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  • 08-Sep-2014 6:31 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    Paterson Habitat wins energy efficiency award

    SEPTEMBER 5, 2014, 5:31 PM LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014, 5:31 PM

    PATERSON – Paterson Habitat for Humanity’s townhouse development on Harrison Street has won an award in recognition of its energy-efficient design and construction.

    The New Jersey chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has named the five-unit development as a recipient of its Emerald Award in the not-for-profit Green Project category.

    "This is a remarkable accomplishment that we are proud to recognize on this very special occasion," said Florence Block, executive director the state chapter.

    Named “Harrison Green,” the townhome project was designed with advanced energy efficiency and environmental features, according to Habitat. Those features include air-tight doors and windows, double-studded walls to hold extra insulation, and solar energy systems to provide internal heat and hot water.

    The families living in the Harrison Street townhouse, like all Habitat homeowners, purchased their homes with the help of zero-interest Habitat mortgages. The homes were built with Paterson Habitat's construction volunteers, often working side by side with homeowner families who are each required to invest 300 hours of “sweat equity” volunteer labor.

    In October Paterson Habitat will begin its 30th year. So far the non-profit organization says it has created homes for over 265 families.

    Paterson Habitat will receive its award at the Building Council's annual gala on Nov. 7 at Montclair State University.

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  • 28-Aug-2014 5:22 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    Stevens Tech students debut hurricane resistant, solar powered shore home design

    Michaelangelo Conte | The Jersey Journal By Michaelangelo Conte | The Jersey Journal

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    Stevens Institute of Technology today showcased renderings of a high-tech, hurricane resilient “SURE HOUSE” designed in response to the devastation to homes on the New Jersey and New York shores by Superstorm Sandy.

    "I congratulate Stevens and the SURE HOUSE team on their innovative, forward-thinking design,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who attended today’s event. “We look forward to learning from the SURE HOUSE and potentially applying some of the concepts to making homes in Hoboken more resilient."

    The home, which is being designed and constructed by Stevens Tech students, will be completely solar powered, flood resistant and incorporate “very innovative cooling, heating and ventilation systems” has been accepted into the 2015 Solar Decathlon international competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

    But even with all the technology in the SURE HOUSE design, the Stevens team is “trying to keep the homey feel of the Jersey Shore and the New York shore,” said Claire Griffin, a Stevens student of mechanical engineering with a minor in science communication.

    As people browsed the renderings of the house and its systems in a building on Sinatra Drive this afternoon, Griffin, who is on the communications and public relations team for the project, said “it is the brainchild of a bunch of engineers and architects and people from all kinds of majors at Stevens Tech.

    Design work for SURE HOUSE began in October 2013 and Griffin said about 35 to 50 students have been working on the project on and off and the team is to be expanded.

    “We spent the entire summer in a design studio," Griffin said. "It has been a very, very intense summer,” Griffin said.” All the students have worked really hard and all are super proud.”

    Over the next year and a half, Stevens students with expertise in engineering, energy efficiency, architecture, business, communications, management, and computer science will create SURE HOUSE in a campus lot on the Hudson River. It is expected to cost $300,000 to $325,000 to build.

    SURE HOUSE will then be disassembled, transported to the competition site in Irvine, California, reassembled and exhibited during the Solar Decathlon competition and exhibition in Fall 2015. After the competition, it will be moved to a location on the Jersey Shore where it will be inhabited or used for a municipal function, Griffin said.

    Among those overseeing the project are Stevens Tech Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering & Science,Keith Sheppard and Industry Professor and Director of Product-Architecture and Engineering Program John Nastasi.

    In 2013, Stevens finished second in the United States and fourth globally with Ecohabit, a “smart house” that now serves as veterans center at California State University. In 2011, Stevens joined with the New School University and Habitat for Humanity to create Empowerhouse, which won awards for affordability and hot water, and is now home to a working mother of three in an inner-city neighborhood.

    The biannual Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses, which are judged based on how well the houses perform and how livable and affordable they are.

    To view the progress of SURE HOUSE, go to
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  • 07-Jul-2014 1:55 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    LEED Certified Projects in NJ have reached 330 (as of June 30, 2014). 

    CLICK HERE for the list of projects (sorted by most recent, and excluding confidential projects).

    For more on LEED in NJ, including stats, project profiles and other resources, CLICK HERE.

  • 02-Jul-2014 12:29 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    Topics include:

    • House Tour: An Architect's Eco-Shingle Style Home (Video)
    • Updated Chapter Market Report
    • Duke Farms Celebrates LEED Platinum Certification on Two Buildings
    • A New Paradigm in Education – The Green Program of Study
    • USGBC NJ Chapter Advocacy Update

    CLICK HERE for a PDF of the 3 page Newsletter

  • 19-Jun-2014 2:45 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    NEW JERSEY is #4 in the US for number of LEED for Homes certifications!

