are more than 620 LEED professionals and more than 1,000 projects participating in LEED representing more than 31 million gross square meters of building space.
Founded in 2002, Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building, making Greenbuild the ideal space to learn about groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies. Industry professionals can follow conference activity on social media using #GreenbuildMexico. Registration for Greenbuild Mexico is open. For additional details and to register, visit: greenbuild.usgbc.org/mexico .
GBCI and the RELi Resilience Standard Work Together11/7/2017 4:00:00 AM
Today, during the Communities and Affordable Housing Unit at the annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo , GBCI announced its adoption of the RELi standard . First developed by the Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability (MTS) and its Capital Markets Partnership (CMP) coalition in 2012, the RELi standard includes a robust integrative process, acute hazard preparation and adaptation along with chronic risk mitigation at the building and neighborhood scale.
GBCI, in conjunction with USGBC, is now leading the further refinement of RELi to synthesize the LEED Resilient Design pilot credits with RELi’s Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation credits. GBCI and the RELi resilience standard will work together to develop buildings and communities that offer greater adaptability and resilience to weather and natural disasters.
“The increasing frequency of dramatic events has brought an even greater urgency to create buildings and communities that are better adapted to a changing climate and better able to bounce back from disturbances and interruptions,” said Mahesh Ramanujam , President and CEO, USGBC and GBCI. “We are committed to scaling RELi to become a national and international rating system managed by USGBC and its partner Green Business Certification Inc."
A steering committee will be created to refine RELi so as to bring resilience into actionable, mainstream thinking for the design, construction and operation of buildings; for the creation of resilient communities and infrastructure; and for the well-being of people worldwide.
The Resilience Steering Committee will be chaired by Doug Pierce, the principal investigator for the RELi 1.0 standard and Senior Associate at Perkins+Will. Alex Wilson will be vice chair, and Michael Italiano and George Vallone of MTS/CMP will provide expert knowledge to guide future improvements to the RELi standard.
Doug Pierce remarked, “It is an honor to be part of this critical partnership with the USGBC support of RELi to help rapidly commercialize resilience, the most important, disruptive and expensive activity ever faced by mankind.”
Steering committee members will merge thought leadership from some of the world's most progressive designers and thinkers with the global organizing capacity of the USGBC, creating unprecedented potential for a transformation to resilient design in the market. The steering committee will include many members of the LEED Resilience Working Group, including Mary Ann Lazarus, Marc Coudert, Jim Newman, Nick Rajkovich, Rachel Minnery and Jane Frantz. Steve Bushnell, Janice Barnes, Katherine Hammack, and John Williams have also agreed to serve on the steering committee.
“This move shows the leadership role that GBCI and USGBC are taking with resilience,” noted Alex Wilson, Resilient Design Institute, BuildingGreen and co-chair of the USGBC Resilience Working Group. “Events this year in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and Northern California have amplified just how important resilience is for our nation’s well-being." Wilson was instrumental in the development of the Resilient Design pilot credits in LEED, which are being folded into RELi.
RELi’s development was led foundationally by the global architecture firm of Perkins+Will, with Eaton Corporation, Deloitte Consulting and Impact Infrastructure providing vital content expertise and critical assessment. RELi is a national consensus standard, developed through an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process, focused on creating resilient buildings and communities.
Learn more about RELi .
USGBC’s World-Renowned Greenbuild Conference Coming to Mumbai 2/23/2017 9:36:00 AM
Mumbai, India–(Feb. 23, 2017) –The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) - the creators of the LEED green building rating system – have announced that Greenbuild, the world’s largest green building conference and expo, will be held in Mumbai, India Nov. 2-4, 2017.
USGBC also announced that the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will be held in partnership with the ABEC Exhibitions & Conferences Ltd. (ABEC), and bring together Indian and global industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building, making Greenbuild the ideal space to learn about groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies in the region.
