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SIG’s Top 5 Takeaways from Greenbuild (NOLA) 2014

Greenbuild 2014

Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) team members are just back from New Orleans, hanging out with some of the leaders of the industry at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Here are just a few of the things that left an impression:

LEED has captured the world's attention. Countries from around the world were represented at Greenbuild, and sessions highlighted projects in Peru, Sweden, Brazil, India, China, and Turkey. About 165 countries have LEED projects in progress. More than 35 percent of new and existing buildings going for LEED are outside of the United States. The GBCI is adapting LEED credits to be a better fit internationally, also.

Existing Buildings had a turn in the spotlight. We were excited to see Greenbuild present a decent offering of Existing Building classes — a trend that we see reinforced by an increased demand for the LEED AP O+M credential. There is now more LEED EBO&M square footage in place than LEED NC.

LEED homes are on the move — literally. You can build a home to LEED Platinum standards, show off its amazing eco-features during an expo, and then move it (and donate it to a family in need). It can be officially LEED certified once the home is at its permanent location. Also, there was a great highlight about the Make It Right foundation that Brad Pitt is a part of – having recently completed over 100 LEED Platinum homes in/around New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

The Hanley Wood Greenbuild Initiative

Make It Right Foundation

It wasn't just about buildings. In fact, New Age guru Deepak Chopra's session was one of the best sessions we attended. We'll remember that the environment in which we find ourselves and our consciousness of that environment shape our mental state, our ability to learn and grow, and our total well-being – physical, emotional, spiritual, social, community, financial and ecological well-being. We still feel renewed and recharged.

New Orleans was an awesome host. A city with a true focus on resilience and eco revitalization. Past Greenbuilds have focused on pushing the boundaries of innovation, but this one, with a host city to prove it, concentrated on elements of rebuilding, improving communities, new social LEED credits, and “Leadership Jazz” – the conference theme.

Cajun food on the field at the Superdome, a film festival, tremendous breakout sessions, leadership awards, happy hour in the hall, and great music, of course (performances by Trombone Shorty and Alabama Shakes). New Orleans, you did yourself proud. Next up, Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, D.C. See you there!

LEED Online Training Classes 

November 2014

4 Wednesdays 
November 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2014
1:00-3:00 pm EST
Price: $250.00

Register for this online LEED GA Class here

3 Thursdays and 1 Wednesday
November 6, 13, 20, and 26*, 2014
3:00-5:00 pm EST
Specially Priced: $199.00 (you save over $50.00)

(*this class is on a Wednesday due to Thanksgiving)
Register for this online LEED AP BD+C Class here

Georgia World Congress Center Becomes World’s Largest LEED Certified Convention Center

Atlanta – (October 28, 2014) The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) was recently awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) was the EB Consultant and also provided Energy Audits for this project.

To read the full article, click here.

Tips for Greening Up Your Office Space

If you are getting ready to renovate or update your office space, Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) offers some green tips for your office in one of our latest blogs. To see what we suggest, click here.

If you need GBCI approved LEED Continuing Education Hours here are a few choices from SIG’s new library of classes:

1)  Daylighting: Achieving Energy Efficiency with Sunlight and Lighting

2)  Fast Savings: Sustainable Design Choices With a Payback of 8 Years or Less

3)  25 LEED for New Construction Mistakes to Avoid

4)  30 LEED O+M Mistakes to Avoid

5)  The Death Star vs. A Hobbit Hole, A Tale of Two LEED Projects

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