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Green Building Council Unfairly Favors FSC: Georgia

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 08/16/2012 8:56PM

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system unfairly awards its wood certification credit only to Forest Stewardship Council certified standard, says an executive order by Georgia's governor. SFI says it agrees.

Georgia Dumps LEED Wood Standard for State Buildings

By Bill Esler Posted: 08/15/2012 9:44PM

Effectively abandoning formal LEED green building standards in state-funded projects, Georgia officially endorsed sustainable wood certifications more favorable to its wood industry than FSC used by LEED.

National Office Furniture ‘LEEDS’ in Sustainability

By Karen Koenig Posted: 08/08/2012 12:00PM

Casegoods and table manufacturer National Office Furniture recently became Indiana’s first LEED-certified office furniture plant.

LEED-Certified Building Stock Swells to 2 Billion Square Feet

Posted: 07/26/2012 4:25PM

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced that the total footprint of commercial projects certified under its LEED green building program surpassed two billion square feet.

BIFMA Supports GSA Recognition of LEED Rating Systems

Posted: 07/24/2012 1:32PM

The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association joined the U.S. Green Building Council as a signatory on a letter to the U.S. General Services Administration encouraging inclusion of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Rating Systems as an option for public building design and assessment.

LEED Is Private, Voluntary, Transparent and Democratic

Posted: 07/18/2012 8:06PM

The U.S. Green Building Council applauded the creation of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition by the American Chemistry Council and others, noting that, after 20 years, it was significant that the representative groups were finally engaging in conversation about the critical importance of green, high performance buildings for America.

Court Ruling Backs EPA Green Gas Emission Regulation

By Rich Christianson Posted: 06/28/2012 9:32AM

The Environmental Protection Agency won a court decision Tuesday, giving it the green light to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources, including wood production factories. An industry coalition is considering mounting a new legal challenge.

Toll Brothers to Pay $741,000 Clean Water Act Penalty

Posted: 06/20/2012 2:57PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Toll Brothers Inc., one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, will pay a civil penalty of $741,000 to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations at its construction sites, including sites located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

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