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The Day After COP21: No-Regret Strategies for Institutional Investors

Washington, DC - By Chris Pyke, PhD  

Three days into COP21, we can begin to see the broad contours of a global agreement to address the challenges of climate change through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and preparation for changing climatic conditions. Momentum is building, but details are not yet clear. Some advocate for aggressive regulation and government mandates. Others emphasize the role of a motivated and engaged private sector.

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Five Billion SF of Green Building Planned

PARIS—The U.S. Green Building Council plans to commit to scaling green buildings to more than five billion square feet (478 million square meters) over the next five years through the LEED and EDGE green building rating systems. The council's commitment was made Thursday at Buildings Day, an official event at the United Nations climate negotiations conference known as COP21.

"As we gather around the imperatives to address climate change at COP21, we know that buildings must continue be a key focus area for countries to reach carbon emissions reduction goals," said Roger Platt, president, USGBC. "By encouraging the use of green building rating systems like LEED and EDGE in both the public and private sectors, countries can log immediate and measurable reductions of these emissions as their building stock uses less energy and water, creates less waste, saves money and creates a healthier environment for everyone."

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Greenbuild and NAHB Announce New Strategic Partnership

Informa Exhibitions and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are pleased to announce a new, strategic partnership for 2015. NAHB has signed on to become one of three Greenbuild Top Tier Partners for 2015, in addition to AIA and BOMA.  Greenbuild will feature a variety of residential offerings at the 2015 event, inclusive of a residential product pavilion; a LEED v4 Platinum, net zero electricity demonstration home on the show floor and an extensive educational track. The residential track has increased to 15 sessions focused on both multi-family and single-family that runs Nov. 18-20 at the conference. Thursday, Nov. 19, is the primary residential day with 12 sessions taking place in three different time slots.

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