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3BL Energy Minute – Energy Efficiency Report, SEIU Building Certified LEED Gold

Improving energy efficiency is as important as brand building to business, according to a new report from Deloitte, quoted by the Taiga Company. The study, reSources 2012, finds that 85 percent of companies surveyed say that reducing energy use is essential to staying financially competitive while 81 percent believe it is critical to branding. The report also finds that 90 percent of companies have set goals for energy management practices, targeting average electricity use reductions of 23 percent over a three-to-four year period. Using the Deloitte report as a reference, the Taiga Company has offered a detailed plan for business energy efficiency practices.

The Leonardo Academy was the consultant supporting the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum Certification of the Services Employees International Union headquarters building in Washington, D.C. The building was certified LEED Gold for New Construction in 2007 after a major renovation. The Platinum award recognizes that the building has implemented continuous sustainability improvement measures according to LEED requirements for existing buildings, a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Energy Efficiency Retrofits in Commercial Buildings Will Nearly Double by 2020, Reaching $152 Billion Worldwide

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Efforts to retrofit commercial and public buildings to make them more energy-efficient have many different drivers, including a sense of social responsibility to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and carbon footprints, an attempt to retain tenants and gain a market edge in a competitive building market, and, above all, the desire to reduce operational costs by reducing energy consumption. Regardless of the motivation, energy efficiency retrofits represent a rapidly growing market that will benefit the environment, building owners, tenants and communities alike. According to a new report from Pike Research, this global market will expand from $80.3 billion in 2011 to $151.8 billion by 2020.

“Retrofitting existing buildings offers one of the most cost-effective ways for a business to reduce its operating expenses,” says senior analyst Eric Bloom. “Many energy conservation measures can be implemented within strict investment criteria, and a growing number of financial instruments are deepening the scope of energy efficiency retrofits, driving continued investment in energy efficient HVAC, lighting and control systems.”

Western Europe will remain the largest market for energy efficiency retrofits in commercial and public buildings, but its share of world revenues will drop from 41% in 2011 to 37% in 2020. Essentially equaling Western Europe, Asia Pacific, which represented 32% ($26 billion) of the revenue stream in 2011, will increase to 36% ($54.6 billion) by 2020. North American energy efficiency revenues will more than double over the remainder of the decade, increasing to $35.3 billion by 2020. Continue reading

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Singapore, U.S., Australia, Germany Are Trendsetters in Green Buildings

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Energy security, and environmental and livability concerns drive government policy on green-building technologies but eventually cost and affordability determine the extent and pace of adoption, according to Lux Research. The firm ranked 21 countries using these factors to determine the best markets for green buildings.

“Buildings are the spine of the increasingly urban world we find ourselves in, now containing over 50% of the global human population. Buildings use 40% of the world’s energy and account for 40% of the carbon dioxide emissions,” said Aditya Ranade, Lux Research Analyst and the lead author of the report titled, “Policy’s Dramatic Impact on Green Buildings: The Global Hotspots.”

“Policy measures, along with ability to pay, payback periods, and addressable market size, should determine a firm’s decision on which countries to invest precious market development funds in,” he added. Continue reading

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Citi’s LEED projects; Patagonia “Vote the Environment” campaign – CSR Minute

Citi has become the world’s first bank with 200 LEED-certified projects. The Platinum-level certification of its New York City flagship branch in Union Square added the 200th LEED project to the banks’ list. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program is the US Green Building Council’s rating system for designing and constructing energy efficient buildings.

Patagonia has launched its “Vote the Environment” campaign, with partners Wilco, Headcount, and the League of Conservation Voters. The campaign asks customers to register to vote and learn about candidates’ environmental records. The rock band Wilco will encourage audiences at its shows to use social media to promote the campaign.

