The latest information from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) awards and general building guidelines. Includes charts and updates on the latest green (sustainable) building standards worldwide, discussions on green and non-green building materials and USGBC opinions.

McDonalds LEED Gold Certification
By: Sarah Erdman
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Source: QA Graphics
California McDonalds shoots for LEED Gold Certification, other fast food chains can learn from this story. Featured in this story is a Riverside, California McDonald’s that is the fourth McDonald’s restaurant in the U.S. to seek LEED® certification.
LEED Gold Certified School Construction
By: Robin Bectel, Editor
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
An environmentally-conscious educational facility, Harold D. Rider Family Media, Science and Fine Arts Center is a private school designed for Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade students.
By: Staff
Monday, November 8, 2010
Source: USGBC
Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) opened up the proposed update to the LEED green building rating system for its first public comment. The public comment period, which will close on December 31, 2010, is the next step in the continuous improvement process and the on-going development cycle of the LEED program.

U.S. Green Building Council Launches the Center for Green Schools
Friday, October 1, 2010
By: iGreenBuild Staff
 Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announces its newest initiative, The Center for Green Schools at USGBC. There are nearly 140,000 schools, colleges and universities in the United States; no one has ever counted the buildings, but thousands are barely built to code.

Green Education Project Wins LEED Platinum
Frontier Project
Friday, July 2, 2010
By: Lydia Wood
June 23, 2010- Rancho Cucamonga, CA - The Frontier Project Foundation in Rancho Cucamonga, CA recently received notification of receipt of the LEED Platinum rating by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Frontier Project Foundation, which was responsible for the construction of the project,, is a non-profit organization established by the Cucamonga Valley Water District in 2005 that is dedicated to meeting the environmental challenges facing Southern California. Its mission is to show how sustainable design can be economical, efficient, and inviting by demonstrating innovations for Southern California living and working environments. The Frontier Project consists of a one-acre site that includes a 14,000 square foot sustainable resource center, demonstration gardens, and an onsite water retention system. The USGBC’s recognition of the Project is confirmation the mission is already being achieved.

Natural Balance House With A Curved SIP Roof
Natural Balance House
Friday, July 2, 2010
By: Lydia Wood
June 30, 2010- San Juan Island, WA: A roof made of structural insulated panels or SIPs isn’t exceptionally unusual in a home shooting for major green certifications. What makes the one on San Juan Island’s Natural Balance House remarkable is that 800 square feet of it is curved. Flat panels, curved roof – how does that work? According to the builder, Ravenhill Construction, it works like a charm. Ravenhill was able to install the full 3,600-square-foot roof area in less than three weeks. The job required no prep work and only one assembly. To form them into a curve, Ravenhill’s crew placed narrow panels side-by-side and filled the gaps between with foam. British Columbia architect Michael McNamara praised SIP roofing, saying, “It seems more natural because elements in nature are curved and not in a straight line.”

Buildings Go Green for Energy Efficiency
Friday, June 25, 2010
By: Susan McGinnis
Source: Clean Skies News
As the White House continues to promote energy efficiency as a key component to solving the energy crisis, politicians and business leaders consider commercial buildings prime candidates for efficiency savings.

Modern, Sustainable Homes In Canada
Canada, Living Homes, Green Home
Monday, June 14, 2010
By: Emily Friedman
Living Homes, a U.S.-based company recognized for its sustainable home building designs, has made the leap to Canadian soil. These houses represent a series of upscale green homes on the higher end of the market. The majority of Living Homes’ prefabricated houses are manufactured at their Southern California factory, but thanks to a partnership with the Manitoba-based fabricator Conquest Manufacturing Ltd. and Toronto-based Nexterra Green Homes, they will be able to design and construct houses locally in Toronto.

A “Green” Napa Valley Winery
Green Winery, Hall Estate Wine
Friday, June 11, 2010
By: Lydia Wood
San Mateo. CA- June 1, 2010- Hall Estate Winery in Napa Valley, CA has quickly become a model for green wine production. Owners of the winery and of HALL wines, Craig and Kathryn Hall partnered with world- renowned architect Frank Gehry and Los Angeles-based IBE Consulting Engineers (Ideas for the Built Environment) to construct a $100 million winery that is aesthetically beautiful and environmentally friendly. The concept of green construction is a familiar one to the Halls, who pursue green endeavors in all of their winerys. In July 2009, the Hall St. Helena’s Winery, also owned by Craig and Kathyrn Hall, was the first winery in California to be awarded LEED certification by garnering LEED Gold certification.

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