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USGBC's Pilot Test Renews Tussle Over Which Lumber Qualifies for Green Building Programs
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USGBC's Pilot Test Renews Tussle Over Which Lumber Qualifies for Green Building Programs

SFI, ATFS, and PEFC-certified wood all could join FSC in qualifying for LEED points Read more

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GSA Chooses LEED and Green Globes

After months of study, the GSA recommends the federal government continue to use LEED, but also recommends using Green Globes as well. Read more

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USA Today Assails LEED System as a Sham

USA Today took aim at the green building industry today with a special report that argues against the environmental benefts promoted through the U.S. Green Building Council's programs. Read more

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Key Fed Agency Backs 2 Cert Systems Besides LEED

Dealers frustrated by government agencies' seeming enchantment with the LEED green certification system have reason to relax. Read more

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Should Military Brass Be LEED-ers? Some Wood Groups Have a Different Idea

The Defense Department has been pulled into a different kind of battle than it's used to--the fight over the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED system and its preference for wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Read more

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Pentagon Spending Bill Signals New Step in LEED Fight

A just-passed bill promoting a more expansive view of green building certification programs at the Pentagon is generating cheers among lobbyists opposed to an exclusive embrace of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED system and a "bring it on" attitude from the USGBC. Read more

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Congress Restricts Pentagon's Spending on LEED Certifications

The Pentagon spending bill passed by Congress will force the military to provide a cost-benefit analysis and return on investment on its sustainable building efforts and will prohibit, through Sept. 30, any spending on reaching LEED gold and platinum certification. Read more

Mountain Lumber
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Mountain Lumber

Mountain Lumber uses the proximity of its products to boost sales--and a green cause. Read more

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USGBC Floats Plan To Let Wood-Cert Groups Qualify for LEED

In what could be a major step toward quieting the wood-certification dispute, the U.S. Green Building Council has proposed giving credit under its LEED program to several currently unrecognized wood-certification groups for at least helping bring more transparency to green construction efforts. Read more

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USDA Ramps Up Pro-Wood, Pro-Green Policies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will preferentially select wood in its new building projects, seek to enhance research and development in green building materials, and look for ways to show off wood as a green building material in big buildings, Agriculture Secretary Tim Vilsack announced. Read more

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