LEED Archives

Arizona becomes a top state for green building


Arizona real estate is LEED-ing the way, breaking into the Top 10 in the nation for the most projects per capita certified LEED for its green building initiative. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program where projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. The… Read More →

How to save green on green building


Experts say the key to saving money when building green is remembering LEED programs are project specific and what works for one project may not benefit another. Here are some tips to save green while building green. • Start and the process early. You can keep costs lower if you know what you want. This will… Read More →

Jack Albert joins Johnson Carlier

by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

Johnson Carlier, a locally-based general contractor, announced today that Jack Albert has  joined the company as Senior Project Manager. Albert is a LEED® Accredited Professional with preconstruction and construction management expertise. He has 25+ years of experience in the Arizona construction industry. Albert has been involved in Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) projects in Arizona since… Read More →

24th at Camelback Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

Camelback at 24th, Hines
by in Building Green | Business News

The Phoenix office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that 24th at Camelback II has achieved platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings (EB) Rating System. The property, owned by Hines and an East Coast pension fund advised by Invesco, is the first LEED EB Platinum, and most… Read More →

Wells Fargo opens LEED-Silver store in Tempe

A Guide to Applying for a Bank Loan
by in Banking | Business News | Green

Wells Fargo announced the opening of its newest Arizona Community Banking store, at 20 E. University St. in Tempe, on June 3.  The 2,249-square-foot location – the 261st Wells Fargo banking store in the state – is designed and built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards set by the U.S. Green… Read More →

ASU's ISTB 4 Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Natural light floods the five-story atrium space

  Arizona State University’s recently opened Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4) research facility was recognized as LEED Gold certified from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). To earn the LEED Gold, the $110M, 7-story ISTB 4 achieved 46 total LEED points under the LEED for New Construction Version 2.2 Rating System. One… Read More →

SmithGroupJJR's Chris Brown Elevated to ASLA Fellow

SmithGroupJJR - Chris Brown
by in Business News | Newsmakers

Architecture, engineering and planning firm SmithGroupJJR announced that Chris Brown, FASLA, LEED AP BD+C, vice president and landscape architecture studio director, has been elevated to the Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The designation of Fellow is conferred upon individuals in recognition of exceptional professional accomplishments over a sustained period… Read More →

DOXA Redevelopment Project Receives LEED Gold Certification

by in Building Green | Business News

  With 17.8% of the total building materials content, by value, manufactured using recycled products, DOXA was pleased to accept the LEED Gold level certification this month for its newest Phoenix adaptive reuse development project. Located at Buckeye Rd. and 16th St. and once home to the original Smitty’s Grocery store, the 60,000 SF refurbished… Read More →

Marriott To Open Courtyard Hotel In Scottsdale

by in Business News | Hospitality | New to Market

Courtyard by Marriott is rolling out its new lobby and room design in Scottsdale, featuring the “refreshing business” makeover. The 158-room Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River is scheduled to open this month. Located at 5201 N. Pima Rd., the hotel is owned by Salt River Devco and managed by Marriott International. The Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River… Read More →

Phoenix And Scottsdale Adopt Green Construction Code

Green Construction Code, Phoenix, Scottsdale

It has been almost one month since the City of Phoenix adopted a voluntary green construction code to promote energy efficiency and sustainability in construction activities. A keystone of the code is that both new and old projects can achieve the green standard without paying third-party fees; costly fees can often prevent projects from getting off the… Read More →

Sundt Construction Expands To New Mexico, N. Carolina And Texas

Sundt Construction, Arizona
by in Economy | Real Estate

Arizona-based general contractor Sundt Construction has expanded its operations, opening three satellite offices in Albuquerque, N.M.; Cary, N.C. and El Paso, Texas. The offices will support active projects in those areas. “During Sundt’s 122-year history, we have completed projects across the United States and around the world,” said Doug Pruitt, CEO and Chairman of Sundt… Read More →

Paradise Valley Gets The First Ever LEED Certified Home

Desert Star Construction's First LEED Home, Paradise Valley
by in Economy | Green

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Desert Star Construction, Inc. (DSC) has placed the first ever LEED home in Paradise Valley. DSC specializes in luxury commercial properties and luxury homes in the Paradise Valley and  Scottsdale areas. They stand out by doing complex projects that offer the leading green standards. “Our clients range from local leaders to presidents of… Read More →

Speaker: Erik Koss ~ BIG Green Expo & Conference 2011

BIG Expo & Conference Logo 2011
by in Events | Green

Erik Koss, KOSS Design KOSS design+build founder, Erik Koss is a licensed architect and LEED accredited professional that has numerous years of experience in the planning, design and construction of various building types, focusing on high end residential projects and specialty commercial buildings. Erik’s success is based on client interaction and satisfaction along with a… Read More →

Is ‘Green’ The Whole Answer?

Rider Levett Bucknall, LEED
by in Green | Real Estate

Our natural resources are limited and they are fast becoming scarcer and more costly. Thankfully, in recent years, awareness of this issue has heightened and individuals, companies and governments are making efforts towards more responsible usage of our depleting natural resources. Unarguably, we’re in the Age of Environmental Thrift, when ‘going green’ is just good… Read More →