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USGBC Launches New Home Scoring Tool

If you’re looking for a back-of-the-envelope assessment of where your project fits in the LEED for Homes green building program, the USGBC just launched a new web-based tool for you.  It’s called the LEED for Homes Scoring Tool, and it includes both a Quick Score (pictured) and a detailed Credit-By-Credit result with specific credit guidance.

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Charting New Territory for LEED Design

Global design firm Perkins + Will just announced LEED certification for the firm’s 100th building — Balance, phase 2 of Dockside Green — which just so happens to be tied for the highest scoring LEED building in the world with phase 1 of Dockside Green.  Dockside Green is a 15-acre community in Victoria, British Columbia, and Balance is a residential component of the project with one- and two-bedroom condominiums and townhouses.

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Decathlon Shuffled to West Potomac Park

Earlier this month, we reported a rumor that Solar Decathlon 2011 was heading to the National Harbor in Maryland.  But, it turns out, as announced today by the Department of Energy and Department of Interior, the big event will be shuffled to West Potomac Park.

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Green Homes to Get Performance Labels

Buying a home is a big, expensive deal.  It’s important that you know what you’re getting.  Ideally, prior to purchase, you should know about its performance in at least four categories: energy use, water use, indoor air quality, and building integrity.  But, as a nation, we’re not there yet.  We’re getting there, though.

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Rumor: Decathlon to National Harbor

Update: Solar Decathlon Shuffled to West Potomac Park

A spokeswoman for student participants is reported to have said Solar Decathlon 2011 will be held at the National Harbor in Maryland, according to John McArdle, reporter for E&E News.  I have not confirmed the accuracy of this information and there has been no official announcement of a location change to date.

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Carbon Negative Cement by Novacem

Material ConneXion, a global materials consultancy, recently gave its material of the year award to Novacem for the company’s “carbon negative” cement.  The product is being touted with increasing frequency and — it would seem from the literature — has the potential to change the world of concrete in 2014-15 when it hits the market.

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