Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Relief, or CDBG-DR, are allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to affected states and local governments to aid long-term recovery of community infrastructure following major disasters. This injection of funding is an opportunity for communities to rebuild stronger, smarter, and more resilient – and LEED offers trusted third-party verification to help validate these efforts.
By offering flexible credit-based solutions, LEED inherently addresses challenges faced by projects in withstanding and recovering from natural disasters through outcomes such as increased energy and water efficiency, rainwater capture, and onsite renewable energy, which translate into reduced needs for offsite resources to support operations. LEED is designed to be flexible in terms of its applicability as well. Regardless of where they are in their life cycle, buildings of all types can pursue LEED by choosing the type that works best for the project. This includes new and renovated buildings, neighborhood land development or redevelopment projects, single-family homes and low and midrise multifamily buildings, and cities and communities.
LEED enables higher quality of life for low and moderate income residents, by reducing energy cost burden, and improving conditions for health. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, energy costs for low-income families amount to 8.2% on average, three times higher than other income brackets. Many low-income households lack access to energy efficiency improvements and new technologies that can help reduce these expenses.
Rapid global urbanization and the increase of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect make urban cooling a necessity as well as an opportunity to increase the liveability and amenity of cities. This review is a scoping study of the relevant worldwide UHI mitigation/adaptation...Read more
Industry misconceptions around high cost and poor market interest in energy efficient homes continue to obstruct the mass adoption of low carbon housing. Josh’s House demonstrates that low carbon housing is accessible and cost effective. The Star Performers series showcases how...Read more
A rapid review on green-rated office buildings, and their operational energy use, found that the conclusions of six studies ranged from the certified buildings performing worse, similarly or much better than the non-certified buildings in terms of energy usage intensity. Two...Read more
Cities and states are always looking for ways to more efficiently and effectively deliver public services, such as flood management, resource conservation, pollution prevention, social equity and human health.
The powerpoint presentation gives an overview of how resilience could align with USGBC's mission. Outline of the resilience-enhancing strategies within LEED and each of GBCI's rating systems, links to USGBC resilience collateral, etc. LEED, PEER, SITES, RELi, GRESB and LEED for Cities (including STAR).
Buildings are one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for over half of total city emissions on average, and a significant source of air pollution. Currently, half a million people die each year due to outdoor air pollution caused by energy used in buildings.