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How Changes to LEED will benefit Existing and Historic Buildings

Buildings are the largest contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming—and making buildings more energy efficient is one of the most immediate and measurable ways to address this growing concern. The advantages of “green buildings” are well documented:...


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Book Review: The Most Sustainable Communities Are the Ones Already Built

Sustainable and Resilient Communities: A Comprehensive Action Plan for Towns, Cities and Regions by Stephen Coyle, AIA, LEED AP, CNU is an insightful and well-thought-out manual for municipalities in need of some soul-searching into their planning methodology. A co-founder of the National...


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The Greenest Building Is...One That Is Already Built

A page has turned. In decades hence, 2006 may well be regarded as the year when the national discussion about the future of our cities, perhaps our civilization, changed from a debate over whether human impacts on the environment are leading to potentially severe problems to one focused on what...


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Greenbuild 2013: LEED v4 Takes the Stage

By Mark Huppert It’s not often a cause or a movement has the opportunity to magnify its reach in one fell swoop, but after attending Greenbuild 2013 , the annual gathering of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in Philadelphia this past November, clearly the preservation movement and the...

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Beilenson Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch

By Ric Cochrane Beilenson Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch | Credit: National Park Service Can a historic building achieve net-zero energy? Absolutely. The Green Lab is constantly searching for exceptional examples of “sustainable preservation,” and the...

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July Preservation Clippings

Articles and blog posts from affiliated organizations and thinkers that will help in your work as preservation leaders. #CityTalk and #BuiltHeritage So what exactly is a Twitter Chat? It’s a discussion among Twitter users on a particular subject with specific topics changing between...

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The Forum Reference Desk: On the Trail of National Register-Listed LEED Buildings

The Forum Reference Desk fields a variety of questions daily. Sometimes we have the answers at our fingertips, other times we call on our network of colleagues around the country who are experts in specific topics. Such was the case with a recent query. The former Des Moines...

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Conversation Starter Part 1: Beyond LEED

At the National Preservation Conference in Spokane, each day kicked off with a Conversation Starter—a 90-minute session designed to frame the sessions and discussions that followed. Each Conversation Starter ended with a question-and-answer period. Audience members had plenty of questions and...

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One Last Time: The Final Comment Period for LEED v4

By: Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C The fifth and final public comment period for the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) draft of LEED v4 is now out for public comment. As with the public comment periods for the first, second and third drafts of LEED 2012 (renamed LEED v4 after...

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Spokane on the Horizon: LEED and Historic Preservation—A Reading List

Let’s put a conversation in context. On Saturday, November 3 we will gather in Spokane for the last of our conversation starters: "Beyond LEED: A Candid Conversation about Green Building Standards and Preservation" For years, the United States...

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