News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
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
Hanley Wood / May 23, 2013
Washington, D.C. – May 23, 2013 – Hanley Wood LLC, the premier media, event, information and strategic marketing services company serving the construction industry and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today a strategic partnership whereby Hanley Wood has acquired the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.
USGBC will continue to produce Greenbuild’s hallmark programming: the thought-provoking plenaries, industry-leading education, the popular pre-conferenceRead More
Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chairman / USGBC / May 24, 2013
Market transformation. We use that term a lot around USGBC but I don’t think I completely grasped its full power to change lives and change the world until yesterday, when we made our announcement about the new partnership with Hanley Wood and Greenbuild.
We’ve been talking a lot about the fact that it’s our 20th anniversary. 20 years to get to here, and, man oh man, here is a place I’d never, ever thought we’d see. But what if “here” was not just the United States but four continents in three years? What if “here” was faster greening of Main Streets around the world because newRead More
Elizabeth Powers / USGBC / April 18, 2013
No buildings impact the health of their occupants more directly than healthcare facilities, but the existing LEED rating systems weren’t designed specifically to record and reward green medical buildings. With the first building now certified under the LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) rating system, the industry has its first case study in the Group Health Puyallup Medical Center.
This month, Group Health Cooperative’s new medical office building in Puyallup, Wash., became the first in the nation to earn a rating under LEED-HC, earning LEED Gold. The project leveraged the unique creditsRead More
Alexandra Rice / ARCHITECT / January 17, 2013
The U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools released its second annual Best of Green Schools list on Wednesday. Aside from schools, the list includes districts, policy makers, and communities. Demonstrating the economic effect that green schools can have, the Center for Green Schools stated in a release that “green schools can save approximately $100,000 on operating costs annually—enough to hire two new teachers, buy 5,000 textbooks, or purchase 200 new computers.”
Names on the list include the Bertschi Science Wing at Seattle’s Bertschi School Living ScienceRead More