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Monday, 14 January 2008

LEED Professional Accreditaion Program

LEED AP Credential Now Administered Through GBCI.org

Over the last seven years, the LEED Professional Accreditation program has verified that more than 43,000 building professionals have an understanding of green building techniques, the LEED® Green Building Rating System™ and the certification process. Now, with USGBC’s enthusiastic backing, the LEED AP credential will be administered by a separately incorporated organization, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

The formation of GBCI creates administrative independence between the LEED Rating Systems and the LEED AP credential—an important requirement in seeking accreditation for professional credentialing programs by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). USGBC will continue to handle development of the LEED Rating Systems and offer LEED-based education programs.

GBCI will manage all aspects of the LEED Professional Accreditation program including exam development, registration and delivery. Nothing will change for LEED Accredited Professionals except that the LEED AP Directory listing can now be updated at the GBCI Web site, http://www.gbci.org/. GBCI.org is also the place to learn about LEED Professional Accreditation, register for the LEED AP Exam, find LEED Accredited Professionals in your area, and access your LEED AP exam records. Visit GBCI today!

GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATION INSTITUTE P: 1-800-795-1746

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Texas Franchise Tax Credits

Franchise Tax CreditsSpecific forms, publications and other information pertaining to franchise credits for reports originally due on or after January 1, 2008

Special Report - Franchise Tax Credit Claims Under SB 441
Credit Forms
Credit PublicationsFranchise Tax Credits for Child Care Programs (96-766)

Franchise Tax Credits for Economic Development (96-686)
Other Credit-Related InformationStrategic Investment Areas - Calendar Year 2007

Low Impact Design (LID) Shows Reduced Stormwater Costs

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Low Impact Development (LID) Strategies and Practices,
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a new report Reducing Stormwater Costs through Low Impact Development (LID) Strategies and Practices, which contains 17 case studies from across North America that show the economic viability of LID practices.Using these practices in construction projects can lower costs while improving environmental results.



LID practices are innovative stormwater management practices to manage urban stormwater runoff at its source.



The goal is to mimic the way water moved through an area before it was developed by using design techniques that infiltrate, evapotranspirate, and reuse runoff close to its source.



Some common LID practices include rain gardens, grassed swales, cisterns, rain barrels, permeable pavements and green roofs.



LID practices increasingly are used by communities across the country to help protect and restore water quality.The report highlights examples that, in most cases, reduce project costs while improving environmental performance.



Total capital savings ranged from 15 to 80 percent, with a few exceptions in which LID project costs were higher than conventional stormwater management costs.As LID practices become more common, it is likely that they will become cheaper to use.(Enviro news bits)



a copy of the EPA report