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Lawmakers urging GSA to abandon LEED

May 23, 2012

WASHINGTON — Fifty-six House lawmakers are pressing the General Services Administration (GSA) to stop using the U.S. Green Building Council''s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) to grade how green its buildings are, according to the Federal Times.

Lawmakers say the LEED rating system is adopting standards that will, in the long run, hurt certain manufacturers of building materials, the article stated.

According to the article, rules slated to take effect July 1, offering building owners LEED credits for avoiding a list of "chemicals of concern," are at the top of lawmakers list of issues.

The current restrictions have been deemed arbitrary and would require agencies to use more costly materials in construction projects, the article noted.

"We are deeply concerned that the LEED rating system is becoming a tool to punish chemical companies and plastics makers and spread misinformation about materials that have been at the forefront of improving environmental performance — and even occupancy safety — in buildings," the lawmakers wrote.

"If USGBC does not reconsider these harmful provisions in LEED 2012, we respectfully request that GSA stop using the LEED rating system," the lawmakers added.

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