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New USGBC Timber Traceability LEED credit aids efforts to eliminate the use of illegal wood in buildings

Yesterday, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the new USGBC Timber Traceability LEED pilot credit designed to increase transparency in timber supply chains and reduce the risk of illegally harvested wood entering the buildings industry supply chain. The development of the pilot credit was led by a team of timber legality, forestry and environmental representatives from organizations recognized for leading the fight against illegal logging, including the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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Margulies Perruzzi Architects’ technology-led design for PTC’s headquarters maximizes views and employee collaboration

Margulies Perruzzi Architects’ design for PTC’s headquarters was strongly influenced by the unique, elliptical-shaped glass tower of 121 Seaport. To maximize views of Boston Harbor and downtown Boston, the open office design places conference rooms and meeting spaces around the building core on each floor, and arranges bench seating with ergonomic sit-to-stand desks in a radial fashion that aligns with the oval shape.

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U.S. Green Building Council announces Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED green building

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the creators of the LEED green building rating system, announced the annual Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED, outside of the U.S. Mainland China topped the list with more than 68 million gross square meters. The list recognizes markets that are using LEED to create healthier spaces for people, as well as use less energy and water, reduce carbon emissions and save money for families and businesses

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SOLARBAN R100/SOLARBLUE glass helps Daimler Trucks North American HQ achieve LEED Platinum certification

Solarban R100 on Solarblue glass was integral to the design strategy executed by Ankrom Moisan Architects, Inc. (AMA), which used the demands of DTNA’s building interior workplaces to guide its overall structure. In addition to situating solid walls perpendicular to the glazing—and placing closed rooms in the center of the floor plate to optimize views and sunlight—AMA offset the core of the structure to maximize space for more workstations along the river-facing windows.

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ESD’s new headquarters demonstrates sustainable design with CertainTeed Gypsum

One of ESD’s biggest priorities for the project was to achieve LEED Silver certification. CertainTeed Gypsum was an attractive manufacturer to ESD for its selection and quality of environmental product declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPD). EPDs are independently-verified third-party reports that outline a building product’s impact on the environment. 

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Boulder Valley School District opens new sustainable Transportation Center designed to LEED

The Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) today celebrated the opening of its new Transportation Center, the first of three major projects to support educational opportunities in the 31,000-student district. Located on a 9-acre site in eastern Boulder, the 40,000-square-foot Transportation Center is designed to follow LEED design principals by the Denver-based Stantec team.

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Humber College transform’s its Centre for Entrepreneurship into energy-efficient, bird-friendly building

Functionality of the glass configuration was a key consideration, said Adrienne Tam, associate, Moriyama & Teshima. “We were on a quest for a bird-friendly glass treatment that would allow the low-e coating to be applied to Surface #2.” The acid-etched pattern “was integral to the glass, and unlike other products, not a separate material bound to the glass that is then exposed to the environment,” she added.

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Feeney DesignRail® “opens up the view” in LEED-certified mixed-use Charlotte Square

The final phase of the Charlotte Square project, a mixed-used, multifamily property developed in the eclectic East End district of Rochester, New York, is nearing completion. The three-phase project has been designed to promote sustainable living and a social, active and modern lifestyle while also contributing to the resurgence of Rochester and its historic arts and cultural district. A recipient of LEED Gold certification, Charlotte Square was developed on a remediated brownfield site from the City of Rochester.

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January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus. Plus a look at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s Terminal Modernization Program and feature article "Transforming a quick stop into a memorable stay through the power of design" by Olga Gorbunova, Principal, Stantec.

January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus. Plus a look at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s Terminal Modernization Program and feature article "Transforming a quick stop into a memorable stay through the power of design" by Olga Gorbunova, Principal, Stantec.

Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

3M™ Sun Control Window Films provide a cost-effective solution for meeting building codes for Solar Heat Gain Coefficient or U-value. Window films are effective in reducing glare, providing occupant comfort by reducing hot spots from the sun’s heat and providing UV protection to building interiors. 3M Sun Control Window films reduce the solar heat gain coefficient of current windows to reduce the solar load entering a building. The building HVAC system will have a smaller load to cool, thus reducing operational energy use. 3M™ Thinsulate films can improve the U-value of the windows to reduce the need to run heating systems in the winter as well.

3M™ Sun Control Window Films provide a cost-effective solution for meeting building codes for Solar Heat Gain Coefficient or U-value. Window films are effective in reducing glare, providing occupant comfort by reducing hot spots from the sun’s heat and providing UV protection to building interiors. 3M Sun Control Window films reduce the solar heat gain coefficient of current windows to reduce the solar load entering a building. The building HVAC system will have a smaller load to cool, thus reducing operational energy use. 3M™ Thinsulate films can improve the U-value of the windows to reduce the need to run heating systems in the winter as well.

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