Greenbuild Announces Rock Band The Revivalists to Headline Annual Celebration

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(Washington, D.C)—August 17, 2017—USGBC and Informa Exhibitions are excited to announce American rock band The Revivalists will perform at the 2017 Greenbuild Celebration, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Museum of Science in Boston.

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LEED enhances human health

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All over the world, promoting wellness is a priority for employers, builders and city planners alike. Building green using LEED, and other GBCI-administered rating systems such as SITES, enables us all to live, learn, work and play in environments that enhance human health both indoors and outdoors.
LEED has an entire credit category in the rating system for the indoor environment: Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ), which includes prerequisites and credits for design and construction projects, interiors, homes and existing buildings. When it comes to residential, LEED-certified multifamily and single-family homes are designed to deliver a healthier and safer place for residents by providing cleaner indoor air. As of early 2017, more than 112,000 residential units have earned LEED certification. Also, teams are focusing on designing neighborhoods that are more walkable, green and community-promoting, with tools like LEED for Neighborhood Development.
Energy-efficient buildings also help reduce pollution and improve outdoor air quality in major industrialized areas, making LEED a critical tool in reducing smog. Cities are embracing the power of green building to mitigate the effects of climate change and make air healthier and fresher for their citizens.
For office buildings, a healthy indoor environment with clean air and access to daylight makes a big impact on employee engagement. Studies show that LEED-certified buildings demonstrate increased recruitment and retention rates, as well as increased productivity benefits for employers. As global green construction continues to double every three years, the driving factors include not just client demand and environmental regulation, but an increased awareness of the health benefits to occupants.
Learn more about applying sustainable building strategies to human health with this session being held at all three Greenbuild events:
Performance-based IAQ evaluation in LEED v4—a pilot
Greenbuild China: Tues., October 17, 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Greenbuild India: Fri., November 3, 3:30–5 p.m
Greenbuild Boston: Fri., November 10, 8–9 a.m.
In 2016, USGBC tasked a working group with exploring state-of-the-art approaches to evaluating and monitoring the air in our indoor spaces. The group’s work is now complete and available for use in a new LEED pilot credit. Participants will learn about the pilot credit requirements and how to apply it to their LEED projects, as well as participate in a discussion with two experts from the working group, both offering a unique perspective on evaluating indoor air in China.
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Attend a SITES workshop at Greenbuild China

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Learn how you can integrate GBCI’s SITES v2 rating system into the development and ongoing maintenance of your projects. Register for our SITES workshop at Greenbuild China on October 16, 2017.

Traditional land development and use decisions often undervalue the benefits healthy ecosystems can provide to humans and their health and productivity. Developing land sustainably it is not only cost-effective, it is better for the land and fosters resiliency. Sustainable land development can minimize resource degradation, mitigate climate change, enhance human health and well-being and save valuable resources and money.

As China and other Asian countries continue their leadership efforts on sustainability, looking beyond the building is crucial. Modeled after LEED and administered by GBCI, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) defines what a sustainable site is and elevates the value of landscapes in the built environment.

The SITES v2 Rating System is a set of guidelines and performance-based metrics that align land development and management with innovative sustainable design, covering areas such as soil, vegetation, water, materials and human health and well-being. To further drive this market change, GBCI has recently brought to market the SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP) program, allowing practitioners to differentiate themselves as experts in sustainable land development.

Check out the workshop details below. (Please note: workshops are not included in the Greenbuild conference registration fee.)

LD01: Workshop: Exploring the SITES V2 Rating System for Sustainable Land Design and Development

When: October 16, 2017, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, Shanghai, China–W Shanghai–The Bund
Cost (USGBC members): ¥864 RMB and $125 USD (early bird pricing through September 8), ¥1036 RMB and $150 USD (standard price)
Cost (Nonmembers): ¥1035 RMB and $150 USD
GBCI continuing education hours: 4

Explore the SITES v2 rating system with real-world project examples. Discover important connections and distinctions between SITES and LEED. Engage in live discussion and application of SITES strategies with active projects. You will be among the first in China to be able to speak to the value of SITES, understand the central rating system components and themes, identify the important steps for pursuing SITES certification and set a framework to start studying for the new SITES AP exam.

Please contact us with any questions.

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Indoor environmental quality and LEED v4

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At USGBC, we always say that every story about LEED is a story about people. When USGBC set out to create the LEED standards, we wanted to build something that helped people and made their lives better. After all, we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, whether at work, school or home. Knowing this, wouldn’t we want those indoor spaces to be the healthiest and most comfortable places possible?

Better buildings, better productivity

There is also a business case to be made for healthy indoor environments, one that employers, investors, building developers and owners are discovering. A better indoor environment is better for people—and people are the most valuable resource in most organizations, typically accounting for 90 percent of business operating costs. Even a 1 percent improvement in productivity or in reduced absenteeism can have a major impact on the bottom line and competitiveness of any business. A 2012 study found that companies that adopt more rigorous environmental standards are associated with higher labor productivity, by an average of 16 percent, over non-green firms.

LEED has an entire credit category dedicated to the indoor environment: Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ), which includes prerequisites and credits for design and construction projects, interiors, homes and existing buildings.

The EQ credit category in LEED rewards decisions made by projects teams about indoor air quality and thermal, visual and acoustic comfort. Green buildings with high indoor environmental quality protect the health and comfort of building occupants, enhance productivity, decrease absenteeism, improve a building’s value and reduce liability for building designers and owners.

