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New LEED Guidance from USGBC Helps Cities and Communities Expand Resilience Efforts in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released two new Safety First pilot credits as part of the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system. The new credits are designed to help local governments and development authorities better prepare for and respond to future pandemic events. The guidance includes strategies for planning, risk assessment and training, as well as evaluating equity implications and impacts to… Read More

LEED Q&A: Evaporative Cooling Strategies for Energy and Water Conservation

Evaporative cooling systems and their water treatment strategies help optimize building performance and contribute to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and other sustainability programs. Even in areas challenged by hot, arid climates, including most of the Middle East and the southwestern United States, evaporative cooling systems offer economical, energy-efficient solutions for green building design, construction and maintenance. The following Q&A resulted from a survey of engineers and cooling tower experts inside and… Read More
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