Day: January 4, 2013

5 Ways Building Information Modeling Can Help Plan and Track LEED Credits

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One of the main difficulties in achieving LEED accreditation is accurately planning out which credits are attainable–and then tracking and managing all of the paperwork that comes with winning a LEED credit. It’s a rigorous and time consuming process. However, new technologies available on the market can help make this process more manageable.

Today, an increasing number of construction firms are relying on building information modeling (BIM) to plan their LEED credits before the construction phase. Once it’s time to build, firms are turning to LEED-specific project management software to keep documentation in order, improve team collaboration and share knowledge on project best practices. Here are five ways these technologies can help drive efficiencies in the LEED accreditation process.

Food Waste Remains a Big Problem for 2013

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Food waste is a big problem in industrialized countries. The economic impact of food waste in the U.S. is equivalent to $197.7 billion, according to a report by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN). Titled Food Wastes: Causes, Impacts and Proposals, the report estimates that waste during the consumption stage in the U.S. is equivalent to $124.1 billion. The costs on average for a family of four are about $1,600 a year. In the distribution state, food waste equals $64.6 billion.

The BCFN report cites several statistics that show just how big a problem food waste is in industrialized countries. An analysis by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2011, estimated global food waste to be about 1.3 billion tons, which equals about a third of the total food production meant for human consumption. In 2007, the USDA estimated that in the U.S. 30 percent of the food meant for human consumption is wasted every year, mostly in the home and in restaurants/food service establishments.