Government Buildings

The federal government is trying to lead the way with sustainable buildings, but local governments are doing their part to match.


Urban Development and Sustainability

What does smart growth look like?
By Michael N. Maltezos
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The best way to effect the most sustainable good is to focus on the places where the largest amounts of energy are being used.
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Twice the Size and Half the Footprint

By Craig Cook
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The performance of a renovated house in Virginia dwarfs its predecessor, despite adding space to meet the owner’s needs.
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Why Ohio Needs LEED Buildings

By Eric M. Elizondo
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The belief that LEED will impact the Buckeye State in a profoundly negative way runs counter to nearly a decade of reality.
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Achieving Lofty Goals with Submeters

By Sim Gurewitz
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Electric submeters were used to measure and verify the Las Vegas Bonneville Transit Center’s energy consumption, helping it become LEED-NC Platinum certified just two years after opening.
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Is Effective Governance Still Possible?

How LEED is maintaining its authority and influence in the market—for now.
By Jonathan Ludwig
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Is LEED actually governing the building industry? If so, on whose authority?
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GSA Sustainably Maintains a Historic Legacy

The renovation of a historic federal office building and courthouse in Texas shows a clear look into the future of energy-efficient building design.
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Built on the grounds of the Alamo in 1937, the six-story, Beaux Arts-style Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building and United States Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.
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The Real Green Giant

By Josh Jacobs
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Although it’s not the primary influencer when we think of sustainability, the U.S. Federal Government has spent more than a century promoting improvements in the environmental and sustainability movement.
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Sustainable Fun with a Spray Playground

By Joseph M. Serpe
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As part of a $500 million public/private effort to sustainably revitalize one of the most economically and socially depressed communities in the Greater New York area, sustainability shares the stage with fun at a new park.
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Leveraging the Benefits of Collaborative Design and Construction

By Eric Kimmelshue, LEED AP
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A construction manager/general contractor approach was used to build the new Windsor Readiness Center in Colorado, resulting in the first LEED Platinum facility for the Army National Guard.

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Montana’s EPICenter: Pioneering the Living Building

By Dr. Kath Williams
Though the world’s most energy-efficient building never materialized in the mid-‘90s, its effect is felt to this day.
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