News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Emily Badger / The Atlantic Cities / August 28, 2013
The amendments and executive orders never actually mention LEED by name. They ban new construction built with public money from seeking (or requiring) any green building certification that’s not recognized by something called the American National Standards Institute, or that doesn’t treat all certifications for wood products equally. But that’s really just a mouthful meant to ensure no more LEED-certified courthouses or state offices or libraries.
Behind the bans are a group of industries – primarily conventional timber, plastics and chemicals – unhappyRead More
Silvio Marcacci / Clean Tecnhica / August 19, 2013
Green building is growing fast in the US, and may represent more than half of all commercial and institutional construction as soon as 2016.
A new report from the US Green Building Council (USGBC), “LEED in Motion: People and Progress,” details green building’s exponential growth and outlines both the value of the industry and its reach into American lives.
The report is the first of three LEED in Motion summaries planned for release in 2013, and it reveals yet another key indictor that sustainability can be as much an economic boost as an environmental one.
Millions Living And WorkingRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING Pulse / July 9, 2013
Skanska USA announced that it has resigned as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in protest of the organization’s backing of the American High-Performance Building Coalition (AHPBC), which is lobbying against the use of LEED in government projects and on the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill.
“Sustainability is one of Skanska’s core values. And we will not be a part of an organization that supports the American High-Performance Building Coalition, which harbors the American Chemistry Council and opposes the implementation of a new, stronger LEED certificationRead More
BUILDER / July 10, 2013
Yes or No?
Yes. New standards should include life-cycle assessments.
Robert Zabcik is director of R&D at NCI Building Systems, a metal components producer.
We anticipate a divergent evolution, where the rating system involves more complicated and holistic scientific models with sophisticated rubrics to determine a building’s performance.
This would be a kind of “rating system on steroids,” in which a computer does most of the calculation. Much of the simpler criteria that are currently in existing green building rating systems would appear as requirements in high-performanceRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING Pulse / June 2, 2013
After many months of debate over proposed revisions and an unprecedented number of public comment periods, the latest version of the USGBC’s LEED green building rating system, dubbed LEED v4, will go into effect this fall after it was successfully passed by ballot vote of USGBC membership, the organization announced this morning. The final overall vote was 86 percent in favor of adopting LEED v4. The minimum overall percentage of votes needed for passage was 66.7 percent.
Of the votes cast in the ballot, which was open for the month of June, 90 percent of the user category of voters approvedRead More