USBGC Outlines New Credits in Response to COVID-19

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a leader in defining healthy, sustainable buildings and spaces for more than a quarter century, has released new LEED guidance outlining sustainable best practices that align with public health and industry guidelines. The new Safety First LEED credits address four critical areas: Cleaning and Disinfecting …


USGBC Launches Global Economic Recovery Strategy

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released a bold new strategy to support economic recovery as the country works to flatten the COVID-19 curve. Called Healthy People in Healthy Places Equals a Healthy Economy, the strategy outlines immediate and long-term actions to support buildings and communities in a post-pandemic world. It …


Arvada Net Zero Community to Add Condo Rental Units

Fourth Wave Energy, Inc. (FWE), a San Jose-based climate solutions technology company, has entered into an agreement whereby it has the option to acquire and help develop 19 acres of residential land for GEOS Neighborhood, an innovative mixed-use, net zero energy development in Arvada. Fourth Wave plans for the construction of …


Understanding Sustainable Design: Different Practices Return Different Results

By Clif Dayton, PE, R&R Engineers-Surveyors, Inc. Though sustainable design practices have been around for centuries, in the last twenty-five years, sustainable design practices have been more prevalent in building codes. The 21st century phrase, & “sustainable design” is best defined by what it does: It reduces the negative impacts on the environment, while …


Unlocking Energy Efficiency Through Health Metrics

By Pete Jefferson What comes first, a healthy building or an energy efficient one? A worldwide pandemic is shining a spotlight on the need for buildings that protect occupant health. Unfortunately, this exercise is likely to identify that for too long, our industry has been much better at making the business case for …

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Solar: Reducing OpEx and Increasing NOI During Uncertain Economic Times 

By John Shaw, commercial solar project developer at Namasté Solar. Namasté Solar is one of the longest-running solar companies in Colorado, with over 8,000 local homeowners, businesses, and commercial property owners as our customers. We recognize that our community is facing uncertainty and stress as a result of the coronavirus crisis. It’s a strange …


Life Cycle Assessment & Reducing Embodied Carbon in Construction

by Phin Stubbs, LEED AP: BD+C WELL AP – Sustainable Design Consultant, Group14 Engineering. In the last 20 years, the sustainable design industry has made great strides in building operations and energy efficiency. A combination of voluntary programs like the LEED green building rating system, combined with advanced code requirements specifically tailored …

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Local Nonprofit Improves Building Efficiency in Weld County

By Emma Laub, marketing coordinator. ICAST In July of 2018, ICAST (the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology), a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was awarded a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to reduce carbon emissions in Weld County, Colorado. ICAST provides clean energy solutions to multifamily affordable …


Kent Denver School Campus Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

The new middle school at Kent Denver School is the first of several recent projects undertaken by Denver-based architects Semple Brown, as part of the transformation of educational space. The campus is comprised of a range of new construction and extensive renovations of existing space, totaling more than 100,000 square …


Colorado First in the Nation for Green Building

For the first time since 2011, Colorado has taken the top spot on the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) list of Top 10 States for LEED green building. The list ranks states based on the number of LEED certified square feet per person. This year’s top states are home to …