    With 2,625 units, NJ ranks #4 in the country. Read USGBC's new report on the green residential industry, including brand new stats and feature stories. Grab your copy at Dwell on Design this weekend or download now:
  • 17-Jun-2014 10:37 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    Application for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Is Now Available

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is pleased to announce that the application for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards is now available. Completed applications must be received at DEP by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17.

    The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey’s premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. These awards recognize individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey.

    Since the awards program was established in 2000, 135 entities have been recognized. Nominations can be submitted for the following categories: Clean Air; Healthy Ecosystems; Water Resources; Land Conservation; Healthy and Sustainable Communities; Healthy and Sustainable Businesses; Innovative Technology; and the recently added “Environmentalist of the Year” category. In addition, the category for “Environmental Education” has been divided into two awards: one for adult-led educational initiatives and one for projects that are student-led or have succeeded due to a high level of student involvement.

    The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.

    Award winners will be honored at a luncheon and program to be held in December. Last year’s event supporters included PSEG, Duke Farms, New Jersey Natural Gas, Atlantic County Utilities Authority and Greener by Design.

    The 2014 application and other awards information can be found at

    Questions about the awards program can be forwarded to:

    • Tanya Oznowich (609) 984-9802
    • Caroline Kirkland (609) 633-7821
  • 09-May-2014 9:38 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    Mayor Fulop & JCRA Announce LEED Green Building Training for City Employees; City Staff to Support Sustainability in Development Projects

    May 8, 2014 by RealEstateRama

    JERSEY CITY – May 8, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) –– Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency have partnered on a LEED Green Building Training by the U.S. Green Building Council – New Jersey Chapter for city employees and agency staff who are involved in the construction and development process.

    The training will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 8th, 2014, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 280 Grove Street. Approximately 30 employees will participate in the workshop including representatives from the Department of Public Works, the Planning Division, the Building Department, the Zoning Division, the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority, and the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.

    “Jersey City is leading the State in construction projects and one of our goals is to develop buildings that meet LEED certifications as sustainability is a critical aspect of urban planning,” said Mayor Fulop. “We felt this training was a great way to educate staff on the certification process to further our sustainability efforts and continue to make Jersey City the best mid-size city in America.”
    Other cities that require green building training for staff include Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

    Currently there are more than 50 LEED registered green development projects underway in Jersey City, both commercial and residential. The workshop will taught by staff from the U.S. Green Building Council and participants will receive credits toward the GBCI’s LEED AP Building and Design Construction credential.

    All media inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Morrill, Press Secretary for the City of Jersey City, at 201-547-4836 or 201-376-0699.

    Contact: Jennifer Morrill
    Press Secretary

    Mayor Fulop & JCRA Announce LEED Green Building Training for City Employees; City Staff to Support Sustainability in Development Projects 
  • 22-Apr-2014 12:58 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    12th Annual USGBC NJ Emerald Awards Gala Award Applications Due May 30, 2014.

    Each year USGBC NJ recognizes and presents Gala Awards to companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and best practices in green building and sustainability. In addition, the USGBC NJ’s Annual Gala is the networking event of the year for green building and sustainability professionals in the tri-state area.

    The nomination form can be found HERE. Honoree Criteria can be found HERE.

    This year’s Gala is slated for Friday, November 7th at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

    Awards are presented in the following categories (at the selection committees’ discretion): Suburban Green Project; Urban Green Project; Not for Profit Green Project; Student Project.

    Among other attributes, award winners contribute to the diversity of the USGBC NJ mission and offers a role model to others in our community and or business world, and involve ‘paying it forward’ by educating the public and/or landowners/clients in the principles of sustainable design and the LEED® programs.

    Previous honorees include: Colgate Global Technology Center; PNC Bank; NJ Economic Development Authority; Newark’s Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District; Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Hampshire Real Estate Companies; Wyndham Worldwide; Panasonic Corporation; Prudential Real estate Investors; BASF Corporation; the Rockefeller Group; and Senator Cory Booker.
  • 12-Feb-2014 11:40 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    Have you seen the project profiles for Wyndham Worldwide's two LEED buildings in Parsippany, NJ?


    (Click on image below for the 2 page PDF)

    WYNDHAM WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS, 22 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, NJ: First in NJ to earn both LEED CI + EBOM, both in Silver. 

    (Click on image below for the 2 page PDF)

    See more New Jersey project profiles & other info on our RESOURCES page. 
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