7/30/2013

Bills introduced in the House and Senate could loosen the hold of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system "as the only industry stamp of approval for government-owned or -leased properties," writes Sonny Goldreich. One bill, sponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., includes "voluntary consensus language" that will continue to be debated on next week. "All agencies should be wary of becoming captured; no third-party certification program has a monopoly on how to attain efficiency, much less Sustainability," declared a House Appropriations Committee report, which added the voluntary consensus requirement to its fiscal year 2014 appropriations bill.

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