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USGBC Perspective: How Arc Uses Data And Measurement To Drive Green Performance

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4 Ways To Go Green In Existing Buildings

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Does Value-Engineering Also Cut Occupant Productivity?

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LEED’s Energy Jumpstart Credit: An Efficiency Compromise

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Take A New Look At LEED

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USGBC Perspective: Top 10 States for LEED

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14 Tips for Success in Green Building

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Green Strategies Include Early Use of Safety Experts, Installation Troubleshooting

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Other Green Strategies Include Inventory Management, Good Roof Maintenance

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U.S. Green Building Council Perspective: High-Performance Green Buildings as a Keystone of a Low-Carbon Economy

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Solar Canopies Bring Multiple Benefits To Property Management Firm

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Good News on Green Building from USGBC’s Economic Impact Study

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Networked Water-Management Systems Aid Green Goals

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Greenbuild 2015 Heads to Washington, D.C., May Be Biggest Yet

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Value of Internet of Things to Green Buildings

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IoT Lighting Controls Taking the Lead in Efficient, Green Applications

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Complexity of Commercial Buildings a Challenge to IoT Applications

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Big Future Predicted for IoT, but a Simple Definition Is Elusive

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System Integration Offers Benefits for Green Buildings

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LEED v4 and Why Raising the Bar Matters

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Students Help LEED Schools Toward Energy Efficiency

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Top 10 States for LEED Show Market for Green Building Gaining

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Resources for Fire Safety in Green Buildings

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Achieving Good Acoustical Performance in Open Space Designs

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Sound Masking Pushes Toward Individualized, Centralized Control

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Acoustics Driving the Ceiling and Sound Masking Field

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Treatment and Popularity of Re-Using Onsite Water

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Net-Zero, Re-Use Approaches Address Looming Water Problems

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On-Site Water Can Lead To Goal of Net-Zero Water

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Operate a Green Building Well and Fire Safety Will Follow

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Strategies Include Familiarizing Firefighters with Site and Building

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Green Buildings, Like All Buildings, Must Mitigate Fire Risks

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The Rise of the LEED City

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A Beginner's Guide to ASHRAE 90.1 and LEEDv4

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ASHRAE, LEED Updates Include Lighting, Sustainable Materials

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The Intersection of Green Building Design and Fire Safety

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States Raise The Bar On High-Performance Buildings

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New Operations and Maintenance Credits in LEED v4

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Budget For Energy Upgrades Requires Fully Understanding Real Costs

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True Energy Costs Play Important Role In Determining Energy Savings

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Realistic View Of Energy Savings Helps Meet Targets

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USGBC Professional Exams Evolving With Launch Of LEED v4

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High-Performance Exteriors Require Creativity, Commitment

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Attention To Detail Helps Eliminate Envelope Leaks

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High-Performance Exterior Helps Library Use Less Energy In More Space

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With Water A Concern, Education Was Key To Convincing Owners To Use Open-Ventilated Rain Screen

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Occupant Engagement, Proper Operation Help Meet Sustainable Operations Goals

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Success Of Sustainability Initiatives Often Hinges On Reaching The Right People

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Engage Facility Staff To Help Ensure Sustainable Operations

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Human Behavior Can Make It Hard To Find Best Way To Encourage Sustainable Behavior

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GSA's Contract Structure For High-Performance Building Project Shows Future Possibilities

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Performance Targets Helped GSA Ensure Expedited Bid Process Didn't Sacrifice Energy Efficiency

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Planning For Measurement And Verification Surprises Helps GSA Hit Energy Efficiency Targets

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Training Of Building Occupants, Operators Is Critical To Maintaining High Performance

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Pros And Cons Of Green Building Rating Systems

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Certified Energy Manager Credential Is One Option For Energy-Focused Professional Sustainability Certification

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Green Globes, Energy Star, BOMA 360, Living Building Challenge Offer Different Benefits For Different Buildings

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USGBC Perspective: Education @USGBC To Teach Green Building Best Practices

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LEED v4: How Energy And Atmosphere, Materials And Resources And Indoor Environmental Quality Requirements Have Changed

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Lessons Learned From A LEED v4 Beta Project

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USGBC Releases Top 10 States For LEED

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LEED v4 Requires A New Facility Management Approach To LEED

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Talking Points Column: All that Glitters is not (LEED) Gold

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Why Environmental Product Declarations Are Important for Green Buildings

