New UC San Diego sustainability courses are LEED-certified

Approved courses will help meet growing demand for LEED-certified professionals As the boom in energy efficient commercial and residential construction continues, demand for green building professionals also continues to rise. Jobs that require LEED accreditation grew 46 percent in 2014, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

As LEED embraces non-FSC certification, lumber dealers cheer

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the approval of its new pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) on April 5. The NLBMDA, a lumber dealers association, applauded the new LEED alternative compliance path for sustainable forest management certifications other than the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

First Super Bowl in LEED stadium

On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will face-off for Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium - the first LEED Gold certified football stadium and one of the most energy efficient stadiums in the world. The $1.2 billion home of the San Francisco 49ers was the first stadium to open in the U.S. to achieve LEED Gold Status certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Why Wood is Best for Building Explained at New Website

As timber grows, it soaks up carbon dioxide, and that carbon is stored in wood products, a carbon sink mitigates climate change. About half of the dry weight of wood is stored carbon; while 16 percent of global fossil fuel goes into manufacturing steel, concrete and bricks. www.TheMostNaturalResource.com. touts benefits of building with wood.

Actor Ed Begley Jr. Uses Bostik Adhesives for His Green Home

Ed Begley Jr. was looking to build his home to meet the LEED(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rating. To help achieve the Platinum rating, he installed reclaimed hardwood flooring with the help of Bostik's Ultra-Set SingleStep 2, which contributes to LEED points for its low VOC's and recycled post-consumer content.

Is LEED Dying?

What was once a popular program to invest in when constructing a building, has taken a back seat in recent years. More and more contractors are over looking LEED's significance and see it as an administrative burden instead of a valued resource.

Phase-Change Oak Table Heats and Cools Rooms

An oak surfaced table that developers say can heat and cool rooms has been designed by a French architect/design pair.The Climatic Table is the brainchild of Raphaël Ménard and Jean-Sébastien Lagrange. Ménard, an architect and engineer, and Lagrange, a designer, say the technology isn't new, but their application could allow homes and businesses to conserve energy while maintaining a comfortable temperature around 71F (22C).

Allen Construction Launches Commercial Division

SANTA BARBARA, CA - Allen Construction has formally launched a  Commercial Division, to complement its residential building activity and respond to an increased number of commercial projects, usually incorporating interior architectural build outs.