DC going Green; GSA/DOE endorse LEED

Washington, D.C. is set to become the first major city to require most large public and private sector construction to be green, as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. A bill passed by the D.C. Council sets a seven year phase-in period, by the end of which most District of Columbia owned or funded projects, and finally most private projects as well, would have to meet specified LEED standards.

Meanwhile the federal government’s largest landlord, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in September endorsed a U.S. Department of Energy report — called for by GSA’s congressional appropriations authorization — that identifies LEED as the “most credible” performance rating system among five studied; see www.usgbc/org/News.

A national survey by consulting firm PinnacleOne found that, of the 48 per cent of public owners who said they implemented energy-efficient building designs in the past year, 70 per cent received LEED certification. For details see October 26 Building Design and Construction (www.bdcnetwork.com).

Source: Building Sciences newsletter