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Greenbuild Announcements

The 2018 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo recently wrapped up in Chicago, and over the three days, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) made a number of new announcements. In case you weren’t able to make the trip, here’s a recap of the biggest news.


The USGBC launched LEED Zero, a new program to address net zero operations and resources in buildings. Melissa Baker, senior vice president of technical core at USGBC, says net zero is a powerful target that will move the entire industry forward. “For years, LEED projects around the world have aspired to net zero milestones,” she says. “We are recognizing the leadership of these projects—and formalizing our commitment to focusing on carbon and net zero across the entire LEED community. These new certification programs will encourage a holistic approach for buildings and places to contribute to a regenerative future and enhance the health and wellbeing for not only building occupants, but all of humanity.” Learn more at

USGBC and BRE Group Partnership

The USGBC and BRE Group announced a partnership that will promote both organizations’ expertise and harness their combined industry insights. This partnership is set to deliver a new industry approach to green building performance, solutions and benchmarking. By highlighting the role buildings can play in improving the environmental, economic and health outcomes, while positively impacting the quality of life, will ultimately lead to everyone on the planet having a higher standard of living.

LEED Recertification

The USGBC announced it will begin offering LEED recertification for all LEED-certified projects. To be eligible for certification, projects have to submit 12 months of data showing continued or improved performance, and once recertified, projects will meet the standards of the newest version of LEED available. This recertification will be valid for three years.

Living Standard

Also announced during Greenbuild’s Opening Plenary is the launch of the USGBC’s “Living Standard” campaign. Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC, says the standards USGBC aspires to raise are that of the quality of life itself, in populations in every corner of the planet. “The Living Standard campaign highlights how people can use LEED to help improve everything from the buildings we inhabit, to the air we breathe, to the way we feel, to how long we live,” he says. “And LEED recertification plays a key role in meeting the intention and spirit behind this campaign. LEED recertification is an opportunity for us to see lasting change by improving existing buildings. And with so many existing buildings in the world, even an incremental improvement can make a tremendous impact.” Learn more at


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