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How EPDs Are Created, What They Include, and Why They’re Useful

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Sustainable and Maintainable: Achieving Two Goals

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HVAC Systems Common Target of Sustainability Projects

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How To Ensure High-Performance Buildings Have High-Performance Operations

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BOMI's High Performance Program Can Help Ensure High-Performance Operations

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LEED in Motion Reports Help Support Case For Sustainability

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IFMA's Sustainability Programs Can Help FMs Meet Sustainability Goals

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Areas For FMs To Master In Sustainability: Planning, Project Management, Communication, Real Estate, Finance

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Technology, Operations and Maintenance Are Keys To Sustainability Efforts

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A Guide To Greenbuild 2013

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Why Facility Managers Make the Best Sustainability Executives

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How BIM Can Improve Building Efficiency

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BIM Contract Requirements Help Standardize Results

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Survey: How BIM Is Being Used And Where It Will Go In The Future

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USGBC Offers Resources To Ease LEED v4 Transition

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Measurement and Verification Can Help Maintain Efficiency, Improve LEED Scores

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Measurement And Verification Requires Close Attention To Be Successful Part Of Green Building Initiatives

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How Continuous Measurement And Verification Helped Improve Operational Efficiency

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LEED for Healthcare Aims To Help Improve Health of Buildings, Patients

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What Is The Living Building Challenge?

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Does the New LEED Include a "Red List" of Chemicals?

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New State Laws Advance Green Building

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GSA Keeps LEED as Its Standard of Choice

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Sustainable Construction And Renovation On Campus Help Cut Costs, Attract Students

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Conduct Energy Efficiency Analysis Before Beginning Sustainable Campus Construction

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Resilient Design, Campus Master Plan Are Important Elements Of Sustainable Construction

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LEED v4 Demand Response Pilot Credit Encourages Analysis Of Outside Power Generation

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How the GSA's Bean Federal Center Uses Solar Power to Save on Utility Costs

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Photovoltaic Lab on Bean Federal Center Roof Helps GSA Find Best Solar Solutions

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Bean Federal Center Solar Power Project Creates Jobs, Utility Savings

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USGBC Lists Top 10 LEED States for 2012

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Bridge The Gap From Construction To Efficient Operations

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Tie Design and Construction Teams To Building Performance

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LEED Certification Aims To Be Constantly Evolving

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Energy Model Shows Economic Value of High-Performance HVAC

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A Facility Manager's Guide to LEED-EB O&M Rating System

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Overview of Points System for LEED-EB O&M

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Successful LEED EB O&M Certification May Take Years to Achieve

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Team Effort Helps Make Green Health Care Design A Reality

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Space Programming Needs To Be Early Consideration In Health Care Design

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Health Care Design Needs To Take Adjacency Into Consideration

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Building Envelope Is A Significant Influence On Patient Bed Tower Design

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Central Plant Requirements Affect Health Care Construction And Operations

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Briefings: GSA Studies Reveal Energy Savings

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Green Strategies in a Historic Preservation Project: King Federal Building in Atlanta

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Survey Of Energy Efficient Properties Shows LEED Offers Advantages

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LEED Projects Are Not Homogenous Group

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How To Get Improved Results From Energy Projects

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How Office Park Landscapes Can Reduce Water Use

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Smart Irrigation Systems, Rainwater Collection Are Cost-Effective

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Proposed Legionella Standard Undergoing Further Revisions

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USGBC Perspective: Greenbuild 2012 Celebrates Sustainable Building Management

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5 minutes with Skip Milton, Assistant Director of Facility Operations at Texas Children's Hospital

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Legal Issues Complicate LEED Guarantees

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Gifford Lawsuit Over LEED Certifications Set Some Guidelines for What Recourse is Available

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USGBC Perspective: The Evolution of LEED for Existing Buildings

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LEED Resources for Facility Managers from Green Building Certification Institute

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As LEED Grows, GBCI Takes Steps to Handle Workload, Ensure Quality

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Department of Energy: Goal of Better Buildings Challenge is to Cut Down on $60 Billion in Wasted Energy

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Gathering Energy Data Often Most Difficult Part of Better Buildings Challenge Efforts

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Better Buildings Challenge Offers Benefits Beyond Just Learning

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Facility Managers Have More Green Building Ratings Systems Choices Than Ever

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LEED Offers Guidelines for Green Design, Construction and Operations

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Green Globes Program Covers Wide Range of Buildings

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Living Building Challenge is Advanced Green Building Standard

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SERF Offers Affordable Alternative to Other Green Building Ratings Systems

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BOMA 360 Includes Sustainability as Part of Focus On Efficient Operations

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Higher Energy Star Score Key to LEED-EBOM

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Auditing, Retrocommissioning Can Lead to Better Energy Star Score, LEED Success

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LEED-EBOM's Energy Star Prerequisite Not Intended to Discourage Participation

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USGBC Perspective: LEED 2012 Revises Point System, Adds Market Sectors

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Energy Efficiency Blueprint?

