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Professional Accreditations

 

Green Building Certification Institute

“The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), established in January 2008, provides third-party project certification and professional credentials recognizing excellence in green building performance and practice. GBCI administers project certification for commercial and institutional buildings and tenant spaces under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating Systems™ addressing new construction and ongoing operations. GBCI also manages the professional credentialing programs based upon the LEED Rating Systems including the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP credentials”

GREEN ADVANTAGE is targeted at construction professionals. BREEAM is the preferred sustainability program in Europe, the Middle East, andAfrica.

 

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)

“LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system,  providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Developed by the
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fitout, and significant retrofit. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of
LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.”

 

GreenCE

GreenCE is an online resource for design professionals who want to learn more about sustainable design, conservation, and LEED related topics. Our mission is to educate design professionals about environmental benefits, health benefits, and economic benefits when designing a structure.

 

Green Advantage

“Today's environmentally conscious client prefers structures that are: energy and water efficient, durable and disaster resistant, healthier and environmentally friendly. Green Advantage® certifies your knowledge of the latest in green building practices, technologies and techniques. Certified Practitioners are included in our Online Directory. Find out how to be certified.

 

BREEAM - the Environmental Assessment Method For Buildings Around The World

“BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.

BREEAM provides clients, developers, designers and others with
- market recognition for low environmental impact buildings
- assurance that best environmental practice is incorporated into a building
- inspiration to find innovative solutions that minimize the environmental impact
- a benchmark that is higher than regulation
- a tool to help reduce running costs, improve working and living environments
- a standard that demonstrates progress towards corporate and organizational environmental objectives.”

 

Green Guard Environmental Institute

“The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification ProgramSM.  As an ANSI Authorized Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor air standards for indoor products, environments, and buildings. GEI’s mission is to improve public health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air. A GEI Advisory Board consisting of independent volunteers, who are renowned experts in the areas of indoor air quality, public and environmental health, building design and construction, and public policy, provides guidance and leadership to GEI.”


IFMA FOUNDATION

The IFMA Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the image of FM, providing current and topical research and expanding the educational resources available to the FM community.

Sustainability White Papers
There continues to be a strong interest in facility management education as it relates to sustainability and the implementation of energy saving techniques. The IFMA Foundation, with support from IFMA’s Sustainability Committee, is producing a series of white papers to respond to this need for information.
The general objective of these guides will be to provide data and information associated with a wide range of subjects related to sustainability. Readers will view examples of successfully implemented sustainable practices and will learn to develop a business case and ROI analysis for sustainability.

“Getting Started” White Paper
The detailed findings in this Getting Started Guide include a step-by-step process for assessing your organization, finding your starting point, identifying initiatives, evaluating their value, and implementing, measuring and monitoring their effectiveness. Those steps include the "how-to" suggestions for:

  • · Taking your organization’s temperature
  • · Creating alignment
  • · Establishing your starting point
  • · Creating and prioritizing sustainable initiatives
  • · Implementing, measuring and monitoring your plan

Getting Started also includes information on making the business case for a SFM program. This includes outlining a process for the program and finding the right approach for your organization that is aligned with available time and resources.

Finally, one of the most valuable sections of this guide includes case studies of three organizations that are on the path of Sustainable Facility Management. In looking at how it’s done, we were able to solicit input from three organizations that are taking different paths, with different levels of available resources. They have shared their goals, approaches, results, and their lessons learned.

Important Link for FMs-The Foundation’s “How-To Guides:

http://www.ifmafoundation.org/research/how-to-guides.htm

 

Building Energy Performance News

“Building Energy Performance Information™ (BEPI™), a service of Buonicore Partners, LLC, was formed by real estate professionals to fill a market information void by focusing on energy performance and management as it impacts U.S. commercial property. BEPI™’s goal is to keep commercial real estate professionals and those servicing the commercial real estate industry informed on energy-related issues impacting property and provide a platform to share experiences and learn from each other.   

Our newsletter and website are designed specificaly for commercial real estate professionals operating in a highly competitive market, cost management is crucial to maintain and increase asset value. In today’s hyper-inflated energy market, energy costs have become one of the largest, yet most manageable, of these operating expenses.”
 


Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, where you’ll find news about the Society and its programs. IESNA publishes a variety of technical documents on illumination that are available through the online bookstore, along with other lighting-related publications which encourage good lighting design. www.iesna.org/

A building professional's guide to more than 90 environmentally-appropriate technologies and practices. Architects, engineers and buildings managers can improve the energy and resource efficiency of commercial, industrial and multi-unit residential buildings through the use of the technologies and practices described in this web site www.advancedbuildings.org/

 

DOE's Building Energy Codes Program is an information resource on national model energy codes. We work with other government agencies, state and local jurisdictions, national code organizations, and industry to promote stronger building energy codes and help states adopt, implement, and enforce those codes www.energycodes.gov

 

The Green-e logo is the nationally recognized symbol for certified renewable energy. Green-e is the nation's leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy and companies that use renewable energy. www.green-e.org

The Green Building Resource Guide is a database of over 600 green building materials and products selected specifically for their usefulness to the design and building professions, rather than merely their green material content. www.greenguide.com

 

A Carbon Footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of green house gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide. http://www.carbonfootprint.com/USA/calculator.html

 

Where can I learn more about green cleaners?
EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program provides a wealth of information on the Federal government's "Cleaning Products Pilot Project" and features three interactive purchasing decision wizards for use by contracting officers and contracting officer technical representatives.

Cleaning Products Pilot Project (co-sponsored by EPA and GSA)
http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/epp/pubs/cleaner.pdf

The EPA/GSA Cleaning Products Pilot Project (CPPP) was established in 1993 as a cooperative interagency effort between GSA and EPA. The effort sought to identify environmentally preferable cleaning products in five product categories: daily use products, floor care systems, carpet cleaners, sweeping compounds, and de-icing compounds. CPPP was the first pilot project designed and conducted to identify and compare environmentally preferable products. As such, it provides valuable "lessons learned" for managers of other green purchasing pilot efforts. http://www.ofee.gov/gp/greenjanitorial.html