Posts Tagged ‘ LEED ’

Congress Approves National Green Building Standard for Residential Military Construction

Dec 15th, 2014

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released a statement applauding Congress for authorizing the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) for all military residential construction, which represents 16 percent of the federal real estate portfolio. Passed by the Senate, and last week by the House, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) “will provide […]

No More Excuses for Partisan Politics

Nov 17th, 2014

The yard signs have come down, local advertising has gone back to normal and the results are (mostly) in. The midterm elections are behind us and Republicans are declaring victory with eight additional Senate seats (53 of 100) and increased dominance of the house with 12 new seats (244 of 435). No matter which side […]

DOE Sets New Green Standards for Federal Buildings

Oct 13th, 2014

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a rule aimed at ensuring federal buildings use proper energy certifications. The rule, which goes into effect November 13, ensures that in cases where agencies choose to use green building certification systems to meet federal sustainability and energy standards, they must select a system that verifies enhanced energy […]

Vinyl Industry Takes on LEED® v4 in Washington

Jun 2nd, 2014

The Vinyl Institute Fly In on May 21 might be better described as a ‘Swarm In’ with nearly 70 constituents from across the U.S. making the trip to Washington to make a case for “Fairness and Competition.” The material biases included in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® […]

WDMA and NLBMDA Lobby Congress about Lead and Energy Rules

Apr 1st, 2014

Jerry Howard, CEO of the National Association of Home Builders said housing is on its way to recovery.

Visits to Capitol Hill for legislation lobbying began today at the 2014 Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference, hosted by the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) Held in Arlington, Va, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, attendees were briefed on lobbying basics before listening to […]

USGBC Certifies 50,000th Green Housing Unit

Jan 24th, 2014

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced its 50,000th LEED-certified green housing unit. “As one of the most rigorous green residential rating systems in the world, LEED for Homes is the standard against which all other such programs are measured,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Despite its demanding technical aspects […]

Experts Raise Awareness for LEED v4

Oct 14th, 2013

The latest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system isn’t all that different from the previous one, but Jeremy Kuhre says there are a few differences of which people should be aware. Kuhre, a LEED AP specialist with the Sustainable Solutions Corporation, made the most of Thursday’s hour-long webinar called “LEED v4, Are […]

CGI Windows and Doors Featured in LEED Platinum Home

Sep 24th, 2013

A new home project in Miami Beach, Fla., 2020 Alton, has been awarded LEED Platinum status and is, to the best of public knowledge, the highest-scoring LEED home at 120/89.5 in the nation. All doors and windows in this record-setting project were manufactured by CGI Windows & Doors. The 2020 Alton project is a joint […]

New Kid on the Block: Building, Design Industry Groups Establish Buildings Coalition to Develop LEED Alternative

Jul 19th, 2012

Several organizations have come together to form the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC), which intends “to unify leading building and construction industry parties to develop a fresh set of green building standards and implement these guidelines in federal, state and local governments.” The AHPBC consists of 27 industry organizations, which also backed the delay of […]

Industry Responds to New LEED Draft; Wood Certification and PVC Issues Elicit Feedback

Mar 13th, 2012

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its latest draft of its LEED Rating System and a few points are drawing criticism from some in the industry. First, in the section, Responsible Sourcing of Raw Material, new wood products must be certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) “or better.” Organizations, including the Sustainable Forestry […]