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Six Steps To LEED-EBOM

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Wireless Metering Enhances Sustainability Reporting

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Specifying Effective Portable Cooling Equipment

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Six Steps to a Successful LEED-EBOM Project

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LEED-EBOM: Evaluating How Hard It Will Be to Gain Certification

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Successful LEED-EBOM Projects Require Resourcefulness, Realistic Timelines

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Occupant Buy-in Can Make or Break LEED-EBOM Projects

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Sustaining Sustainability

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Sustainability Performance Measurements

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A Stronger Maintenance-Sustainability Link

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Facility Managers Explain How They Minimize Risks and Maximize Rewards of New Technology

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Evaluating New Technology: Business Analysis, Third-Party Tests Can Prevent Problems

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Where Facility Managers Can Find Information, Guidance on Evaluating New Technology

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New Building Technology: How Facility Managers Can Insulate Their Organizations From Risks

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The "Big Four" Green Building Rating Systems

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High Performance Buildings: Avoiding Problems

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Energy Modeling for High-Performance Buildings is Only as Good as the Inputs

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High Performance Buildings: HVAC Designs

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USBGC Releases Rankings of States With Most LEED-Certified Buildings

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International Green Construction Code Approved with Energy Efficiency, Metering Requirements

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IgCC Adopted in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Lessons Learned

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International Green Construction Code Sets Energy Efficiency Measures for Buildings

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How LEED Volume Can Help Facility Managers

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How a Commercial Office REIT Used LEED Volume

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LEED-EBOM Certifications Outpacing LEED-New Construction

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USGBC Building Performance Partnership for LEED Buildings

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A Breakdown of LEED-EBOM

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Data is Power: LEED Buildings and the Building Performance Partnership

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Long-term Sustainability: LEED-EBOM

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From Design to Operations: Energy Star's Designed to Earn

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Mandating Performance: Outcome-based Codes

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LEED Designs Don't Always Lead to Sustainable Operations

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Controls, Commissioning Key to Realizing Green Building Potential

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Energy Model: Use To Compare, Not To Predict

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The Curious Case of Northland Pines High School

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Using LEED-EBOM on Campus Requires Managing Data, Defining Scope

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What ISO 50001 Can Offer is a Framework for Continuous Energy Improvement

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Five Steps to Green Campuses

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FMs Can Roll Out LEED-EBOM Across the Campus

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LEED-EBOM 'Master Site' Credits Categorized in Three General Groups

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Facility Managers Can Use LEED-EBOM Categories as Conceptual Tools

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Multimedia: Transwestern's Allan Skodowski on Sustainability

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Green Means Go for Transwestern's Skodowski, His Sustainability Team

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Transwestern's Sustainability Efforts a Cornerstone of Company's Work

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Experience Makes Skodowski a Natural to Develop Green Best Practices

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Skodowski, Transwestern Focus on Green Building Success, not Speed

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For Envelope, Target Durability, As Well As Energy

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LEED Pilot Credits Target Certified Products, Demand Response

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Healthy And Green With LEED For Healthcare

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LEED for Schools Focuses on Daylighting, Acoustics and Indoor Air Quality

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New Mexico School District Puts Building Requirements on a LEED Silver Platter

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9 Ways LEED for Schools is Different From LEED-NC

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Building Envelopes Affect Energy Use, so Make Sure Yours Isn't Just a Pretty Face

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For Efficient Exteriors, Start With the Outside, Looking In

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Understanding What an Energy Model Can and Can't do is Critical to its Success

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Realistic Expectations Needed to get Most out of Energy Modeling

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As San Francisco Requires Buildings to Disclose Energy Use, the Obama Administration Pushes for Federal Action

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Better Buildings Initiative sets new Energy Information Reporting Standards

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Energy Model Can Improve HVAC System Energy Efficiency

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Sustainability Improvements Require Organizational Buy-In

