There’s a lot riding on how the United States government defines green building. A review process has groups jockeying for position, according to an article in Federal Times.
Among the building material groups pressing for revisions to the LEED-centric status quo are the PVC pipe manufacturers and the lumber industry.
LEED is the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. According to the article, the domestic lumber industry rankles at the LEED rules that give sustainable-harvested lumber only two points, while locally sourced materials, energy use, indoor air quality and other categories award up to 100 points.