LEED headquarters now LEED certified
The first project to be certified platinum under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program is the new USGBC headquarters in Washington.
The two-floor, 75,000 sq ft office will use far less energy than a typical office. Glass windows provide ample day lighting, with electronic window shades maximizing the natural light while minimizing glare. A dashboard provides real-time feedback on energy use. And thanks to an energy-saving plumbing system, water use will be 40% less than a normal office.
"The vision of the space was to exemplify everything a LEED building is: high-performing, resource-efficient, healthy and productive," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & founding chair, USGBC. "Using the newest version of the rating system renders our space on the cutting edge of building science and technology, and will serve as an educational learning lab and highly representative of a transforming building market."
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey