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Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING Pulse / June 2, 2013
After many months of debate over proposed revisions and an unprecedented number of public comment periods, the latest version of the USGBC’s LEED green building rating system, dubbed LEED v4, will go into effect this fall after it was successfully passed by ballot vote of USGBC membership, the organization announced this morning. The final overall vote was 86 percent in favor of adopting LEED v4. The minimum overall percentage of votes needed for passage was 66.7 percent.
Of the votes cast in the ballot, which was open for the month of June, 90 percent of the user category of voters approvedRead More
USGBC / May 31, 2013
Global projects represent a variety of building types, including schools, universities, healthcare facilities, office spaces and residential buildings
Washington, D.C. (May 30, 2013) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that nearly 100 building projects across the globe are already using LEED v4, the next version of the LEED green building program, by participating in the LEED v4 beta. The beta project teams are helping USGBC validate and improve LEED v4 implementation and testing support resources such as reference guide content and LEED Online forms. USGBC’sRead More
Robert Dietz / February 25, 2013
Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicate that while the growth in custom home building starts has been relatively flat by count, the market share for owner- and contractor-built homes has shrunk due to a rebound in other types of home building.
The onset of the housing crisis and the Great Recession interrupted a 15-year long increasing trend toward a growing share for spec home building. As housing production slowed in 2006 and 2007, the share of non-spec building, particularly custom home building, increased. This not-for saleRead More