Potential changes to green building standards rile chemical, vinyl trade groups

By Catherine Ho, The Washington Post


Lafayette Tower at 801 17th St. NW, was the first commercial office building in Washington to be certified as LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council. – Image source: The Washington Post

Twenty trade groups representing the plastics, vinyl and chemical industries are lobbying to stop the General Services Administration from adopting proposed new standards for green building construction, saying the changes could eliminate the use of hundreds of their products in construction projects.

The new standards — proposed by the U.S. Green Building Council, which sets the rating system for green construction known as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) — include a “chemical avoidance” provision that industry groups said will discourage builders from using materials that contain certain chemicals.

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