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Dewberry’s Dan Koenigshofer and John Roberts Receive Award for ASHRAE’s Best Article of 2018

Dan Koenigshofer, P.E., MSPH, HFDP, SASHE, and John Roberts, P.E., MSPH, HFDP, LEED AP BD+C, have been recognized with the 2018 Journal Paper of the Year by the ASHRAE Journal. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers seeks to advance the arts and sciences of heating, Read More …

USGBC Launches LEED Zero to Address Net Zero Carbon Operations, Resources in Green Buildings

The U.S. Green Building Council has launched LEED Zero, a new program that will address net zero operations and resources in buildings.

“Net zero is a powerful target that will move the entire industry forward,” said Melissa Baker, senior vice president of technical core at USGBC. “For years, LEED projects around the world have aspired Read More …

Water Wise: What U.S. hospitals can learn from Cape Town’s water crisis

The world was shocked to learn that Cape Town, South Africa’s second largest city, was forced to reconcile with the fact that its water supply wasn’t a lifetime guarantee. In January 2018, the mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, announced that “Day Zero” would occur in April of that year. Read More …

Mechanics of LEED: Combining holistic design desires + MEP design requirements

Good hospital design and the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design performance rating system didn’t always go hand-in-hand. Today, they finally do. When there’s a holistic design approach that marries the hospital’s architectural desires with MEP design requirements, LEED certification is possible. Read More …

If a building is designed to LEED energy principles, but isn’t operated that way, is it still sustainable?

Schrödinger’s cat is a famous thought experiment that asks scientists to imagine a cat in a box. Also in the box is a bottle of poison rigged to shatter when a radioactive element reaches a certain level of decay. Without opening the box, it’s impossible to know whether the cat is alive or dead. In quantum mechanics, this is used to conceive of a scenario where the cat is somehow both alive AND dead.

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USGBC Announces all LEED-Certified Green Buildings Eligible for LEED Recertification

CHICAGO, Ill. – The U.S. Green Building Council announced that it will begin offering LEED recertification for all LEED-certified projects. To be eligible for certification, projects must submit 12 months of data demonstrating continued or improved performance. Once recertified, projects will meet the standards of the newest version of the LEED rating system available. Read More …

Energy Department Recognizes 2 Healthcare Organizations in Interior Lighting Campaign

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Interior Lighting Campaign recently recognized two healthcare organizations for leading the way in upgrading their interior lighting and control systems. Read More …

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Launches Envision v3

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure has launched Envision v3, the newest version of its sustainable infrastructure framework. Introduced in 2012, Envision was developed “to foster a dramatic and necessary improvement in the performance and resiliency of our physical infrastructure across the full spectrum of sustainability.” Read More …

New York Healthcare Organization Receives Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal Certification

NYU Langone Health has recently received Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal certification. PEER recognizes industry leaders for improving efficiency, day-to-day reliability and overall resiliency when it comes to severe events, such as flooding and hurricanes. Read More …

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