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  • Sunday, July 31, 2011 12:17 PM | Deleted user

    Greetings Chapter Members and Friends of USGBCNH:

    We would like to invite you to participate in an activity that will affect the LEED green building certification system in a tangible manner.

    As you may know, certain credits in the commercial LEED rating systems are prioritized for particular areas, reflecting their importance in addressing the priority environmental issues of each area.  These credits are called Regional Priority credits (RPCs) and debuted in the current commercial rating systems, collectively called LEED 2009.

    The current version of LEED for Homes does not feature RPCs, as it was previously developed on a different cycle from the commercial rating systems.  However, all LEED rating systems are now on the same development cycle and will be collectively called LEED 2012.

    With this in mind, the future versions of LEED for Homes and LEED for Homes Mid-Rise will feature RPCs.  You are therefore invited to join the New Hampshire Chapter Task Force in identifying priority environmental issues and select RPCs for Homes and Mid-Rise (in addition to the commercial rating systems).  For more information on the process, upcoming timeline, recommended expertise of the volunteers, and other details, please visit usgbc.org/regionalization and review the LEED Regionalization Executive Summary.

    If, after reviewing the information, you are interested in participating in any portion of it, please contact Vice Chair John Pietroniro at john.prg@comcast.net and/or complete the volunteer form for LEED Regionalization at usgbc.org/volunteer.

    Thank you for considering this opportunity to influence the future of LEED.

    New Hampshire Chapter

    U.S. Green Building Council
  • Friday, July 22, 2011 12:08 PM | Deleted user

    Senator Jeanne Shaheen recently introduced The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011. A section-by-section summary of the bill and an important letter of support can be viewed through the links below.  The letter of support, authored by The Alliance to Save Energy's Brad Penney, has already been signed by numerous companies and organizations. We need your help to get this letter into the appropriate hands, so that more businesses can add their names to the list of supporters. Please forward this message within your company or organization and to other business owners so they can help continue the momentum behind this important legislature.

    Summary of energy bill

    Letter of Support

    To add your company's name to the list of supporters, copy and paste the paragraph below in an email to Senator Shaheen's office, c/o Scott Merrick at Scott_Merrick@shaheen.senate.gov .

    Dear Mr. Merrick,

    We commend Senator Shaheen and her staff for their work on The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 and ask to add our company,[company name], to the list of supporters. We thank Senator Shaheen for her leadership in developing this comprehensive package, and offer our support in helping to advance this important bill toward enactment by the 112th Congress. 


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    Thank you!

    New Hampshire Chapter

    U.S. Green Building Council
  • Friday, May 13, 2011 2:39 PM | Deleted user
    The LEED Users Group New Hampshire Chapter, U.S. Green Building Council is now on Facebook. Simply click the Facebook link in the header of this website to go straight to our page. Like us and receive our latest news and updates immediately as they are posted.
  • Friday, May 13, 2011 2:07 PM | Deleted user
    Another successful Green Eggs event is in the books! Download the powerpoint presentation given by architectural firm Lavallee Brensinger's Vice President, Chris Drobat. Learn what helped their design for the Manchester Community College Automotive Science and Technology Center earn a LEED Gold Certification.

    Thanks to all those that participated! Stay tuned for information on the next Green Eggs event!
  • Friday, May 06, 2011 12:23 PM | Deleted user

    The 2011 Building New Hampshire Awards Program celebrates energy-efficient, high-performance building of new and existing buildings in New Hampshire.

    A committee of regional building professionals selects the winners of the 2011 Building New Hampshire Awards, which honor those who have made significant contributions toward enhancing both residential and commercial buildings of the Granite State.

    Winners of the 2011 Building New Hampshire Awards are the people to watch, as they're the ones who are producing some of the most beautiful, innovative, energy-efficient buildings and remodeling projects in New Hampshire.  