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Sustainability: Green Projects Help Obtain Funding

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A LEED-EBOM Case Study

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A LEED-EBOM Case Study

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High-Performance HVAC System Requires an Integrated Design

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Sustainability: Tactics to Avoid Failure, Embrace Success

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Sustainability Part of Managers' New Normal

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Green Initiatives Save Money, Reduce Energy Use with Kim Farlin

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DOE Grant Fuels County's Green Building Projects

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Top 10 Green Building Trends of 2011

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Green Building Design Can Pose Fire Safety Challenges

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Responsibilities Must Be Spelled Out In a Green Building Contract

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Designer’s Professional Liability Insurance Issues

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Determining Damages in Green Building Lawsuits

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Power, Water Meters Help Earn Green Building Credits

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What is ASHRAE 189.1?

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Managers Discuss Their Role in LEED Certification

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Reflectivity, Emissivity Important Factors When Selecting A Cool Roof

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Insulation, Climate Can Affect Roof's Energy Efficiency

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School Districts Take Lead on Sustainability

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City Adopts LEED as Building Standard

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States Develop Green Building Guidelines

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Maximize Green Investments With an Enterprise-wide Approach

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Green Building Goals and Security Initiatives Can Find Common Ground

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Fifty Percent Increase in Green Building Programs since 2007, Report Finds

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Green Building to Support Nearly 8 Million U.S. Jobs Over Next 4 Years, Study Says

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ASHRAE Seeks Proposal on Green Buildings User’s Manual

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High-Performance Buildings Go to Washington

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Paints and Coatings: The Impact of VOCs on Performance

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Call for Comments on Green Building Standard

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ICC Begins Development Of Green Building Code

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The American Institute of Architects Announces the 2009 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

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Greening of Building Portfolios Remains a Priority For Commercial Real Estate Industry, Study Finds

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Green Building Study Finds Benefits of Building Green Outweigh Cost Premium

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Energy Targets for Federal Building Remain Challenging, ASHRAE Says

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USGBC Launches Green Book Club

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California Adopts Green Codes

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BOMA Releases Green Lease Guide

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DOE Launches Net Zero Program

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Princeton Review Ranks Green Colleges

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ASHRAE Releases Commissioning Guidelines

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Maintainability and Green Buildings

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Counties with Green Building Programs Have Surged Since 2003

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GBI Calls for Comments on Green Building Standard

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BOMA, GBI Partner On Sustainability

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Cities with Green Building Programs Have Increased Fourfold Since 2003

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New Collaboration Between the Construction Specifications Institute and U.S. Green Building Council Announced

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EPA Announces Green Building Design Competition Winners

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Thinking Green: Implementing A Sustainable Construction Process

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Local Governments Increasingly Mandate Green Building

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USGBC Opens Public Comment on LEED For High Performance Operations

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Green Developers Break New Ground

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New Study Confirms Corporate America's Trend Toward Sustainability and Green Building

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China Urged to Tap Benefits of Green Buildings

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Green Building Goes to Washington

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Green Schools The Hottest Market For Green Building

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Study Compares Green Building Rating Systems

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LEED Deadline Extended

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BOMA, Green Building Council Agreed to Promote Energy Efficiency

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Adobe Earns Additional LEED Platinum Certification

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Green Building Practices A Rising Priority for Businesses, New Study Finds

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ASHRAE Releases Updated Book on Design, Construction and Operation of Green Buildings

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U.S. Green Building Council Proposes LEED Requirement to Slash Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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New Non-Profit Aims to Raise Awareness About Green Cleaning

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AIA Preps Green Building Toolkit

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LEED Version 3.0 Aims to Respond to Market’s Needs

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Assigning Value to Green Buildings

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Green Building Report

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REPORT PREPARED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
LEED-EB: Focus on Operations

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High-Performance Exteriors

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The ‘Greening’ of Existing Facilities

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Green Building Report

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Green CMBS

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LEED: A Scorecard for Green Buildings

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Green Economics: Small Price for Environmental Gains

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Green Building Report

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Penn State's Green Coach

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Green Building Report

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Underused strategies could make green buildings even greener

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Numbers Games

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Green Building Report

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Sustaining Sustainability

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Green Gains:

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Getting a Grip on Green Products

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Green Building Report

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New Green Rating System Offers Guidance for Existing Buildings

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Going, Going... GREEN

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Across the Industry

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How ‘Green’ Are You?