Happy New Year!
The Residential Market Development team is looking forward to working hard in 2009 to keep striving toward our goal of transforming the residential construction market and making green homes affordable and available within a generation.
USGBC Expands Homes Provider Network
To help meet the ever-increasing demand for LEED for Homes verification support, the Residential Market Development team is happy to welcome 7 organizations into the nationwide LEED for Homes Provider network. The new LEED for Homes Providers will undergo training in the first quarter of 2009, and will be ready to begin working with LEED for Homes project teams shortly thereafter. Provider organizations are selected through a competitive RFQ process, and are chosen based on their demonstrated knowledge of green residential construction and their ability to train and manage a team of green raters.
See the list of our new Providers in the right sidebar, and a complete list of our 36 existing LEED for Homes Provider organizations on our website.
REGREEN Revolution Webinar Series
Learn more about sustainable renovation practices, and how to incorporate green practices into your next remodeling project. Learn about REGREEN – residential remodeling guidelines jointly developed by the American Society of Interior Designers and the U.S. Green Building Council. Register here for the three-part webinar series, “REGREEN Revolution”. The next webinar installment is January 14th at 1:00 pm EST. Part three will take place February 11th. All three sessions will be archived and available on the website for viewing at your convenience.
Open Comment Period for LEED Suite
USGBC will be holding an open comment period for technical recommendations on all LEED Rating Systems from mid January to mid February. This is an opportunity to make comments on any rating system changes you would like to see in future versions of LEED. For more information, visit usgbc.org after January 19th.
USGBC Louisiana Supports Salvation Army
The Louisiana Chapter advised and assisted the Salvation Army of Greater New Orleans in executing their Twelve Days of Christmas initiative, which gifted sustainable home improvements to twelve families in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans over the holiday season. This year's Twelve Days of Christmas kicks off the Salvation Army's EnviRenew initiative, which aims to build 125 new green, affordable homes, and renovate 125 existing homes with an eye toward sustainability over the next three years.
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Online Reference Guide Access Available
USGBC is happy to announce that access to the Online version of the LEED for Homes Reference Guide is now available to everyone who has purchased a hard copy of the reference guide in the past, as well as anyone who purchases a guide going forward. Access to the online version of the reference guide is available through the USGBC website. Please note that in order to view the guide, you will have to be signed in to the site user account you used to purchase the it.