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Building Location’s Impact on Sustainability and the Wellbeing of Occupants

November 1, 2020

By Libby Dunne, Sustainability Analyst, Fitwel Ambassador and Calvin Furbee, Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) When assessing a building’s impact on the environment and its occupants, many first consider the building’s interior and performance. These metrics are very important for improving a building’s sustainability and its effects on patrons, but no matter the energy […]
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LEED Zero and High Performance Buildings

April 20, 2020

By Dallas Terry Senior Energy Consultant CEM, LEED AP BD+C Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) In 2018 the USGBC launched LEED Zero certifications to help building owners and occupiers tackle the next frontier in Green Building design and performance. Since that time more than 16 projects have certified or are in the process and more Net […]
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COVID-19 and Buildings: How Building Certifications can Help Prevent Disease Spread in the Future

March 26, 2020

By Libby Dunne Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) The current COVID-19 viral outbreak is currently forcing lifestyle changes that create difficulty and hardship for many people. However, this virus will likely bring about some permanent changes that may help to prevent or at least better prepare us for an outbreak in the future. Some […]
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What’s new in LEED v4.1

November 19, 2018

By Samta Brahmbhatt Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) The well-known LEED certification has yet again improved its rating system to better accommodate the environmental and health sustainability impacts. LEED can be certified in residential and commercial buildings during the design and construction phase as well as the operations and maintenance phase. The US Green […]
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LEED Performance Path By Way of Arc

August 16, 2017

Everything you need to know about Arc and LEED Performance Path What is LEED Performance Path? There still is a lot of confusion about LEED Performance Path and LEED Dynamic Plaque (LDP) because LDP only lasted about a year or so before it was replaced with LEED Performance Path (LPP).  To be crystal clear, LDP […]
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Looking Back: LEED History

August 8, 2016

By Megan Rosa Sustainability Analyst Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Buildings are responsible for enormous amounts of energy use and carbon dioxide emissions which calls for the demand of more sustainable working and living conditions. In this article, let’s take a look at LEED History and how it has evolved into present day. The most prolific […]
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LEED and Sustainable Landscaping

March 7, 2016

If you’ve made the decision to pursue LEED certification for a new or established building, you’re committed to an ongoing eco-conscious process. Sustainable landscaping is an essential component of LEED certification under the Sustainable Sites credit category. Sustainable Sites allows projects to earn points in how their landscape is sustainably designed and maintained from  rainwater management, the […]
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World Green Building Week September 21-27, 2015

September 24, 2015

This year, countries from around the globe will recognize September 21-27 as World Green Building Week. It is a time to come together collectively to acknowledge the progress made towards, and to re-affirm the goals of, sustainability. LEED Certified Buildings use 25% less energy, cut operating costs by 19% and reduce average water usage by […]
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The Digital Age Streamlines Green Building Certification Processes

January 28, 2014

The two most popular green building certifications are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Globes. These programs give building owners, comprehensive green building standards, criteria for sustainable building design and energy efficient operations. Here is a comparison of the key features of both green building programs, as well as advice on how […]
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SIG’s Presence at Greenbuild 2013

December 31, 2013

Greenbuild 2013, held in Philadelphia, PA from November 20-22, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Green Building Council. Focusing on green buildings and sustainability, this international conference and expo brought in over 28,000 green building professionals, each with fresh ideas and a passion of environmental stewardship. This year, SIG sent four team members to […]
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