Reinventing Green Building to be Smart, Simple and Sustainable

Future green building rating systems should be designed more like sculpture than painting - instead of piling on one consideration after another, they should seek to remove just about everything that is not essential to the main goal: cutting carbon emissions. That means they need to be designed with the end-user in mind, keeping the system: Smart. Simple. Sustainable. 

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Higher Education - Is LEED Flunking Out?

From 2010 through 2015, LEED certified fewer than 1,500 higher education buildings, representing less than 0.7 percent of total higher education buildings. Registered proj­ect numbers have ranged between 450 and 550 per year since 2010, with only 422 projects registered (and 393 certified) in 2015. In other words, there has been basically no growth in LEED’s use in higher education over the past six years. 

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LEED's Limited Uptake – Green Building’s Biggest Unreported Story?

Why hasn't the media picked up on the fact that LEED's growth in the US has stopped since 2010?  The reality is that more than 99% of all US commercial buildings (by number) and more than 96% (by floor area), measured at the end of 2015, are not LEED-certified. if a business's sales revenues had flatlined like this, there would be immediate fixes and a new set of product updates, including changes to the basic delivery model.

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The Future of Green Building: Top 10 Megatrends

In my forthcoming book, Reinventing Green Building (RGB), I identify 10 megatrends that I believe will shape green building technologies, markets, government rules and certification systems through 2020 and beyond. In this post, I show that green building certification in the US, the source of 2/3 of all certification projects, has stopped growing and is being eclipsed by energy efficiency as a Megatrend.

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