A holistic system for IEQ results

To have a high-quality indoor environment, you need a high-quality building—one that is holistically developed using a system like LEED. You can’t have a high-performing indoor space if the building itself is wasting energy, water and other resources. You can’t ensure health in a building that is constructed on land unsuitable for development. You can’t ensure well-being in a building that is not optimized for the systems inside. You can’t have a more comfortable indoor environment in a building that is contributing to the heat island effect. All of these components contribute to the LEED rating system and what ensures a high-performing building from the inside out.

The relationship between the indoor environment and the health and comfort of occupants is complex. Local customs and expectations, occupant activities and the building’s site, design and construction are just a few variables that make it harder to measure. However, there are many ways to quantify the direct effect of a building on its occupants. LEED balances the need for prescriptive measures with more performance-oriented credit requirements. For example, source control is addressed first in a LEED EQ prerequisite, and a later credit then specifies an indoor air quality assessment to measure the actual outcome of these strategies.

The EQ category also combines traditional approaches with emerging design strategies. Traditional approaches include ventilation and thermal control, while the emerging design techniques involve advanced lighting metrics, acoustics and a holistic emissions-based approach.

Here is the breakdown of the LEED EQ category for existing buildings:

  • Prerequisite: Minimum indoor air quality performance
  • Prerequisite: Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control
  • Prerequisite: Green cleaning policy
  • Credit (2 points); Indoor air quality management program
  • Credit (2 points): Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
  • Credit (1 point): Thermal comfort
  • Credit (2 points): Interior lighting
  • Credit (4 points): Daylight and quality views
  • Credit (1 point): Green cleaning—custodial effectiveness assessment
  • Credit (1 point): Green cleaning—products and materials
  • Credit (1 point): Green cleaning—equipment
  • Credit (2 points): Integrated pest management
  • Credit (1 point): Occupant comfort survey

To learn more about LEED, indoor environmental quality and human health, join us for Greenbuild 2017, being held this year in Boston, India and China.

In Boston, you won’t want to miss USGBC’s session D14, dedicated to LEED credit strategies for healthy spaces:

Course: LEED Credit Strategies for Healthy Spaces

Thurs., November 9, 1–2 p.m.

In LEED, the Indoor Environmental Quality category addresses design strategies and environmental factors—such as air quality, lighting quality, acoustic design and control over one’s surroundings—that influence the way people learn, work and live. LEED subject matter experts will review the credits, discuss how teams can prioritize their time and present strategies for implementation.

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Top engineers in green building

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On the road to Greenbuild 2017, we take inspiration from some of the top engineering firms in green building. The work of these companies demonstrates that whether a project is new construction or an existing building, in a domestic or international location, LEED certification is the hallmark of sustainable building everywhere.  


Skanska aims to build key infrastructure like schools, homes, hospitals, offices and roads to propel development and economic progress. Their holistic approach to green building continuously evolves, along with their understanding of what shapes and constitutes sustainable societies. For every project, Skanska sets targets for energy, carbon, water, material selection and waste in accordance with an internally developed strategic tool that helps measure and guide its green activities.

101 Seaport, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

101 Seaport is a 17-story, 440,000-square-foot LEED Platinum office building, and the first in Boston to use an active chilled beam mechanical system. Other notable sustainability features include a triple-glazed curtain wall and rainwater reuse system, which cut energy use by 30 percent and water use by 40 percent.

Thornton Tomasetti

Thornton Tomasetti integrates proven green solutions into the planning, design, construction and operation of buildings. They apply whole-systems thinking and analytical tools to develop solutions that balance triple-bottom-line factors, knowing that sustainability goals are best realized when performance is measured and compared with targets. A USGBC Education Partner with two LEED fellows on staff, Thornton Tomasetti leads by example, demonstrating that education is critical to improving sustainability in the built environment.

Palazzo Lombardia, Milan, Italy

The Palazzo Lombardia (“Lombardy Building”) is a complex of buildings in Milan and the main seat of the government of Lombardy. The project includes five nine-story, wave-like buildings totaling 98,000 square meters, including a 43-story tower. The civic complex also features rooftop gardens, open-air public plazas between the buildings and a large piazza enclosed by an innovative roof structure.


WSP believes that they can bring the most influence to creating a sustainable economy through their expertise and customer service. Their “Future Ready” global client-facing program assists with preparing for the future, seeking ways to protect against challenges beyond the horizon. In a world of climate change, mass urbanization and expanding population, WSP ensures projects are ready for what comes next, with flexible designs and lower ownership costs.

270 Albert Street, Ottawa, Canada

270 Albert Street is the first commercial project in Canada to be certified under LEED v4, achieving LEED Gold for O+M. After a 2013 energy audit determined that the 14-story, 164,000-square-foot office tower was already operating efficiently, the building’s energy performance was improved by a further 25 percent through LEED. Despite having been built in 1975, the building achieved an impressive operational energy use intensity of 20 ekWh/sf and an Energy Star score of 91.

Check out this session for engineers at Greenbuild Boston:

Course: Speculative Platinum to Profitable Investment

Fri., November 10 from 8–9 a.m.

Learn how Skanska Commercial Development used a low-tech “clever-building” strategy to achieve a high-performance building and a LEED Platinum certification within recession-era financial parameters. Attendees will hear about specific strategies, including site planning and building orientation, energy efficiency, daylighting, solar controls, new cladding materials and structural design, as well as the community-based planning process.

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