Environmental Protection

Green/LEED Building



Articles

  • Recycling the Past to Build the Future

    Tacoma started by cleaning the waterways, polluted from decades of industry. New strategies, new technologies, such as "fingerprinting" of pollutants in the water, and new processes were developed, in partnership between UW Tacoma and the city. (Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County photo)

    Tacoma searched for years to find an identity. While the search continued, the city found out who it was not by tearing down what it used to be, but by restoring, reclaiming, and reutilizing what was there already. The result is a city becoming a leader at cleaning and reusing.

  • USGBC CEO Joins WELL Building Institute

    The International WELL Building Institute™ is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. It administers the WELL Building Standard™, which is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being.

  • New Balance World Headquarters Earns LEED Platinum Certification

    The New Balance World Headquarters in Boston has earned LEED Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council

    "We are extremely pleased to be able to call our new world headquarters a truly global leader in sustainability," said Rob DeMartini, New Balance's president and CEO.

  • Mutual Housing California and the City of Woodland Win Green Leadership Award for Mutual Housing at Spring Lake

    A financial contributor to the development, Woodland was chosen out of nearly 500 cities and 58 counties in the state. Mutual Housing at Spring Lake received the award because it was the first multi-family, rental-housing development in the nation to receive Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home certification.

  • Green Building: Why Waste a Window?

    Many people are looking for ways to improve the efficiency and appeal of their homes and businesses. Window film can be the perfect long-term and cost-effective solution for improvement. (International Window Film Association photo)

    Window film reduces energy consumption by reducing solar heat gain. It can reduce the homeowner's carbon footprint. And it can allow you to enjoy natural light without the negative impact of UV exposure.

  • Better Financing Options Make Green Multifamily Development Affordable

    Through Fannie Mae, green financing allows borrowers to fund smart, energy-efficient improvements or reward investments for refinance, acquisition, or supplemental financing. These programs are the first of their kind available to not only affordable, but also market-rate multifamily properties.

    Through Fannie Mae, green financing allows borrowers to fund smart, energy-efficient improvements or reward investments for refinance, acquisition, or supplemental financing. These programs are the first of their kind available to not only affordable, but also market-rate multifamily properties.


Whitepapers

  • Prefurbia Solution to Urban Renewal

    Prefurbia is a neighborhood planning method that produces organically designed, low environmental-impact neighborhoods through varied streetscapes, more public/private spaces, and better pedestrian connectivity.


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