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GSA seeking better standard

May 14, 2012
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is currently in the process of reviewing how it will measure the "greenness" of new buildings for the next five years, according to the Federal Times.

The government currently uses the U.S. Green Building Council''s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system, which scores how green a building is based on everything from its construction materials to its proximity to mass transit, as its lightening rod, the article stated.

According to the article, the General Services Administration (GSA), which manages most of the government''s building projects, requires that all buildings it builds be LEED Gold-certified, but various industry groups have begun to press GSA and other policy makers to make changes in how things are done.

The government should not rely too heavily on one rating system and needs to make sure that its standards promote decreased energy costs and increased efficiency, the article noted.

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