28 May '12, 3pm

LEED Bashing: Plastic People Join The Lumber Industry in Trying To Get The Feds To Drop LEED

TreeHugger has covered how the Sustainable Forest Initiative is trying to gut LEED by getting the Federal Government to drop it; (see LEED-Bashing: SFI Couldn't Join LEED, So Now It Is Out To Destroy It. ) Now the Plastics industry is piling on, worried about LEED 2012's imagined restrictions on PVC. A "bi-partisan" group of congressmen have written a letter to the GSA about LEED: We are deeply concerned that the LEED rating system is becoming a tool to punish chemical companies and plastics makers and spread misinformation about materials that have been at the forefront of improving environmental performance—and even occupant safety—and in buildings. This transformation into an anti-chemical system runs counter to the government’s objectives of increasing energy efficiency and utilizes a European standard called REACH. US manufacturers have no ability to participate in th...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/leed-bashing...

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