30 Aug '13, 7pm

Why are some states trying to ban LEED green building standards?

Why are some states trying to ban LEED green building standards?

Chris Phan LEED Gold-certified Wayne L. Morse U.S. Courthouse in Eugene, Ore. The amendments and executive orders never actually mention LEED by name. They ban new construction built with public money from seeking (or requiring) any green building certification that’s not recognized by something called the American National Standards Institute, or that doesn’t treat all certifications for wood products equally. But that’s really just a mouthful meant to ensure no more LEED-certified courthouses or state offices or libraries. Behind the bans are a group of industries — primarily conventional timber, plastics, and chemicals — unhappy that much of their product goes unrecognized by the LEED standard created by the U.S. Green Building Council . LEED now certifies a million and a half square feet of real estate a day, affixing a “green” label onto public buildings, commercial o...

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