USGBC enlists materials, products sources in supply chain group

Sources: CP staff; U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.

Acknowledging supplier and product interests’ central role in green building practice, USGBC’s LEED Steering Committee has tasked a new Supply Chain Optimization Group with supporting the LEED v4 Materials and Resources (MR) section.

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Federal buildings agency takes stock of LEED v4

The U.S. General Services Administration released a review of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Version 4 (LEED v4), the new version of the LEED green building certification system by the U.S. Green Building Council. The document examines how LEED v4 aligns with existing federal statutory, regulatory, and Executive Order green building requirements.

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Industry-Wide EPD for ready mixed premiers at 2014 Greenbuild

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

With the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Conference & Expo as a backdrop, NRMCA announced publication of environmental impacts for concrete to help members address the movement toward product transparency in the LEED v4 project rating system. The Industry-Wide (IW) Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Benchmark (Industry Average) Report span a wide range of mix designs from materials sourced across the country.

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ICC, ASHRAE, LEED developers aim to streamline green building codes

The International Code Council, ASHRAE, American Institute of Architects, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and U.S. Green Building Council will collaborate on development of Standard 189.1, International Green Construction Code and the LEED green building program.

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Technical, science-based discipline applied to LEED rating system

A new U.S. Green Building Council and American Chemistry Council initiative aims to ensure the use of sustainable and environmentally protective products in buildings by applying technical and science-based approaches to USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating program.

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NRMCA caps first phase of industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration

A representative sampling of energy consumption trends from a coast-to-coast, cross section of producers contributes to the NRMCA LCI Data Collection Summary Statistics, boosting the credibility of an industry-wide EPD for transit or central mixed concrete.

The first of two phases in the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s development of a standard Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)—aimed at assisting ready mixed producers on projects where customers target certification under the new LEED v4 green building rating system—has produced a survey report and list of participating companies and plants.

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EPD-enabling Product Category Rule for Precast nears release

“Product Category Rules For Preparing an Environmental Product Declaration for Precast Concrete” meticulously details the LCA framework according to guidelines in ISO 14000 Environmental management standards. The PCR for Precast will encompass structural, architectural, specialty, utility and drainage products for above and below-grade applications.

To support development of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) catering to contracts for green building certification candidate projects—especially those targeting the recently released LEED v4—producers and allied groups are finalizing a North American Precast Concrete Product Category Rule (PCR) through program operator ASTM International.

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Technical, science-based discipline applied to LEED rating system

Sources: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; American Chemistry Council, New York; CP staff

A new U.S. Green Building Council and American Chemistry Council initiative aims to ensure the use of sustainable and environmentally protective products in buildings by applying technical and science-based approaches to USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building program.

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ICC, ASHRAE, LEED developers aim to streamline green building codes

Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.

The International Code Council, ASHRAE, American Institute of Architects, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and U.S. Green Building Council will collaborate on development of Standard 189.1, International Green Construction Code and the LEED green building program.

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