Posts Categorized: Perspectives

Our Senior Experience | GHT Hosts High School Interns

  Liam Emson & Colin Meek Share Their GHT Senior Experience Each year, Yorktown High School hosts a program called Senior Experience, which provides an opportunity during the last three weeks of high school for interested seniors to participate in a unique transitional learning opportunity outside the school. This full-time experience can take more than […]

Creating a Culture of Courage | DC Women in Green

DC Women Making a Difference in Sustainable Building Spring in the USGBC-NCR community always brings the annual Women in Green Power Breakfast, a popular event featuring influential, multi-generational panelists making an impact in the green community. On Thursday, June 6, 2019, the National Capital Region of USGBC hosted this event at the Decatur House in […]

Notes from 2019 Montgomery County Energy Summit

Focusing on the Here and Now This year’s Montgomery County Energy Summit, hosted jointly by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and USGBC National Capital Region (USGBC-NCR)’s Montgomery County Committee, enjoyed record attendance with more than 315 members of the green building community. Hosted at the Silver Spring Veteran’s Civic Center on Wednesday, […]

LEED v4.1 Brings Big Changes

Projects Already in v4 Can Remain Until 2021 USGBC has released the drafts for the LEED v4.1 BD+C and ID+C  rating systems. The v4.1 rating system evolves v4 to enable greater implementation and increased focus on performance. LEED v4 was released in 2013 but has not seen much adoption in the market; fewer than 800 […]

Overnight Efforts Bring Big Daytime Returns

Making the case for retro-commissioning  What is Retro-Commissioning? Retro-Commissioning (RCx), also called Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx), is a unique commissioning effort that can be undertaken for any or several of the following reasons: Earning LEED EBOM Certification Performing an ASHRAE Level II or Level III Energy Audit Pursuing ENERGY STAR certification Meeting contractual requirements of […]

GHT Limited Previews Changes Coming With WELL Version 2

International WELL Building Institute Releases WELL Version 2 Last week, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) officially launched the pilot program for the WELL Version 2 Building Standard (V2). Since its inception in 2014, Version 1 has witnessed rapid growth and global support, with 892 registered projects from 34 countries to date. V2 seeks to […]

#ICYMI: DC Women Are Going Green

Laura Morder Shares Her Experiences  There’s never been a better time to be Women in Green than during spring in Washington, DC! As we dug out from the grips of another long DC winter, we were treated to some of the nation’s finest programming supporting women’s roles in sustainability. Below are just some of the […]

Notes From the 2018 Montgomery County Energy Summit

Montgomery County Energy Summit Highlights   This year’s Montgomery County Energy Summit, hosted by Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and USGBC National Capital Region’s Montgomery County Committee focused on the latest trends in commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy to create a greener built environment. Below, we’ve summarized three notable sessions we attended […]

Apply Early to Stay Ahead of New ENERGY STAR Rating Method

ENERGY STAR & EPA Announce Official Date Changes Take Effect  Competition to achieve ENERGY STAR certification in the DC Metro Area grows every year, and with new regulations to ENERGY STAR scores quickly approaching, now is the time to re-certify. GHT has helped more than 70 building owners, property managers, and end users achieve the […]

Expediting Permits with DCRA’s New Velocity Program

Q&A with Senior Principal Matthew Jacobs on New Plan Review Service   GHT Chartered recently served as the MEP Engineer on one of the first tenant interiors fit-out project to go through the Velocity program, a new permit expediting service offered by the Department of Columbia’s Regulatory and Consumer Affairs (DCRA). We sat down with […]

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