    Categories include community and cultural places, residential home building, and commercial spaces. All projects must be located in New Hampshire and must have been built or retrofitted using sustainable building practices and principles. While any applicant is eligible for entry, Energy Star, National Green Building Standard, LEED, and REGREEN certification programs will be considered equally.

    Nominations for 2011 and all supporting materials are due by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, August 12, 2011. To learn more, go to www.buildingnh.com.

    Winners for 2011 will be announced at a special reception and via a press release on November 2, 2011. Winners may be selected to be featured in Granite State Builder and Building New Hampshire News.

    Click here to see official notification 

  • Friday, April 22, 2011 11:42 AM | Deleted user
    A $500 scholarship fund has been approved by the New Hampshire Chapter Board of Directors to assist all who attend the 2011 Annual Leadership Summit for the USGBC Upper Northeast Region. The fund will be divided equally among all chapter attendees to help defray the cost of mileage, registration and lodging.

    For Green Building leaders, Chapter members, and sustainable community advocates, this is a must-attend, impact-filled day of information on financing, advocacy, chapter growth, LEED, and USGBC development, launched by guest speaker, Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC President and CEO.

    The $81.22 ticket price covers a full day event of presentations, workshops, and networking at the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge.  Included is breakfast, lunch, and ample time to connect with other Green Building peers from the entire Northeast: Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Upper New York state.

    The Summit takes place April 29, 2011, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, at the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, MA.


  • Tuesday, April 19, 2011 11:09 AM | Deleted user

    Fun, family event open to all ages and abilities.  Proceeds to benefit Plan NH and its Scholarship Fund.  Same-day registration begins at 4:30 PM, shotgun start at 6:15. Course is USTAF-sanctioned.  $20 registration before May 12th ($5 for students); $25 same-day registration ($10 for students).   Free tee shirt to each of first 50 entrants. To register, go to www.active.com.  For more information and paper registration, go to www.plannh.org.

    Plan New Hampshire promotes “excellence in sustainable planning, design and development of the built environment” by championing Smart Growth principles for communities throughout the Granite State.  Its membership of architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, contractors and others within the building industry brings a unique variety of views and perspectives to their approach to shaping New Hampshire’s built environment – and its effects on the future of our state.

    Contact:  Robin H. LeBlanc, Executive Director   603-452-7526
  • Friday, April 15, 2011 10:30 AM | Deleted user
    The kick-off to the Green Eggs Series was a great success! Thanks to all those who participated. Download the files below to recap the topics that were discussed.

    Kate Epsen, Analyst with the NH Public Utilities Commission

    Steven Epstein, Business Program Specialist for Rural Development with the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Sunday, April 10, 2011 9:35 AM | Deleted user
    Business NH Magazine is now accepting applications for the fourth annual Lean & Green Competition, which celebrates environmental practices undertaken by NH companies to be more environmentally sound and cost-efficient. Winners will be featured in the 2011 Green Guide, appearing in the August issue. A celebration of the winners will also take place in September.

    If your company has innovative environmental practices, used green building practices to develop your facility or has products that help companies become more environmentally friendly and fiscally sound, let us know about it! You could be among the companies selected to receive statewide recognition for your eco-efforts.

    Deadline to apply: Friday, April 22

    Applications will be accepted online only. Click here for the link. Please contact Associate Editor Erika Cohen at 603-626-6354 or ecohen@businessnhmagazine.com if you have any questions.
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2011 1:32 PM | Deleted user
    Businesses from across New Hampshire are joining in the fight to protect the state’s energy future and support participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

    So far over 100 businesses have signed on. 

    "Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a regional market-based program designed to reduce air pollution at the lowest cost. It was instituted by ten northeastern states to help limit carbon emissions, encourage innovation in alternative energy, and improve energy efficiency. Continuing participation in RGGI ensures NH citizens and businesses will continue to reap benefits from a program they will pay for no matter what, and serve to help reduce the billions of dollars sent out-of-state to meet our energy needs."

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