Green Design

Advocating for Fresh Air in Homes
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Advocating for Fresh Air in Homes

HIVE panelist and entrepreneur Bill Hayward has a passion for cleaner indoor air More

Hayward Lumber’s Owner Aims to Monetize Air Quality Concerns
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Hayward Lumber’s Owner Aims to Monetize Air Quality Concerns

Bill Hayward's new venture, Hayward Healthy Home, is partly a consultancy... More

Architect Wins $50,000 Hanley Award
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Architect Wins $50,000 Hanley Award

Bob Berkebile recognized for contributions to sustainability 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. More

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USDA Starts Writing Roadmap for Wood Promotion Scheme

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has followed up on its plan to support more construction with wood by issuing a proposal that government, university, and wood industry resources come together to undertake research that would tout wood as a way to fight global warming and assist in green construction movements. More

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FSC Wants Another Vote on Wood-Cert Benchmark

Following a U.S. Green Building Council vote that failed to pass a wood-certification benchmark, the Forest Stewardship Council's U.S. chapter has urged the council to continue to strive for a benchmark by sending out a revised ballot. More

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Proposed USGBC Wood-Certification Benchmarks Fail To Win Enough Support

Proposed benchmark standards to determine when a wood-certification group would have its certification qualify for points in the LEED rating system failed to win the required two-thirds approval from a special group of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) members. The 55% "yes" to 42% "no" vote represents the rejection of several years' worth of work by a USGBC committee and guarantees even more fighting over one of green construction's most bitterly debated issues. More

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SFI Calls for Rejection of USGBC Wood-Certification Benchmarks

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative urged a "no" vote against the U.S. Green Building Council's proposed benchmark standards that would decide when a wood-certification group like SFI would have its certification qualify for points in the LEED rating system. In doing so, it joins with the Forest Stewardship Council--the only group whose certification currently qualifies--in rejecting the USGBC proposal, although for radically different reasons. More

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Both Sides Lining Up Against USGBC's Wood-Cert Vote

Key players in the years-long fight over green construction wood-certification schemes appear to be uniting--for opposite reasons--behind promoting a "no" vote on a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) proposal that would set standards on which groups' wood certification schemes will qualify for points in the USGBC's LEED program. More

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USGBC's Vote on Wood-Cert Standards To Start Oct. 25

The U.S. Green Building Council will begin collecting votes Oct. 25 on proposed language that would set standards on which groups' wood certification schemes will qualify for points in the USGBC's LEED program recognizing green construction. Ballots will be accepted until Nov. 23, and the council expects shortly afterward to announce results that are just about certain to displease several key groups that have fought for years over this issue. More

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