WASHINGTON — D.C. already leads the nation for environmentally friendly green building construction per capita, and now it gets the highest citywide award for green building. The U.S. Green Building Council has named the D.C. as the first city in the world to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Cities Platinum award, the highest certification given by the U.S. Green Building Council.
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The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has created a joint venture with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) to create Green Business Certification Inc. Canada, a new organization that will focus solely on project certification and professional credentialing of green buildings and businesses. The new program will be in charge of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, a building rating system for improving the efficiency of water and energy use in buildings.
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At True Pundit, freelance writer Krystal Rogers-Nelson looks at three green building trends from three of the most sustainable cities in the world: Singapore’s vertical gardens, Stockholm’s energy conservation, and Zurich’s minergie principles. “These cities are comprised of innovative buildings that incorporate the newest green technologies and building trends, putting environmental responsibility first. These cities have captured the world’s attention with their sophisticated designs, leading the way towards a greener future.”
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New Study from Columbia Institute Finds Exciting Potential for Job Growth in Building Trades as Canada Moves to Low-Carbon Economy
VANCOUVER, B.C., Aug. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Columbia Institute released a landmark study: Jobs for Tomorrow – Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions. Commissioned by Canada’s Building Trades Unions, this study explores the historic role of Canada’s construction industry and potential for low-carbon economy job growth as we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Meeting Canada’s climate goals could generate millions of jobs in the building trades by 2050.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) is investing up to $15.8 million in 13 projects that will drive innovation in early-stage research and development for advanced building technologies and systems that will serve as a foundation for future technological developments and reductions in building energy consumption.
The outcomes and advancements of the selected technologies will ultimately result in improving the efficiency of the nation’s buildings and help American consumers and businesses save energy and money on their utility bills, according to the agency.
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Green building in New Mexico took a big step in 2004 when then-Gov. Bill Richardson declared New Mexico the “Green Energy State” and organized the Green Building Task Force. In 2007, the Sustainable Building Tax Credit was adopted, allowing all types of construction to take advantage of the tax credit, from affordable housing to schools to single family homes.
Residential construction continues to take advantage of the tax credit, helping bring value to the housing market.
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