“Greenbuild is the place where the passion of the green building movement comes alive,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president & CEO, U.S. Green Building Council and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). “India is the third largest market for LEED outside the U.S., and USGBC has committed to bringing its resources to advance more rapid adoption of green building practices in the country. In fact, green building is projected to grow 20 percent in India by 2018, which makes my mother country the perfect location to hold the Greenbuild conference.”
The call for proposals for Greenbuild India 2017 is also open here . GBCI, the certification body for all LEED projects globally—which was incorporated in India last year—will also play a significant role in the conference along with its array of new rating systems designed to advance sustainability in the built environment.
Emerging economies like China, India and Brazil are engines of green growth and development varies from two to six-fold over current green building levels.
“We are at the threshold for exponential growth in the building materials and construction sector in India, and the green building movement will be of utmost significance going forward. We are extremely pleased that Greenbuild India 2017 will be launched alongside ACETECH in Mumbai making it the holistic destination for the building materials and construction sector in the country,” said Sumit Gandhi, managing director, ABEC.
Increased consumer demand has also pushed the world’s green building market to a trillion-dollar industry, a surge that has led to a corresponding increase in the scope and size of the green building materials market, which is expected to reach $234 billion by 2019.
Green building is about reducing energy waste and water use; it’s about creating jobs and sparking economic growth; it’s also about protecting the health of our children for the future.
The 2016 marquee Greenbuild conference , held annually in the United States since 2002, took place in Los Angeles, California, hosted more than 18,000 attendees and 531 exhibiting companies participating in 138,960 square feet of exhibit and display space on the trade show floor.
In recent years, the conference has expanded internationally. In addition to the 2017 India Greenbuild, the conference will also take place in Boston, China and Brazil this year.
“We look forward to partnering and working with ABEC,” added Ramanujam. “ABEC is a leader in India, bringing innovation and excellence to trade shows, events and conferences. The USGBC ABEC collaboration will help make Greenbuild 2017 a great success in India.”
GBCI and Environmental Defense Fund Establish Investor Confidence Project as Global Standard for Energy Efficiency Projects10/5/2016 3:26:27 PM
GBCI integrates ICP Certification for Energy Performance into global platform
Washington, D.C.—(Oct. 5, 2016)— Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced today a strategic vision to work together to develop, deliver and promote the Investor Confidence Project (ICP) as the premier global underwriting standard for energy efficiency projects. ICP will join GBCI's portfolio of credentials and certifications, and the organizations will work together to accelerate investment in energy efficiency.
The announcement follows the rapid rise in the adoption of the ICP system, including its certification for Investor-Ready Energy Efficiency™ (IREE) projects in the buildings sector, with successful programs and pilots in the United States and Europe.
'Investment in energy efficiency is one of the most powerful levers for transforming the built environment. GBCI and EDF are ensuring that these investments yield positive results for the environment and the bottom line,' said Mahesh Ramanujam , president, GBCI, and COO, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). 'GBCI continues to expand its portfolio to work toward a greener future, and the Investor Confidence Project is another big step in engaging the financial community in driving smart, energy-saving decisions that will deliver higher performance in existing buildings worldwide.'
ICP works to transform the energy efficiency market by increasing confidence in the financial and environmental performance of building retrofits. It offers investors and developers a standardized roadmap to assess risk and deliver on project results by optimizing performance and monitoring the outcome of energy efficiency investments to generate financial savings. By streamlining transactions and increasing the reliability of projected energy savings through its IREE certification, ICP reduces overhead costs to bring energy efficiency projects to market.
'The world's buildings account for about 40 percent of all energy use, and, in major cities like New York and London, that figure as much as doubles. What's more, up to half of this energy is wasted,' said Andy Darrell , chief of strategy, Global Energy and Finance at Environmental Defense Fund. 'ICP offers a system for investors and developers to access the trillion-dollar energy efficiency market, which remains largely untapped and is key to curbing climate change. Our partnership with GBCI builds on ICP's momentum, mobilizing capital to finance efficiency and cutting harmful pollution around the world.'
GBCI will work to scale ICP from a project conceived, incubated and developed at EDF in the U.S. and Europe to a market-based standard, housed at GBCI and capable of global growth and alignment with other GBCI programs.
