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Designation of Environmentally Preferable Building Materials – Fundamental Change Needed Within LEED

Green building recognition programs have been developed in Europe and North America over the past 10-15 years with an objective of shifting the built environment toward a more sustainable mode. Such programs are important – certainly in concept – in focusing building designers and construction firms on more efficient use of energy and water, improvement of indoor air quality and occupant safety, development of more liveable and environmentally sustainable communities, and reduction of environmental impacts in the construction and operation of buildings. Because green building programs have the potential to significantly influence builder and architect behaviors, it is important that these programs be free of bias and any political pressure that could compromise their ability to improve environmental performance.

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes




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