TAG: U.S. Green Building Council

Sustainability standards faceoff

March 12, 2015By

We compare and contrast how the LEED and Green Globes rating systems for green buildings allocate points for irrigation and water efficiency. With the General Services Administration recognizing both the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Globes programs as credible standards for green buildings, we examine the similarities and differences between the rating systems in terms of... read more

IA weighs in on Green Globes vs LEED v4

April 3, 2014By

The Irrigation Association (IA) expounded on the contrasts and benefits of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design v4 (LEED) rating program and the Green Building Initiative‘s Green Globes rating program, both of which the U.S. General Services Administration approves as standards for green buildings. The IA’s analysis is as follows. Like LEED, Green Globes rates the sustainability... read more

Arborjet goes solar

February 21, 2014By

Arborjet made another advancement toward reducing its carbon footprint with the installation of a 60-kilowatt photovoltaic solar energy system to take care of 100 percent of the company’s electricity needs. Designed and installed by Astrum Solar, the more than $200,000 system is located on the roof of Arboret’s Worburn, Mass., headquarters in the form of more than 120 panels and... read more

Point allocations set LEED v4 apart from predecessor

January 8, 2014By

When, in November, the U.S. Green Building Council took the stage at the annual Greenbuild International Conference in Philadelphia to unveil the release of LEED v4, the version instantly was compared to its predecessor LEED 2009. The Irrigation Association (IA) chimed in on the conversation in the January issue of its IA Times e-newsletter, outlining the chief differences between the... read more

LEED 2012 Progresses

March 20, 2012By

Standards to promote sustainable design influence landscape design and installation.   The LEED 2012 third public comment period was open March 1-20, which marks the start of the LEED 2012 program delivery process. According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), this third draft of the rating system is focused on providing a globally applicable, simple-to-use, technically advanced system. LEED 2012 will... read more

Water Wise 2010: Part 3

December 1, 2010By

Prepare for opportunities in water With challenges come opportunities. In terms of water use, the choices facing the Green Industry are that stark: discovering and capitalizing on opportunities in the face of challenges. There are many challenges. In the short term the biggest challenge is the anemic economy, which has taken a big bite out of every industry involved with... read more