'We've known for decades there's a lot of potential for financial returns locked up in the way buildings use energy. ICP provides a standard platform for project developers and underwriters to use to ensure building retrofits capture as much of this potential as possible,' said Matt Golden , ICP's director. 'The partnership with GBCI will help ICP usher a new era of market-driven performance and achieve global scale.'
The ICP system includes more than 70 credentialed project developers, and its projects are deemed ICP-compliant and IREE-certified by independent quality assurance providers . These include leading energy efficiency firms in the U.S. and Europe , as well as other firms that directly interact with energy efficiency customers.
ICP is running a pilot through the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and is working with Pacific Gas and Electric in California to provide interest-free loans to contractors who develop ICP investor-ready projects.
Backed by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program, and with philanthropic support, ICP has developed Europe-wide protocols and a certification based on national and international standards. It is also working with more than 200 leaders in finance, engineering and real estate in the continent through its Investor Network , Ally Network and Technical Working Group, including a portfolio of hospital renovations led by the Carbon and Energy Fund.
Green Business Certification, Inc. Announces 2016 LEED Fellows9/26/2016 1:46:41 PM
LEED Fellows are best-in-class for green building design, engineering and development
Washington, D.C. —(Sept. 26, 2016)— Green Business Certification Inc . (GBCI) today announced its 2016 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals. This year's 24 LEED Fellows exemplify a diverse array of achievements and contributions to the green building community.
'LEED would not have grown from an idea to a movement that spans more than 160 countries without the leadership and innovative thinking of professionals like our 2016 LEED Fellows,' said Mahesh Ramanujam , president, GBCI, and COO, U.S. Green Building Council. 'This group's work is a clear reminder of the significant progress we've made to create a sustainable built environment, and it is the ideas and contributions that these individuals make that will continue to advance our mission of a green building for all within this generation.'
2016 LEED Fellows:
Jim Chidester, senior mechanical engineer, Batson Inc.
Lance Davis, sustainability architect, U.S. General Services Administration
Aalok A. Deshmukh, general manager and head—energy efficiency, Schneider Electric India
Rebecca Dunn Bryant, principal, Watershed
Steven Guttmann, principal, Guttmann & Blaevoet
Anne Hicks Harney, sustainability director, Ayers Saint Gross
Elizabeth Heider, chief sustainability officer, Skanska USA Inc.
Susan Heinking, director of high performance, Pepper Construction Company
Julie Hendricks, vice president and director of EcoServices, Kirksey Architecture
R. Kirk Johnson, director of sustainable design, Corgan
Michael Kawecki, certification reviewer, GBCI
Juzer S. Kothari, managing director, Conserve Consultants Private Limited
Brian Lomel, principal, TLC Engineering for Architecture
Jorge Lopez de Obeso, chairman of the board, EA Energía y Arquitectura
Josée Lupien, president, Vertima—Green Building and Materials Experts
Tom Marseille, senior vice president and director of Sustainability, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
John Mlade, senior sustainability manager, YR&G
Diana Paez, green building & sustainable materials specialist, THREE Consultoria Medioambiental
Dana Robbins Schneider, managing director, JLL
David Rodriguez, firm principal, BCE
Megan Ritchie Saffitz, director of LEED support, GBCI
Susie Spivey-Tilson, senior program manager, CBRE
Wes Sullens, green building program manager, StopWaste
Shigeru Urashima, regional senior staff architect, Intel
The LEED Fellow program was established in 2011 to honor LEED professionals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in key mastery elements of LEED certification and significant contributions in teaching, mentoring or research with other industry professionals. LEED Fellows also have a strong history of highly impactful commitment, service and advocacy for green building and sustainability.
LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have at least 10 years experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process includes extensive portfolio review and is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by GBCI.
The recipients will be honored at the 2016 USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The nomination period for the 2017 LEED Fellows class will open in January 2017. For more information about the LEED Fellow program, visit usgbc.org/leed/credentials/leed-fellow .