Coalition content with feds’ nod to Green Globes standard, alongside LEED

Source: American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC), Washington, D.C.

Chemical and building materials interests issued a statement responding to the U.S. General Services Administration’s recommendation of the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes 2010 and U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2009 as third party certification systems:

“AHPBC applauds GSA’s decision to recommend for the first time to the Department of Energy that the federal government use more than one green building rating system. This increased competition will help the U.S. government improve the efficiency of its buildings, reduce the federal government’s overall energy use and save taxpayer funds.

“[GSA’s] announcement is a step in the right direction, however much more must be done to ensure that all green building codes, standards, ratings systems and credits used by the federal government are developed through confirmed, true voluntary consensus processes that are steeped in science, technical rigor, full transparency, broad stakeholder input and due process.”