Sustainability E News Vol 10 #1 Green Bldg 2018

The Masonry Society

Sustainability E-News

Green Building in 2018

January 15, 2018                                    

Volume 10, Number 1


From the Editor

As I prepared this edition I could hardly believe what I was typing. This is the 10th year of publishing Sustainability E-News! How can that be? I know the time has gone by quickly for me. This newsletter has evolved from an internal publication for the masonry industry to a publication read by designers, contractors and manufacturers and that is shared and distributed over and over again to a wide audience. And we couldn't do it without the generosity of our sponsors. It's not too late to join them. As the year begins we are still looking for sponsors to support our publication in 2018. Please consider joining our sponsorship team. We need your help!


Christine "Tina" Subasic, PE, LEED AP

NOTE: Inclusion in this newsletter is not an endorsement of the products and materials featured, nor have these products been evaluated by TMS or the editor. Furthermore, the views expressed in the articles featured are those of the article authors.



I mentioned in our last edition some of the changes coming this year with regard to green building codes, standards and rating systems. The article below expands on this. ~Tina

2018: A Year for New Green Building Standards, Codes and Rating Systems


2018 will be a watershed year in the course of green building standards, codes and rating systems according to this blog post. There has been no other single calendar year that has seen the breadth of substantive change that is before us. In 2018 there will be new versions of LEED, ASHRAE 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ICC 700, and Green Globes. 

USGBC: Fire, Flood and Fury: A Resilience Retrospective for 2017


This article highlights the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) efforts related to resiliency in 2017 and their plans for 2018. 

Project Teams Find LEED v4 Answers on LEEDuser


In recent months, activity on the LEEDuser forum, a question and answer forum for all things related to LEED, has shifted to LEED v4, charting strong project team engagement. Although new registrations for LEED 2009 closed in 2016, there remain thousands of those projects in the pipeline to certification. However, judging by activity on the popular LEEDuser forum, LEED mindshare and innovation is transitioning to LEED v4 according to this article.


The beginning of the year is always a natural time to review the past and set goals for the future. Setting priorities is key as the article below points out. ~Tina


Setting Priorities is Key in Addressing Sustainable Development Goals


Business leaders are making commitments to adhere to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, but following through requires long-term planning, Jennifer Andress and Julianne Potter write in this article. The first step should be setting priorities for actions that will have the greatest impact and then regularly evaluating progress toward the goals, Tim Mohin of the Global Reporting Initiative says.




The mission of The Masonry Society is to advance knowledge of masonry. One way we do this is by offering seminars on a variety of topics. Next month we will feature sustainability in our monthly webinar series. In March, sustainability will be among the many topics covered at our Masonry Educators Workshop. Check out the links below for more information. ~Tina


An Overview of the Role of Masonry in Sustainable Design and LEED v4


Register now for the this upcoming TMS webinar to be held February 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST. Attendees will be introduced to sustainable design and given an overview of the LEED v4 Rating System.  LEED v4 credit categories will be addressed, with particular emphasis on the Materials and Resources credits, and ways masonry products can contribute to sustainable design and LEED. For more information, visit the TMS website . 


2018 Masonry Educators Workshop


The Masonry Educator's Workshop (MEW) will be held at the University of South Florida in Tampa on March 11-13, 2018. The MEW is a great opportunity for educators who teach masonry to interact with colleagues, peers and industry leaders, learn new ways to deliver masonry curriculum, and understand the latest innovations in the masonry industry. Companies and local promotional groups can sponsor educators they work with to attend the workshop. Find out more information and register here.


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