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New Green Building Standard

September 19, 2010
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The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute applauds the Green Building Initiative (GBI) on the successful completion of the first national standard for commercial green building.

The standard, officially named ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ensures that building project leaders seeking green building certification can choose from a wide array of products and materials that qualify for sustainable credits.

Moreover, it helps simplify the task of finding these qualified products by providing a user-friendly list of credible third-party certification programs where appropriate.

Section 12.2 of the new standard — "Source Control of Indoor Pollutants" — specifically references the GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certification Program and the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute''s Standard Method for Measuring and Evaluating Chemical Emissions From Building Materials, Finishes and Furnishings Using Dynamic Environmental Chambers.

Derived from the Green Globes® environmental design and assessment rating system for new construction, the standard was developed using ANSI''s consensus-based guidelines, which ensure a balanced, transparent and inclusive process.

The standard received formal approval on March 24, 2010, and will now go through a pilot program.

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