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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 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. More

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LEED v4 Passes, Will Launch This Fall

A much-debated update to the LEED green building rating system today was approved by members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), our sister digital publication EcoBuilding Pulse reports. 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. 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). 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. 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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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. More

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Forestry Group Aims To Boost Sustainability Practices

The American Forest & Paper Association released five goals for the forest products industry to be more environmentally sustainable, including work to increase the amount of fiber procured from certified forest lands and to promote polices worldwide that reduce illegal logging. More

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