24 Feb '12, 7pm

LEED-Bashing: How The Wood Wars Are Hurting LEED and All of Green Building

The Senate Agriculture Committee wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reconsider a policy that encourages the use of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for new construction. The letter, signed by Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln (Democrat-Arkansas) and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss (Republican-Georgia), says LEED discourages the use of U.S. wood products by allowing points only for wood certified to FSC and failing to recognize wood certified to SFI or ATFS standards. It says that since most FSC-certified forests are outside of North America, this means LEED is encouraging the use of imported wood products over domestic sources. LEED also discriminates against the 191 million acres/77 million hectares of U.S. national forests since they are not currently certified, even though timber harvest is ...

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