The National Philanthropic Trust, one of the top 25 grant making institutions in the US, has commented on the recently released “Giving USA Report on Philanthropy.” The Trust notes that donor-advised funds, D.A.F.s, continued to show a marked increase in growth. NPT’s 2011 Report notes that $7.7 billion dollars in contributions to D.A.F.’s in 2010 marked an increase of 25 percent compared with 2009.

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The Building Energy Management Systems Market is Shifting its Focus Toward the Utility Sector

While owners of commercial buildings have been focused on energy efficiency for quite some time, the market for building energy management systems (BEMS) is still nascent.  Building control and automation systems are enabling access to ever increasing amounts of data, and this “big data” is providing significant opportunities for building owners and facilities managers as well as market participants who stand to benefit from transforming it into usable information.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, many of the companies in this rapidly growing market are turning to utilities as a market channel for their products and services.

“There’s been a shift in focus in the BEMS industry toward the utility sector, as budgets for utility demand side management (DSM) programs are expected to grow at double-digit rates through 2015,” says senior analyst Eric Bloom.  “Recent merger and acquisition activity by energy management software providers is one signal of this trend, while other companies, driven by an increasingly stringent regulatory environment for DSM, have entirely shifted their strategy toward BEMS for utilities.” Continue reading

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DVL Pledges To Assist 12 Data Centers Achieve LEED Certification

BRISTOL, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DVL Group, a provider of data center power, cooling and infrastructure management solutions, has pledged to assist 12 data centers achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification and save 1,000,000 watts of electrical energy. Three companies that save the most watts will receive the Less WattsAward and DVL will donate $1,000 to the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) in each company’s name.

DVGBC is a chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which set the standards for LEED building. DVL will work with each company to achieve LEED Certification, administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED Certification verifies that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Facilities and IT personnel interested in making their data centers more efficient by participating in the Less Watts competition should attend DVL’s “Are You Prepared For What’s Next?” event at their Bristol, PA facility. The free conference takes place on May 9 and 10, offering the same seminars each day. All courses will feature IACET-authorized CEUs. The virtual Less Watts Award ceremony will kick off the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Continue reading

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LEED’s Artificial Barriers Continue to Fail Responsible Forestry

(3BL Media) Washington, DC - March 6, 2012 - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) continues to put up artificial barriers in its latest draft of its LEED rating tool, shutting out 75 percent of North America’s certified forests from the LEED credits that deal with “responsible extraction of raw materials.” The third draft of LEED 2012, released on March 1, includes credits for certified wood that is “FSC or better.”

“This new language raises more issues than it resolves: Who will decide what is ‘better than FSC’ and on what basis?” saidKathy Abusow, President and CEO of Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®). “SFI clearly has requirements that are not matched by FSC varying standards around the world.  This fact continues to go unrecognized by the USGBC, despite the fact that governors, congressmen, and 6,000 individuals have urged the USGBC not to turn its back on North American forests and recognize all forest certification standards.”

Currently LEED only recognizes forests certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which account for about one quarter of North America’s certified forests. The rest are certified to three independent standards in use across North America – SFI, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and American Tree Farm System (ATFS), all of which are endorsed by the international Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Continue reading

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Union Pacific Center Receives Silver LEED Certification

OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 14, 2012 /3BL Media /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Union Pacific Center received the Silver certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings rating system. Union Pacific’s headquarters location, Union Pacific Center, is a 19-story, 1,318,471 square-foot building completed in 2004 with a capacity of approximately 4,000 employees. It is the largest LEED certified building in Nebraska and just the second building in the state to earn LEED Existing Building certification.

In addition, Union Pacific Center’s current 76 ENERGY STAR rating means the facility is more energy efficient than 76 percent of similar U.S. office buildings.
“Wise energy use is just as important in our office buildings as it is operating our trains,” said Jim Young, Union Pacific Chairman and CEO. “As Union Pacific celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2012, our employees more than ever are committed to and engaged in environmental stewardship. We are proud of achieving this LEED certification.” Continue reading

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