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Potential LEED changes anger trade groups

June 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — Twenty trade groups representing the plastics, vinyl and chemical industries are lobbying to stop the General Services Administration (GSA) from adopting proposed new standards for green building construction, according to the Washington Post.

The groups claim that the proposed changes could eliminate the use of hundreds of their products in construction projects, the article stated.

According to the article, the new standards have been proposed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and include a "chemical avoidance" provision that industry groups said will discourage builders from using materials that contain certain chemicals.

"Those products could include heat-reflecting roofing membranes, PVC piping and foam insulation — all of which promote energy efficiency," said Keith Christman, managing director of plastics markets at the American Chemistry Council.

"The council was slated to vote on an update June 1, but pushed the vote back a year after 22,000 responses poured in from architects, engineers and other council members during public comment periods," said council Policy Director Lane Burt.

The council will open up an unprecedented fifth round of public comment in October, the article noted.

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