LEED and Sustainable Landscaping

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… more info

The Digital Age Streamlines Green Building Certification Processes

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… more info

SIG’s Presence at Greenbuild 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… more info

LEED v4 Changes for Existing Buildings: O+M Rating System

The U.S. Green Building Council is launching a new version of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating systems, more commonly called LEED. Among the many changes expected with the release of LEED v4, one can expect heightened requirements to improve energy performance.  Below are a few areas in which these heightened requirements… more info

Indoor Environment Prerequisite: No Smoking within 25 Feet of Building

Tobacco smoke almost seems like a dead issue because its been banned from inside most buildings including bars and restaurants. However the problem of second-hand tobacco smoke infiltrating buildings through doors, windows, and outdoor air intakes persists because smokers typically don’t take but a few steps into fresh air before they light up. The LEED perspective takes the… more info

LEED 101: Audits

I never thought I’d be so comfortable with the word audit. Most people shudder and conjure nightmarish images of the IRS. In the LEED world audits are friendly and more akin to a ‘feedback process.’ I always recommend audits to my clients, not just for ‘easy’ LEED Points, but ideally to asses your current condition in order to… more info