Savona Becomes Europe’s First LEED Gold City

Earlier this week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification (GBCI) has named Savona, Italy, as Europe's first LEED Gold–certified city. Located in the coastal region of Liguria in northwest Italy, Savona has in recent years taken clear...

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VGBC Training Course: Introduction to LEED Certification

  VGBC is pleased to announce the new training course: Introduction to LEED Certification. This one-day training course will provide basic understanding of the LEED Green Building Certification System for industry professionals. LEED is a green building rating...

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After releasing new versions of all the other LOTUS systems during 2017, VGBC is now working on the update of LOTUS NR and LOTUS MFR with the plan to release LOTUS NR V2.1 and LOTUS MFR V1 in the first half of 2018. In this update, the main aim is to keep the same...

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LEED must be updated to address climate change

  Over the last 20 years, LEED has become the dominant U.S. green building design standard and is the most influential standard of its kind globally. This is an extraordinary achievement and has made for healthier, more productive and greener homes, workplaces,...

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Contribution of Structural Engineer in LOTUS Project

The value that structural engineers bring to LOTUS certification projects is their expertise in building materials and structural systems with consideration to structural adaptability for future and alternative uses. Engineering contributions include improving...

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LOTUS Project Team Formation

The first step in preparing for the LOTUS Certification process on a building project is the formation of the LOTUS Project Team. Integrated design is one of the most important sustainability strategies and a good project team will become the key to an integrated,...

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