We are people who passionately believe that promoting sustainable buildings and communities transforms the way people live, work, and play. Promoting and building green buildings and neighborhoods will help the economy, the environment, protect the heritage of Rhode Island and ensure that our grandchildren are able to enjoy a better quality of life for generations to come.
The vision and mission of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) are to improve the quality of life by transforming the design, composition, and operation of the places where we live, learn, work, and play within the short space of a generation.
Rhode Island Green Schools Challenge
2014 – 2015 Academic School Year
The Rhode Island Green Schools Challenge is a friendly competition being launched for the first time in the 2014-2015 school year. Brought to the region through a collaboration between the USGBC Rhode Island Chapter and The Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living. Please visit our Green Schools Challenge page for more information, call Lorraine Nik, Administrative Coordinator at 401.780.4337 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Haven, CT CVS Store Awarded the LEED Platinum Certification
This achievement marks the first CVS/Pharmacy Store to be certified with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highest distinction and is the company’s eight LEED certified building. “CVS Health is proud to celebrate this model store, which allows us to pilot environmental innovations and uncover best practices we can apply to other facilities,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at CVS Health. The West Haven Store uses 40 percent less energy and 50 percent less water compared to traditional buildings of similar size. CVS/Pharmacy plans to incorporate some of the successful elements from the West Haven store into future new stores. Learn more about the company’s green building efforts in the CVS Health 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.
The CVS Celebration Ceremony occurred October 20, 2014 and was attended by USGBC RI and CT Chapter representatives, West Haven Town officials, CVS employees and members of the Architect and Building teams. Congratulations to Christina Sprows, USGBC RI Board member and Senior Director of Architecture and Engineering at CVS Health and her team for designing such a wonderful building.
RI Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG)
Search for information on green building on the U.S. Green Building Council website, the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG). Click Here!
We are Launching Our New Green Vets Program
The Green Veterans program is dedicated to helping our nation’s heroes learn about sustainable building and green living, while at the same time helping ease the hardship of military-to-civilian transition. By empowering Veterans to be volunteer leaders in their communities, the program’s goals are to nurture opportunities for continuing education, networking, employment, corporate engagement and green entrepreneurship.
For more information on this program, visit http://www.greenvets.org/
Stay updated on the LEED Dynamic Plaque
The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a real-time building performance platform that’s now available to all. As USGBC continues to champion building performance through the Dynamic Plaque you can stay updated on leedon.io. Here you can join a demo or watch the latest video. Please spread the word to your members and colleagues.
As of October 2010, Rhode Island is the first state in the U.S. to recognize the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) as an option for the design and construction of all major public facilities. In 2009 the state passed the Green Buildings Act, which requires all new public projects to be built to LEED Certified standards—with some exceptions. Rhode Island now recognizes IGCC as equivalent to LEED for the purpose of the requirement.
IGCC applies to commercial buildings—new, existing, traditional and high-performance—and offers ASHRAE Standard 189.1 as an alternative code from which jurisdictions can draw. Rhode Island’s application of the IGCC for public buildings is not the same as using IGCC as the basis for its building code. Recently Richard, Washington, became the first city in the world to adopt IGCC as non-mandatory commercial building code. For more information, visit www.iccsafe.org. – Emily Catacchio, October 12, 2010
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Brown University Renovation Tour
Description: This project tour will showcase built examples of passive and active systems that were implemented at the Building for Environmental Research & Teaching (BERT) project to reduce its predicted site energy use by by more than 25% when compared to its code equivalent baseline. The Building for Environmental Research & Training (BERT) project included the complete renovation of the existing 55,000 square foot, four-story brick structure, Hunter Lab building. The renovation project updated the building to lab and teaching uses for the University’s environmental sciences program. The project is predicted to reduce annual energy costs by 20%. Energy efficiency measures include interior spray foam insulation, HVAC energy recovery, chilled beam, radiant heat, reduced light power densities, and automatic occupancy and daylight dimming controls.
AIA and code official education credits are available for this tour (1.5 hours/credit)
Where: Brown University Building for Environmental Research and Teaching (BERT), 89n Waterman Street, Providence RI
When: December 11, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
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As a member, you’ll access a diverse, dedicated community of professionals–who design, construct, manage, finance, insure, maintain, own, and occupy buildings. Tap into their experience; share your own knowledge; and help us all transform the built environment!
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As a partner, you’ll help us promote sustainable green building practices through our programs, educational seminars, networking and advocacy. With your help, we will transform the built environment of Rhode Island!