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Friday Roundup: LEED buoying business, Tenant Star to tackle energy issues

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Vornado Realty Trust's LEED Silver 1101 17th St. in Washington, D.C.

Here's our weekly collection of green building clips:

REITs lead in mainstreaming green building, Real Estate Weekly. The REIT sector has learned how going green makes business sense, even in recession.

'Tenant Star' Label Would Engage Tenants On Energy Savings, Rewards, CoStar Group. Modeled after the EPA's Energy Star, Tenant Star would address how tenants utilize space in commercial buildings, which has a huge impact on energy performance.

Controversy doesn't stop green building standards, Plastics News. Vice President of LEED Technical Development Brendan Owens explains how USGBC engages the market, including the plastics industry, to develop LEED.

Turns out, green banks bring in more green, The Indianapolis Star. PNC Bank, which recently opened its 200th LEED-certified branch, garners more deposits per employee at its green locations. (second story item)

IFC aims to speed up emerging green construction markets, Daily Commercial News. The World Green Building Council is connecting its network of national green building councils to IFC's investment and advisory program.

College dorm, dating back to 1853, lands LEED certification, Dayton Business Journal. At 160 years, Antioch College's North Hall proves no building is too old for LEED Gold.

W.H. and Elaine McCarty South Tower Earns LEED-HC Platinum, Healthcare Design. It's the first Platinum certification under LEED for Healthcare, as well as the second Platinum certification for the first hospital to earn the designation, in 2008.