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Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that 29 of China’s 34 provinces are home to LEED-certified projects, according to its new report LEED in Motion: Greater China, a full showcaseof all LEED activity in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. To date, Greater China is home to 1, 961 LEED...

USGBC+ to Highlight Stories, Strategies, Lessons Surrounding Sustainable Green Building Washington, D.C. — (May 20, 2014) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched USGBC+, a new magazine for its community of nearly 13, 000 member organizations that are committed to USGBC’s mission to create sustainable buildings and communities for all within this generation. The magazine is available as a complimentary amenity for USGBC members, which range from small...


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Q&A

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What other green building certifications exist besided USGBC / LEED?

There are other certification programs, but they tend to be regional. For instance here in the Seattle area, the Master Builders have a “Built Green” certification program. In the Portland area, a similar program is called “Earth Advantage”. Maybe you should check with your local builders group to see if they have established their own program. Built Green does not require all levels to be third party verified, just FYI.

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A neighborhood property ownners association is asking me to remove a green house i build inside of my property as well as

Your question is not easy to answer as the information that is necessary is not included in your request. You mention a property owner's association, so that would seem to involve a declaration of covenants, conditions, and restrictions that are usually recorded against the property in a subdivision. These CC&Rs set the rules that all property owners have to live by. I do not know but can only assume from your comments that your neighbor took pictures and turned you in for an alleged violation of the CC&Rs. You need to sit down with a real estate attorney with a copy of your CC&Rs or o…