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Mar 28

Introduction to the Living Building Challenge

Join us for an in-depth introduction to the philosophy and components of the Living Building Challenge and certification program of the International Living Future Institute.

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Apr 6

Green Apple Day of Service: Tilling the common ground between high school students and green professionals

Calling interested green building professionals - will you network with high school students?

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The Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) is a chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) which covers the State of Connecticut. We are committed to transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED — the top third-party verification system for sustainable structures around the world. Every day USGBC is helping advance spaces that are better for the environment and healthier for us to live, work and play in. 

Throughout the year, we hold a series of workshops on green building topics, networking opportunities, membership meetings, educational forums, seminars on green buildings and periodic Connecticut based LEED™ training in connection with the US Green Building Council. The CTGBC also monitors activities in Connecticut related to high performance green buildings and maintains a speakers bureau.

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Robinson & Cole Releases January 2018 Green Tax Incentive Compendium

Every year, Jerome Garciano of Robinson & Cole compiles a Green Tax Incentive Compendium. This January's version includes updates from the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act. You can read the compendium on our Resources Page.


Congratulations to all
2017 CTGBC Green Building Award winners!

We had a great turnout at the 2017 CTGBC Green Building Awards! Thanks to everyone who made the event possible, including our Awards Committee co-chairs Kris Coperine and Sheri Dieso, our incomparable jury (Bruce Becker, Claudia Dinep, Patrick McKenna, Linda Reeder, and Rory Ronan), our host Alexion Pharmaceuticals, and of course our sponsors: Energize Connecticut, Assa Abloy, and Steven Winter Associates

CTGBC would like to send a special congratulations to the winner of our best-in-show award, known as the Energize Connecticut Award of Excellence. The Sandy Hook Elementary School stood out to our jurors as the most outstanding project submission this year. Congratulations to the project team and the entire Newtown community on this wonderful achievement.

Sandy Hook Elementary School

Sustainability, nature, and community were key factors in the design of Newtown’s new Sandy Hook School. In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, many challenges presented themselves to the design team -- meeting the latest security guidelines, managing media involvement, and most importantly, nurturing a community in the aftermath of hardship. With respect to the former, would there need to be significant trade-offs between meeting security requirements and overall sustainability goals? These challenges manifested into one collective goal: to create a learning environment that embraces nature, sustainability, art, and the community’s heritage while incorporating the highest standards for security guidelines ever seen in a Connecticut school building. For more information on the Sandy Hook Elementary School project, visit the website of Svigals + Partners.

For a full list of 2017 CTGBC Green Building Award winners, click here!

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Second U.S. "Living Building" Home Certified

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Green buildings provide billions of dollars in additional benefits, claims Harvard study

A new sponsored study from researchers at Harvard University claims that green buildings deliver billions of dollars of social and health benefits beyond those associated with reduced energy consumption.


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ASHRAE releases energy design guide for school buildings

A new publication aims to improve energy savings at K-12 school buildings, titled Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings – Achieving Zero Energy.


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